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Can my child access the NDIS?
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It provides supports, including early intervention,
for children up to age 13 with a permanent and
significant disability. Use My Access Checker on the
website to find out if your child can access the NDIS
and register your interest.
What types of supports might
The NDIS will work with you to identify the supports
that meet your child’s needs. Early intervention
supports are also available to minimise the impact
of a disability. The planning workbook on the website
can help you make a start.
What happens when we meet
with someone from the NDIS?
You will meet with a planner to discuss your child’s
needs and goals and to develop a plan. This may
take more than one meeting and you can bring
someone with you. Watch the video diaries on
the website to find out more.
Will someone help us put our
plan into action?
You can decide what works best for you and
your child. Read the managing your supports
information on the website or ask about this
in your planning session.
What if our needs change?
You can review your child’s plan at an agreed time
or if there is a significant change to your circumstances.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme
is expanding in South Australia from 1 July 2014
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Dep Renmark 7.30am 5.10pm 7.30am 12.00nn 4.00pm
7.50am 5.35pm 7.50am 12.20pm 4.25pm
Dep Barmera 8.10am 5.55pm 8.10am 12.40pm 4.45pm
Arr Adelaide 11.30am 9.10pm 11.30am
Dep Adelaide 12.15pm 5.30pm 12.15pm 11.00am 5.30pm
Dep Barmera 3.30pm 8.50pm 3.30pm 2.20pm 8.50pm
3.50pm 9.10pm 3.50pm 2.40pm 9.10pm
Arr Renmark 4.15pm 9.30pm 4.15pm 3.00pm 9.30pm
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By HEATHER EVERINGHAM
Moorundie is a site 5km south of
Blanchetown which was established in
1839 as a police station and base for
the government-appointed ‘protector of
Aborigines’, and to ensure the safety of
the European settlers.
In the 1870s riverboat captains recalled the
weeping willow trees at Moorundie as being
The inconclusive origin of these non-
native trees is that an early immigrant had
cut a sprig from the willow tree that shaded
Napoleon’s grave on the island of St Helena.
This twig had been inserted in a potato to
ensure moisture and was taken on the long
voyage by sailing ship to Australia.
Supposedly planted at Moorundie, it was
the source of all the willows along the Mur-
In the late 1990s and into the 2000s the
removal of this introduced species was a
highly controversial subject. Early settlers
along the river had planted these trees – with
councils’ blessings – to hold together river-
banks which were being eroded by the actions
of river transport and the earlier natural high
and low flow regime of the river.
There are willows growing in paddocks
which mark a channel that the river has cut
through when in flood. Their value as habitat
for aquatic species is undisputed; however it
was not enough to save them from destruction
during the last two decades.
In 1924 it was reported that the willows
stretching from Renmark’s Anglican Church
fence down the river were a striking example
of their value for preventing bank erosion.
These particular trees were in the care of
Captain Creager of the ps Mayflower, which
moored in this section of river for extended
periods during low rivers.
One of Barmera’s earliest settlers was
carpenter Les R. Appleton, who was single-
handedly responsible for planting countless
willows, at his own expense, along the north-
ern banks for 1.5 miles from Cobdogla wharf
downstream to the Kingston ferry.
In 1941 he recalled the early growth of
Barmera when hessian cubicles stood three
deep for a mile along the southern shores of
Lake Bonney. In those days he described the
lake as a ‘fisherman’s paradise’, with plenty
of cod, callop and bream. By the early 1940s
only perch was being caught in large hauls
and he had noted that birds were no longer
evident in large numbers.
Les Appleton’s first business venture in
Barmera was a café which he followed with
an open-air theatre in 1922. He had great faith
in the future of the motion picture and in time
he held the leases of picture theatres in Berri,
Barmera and Moorook which had the most
up-to-date equipment, until selling out to
Ozone Theatres in the early 1950s.
In 1956 Les and his wife moved to
Adelaide and Barmera’s final tribute to this
community-spirited man was to name Apple-
ton Bend in his honour where he had planted
so many willows; many of which are today
visible from the Sturt Highway.
LOOKING BACK - AN IMAGE FROM YESTERYEAR
A war waged on the willow trees
Cal Lal, in
After four years of planning,
on-site preparation works for
Loxton’s Pioneer Playground
are expected to begin within two
Existing items at the Tobruk Terrace/
Kokoda Terrace site will be removed
and the area levelled, ready for the new
equipment to be installed in late Octo-
For playground working group
member Rosemary French, the works
signal the ‘light at the end of a four-
It was Mrs French’s contact with the
media in 2010 that prompted a town
push for a centralised, modern play-
ground for local children.
“I’m absolutely elated,” she said.
“I’m over the moon that at long last
this is happening.”
Mrs French said to reach her end
goal “after so long” left her with
“I’m so happy, but to be honest, I
think I’ll also feel a little lost, empty,”
“The playground has been a big part
of my life over the years; thinking up
ideas, co-ordinating meetings and pres-
“I can only imagine how I’ll feel
once I see it all finished, but just now
with the area about to be prepared –
that’s a huge milestone.”
Able-bodied volunteers are now
needed to assist with the remov-
al of the existing playground equip-
ment, fencing, laying conduit,
earthworks, laying pavers, general
After signing up people will need to
undergo a brief ‘volunteer induction’ at
Anyone willing to offer their time is
urged to call Mrs French on 8584 7576
or 0419 879 369.
A sign will be erected near
the playground site, informing
community members of the stages of
Playground a reality
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