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Ditch seed bowl
BIRD lovers should be using native plants,
rather than backyard seed bowls, to attract their
feathered friends into the garden, a specialist has
Department of Environment, Water and
Natural Resources animal welfare manager Dr
Deb Kelly said bird-feeders could become a
source of disease for native birds and cause them
to abandon their natural foods.
"Birds will often crowd together unnaturally
to get to the food, especially if it has been a slim
season for their natural food sources," she said.
"It might look lovely for us, but it makes it
easier for them to transfer diseases."
Feeders can also attract large congregations
of birds, which can cause property damage and
Dr Kelly said that planting a variety of native
plants and making clean water available was a
much better alternative.
"We all enjoy seeing birds in the garden, but
there are better ways of attracting them than by
ARTISAN cheese producer Barossa Valley
Cheese Company will expand its Angaston-based
tourism centre and increase production, due to a
$200,000 State Government grant.
The grant comes from the government's
regional development fund.
The $200,000 grant to the Barossa Valley
Cheese Company is one of six projects funded
across the state, totalling $1.1 million.
Barossa Valley Cheese Company representative
Victoria McClurg said the expansion would help
meet market demand for the company's cheese
"We currently produce 25 different styles
of cheese. This development will increase our
production cellar threefold, allowing for the
expansion of our cheese-making into hard cheese
and other varieties," she said.
NEWS IN BRIEF
EVANSTON Gardens Pri-
mary School will participate
in the Childhood Cancer As-
sociation's Hairlarious Day
on June 13 to raise money
for children with cancer.
It will be a special day for the
school, with nine-year-old stu-
dent Alexandria Thomas having
survived cancer after being diag-
nosed almost five years ago.
Alexandria had a Wilms' tu-
mour, which is a rare kidney
disease that primarily affects
Alexandria's mother Mariann
Thomas was absolutely devas-
tated at the diagnosis, but said
it was lucky the tumour was dis-
covered before it spread.
"It was, obviously, quite a
shock and we were actually in
Queensland at the time," Mari-
"We moved to Gawler in De-
cember 2012 as all our family
and all our support network was
Last year, Alexandria was
one of the youngest cancer
survivors who took part in the
Gawler Relay for Life, an event
that aims to recognise early
The family has remained ac-
tive in raising awareness for
children with cancer and helped
to organise Hairlarious Day for
Since 2001, the Childhood
Cancer Association's event has
raised more than $250,000 for
young people living with cancer
and their families.
On the day, students will
bring a gold coin donation and
come to school with a crazy
"I'm always telling Alexan-
dria that it's important that
we do these kinds of events,"
Alexandria never lost her spir-
it while undergoing surgery and
She remains upbeat about life
and most enjoys spending time
with her sister, learning maths
at school and is an aspiring
"The doctors saved her, but
she wants to be a nurse so she
can look after kids like herself,"
Mariann Thomas (centre) and Evanston Gardens students (from left) Alexandria Thomas, Holly Paul, and
Robyn Thomas participated in the Childhood Cancer Association's Hairlarious Day recently.
PHOTO: Amelia Dawkins
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