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a success: report
By Genevieve Cooper
One Hills student displayed such a
change in demeanor after taking part in
Operation Flinders, he was invited back as
a peer group mentor.
That was the message delivered to Adelaide
Hills Councillors recently when the SA
charitable foundation gave its annual report
about local activities.
The council provides about $5000 a year to
Operation Flinders which runs wilderness
adventure programs for young offenders and
“at risk” youth.
In the Hills the trips are organised for
“disengaged” students from local high schools.
Two students, who cannot be named, spoke
about their experiences.
One student said the program leader was easy
to relate to and that he had changed as a result
of attending the 10-day wilderness adventure.
“I try a lot harder at school now and my grades
have gone up,” he said.
Another student said he now had a job at a
cafe and he would never have thought to apply
for the position before he joined Operation
“I learned I could be a leader ... I didn’t really
know that about myself,” he said. “They asked
me to come back as a peer group mentor.”
Elected members heard that it cost $16,500 to
send 10 students from the Hills on a program.
In addition to council support, the trips were
sponsored by Lions, Rotary and Apex clubs from
the region with the Kiwanis club providing the
bus, fuel and driver.
Operation Flinders spokesman Jonathon
Robran told the council that an independent
review of the program was done in 2013/14,
with positive results.
A clinical psychologist interviewed 600
students and 100 teachers from 59 participating
schools, before and after an Operation
Flinders trip, and found a reduction in school
absenteeism and offending behavior and an
increase in engagement with authority and
motivation to change.
By Elisa Rose
Independent producer Julia de
Roeper loves offering a platform for
emerging artists to display their
talent – and that’s exactly what
she hopes her new ABC iview mini-
series will achieve.
The Carey Gully woman was one
of five people in SA commissioned by
ABC iview to create a mini-series to be
aired on the online platform, and will
use the funding to produce a comedy
series written by Chris McDonald
and Venezuelan-born comedian Ivan
Ms de Roeper said the series would
consist of six five-minute episodes
based on Mr Aristeguieta’s experience
of moving to Australia and finding his
feet in stand-up comedy, not only in a
new culture but also in a new language.
“Each episode deals with a different
aspect of Australian life,” she said.
“He’s discovering the differences
between what he’s used to and what
the situation is in Australia.
“... For me, the special thing about
Ivan is his very enthusiastic, but also
slightly teasing, take on Australian
In the past Ms de Roeper has
produced a variety of works ranging
from documentaries to comedies, and
said her work was usually driven by
a combination of three things – giving
artists a platform, providing young
people with opportunities to develop
in the industry and telling people’s
But the independent producer
said the industry had its challenges,
especially in the modern era.
“It’s a really interesting time to be
producing because of the changes –
because of Netflix, because of Stan,
because of iview and On Demand with
SBS – and the way that people are
changing the way they watch television
and film,” she said.
“... It is very dynamic and as a
producer you have to stay in touch
with how those audiences are changing
their viewing habits and how financing
is working in those online mediums.”
Despite the challenges Ms de Roeper
said she loved her work and didn’t
anticipate having any time to rest
after completing the mini-series,
with several other projects on the go,
ranging from documentaries to feature
The mini-series, which is titled Lost
in Pronunciation, is expected to be
completed close to the end of 2016,
but Ms de Roeper said it is not yet
confirmed how soon after its completion
it will appear on iview.
Carey Gully independent producer Julia de Roeper finds satisfaction in providing a platform for emerging artists to display
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