Gunning celebrates a great day


In Barbour Park, Gunning, those who gathered for the Australia Day ceremony made it a morning to connect with friends and neighbours and to applaud with pride those awarded for their service to the community. Mayor Brian McCormack OAM officiated and Councillors Pam Kensit and John Searl attended.

The 2017 Gunning Citizen of the Year went jointly to Kathleen Webster and Patricia (Trish) Hallam, both unflagging volunteers in their communities. Kathleen was the face of Collector for every new resident to the village, ensuring each was welcomed into the community. Trish Hallam has been a tireless volunteer in numerous Gunning district organisations.

17yo Lucy Foley was the recipient of the Gunning Junior Citizen of the Year award that recognised her volunteer work in Timor Leste to assist students with their English speaking.


Carmel Hills, long term Council employee and now formally retired, was specially commended for her invaluable service to the running of the Shire’s Australia Day events. In a Lions Noticeboard tribute, Michael Coley notes that Carmel “…has always been there, always knowledgeable, always friendly and always efficient.” Thank you Carmel – enjoy your retirement!


While volunteers in Gunning district certainly pull their weight, more are needed by Gunning Community Care as community transport drivers – please phone Julie Kennedy on 4845 1166.

Upper Lachlan Councillor Pam Kensit, Australia Day Ambassador Jacinta Tynan and 2017 Gunning Junior Citizen of the Year Lucy Foley on Australia Day at Barbour Park, Gunning.

Retiring: Carmel Hills

Citizens all! Trish Hallam (centre) jointly awarded Gunning Citizen of the Year 2017 is congratulated by Genevieve Starr and David Hallam who were similarly awarded in 2016 and 2011 respectively.

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Flashback Friday – August 1988

Flashback Friday – August 1988 Gavin Reyne, Arno Bay, gives the shearers a hand in the shed while they have a well-earned rest.

Greg Hutchisson, Penola, repairs Coonawarra trellises ahead of the vintage.

Winners of the Stock Journal Mazda Master Farmer were able to ride in style with this Mazda B2600 four-wheel-drive utility.

Sulby Park Limousin’s studmaster Debbie Fewings, Yankalilla.

Elders Pastoral manager Stephen Redden, Tumby Bay, auctioneer Tony Wetherall, buyer Bob Phillips and Collandra studmaster Graeme Lawrie, with the $3050 top price Collandra ram.

Yacka farmer Lionel Kunoth has made a move towards minimising tillage and retaining stubble, using this Pheonix rotary harrow. With him is Sagric soils technical officer Glenn Gale, who is operating a five-year trial on the Kunoth property.

Brian Clark and brother Darrol, Virginia, wash and pack their celery, which is sent to the Sydney market.

Burra Community School principal Michael Day with a steer being prepared for the Adelaide Show. The school was preparing to open a boarding house.

SA Botanical Gardens’ senior gardener Steve Hauber with Mt Compass carnation grower Jane Warnock at the Australian Floriculture Conference, held in Adelaide.

Roma Woolford, Kimba, and Pat Wardle, Moonta, catch up at the National CWA conference.

Elders Pastoral auctioneer Kevin Vanstone and his Dalgety Bennetts Farmers counterpart Ray Smith have a chat at Gepps Cross.

John Price, Benmater, Cleve, with his Merino clip during annual shearing.

Ray Crouch, Mt Compass, took advantage of the sunshine to complete maintenance on farm equipment.

Bill and Grant Liebelt, Grantley Holsteins, Meadows, take hay off the tractor in the background as John Maidment, Meadows Herd Improvement Services, prepared herd recording equipment.

New members have been elected to the SA Rural Advisory Council, with deputy chairperson Ivan Venning, Don Mitchell, Kerri Cliff, chairperson Diana Penniment, Julie Harder and Tracy Zippel.

United Farmers and Stockowners zone 7 president Ian Mann talks to memebers of the Nuriootpa branch at their meeting. With him are branch secretary John Hage and president Leo Pech.

Leigh Hart, Meadows, and Simon Boyley, concentrate on their Ramsey Brothers Lego competition entries at the EP Field Days.

