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Road block

Thursday, 23rd May, 2013

By Erica Visser

Public concern has seen City Council delay a decision to allow a bypass road to be built through a section of the city’s common for the Silverton Windfarm project.

At a meeting last night, Council was to decide whether to let power company AGL build the road across 1.4 kilometres of the Willyama Common to join up with the Silverton Road, past Horsington Drive.

Instead, Councillor Peter Black successfully moved that Council consult further with the company before granting it access.

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Pub turned B and B is a star performer

Thursday, 23rd May, 2013

Caledonian Bed and Breakfast owner Hugh Gough with the award from TripAdvisor. Caledonian Bed and Breakfast owner Hugh Gough with the award from TripAdvisor.

By Michael Murphy

The world’s largest travel website has bestowed an award on the Caledonian Bed and Breakfast.

TripAdvisor has honoured the Cally with an excellence award, given to businesses that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on its website.

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SA swim success for trio

Thursday, 23rd May, 2013

Young swimming stars Isaac Stokes (from left), Bethany Stokes and Sienna Speechley of the Silver City Swim Club. Young swimming stars Isaac Stokes (from left), Bethany Stokes and Sienna Speechley of the Silver City Swim Club.

Three young swimmers from the Silver City Swim Club performed well at the Swimming SA Junior Excellence Short Course Series Meet in Adelaide this month.

Isaac Stokes, 8, Sienna Speechley, 9, and Bethany Stokes, 6, proved they are up there with the best junior swimmers in South Australia.

Isaac Stokes was on fire, producing five personal best times to win the 50m and 100m backstroke events.

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It’s time to give a Gonski for kids

Thursday, 23rd May, 2013

By Maureen Clark, President of the Barrier Teachers Association

Today is Public Education Day and we can celebrate it with a degree of mixed feelings.

The Federal Government has finally endorsed the Gonski review of Australian education which recommends giving more money to those schools that most need it. Commonsense surely, you might say.

Not since Gough Whitlam has an Australian government recognised the importance of education for all, regardless of health, wealth or postcode.

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Great support

Tuesday, 14th May, 2013

Josh Peeters (2), who is a sibling of a Silverlea student, playing in the new play equipment.PICTURE: Darrin Manuel Josh Peeters (2), who is a sibling of a Silverlea student, playing in the new play equipment.PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

By Emily Roberts

Silverlea Early Intervention Centre has opened its upgraded playground.
Director Lesley Harvey said the $140,000 upgrade was largely thanks to donations and funding.
She said the upgrade started three-and-half months ago.
“Once it was started it had to be finished quickly as not to disrupt the children,” Mrs Harvey said.
“The play equipment, soft fall and sand pit was done in two weeks and the rest was finished within the three months.”
Mrs Harvey said $100,000 of the money for the playground and storage sheds was raised through donations.
“This Wednesday, we are holding a thank you evening for all those who contributed,” she said.
“It will also be officially opened by MP John Williams.”
Mrs Harvey said without the community, these upgrades wouldn’t have been possible.
“Thanks to the local community and local businesses as well as the support from John Williams to help get funding - we were able to achieve it.”
The sand pit, soft fall, storage sheds and equipment were all upgraded.
“The sand pit is now more accessible, it is flat and the children can go straight into it,” she said.
“In the old sand pit the children were on top of each other.”
More accessibility is better for the children, Mrs Harvey said.
“The old play equipment was not 100 per cent accessible by all the children and it didn’t meet some of the safety standards,” she said.
“We had it designed for us - we realised that the slides were popular so we had two installed, also if there was a tunnel on the equipment the adults had trouble accessing it.”
“Now, they can get up there easily to help the children.”
Mrs Harvey said their storage shed has been extended.
“We had two rooms added to the shed, it will house our therapy equipment which was originally off site,” she said.

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