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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

Country Health SA announces future of opthalmology services in South East


Country Health SA today announced the future of opthalmology for South East patients after a process of expressions of interest.

Country Health SA has selected local ophthalmologist Dr Michael Bailey as the preferred provider of cataract surgery for the South East.

Acting Chief Executive Officer of Country Health SA, Rebecca Graham, said Dr Bailey has been offered a contract to provide services in the South East over the next five years.

“In July we put out a request for proposals for the provision of ophthalmology services in the South East,” Ms Graham said.

“We had a number of strong applications, but the panel has decided to offer Dr Bailey a contract to deliver ophthalmology surgery at the Mount Gambier and District Health Service.

“Dr Bailey is a long-standing resident of Mount Gambier, having lived and worked there since 2004.

“Over that time he has built up strong relationships with members of the local community and demonstrated he is a high quality ophthalmologist.

“We are looking forward to Dr Bailey continuing to provide quality ophthalmology surgery to people in the South East for many years to come.”

Dr Bailey said he was looking forward to continuing to provide ophthalmology services for the people of the South East.

“I have been providing cataract surgery at the Mount Gambier Hospital for the past 11 years, and have helped literally thousands of patients in that time, so I am pleased to continue here as a resident ophthalmologist,” Dr Bailey said.

Ms Graham also took the opportunity to thank ophthalmologists Dr Trevor Hodson and Dr Archie MacKillop for their many years of service in the South East.

“The South East has been very well served over many years by Dr Hodson and Dr MacKillop,” she said.

“I want to thank them for their service and wish them well in the future.”