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By Josh Teakle
The Strathalbyn RSL sub-branch facility
received $19,000 in November as part of the
Veteran and Community Grants Program
to transform the upstairs specialised bar
into a kitchen.
After moving into the new state-of-the-art
Strathalbyn Community Centre last year,
the grant helped the RSL committee install
cabinets, stainless steel bench tops, two ovens,
a fridge, dishwasher, microwave and beer taps.
RSL sub-branch president Cate Goodall said
the kitchen upgrade provided the opportunity
to engage with the public because the sub-
branch was now able to supply food and drinks
at meetings, functions and sporting events at
“The kitchen is fantastic,” she said.
“We didn’t need a large industrial kitchen
because the football club has one downstairs,
but we are now able to prepare simple food and
sell drinks. From our upstairs ‘long room’ we
have a spectacular view of the oval.
“There is always a reason to drift upstairs
to watch the football and we will always have
someone behind the bar.”
Ms Goodall said the move to the community
centre had been an exciting step forward in the
“We are absolutely thrilled to bits,” she said.
“The veteran society isn’t getting any younger
so it is all about enticing the next generation.
“The world is watching the success of this
“We have a great opportunity to communicate
with the wider community that move through,
have a drink and see what the RSL is about.”
As part of the funding program The Kersbrook
Shed was given $22,800 to purchase tools,
equipment, furniture and provide first aid
training while the Mt Pleasant Men’s Shed
was given $6525 to install kitchen facilities.
Strathalbyn RSL sub-branch president Cate Goodall was thrilled with the new kitchen facility made
possible thanks to the $19,000 Veteran and Community Grants Program.
RSL facility upgrade ‘fantastic’
By Elisa Rose
The Mt Lofty Scout
Group is celebrating a rare
achievement after seven of
its members recently received
the highest award attainable
for a Cub Scout.
Hahndorf ’s Matilda Harvey,
Bridgewater’s Ethan Billington,
Jasmijn Weits and Lilly Tregilgas,
Stirling’s Georgina Morton and
Jessica Jarvis of Crafers West
all received the Grey Wolf badge
after about three and a half years
of dedication to the Scouts.
Throughout that time, the seven
members have developed their
leadership skills and knowledge,
honing various practical skills
ranging from camping and
navigation to crafts.
Mt Lofty Cub leader Jeremy
Barret said the achievement was
very rare, with only 2% of Cubs
ever receiving the Grey Wolf
“To see one Grey Wolf in a Cub
Pack is not uncommon,” he said.
“To see two at one time is more
“But to see seven Grey Wolves
is unheard of.”
Mr Barret said the seven Cubs
had inspired each other to work
towards the goal.
“It really started with a couple
of the Cubs saying ‘I’ll go for it’,”
“Then a couple more saying
‘well if you’re going to, I’ll do it
“And then a few more saying
‘if you’re all going for it, I’m not
going to be left behind’.
“The Cubs have challenged
each other, competed with each
other and supported each other
to get over the line and we’re
very proud of them all.”
All of the Cubs that were
awarded the Grey Wolf badge
will be moving on into Scouts this
year, with the opportunity open
for younger Scout Cubs to take
on the Grey Wolf challenge.
Jasmijn Weits, back left, Sophie Windle, Georgia Morton, Jessica Jarvis,
Matilda Harvey, front left, Ethan Billington and Lilly Tregilgas have all
achieved the highest Scout Cub award possible, the Grey Wolf.
Cubs celebrate rare awards
Meeting on future of Kalimna aged care
By Lisa Pahl
The future of aged care in Strathalbyn
will be the focus of a special community
meeting next month.
The independent Kalimna Working Group will
present its findings following its investigation
into the closure last February of the town’s
Kalimna Hostel aged care facility.
That includes its recommendation that a new
36-bed facility be built near the existing aged
care home next to the town’s hospital, and that
the Kalimna building be redeveloped as a hub
for services to support Strathalbyn’s aging
Kalimna Working Group chairman Dr Jim
Wilhelm said the meeting aimed to “present
the expected aged care needs for the next
five to 10 years based on projected population
growth and Federal Government guidelines
“This meeting will not be looking back to why
and who is to blame for the hostel building
closing but will be aiming to find solutions for
the future needs and options identified by the
working group,” he said.
Strathalbyn is facing an aged care crisis,
according to the group’s findings, which show
a shortage of high-care beds after the closure
That shortage has had a flow-on affect,
stretching respite and other support services
and placing extra pressure on carers and
families to look after elderly residents in need
of more advanced care.
Dr Wilhelm said locals would have the
opportunity to ask questions and offer their
own feedback on the issue.
He said the group also wanted to hear whether
the community want the group to continue its
work with new terms of reference.
The meeting will be held at the Strathalbyn
Town Hall on February 8 at 7pm.
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