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THE Barossa Valley Council is once
again mustering support for one of the
district's biggest annual environmental
Its drumMUSTER scheme, run in
cooperation with AVCARE, is a nation-
al collection and recycling program for
empty, cleaned, non-returnable plastic
and steel chemical containers.
Collection returns to the Tanunda
works depot on Tuesday, August 7 and
Wednesday, August 8.
Now in its 13th year, the program
has prevented nearly 24,400 tonnes of
hazardous materials from being buried
Barossa mayor Brian Hurn said the
council had one of the highest collec-
tion rates in South Australia.
"Once collected, the containers are
shredded and turned into practical
items such as plastic cable covers and
cement-reinforcing bar chairs," he
"By supporting the drumMUSTER
scheme, the council is showing its
commitment to the environment.
"I encourage farmers and users of
farm chemicals to take time out of
their busy schedule and make use of
this valuable service."
This year the council will be reim-
bursed only for containers displaying
the drumMUSTER sticker. Containers
presented at the collection site must
be triple-rinsed, drained, air-dried, and
clear of all residues including around
the threads of the container neck.
Metal containers should be holed
and plastic containers should have the
caps removed. To avoid delays, users
who have more than 100 containers
can prebook an inspection with the
council's Development and
Environmental Services section.
The collection service will be held at
the old waste transfer site at the rear
of Tanunda's works depot in Walden
Street (enter from Ash Street) from
9.30am to 4pm each day.
To book an inspection time or for
further information about the
drumMUSTER collection, call the coun-
cil on 08 8563 8483.
Tanunda primed for 2013 tour
Barossa mayor Brian Hurn has wel-
comed news Tanunda will host the
Stage 4 finish of the 2013 Tour Down
Under, as well as the BUPA Challenge
The 126.5-kilometre leg on Friday,
January 25, starts at Modbury and
takes in Williamstown, Mount Pleasant
and Angaston before the sprint to the
finish at Tanunda.
The council saw-off several other
councils contending for the BUPA com-
munity ride, which is expected to
attract up to 8000 riders and feature
three different starts and ride dis-
Mr Hurn said he expected the multi-
plier effect of the Modbury-Tanunda
stage would again provide a great
economic boost for the region.
"The Barossa has proved it knows
how to host a stage-finish in style, and
we look forward to rolling out the red
carpet for a field of first-class competi-
tors and their supporters," he said.
The announcement comes as the
council continues to play a key role in
developing a Cycle Tourism Strategy.
Farmers rally for recycling
WHILE some equestrians remain
happy to ride on a casual basis,
enjoying trail rides and improving
their riding by themselves, for oth-
ers competition is the ultimate goal.
But how does one decide where to
go? Or what to do?
Sadly, competing at the Olympics
is a goal that is out of the reach of
most of us (but at least we can see it
Maybe you want to be able to
compete at a Royal show or State or
National Horse-of-the-Year competi-
Or perhaps making it around a
cross-country course is more your
Regardless of what you want to
do, it is best to set yourself realistic
While you may want to scoop the
pool and win all the blue ribbons, it
might be best (at this early stage at
least) for you to concentrate on your
horse or pony's performance instead.
Competition provides an invalu-
able way for you to judge the level of
your horse's training against other
The experience of having to be
ridden in a completely different
environment and sharing an arena
or warm-up area with other strange
horses, is also a very good training
opportunity for your horse.
Some horses can find the experi-
ence rather unsettling (you only
need to go visit a horse show early in
the morning to see how many peo-
ple lunge or work their horses for
hours on end because of this), while
others will cope with the experience
by following your lead and listening
more closely to what you are telling
them to do.
If you have a horse that is off-the-
track, the experience of being out in
the competition arena can be unset-
tling, especially if they had learnt
that when they were taken to differ-
ent surroundings with lots of horses,
it was raceday.
It may be best if you start off by
simply taking your horse along to a
show or event, but not competing,
to get it used to the atmosphere.
If your horse remains calm, take it
for a ride in the practice ring. If not,
tie it up and leave it to settle down.
An outing to a pony club or a
training school can be a useful train-
Both these types of outings help
acclimatise the horse to going out,
getting used to strange horses being
ridden around them without the
pressure of competition.
Once you and your horse are
ready to compete, ensure you
choose the competition carefully.
Watch out for the next instalment
of the Horse Ownership series in the
Ride the competition
Having good facilities
at home, or where
you agist your horse,
can make it much
easier to prepare and
ready your steed for
Competition provides experience
for you and your horse
Work with your instructor to decide
where to compete
Aim to progress steadily
Horse ownership, part 6
with MIRANDA KENNY
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