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FAMILIES are demanding faster broadband, with
internet usage and data consumption on the rise,
new data shows.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS)
recent figures show the average broadband usage
has increased by 46 per cent, as downloads grew
from 36.0 GB to 51.7 GB per month over the last
National Broadband Network’s (NBN) chief
customer officer John Simon said the corporation
is aiming to keep up with the growth and satisfy
the hunger for faster broadband.
“Australia is now a nation of ‘iFamilies’ with
an insatiable appetite for online content,” he said.
“The NBN will provide a fast and reliable
broadband network to help ease the impending
data tsunami brought on by the rapid growth in
our internet usage.
“Our network trends show the improved speed
and reliability of the NBN unlocks more value
for customers and small businesses.”
HOMEOWNERS have been urged to have their
air cooling equipment serviced before the hot
Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) said firefight-
ers had responded to more than 110 house fires
caused by air conditioners and evaporative cool-
ers in recent years.
“South Australia has experienced hot summers
and a number of extended heat waves in recent
years, and there’s potential for more this sum-
mer,” MFS commander, Greg Howard said.
“If you have faulty or poorly maintained air
cooling equipment, it carries the risk of overheat-
ing and causing a fire.”
Mr Howard suggested homeowners have their
equipment serviced by a qualified tradesperson
who will check for faults, remove build-up of
dust and ensure it is in good working order.
“It’s vital that people have their air cooling
equipment serviced now, so that it’s ready to reli-
ably withstand the months of hot weather ahead,”
Check air cons before
the heatwave hits
Families ‘hungry’ for
A PROJECT by local home
builder GJ Gardner Homes
Riverland has resulted in
about 400 native trees and
plants being added to the local
landscape over the past year.
GJ Gardner Homes
Riverland teamed up with
Fifteen Trees – a company that
distributes plants to communi-
ty groups and landholders for
plantings across Australia – to
donate and plant 15 trees in
the region for every house the
company built in 2013/2014.
The year-long project began
in August last year, with 180
trees and plants donated to
the Natural Resources SA
About 60 of the plants,
sourced from the SA Murray
Darling Resources nursery,
were planted at the Brenda
Park Wetlands, near Morgan,
by the River Murray Youth
Council and students from
Glossop High to provide food
for regent parrots.
The remaining 120 plants
were given to Calperum
Station nursery, which will use
the plants for future revegeta-
tion programs on the flood-
Last month, the second
planting was held at Barmera
Primary School to update the
look of its front garden.
Plants were supplied from
a nursery run by Joy Packer,
who works in the school’s
front office, and were planted
with the help of about eight
students from the school’s
The final tree planting day
was held this month, with 180
trees and plants from Waikerie
Native Nursery donated to the
Renmark Paringa Hospital to
improve the look of the aged
As a result of GJ Gardner’s
donation, the Renmark Health
Advisory Council donated a
further 100 trees to the hos-
pital, which were planted by
the Rotary Club. GJ Gardner
Homes Riverland managing
director Melissa Pearce said
it was a South Australian
and Western Australian GJ
Gardner Homes group deci-
sion to become involved with
the Fifteen Trees program.
“The GJ Gardner Homes
Riverland team fully supports
the program,” she said.
“It assists community
groups to beautify their land-
scape, and aids in reducing the
local carbon footprint at the
Planting project makes ground
More than 90 plants and trees
were planted at the Renmark
Paringa Hospital’s aged care
facility on Thursday, October 2.
Pictured is GJ Gardner’s Glen
Blythman and Melissa Pearce,
with residents Lola Roy and
Dudley Frahn, and Renmark
Paringa Hospital executive
officer/director of nursing Kelli
Ramm. PHOTOS: Will Slee
On Thursday, September 4, 30 plants were added to Barmera
Primary School’s front garden. Pictured is GJ Gardner’s Glen
Blythman with his children, Barmera Primary School students
Toree and Ryan.
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