People with disability and their families, along with jobseekers interested in working in the growing disability sector, are encouraged to attend upcoming National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) expos during September.

The expos are part of a series being hosted by the State Government to help people better understand how they might benefit from the NDIS.
The expos will feature stalls with disability service providers offering information to people with disabilities and their families, plus stalls from registered training organisations and career services providing information to jobseekers.

There will also be information presentations and panel discussions involving state and federal government representatives talking about how the NDIS works and jobs in the sector.

Everyone is welcome to attend the free community expos, however you must register online at www.mysupportmychoice.sa.gov.au. For telephone advice on how to register online, phone 1800 952 962 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) To register for Community Information Session, click the information sheet below.

PORT PIRIE: Thursday 21 September 2017
Northern Festival Centre, 106 Gertrude Street
Expo: 11am – 2pm
Presentation: 11.30am – 1pm

CLARE: Friday 22 September 2017
The Valleys Function Centre, 180 Main North Road
Expo: 11am – 2pm
Presentation 11.30am – 1pm

PORT PIRIE: Thursday 28 September at 1pm – 3pm
Port Pirie Community Centre, 28 Symonds St, Risdon Park
Click below for Details on registering:
NDIS Community Information Session – Port Pirie 28917

CLARE: Thursday 29 September at 10am – 12pm
Clare Hotel, 244 Main North Road
Click below for Details on registering:
NDIS Community Information Session – Clare 29917

PORT PIRIE: Thursday 28 September 2017
Port Pirie Community Centre, 28 Symonds St, Risdon Park
Session: 4pm – 6pm
RSVP: https://www.stikytickets.com.au/58004 or phone 0475 971 403
My NDIS Pathway and Participant Readiness – Port Pirie 28917

CLARE: Friday 29 September 2017
Clare Hotel, 244 Main North Road, Clare
Session: 1pm – 3pm
RSVP: https://www.stikytickets.com.au/58004 or phone 0475 971 403
My NDIS Pathway and Participant Readiness – Clare 29917

National Stroke Week 4th – 10th September

Think F.A.S.T and act FAST this National Stroke Week – join the FAST Response Team

National Stroke Week will take place from Monday 4 to Sunday 10 September 2017. Thousands of Stroke Week Activities will take place in communities across the country including information stalls, health checks and fundraising for the Stroke Foundation.

This National Stroke Week, the Stroke Foundation is aiming to ensure every Australian household has someone who knows the signs of stroke and to call 000. Share the F.A.S.T. signs of stroke with your friends, family and colleagues – the life you save could be your own.

Just by knowing the signs of stroke makes you part of the F.A.S.T. Response Team:

  • Face – Check their face. Has their mouth drooped?
  • Arms – Can they lift both arms?
  • Speech – Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you?
  • Time – Time is critical. If you see any of these symptoms Act FAST and call 000

Time is critical in treating stroke. Paramedics, nurses and doctors can only help if you join the FAST Response Team and dial 000 at the first sign of stroke. Stroke is always a medical emergency.

Will you join the F.A.S.T. Response Team and fight stroke with us this September?

For more InformationVisit: https://strokefoundation.org.au/How-you-can-help/Stroke-week


Fund my Neighbourhood

What Fund My Neighbourhood is looking for
Ideas that improve local neighbourhoods and meet the following criteria:
• Ideas must be feasible. That means that they can be delivered with the funding available ($10,000 to $150,000 plus GST) and can be delivered within 12 months. Some infrastructure upgrades may require development or planning approval. This process can take several months so needs to be considered in the project timeframe.

• Ideas will only receive one-off funding. If ongoing funding is required you must demonstrate how this will be obtained.

• Ideas must be generally accessible to the broader community. That means that they cannot have a participation cost or be behind locked gates etc.

Fund My Neighbourhood information sessions now on!
Free information sessions are being held across South Australia to help communities improve their local areas through the South Australian Government’s $40 million “Fund My Neighbourhood” program. The workshops will help South Australians with submitting their ideas. With this funding now available to make things happen, and the chance to apply closing on 8 September, South Aussies will need to act quickly to submit their ideas.

Find your local information session
To provide SA communities with more information and help them get started with their applications, a series of information sessions is being held across the State from today, Monday 21 August until Thursday 31 August.
A series of information sessions is being held in the following locations:
Clare – Thursday 31 August 2017 – 9.30am Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council Boardroom
• Port Pirie – Thursday 31 August 2017 – 3.00pm Pt Pirie Redcross Conference Room

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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