Julie Mickan, Cummins, Margaret Glover, Yeelanna, and Julie Eckermann, Cummins, could not get their daughters Rebecca, Natasha and Meagan past the doll display at the EPFD.

Steve Noble with Keith and Joan McDonald, Cleve, check on the wool quality of this sheep at the EPFD.

Barry Boulton, Boulview Charolais stud, Spalding, has been breeding the placid French beef cattle for more than 10 years.

Greenfields studmaster Jim Sullivan, Elders Pastoral Port Lincoln’s Jack May, Melvin and Peter McAvaney, Cooyamoolta, White Flat, and Greenfields’ Mark Brooks.

Kimba farmer Gavin Beinke and Agrowplow marketing advisor Kim Wallace compare the difference in root development after deep tillage.

Simon Green and John Plumber, Lenswood, inspect the young trees at the Joyson Orchard, Kalangadoo, during a South East tour by Lenswood horticulturalists.

Coral Farr, Loxton, was named Citizen of the Year.

WAB vice president Audrey Hutchens (right) took the helm at the state conference last week, assisted by regional counsellor Raelene Bussenschutt, Cunliffe.

SA Rural Advisory Council member Diana Penniment, Wirrega, discusses the agenda of the WAB conference with Murraylands regional coordinator Betty Heading and Pinkawillinie delegate Barbara Schaefer.

Peter Melville, Sydney, and Jeff Woodman, Quorn, get hands on experience during the Regular Army’s apprenticeship scheme.

Scotch College students Jane Struik, Caroline Lum, Naomi Potts, Emily Roxburgh, Sophie Martin, Adrianna Djurasevich and Andrew Milne check out the agricultural area.

Watswool auctioneer Michael Crooks, Portland, Vic, Bill Mosey, Kapunda, and Watswool chief Doug Wilson at the opening of the wool selling season.

Frank Guy, VPC, and Peter Powell, both of Kaniva, Vic, were well-dressed for the Nhill store sheep sale.

Richard Harvey, EFV-VPC Agency, Naracoorte, at the Nhill sheep sale with Rol Zacher, Naracoorte, looking for an elusive pen of “cheapies”.

Keith Taylor, Dalgety Farmers, Nhill, in action, with bids reaching a top of $80.05 for woolly wethers.

District agronomist David Lewis, Cleve, and Merv Graefe, Cootra, look over the old and new wheat varieties planted on the EPFD site for the Department of Agriculture displays.

Grahame and Nerilee Reid try to wrangle the sheep for dipping time on the Dawesley property of Nerilee’s father David Powell.

Kevin Cooke, Naracoorte, helps Wayne Johnson, Naracoorte, to load one of the rams bought at the Naracoorte Ram Sales.

Ian Rose, Sunny Side, Kulpara, pulls down the old fence around his wheat-vetch fence to use materials for a sheep fence.

Harold Kobelt, Cleve, and Brian Kobelt, Kielpa, weigh the fleece shorn from their Deloshande Stud Poll Merino ram after the Stock Journal guess-the-weight competition.

A sheep feedlot is relatively easy to establish says Butler farmer Dennis Bates, and every farm with sheep in an unreliable district should have one.

Ray Affolter and son John, Lucerne Park, Booborowie, with the stud’s champion and reserve champion strong wool Merino rams at Crystal Brook.

Bill Walker, Classings Ltd, Murray Bridge, with a Collinsville ram bought at the Naracoorte ram sale.

Top Fertiliser’s district officer Allan Price and Bute farmer David Sluggett with a wheat crop that had been tested for tissue analysis and trace element applications.

Nuriootpa vigneron Ray Hahn inspects his tensiometers, which measure soil moisture levels, as part of his vineyard tour route.

Sandy Burton with Ucolta Boss at the Paskeville Sheepdog Trials.

Part-time Gawler Show secretary Bill Palamountain was kept busy in the lead up to the event’s bicentennial.

Robin Short, Maken Vale, Burra, Dalgety Bennetts Farmers Mid and Norther wool advisor Trevor Burton, Trevor Wiseman, DBF Burra, and Dennis Short, Maken Vale, Burra.

