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Knoll carries on hospital campaign
THE 20-year battle for a new
hospital in the Barossa Valley will
be continued by newly elected
Member for Schubert Stephan
Mr Knoll, speaking in parliament
recently, vowed to carry on retired
MP Ivan Venning's legacy in lobby-
ing for new and improved hospital
facilities for the region.
"I have visited these facilities as a
patient or as the father of a patient,
and I have met a lot of great people
great doctors, great nurses -- who do
a lot for their community but, at the
same time, people who are working
in a very substandard facility," Mr
"For the Barossa, being one of
the premier regional areas in South
Australia, the fact that the facilities
we have are in the state they are in
is a real travesty, and the people of
the Barossa, the people of Schubert,
In 2008, the State Government
pledged $70,000 for a business case
into the new health facility, amid
comments from the Barossa and
Districts Health Advisory Council,
which deemed the current facilities
unsuitable to meet existing and fu-
In 2010, the Liberal Party com-
mitted to a $35 million 55-bed
hospital, with an emergency de-
partment, operating theatres and a
maternity ward, to be built in Ta-
Mr Knoll, quoting a business case
undertaken by Country Health SA,
said the existing Barossa Health Ser-
vice "will be unable to achieve its
full role as a country community
"The cost of sustaining ageing
and unsuitable health facilities in
the Barossa will not be mitigated,"
Mr Knoll said the capital cost of
the facility could be offset by the
sale of existing land from the exist-
ing Tanunda and Angaston hospital
"The real kicker, for me, is the fact
that there are and there was at that
time, and inflation being what it is, I
am sure well over $1 million now of
annual savings that would have been
gotten by the combining of the two
hospitals into one facility," he said.
"Over $1 million worth of savings
in today's dollars would have been
able to be returned on an annual ba-
sis to the State Government.
"Here, tonight, I would like to say
that that is my contribution to the
June 19 (state) budget, if you want
to save $1 million invest in a new
hospital for the Barossa and it is
yours for the taking."
Mr Knoll picks up Mr Venning's
18-year campaign for a new health
facility to replace the aged Tanunda
and Angaston hospitals.
Mr Venning, who used his final
speech in State Parliament last year
to push for a new hospital, was pres-
ent in parliament last Wednesday
for Mr Knoll's speech.
Mr Venning's words in parliament
"this will be my last speech in this
house, but it will not be the last time
you will hear about the Barossa Val-
ley hospital", rang true during Mr
For the Barossa, being one of the premier regional
areas in South Australia, the fact that the facilities we have are
in the state they are in is a real travesty, and the people of the
Barossa, the people of Schubert, deserve better.
NEWS IN BRIEF
Be a friend
FRIENDS of the Barossa Library is seeking
new mates in the lead-up to its biggest book
sale this month.
The three-day Monster Book Sale will have plenty
of literature on offer, including fiction, non-fiction,
children's books and magazines.
Prices start at 20 cents for children's books, 50
cents for paperbacks, $1 for hardbacks or visitors
can can bring their own standard-sized shopping bag
and fill it for $5.
Tables will be refilled throughout each day.
The group is on the look out for people to assist
customers, as well as tidy and refill tables during the
The sale will be held from June 26 to 28, 10am-
4pm, at the CWA Hall on Murray Street, Tanunda.
Those who can help out are urged to contact Jill
Stevens (0419 862 776).
TWO barrels of Barossa shiraz and a bottle of
Penfolds Grange were just some of the many
items that assisted a local brewery raise $12,000
for the South Australian Cancer Council.
Held at the Waikerie home of Wendy and Garry
Pfeiler last month, 120 people raised funds as part
of the Oxford to Oxford Challenge taking place in
The Oxford to Oxford Challenge, hosted by
Oxford Landing Estates, will see 25 teams of
10 people ride and walk 110 kilometres to raise
awareness and funds for the fight against cancer,
with all proceeds going to the Cancer Council
Fundraising committee member and viticulturist
Robin Nettelbeck said, "the whole team is extremely
pleased with the amount of money that was raised".
Noisy miners re up
THERE will be a rise in the noise coming from
the correctly named noisy miner bird in Gawler
The noisy miner's breeding pattern runs from
June to December, as it contests for mates and
protects its territory.
The Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife
has developed an educational program that explains
the nature of the noisy miner, among many other
animals likely to be seen at this time of year, and
how we can make the backyard as safe for them as
Foundation chief executive Susanna Bradshaw
said that "our native noisy miners are not everyone's
favourite neighbours and often with good reason",
but they are mistakenly blamed for the actions of
the common myna or Indian myna, birds that are
known for their aggression, are non-native and have
a fast-increasing population.
For more information, visit backyardbuddies.net.
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