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Fatal crash at Clay Wells



Major crash investigators are currently at the scene of a fatal crash in the State’s South East.

Just after 11 pm, police and emergency services were called to a single car crash at the intersection of Clay Wells Road and the Princes Highway at Clay Wells where a Hyundai SUV , had left the road and crashed into an embankment.

Tragically a 2 year old child died later at hospital.

The 24 year old driver and her 40 year old passenger, were taken to the Mount Gambier Hospital with minor injuries.

All occupants were from Ballarat.

The Princess Highway will be closed between the Penola to Beachport Rd and Naracoorte Highway.

The Robe to Penola Rd is also closed between the Naracoorte Highway and the Beachport to Penola Rd.

Diversions are in place and motorists are advised to avoid the area and use the Southern Ports Highway.

The child’s death takes the State’s road toll to 105 as compared to 97 for the same time last year.


Source: Press release from SAPOL

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Merry Christmas from our family to yours

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Greetings on behalf of the Management of 5THE FM :-

To all listeners of 5THE FM and followers of  wattlerangenow, from our 5THE FM family to yours, we wish you a Happy and Healthy Christmas and New Year.

During the past year we have welcomed new members to our community and sadly lost others dear to us.

To those missing loved ones at this time,  we hope that you have loving family and friends around you at Christmas to share in your sorrow and bring a measure of joy to your day.We are thinking of you.

If you have welcomed a new one to your family, we share in your happiness of this first Christmas together.

If you have just moved to the region, welcome and we wish you a very Happy Christmas in your new community and hope it is everything you hoped for.

To you our sponsors, thankyou – your valued support of 5 THE FM is especially remembered at this time;  we are so grateful and look forward to our continued partnerships with you in 2015.

To ALL 5THE FM volunteers………………THANKYOU

..and from my own family to yours, our personal best wishes are that you have a Happy and Safe Christmas & New Year and experience the true blessings of this season.

Kindest regards

Sheryl Lowe

Station Manager

5THE FM/wattlerangenow


Ambos call for a safe festive season

SA Ambulance Service has called for the community to stay safe this festive season and reminded everyone to call triple zero (000) in a medical emergency.

SA Ambulance Service Operations Manager Anthony Pryzibilla said that for the ambulance service, a quiet time was a good time.

“We want everyone to have a great time this festive season – we don’t want people spending their holidays being treated by ambulance clinicians,” he said.

“Remember, in a medical emergency call triple zero (000) for immediate medical assistance.

“Our highly trained emergency call takers can talk you through life saving first-aid while an ambulance is on the way.

Mr Pryzibilla said that people needed to remain vigilant around water and be careful of alcohol intake.

“Even though we are not expecting a hot day on Christmas Day, we still anticipate people will be swimming in pools, going to the beach or doing other water sports this Christmas; we urge the community take extra care, especially with children.

“Wear a lifejacket while boating, have a pool fence at home and swim between the flags at the beach.

“If you plan to drink, you should also plan how you are going to get home. Having a designated driver, using public transport or calling a taxi are all good options.

“We’re not saying don’t drink, we’re just saying that if you do, know what’s safe for you and stick to that limit. Also remember to re-hydrate with water in between drinks.

Mr Pryzibilla also acknowledged the effort of ambulance staff and other emergency services personnel who are working over the holiday period.

“I’d like to acknowledge our fantastic paramedics and ambulance officers, our SAAS MedSTAR doctors and nurses and our emergency operations centre staff, who are working on the public holidays to make sure everyone has a safe festive season. In particular, thanks to our dedicated group of volunteers who are giving up their time with family and friends,” he said.

Source: – Press conference:

10am, Wednesday 24 December

Anthony Pryzibilla, Operations Manager, SA Ambulance Service