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THE City of Onkaparinga, with the support of
local history groups and historians, has pro-
duced a stunning publication celebrating the
history of the City of Onkaparinga as part of
SA's 175th birthday.
My Home in Onkaparinga tells the stories of
the district's homes, built in the 19th, 20th and
It tells the stories of those who have lived or
still live in these homes -- how they were built,
bought or rented.
It profiles what changes they made, where
people came from, what work they did, the fam-
ilies they raised, their social lives and recreation,
the neighbourhoods and the natural environ-
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National Broadband testing
NBN Co's Tony Gibbs recently answered ques-
tion about the status of the National Broadband
Network in the Willunga area, following the lay-
ing of fibre optic cable and infrastructure in the
The network is expected to deliver the new
high-speed NBN to about 1000 premises in the
Willunga First Release Site area.
The network rollout has progressed according
to plan, with the majority of construction work
When construction is finalised, a testing
phase will ensue, allowing the network to be
'put through its paces' from a technical perspec-
tive before it 'goes live' to all users in the
NBN Co will be in a position to move to full
commercial launch' of the network within the
FR site borders in the fourth quarter of 2011.
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Get fire smart
THE Onkaparinga City Council and the
Country Fire Service have told residents that
adopting precautionary measures in the summer
fire danger season can drastically reduce risk.
Cleaning up houses and backyards and
removing weed growth from gardens were a
priority. Keeping road verges free of dry matter,
while protecting native vegetation, would also
minimise the chance of fire outbreaks. While
native grasses could be hard to identify, NRM
boards were available to give assistance.
Removing anything flammable, such as old
stacks of papers, long grass and leaves, cleaning
gutters and roof spaces were also necessary
The CFS says vents, airconditioner pads or
other openings should be free of any build-up of
leaves and grasses. Embers from fires can travel
Fire warnings are broadcast on ABC FM 891
and residents can visit the CFS website:
Council says fire prevention inspectors are
issuing notices and expiations to properties with
high fuel loads around their houses and sheds.
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HE town of Mount Pleasant has long
been a service centre for farmers and
producers in the region.
And just 55 kilometres north east of
Adelaide, it is also a great spot for a day trip or
lunch for visitors. In January, it was a hive of
activity when the Santos
Tour Down Under
came to town.
A leg of the BUPA Community Ride kicked-
off from the Mount Pleasant Oval
Councillor Michael Seager has been
involved with the TDU since it started.
"We have quite a few major events here
throughout the year and anything that will
help put Mount Pleasant on the Australian and
global map for tourists will always get my sup-
port," he said.
"The TDU brings lots of spectators, who
spend a lot of money in the businesses here -
we are very fortunate it comes through about
"The whole town gets involved, decorating
the streets and their houses and it is a really
great event for the community."
Michael, who has been in the area since
1950 and on the council for 25 years, says
working towards improving Mount
Pleasant is something he loves to do.
And it must run in the family, with his
son Nick preparing for his eighth
Mount Pleasant Show as president.
On the third Saturday in March, the town is
struck with show fever when the towns' pop-
ulation explodes for one of the biggest country
shows in SA, with between 6000 and 10,000
"We offer something for everyone, with
sideshows and showbags for kids and the
entertainment and livestock for the adults,"
Market town's community
A SHORT drive from Adelaide, Mount Pleasant -- the archetypal
market town -- hosts one of South Australia's most successful country
shows and the community is now lining-up behind its weekly farmers'
market to support local producers. JAMIE-LEE OLDFIELD reports.
Event: Mount Pleasant Farmers Market, every
Saturday, 8am-12noon; Mount Pleasant
Agricultural and Horticultural Show, March 17
History: James Phillis arrived in Adelaide in
1839 and rode his horse into the Adelaide Hills
looking for suitable farming land. By 1843, he
had settled at Mount Pleasant, planted,
harvested and sold his first crop of wheat. He
used the profits to ship Romney Marsh sheep
to the area and became one of the most
prosperous farmers in the district.
Nick Seager says the show will celebrate its 150th year in 2013 -- no mean feat for a small
country town -- when the committee hopes to reintroduce a few traditional events from the past,
including a grand parade and official opening.
Cupid struck when Mark first became a stall-
holder at Willunga and Lisa was the market man-
ager. Two children later and the rest is history!
But that isn't the end of the story. Some years
ago, McLaren Vale orchardist and original
Willunga stallholder Ray Seidel decided it was
time to sell his mixed fruit and cherry orchard
Knowing there was a direct marketing oppor-
tunity through the farmers' market network for
the farm's produce, Mark and Lisa bought it.
They became the first stallholders involved in the
transfer of a food-producing property from one
farmer stallholder to another.
Without the opportunity to sell direct through
farmers' markets, it is probable that this fruit-
producing property in the heart of McLaren Vale
wine country would have been planted to
Markets also need to be well run and account-
able to their members to ensure their viability:
prudent financial management is essential. So
how has the fiscal health of South Australia's
first farmers' market fared after 10 years?
From information on their website the
Willunga Farmers Market turns a profit every
year. Income is generated from membership fees
(about $80,000 in 2010-11 collected from the
Market's 2277 members,) and stallholder fees
(about $120,000 annually), producing turnover in
the vicinity of $200,000.
But the real financial success story and what
keeps stallholders smiling is the cashflow gener-
ated from the sale of produce each week. A con-
servative calculation indicates this is likely close
to $3 million annually, representing much-need-
ed cash straight into the pockets of our farmers
Happy birthday, Willunga Farmers Market!
There is a lot to celebrate and congratulations
for continuing to set the bar so high.
Enjoy the party and I'll see you in the front bar
of the Alma after the market!
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