Budget pump-up for street plans

Further works in Hamley Bridge and Balaklava’s main street developments have been given the green light after Wakefield Regional Council (WRC) committed an extra $500,000 grant funding to the project. The Main Street Upgrade project, supported by the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program, now covers street spraying in Balaklava for Howe Street and Edith Terrace […]

Perfect pancakes!

Shrove Tuesday, also known as pancake day, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter, was traditionally a time of fasting, so Shrove Tuesday, which is always 47 days before Easter Sunday, was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats […]

Pipeline potential

The Clare Valley would increase its vineyard area by more than 30 per cent – or 1600 hectares –  if additional irrigation water was available, according to a pre-feasibility study released last week by the Clare Valley Wine & Grape Association (CVWGA). The Clare Valley Water Pre-feasibility report found immediate grower demand for 25pc more […]

Royal acclaim for Alfie

ACCLAIMED artist, Robert ‘Alfie’ Hannaford, of Riverton has recently completed a special sculpture – that of Queen Elizabeth II. The life-sized statue was installed in the grounds in front of Government House on December 10, with Alfie and project benefactors present. “We’re hoping to have one of the Royal family visit to officially open/unveil the […]

Owen pool opens, but hiccups for Hamley

IT was a case of better late than never for Owen residents, when repairs to their local swimming pool were completed just before Christmas. While these repairs were short-term renewal works only, with Balaklava pool closed indefinitely and Hamley Bridge’s pool undergoing major repairs before reopening this summer, residents in the Wakefield Regional Council (WRC) […]

Mindless mentality

HEARTLESS thieves are spoiling the holidays for many local residents, the latest being the theft of two unique farm gates at the Nicholls property near Tarlee. “We still can’t quite believe someone stole the gates,” Annie Nicholls said. “They actually weigh a lot and would have taken three to four people to carry, plus a […]

Treasures, not trash!

One man’s ‘preloved items’ is another man’s treasure, except when it is just pure trash. The majority of the community donate preloved items to the CVCO Burton Street Thrift Store out of the goodness of their hearts and these items are always welcome. Unfortunately, due to unprecedented theft and dumping of rubbish, dirty, broken and […]

Thomas takes top title

Paul Thomas of Gulnare has been announced Northern Areas Council’s Australia Day Citizen of the Year winner for 2021, and Will Bray of Jamestown is the Young Citizen of the Year. “Paul is a quiet achiever, willingly giving to his Gulnare community, and Will is a strong contributor to the Jamestown and District Community, volunteering […]