Trevor Henschke, Dalgety Bennetts Farmers Jamestown, Glen Arney, Aylesbury Park, Jabuk, and Brian Menzel, Menzels Meat, Kapunda, at Gepps Cross.

Dalgety store stock manager Barry Allen sells at a Loxton/Paruna sale which yarded 29,000 sheep and lambs.

SA Stud Merino Sheepbreeders Association president Alistair Murray, Cappeedee Stud, Hallett, prepares for the Adelaide Show.

United Farmers and Stockowners president Don Pfitzner at the opening of the Tafe Rural Leadership training course with participants Rob Jacobs, Cowell, and Bill Moularadellis, Kingston-on-Murray.

Bob and Bruce Pocock, Lampata, Lameroo, with one of the Lampata rams.

Buyers at the Merrindee Poll Dorset dispersal wereLinden, Kym, Daniel and Petra Masters, Verran.

Greg Andrews, Bolinda Stud, Bordertown, with the top price ram.

Crop Science Society president Chris Butler inspects a crop of wheat grown by Mallala farmer John Lush.

Mark Nurmela and Tuija and Neil Schultz, Top Range Apples, have created a successful tourist and marketing enterprise on their Forest Range orchard, producing wax-free apples.

David Haldene and Niffy Robinson, Port Pirie, polish up the Northern Country Music Association’s 3.5m guitar in preparation for the Festival of Country Music.

Re-elected CWA state president Enid Philbey compared notes with immediate past president Joyce Gamlen.

Admiring the top-price ram at the White River Merino sale at Elders stud stock auctioneer Tony Wetherall, buyers Monica and Mark Dodd, Marly Rise, Port Lincoln, and White River studmaster John Daniell.

Tom Bagshaw, Rudall, and Leith Stenning, Cowell, at the Cleve sheep sale.

Dalgety Bennetts Farmers Cleve manager Peter Watkins presses on with a Cleve yarding double the advertised size due to the dry season.

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Barkley vies for prize

POTTER: Artist and curator Glenn Barkley with his vase, entitled I wish I was where I would be, at the doors of the Berry Showground pavilion. When the pavilion doors are officially opened for the 129thBerry Showthere will be the blood, sweat and tears of manylocals on display.

Amidst the beautiful flowers, hand-knitted shawls and wood craft, there will also be the work of one of Australia’s most prominent studio potters, Glenn Barkley.

Many show-goers might walk straight past and not give the vase, entitledI wish I was where I would be, a line taken from a John Clare poem,another thought.

Some might openly deride the piece as being child-like or naive in its style.

But to think that Barkley’s work is unenlightened is to ignore thefact that he has been immersing himself in art for the past 25 years.

Although he has only been working with ceramics for the past four years, he has spent most of his working life as a curator, including time as the high-profile Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

He has just been announced as one of the five finalists in the $50,000 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award run through the Shepparton Art Museum.

He finds inspiration for his prodigious output of work in many things including his garden, poetry andmusic.

“Most of my work is a response to the things around me, to popular song, the garden, conversations I have with people about art and the internet,” he said.

The fact that he has chosen ceramics as his main medium should come as no surprise, given that his mother-in-law, Lyn Havilah, was a successful production potter and one of the main judges of the ceramics section of the Berry Show for many years.

“What I love about the Berry Show is that you really have to think about your entry as the guidelines are quite strict,” Barkley said.

The work displayed in the show was both made and fired at his Berry studio and he also has a studio in Glebe.

This year is shaping up to be a busy one, with shows in Sydney and Melbourne as well as an overseas trip to gather ideas and inspiration. With other projects in the pipeline, including a book, it would seem as though Barkley is indeed exactly where he would wish to be.

Glenn Barkley with one of the large-scale ceramic works in his South Coast studio.

Barkley’s two-dimensional wall plaques consist of words surrounded by decorative roundels such as these pictured here.

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You can’t take the hipster out of Newtown: city boys battle the bush

What’s the old saying?

WE WILL ROCK YOU: Tahs players enjoy the bush while practicing their purple cobras. Photo: NICK McGRATH

You can take the boy out of the bush, but you can’t take the bush out of the boy …that’s the one.

