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Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – PAGE 7
By Elisa Rose
The appropriateness of the Adelaide Hills
Council’s internal review into an Elector
Representation Review decision will not be
investigated by the Ombudsman.
Last year, Basket Range resident Joe Frank
lodged a complaint with the council regarding a
decision to remove wards, which was made early
in 2017, despite strong community opposition.
That decision was rejected by the Electoral
Commissioner because of an error in the
process, however, the council continued with
the internal review into the decision at Mr
The council engaged an external consultant
who found that the council had acted
appropriately, but Mr Frank was not satisfied
with the consultant’s independence since he
had acted as council’s chief executive in 2012.
Mr Frank complained to the Ombudsman
about the internal review’s conduct.
However, the Ombudsman recently informed
both Mr Frank and the council that he had
assessed Mr Frank’s information and complaint
and determined that an “investigation is not
necessary or justified”.
By Josh Teakle
Mt Barker’s Frank Jacob will be
one of 3500 people to make up this
year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth
Games baton relay, but the former
dairy farmer should make light
work of the run compared to his
last Commonwealth Games effort.
In the lead up to the 1962 Perth
Commonwealth Games Mr Jacob and
20 of his Adelaide Harriers Athletics
Club teammates decided to run the
2500km across the Nullarbor Plain to
see the action.
The run to this day remains as the
longest relay ever recorded by a 20
man team, which was something
the now 75-year-old looked back on
proudly ahead of his 200m baton relay
through Hahndorf next month.
Too much to pay
“Back in those days there were only
two types of athletes –professional and
amateur,” Mr Jacob said.
“As amateur athletes we were not
allowed to ask for sponsorship and
it cost too much to pay for tickets to
attend the games.
“So we decided to run there.”
Mr Jacob remembered the team
running 200 miles (321km) each day,
with one group of 10 men running the
first 100 miles while the second group
would be driven ahead and run the
second 100 miles.
“We had runners on the road non
stop for eight days,” he said.
“We had some support staff and
were donated a ‘kombi van’ and some
“At times we ran along the bitumen
road and then other times it was thick
dust that covered our knees.”
While none of his other runs compared
with the Nullarbor effort Mr Jacob has
competed in relay races from Adelaide
to Port Lincoln and Adelaide to Victor
Harbor as part of the Harriers team.
Mr Jacob has always been an active
man, playing football for several Hills
clubs until he was 50 years old.
After a career as a dairy farmer and
sheep shearer, he still keeps himself
busy by shearing alpacas, but his
incredible fitness wasn’t something
that came naturally to him.
“I don’t remember it at all but my
sister said I had terribly bowed legs
when I was a child,” Mr Jacob said.
“When I went to sleep my parents had
to put braces on my legs to straighten
“I was never supposed to be able to
run properly or play physical sport.”
A father of four, grandfather of eight
and great grandfather of eight, Mr
Jacob was looking forward to his baton
run on February 21 in Hahndorf,
saying he was excited to go back to
where it all began.
“It will be a bit of a buzz to complete
the run in Hahndorf,” he said.
“I began my sporting career in
Hahndorf, playing for the under 14s
and will conclude it by running the
baton through Hahndorf 60 years
later,” he said.
Frank Jacob, second from left, being handed the unofficial baton from Harriers
teammate Des Paul, which was carried during the Adelaide to Perth relay in the
lead up to the 1962 Commonwealth Games.
The Adelaide Harriers were donated a
kombi van to assist with their relay run
across the Nullarbor Plain.
Frank Jacob at his Mt Barker home wearing the original Adelaide Harriers Athletics Club jacket he received on joining the club
in the late 1950s.
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