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A LOCAL man will raise money
for depression, PSD and suicide
prevention by climbing 28 floors,
while carrying 25kg of weight – and
hopes his unique training regime will
hold him in good stead.
Monash CFS volunteer Michael
Blanck is busy training for the
Firefighter Stair Climb by carrying
his son Cody, 8, and daughter Charlie,
7, up the Berri Water Tower and steep
“I’ve already started training by
doing six runs up the Berri Water
Tower,” said Mr Blanck.
“I’ve been doing that with my son
on my back because he weighs about
“Then the next day I’ve been doing
a run up the hill, which was about the
same amount of steps and I did that
with my daughter.”
Mr Blanck said the climb would
be a significant challenge, but has set
himself a goal.
“My priority is to make it, but I’ve
been training to try and break six min-
utes and that’s just my personal goal,”
The climb will take place in
Melbourne on Saturday, September
2, with 500 firefighters taking on
the challenge of climbing the Crown
Metropol Hotel wearing 25kg of turn-
out gear and breathing apparatus.
Money raised by the participants
will go towards Lifeline and the Black
Mr Blanck said depression, PSD
and suicide prevention were causes he
felt strongly about.
“My dad is an ex-veteran and he
has PSD,” he said.
“So, that on top of me really want-
ing to do it made me even more deter-
mined to give it 110 per cent.”
Mr Blanck has set himself a fund-
raising target of $1000, but said he
would like to raise more.
To donate to Mr Blanck’s climb
head to www.firefighterclimb.org.au/
and SARA GILLIGAN
LAKE Bonney has been
inundated by hundreds of
pelicans in the past week,
providing another attraction for
tourists visiting Barmera.
Long-time Barmera resi-
dent Jack Miller said he has not
seen so many pelicans at Lake
Bonney since 1976, more than
40 years ago.
“The last time I saw thou-
sands of pelicans (on Lake
Bonney) was when Lake Eyre
dried up after the big flooding of
1974, ’75 and ’76,” he said.
“I’ve seen big flocks, but not
as many as what we’re seeing at
“It’s a wonderful sight and
definitely a great attraction for
Barmera resident Shelley Vale
managed to capture an image
last Thursday as hundreds
of pelicans landed on Lake
“I’ve lived in Barmera for
three years and my partner has
lived here for nearly 10 years
and we both have never seen
anything like this,” Shelley said.
“I have been talking to the
locals and no one has ever seen
this. “It was just spectacular and
“I sat down there for hours
watching and was mesmerised.”
Monash CFS volunteer
Michael Blanck is busy
training for the Melbourne
Firefighter Stair Climb by
carrying his son Cody, 8,
and daughter Charlie, 7, up
flights of stairs.
PHOTOS: Jane Kuerschner
Michael’s all fired
for stair climb
Squadron of pelicans descend on lake
ABOVE: Locals and visitors alike
have been fascinated by the
hundreds of pelicans that have
flocked to Lake Bonney in the past
week. PHOTO: Shelley Vale
RIGHT: Long-time Barmera resident
Jack Miller says it is the first time
in more than 40 years that he has
seen so many pelicans at Lake
Bonney. PHOTO: Jack Miller
Monash makes most of funding
RIVERLAND schools have welcomed the State
Government’s recently announced funding for
new flooring, painting and paving.
Principal of Monash Primary School, Brenton
Chapman, said the $87,151 the school will
receive will fund upgrades to the school’s class-
“The money will be used for new floor cover-
ings and internal painting in designated build-
ings,” he said.
“Flooring, painting and paving were in need of
repair at our school.
“The work will start later this year and will be
completed by mid-2018.
“It’s great for our school facilities to be upgrad-
ed to the standard we want them. Staff, students
and parents take pride in the appearance of the
school and upgrades like this help with the devel-
opment of a positive school community.”
Monash Primary School was one of six
Riverland schools to share in $645,000 of funding
for maintenance and general upgrades.
TWO cars belonging to a Renmark
man have been impounded after
Riverland police detected him twice
in two days driving while his licence
On the first occasion, police
stopped the 28-year-old man on
Derrick Street, Berri, in the early
hours of Thursday, June 22.
Police said he was driving while
his vehicle was defected as well as
driving on a licence suspended due to
He was reported for driving while
disqualified and for carrying an
offence weapon, a wooden bat police
located under the car seat.
The man was fined for driving a
defected vehicle and his vehicle was
impounded for 28 days.
Then, in the early hours of
Saturday, June 24, police detected the
same man driving in a different car on
Murtho Street, Renmark.
This second vehicle was also
impounded for 28 days and the man
was reported for driving while sus-
He will appear in court at a later
One Renmark man, two impounded cars
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