Ask any of the NSW Waratahs boys at Lake Burrendong at the moment and the old cliche should read a little bit like this:You can take the boy out of Newtown, but you can’t take the Newtown out of the boy.

That boy, this week anyway, has been Sydney born-and-raised Jake Gordon.

It’s fair to say, growing up in Newtown and going to school in Glebe, the only real association Gordon has with anything west is a Westfieldshopping centre.

And it hasn’t gone unnoticed by his Waratahs teammates this week during their Beach to the Bush tour, trekking through the heart of the central west, centres like Bathurst, Orange, Dubbo and then Mudgee for the Tahs clash with the ACT Brumbies on Saturday.

Nine of the Waratahs’ 37-man squad grew up in Country NSW, and it’s Dubbo’sTom Robertson that takes up the rest of the Gordon story.

“He’s a guy who grew up in the middle of the city, Newtown. He hardly sees grass unless it’s on a footy field so he’s quite out of his element,” Robertson says at the end of one of his team’s training sessions at Lake Burrendong.

“We drove past a few kangaroos on our way out here (on Monday) and he said‘boys, did you see those kangaroos, I was so scared’.

“He’s a bit of a city boy.”

But, Waratahs head coach Daryl Gibson refused to point the finger and just one of his city boys.

No, he says the entire metro-link throughout his NSW squadwas battling the elements as the club kicks off its 2017 Super Rugby campaign.

“The country boys are right at home. The boys from the east are battling. They’re used to the surf, not the lake.”The Tahs take on the Brumbies from 6pm on Saturday.

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Taylor’s 251 lifts Warriors

HANDY POINTS: Westy will be buying Cameron Taylor a beer after he scored 251 points for his Warriors in round 10 of the BDCA Challenge. Picture: GLENN DANIELS

WESTY made it two ins in a row as his Warriors saluted in round 10 of the BDCA Challenge thanks to 251 points from Cameron Taylor.

Westy’s 751 points edged out Bourkey’s 708.


Round 10 total: 751

All-rounders (426):

Cameron Taylor –251

Taylor Beard –99

Leigh McDermott –76

Batsmen (146):

Greg Lyon –42

Tim Wood –36

Zoltan Smyth –36

Jake Klemm (c) –32

Bowlers (140):

Alex Pearson –60

Dylan Klemm –60

Peter Moore –20

Wicket-keeper (39):

Brodie McRae –39



Round 10 total: 708

All-rounders (288):

Ben Devanny (c)–136

Craig Howard –107

Mitch Winter-Irving –45

Batsmen (142):

Kyle Chant –53

Mick Hanson –43

Gavin Bowles –26

Chris Smith –20

Bowlers (220):

Richard Tibbett –100

Brett Andrews –60

Scott Trollope –60

Wicket-keeper (58):

Linton Jacobs –58



Round 10 total: 579

All-rounders (179):

Andrew Smith –98

Mitchell Cheesman –42

Nathan Fitzpatrick –39

Batsmen (81):

Elliott Massina –28

Ben DeAraugo –26

Ollie Geary –18

Shane Koop –9

Bowlers (260):

Nick Crawford –120

Chris Barber –100

Jamie Bysouth –40

Wicket-keeper (59):

Joel Schneider –59



Round 10 total: 529

All-rounders (162):

Aaron Monro (c) –134

Grant Connelly –19

Jack Neylon –9

Batsmen (223):

Clayton Holmes –86

Mark Di Fede –47

Matt Fitt –46

Bodee Scullie –44

Bowlers (120):

Cameron Moore –80

Tom Hart –40

Corey Dickins –20

Wicket-keeper (24)

Jack Stubbs –24




Cameron Taylor –585

Sam Sperling –533

Heath Behrens –503


Craig Howard –835

Mitch Winter-Irving –701

Adam Burns –672


Andrew Smith –675

Nathan Fitzpatrick –617

Nick Crawford –480


Daniel Cruickshank –410

Cameron Moore –380

Aaron Monro –356



Bourkey –6498

Westy –6136

Ozzie –5754

Lucky Stew –4694

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