Home' The Mt Barker Courier : The Courier - 2016-04-13 Contents PAGE 16 – The Courier Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Anembo Park club-
rooms will receive a
$6500 Federal Gov-
ernment grant to help
bring light back to
the facility more than
a year since it was
destroyed by fire.
The funding, pro-
vided through the
ties Program, will go
towards a new elec-
tricity box and power
supply on the outside
of the clubrooms.
Anembo Park club-
rooms were deliber-
ately torched in Sep-
tember 2014, but were
deemed savable by
the Mt Barker Coun-
cil which restored the
facility and handed it
back to the community
By Genevieve Cooper
One of the most powerful
firefighting pumper vehicles on the
market has found a new home at
the Aldgate CFS brigade.
The NZ-built Iveco Eurocargo is one
of only three of its type in SA and is
capable of pumping out the 2000L it
carries at 4000kPa.
It’s a feature that delights brigade
members who often attend structure
fires due to the residential areas the
“The pumper is more of an urban/
structure fire and rescue appliance
and it stays locally because it’s not
4WD,” said brigade vice-president
“It can be used for bushfires but it’s
not designed for off-road purposes.”
The vehicle replaces the brigade’s old
pumper, paid for through community
fundraising, which served the area for
22 years. That pumper was the last fire
truck bought, rebuilt and patched up
by locals who started their fleet with
an old Chevrolet Tanker and a Willy’s
The new $330,000 vehicle was paid
for through the Emergency Services
Levy and was officially commissioned
It has already attended a house fire,
two car fires on the freeway and two
“This appliance is faster, it’s got a
better turning circle, it’s got a greater
pumping capacity, it’s one of the biggest
in the CFS fleet,” Mr Foale said.
“It’s more comfortable, it’s easier to
drive, it’s a 22-year better truck.” But
the brigade has still fundraised to add
more than $50,000 worth of “extras” to
the basic fit-out of the vehicle.
That equipment includes vehicle
rescue tools, chainsaws, a portable
lighting plant, a generator and a
ventilation fan to extract smoke and
fumes from buildings.
Aldgate CFS has one other vehicle, a
rural 4WD appliance that went with a
volunteer strike team to help fight the
Piney Bushfire in the Mid North last
Mr Foale said that because the crew
members were trained in structure
firefighting they took breathing
apparatus (BA) equipment with them.
“They helped to save some important
building on the Piney fireground,” he
Burnside, they were able to use their
BA equipment and training to save the
century old Wasley’s community hall.”
ALDGATE CFS BRIGADE
Aldgate CFS firefighters Sebastian Wellington, front left, is steadied by colleague Hamish Cooper as brigade members try out
their new pumper, an Iveco Eurocargo capable of pumping out water at 4000kPa. Keeping an eye on the pump is Keith Clark
with Graeme Hinckle, Judy Vardon and Brian Foale standing in the background.
By Elisa Rose
Oakfield Lodge residential care bridged the
generational divide earlier this month as
residents joined forces with primary school
students to preserve a piece of history.
Mt Barker Primary School Year 2 students
visited the Southern Cross Care facility on
Hawthorn Road, which opened earlier this year,
to add paintings and letters to their “future
selves” to a time capsule to be opened in 2066.
Other items preserved in the time capsule
included information about Lodge residents
including photographs, favorite songs and
sayings, photographs of the facility’s construction
and copies of The Courier and The Advertiser.
Southern Cross Care chief executive officer
Andrew Larpent said the event, which aimed to
“capture a moment in time”, was part of creating
a link with the community.
“We want the facility to be a centre of community
life for all generations to enjoy,” he said. “We felt
it was a highly appropriate thing to do in a place
that celebrates longevity and family life.
“We want this place to be an open door to
children, to families, to animals.”
Mt Barker Primary School counsellor Andrea
Thomas said the school hoped to have further
involvement with the facility, with plans to have
children visit residents to sing and read to them.
LEFT: Mt Barker Primary School students Jade
Kruk, front left, and Joshua Williams, both 7,
contributed paintings and letters to a time capsule
to be kept at Oakfield Lodge, the home of Terri
Barton, back left, and Rae Pilmore.
A “Field of Crosses” will be laid out on the
Gumeracha oval to mark Anzac Day this
The crosses will represent each name listed on
the town’s honor boards at the RSL sub-branch,
the Gumeracha District Soldiers’ Memorial
Hospital and the Gumeracha Primary School.
They will be set up on the Sunday with the
Torrens Valley Scouts keeping a vigil overnight
in preparation for the dawn service at 6.30am.
“About 100 crosses will be set up, each cross
will have a name and an embroidered poppy
on it,” said Gumeracha RSL secretary Alan
“Black crosses are for those who died in WW1,
white for those who returned – two of which
will have a black poppy on them as the person
died on return from war causes – and red for a
doctor and a nurse.
“... Oval lights will be on overnight so people
can inspect the crosses at any time once they
are set up.
“People are welcome to place tributes within
the field at any time after it is set up.”
The RSL has also made an extra 60 memorial
crosses for people to add to the field.
Last year the sub-branch only had 40 crosses
and they were quickly snapped up.
The sub-branch will ask for a donation this
year to use the crosses which will go towards
maintaining the “Field of Crosses” project.
The Torrens Valley Lions Club will provide a
cooked breakfast in the Gumeracha Town Hall
after the dawn service.
The Macclesfield RSL is holding a special
screening of the movie Gallipoli this
Saturday night (April 16).
Sub-branch president Dennis Oldenhove said
the event, organised with the support of Wallis
Cinemas in Mt Barker, aimed to raise money to
upgrade local facilities and services for veterans.
“It has been 35 years since this Mel Gibson
classic movie was released and many years
since it has been on the big screen,” he said.
Tickets which include supper are $20 and
must be pre-booked. The screening is at 6.50pm.
Woodside Natural Resources
Thursday 28 April
7.30 - 9pm
People who want to improve the health
of their pastures are invited to a FREE
• weed control options
• what fertilizer does my pasture need?
• c an I use grazing management to improve
• am I growing the most resilient pasture for
our changing climate?
• do I need to re-sow my pasture?
• pasture weeds
• pasture plants
• photos of your pasture
• s oil test results
• s oil samples for testing
This information session is funded from the
NRM levy and Regional Landcare Facilitator
For further information or to register,
please phone Anne Piro or Olivia Leske
on 8336 0901, or email
Please register early as spaces will be limited.
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