National Science Week – 12th to 20th August 2017 (Stockport Observatory Star Party)


Stargazing evening introducing the public to the beauty of the night sky from a dark sky location. See Jupiter and the ringed planet Saturn, as well as star clusters, galaxies and nebulae, astro-photography exhibitions and much more.

When: Saturday, August 26 2017. 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Where: Stockport Observatory Observatory Road, Stockport, SA, 5412
Topic: Space and astronomy
Cost: Free

The Astronomical Society plans to hold a public viewing night at Stockport in National Science Week

Stockport Observatory is located in the small town of Stockport (6 km north-east of Hamley Bridge, about 80 km north of Adelaide). It provides a convenient astronomical facility away from the light pollution which surrounds Adelaide.

Stockport Observatory houses three permanently-mounted telescopes as well as some small portable ones.

The telescopes are used for projects within the Society and to show visitors the beauty of astronomical objects in the southern skies. In addition to the main observatory buildings, the Stockport site contains three telescope pads (all with power), a furnished hut with sleeping accommodation and amenities, a large shed with seating for slide shows and lectures, a BBQ area, shower, toilet facilities and an off-site car park.

This public viewing night will be an opportunity for everyone to check out the facilities and observe the stars and the heavens from a dark location.

Society members will provide numerous telescopes on the night, and other volunteers will operate the larger scope.

Talks and demonstrations will also take place, so attendees will be well-occupied for the duration of the evening.

The event is open to everyone, young and old.

There is an ever-growing interest in astronomy due to the recent discoveries being made (eg gravitational waves / space craft going to other planets) and National Science Week is an ideal time to build on that interest and provide an educational evening for everyone.

Contact details:

Joe Grida Astronomical Society of SA Email: Phone: 0407 558 036

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Way 2 Go – Vineyard Lutheran School

Way2Go - Vineyard Lutheran SchoolOn Friday 30th of June the students, staff and families at Vineyard Lutheran School were excited to declare their new Bike shelter officially open. The Hon Geoff Brock MP for Frome and Mrs Sue McMillan (Dept of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure) took part in the official ribbon cutting, at a special community assembly.

Built with a grant they received from the Way2Go initiative, the new shelter provides weather proof and visible parking for both bikes and scooters. In t…he past, students and staff have had to park their bikes and scooters near the back of the stadium and it is hoped that the closer, more secure,. Easy access parking encourages more students to seek active travel options to school. Vineyard is located in an ideal location, alongside the Riesling Trail, which offers a safe way to ride, walk or scooter their way to and from school each day.

Principal Michelle Keller says that the school is promoting active travel in a number of ways with the new Bike shelter being just the first step. The Year 4-7 students have recently taken part in the Bike Education programme (also offered by the Way2Go initiative), and the community Brekky Bikes and Bein’ Safe rides to school each term with a large percentage of their students and staff taking part. Generally on the community bike ride days, our school has held its own Bike riding event on that day to maximise the riding opportunities for the students. Mrs Keller says “A number of our students live out of the town, and by continuing the riding throughout the day, we encourage active travel and promote the use of the Riesling trail both for school transport and family weekend activities “. Lunchtime walks, class excursions and fitness lessons also utilise the trail as a safe travel option and promote exercise and activity.

The new shelter has received a great reception from the students and already the numbers of riders has doubled, despite the cold weather. It is hoped that the new bike racks will soon be filled so that even more racks can be purchased and installed in the shelter.

Vineyard Lutheran School gratefully acknowledges the significant support from the Government’s Way2Go initiative and look forward to continuing the partnership with this project well in the future.



The STEM Transition Showcase


The STEM Transition Showcase was held at Gladstone High School on Wednesday 28th June 2017.

The showcase celebrated the learning that has been happening as part of the ‘Years 7 and 8 STEM Collaborative Inquiry Project’.
Year 7 and 8 students from Gladstone High School, Gladstone Primary School, Crystal Brook Primary School, Wirrabara Primary School and Laura Primary School participated in the showcase.
The main topic the students researched was “How to keep SA out of the dark?”
Students worked collaboratively during transition visits on STEM.

