Home' The Bunyip : January 7th 2015 Contents Page 28 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Wednesday, January 7, 2015
ELIZABETH program Pair-A-Dice, a
support group for same-sex-attracted young
men, will provide age-appropriate assistance
for teenagers struggling with their sexuality
if it receives State Government funding.
The Anglicare-based program is applying
for a maximum $10,000 grant to extend its
work to high schools to assist teens at risk of
becoming disengaged from schools as a result of
Pair-A-Dice, which was developed three
years ago after identifying the associated risks
of homelessness and suicide for homosexual
young men, is regularly run from The Platform
in Elizabeth and provides guest speakers, respite,
support and a non-judgemental hangout for gay
Peer support worker Dale Hughes was a key
instigator in the program's establishment after
the release of his video-documentary detailing
bullying he had experienced.
"At 16, I started to realise I was same-sex-
attracted, before that I thought I was gender
dimorphic, where I believed I was born the
wrong gender," he said.
"I was having trouble with my self-esteem."
Since Pair-A-Dice's establishment, the self-
funded program has seen transformations among
its 40 members, aged between 15 to 25.
However, according to Mr Hughes the
program would be more workable if it were
separated into two groups; one that focused on
teenagers aged 15 to 19 and another on older
men in their 20s.
"There are some things that the older
kids know that younger kids would not feel
comfortable talking about," he said.
"Younger kids are just coming into it and
questioning it themselves, so they might get a
little bit embarrassed."
Currently, its members fund the group,
however the acquisition of the grant would
provide a structured income to ensure the
"I think (Pair-A-Dice) is great because no-one
wants to be something they're not, so being able
to come, feel safe and expand is great," he said.
BUCKLAND Park business and
greenhouse farming pioneer P'Petual is
hoping to expand its operations by up
to 100 hectares on the Dry Creek salt
The hydroponics-based farm has issued
an expression of interest for the land west
of Salisbury Highway and Port Wakefield
Road to build greenhouses and, potentially,
create 1500 jobs.
According to a company spokesperson,
a one-hectare glasshouse can employ 15
people, currently it has eight hectares,
meaning an expansion approval would
provide a major jobs boost.
The P'Petual spokesperson said the poor-
quality soil at the site would not prove
a hindrance for hydroponically-grown
"For me, I think that is what the
land would be best used for because we
would not use the soil, we would build
structures," the spokesperson said.
"We have a lot of residential
developments in South Australia, but
we don't have the population and job
opportunities to support the residential
development, with the uncertainness of
the submarine projects and the closure of
"So, I do think that we could harness
the government to put in a hydroponic
farm and build the infrastructure with the
already existing water, gas and transport
facilities to attract investment to the area
from interstate and overseas."
Expressions of interest for the 5500
hectares of land owned by Ridley
Corporation and the State Government
closed on November 21.
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Tender for former school location
INCREASED enrolments, smoother
transitions to higher education and
more employable graduates will result
from the opening of the Northern
Adelaide Senior College in February,
according to a leading educator.
College principal Colleen Abbott said
the new and improved Para West Adult
Campus, reopening on the Elizabeth TAFE
site, will bring with it a host of benefits for
adult re-entry students.
According to Mrs Abbott, the school's
new location would provide early school
leavers in the northern suburbs with great-
er opportunities to complete the SACE
and increase their chances of moving on to
further education and training and gaining
employment in the future.
"Tertiary education can feel unobtain-
able for many of the students who go to
Northern Adelaide Senior College -- they've
usually had a bad experience at school the
first time around and are often juggling
difficult family and life commitments
together with study," she said.
"Being in a tertiary environment will
help break down the uncertainty and any
other barriers surrounding the fear of
entering an unknown environment, hence
increasing the number of students who go
on to further their studies and employ-
TRAINING provider Service to Youth
Council has submitted an application
to the Australian Government under
the National Stronger Regions Fund
for funding to refurbish a former
Playford school site.
The Bunyip understands the organisation
is investigating turning the former
Smithfield High School site into a
workforce industry hub, with a focus
The site also has the potential for a
glasshouse, which will act as a social
enterprise and training centre.
According to Services to Youth Council
chief executive Paul Edginton, a successful
tender could positively benefit the region.
"SYC has had a long connection with the
City of Playford, having delivered training,
employment and youth services there for
more than a decade, often to people who
are experiencing disadvantage," he said.
"Our training and employment services
are delivered on a national basis now, and
we are always seeking opportunities to
extend our reach and impact, both within
the northern Adelaide region and well
An announcement for the first round of
the funding is expected in May.
Principal's predictions for new site
P'Petual have applied to expand its horticultural operations to the Dry Creek salt pans.
" P'PETUAL SPOKESPERSON
For me, I think that is what
the land would be best used for
because we would not use the soil,
we would build structures.
Contact our Playford
reporter Kimberley Pratt
on 8522 1233
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