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By Genevieve Cooper
The school bell is ringing at Mt Torrens
Primary again with Australia s first
Domino Servite College taking up
residence in the decommissioned public
After declining enrolments forced the closure
of the 160-year-old facility at the end of 2014,
the 1.5ha property sat empty last year while
the State Government put the property on the
The site was eventually bought for about
$500,000 by the Lobethal Christian Fellowship
through its governing body, Kwasizabantu
(KSB) Mission Australia, which is affiliated
with the Kwasizabantu Mission in South
Domino Servite Colleges are an extension
of the KSB ministry and there are schools
in Switzerland, Germany, France and South
The college at Mt Torrens started its first
school year last week with 31 students -- most
of them children from the Lobethal Christian
Fellowship congregation -- and four full-time
and part-time teachers.
The opening brings closure to a long running
community dispute over the church s original
plans to build the college on its home property
at Frick Street in Lobethal.
The staged project was approved by the
Adelaide Hills Council but a number of
neighbors opposed the development and the
nearby abattoir, Thomas Foods International,
appealed the decision in the Environment,
Resources and Development Court.
College board chairman Martin Jaeger said
the Mt Torrens Primary School property came
up at the "right time" and when the church s
offer was accepted by the Government,
the fellowship withdrew its Frick Street
The property didn t settle until late December
and the college didn t formally receive its
registration until the Thursday before school
started so Mr Jaeger said the school community
was still settling in.
However, he said students were delighted
with their "lovely location and its rural feel" and
a number of Mt Torrens residents had dropped
into the property during the school holidays,
while the congregation was renovating the
facility, to tell them how happy they were that
the place was being used as a school.
"It s a much better outcome for us, obviously,"
"A lot of the facilities are here, we ve got to
put a lot of work into the place but it s still a
good outcome for us.
"... We ve had a positive response from the
community. The community is absolutely
thrilled that it s going to continue as a school.
"Schools are an important part of the
community ... they bring life to a community."
The student population ranges in year levels
from Year 1 to Year 8.
New life for old school
Domino Servite College board chairman Martin Jaeger, left, celebrates the start of the school year
with the first intake of 31 students. After abandoning plans to develop a new facility in Lobethal, the
college bought the defunct Mt Torrens Primary School from the State Government in December.
EDUCATION CONTINUES AT MT TORRENS
A portion of unmade road
near Callington has been
closed and will soon be sold
to a neighboring landowner
so they can undertake
The 1.3km section of
Samuels Road dissects the
landowner s property, which is
also a quarry.
The landowner wants to
undertake mining operations
on both sides of the unmade
road and will purchase the
land from the Mt Barker
Council for $5200.
Council s contracts co-
ordinator, Bill Graham, said
the landowner had already
pegged mineral claims either
side of the unmade road with
an intention to mine.
He said the council had no
issues selling off the unmade
road because the bare site
provided no recreational use
and it was unlikely it would
ever be rehabilitated.
The closure and sale of
the 26,000sqm site was put
up for public comment and
received only one response,
a supporting representation
from an adjoining landowner.
Road to be sold for Callington mining operation
A popular children s
farmyard and wildlife
park plans to expand
The Hahndorf Farm
Barn tourist attrac-
tion is expected to
construct a new arena
to seat 116 people as
well as indoor picnic
and catering areas
and a classroom.
The $110,000 arena
the existing shed, in
which the animals are
currently housed and
will also comprise new
The Hahndorf Farm
Barn attracts 50,000
visitors per year.
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