As Mayor of the Light Regional Council I take pride in conducting my civic duties and in representing and raising the profile of the region. I strongly believe that people come first, and will always stand up for the rights and expectations of residents to ensure fairness and address concerns for all our citizens.
Whenever possible, I will continue to encourage Council to protect our heritage and lifestyle in all towns and villages in the region that make this a great place to live and do business....This remains my highest priority.
Residents have rights and expectations of Council services and regularly updated information on Council operations will be posted on this site.
Please note some sections of this website are continually under construction so please check regularly for information updates.
The following is a 'snapshot' of the direction and priorities for my second term as Mayor:
23/11/16 Mine Site Working Group Meeting
25/11/16 Media Interview - ABC Radio Angela Smallcombe
25/11/16 Thanksgiving Service Pinery Fires - Wasleys
28/11/16 Chinese Trade Delegation - Seppeltsfield
29/11/16 Media Interview Barossa Leader Erica Viser
01/12/16 Local Government Association Governance Symposium - Clare
07/12/16 Barossa Tourism Board - Strategic Planning Meeting - Marrananga
07/12/16 Rotary Achievers Awards Presentation
07/12/16 Infrastructure Committee Meeting
09/12/16 Mine Site Project - Working Group Meeting
10/12/16 Kapunda Dance Company Showcase- Barossa Arts & Convention Centre
11/12/16 Nine Lessons & Carols Reading - Anglican Church Kapunda
12/12/16 Kapunda High School Presentation Evening
12/12/16 Media Interview J T Johnson & Sons - Barossa Leader
13/12/16 Media Interview Barossa Herald - Journalist Erica Viser
13/12/16 Pre Council Briefing Mayor, Deputy Mayor, CEO & GM's
13/12/16 Council Meeting
Thank you President Geoff and good afternoon everybody.
I should begin by acknowledging Club President Geoff Redden and committee members and also to extend a special welcome to Senator Nick Xenophon and Member for Stuart Dan Van Holst Pellekaan MP and his wife Rebecca for taking the time from their busy schedules to be with us today.
It is indeed an honour to be invited to say a few words on this very special occasion. The Kapunda Bowling Club was formed in 1919 and has a long and distinguished history and is located in the town where the first game of bowls in SA was played in 1876. If I recall 'The Cattle King' Sir Sidney Kidman was a past president of this club.
To arrive at this opening today has been an extraordinary journey taken by a small but dedicated group of people in managing and completing this outstanding project. This was no easy task with many sceptics saying it won't happen.
I recall those early meetings with Phill Voumard & Geoff Redden sitting around a small table at the old IGA with them explaining their vision for the future of the Kapunda Bowling Club.
The original concept plan had been prepared by Council for a new centre to be located at Dutton Park in order to consolidate the sporting facilities in one location. The original budget required for the project was estimated be in excess of $5. million which I'm sure included 'gold plated' toilet seats and other unnecessary infrastructure. It was never going to happen.
The journey was about to begin as Geoff & Phill along with the committee had other ideas and a far more practical plan was produced and agreed to by the members of the bowling club and fully costed at around $1.1 million. The plan was subsequently presented to Council who supported the concept. It included Council purchasing the 'old' Bowling Club site and assisting in securing a loan from the Local Government Finance Authority on their behalf. This project was funded entirely by the Bowling Club.
The concept of constructing an undercover bowling facility was certainly visionary as there are only two others in the State. What is more important is that this facility was built by local tradesmen and volunteers with some 80 thousand hours donated by this band of dedicated community minded volunteers.
You can all hold your head up very high in being involved in what is more likely the largest community driven project in the towns history, and Kapunda has a long and distinguished history in community driven projects. In terms of the facility its self, it is more likely the finest in Australia and I don't think I'm exaggerating in saying possibly the world. I have done some research on this and all the evidence seems to point that way.
The project management was lead by Geoff & Phill with Master Builder Peter Costello overseeing the construction work. Other retired tradesmen also contributed their skills and were certainly greatly appreciated. The beautiful stone work along the front of the building was created by Master Stone Mason Ian Otterspoor a club champion who gave up a season of bowling to complete this task in his spare time. I am sure the club members will be forever grateful for your commitment Ian.
On behalf of Council and I am sure I can speak on behalf of the community in sincerely thank you all for your splendid efforts in establishing the very fine sporting and recreational facility.
You have all done the the town proud in establishing a world class all weather facility to be enjoyed all year round by the club members and the many thousands of visitors it will attract. This is the jewel in the crown of the wonderful sporting facilities here at Dutton Park in Kapunda.
From a personal perspective as your Mayor I feel so proud to stand here today and personally thank you on your dedication and total commitment, and may you all enjoy the opportunity to play bowls all year round in this outstanding facility.....Your efforts confirm Community spirit remains alive and well in Kapunda and you should give yourselves a big 'pat on the back'...... Thank you for listening
The Pinery Recovery Concert
Pinery Fires - 25th November 2015
2 Lives were lost.
5 People critically injured
85,000 Hectares of farm land was scorched, 87 Homes and 384 outbuildings and 98 tractors and vehicles were destroyed, 1000s of farm animals died, livelihoods lost; severe emotional scarring has occurred which now requires counselling; school children cry when they smell smoke. Our native fauna and flora along with thousands of trees have been wiped out; yet our community and the many individuals effected stay strong, resilient and proud as they fight for recovery.
As the Mayor of one of those Council areas significantly hit by this devastating and catastrophic fire, I have been overwhelmed by the extraordinary response by the many community leaders and ordinary people who put their hand up to help. I should also acknowledge those Councils who have contributed time and resources during the recovery phase.
