Abseiling wall on the up and up

A PROPOSAL to build a 16-metre high wall as part of an abseil training facility near Beaufort is yet to reach any great heights, with a neighbouring property owner seeking to halt the development. Wakefield Regional Council approved the development proposal, which Mark Simunsen lodged with council in March 2017. The proposal was described as […]

Reaching out to its community

CLARE Valley Community Outreach (CVCO), is an umbrella covering many services benefiting the Clare Valley Region. Formed in 1992 on a wave of spiritual awakening in the Clare Valley for all churches, the CVCO is now in its 26th year of operation. Run entirely by volunteers, the CVCO gift shop, thrift shop and outreach, have […]

Jim makes the move

The congregations of St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Balaklava and St John’s Lutheran Church in Auburn bid farewell to pastor Jim Bryan on Sunday, during his final church services. Jim and his wife Colleen, will be retiring to Tanunda in the next week or so, after living and ministering in their community for the past […]

Little Red Grape’s double celebration

FIRST birthday celebrations were on a roll last Thursday, November 15, when the owners of The Little Red Grape Bakery in Sevenhill marked one year in business. Owners, Jackie Pittaway and Steve Watson, said the first year had flown by and had been quite an experience. “It has been a hectic but rewarding year, and […]

Roger gets ruthless with rats

Mallala farmer, Roger Davies, had a rat problem. He recently managed to shoot 16 in his barn, and the following day, dispatched three more. But it was with great satisfaction he told me he followed that up by drowning six juveniles and 14 adults he found housed in an old bag filler. It was full […]

Rancona® Dimension still a success

In 2014, Roger Baines went looking for solutions to the bare patches appearing in his cereal crops. Four years later, he stands by the product that’s helped solve his problem. Baines Bros Farms in Cummins SA is a mixed farming enterprise of 1000 ha cropping and 3000 breeding Merino ewes. Roger grows wheat, barley and […]

Fitness tracker for cows to help farmers

CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, and agtech startup Ceres Tag have created a new type of ‘fitbit’ to help farmers to keep track of where their livestock are and what they are doing. The new technology, which takes the form of a smart ear tag, produces similar data to that delivered by consumer smart watches. […]