Home' The Mt Barker Courier : The Courier - 2016-11-23 Contents PAGE 12 – The Courier Wednesday, November 23, 2016
By Rhody Gleeson
A little patience and a lot of hard
work have delivered a Blakiston
farmer greener pastures in time for
a regional agriculture competition.
Richard Ball’s annual ryegrass
pasture took out the award for best
regenerated pasture as well as the
main prize, the Les Jacobs trophy,
at the 2016 Mt Barker Agricultural
Bureau pasture competition.
Judges visited 10 farms in this year’s
competition and were impressed by
Mr Ball’s use of grazing to manage
his pasture without taking it out of
The 69ha property is home to around
160 cattle which feature prominently
in Mr Ball’s pasture management
Cattle were allowed to graze
through the award-wining paddock
three times this year which, when
combined with diligent spraying and
pest management, helped produce a
healthy crop of annual ryegrass free of
weeds such as barley and silvergrass.
It wasn’t however an overnight
success for Mr Ball as the passionate
agriculturalist spent two years
patiently tending to the paddock
ensuring it was free of weeds so the
annual ryegrass could reach its full
“It has definitely been a work in
progress with a few disappointments
before this year,” he said.
“The wetter conditions have allowed
the rye grass to out-compete the weeds
so it is fantastic to see such a clean
Mr Ball is also the vice president of
the Mt Barker Agricultural Bureau
and said the quality of entries in this
year’s event had continued to improve
with increased competition pushing
growers to produce even better
“A bit of friendly competition has
everyone lifting their game each year,”
The Balls started their journey as
tenant dairy farmers in the UK on a
property that had been in the same
family for more than seven centuries.
They moved to Australia when the
farm they had been renting was sold,
eventually purchasing their Blakiston
property where they have lived and
worked for the past 14 years.
Mr Ball said the shorter cropping
season in Australia was the main
difference compared to farming in the
“If you haven’t done everything you
need to do before Christmas then that’s
it, the season is over you’ll have to wait
until next year,” he said.
Richard Ball earned
a well deserved rest
after taking out the top
prize at the Mt Barker
for a field he started
preparing more than
two years ago.
Double win for Blakiston ryegrass pasture
By Tom Staggard
The Aldgate Cricket Club has received a
welcome gift at the start of the new cricket
season thanks to volunteers at the Aldgate
The group built a trolley to help the cricket
club transport heavy matting out to the pitch.
The trolley will be used at the Aldgate
Primary School by both junior and senior
teams and comes as a welcome relief for the
club, following years of dragging the matting
Ronda Wauchope of the Aldgate Cricket Club
said the trolley had been extremely helpful to
“The cricket matting is incredibly heavy,” she
said. “We not only save time using the trolley,
but we no longer have to break our backs
carrying it out into the middle.”
“A huge thanks goes out to Clem and the
other members of the men’s shed,” she said.
“They donated their time, experience and
expertise to complete the project ready for the
start of the season.” The State Government
has also recognised their contribution by
presenting a $3600 grant as a part of the
Grants for Seniors program.
The money will help purchase a helical head
thicknesser that member Jeff Whitbread said
would be a huge help.
“Most of our work is done with recycled
timber,” he said. “Sometimes the state it arrives
in isn’t always perfect.
“The new thicknesser will get the recycled
timber into a manageable state much more
Age specific grants
Minister for Ageing, Zoe Bettison, said the
Grants for Seniors program was aimed at
promoting age specific grants for projects
that promote active ageing and contribute to
the social and economic participation of older
“Maintaining community participation can be
integral to the ongoing health and wellbeing of
seniors,” she said.
“The diverse range of requested goods and
equipment demonstrates that older South
Australians enjoy a variety of choices to engage
in their community.”
Max Bilsborow, left,
Will Biggs, Sam
Stewart, Hugo Groom,
Charlie Brasher, Jake
Huffen and Clem
Richards of the Aldgate
Men’s Shed and Henry
New trolley takes pain out of mat movement
Magill centre works begin
Initial works have begun on the old Magill Training
Centre in preparation for the planned construction
of 400 residences at the site.
The work will include soil remediation, reshaping of
the land, removal of some trees and removal of pier
foundations of former buildings.
The initial works are expected to be completed
early next year and will be followed by road
construction and servicing works for the new
The new development, which was approved by
the State Government Development Assessment
Commission early this year, will be built next to
Glen Stuart Road in Woodforde and will comprise
residences and reserves that will cover several
Works from some of music’s greatest composers
will be showcased at a concert in Mt Barker on
Sunday, November 27 at 7pm.
The performance by Choir Cecilia will be held at
Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church at 7pm and will
include works by Haydn, Handel, Verdi, Treseder
and many more.
Peter Webb will direct the choir during their
performance of the classical pieces.
Performances by Hills composer Allye Sinclair and
guest artist Rhomenka Vallance will also feature on
In addition, the Youth Encouragement Award for
2016 will be presented and a quartet from the choir
will sing two Christmas carols.
Tickets for the event include supper and start at $15
for adults and $12 for concession.
New board members
The Hut Community Centre in Aldgate has
welcomed four new board members to the 2016–19
term. Samantha Cooper, Greg Stevens and Sylvia
annual general meeting.
All three members have been serving on the board
since mid-2016 when they were seconded to the
resigned last year.
The fourth position, opened when Peter Bleby
The four new members will work alongside existing
board members Deborah Turnbull, Greg Bussell
and Cliff Sayer, who were all nominated for second
terms on the board, and Adelaide Hills Council
representative John Kemp.
All board members were appointed until 2019.
Great composers showcased
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