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Baker Road ford upgrade gains grant
MALLALA Council has welcomed
$278,000 in state funding to upgrade
Baker Road ford, which will im-
prove the safety of the road as well as
minimise ford closure days.
The upgrade, which is supported by Black
Spot funding, is a win for the electorate's
motorists, said State Member for Taylor,
"It is quite obvious to anybody that trav-
els near Virginia and Lewiston that the ford
needed an upgrade," she said.
"The frequent closures was costing fami-
lies and local businesses time and money."
Mallala Council's acting chief Peter Sellar
said that once the grant funding is autho-
rised, council's approved concept plan will
Council's proposed plan includes install-
ing four rows of culverts, each measuring
1500 by 1500 millimetres, to raise the spill-
way by about two metres and widen the car-
"The upgrade will improve the vertical
alignment and road width, (which) will im-
prove driver visibility for both the approach
and departure from the crossing," Mr Sellar
"Flood modelling provided by engineers
estimates that the upgrade will reduce the
average number of days per year the ford is
closed, from approximately 60 to 17 days
While the final design work is still in prog-
ress, proposed tendering of some parts of the
project will begin in October, with a project-
ed completion date of June 30, 2015.
According to Mr Sellar, the upgrade is es-
timated at $448,000, with Black Spot fund-
ing providing $278,000, excluding GST.
Mallala Council has committed the re-
maining $170,000 in its 2014/15 budget,
however Playford Council, which shares re-
sponsibility for the ford, has not allocated
funding for the project.
The upgrade will
improve the vertical alignment
and road width, (which) will
improve driver visibility for both
the approach and departure
from the crossing.
BERNARD Smith had a confident run
through the final weeks of The Bunyip's AFL
and BL&G footy tipping competition.
The Andrews Farm resident had been top of
the table for over a month, but couldn't extend
his lead by more than two games, ultimately
his final winning margin.
"Once I got that two- or three-point
break, I thought now is when I just need to
keep watching and focus on the favourites,
more or less," Bernard said of his tipping
The patience the 77-year-old developed
over almost three decades as a primary school
teacher served him well during the closing
Though he was not without disap-
pointments during the long season with
both his own Adelaide Crows and North
Melbourne providing occasional despairing
"Unfortunately, the Crows and North Mel-
bourne let me down," he said.
"North Melbourne would win one week
and then lose the next."
The secret to Bernard's success has been
knowing who has the best advantage at
"Hawthorn are a better prospect at home
and the same with Fremantle; you almost al-
ways pick them when they're at home."
Bernard won $100 a week to spend at
Drake's Foodland Gawler and Angle Vale over
the next year and he admits he will be unable
to spend it all himself.
"I won't be able to eat it all, so my son and
daughter-in-law will be able to eat premium
roast and shop off the top shelf."
When he is not predicting the AFL, Bernard
volunteers two hours a morning at St Colum-
ba College, Andrews Farm, helping the junior
primary classes with reading and phonics.
The master tipper predicts a Hawthorn-
Sydney grand final, with Hawthorn prevail-
Drakes Supermarkets owner Roger Drake (left), Bunyip footy-tipping competition winner Bernard
Smith and Gawler Foodland store manager Mark Carzo outside the Gawler Foodland on Monday
PHOTO: Mitch Mott
Farmers face diary surprise
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