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JOHN Lawrence's commitment to the
State Emergency Service's Edinburgh
Unit has not gone unnoticed, with
the unit manager winning the Keith
Lane Memorial Award for Outstanding
The South Australian State Emergency
Service Volunteers' Association annually
presents the award to a volunteer who goes
above and beyond the call of duty.
This year, Mr Lawrence was jointly recog-
nised with Chris Tarran of the Cleve Unit,
for their individual contributions and com-
mitment to their units and the SES.
Minister for Emergency Services Tony Pic-
colo said Mr Lawrence was a worthy recipi-
ent after investing countless hours of service
to transform his Edinburgh Unit.
"Mr Lawrence is the unit manager at the
Edinburgh SES and has systematically over-
seen the resurrection of that unit," Mr Pic-
"The hard work and commitment dis-
played by this gentleman gives us a small in-
sight into what the SES means for its volun-
teers and its importance to the community."
Since Mr Lawrence transferred from the
Western Adelaide Unit to Edinburgh three
years ago to take on the position of unit man-
ager the skill level and professionalism of the
unit has improved, along with its reputation
among the state's emergency services.
Mr Lawrence, who commits about 20
hours per week to the local unit, said the
Edinburgh Unit could not have made the
changes that it has over the past three years
without a good leadership team.
"I have been fortunate in having good peo-
ple there at the right time," he said.
"This award belongs to the leadership team,
as much as to me.
"Although I have done what I have done
because I believe that it is what is right for
the service, receiving the award means that
my efforts have not gone unnoticed."
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SES chief's award win
John Lawrence scales a cli as part of his vertical
rescue training with the State Emergency Service.
INSET: John Lawrence was recently awarded the
Keith Lane Memorial Award for his outstanding
contribution and commitment to the State
Emergency Services Edinburgh Unit.
ROCK choir group Silver Beat,
consisting of people aged over 65,
is challenging the myths of how
older people should behave and is
performing at The Parks Theatre.
The choir, which is run out of the
Grenville Centre in Elizabeth, invites
the public to watch their performance
at the Angle Park theatre.
Tickets for the concert, held at
2.30pm on November 16, can be
purchased at the door.
The money from ticket sales will
go back into the community sing-
ing group to ensure they are self-
PLAYFORD Primary School re-
ceived $3000 through the Anzac
Centenary Local Grants Program
to support the school's 'The Hero
Within' project commemorating
World War I.
Playford Primary assistant principal
Lorraine Davies said the school values
the commitment of the Australian De-
fence Force and wanted to set up an
area for reflection on school grounds.
Initially, the school applied for the
full $10,000 to cover the costs of a mu-
ral and seating, so with $3000 it can
fund the five-panelled mural designed
by the students.
There are about 80 students who
come from defence families across
Playford Primary, Craigmore High and
Catherine McAuley schools, therefore
the grant has covered the cross-campus
"The defence transition aid, Melanie
Kirkpatrick, works with these children
when their family members are de-
ployed and things like that," Mrs Da-
"Obviously, events like Anzac Day
and Remembrance Day have a high
profile in our school.
"The murals are almost finished,
so we are hoping to have them as the
backdrop for our Remembrance Day
service this year."
Federal Member for Wakefield Nick
Champion congratulated Playford Pri-
mary School and said the quality of ap-
plications was outstanding.
"We will remember those who fought
to defend liberty, justice, mateship and
democracy," Mr Champion said.
"These grants do this in a practical
way and give the local Wakefield com-
munity the opportunity to honour the
service and sacrifice of all those who
have worn our nation's uniform."
-- Kimberley Pratt
THE Works Program run out
of Playford Alive has proven
that education, training or a
job is the best way out of dis-
advantage according to a recent
Adelaide University report.
The University of Adelaide's
Australian Workplace Innovation
and Social Research Centre found
that Renewal SA's Works Program,
which began in 2008, has gener-
ated long-term benefits for previ-
ously unemployed people in the
The report, Building Jobs,
looked at the three-tiered structure
of the Works Program and anal-
ysed the lives of four case studies
before, during and after engaging
with the program.
The figures showed that since its
inception, 1900 people had taken
part in the program, and, of those
participants, 500 had gained paid
Report co-author, Professor
John Spoehr, said the program is a
great example of how government
agencies, a local authority and pri-
vate-sector employers can work
together to ensure that training
and work experience are given to
those who need them the most.
"The benefits generated by the
Works Program do not simply stop
when the participant completes
their course or work experience;
the benefits are long term and not
confined solely to the workplace,
they impact upon the participants'
lives and those of their family,
their community, business and,
ultimately, society," he said.
"Investment in major urban in-
frastructure projects, like Playford
Alive, can play a significant role
in generating much-needed jobs
in northern Adelaide over years to
Last year, the innovative col-
laboration between Renewal SA,
the City of Playford, the Depart-
ment for Communities and Social
Inclusion, Housing SA and the
local community engaged more
than 286 participants, providing
229 work experience placements
and 87 paid jobs.
Member for Napier Jon Gee said
the clauses in the Renewal SA con-
tracts for works within Playford
Alive oblige contractors to provide
work experience or new paid em-
ployment positions to help north-
ern suburbs' residents overcome
the barriers to employment.
The report states that many
more jobs have been created
within Playford indirectly through
skills development and improved
-- Kimberley Pratt
School's heroic win
Works program brings results Silver Beat sings
Member for Wake eld Nick Champion with Transport Workers Union of Australia assistant branch
secretary Ian Smith are campaigning against Federal Government plans to abolish road safety watchdog
the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal.
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