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LOCAL football and netball sup-
porters can catch a number of
buses to this year's Barossa, Light
& Gawler grand finals at Tanunda
Oval on September 20.
Patrons can be picked up and
dropped off in Gawler, Williamstown,
Lyndoch, Freeling, Kapunda, Angas-
ton, Nuriootpa and Tanunda.
Some buses will leave as early as 8am
and all the final buses will depart Ta-
nunda at 6.30pm.
The service has been running for
two years, with the support of the Mo-
tor Accident Commission and Mem-
ber for Light Tony Piccolo, and was
set up to ensure supporters get home
Return tickets for adults are priced
at $10, $5 for children under 17 and
$20 for a family pass (two adults and
two children or one adult and three
Bookings can be made by calling
Grand nal buses booked
LOCAL man Leon Budden
recently took to the open road
on a postie bike for a good
Participating in the annual Apex
Outback Postie Bike Ride for a
second time, Leon joined more
than 80 other riders and support
vehicles in the 989-kilometre
The ride raises funds for the
Apex Copper Coast Family Re-
treat, a charity in the process of
building four cabins so families ex-
periencing cancer can have respite
with no accommodation costs.
Leon and his old postie bike
travelled between Port Augusta,
Roxby Downs, Leigh Creek, Ang-
orichina Village and back to Port
Augusta over four days.
The route was specifically cho-
sen so riders spent the majority
of their time off sealed roads, on
public and private dirt roads.
"Some of the terrain was ex-
tremely challenging," Leon said.
"But I prefer the rocks to the
sand; except when you fall off."
Leon admits to falling off the
bike and suffering some bruises
and scratches, though he got
off lightly compared to the bro-
ken bones of one or two other
All the bruises and the sore mus-
cles were all for a good cause, with
the ride raising over $103,000.
Leon raised $2600 for this
year's ride and plans on partici-
pating again next year, although
he is not looking forward to
-- Mitch Mott
Postie ride fun
Leon Budden (front) takes to the dirt trails and unsealed roads in the name
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Pavilion's sad end
TIME is almost up for the
Freeling Recreation Park
The pavilion's future has all but
been decided with demolition
of the heritage-listed building
expected to take place in October.
It was a tough decision to decide
the facility's fate, according to Light
Regional Council infrastructure
manager Richard Dodson.
"The building is a local heritage
item and its status was considered
in deciding to demolish the build-
ing," Mr Dodson said.
"The decision was made in
conjunction with the structural
engineer, the park management
committee, user groups, planning
and building staff and the heritage
"The decision was not made
The pavilion was built in 1931
and a red brick extension added
in 1978, but has recently suffered
extensive termite damage
Over many decades of use the
building's inside was repaired
using plasterboard and timber
panels, which obscured the extent
of the damage.
In April 2014 access to several
areas of the pavilion was restricted
as the council commissioned an
engineer's report into the building's
For safety, the building was
reinforced, neighbouring trees
removed and fences installed
around the building to further
The final report, which was
submitted in June, concluded
the building was prone to further
termite damage because of its
design and considered to be
beyond economic repair.
Freeling Recreation Park
Committee chair Ian Carmichael
is hopeful at least part of the
structure will be used again.
"We need to keep some sort of
structure over the kitchen area and
they will hopefully be leaving the
cement slab," he said.
"We'd like to see a storage area
and shelter in its place; it's not
practical to replace as it is."
Mr Carmichael and the
recreation park committee is
working with council to plan
and discuss funding for the
demolition and subsequent
Crowds gather to watch the football in front of the condemned Freeling pavilion.
PHOTO: Mary Ackers
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Local Len Smith had the honour of cutting the
cake with Mayor Brian Sambell to celebrate the
Gawler Elderly Centre's 43rd Birthday in Gawler
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members Keith and
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