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:
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
25/08/16 Meeting Council Heritage Advisor - Kapunda
26/08/16 Funeral Service - Mrs Anne Phelen Ex President State CWA
26/08/16 Official Opening of the SALA Art Exhibition - Hewett Centre
29/08/16 Meeting Kidman Collection Working Group
29/08/16 Pre-Council Briefing Mayor, Deputy Mayor, CEO & GM's
29/08/16 Special Council Meeting
31/08/16 Freeling Hub 1st Birthday Celebration - Freeling
05/09/16 Media Interview - Barossa Leader
06/09/16 Pines Committee Meeting
07/09/16 Infrastructure Committee Meeting
09/09/16 LGA Regional Youth Traineeship Program - Meeting Minister Brock MP - Mallala
09/09/16 Kapunda Institute Committee AGM
14/09/16 Strategy Committee Meeting - Freeling
14/09/16 Tourism Barossa Board Meeting - Tanunda
15/09/16 Media Interview - ABC Port Pirie
16/09/16 Citizenship Ceremony
20/09/16 Probus Club Presentation - Pinery Fires
21/09/16 Rotary Achievers Awards Presentation - Kapunda Primary School
22/09/16 Media Interview Tripple BBB/FM - Tanunda
25/09/16 Official Opening Kapunda Bowling Club - Senator Nick Xenophon
27/09/16 Pre-Council Briefing Mayor, Deputy Mayor, CEO & GM's
27/09/16 Council Meeting
29/07/16 Meeting Mr Quentin Aguis - Chair Nagadjuri Nation Aboriginal Corp & Ms Ramona Young
31/07/16 Art Exhibition Opening - Kapunda Community Gallery
01/08/16 Media Interview - Adelaide Advertiser
01/08/16 Kidman Collection - Working Group Meeting
02/08/16 Media Photo Shoot - Tony Piccolo MP Hewett Play Space
02/08/16 Suicide Prevention Network Meeting - Freeling
02/08/16 Barossa Irrigation Ltd (BIL Scheme) Board Meeting - Tanunda
03/08/16 Infrastructure Committee Meeting
04/08/16 Glass Art Exhibition - Jam Factory - Seppeltsfield
04/08/16 Kidman Collection - Working Group Meeting
09/08/16 Meeting Kapunda RSL Committee
09/08/16 Governance Advisory Panel Meeting
10/08/16 Barossa Soroptimist International - Fashion Parade Nuriootpa
12/08/16 Funeral Jeff Kernich Greenock CFS Captain (ex) - Greenock
16/08/16 Pines Committee Meeting
16/08/16 Kidman Collection Working Group Meeting
16/08/16 Council Audit Committee Meeting
16/08/16 Special Council Meeting
19/08/16 Central Local Government Region AGM Meeting - Port Broughton
22/08/16 Site Inspection . Kara Resources - Nain
23/08/16 Pre- Council Briefing Mayor, Deputy Mayor, CEO & GM's
23/08/16 Council Meeting
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.
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