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The former coach of the Echunga Football
Club, who is facing a jail term for illegally
using government money, could be among
the first offenders in SA to serve a sentence
in home detention.
Lindsay Raymond Bassani appeared in the
Adelaide Magistrates Court on September 2 for
sentencing but Magistrate Ian White adjourned
the case until October to obtain a report on
whether the 38-year-old’s house was suitable
for home detention.
New State laws came into effect in late August
allowing offenders who had committed non-
violent offences to serve prison terms in home
Mr Bassani’s lawyer, Marie Shaw QC, told the
court that her client was a good candidate for a
suspended sentence. In a previous appearance
she said Mr Bassani had acted for the good of
disadvantaged Aboriginal youth.
The accused has pleaded guilty to three
counts of abuse of public office and two counts
of dishonestly dealing with documents. The
offences involve misspending more than $9000
of SA Aboriginal Sports Training Academy
funds between early 2013 and mid-2014 while
employed as the manager of the organisation.
Allegations against him included installing
solar panels on his home and spending more
than $1000 on 62 training singlets for the
Echunga Football Club.
He also bought a television, washing machine
and fridge, which the defence said was for a
youth drop-in centre at the school where he
worked. Mr Bassani has since repaid the money.
By Rhody Gleeson
Science, technology, engineering
and mathematics (STEM) will
soon be taught under the one roof
at Heathfield High School which
is developing a new $2.5m STEM
The school plans to re-purpose the
building currently housing its labs
into a state-of-the-art hub where
students will study maths, sciences
and information technology subjects in
the one location.
The renovation will be funded by
the State Government’s STEM Works
program which is providing five Hills
schools with grants of up to $2.5m to
upgrade their STEM facilities.
Heathfield High School principal
Alistair Brown said the grant could
not have come at a better time for the
school which had already developed a
vision for a STEM hub but lacked the
funding to start the project.
“The timing is fantastic as we first
began planning a STEM centre two
years ago and now we have the funds
to get the ball rolling,” he said.
The planned STEM centre will
give students access to the latest
educational and working technology
such as the school’s humanoid robot
Baxter which is already helping
students learn to program.
Students are able to program Baxter
to perform simple tasks such as
picking up and sorting objects through
to more complicated manoeuvres such
as assembling a plastic burger.
Designed by the company founded by
former Flinders University graduate
Rodney Brooks, Baxter is the first robot
of his kind to be used in Australia as
part of the curriculum with students
able to learn programming as they
teach Baxter various movements.
Advanced technologies curriculum
teacher Daniel Seymour said there
was a growing focus on exposing
students to programming as more
industries embrace new technology.
“Jobs that require programming skills
are growing much faster than the
market average,” he said.
“Interestingly, many of these jobs
are in health care, manufacturing
and finance, outside the traditional
“This shows that programming skills
are not limited to computer-based
industries, and are seen to be an
advantage in many other fields.
“I think we’ll see a boom in home
automation in years to come, so
programming skills will give people
the power to tailor their surroundings
to suit their needs, and allow people to
benefit from improved efficiencies.”
The $50,000 robot is just one example
of the cutting edge technology which
will feature in the school’s STEM
centre where students will be able to
engage with the latest technology and
resources across all STEM subjects.
“We’re keen to keep up with new,
emerging technologies,” Mr Seymour
“We’re focusing on a few areas,
particularly the growing connectivity
of devices known as ‘the internet of
things’, drones as well as virtual and
The school is set to meet with
architects in the coming weeks with
plans to commence construction on the
new STEM hub by the end of the year.
Heathfield High School
Brown in front of
the school’s current
lab building which
will receive a $2.5m
makeover to become the
school’s STEM centre.
Year 9 student Jahara Nolan, 15,
with a plastic hamburger prepared by
Heathfield High School’s humanoid
Gears in motion for $2.5m STEM hub
get the ball
– Alistair Brown
A Kenton Valley man, 79, was airlifted to the
Royal Adelaide Hospital with serious injuries last
week after he became pinned under a log.
Local CFS and the SA Ambulance Service were
called to the Langley Road property just after
11am last Tuesday, September 6.
They were able to free the man and transported
him by helicopter just before 12.30pm.
Local cattle farmers will have the chance to hear
industry experts speak about the future of the SA
beef industry as Livestock SA hosts the SA Cattle
Producer’s Forum in Hahndorf this Friday.
The forum, which will be held in conjunction with
the Livestock SA annual general meeting, will
focus on topics including new industry research
and the impact that changes in consumer trends
will have on producers.
Speakers include Meat and Livestock Australia
managing director Richard Norton, Woolworths
national beef procurement manager Brett
Thompson, Murdoch University professor David
Pethick and Meat and Livestock Australia eating
quality and data analytics manager Jessira
Historic tree replacement
The Mylor History Group is working on a project
to replace 11 trees that were planted as an
avenue of honor in the town after WW1.
Group spokeswoman Merrilyn Farrington told a
recent community forum in the town that 11 trees
were planted along the main street for every man
who died in the war.
She said none of the trees remained and all
the plaques that used to be at the bottom of the
trees, listing the deceased, had gone missing.
In addition to new trees and plaques, the group
plans to install an interpretive sign to explain the
New CaFHS clinic opens
Employees of the Mt Barker Child and Family
Health Services (CaFHS) celebrated the opening
of their new clinic earlier this month.
The celebration came seven weeks after
the public health and social support service
permanently closed the doors of its previous
Victoria Crescent location.
The new clinic will continue to offer the same
services as it did previously, including health and
development checks for babies and parenting
With children spending more than 18 hours online
each week it can be hard for concerned parents
to stay on top of their child’s internet usage.
One parent who knows the feeling too well is
Sonya Ryan who tragically lost her daughter
Carly Ryan when she was murdered after falling
prey to an online predator.
Wednesday, September 21, about cyber safety,
privacy, sexting, mobile apps and online bullying.
The presentation is a joint initiative from
Council and will give parents tips on adjusting
privacy settings, engaging with the online
environment and ways to discuss online behavior
Entry for the 7pm talk is a gold coin donation and
tickets can be booked online at www.trybooking.
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