Vince Monterola, the Local Recovery Co-ordinating officer and his team, hit the ground running and have continued to do an outstanding job in providing the necessary leadership and direction and most of all on the ground assistance.... Thank you Vince
I would also acknowledge and thank the Council staff who have courageously dealt with the many issues emanating from this tragedy and the emotions surrounding individual situations in a professional and caring manner.
Apart from the outstanding contribution from the CFS, SES, MFS, SAPOL and SA Ambulance, others that deserve recognition and our sincere gratitude are the many volunteers within our communities who have given so much time to assist with donations of short term shelter, clothing, household items and the preparation of food to feed those working in the field, such as BlazeAid volunteers who have not only been rebuilding fences, but helping to rebuild community spirit.
Importantly, it has been the ordinary people in the community who have demonstrated incredible strength and leadership; some of you are here this evening, however too many to mention. Please forgive me if I have overlooked any group or any organisation.
To set the mood of reflection about the Pinery Bushfire I will shortly introduce Wes Carr who has written a very stirring tribute song that pays respect to Mrs Janet Hughes and Mr Allan Tiller who both lost their lives in this horrendous fire on that fateful day 25th November 2015. Wes will perform his tribute song which is also about a community who have endured such a devastating ordeal. Wes's powerful and moving song titled 'Hell Fire' will graphically tell the story.
There will also be a 'silent auction' of an amazing painting produced by Light Regional Council's CEO Brian Carr which illustrates the enormity, the incredible force, and the devastating effects of the fires. For all those bidding for the painting and other items at the silent auction, I thank you in advance and I know you will give generously and enjoy doing this.
The Pinery Fires song; 'Hellfire' along with another song on this special Edition CD can be purchased tonight for $10.00, all the proceeds from the sales and the painting auction will go to the Pinery Fires Recovery Program and the Freeling Community Centre.
Your Council. local communities and local people have felt the effects of this devastation greater than any other in our history and we, as a community, have responded with pride, respect and humility. We are determined in our efforts in rebuilding our communities and will continue support for those who have been effected. In closing, to all those courageous and selfless people out there and you know who you are, you can all hold your head up very high and on behalf of your Council our people and communities I sincerely salute you.
Thank you for listening.
National Volunteers Week - Thank You MorningTea
Freeling Institute 2pm Tuesday 10th May 2016
Give Happy - Live Happy
Thank you Lorinda! To the Volunteers, Councillors, Ladies and Gentlemen, I extend to you all a very warm welcome to this Afternoon Tea designed to acknowledge and say thank you to our volunteers. I would also take this opportunity to acknowledge Council's Community Development Officer Lorinda Bailey for her introduction and outstanding efforts in organising this special occasion.
May I begin by sharing a quote that really resonates with me.."Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the numbers of moments that take our breath away". I am sure we can all recall some special moments in our life that through the generous help and assistance of others this would apply. An immediate example comes to mind with the incredible response to the recent catastrophic Pinery Bushfires and the recovery process with people from all over State and volunteer groups such as Blazeaid giving so generously of their time and resources. Notwithstanding the selfless volunteers in all our Emergency Services and those generous people who donated goods and the efforts of in particular, the Freeling & Kapunda Thrift Shops in distributing these goods. Let's not to forget also the many volunteers who assisted with the massive 'clean up' efforts. People helping people in true 'Aussie tradition' of 'standing by your mate'.
As we approached National Volunteer Week with which as Lorinda mentioned has the same theme again this year 'Give Happy - Live Happy' my thoughts turned to the 6 million volunteers who contribute some 700 million hours of unpaid work across Australia. Research also says that those volunteers are happier as a result.
The economic contribution to this country's economy is extraordinary and estimated to be more than 40 billion dollars more likely outstripping mining, agriculture and the retail sector.
The incredible contribution volunteers make to our communities, include but are not restricted to, building and managing resources, providing emergency services, health services and adding to the wellbeing of individuals along with the social fabric of communities in general. Volunteering is a quintessential Australian trait and you are extraordinary people who continue to demonstrate Australia's proud culture of giving.
As I look around the room I see so many familiar and friendly faces. Each face tells a story; so many faces, so many stories. You come from all walks of life. You have many different life experiences and yet you have at least one thing in common, your willingness to give your time to others. We are humbled by your generosity of spirit and your compassion for your fellow human beings. It is all of you who so generously give of your time, skills and passion and you're caring. It is all of you, doing what you do, who take my breath away.
Volunteers build communities, share their joy and laughter and sometimes shed a tear. They bring a kind word and warm heart and empathy to a person who is unwell, lonely or scared. They are dedicated, compassionate and willing to give their time to others. What volunteers receive in return is a sense of achievement and satisfaction of being able to help somebody in need. They gain experience in communicating with people. They develop new friendships amongst other volunteers and they grow in confidence. I have seen powerful personal journeys where people have flourished when their confidence has grown through their volunteering. The roles they perform, the people they meet, and the time and compassion given through all of this, they have reached great personal growth. Volunteers have a commitment to building and managing resources within communities across our region and there are many fine examples of this. Many of you are in this room today.
I would like to finish up by reciting a little poem I am not sure of its origin but I thought the words captured what I tried to portray on this occasion.
Dedicated hearts like yours
Are not so easy to find
It takes a special person to be
So generous and kind
To care so much for your fellow man
Is a quality all too rare
Yet you give of your time and talents
For all in need to share
So thank you for being a volunteer
We're privileged to work with you
We want you to know how appreciated you are
Not just today, but the whole year through
Thanks a million for volunteering and please enjoy each others company and Afternoon Tea and I look forward to meeting and talking with you... Thank you for listening
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