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By Rhody Gleeson
Revheads from all over SA
rolled onto the Strathalbyn
Oval last month as the
Strathalbyn Auto Collectors
Club celebrated its annual
Cars of Australia event.
Numbers were slightly down
from last year as 1100 visitors
passed through the gates to view
more than 250 Australian-made
Strathalbyn Auto Collectors
Club president Gordon Thorpe
said it was an enjoyable day and
that he was looking forward to
“We played with the format
a bit this year which was well
received by attendees and I think
we will continue to improve next
year,” he said.
For enthusiasts such as Martin
Barnes from Craigmore, the day
was all about checking out the
cars that brought back so many
“It is crazy to think these
are the cars we used to just
bash around in and now some
are worth between $50,000 to
$100,000,” he said.
“They just don’t make them
like they used to. If my 1968
Mercury Cougar doesn’t start,
chances are it’s the spark plug or
there’s no fuel.
“In modern cars there are a
million things that could be
wrong and they are much harder
to fix yourself.”
Collectors Russell Pledger and
Milli Ristivojevic said it wasn’t
all about the big toys as they
exhibited a huge collection of
vintage model cars, toys and
“For me it is about the
workmanship, some of these
50-years-old yet their wheels
still spin as good as new,” Mr
“I think people would be
surprised to see the attention
to detail in the old hand-crafted
model cars, there just isn’t any
comparison with many of the
mass-produced products on offer
Some of the rarer pieces in
the collection include a Beatles’
Yellow Submarine and a
Monkees model car from the
Ms Ristivojevic said she
enjoyed watching the reactions
of younger visitors as they
browsed through the selection of
“I love it when parents bring
their kids past, spot an old toy
from their childhood and then
share that memory with their
kids, it really is a special moment
to be a part of,” she said.
Reg, left and Heather Snelling enjoyed a leisurely drive to Strathalbyn
from Murray Bridge in their 1924 Oldsmobile.
Martin Barnes from Craigmore bucked the Australiana trend and
brought along his Californian-built, 1968 Mercury Cougar to the Cars
of Australia Show.
Driving passion for cars
Terry Govett from Tea Tree Gully
in his 1965 Cortina GT.
By Melissa Keogh
Bridgewater woman Annie Ingram has
swapped the comforts of her home town for
a world quite unlike her own after spending
months in Bali exercising her passion for
The 26-year-old former Heathfield High School
student has spent the past seven months in a
Balinese village near Ubud helping to prevent
the spread of HIV by educating locals on testing
and treatment options.
As a communications and public relations
adviser, Ms Ingram dedicates her time to
educating Balinese people on how to avoid
contracting the virus and spreading it to others.
The presence of HIV deteriorates the body’s
immune system and is considered an epidemic
in many Asian countries, including Indonesia.
For nine months Ms Ingram will be
working under the Australian Volunteers for
International Development program, a Federal
Government initiative to encourage volunteers
to take their skills abroad.
She works with local non-government
organisation Yayasan Bali Peduli, which aims
to prevent the spread of HIV in Bali and
ultimately save lives.
“I tell the public and donors about the work
that Bali Peduli does to gain support and
attract funding so that we can continue to offer
lifesaving services to people who need them,”
Ms Ingram said.
“I also inform people about the HIV risk so
they have the information they need to protect
“I’m really passionate about the role of
media and information in helping people to
live healthy, fulfilling and productive lives.”
Ms Ingram’s passions for communications and
overseas affairs were heightened through her
time at the University of Adelaide studying
media and international studies.
In 2013 she spent a year in PNG and was
instantly “eager to do more” about the world’s
challenges and is now studying a Masters in
Humanitarian Assistance at Deakin University.
“I’ve wanted to work in the business of helping
people for as long as I can remember,” Ms
Ingram said. “I can remember being as young
as 12 and saying I wanted to be an aid worker
in South East Asia.
“It wasn’t until I was in my late teens that I
realised you could actually do that as a job.”
Ms Ingram said the Hills’ strong sense of
community had encouraged her to consider
humanitarian aid as a career option.
“I think pitching in when needed is part of our
psyche,” she said.
“For anyone considering volunteering it’s
important to consider where your skills may be
Bridgewater woman Annie Ingram is helping to
educate Balinese locals about contracting and
Annie Ingram spends time with Balinese locals,
educating them on the importance of HIV testing
and treatment options.
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Helping ‘part of our psyche’
By Genevieve Cooper
Agostino’s latest proposal to
build an AM/PM service station
in Stirling’s main street have
been prepared by Adelaide
Hills Council planners.
Elected members were told
in late January that the State
Assessment Commission (DAC)
asked the council in mid December
for a report and staff were working
on that request.
Council chief executive Andrew
Aitken said the planners’ report
would be shown to councillors
workshop before being sent to the
February meeting of the council’s
Development Assessment Panel
(DAP) for comment.
As an adjoining neighbor, he said
the council would have a second
opportunity to comment on the
service station plans when they
were finally released for public
notification. That date is unknown.
Councillors heard that the
application remained classified as
a category two development which
meant only immediate neighbors
had the right to be notified and to
“In broad terms, the application is
for a filling station and associated
shop with operating hours from
6am to midnight, seven days a
week, car wash, café, car parking,
retaining walls, fencing and
signage,” Mr Aitken said.
Mr Agostino’s plans to redevelop
the derelict old petrol station
on Mt Barker Road were made
a special project by the State
Government late last year after the
businessman’s initial application
was rejected by the council’s DAP
The DAP refused the project on
numerous grounds but mainly
because the design was considered
too big and out of character for
Stirling’s business centre.
Service station proposal report prepared for council
The application is for
a filling station and
– Andrew Aitken
From page 1
Small scale accommodation
venues and tourism ventures,
including art galleries, cafés
and markets, will also be
encouraged outside Hahndorf ’s
recognises a large number of
hobby farms and will aim to
make greater use of the area’s
However, the council was
still wary of respecting
areas across the district, Mr
Voortman said. “It’s not about
but value-adding,” he said.
“It’s a balancing act between
achieving protection of the
environment and achieving
The council will ensure
reserves and native areas,
which fall in the conservation
zone, remain protected.
These include the Emerald
Quarry in Mt Barker, Kuitpo
native forests, Stone Reserve
at Meadows and Yantaringa
Reserve at Hahndorf.
Public information sessions
on the Rural DPA will be held at
Hahndorf Recreation Grounds,
Wednesday, February 10,
4–6pm, Macclesfield Recreation
Grounds, Wednesday, February
17, 4–6pm, and Kanmantoo
Hall, Saturday February 20
More information is available
on the council’s website.
Council plan to stimulate rural economy
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