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By Melissa Keogh
Hills businesses are on the radar of
Chinese investors after being showcased
in a State Government-led regional trade
The State Government’s Invest in Regional
SA event saw three Hills businesses showcase
their products to more than 120 overseas
investors in the hope of strengthening ties with
Land of Lilly organic skincare, Skara
Smallgoods and The Haus took part in the expo
at Adelaide Town Hall last month to showcase
the region as a place to do business and to
promote their products to offshore markets.
While the majority of the investors came
from China, others were from Vietnam, Brunei,
Malaysia, and Europe.
Mt Barker Council staff also attended the
event including economic development officer
Bridget Ransome who said the expo ended up
facilitating a number of promising discussions
and ongoing negotiations.
Ms Ransome said Land of Lilly and Skara were
so “inundated” with enquiries that they ran
out of products, business cards and brochures
within a few hours.
“This is the second time this event has been
held and is a great platform for Mt Barker
businesses that are export ready to make those
all-important, valuable connections,” she said.
“The delegates were inspired by what we had
The council made sure it gave the Hills a
nudge into the spotlight with the showcasing of
a virtual reality film of the region.
The film – viewed using Google headsets –
featured landscapes shot from an aerial drone.
Ms Ransome said the headsets were a big hit.
“It may be the first time that we know of that
any council has done this and (it) will be used for
future tourism and marketing opportunities,”
she said. The day after the expo, three buses
full of prospective investors travelled to Totness
business Buzz Honey and Skara Smallgoods for
Buzz Honey director Annette Ferris said the
shop did a fortnight’s worth of trading in the
“Last year they (the delegates) went to
Jurlique which was stripped bare so we knew
we had to be well stocked,” she said.
Invest in Regional SA was co-ordinated by
Immigration SA, the Australian China Business
Council and 11 regional SA councils.
More than 35 regional businesses from across
the State took part, giving out samples and
sparking up conversations with guests.
Chinese investors get immersive look at Hills
By Elisa Rose
A Nairne man has developed a
taste for the silver screen after
scoring a role in the recently
released Australian film The
Legend of Ben Hall.
Joshua Jaeger might be a self-
employed film set unit manager by day,
but a passion for acting has seen him
take on roles in several feature films
and web series over the past couple of
Since landing a role in Matthew
Holmes’ film Twin Rivers in 2001, the
44-year-old has become a regular part
of productions by the SA-born director,
appearing in several of his works
including web series Crooked and a
short film called The Artifice.
But unlike his previous films, The
Legend of Ben Hall has seen the father-
of-two appear on commercial movie
theatre screens for the first time.
The Legend of Ben Hall follows the
story of the Australian bushranger
who, though less well-known than Ned
Kelly, was far more active, with more
than 600 crimes attributed to him.
The film focuses on the last nine
months of his life, including his
betrayal and controversial death in
Mr Jaeger played a small role in a
scene set in a pub known as the Dog
and Duck during which he harassed
bushranger John Gilbert about the
number of pistols he had.
Having done stunts in the past, he
said the role fit his experience and was
“great fun” to play.
“It just sort fitted that I could play a
character and (the director) wanted me
to play that one,” he said. “I’ve done a
fair few small stunts and things for him
over the years so he knew that I could
take the hits and have a play fight if
necessary and make it look real.”
Mr Holmes has written a prequel
and sequel to the film and Mr Jaeger,
who has worked as a unit manager on
local film sets for movies including The
Babadook, said he hoped to be able
to spend time working both behind
the scenes and on-screen in future
Matthew Holmes films.
The Legend of Ben Hall was recently
named Best Foreign Western for 2016
by America’s True West Magazine and
also picked up a bronze Australian
Cinematographer’s Society award in
It is currently screening at cinemas
in Mt Barker, Mitcham and Murray
Nairne man Joshua Jaeger has appeared on cinema screens across the nation in the Australian film ‘The Legend of Ben Hall’
as a man who got into a fist fight with bushranger John Gilbert.
DON’T MESS WITH THIS MAN
A Mt Barker man
recorded a blood alco-
hol reading more than
twice the legal limit
at around 1.30am on
Friday, December 2.
Police stopped the
man on Flaxley Road
at Mt Barker where he
vehicle was impounded
and he was issued a six
month loss of licence.
Meanwhile, a Mead-
reported for failing to
wear a seatbelt and
driving while disquali-
fied at around 11am
on November 28.
woman was stopped
by police on Kondopar-
inga Road where she
also tested positive
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