Northern Merino Expo success

Jamestown hosted a successful inaugural Northern SA Merino Expo last week, with organisers and participating sheep studs already committing to a follow-up event for next year. In all, 20 Merino studs brought about 300 sheep to Victoria Park to display their genetics ahead of the spring sale season, and a $5000 feature prize for the […]

Woolpress rotunda nearing completion

Orroroo’s wool press rotunda development in the main street is continuing along, and despite some minor hiccups with COVID-19 restrictions and timber shortages, is set for completion in October. The historic 1830 manual wool press from nearby Black Rock Station – donated by Ian and Barb Nutt and meticulously restored by volunteers over two years […]

Drought Breaker

Relentless rains which charged into the region at the weekend combined with record-high downpours reported over the past two months have brought confidence to the Mid North. Despite the abrupt winds, chill and hail recorded in some parts, the wet has provided much-needed relief to emerging pastures, low rainwater tanks and parched dams. Mid North […]

Huge deluge tops up vineyards

Welcome rains across vineyards in the region has not put too much of a dampener on annual pruning schedules, but some services have felt the impact of the seven-day state COVID-19 lockdown. Ackland Vineyard Services managing director Aaron Ackland said the business had taken a “fairly cautious” approach over the last week, putting some of […]

Public libraries new agreement

A returned international educator who also calls the Mid North home fears changes to SA’s public council library set up will greatly impact the future of his much-loved service. Currently, the Local Government Association South Australia (LGASA) negotiates a New Memorandum of Agreement with the Libraries Board of SA. This will be the first agreement […]

Premier’s gong for years of hard work

WIELDING scalding hot metal, helping build fences with antique agricultural wheels and setting up an extensive blacksmith tool display, Sarah Tiller’s volunteer efforts in preserving Balaklava’s agricultural history will be formally acknowledged this evening, (May 19). Sarah (pictured) is one of three recipients of the Premier’s Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Volunteer Service which will […]

Protect your pets with ChipBlitz

ChipBlitz is coming to Balaklava on Saturday, May 29, offering $10 microchipping for dogs and cats. The service is available to all pet owners, including non-residents of Wakefield Regional  Council. They DO chip dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, and ferrets. They DON’T chip livestock, birds, or reptiles. WRC mayor, Rodney Reid, said council teamed up […]

Music festival return slated for 2022

The Burra Country Music Festival announced that they have postponed this year’s festival to 2022, citing COVID-19 restrictions and a drop in sponsorship as the contributing factors to the decision. “Most of the local businesses have been affected by COVID and our major sponsors AGL were cutting sponsorship down this year,” Burra Country Music Committee […]