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Indian trip of a lifetime
“IT was an invaluable
experience that made us
appreciate what we have here
Riverland Girl Guide man-
ager Dianne Sims and five
other local Guide leaders had
the opportunity to become
immersed in a different cul-
ture when they travelled to
Mrs Sims said the group
spent a “peaceful” five days at
the Sangam Girl Guide World
Centre at the end of December
“The differences in Indian
and Australian culture were
fascinating,” she said.
Located in the city of Pune,
Sangam is one of five World
Association of Girl Guides
world centres that offers
events and volunteering pro-
After their time at the
centre, the Riverland leaders
spent another five days travel-
Berri District leader Diana
Sully said their visit coincided
with the 50th anniversary of
the Indian world centre.
“During our stay we par-
ticipated in a program called
Love, Dance and Yoga,” she
“We would get up at sunrise
and do yoga, meditation and
“The leaders took up many
of the traditions at the centre,
including eating only vegetar-
ian options and taking part in
a number of religious ceremo-
Mrs Sims said the trip
opened her eyes to a different
way of life.
“Everyone has a place in
the community in India, with
vast differences between the
rich and poor” she said.
“There was a lack of water
and basic services, which
really made us appreciate all
that we have at home.
“We had opportunities to
meet locals and see how they
live compared to us back in
“It was great to mingle
with other Guide leaders from
around the world and inde-
pendent travellers as well.”
The Guide leaders agreed
a highlight of the trip was the
time they spent in the city of
“It was interesting to visit
the Dhobi Ghat open air laun-
dry where about 5000 people
do the washing for hotels and
hospitals,” Mrs Sully said.
“The workers wash the
clothes in large concrete pens
and dry them outside.
“Most families do not have
an electrical washing machine
which is good for the Dhobis,
creating their jobs.”
Mrs Sims said a ‘dabbawa-
la’ was another profession
unfamiliar to Australia.
“Because public transport
is too crowded for people to
carry their lunches, India has
created a lunch delivery ser-
vice,” she said.
“Food is collected from the
workers’ homes in these tin
lunchboxes and is transported
via bicycle, ox and cart or
train to their workplace.
“After lunch the lunchboxes
are picked up and returned
home to repeat the process the
“We were told the service
has 100 per cent efficiency.”
The Riverland Girl Guide
leaders also enjoyed explor-
ing temples, 2000-year-old
caves, and visiting the Indian
nationalist and spiritual
leader Gandhi’s home and The
National Gandhi Museum in
“India gets in your blood,”
Mrs Sully said.
“It was great to come back
and share our experience with
the Girl Guides, and inspire
them to travel and volunteer.
“We made many friends at
the centre and would love to
go back there one day.”
Meanwhile, Mrs Sims said
the Riverland Girl Guides
needed new leaders and mem-
“Everyone is welcome.
We meet every Monday night
across the towns,” she said.
“Joining Girl Guides helps
young girls and women to
grow into confident, self-
respecting and responsible
“It is also very rewarding
for the leaders and gives them
opportunities like the India
trip, and the chance to explore
the outdoors, service others,
and gain leadership skills.”
For more information, call
Girl Guides SA on 8418 0900
or message the Riverland Girl
Guides Facebook page.
A group of six Riverland Girl Guide leaders travelled to India
recently. Pictured, from left, are Berri Girl Guides leader
Kerri I’Anson, Berri district leader Diana Sully, Riverland
Girl Guide manager Dianne Sims, Berri Tall Poppies leader
Julie Ahrens, Riverland Girl Guide leader Joy Stoeckel and
Barmera Girl Guides leader Sue Webber at a welcome to
Sangam Indian ceremony. INSET: The Riverland Girl Guides
enjoyed a visit to the Dhobi Ghat in Mumbai, which is the
world’s biggest open-air laundry. PHOTOS: Supplied
Riverland Girl Guide leaders Joy Stoeckel, Dianne Sims, Sue Webber, Julie Ahrens, Diana Sully and
Kerri I’Anson dressed in traditional Indian attire.
LOCALS can now apply for funding for
projects that build knowledge, information and
understanding of wetland management and riverine
The State Government’s Fund My Project:
Riverine Recovery program is designed to improve
the health of the River Murray and its wetlands.
Applications will be considered for a range of
ideas including revegetation initiatives to digital
projects, interpretive signage or hosting an event.
Water and River Murray Minister Ian Hunter
called on locals to participate in the program and
offer their ideas for funding.
“We are inviting the Riverland and Mid-Murray
communities to initiate projects that will leave a
lasting legacy of knowledge, information and under-
standing of wetland management,” he said.
“The initiative is a great opportunity to pitch pro-
jects, and we are looking forward to some creative
local submissions that will engage the community
in the health of our Murray.
“We know the Riverland community understands
how important their river is to them and I look for-
ward to seeing their community-driven projects.”
Community groups are invited to submit applica-
tions to the YourSAy website for projects that will
be carried out by Saturday, June 30, 2018.
Submission close at 5pm on Tuesday, April 18,
2017. South Australians will then be given the
opportunity to choose their favourite projects to
share in the $200,000 total funding.
‘Fund my wetland’ project
YOUNG South Australians are being called upon to
apply for this year’s SA Youth Parliament program.
The program provides a unique forum for young
people aged 15 to 24 to have their say and learn
about South Australia’s parliamentary system.
Scholarships are available to all regional par-
ticipants to cover travel and accommodation costs to
and from Adelaide, for the training weekend in May
and the residential week in July.
The number of regional participants in the pro-
gram has more than doubled since the scholarship
Minister for Youth Zoe Bettison said the program
was an opportunity for young people of any back-
ground to join in the political process.
“Youth Parliament is a great avenue for par-
ticipating young people to voice their opinion on a
wide range of matters, and to learn about how par-
liament works,” she said.
“I encourage young South Australians from all
backgrounds and locations who are interested in
the political process and advocating for their com-
munities, to apply to be part of this year’s Youth
To apply or find out more information about the
Youth Parliament program and regional scholar-
ships, visit www.sa.ymca.org.au. Applications close
on Sunday, March 19.
Calling all young politicians
INFORMATION on heritage places in South
Australia – in the form of heritage surveys – is now
The Department of Environment, Water and
Natural Resources (DEWNR) Heritage says her-
itage surveys are gathered through historical
research, field work and community engagement to
identify and explore heritage places.
The surveys are proactively carried out to
help make decisions about heritage protection to
strengthen community identity and unveil tourism
DEWNR’s heritage manager Bev Voigt said
moving South Australia’s heritage surveys online
ensures the state’s historical information is easily
accessible to the public including property owners,
researchers and cultural tourists.
“The heritage surveys include historical infor-
mation, photographs and details about the heritage
significance of many sites across South Australia,”
“This includes a 1997 survey about the suburb
of Elizabeth’s heritage resources and a 2004 survey
about South Australia’s physical, cultural and social
development after the Second World War.
“Already more than 100 hard-copy heritage sur-
veys have been moved online and another 200 will
be made available over time.
“The surveys enhance appreciation and under-
standing of South Australia’s twentieth century
heritage, monuments and sites, geological places
and many other places of local and state heritage
SA’s heritage surveys are available on the
SA’s heritage info now online
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