Home' The Bunyip : January 5th 2017 Contents Page 40 "THE BUNYIP" GAWLER, Thursday, January 5, 2017
PLAYFORD Council is encouraging young people
to read more by participating in the Summer
Reading Club (SRC).
An online activity site has been developed for
the club, while SRC programs delivered in local
public libraries, including Playford Libraries, aim
to encourage a love of reading and ongoing multi-
literacy skills development in children, young people
and their families during the summer holidays.
The club was developed by the State Library of
Queensland, in partnership with the Australian Library
and Information Association (ALIA), the Australian
Public Library Alliance (APLA) and other state and
public libraries across Australia.
Participants are encouraged to fill out their readers,
and can log up until January 31 to receive a prize at
For online registrations or for more information, head
gets council nod
continue on Main North
Road, Smithfield, for at least
another month, with speed
reductions and lane closures
still to be expected.
Main North Road has
had a series of roadworks
completed over the past 12
months totalling $1.6 million,
funded by the Australian
Government's Black Spot
A Department of Planning,
Transport and Infrastructure
spokesperson said the project
has been delayed due to wet
weather in recent months,
but is now nearing
"The final asphalt and line-
marking works are all that
remains to be completed," the
The finished product is
expected to create safer
conditions for motorists
through the various road
"The project aims to reduce
the risk of rear-end crashes and
to cater for safer U-turn and
right-turn movements," the
"An extension of the sheltered
right-turn lane into Craigmore
Road will reduce the risk of
the right-turn lane overflowing
onto the through lane."
Some of the other upgrades
include the median opening
at Jane Street to be modified
into a sheltered U-turn
lane, operating one way for
northbound drivers and the
median opening adjacent to
'On The Run', closed.
Additionally, the median
opening adjacent to the
Smithfield Hotel will be
modified into a sheltered U-
turn lane, operating one way
for southbound drivers.
The spokesperson said the
upgrades are aimed to improve
safety for more than just
motorists, with some other new
features on the way.
"The installation of the
signallised push-button cyclist
and pedestrian crossing will
improve accessibility and
safety for pedestrians and
The project is expected to be
completed by February, with
speed limits of 60 km/h, lane
closures and speed restrictions
as works are completed on site,
still to be expected.
Roadworks set to continue
RECORDING its top yearly tally of baby births
in 2016, the Lyell McEwin Hospital is now the
second-largest service provider for pregnant women
in the state.
The hospital's annual number of births has slowly
increased from 2012 onwards, with just over 3300
births recorded throughout that year and growing
In 2015, the hospital recorded 3667 births, a number
which grew to approximately 3840 births in 2016.
Lyell McEwin Hospital children's medical director
Martin Ritossa said the hospital is located in a rapidly
growing area, with many younger people moving into
"More people are choosing to live in Adelaide's north
and north-eastern suburbs, with young people making
up around one-quarter of the Playford demographic,"
"To manage this increasing demand, SA Health
continues to make significant investments into health
services and infrastructure in the north."
Dr Ritossa said he believes quality patient care has
also significantly contributed to the hospital's growth
as a popular birthing place.
"The Lyell McEwin Hospital is the second-largest
service provider for pregnant women in South
Australia, with more women choosing to birth at the
Lyell McEwin Hospital's state-of-the-art Women's
and Children's Hub," he said.
"Its maternity team includes specialist obstetric and
paediatric consultants, experienced doctors, midwives,
nurses and allied health professionals, who together
are committed to ensuring the safe and quality care of
women and children."
Just four days into the new year, the hospital had
already recorded 30 births for 2017, with the first in
the early hours of January 1.
Park’s funding windfall
GREATER opportunities will be created
for individuals living with intellectual
disabilities, after a local business was
recently announced as a recipient of
a State Government Small Business
Development Fund grant.
Buckland Park's Windamere Park has
been slated for $90,000 through the fourth
and latest round of the fund, which aims
to help small businesses and start-ups in
the Playford, Port Adelaide Enfield and
Salisbury council areas.
Windamere Park managing director Ted de
Lyster said the funding would enable the
organisation, which has supported people
with intellectual disabilities for almost 25
years, to extend its services from its park
day option to an incorporated respite and
"I am stoked about this, it is really a huge
step forward for a private organisation like
"We will be going dollar for dollar, but we
are quite prepared to do that and it is a huge
boost into the disability sector, (which) is
Some of the activities which have already
proved beneficial at the park include caring
for animals on the 300-acre property,
growing vegetables, fruit or flowers and
maintaining them, as well as working on
the property's olive grove.
"We have got a number of animals on the
property...and an abundance of wildlife
with large numbers of deer roaming
through the park," he said.
Mr de Lyster said the park's new
programs, developed under the funding,
were hoped to deliver similar benefits
to its original model, but through a
much more efficient system.
"We have developed transitional programs
covering prevocational skills, daily living
skills, as well as leisure and recreational
activities, that are taught here during their
stay," he said.
"It will and should ease that quite traumatic
first step for our people, as well as for their
parents, when leaving school or the parental
home, and many other familiar aspects of
their life as it was.
"We aim for a less stressful and more
meaningful transition into those aspects of
community life, which all of us do face at
Mr de Lyster said Windamere Park has
seen a significant rise in clients since the
recent roll-out of the National Disability
Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the funding
will allow the park to continue supporting
Windamere Park managing director Ted de Lyster expects the State Government grant funding will beneft the disability services support park.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
Sheltered U-turns and a longer right-hand turning lane will be some
of the upgrades that will delivered on Main North Road.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
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