The enthusiasm shown by the students in their individual renewable energy projects was commendable and a credit to both the students and their teachers.

Crystal Brook Primary School 2Wirrabara Primary School

Crystal Brook Primary SchoolGladstone High School 2

Call to improve Blyth to Halbury Road

Press release: Calls to Improve Blyth to Halbury Road 22/5/2017

I am calling on the Government to upgrade this regional highway between Blyth and Halbury and make this road safe to travel on for our farmers when driving heavy
vehicle especially during grain harvesting. The concerns regarding the state of this road especially for the use of heavy vehicles was brought to my attention some time ago. I have written several letters on my constituent’s behalf to the Minister for Transport to have this road brought up to a safe standard.

Whilst I appreciate that shoulder grading works were completed in December 2016, it is not enough, unfortunately significant road work improvements has not occurred. After a site inspection, I understood first hand the difficulty faced by drivers of heavy vehicles when attempting to pass each other safely. Being on site was invaluable to understand the importance of bringing this matter to the attention of the government.

It is very clear to see that the width provided on the main arterial route between Blyth and Halbury is not a safe corridor to use by our farmers transporting grain in heavy vehicles, which is even more evident when passing each other during the harvest period.

I commend the government for the installation of safety barriers, shoulder sealing works that were carried out to the Blyth/ Halbury junction, and re-sealing and resurfacing 13 kilometres between Bowmans and Balaklava. This investment greatly improved the safety for heavy vehicles travelling to Balaklava during harvest time. Now is the time to replicate this works and improve the standard on the Blyth to Halbury Road, undertake this work and improve the condition of this road, which will make a safer passage to transport the 2017 grain harvest.

Solomontown Beach Access Mat

Beach - Hilde with Premier and GeoffWheelchair access mat for Solomontown Beach announced

The Hon Tom Koutsantonis MP, Treasurer Hon Geoff Brock MP, Member for Frome
The State Government will provide almost $20,000 for a wheelchair access mat for Solomontown Beach, allowing those with disability and mobility difficulties to experience the ocean.

The $19,360 in funding will be provided to the Red Cross, who will buy the portable and slip-resistant mat and oversee its ‘roll-out’ at the Upper Spencer Gulf beach.

The Red Cross expect to buy about 60m of mat, which will be modified as needed and placed on the beach regularly.

Quotes attributable to Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis 

Going to the beach and dipping your toes in the ocean – or going for a swim – is something many of us take for granted.

Everyone deserves to have the opportunity to experience the health and wellbeing benefits that come with a trip to the beach and being included in activities like this with their families and friends.

The State Government is committed to helping South Australians with disability live their lives to the fullest and this is exactly what this funding will help those living in Port Pirie and nearby do.

Quotes attributable to Member for Frome Geoff Brock 

I’m delighted to help deliver this important funding to the Red Cross, who do so much wonderful work in Port Pirie and throughout the Mid North, and to advocate on their behalf.

A trip to the beach is a quintessential Australian experience and this mat will allow many to touch the ocean’s edge for the first time – a powerful experience.

It’s great to be here with locals such as Hildy and hear from them firsthand about the difference it will make.

New Pontoon at Royal Port Pirie Yacht Club

New Pontoon Port Pirie Yacht ClubMinister Mullighan site visit to inspect the new Yacht pontoon and the Boat Ramp upgrade.20170402_145617











Geoff is pleased to see further lobbying to the State Government resulted in funding to assist with the new 30 metre pontoon in place at the Royal Port Pirie Yacht Club. Now able to be used by visiting yachts into Port Pirie. Come in, berth and use the facilities and explore our regions! Minister Mullighan took time to view the new Pontoon with Geoff when visiting Port Pirie for Country Cabinet.




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