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FARMERS in the region have
escaped, for the most part, what
could have been some significantly
damaging rain throughout last
Wasleys farmer Ashley Selleck
finished his own harvest just before
Christmas, predicting damaging rain
could be on the way.
"When we started, we did about 22
hours a day for about three weeks
straight, we worked hard and a lot of
long hours to get it done," he said.
"I like to get it done before Christmas,
anyway, but knowing that if any rain
was to happen we could lose money,
so we worked hard to get it done."
Mr Selleck said the recent storms
seem to have disappeared for the short
term, creating another window for
reaping, but there will be some losses
for local farmers.
"It has blown over, and it has just hurt
people a little bit -- the yields are still
the same, so you are still getting just
as much grain -- but the quality is not
up to what it was," he said.
"At the end of the day, the quality is
down and prices aren't that great and
so it's just a bit of a kick in the teeth
to those that have got harvest to go."
Although the storm's impacts were a
little disappointing for local farmers,
it appears farmers in the mid-north
region have had it much tougher.
"Those guys you do feel sorry for
because they had a late start to
harvest, anyway," Mr Selleck said.
"They have only had a couple of
weeks of harvest before this rain has
hit them and so, with the frost and
with the floods and everything else,
they have been impacted right up
there and this will hurt them again.
"Compared with the mid-north and
the croppers up there, the worries we
have got down here is nothing."
Wet weather during harvest is never
ideal, but with some warm weather
predicted for the coming days, it
is expected many farmers will be
working around the clock to complete
"A lot of fellas have got stuck right
into it and are going to be done this
week and should have most of it done
by the weekend," Mr Selleck said.
Harvest beats the storm
It has blown over,
and it has just hurt
people a little bit ‒ the yields
are still the same, so you are
still getting just as much
grain ‒ but the quality is not
up to what it was.
- ASHLEY SELLECK
TEENAGERS in the northern region, including
Gawler, Barossa and Playford, have been entered
onto the National Disability Insurance Scheme
(NDIS) as of the new year.
The 2800 people across the region aged 15-17 years
became eligible for the roll-out for the first time
on January 1, while a further 300 from the same
age group, who are existing clients of a specialist
disability service, will also transition to the NDIS.
"The NDIS places the person living with the disability
in charge of how their funds are spent," Member for
Light Tony Piccolo said.
"They have more control over their lives."
Assistant Minister for Social Service and Disability
Services said: "The NDIS is the largest and most
important change to the delivery of support for people
with disability that this country has ever seen."
A forum will be held in the first half of this year
to help people understand the job opportunities
NDIS rolls out for teens
ON the back of last year's major
flooding event, which devastated
huge portions of the Adelaide
Plains growing region, local
councils have shown support for a
regional flood monitoring and alert
Light Regional, Adelaide Plains
and Clare and Gilbert Valley
councils have all formally provided
in-principle support for a system
that would better prepare and
protect the region from flooding.
Wakefield Council is also expected
to get behind the project, which
would see a series of new real-
time rainfall gauging stations and
streamflow gauges installed on the
Light, Gilbert and Wakefield rivers
and Greenock Creek.
According to a Light Regional
Council staff report, such a system
can be modelled and evaluated in
real time to predict the behaviour
of the major rivers and creeks
within the catchments, and
provide thresholds for warning the
"Council staff believe that a
regional flood monitoring and
alert/warning system would benefit
the Light Regional Council and
neighbouring councils in order to
prepare for flooding," the report
"Research suggests that a well-
informed community can reduce
the costs associated with a flood
by approximately 20 per cent with
only two hours warning, whilst
with 12 hours warning the costs
can be reduced by approximately
60 per cent.
"Flood preparedness programs
can therefore have a huge benefit
on communities' resilience to
flooding, when it occurs."
The four councils are expected
to join the Department of
Environment, Water and Natural
Resources (DEWNR) in an
application to the 2015-17 National
Disaster Resilience Program
(NDRP), to cover up to 66 per
cent of the system's capital cost,
currently estimated at $200,000.
If the application is successful, a
further report will be prepared to
the councils, outlining proposed
capital funding contributions and
costs for consideration, ahead
of formally proceeding with the
If unsuccessful, it is understood
NDRP grant applications will not
be invited again until 2019.
Rush for flood alert
Monitoring systems could be placed along the Light River, pictured here at Hamley Bridge, to warn communities of
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
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