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ABORIGINAL early childcare worker
Stephanie Bates has been offered a 12-
month contract at the Kaurna Plains
children's centre in Elizabeth South
after graduating from a new trainee-
Stephanie, 23, was one of only six peo-
ple in the state to graduate from the new
Aboriginal early childcare worker trainee-
She spent the past year on placement at
the children's centre, while also studying
for a Certificate III in Children's Services
which she was presented with at a gradu-
ation ceremony last Thursday.
During her placement she worked as
a member of the childcare team, helping
children aged between three and five years
old and their families.
Stephanie was excited to have complet-
ed her training and proud that she and
the other graduates had completed the
"I feel very proud of myself...putting
more indigenous workers into childcare is
a good thing," she said.
"I see (childcare) as my career choice...I
just like working with the children, seeing
them happy and being a leader and a role
model for them."
Currently, there are 727 Aboriginal
workers in schools and preschools, ac-
counting for a 47 per cent rise in employ-
ment over the past five years.
Department for Education and Child-
care and Development chief executive
Tony Harrison said the presence of Ab-
original early childcare workers provides
an important link for young parents.
"We want the best workers in our chil-
dren's centres, preschools and schools," he
"It's great to see initiatives like this one
have ensured we have six highly compe-
tent and committed early childcare work-
ers ready and raring to kick-start their
CHILDREN can now practise riding their
bikes and scooters safely with the launch
of the new Mayfair Ride Safe Park in
Andrews Farm last Friday.
The park, located at the Mayfair Reserve,
was made possible by $120,000 worth of fund-
ing by Playford Council.
It is the first of its kind to be built in the
northern suburbs and features mini replica road
signs, bituminised pathways, roundabouts, art
pieces and a pretend school and petrol station.
Playford mayor Glenn Docherty, who offi-
cially opened the park, said kids could practise
riding safely without the dangers of being on the
"First of all, they can come out here and ride
their bikes and scooters in a safe environment
which is really important for those when they
first get their bike," he said.
"Before they conquer the road they can come
out here and learn about stop signs, street signs,
how traffic lights work and roundabouts, so it
just gives them the courage to understand and
practise in a park without any cars around."
Playford Council, working with Anglicare
Communities for Children Plus and Obesity
Prevention and Lifestyle (OPAL) staff, spent
time consulting residents surrounding the re-
serve to create the park's design.
Mr Docherty said the idea for the park was
initially raised by the community.
"Working with the community over the last
12 months it was identified that there isn't too
many places in South Australia where you can
take your youngster along to learn some of the
things that you want them to learn in a safe en-
vironment," he said.
"I think there's a need, not just here in Play-
ford but across South Australia for these types
of facilities, and we've seen that by the number
of people that are here today and making great
positive comments on (council's Facebook page)
about how this is a place they want to take their
Cycling and safety education organisation
Ride-a-Bike Right was also present at the open-
ing to deliver safety advice and help the children
negotiate the track.
Ride-a-Bike Right founder Lee-Anne Fleming
said it is "fabulous" that the northern suburbs
has realised the importance of cycling for fami-
"It's so important having an environment like
this; even as we turned up (for the opening)
people didn't actually know there was going to
be an event today and it was still thriving with
children," she said.
"Families have come down to spend quality
time outside, even on a horrible winter's day; it's
so important for their health and activity and for
people to start connecting in their community."
DECD Chief Education O cer Jayne Johnston with graduates Shardonnai Karpany,
Stephanie Bates, Jessica Grey, Tahnee Mallie, Sophie Wanganeen and Kaurna elder
A RECENT Bunyip story called
'Council looks at rate reductions' re-
ported that commercial ratepayers in
Playford Council can expect a 68-per-
cent reduction in rates once the or-
ganisation's growth target is reached.
This was incorrect -- ratepayers can
expect up to a 40 per cent reduction in
rates, not 68 per cent as was previously
The Bunyip apologises for any inconve-
nience caused by the story.
CENTRAL District junior Jhye McConnell
has returned from a week of competition
at the AFL Under 16 National Champion-
ships on the Gold Coast.
McConnell, 16, was the only Central District
player selected in the 25-man squad to represent
South Australia at the competition, held on July
The 192cm ruckman played in all three games
against Western Australia, Victoria Country and
Victoria Metro, with the matches being played
at Metricon Stadium, home of the AFL's Gold
McConnell, a product of the Elizabeth
Football Club, said he enjoyed the challenge
of competing against some of the best young
footballers in Australia.
"It was a bit of a different experience because,
at Centrals, there are still a few players that
aren't as good, but at the state squad it was a
whole different level," he said.
"I don't mind setting myself a challenge, so
I didn't mind stepping up and playing some of
the best in the country; it was good to see how
they've been developing over the years as well.
"Some of them looked like fully grown men,
to be honest, it's crazy how skilful you can be at
McConnell said, initially, being the only Cen-
tral District player in the team, he was a little
worried about not knowing anyone else, but was
soon made to feel welcome by the other players.
"It was a pretty good experience because all
the lads accepted you and there were no odd
people out or anything...a few of the lads actual-
ly said I'd picked on them during a game (in the
SANFL competition), so it was a bit awkward
when that happened," he said, laughing.
"But we are all mates, in the end."
McConnell first started playing footy with the
under 11s at Elizabeth, before being selected to
play with Central District in the SANFL.
He said he still watches his mates play at
Elizabeth, having attended around four games
Football has been McConnell's goal for as
long as he can remember and he plans to con-
tinue developing his skills, strength and fitness
in the hope of one day playing professionally.
"It's still a long way to go; I've really just got
to think about playing well over the next few
seasons and getting fitter," he said.
"I've never really looked at anything else ex-
cept footy; it's always been my main goal to play
footy and it's definitely something I want to take
a lot further."
The ride of
Stephanie's next step
Jhye on a high
Central District junior Jhye McConnell
represented South Australia at the Under 16
AFL National Championships on the Gold Coast.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
RIGHT: Playford mayor Glenn Docherty
addresses the crowd at the launch, surrounded
by keen bike and scooter riders.
INSET: Kids enjoying the new Mayfair Ride Safe
Park in Andrews Farm. PHOTOS: Alec Urquhart
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