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Wattle Range ranked number one in the Nation

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Scott de Bruin Managing Partner of Mayurra


Mayor of Wattle Range Council Peter Gandolfi

by S Lowe for 5THE FM & WRN

The Regional Australia Institute has awarded top ranking to Wattle Range Council Region for best use of natural resources. Mayor Gandolfi  tweeted to the world this morning and a short time later  spoke to 5 THE FM’S newsonline – WattleRangeNow, about the national award.

The Regional Australia Institute collected information from 560 councils through -out regional Australia.

There are 10 categories:-.

• Institutions
• Infrastructure and Essential Services
• Economical Fundamentals
• Human Capital
• Technological Readiness
• Labour Market Efficiency
• Business Sophistication
• Inovation
• Market Size
• Natural Resources

Wattle Range showed the best use of primary production in a council area and this national award, ‘ is of great value,’ said Mr Gandolfi.

“We have premium food and wine in this region and this award will bring the focus of the nation and the world onto Wattle Range. It is valuable in terms of tourism and future investment. The natural resource category also included mineral resources, timber, fishing and coastal and Wattle Range was ranked No.1 on Net Primary Productivity.”

Scott de Bruin, Managing partner of Mayurra, famous for their Wagyu Beef, reflected the Mayor’s pride in the region saying, “This is great recognition for the Limestone Coast and Wattle Range, it is a highly productive area.”

Mr deBruin went on to say, we can take our own area for granted but when International people come here, they can’t believe what we have.
I asked Mr De Bruin if it was true that recently, guests to Mayurra, had come from Hong Kong to taste the Waygu Beef. He said that it was. A couple flew to Adelaide from Hong Kong, drove to Mayurra, enjoyed their Waygu Beef and drove back to Adelaide that night.
“It was a huge compliment,” said Mr De Bruin, “it’s a big drive to do that.”

“This ranking system covers the whole of Australia and Wattle Range ranked number one as the nation’s greatest primary productivity region; it is tangible credibility, “ said the Mayor, “it just reinforces what we already knew and now everyone else will know it.”

RSL helps keep the Royal Flying Doctor in the air


RFDS Chairman John Chalmers received cheque $1000-00

from President RSL Stephen Tiddy (right)

with Bruce Clayson and Bob Evans

On Tuesday morning (June 25th) the President of the Millicent RSL presented a cheque for $1000-00 to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, to aid them in their valuable work. Mr Tiddy and RSL Member Graeme Mellor said that they wanted to do this, because you never know when, or who may need it.

Mr Tiddy said the money was raised from the Legacy BBQ/sausage sizzle, which is held once a month at the Legacy Market outside of the RSL Hall in Millicent. The BBQ has been run by volunteers from the RSL for about 5 years;  they donate the money raised to local charities.

Shortly before his death, former RSL Member, the late Bill Worrell told Mr Tiddy, that he had used the RFDS and many others he knew had  too, and it was his wish that their donation be given to the RFDS to help keep them in the air.

Mr Tiddy said he has also used the RFDS and ‘you just never know when you may need it. It is a necessity for the people of our community.’

The President of the RDFS Mr John Chalmers was on hand to receive the donation.

Photos of the presentation were taken by RSL member of 15 years, Graeme Mellor.

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Winners again!


by S Lowe 5THE FM & WRN

This year just keeps getting better for local business Salt & Pepper Seafood, with another win on the board.  Husband and wife team, Wayne and Tina Steinborner, have just been notified today; they are winners in another radio competition. This time it’s for the best fish and chips. The latest win comes close on the heels of:-

  • their hamburger being judged the second best in the Limestone Coast


  • Tina’s nomination as Business Woman of the Year in the Women in Business Awards 2013.

It is a fantastic win after just 16 months inthe business and Tina said that she is happy  their wins have brought attention to all business in Millicent and the whole Limestone Coast region as well as Salt and Pepper Seafood.