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Suspected stolen property – UPDATED


A combined effort by police from Millicent, Penola and Beach Port has resulted in suspected stolen property being found.

Police attended an address in Millicent overnight and searched the residence there.

As a result of the search police found a quantity of property suspected to have been recently stolen.

In addition, a quantity of suspected illicit drugs was also found.

All items have been seized by police who expect to charge persons this week.

Police ask that anyone with information relating to recent thefts of property from motor vehicles, sheds and houses in the Millicent district please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Source: SAPOL



Police arrested and charged a Millicent man with receiving stolen property and possessing cannabis.

Police arrested and charged a Millicent man with receiving stolen property and possessing cannabis.

Yesterday, Sunday March 22, police from Millicent, Penola and Beachport searched a premises in Millicent and located property they believed to be stole, and a quantity of cannabis.

Following inquiries, Millicent police today have arrested a 28-year-old Millicent man in relation to the property and cannabis found during that search.

Police will allege that the property, which included a guitar, amplifier, battery charger and an outboard motor, was stolen on March 18 from a shed on Agricultural Bureau Drive in Millicent.

Police will also allege that the man was in possession of 200 grams of cannabis.

The man was charged and bailed to appear in the Millicent Magistrates Court on May 20.

Source: SAPOL

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Penola Medical Clinic new doctors

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Penola War Memorial Hospital will be supported by new GP services.

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The resignation of the two doctors at the Penola Medical Clinic late last year resulted in Expressions of Interest being called earlier this year. Country Health said today it has been an extensive process and issued the following statement :-

Country Health SA has appointed a new provider of GP services for the Penola and Nangwarry communities.

South East Regional Director Jayne Downs said Country Health SA has appointed Executive Health Group because its application included a number of key elements that will greatly benefit the area.

“After an extensive Expressions of Interest process attracting three different parties, we chose Executive Health Group for a number of reasons, one of them being it aims to extend clinic hours to include some weekend and evening hours,” said Jayne Downs.

“It will also support the Penola War Memorial Hospital and provide services to emergency services and aged and palliative care.

“Executive Health Group will also provide two resident GPs with a potential of a third if feasible and triple practice nursing hours.

“Another reason the Executive Health Group was chosen was because it already has experience with working with Country Health SA as it operates the Roxby Downs Doctor’s Surgery.”

Executive Health Group CEO Dr Nirmal Grewal said he’s looking forward to continuing and building upon GP services for the people of Penola and Nangwarry and cementing the medical practices’ reputation for timely, convenient, reliable and trustworthy primary health care to the community.

“I am personally committed to ensuring the transition process is as smooth as possible. In fact, I am relocating my whole family, my wife and two-year-old daughter, to Penola for a number of months to work within the clinics and we are looking forward to getting to know the local community,” said Dr Nirmal Grewal.

“During that time, I’ll also be working hard to better understand the needs for the new management of the medical practices.

“Already I’ve had discussions with a number of doctors who are interested in working with us at the practices. We understand the importance to the community of securing these doctors’ services so the community can look forward to a stable and reliable primary health care service.

“In the long term, we hope to extend the medical services offered to residents of Penola and Nangwarry by attracting more visiting specialists and allied health professionals to the region.”

The Executive Health Group aims to begin providing GP services to the area in April, 2015. In the meantime, Country Health SA has highly qualified locum GPs servicing Penola and Nangwarry.

Source: CHSA

SA Rural Women’s Award Finalists

Simone Kain of Penola and Louise Stock from Lucindale are among four impressive finalists in the running to win the 2015 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Rural Women’s Award for South Australia.
This award recognises emerging women leaders who have the desire, commitment and leadership potential to make a greater contribution to primary industries and rural communities.
The state finalists are Alexandra Thomas from Port Lincoln, Sarah Powell from Wharminda on the Eyre Peninsula, Simone Kain from Penola and Louise Stock from Lucindale.
Minister for the Status of Women Gail Gago said the finalists had a range of backgrounds and were all passionate about the industries and areas they want to further develop.
“These women from rural South Australia are an inspiration to us all, as they represent the highest of values and qualities and aspire to make a difference to their communities,” Ms Gago said.
“To be nominated for this award is an achievement in itself. I congratulate these four women and urge them to continue making a tangible difference and inspiring others.”
Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell said the finalists had shown their dedication to improving the industries they care about.
“These women are keen to make a meaningful contribution to their sectors, which include work, health and safety, educating children about farming, building resilience in the community and inspiring future leaders.
“The Government is pleased to support this award as it aligns with our strategic priority of Premium Food and Wine from our Clean Environment by supporting workforce development and growth.
“It also reinforces PIRSA’s Women Influencing Agribusiness and Regions Strategy by supporting women with leadership potential and the desire and commitment to make a greater contribution to their industries and communities,” Mr Bignell said.
Now in its 18th year, the award provides rural women the opportunity to realise their visions for primary industries and to meet a network of equally passionate and innovative peers.
The winner will receive a $10,000 bursary provided by the RIRDC to implement a vision for their industry as well as a one-week residential Australian Institute of Company Directors course to build their leadership capabilities.

Based in Penola in the South East, Simone comes from a farming background, and has an inherent passion for rural Australia. Simone wants to increase children’s knowledge of farming practices and food and fibre production. In July 2014, an educational children’s application that she wrote and co-created, George the Farmer, was launched.
Simone will use the bursary to further develop an educational tool based on George the Farmer, which will include a set of mini games aimed at one to eight year olds. The tool will teach children about farming and food and fibre production with activities such as shearing a sheep with their finger and then turning the wool into a jumper or scarf.

Louise is based in Lucindale in the South East. She started her career as a graduate with the former Commonwealth Department of Primary Industries and Energy. Her work over the past 20 years has ranged from the public sector, to farming organisations, educational institutions and business and community networks. She has been operating a grazing business partnership with her husband for the past 15 years as well as her consulting business, Focus Facilitation.
Louise’s vision is for a vibrant and resilient regional Australia, where wellbeing is a focus of everyday life. She will use the bursary to complete training in positive psychology and to scope a pilot project to undertake baseline wellbeing measurement and deliver a wellbeing and resilience program in regional SA in collaboration with the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre.
The 2015 South Australian RIRDC Rural Women’s Award will be announced on Sunday 22 March at the Adelaide Oval.
The State winner is then entered in the national award, presented in Canberra later in the year.

Source: Minister Gail Gago