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Lions handover Birdsville tractor run funds

by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

Millicent Lions meeting on Tuesday 1st December hosted Lions from visiting clubs for the handover of funds raised on the recent Birdsville Tractor run fundraiser. Members of the Millicent, Naracoorte and Hahndorf clubs banded together for the trek to Birdsville to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. A combined tally of $29,295-46 was raised with Millicent raising $13,076.05 minus expenses leaving $11,181.50 in total. A financial report was prepared by Treasurer Keith Fields.

The RFDS averages three (3) flights a day from the local area over the past 20 years said President John Chalmers receiving the cheque on behalf of the RFDS.



Lions Clubs and RFDS representatives

You can find the Lions Tractor run on Wattle Range Now facebook where a daily account of the teams fun and games were posted as it happened.

Photo courtesy Lion Peter Lane

Public Safety Issue Closes Viewing Platform at Woakwine Cutting

In the interest of public safety, Council has been forced to close the very popular viewing platform at Woakwine Cutting.  A recent inspection of the platform highlighted a number of structural concerns, which resulted in its temporary closure.
Subsequently Council engaged the services of structural engineering firm Tonkin Consulting, who have provided a detailed assessment of the platform. The assessment confirmed that the structure is unsafe and warrants immediate removal.
“This is a very unfortunate situation with the platform a very popular stop with tourists travelling to the Beachport area” Council’s Director Engineering Services, Peter Halton said. “The structure was built decades ago and allowed the public a bird’s eye view of the Cutting. It was a bit of a thrill due to its height,”
“The detailed report confirmed that corrosion of some of the main support structure is to a point at which the platform it is unsafe and thus Council is planning for its immediate removal.”
“The project for the replacement will be costed and referred to the 2016/17 financial year budget for consideration, with Council also looking at potential funding opportunities.” Mr Halton added.


Source: – Statement from Wattle Range Council

The Millicent Bowling Club Night Owls.

 by Ella Pietersma for 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow
How nice to see the smiling faces arrive each Wednesday night as so many bowlers arrive ready not only to play bowls but also greet so many friends both old and new. It is nice to hear some gentle ribbing at the end of the night as winners are announced and encouragement given to those teams who achieve something extraordinary.
Touches in RED Division were James Varcoe and Gary Davis both with 3.
Touches in the BLUE Division was Janine Clark with 3.
Touches in the White Division was Tom Turner with 3.
Winners in the White Division were Beanz Team (Maris, Ian, Tony and Rhonda) with a score of 29+12 beating the Snappers, other winners were Gizzy Crew 28+5, Rocky Campers 27+2, Somerset Legends 27+1, Skeeters 26+4.
Winners in the Blue Division were the Beefa’s Bunch (Marilyn Thomas, Coota, Brentley Thomas and Benny Cabot) beating the Rotary Team 29+11, other winners were Max’s Longhorns 28+8, Rovers 27+9, Tant Tigers 27+7, Bobcats 27+4.
Winners in the Red Division were the Untouchables (Barry Smith, David Reichelt, John Cockrum and Terry Barnes) beating the Grand Hotel 30+17, Red Delicious 29+11, Wiggles 27+1, Royal Reserves 27+1 and the Lions 25+1.


Bowling with “Gizzie’s Crew” new bowler Melita Knight is pictured below

Ella announces the winners