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Tour of Great South Coast to visit Penola

by Adam Blom for 5THE FM ‘s newsonline wattlerangenow.com.au

PENOLA will be hosting two stages of the popular cycling event, The Tour of the Great South Coast in August.

The event has grown significantly in recent years, with some of the best riders in Australia taking part and will enter Penola for the first time in 2016.

The historic town will be the main attraction for riders and spectators on August 12, firstly for a 30 lap Criterium of a 1.3km circuit at Penola Primary School from 10.30am until approximately 11.30am. This stage will include 11 Intermediate Sprints.

The second stage for the day will commence at 1pm and is a 64.2km circuit from Penola to Casterton. This stage will incorporate 4 Intermediate Sprints.

To assist with the staging of the event, Wattle Range Council has agreed to provide $2000 to organisers, as well as the support of engineering staff through road closures throughout the day.

‘Perfect match’ offered for volunteers

by Adam Blom for 5THE FM’s wattlerangenow.com.au

Wattle Range Council wants community groups and organisations to have the ‘perfect match’.

No, this doesn’t mean the council is re-booting the 1980s television show, but rather matching volunteers to their perfect role in the community.

The council has recognised that there are a number of organisations in the Millicent and surrounding communities that just can’t find the right volunteers, despite people of all ages and backgrounds wanting to help and become part of their communities.

So, the ‘Volunteer Matching Initiative’, which has the support of the Millicent Medical Clinic, has been developed to match those eager helpers with the perfect role in their community.

Local community and sporting groups or organisations are invited to register their ‘positions vacant’ with the council on their website at www.wattlerange.sa.gov.au by Friday, April 29.

Wattle Range Council Chief Executive Ben Gower said he is excited about the potential of the Initiative.

“The possibilities are endless” he said.

“Opportunities range from mowing the local sporting oval to teaching local children to read or helping out the church group with their newsletter.

“Community groups are always seeking assistance and every little bit helps.

“It is a great idea to help the groups and the volunteers find each other.”

Registrations are only available online and groups or organisations requiring assistance to complete the form are invited to call in to the Millicent Library and ask one of the friendly staff for assistance.

Volunteer positions will then be promoted at the launch of the initiative, to be held in the Millicent Gallery on Wednesday, May 4.

At the launch – and for the week following – interested volunteers and school students will be invited to come along and best match their skills, expertise and availability to the group or organisations that interest them.

The Millicent Medical Clinic will be advertising the registered volunteer positions in the clinic.

Source: Wattle Range Council

 Millicent Hospital on-call roster covered by locums:-


Millicent Hospital

by S Lowe for 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow
5THE FM has received the following statement from Country Health SA regarding staffing of the on call roster at the Millicent Hospital
Country Health SA, Acting Chief Executive Rebecca Graham said:-
“We have secured locum GP on-call cover to the Millicent Hospital over the next couple of weeks while we continue to work with Medical Millicent Clinic in developing a new service model.
“We will continue to keep the community updated.”
The Medical Clinic Millicent recently released a statement regarding their commitment to the Millicent Hospital on call services roster which said:-
“…with the recent departure of two doctors providing hospital cover and health problems catching up on remaining doctors servicing the hospital, it has become unsustainable to continue to provide on call services to the hospital in the current format.”
“Two local GP’s have offered to continue to provide services to the hospital under their current arrangement, but are unable to cover for the doctors lost from the on call roster.
This offer could provide for a continued engagement between Millicent Medical Clinic and Millicent Hospital – something that CHSA has desired in the past.  It could also provide relief for any other permanent doctor that CHSA might appoint to Millicent hospital – since no doctor will be able to service the hospital 24/7
The Medical Clinic is in ongoing discussions with CHSA in regards to providing other services to Millicent Hospital