Talk, laugh and read together

It all starts with you. At 18 weeks pregnant, babies start to hear, and by around week 26, babies in the womb have been shown to respond to voices and noise. There is a strong connection to oral language and how well children do, not just at school, but in forming and maintaining personal and […]

Cool change calms Emu Flat flare concerns

Cooler weather has been welcomed this week as Clare was again on high alert last Thursday (February 8) with the reignition of the Emu Flat bushfire six days after the initial incident. The Emu Flat bushfire has now been classified as controlled. Thursday’s high risk fire conditions proved true to expectations, and an “ember attack” […]

Steve an asset for CGVC

After 30 years of experience in local government in Adelaide, Steve Watson found a tree change in the Clare Valley and has taken up a role as Asset Technical Officer with the local council. Mr Watson moved to Leasingham to be with his partner, Jackie, two years ago but commuted to the city, spending weekends […]

State emergency superstars

LAST Wednesday night, Clare SES held a special awards ceremony with a visit from Sue Gage, district officer for the Mid North. Much to her surprise, Clare unit manager, Lee-Anne Leach, was presented with the first certificate of the night for five years of dedicated service. Lee-Anne joined in October 2012 and has since undertaken […]

High hopes to build on BCCC expansion

HOPES are high that a federal grant could open further expansion options at Balaklava Community Children’s Centre (BCCC) following a visit from Federal Education Minister, Simon Birmingham last week. An extra 31 childcare places will be available at BCCC as of February next year. The centre received a $200,000 State Government Regional Development Fund grant, […]

PBs and medals aplenty for Clare club

IMPROVEMENT was the major theme from the Clare Swimming Club’s performance at the Country Championships meet last month, with 91 personal best performances coming from the group of 29 local competitors across the four days. From that group, 15 individual medals were awarded and 10 swimmers finished in the top 10 regularly. Individual medalists included […]

Peterborough solar farm on track

Peterborough’s new 4.9MW solar farm is on track for completion and expected to be ready to send power in to the national electricity market by April. Located on the western fringe of the town, the Renew Power Group project will see 40 people employed on-site during peak construction and the company’s chief executive officer Kevin […]

Crews remain on high alert

Fire crews will remain on high alert in the Clare district this week, with high fire danger conditions forecast for Thursday and Friday and concerns of flare-ups to the Emu Flat bushfire, which burned about 125 hectares of land last Friday. Clare CFS deputy group officer, Michael Colbert, initial incident controller for Friday’s fire, said […]