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THE Northern Adelaide
Local Health Network held
a community health forum
at the Lyell McEwin Hos-
pital on Monday, providing
information about locally
based health services avail-
able to the public.
Network governing coun-
cil member Frank Lampard
attended the forum and is
excited about informing the
community about the services
available to them.
After his son, Justin, had a
serious car accident in 2011,
Mr Lampard became aware of
how important health services
were to him and the commu-
nity, resulting in him joining
the health network's governing
The community forum was
attended by community mem-
bers and leaders from the divi-
sion of medicine and nursing
at the Lyell McEwin Hospital.
-- Jessica Renaglia
Council moves on bowling club sale
THE Playford Council is taking
the next step in its plan to sell the
Munno Para Bowling Club land,
part of its regional sporting hub
Through the reclassification of
the land on Mingari Street, Munno
Para, Playford Council will use the
projected $6.8 million it will gener-
ate from the sale as transferred assets
to fund what will be known as the
Playford Regional Sports Precinct.
Bowling club president Lee Veness
said that although the hub is a great
idea, it would significantly hurt the
"We're all for the council building
a new sporting hub, but what we are
against is a reduction in services to
the community," Mr Veness said.
Currently, the Munno Para Bowl-
ing Club is also used as a space for
a wide range of community groups,
including as a place for a quiet drink
or a game of bingo.
"We're not just a bowling club,
we're a community club, as well,"
Mr Veness said the club supports
groups who often do not have a lot
of funding behind them, including
the Machine Knitters, who make
teddies and clothes for charity and
"The council has offered all these
groups other venues, but the price is
way out of their range," he said.
With membership doubling and
the sponsorship increasing by 400
per cent in the last 12 months, Mr
Veness said it is clear the club has
been successful at its current prem-
"We're already here, we're already
established and we are right in the
heart of the growing area; it can only
get bigger and better," he said.
Playford mayor Glenn Docherty
said the sporting hub project would
create many opportunities for north-
"The 55-hectare Playford Sports
Precinct is set to become a hub for
elite and local sporting competi-
tions, sports administration organi-
sations, as well as a place where we
can grow and nurture our grassroots
competition, building on our com-
munity's long and proud sporting
history," Mr Docherty said.
It would also create jobs, boost
economic activity and create invest-
ment and employment opportuni-
ties for the north.
Council will make its decision to
progress with the land revocation at
its August meeting.
PLAYFORD Council is looking to im-
prove cycling and walking conditions
for its residents.
At the July 22 meeting of elected members,
council presented its Cycling and Walking
Strategy, which addressed the need to create
physically and socially connected 'walkable
communities' and 'sustainable trails'.
The strategy includes an in-depth inves-
tigation of the benefits, an evaluation of the
existing conditions and looks at the types of
upgrades that may be available.
According to the strategy, it contains the
necessary 'building blocks' for cycling and
walking within the community as the City
of Playford continues to grow.
"People who participate in walking and cy-
cling are rewarded through improved health
and social well-being," it states.
"Places that offer good walking and cy-
cling conditions benefit from a more active
public realm environment and resulting (in)
more robust economies."
Through discussion with the community
and other stakeholders, it was found that the
areas to be addressed include adding wider
footpaths and more crossings.
Additionally, addressing slowing vehicle
speeds, adding new or improved cycle lanes
and lighting for cyclists and providing better
links to shops and public transport were also
Council has outlined an action plan,
which categorises each strategy and action
into timeframes of short to long term - from
five to 15 years and beyond.
While no motions have been put forward,
council has researched possible sources of
funding, including developer and govern-
"Plan ahead on cycling and walking proj-
ects to take advantage of federal and state
government funding opportunities as they
arise," the strategy states.
"Work with developers to 'get it right'
from the beginning."
-- Jessica Renaglia
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" LEE VENESS
here, we're already
established and we are
right in the heart of the
growing area; it can only
get bigger and better.
Gawler and District College B-12's Jade Kirby (left), Cassie of Salisbury East High
Schol and Jake of Craigmore High School solve some problems.
PHOTOS: Alec Urquhart
Gawler and District College B-12 student Jade Kirby and Salisbury High School's
MORE than 100 student delegates from 10 north-
ern schools gathered at the Playford Civic Centre
for a student leadership forum by the Northern
Adelaide State Secondary Schools' Alliance.
Addressing topics such as leadership, career pathways and
education, the Student Leadership Expedition was organised
by NASSSA's student group, the Youth Advisory Team.
The alliance's senior curriculum leader David Mc-
Clay believes the skills the students have learnt from
the expedition will help them later in life.
"Our sense is that developing these skills really pre-
pares them well for their futures as you've got to have
transferable skills, nowadays," Mr McClay said.
Including students from Craigmore High School,
Para Hills High School, Gawler & Districts B-12 and
many others, the forum gives students a voice amongst
Year 12 student from Gawler & Districts College B-
12 and YAT member Jade Kirby expressed her views
about student involvement at school.
"Often we're not asked about what's happening at
school and we didn't have much of an input so we
wanted to change that," Jade said.
This thought brought forth the youth advisory team,
which was established in June last year.
"We wanted to have some input throughout the cur-
riculum and to help develop the relationships between
the schools," she said.
Split into three sections, the program consisted of
group tasks involving leadership, teamwork, also giving
the students the chance to identify some of their own
personal strengths to share with others.
Mr McClay also expressed his pride at how the stu-
dents conducted themselves during the event.
"The thing is, we didn't need to talk about respect with
them when we started; it's just there," Mr McClay said.
They make their own decisions and they are very re-
spectful - it gives you a lot of optimism."
LEFT: Long-time community
servant Frank Lampard was
among the The Northern
Adelaide Local Health Network
governing council members on
hand at Monday's community
forum. PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
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