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THE community has come together to raise nearly
$6000 for a local charity, to help it carry out its
work saving, rehabilitating, training and rehoming
'Fit Fix' business owners Adam and Jenny Fowler
hosted a quiz night in Gawler, late last year, as a
fundraising initiative for Guardian Angel Animal
Guardian Angel Animal Rescue secretary Lucy
McFadyen said the event was a success, raising a total
"We are astounded and speechless that they organised
this off their own backs and sought wonderful
donations from many local businesses in Gawler," she
It was the third fundraiser the business has organised
to assist the local charity, after previously garnering
donations through a fitness class and a 'doggy boot-
camp' in June.
Funds raised for
manʼs best friend
A NATIONAL regional tourism advocate has
called on the Federal Government to formulate a
better approach to regional tourism, after figures
revealed more Australians were choosing to holiday
According to the Australian Regional Tourism
Network (ARTN), total tourism in Australia
increased 6.1 per cent, or $7.5 billion, in 2015/16,
with 74 per cent of the growth coming from domestic
ARTN chair David Sheldon said, despite this
growth -- which had outstripped the national rate
of economic growth for the second year in a row
-- there was no formal strategy to promote regional
"It is time this government took its head out of the
sand and developed next-generation initiatives in
collaboration with relevant agencies and both state
and local governments to develop action plans for
regional infrastructure and international dispersal that
go beyond this short-term vision, ie: the backpacker
tax grab," Mr Sheldon said.
Mr Sheldon urged the government to adopt a
"cross-portfolio commitment" and enable a Cabinet-
endorsed subcommittee to champion the development
of tourism policy that incorporated regional
infrastructure and dispersal initiatives.
"Such plans, which must include hard-and soft-
wired NBN, are vital to attracting new commercial
ventures and businesses to regions that create the
opportunities for jobs, especially today's youth
sector," he added.
Historic muralʼs progress
A COMMUNITY-LED initiative aimed
at beautifying and attracting tourism to
Kapunda has caught the attention of a
national rural renewal foundation, which
has provided funding to help it get off the
Kapunda's blank and bland walls will
eventually feature dozens of beautifully
created murals, depicting the history and
culture of the region, as part of the 'mural
The initiative provided a boost just before
Christmas when the Foundation for Rural
and Regional Renewal, a national not-
for-profit organisation, granted $4800 in
funding to allow a mural at the rear of the
North Kapunda Hotel to progress.
Project co-ordinator and Kapunda
Community Gallery president Maxine
Donald said the hotel mural was the idea
of Kapunda artist Mal Craig, who will
supervise its creation.
"It is a heritage-listed building and it has
double-storey stables along the back, and
the windows and doors to that stable area
have all been boarded up for many years,"
"So this grant is to put murals on those
boarded-up doors and windows and to
remake them into stable doors, as such,
by having figures in the doors and then
similar-type views in the windows."
Mrs Donald said there are about five sites
currently earmarked for the paintings,
including the newsagency, MFS building,
and a building fronting Hill Street, which
will portray Kapunda's long-running Celtic
The newsagency mural is set to depict
the site's past historic buildings and the
Kapunda mine site, while the MFS building
mural will also reflect the historic use of
the site, as well as pay homage to local
Seventeen volunteers, led by local graphic
artist Danny Menzel, have been working
on the first of the murals, on the side of the
town's post office, since last year.
The mural -- depicting Kapunda's historic
post office building, along with a man
delivering mail on a bicycle, an old red
post-box and a Sir Sidney Kidman postage
stamp -- is hoped to be erected by the end of
"Once the post office one gets up, we will
have a whole lot more momentum, I think,
from the town," Mrs Donald said.
"And if we can get these other ones
happening at the same time, then we'll soon
have multiple sites where people can go
and have a look."
The rear doors and windows of the North
Kapunda Hotel (pictured above) will soon
be transformed into a work of art, featuring
horses and people (as depicted, right).
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