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Greens candidate Thomas Campbell with former Glenelg Shire mayopr Frank Ziegler and independent candidate Rod van de Hoef, Liberal Party candidate Roma Britnell and independent candidate Roy Reekie in Portland on Wednesday night.A RENEWABLE energy forum brought South West coast by-election candidates together for the first time on Wednesday night.
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The Australian Wind Alliance organised the forum at Portland Arts Centre with former Glenelg Shire mayor Frank Ziegler as compare.

Nine candidates took part in the debate with more than 60 people in attendance. Australian Christians candidate Lillian Len did not attend and independent candidate Swampy Marsh sent his apologies.

Australian Wind Alliance south west organiser Angela McFeeterssaid investment in renewable energy was a key topic of discussion on Wednesday night.

“Two candidates backed Victoria having its own renewable energy target- Thomas Campbell (Greens) and Roy Reekie (independent),” Ms McFeeters said.

“Both Pete Smith (independent Liberal) and Michael Neoh (National Party) expressed support for a renewable energy research centre to be built in Portland.”

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‘Hunger Games’ with Saskia Beer

Year nine Kapunda High School students participating in the Finding My Place program with Saskia Beer.Year nine Kapunda High School students picked up cooking tips from Saskia Beer,learnt about quality produce and food handlingat a ‘Hunger Games’ event.
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As part of the Finding My Place program which helps students learn life skills, the ‘Hunger Games’ event was an informative cooking demonstration culminating in a shared lunch.

Lorinda Bayley, community development officer at Light Regional Council said, “The program aims to teach young people to gain more confidence in preparing their own meals from scratch with a focus on healthy choices, rather than eating a frozen pizza for instance.

The students heard a food safety standards presentation from Light Regional Council’s Environmental Health Officer David Hooper.

Tips for Teens’ in the kitchen were discussed and a mini Masterchef cupcake decorating session was held.

Year nine Kapunda High School students hands on in the kitchen with Saskia Beer.

Saskia demonstrated cooking a meal of chicken salad, chicken laksa, and creamy scrambled eggs – made from fresh produce sourced from Barossa Farmers Marketwhich which was thenshared for lunch.

“We have excellent produce right here on our doorstep in the Barossa Valley and it is important that we investin and inspireour youth and have them understand how to use it and the value of good quality produce,” Saskia said.

“I was very proud of the students for remembering the food safety rules such as washing their hands before handling food,” Lorinda said.

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Triple R teaches lessons for life

SCHOOL OF THOUGHT: Mansfield Primary School is on the right track to promote respectful relationships between its students, staff and the wider community through the Triple R philosophy in place in Mansfield cluster schools.
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GOOD EXAMPLE: Paul Volkering has seen a change in student behaviour since they were made more accountable to the Triple R philosophy in the past five years.

When Paul Volkering took up the reins atMansfield Public School five years ago he was alarmed bythe anti-social behaviour playing outin the schoolyard.

There was a deal of pushing and shoving;somekids were retaliatingwith sticks.

He brought in aMelbournestudent welfare officerwho reaffirmed his belief that actionwas needed.

The school had already adopted the Victorian public schools’Triple R philosophy –Respect for ourselves, Respect for others, Respect for our world –but the students were not always being made accountable.

“You can’t just expect it will work under its own steam,” Mr Volkeringsays.

The school, with 340 students,logged every anti-socialincident in the grounds –80 to 90 ina week –before it got back to basics.

Firstly, student welfare co-ordinator Nicole Commerford came on boardto help make the students accountable for theTriple R philosophy, which aims to build a safe andsupportive school culture and environment where the school community promotes respectful and non-violent attitudes and behaviours.

It coversall aspects of school lifeincluding expectations for student behaviour, staff/student relationships, Student Support Services and teaching and learning.

Secondly,the school beganworkingwith parents, staff and other professionals to nurture a cultural change in behaviour.

“There tends to be more violence and aggression in the media and on TV; we’re helping students understand it isn’t appropriate behaviour,” Mr Volkeringsays.

Thirdly, the school introducedthe Better Buddies Programwhichmatched students to a “buddy”ina higher grade tofoster stronger relationships and support over threeyears.

A fortnightly raffle prize atthe school assembly reinforces positive behaviour among students.

Finally,concerned by the lateness of sexuality education, earlier onset of puberty and relationship issues amongstudents, the student welfare co-ordinatormet with the adolescent school nurseto embed comprehensive sexuality education across the P-6 curriculum.

The Triple R theme is supported by all public stateschools in the Mansfield cluster.

In 2016 the schools will pool resources to employ a local speech therapist, which was deemed to be a priority for students with minor speech issues who were slipping through the net.

Mr Volkering says within 12 months the number of anti-social incidents logged weeklyin the schoolyard fell from 80-90 to 10.

“We still have incidents but it’s dramatically reduced,” he says.

“99.9 per cent of the kids are walking the talk.”

Mr Volkering says the message is working well inschools and will be pushed out to Mansfield sporting clubs in 2016 and then the wider community.

“Mansfield is standing up as a community for respect; it’s a pretty simple message.”

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Back to the future, today

Cody Davies and Tony Piccolo launching the new broadcasting site.Taking its cue from the Back to the Future films, Gawler Broadcasting Association held its official launch and AGM on October 21, 2015 – the same date Marty McFly and Doc Brown visited from the 1980s.
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It’s been two years in the making since a group of Gawler enthusiasts banded together with a dream of a community radio station for the town, with Wednesday night’s launch the first step in making it a reality.

Chairman of the Board, Cody Davies welcomed members to the AGM, and gave a short history of the group’s activities in the past two years, with the financial report presented and elections held.

On the completion of the AGM, Gawler Community Radio supporter and local MP Tony Piccolo pressed the button to officially launch the new on-line site, which has podcasts covering a variety of programs.

Currently there are seven “shows” for community members to chose from, covering a variety of tastes.

For lovers of the arts, “The Gawler Music Scene” should prove popular, while the “Rick and Rob Sports Show” will look to cover everything from interviews with sports-people, opinions and history.

There is “Talk Sci-Fi”, “House Hunt” “Business Development Chat” and “Marilyn Interviews”, as well as “Dig It”, which is an unusual series of gardening tips for dogs.

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Men flown to Concord hospital for burns treatment after gas leak

AT THE SCENE: The Frost Street gas leak on Tuesday afternoon. Photo: STEVE GOSCHTWO male workers who sustained burn injuries to the face, arms and hands during a gas leak and fire in Frost Street late on Tuesday afternoon have been flown to Concord Repatriation General Hospital in Sydney for specialist burns treatment.
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The two injured men are aged 53 and 27 respectively.

A SafeWork NSW spokesman said an inspector visited the site on Wednesday.

He said the men were working on a stormwater sewer line in front of a construction site when they ruptured a high pressure natural gas pipe.

“When one of the workers attempted to use a jackhammer to break up the gas pipe’s concrete casing the gas has ignited, causing the burns to the male workers,” the SafeWork spokesman said.

STORY, PHOTOS: Men suffer burns and residents evacuated

Emergency services rushed to the area just before 4pm on Tuesday with around 20 residents from nearby houses evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Nearby residents acted quickly and ran water over the burns of the man most seriously injured until paramedics arrived.

While police and SafeWork investigators initially collaborated over the investigation, it is now being spearheaded by SafeWork staff and the investigation is ongoing.

Both men were initially treated at Orange hospital before being flown to Concord hospital.

A Concord Repatriation General Hospital spokesman said they would not release details of the men’s injuries or condition.

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