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The old olive oil processing
building. A part of the
Olivewood Historic Homestead
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DECADES of local history is
illustrated in numerous displays,
buildings and items at Renmark’s
After visiting the Olivewood
homestead where Ella and Charles
Chaffey raised their family you can
follow a pathway to find yourself at
a former olive oil processing area
The building dates back to the
early 1880s and is complemented
by a replica of a Chilean mill, which
was horse-driven and crushed olives
prior to being pressed between
esparto mats to extract the oil.
The museum is home to a diverse
range of historic items including a
boiler which is the last remaining
item of the olive oil processing plant.
The museum also contains a copy
of ‘The Red Book’ and other early
The team at Olivewood is cur-
rently developing a dental display,
featuring instruments, drills, chairs,
false teeth and spittoons.
In earlier times, dentists travelled
by paddle steamer and patients vis-
ited the vessel, or the dentist hired a
room at the local hotel.
Adjacent to the building stood a
timber tower on which stood water
tanks. The bottom room was sleep-
ing quarters for the Chaffey sons
and the upper room was used by
Ella Chaffey to write children’s nov-
Olivewood Museum acknowledges
the Renmark Paringa Council for its
support and assistance.
The history continues at Olivewood
under stress from difficult
seasonal conditions have been
urged to enlist the help of a
dedicated local mentors group.
The FaB Mentors – short for
Family and Business Mentors
program offers primary pro-
ducers and their families a
chance to talk through their sit-
uation with someone who will
listen, “help clarify thoughts,
and... provide guidance and
referral pathways and contact
points for a range of services
that may assist”.
FaB Mentors Robyn Cain,
John Chase, Judy Wilkinson
and Brent Fletcher are availa-
ble in the Riverland to provide
an informal, confidential, inde-
pendent and “down-to-earth”
approach to help with decision
making and problem solving.
Mrs Cain said FaB Mentors
can meet with growers at their
property or in a neutral loca-
“We are a ‘conduit’ between
growers who have suffered
losses but may not know what
range of services and support
is available, or how to gain
access,” Mrs Cain said.
“We listen, suggest options
and provide linkages to other
professional providers, special-
ists in their field, who can pro-
vide further support on particu-
“The ability to make deci-
sions in a family farming busi-
ness can be ‘blocked’ for a
range of reasons.
“Sometimes it’s because the
decision is complex, or it may
be because all of your men-
tal and emotional reserves
are taken up with day-to-day
issues, and there is little left
to devote to the main issues.”
Mrs Cain said additional visits
and follow-up communication
can be organised as agreed,
and if needed.
“Any individual or fam-
ily operating a horticultural
business in the Riverland
can access the FaB Mentor
Service,” she said.
“The service is provided
at no cost to individuals or
“FaB Mentors are good
The FaB Mentor Service is
jointly funded by Riverland
Wine and Primary Industries
and Regions SA, as part of the
Riverland Hailstorm Recovery
For further information on
the FaB Mentor Services, and
to find out if it can help you,
your family and your business,
contact Robyn on 0411 633
085, John on 0419 848 672,
or Brent 0439 409 430 or call
the Loxton Research Centre on
FaB Mentors Brent Fletcher (left), John Chase, Judy Wilkinson and Robyn Cain are ready to help local horticulturalists under additional
physical, mental or emotional stress as a result of experiencing difficult seasonal conditions recently.
Mentors reach out to struggling Riverland growers
Help – and someone to listen
LOCAL schools are being urged to ensure their
sun protection practices are in line with official
guidelines from the Department of Education and
Child Development (DECD).
The guidelines from the updated Sun
Protection and Inclement Weather Procedure rec-
ommends schools, early childhood education and
care services implement a sun protection policy
when the UV is three and above.
Cancer Council SA chief executive Lincoln
Size said sun protection policies should include
more than wearing a hat outside.
“It’s really important that students protect their
skin but also learn more about UV radiation and
the risks associated with skin damage, including
skin cancer,” he said.
Skin damage from exposure to UV is cumula-
tive and evidence shows that exposure to UV
radiation during childhood and adolescence
largely determines a person’s lifetime skin cancer
Cancer Council SA are encouraging more
schools to join the National SunSmart Program.
To contact Cancer Council SA’s SunSmart
team call (08) 8291 4356 or email sunsmart@
Update policies, council warn schools
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