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More than just phone screens
LOCAL technology expert Packin
I.T. is continuing to develop its
all-round skills to ensure they
can help the community with
Co-owner and one of the
technicians at Packin I.T.,
Melanie Donkin said the com-
pany offers a wide variety of
“ We want to get the mes-
sage out there that we can fix
pretty much anything, not just
screens,” she said.
“ We do everything from fix-
ing screens, to fixing all parts of
laptops, desktops, phones and
“ We also recover data from
dead or broken devices that
people think don’t work any-
more and we can also repair
“Another service we offer
is logic-board or mother-board
repair of things that most plac-
es tell you are not repairable.”
Ms Donkin said the busi-
ness is also offering lessons for
those wanting to develop their
technological knowledge and
“Teaching people is some-
thing that we enjoy doing,” she
“Right the way through from
the basic level with those who
don’t really know how to do
anything with their devices, all
the way through to those who
want to learn how to get into
the industry and those who
want to learn how to repair stuff
Ms Donkin says the com-
pany was created six years ago
to cater for a significant gap in
“The whole reason that
we started the business was
because we found a hole in
what other businesses were
offering,” she said.
“ We found that other busi-
nesses either lacked in qual-
ity or customer service and
customers were getting hurt
because of that.
“ We are here to primarily
do right by the customer and
our business comes second to
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Packin I.T’s Marie Packer (pictured left) and Melanie
Donkin. PHOTO: Christian Longobardi
AFTER 23 years of looking after
locals’ aches and pains, Anthony
Agostino will finish up at his
Renmark physio practise and move
back to Adelaide this week.
Mr Agostino will join his wife Jo
and children Jack, 19, Sophie, 17
and Charlotte, 14, who all shifted to
Adelaide over four years ago.
He said there was a “degree of
excitement and happiness” about re-
joining his family, but also sadness in
leaving Renmark behind.
Mr Agostino said what was meant
to be a temporary move after finishing
his studies turned into much more.
“I moved up here after I graduated
from my physio degree at the end of
’91 and started at Loxton. I lived and
worked there for a year,” he said.
“Then I moved and worked in
Renmark for a couple of years and my
girlfriend at the time, who is now my
wife, was working at the (Renmark)
practise and it became available to
“We thought initially we would be
here for one or two years but then that
grew a bit, then we thought with buy-
ing the practise it would be five to 10
years, but then we got embraced by
the community and it’s a wonderful
“It had everything we wanted,
(including) a great lifestyle. We
played sports and then we had a fam-
ily and I couldn’t think of a better
place to raise kids.”
Mr Agostino said as his children
grew up and showed talent in sport
they decided to relocate Jo, Jack,
Sophie and Charlotte to Adelaide.
Jack now plays Australian rules
for West Adelaide and Sophie recent-
ly competed at the national netball
Mr Agostino said being away from
his family had its challenges.
“Missing out on things, like pres-
entations at school and parent teacher
interviews, was difficult,” he said.
“I would head down on the week-
ends, so I would be down there for
around two and a half days then here
for the rest of the time.
“It’s certainly had its difficulties,
but we’ve managed to get through it
and the kids have thrived in Adelaide.”
During his time in Renmark, Mr
Agostino was involved with the
National Karate Academy, the
Riverland Cycling Club and the
Renmark Football Club.
“I’ve been involved at the footy
club basically since I came to the clin-
ic, so since ’95,” he said.
“I was involved with injury man-
agement, but also with the young
kids and getting them fitter. “I was
involved as a runner in the under 15s
with Tim Jackson for two years and
really enjoyed that time.
“One of the greatest honours given
to me, and it was really humbling,
was when they gave me a life mem-
bership a couple of years ago.
“That came as a total surprise and
that was really special.
“It’s been great to build relation-
ships with players as well as coach-
ing staff and you see players when
they’ve first started to when they end
their career and then their kids start
Jo was heavily involved with the
Renmark Netball Club as a player,
coach and umpire.
Mr Agostino thanked the commu-
nity for its support during his family’s
time in Renmark, in particular Craig
and Lyn Leuders.
He also acknowledged Alan
Coulter, who he worked with through
the football club.
“The relationship I’ve had with
him has been really good and we’ve
worked really well together,” he said.
“I’ll certainly miss him and the ban-
Mr and Mrs Agostino will hold
a farewell at the Renmark Club on
Sunday, May 28, between 1pm and
4pm for anyone wanting to see the
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Renmark Physio Anthony Agostino will move to Adelaide this week after 23 years in the Riverland.
PHOTO: Jane Kuerschner
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