Home' The Mt Barker Courier : The Courier - 2016-06-29 Contents By Melissa Keogh
A group of Hills school children are
playing a small part in the large battle for
fair milk prices in the midst of Australia’s
dairy industry crisis.
Meadows Primary School students have been
busy learning about the dairy industry and the
importance of buying branded milk – all while
exercising their artistic talents.
The Year 2 children are among students from
eight schools across the State taking part in
the program which has the backing of DairySA
and Dairy Australia.
Over 12 weeks the students will decorate
a life-sized fibreglass cow while learning
about the benefits of drinking milk and the
importance of agriculture to the wider economy.
Teacher Betina Denton said the school last
participated in the Picasso Cows Makeover
six years ago, but was inspired to bring it back
following the latest dairy crisis.
“We live in a rural community and here
in Meadows we’re surrounded by the dairy
industry, so it’s important for us to show our
support,” she said.
“The students recently also learnt how to
make butter from scratch to see how other
dairy products are produced.”
The battle for fairer milk prices for farmers
was sparked in May when dairy giants Murray
Goulburn and Fonterra slashed prices paid for
The crises lead to local farmers stressing
the importance of consumers buying branded
bottles over the Coles and Woolworths $1/L
Mrs Denton said the Picasso Cows project
was small in scale compared to the efforts of
industry leaders, but every attempt to improve
the dairy industry counted.
“Hopefully the students will learn about the
importance of buying branded milk and then
take that knowledge home to their families,”
Student Zoe Slade, 7, said she enjoyed
learning about how milk was made and that
she had learnt many interesting facts.
“A cow has to have a baby before it produces
milk,” she said.
Classmate Austin Greaves, 7, has become
savvy on the benefits of consuming dairy
“Milk keeps your bones strong and your teeth
strong as well,” he said.
“I drink it straight from a glass.”
The students will also complete a learning
journal before the cow sculptures are judged
and the winning school declared in November.
The Picasso Cow Makeover champion will
score $2500, while second place will receive
$1000 and third place awarded $500.
Meadows Primary School Year 2 students Alex Thorpe, front, and Zoe Slade, left, Ayla McLean, and
Austin Greaves are painting a life-size fibreglass cow while learning about the dairy crisis.
Cow project to ease dairy crisis
By Melissa Keogh
The Hills’ cool climate wines and rich
pickings may be a world away from
the medieval castles and rich history
of Poland, but that didn’t stop an SA
television commercial from gaining
The Land of the Long Lunch commercial,
shot in the Hills and launched by the SA
Tourism Commission (SATC), took the Best
Promotional Commercial of Region at the
International Film, Art and Tourism Festival
in Poland recently.
The one-minute ad features scenes of the
Heysen Tunnels, Mt Lofty Summit and a
local strawberry field, and invites viewers to
“lose yourself in the land of the long lunch”.
The ‘long lunch’ slogan draws on the idea
of tourists visiting restaurants, wineries,
cafés and pubs throughout the Hills over an
The Film, Art and Tourism Festival is
considered one of the biggest film festivals of
its kind in the world.
State Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said
the Polish award allowed the Hills to be
“This international recognition speaks
volumes about our ability to market SA to
the rest of the world,” he said.
Best in the country
“Last year we were named the Best Events
State in the nation and events like the Santos
Tour Down Under continue to put SA on the
Mr Bignell said live broadcasts of the region
on popular national TV shows, such as the
recent Channel 9 TODAY show appearance
in Hahndorf, meant local tourism hubs were
also seen by millions interstate.
According to the Federal Government’s
quarterly National Visitor Survey results,
SA’s visitor economy has hit a record high
of $5.73 billion, and is on target to reach $8
billion by 2020.
International advertising award
for SA tourism’s Hills promotion
A national housing developer
will build nearly 300 new homes
near polo fields in Mt Barker,
after the town’s council gave
building consent last month.
Metro Property Development
will build stage one of the $120m
Minters Fields estate on the
Adelaide Polo Club site on the
corner of Fidler Lane and Barker
Road. The polo club will relocate
to Pfeiffer Road, Woodside, after
striking a deal with the housing
developer last year.
The homes will complement 15ha
of parks and recreational space,
including an 8ha parcel of land the
Mt Barker Council purchased from
the polo club in 2015.
The council-owned portion
includes the existing clubrooms
and polo fields. The council is
expected to eventually build a
recreational hub on its 8ha.
300 houses set for polo club land
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