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Educational DVD released for the APY Lands

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A new DVD specifically aimed at consumers living in the APY Lands was released by the state government last week.
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The ‘Deadly Dollars – Something for Nothing’ DVD warns of sharp business practices targeting remote communities, raising awareness of making informed choices when paying for products or services.

Minister for Business Services and Consumers Gail Gago said the government wants to give South Australians living in the APY lands to feel confident as consumers and ensure they are well informed in making purchase decisions.

“Unfortunately, we have seen evidence that people living in remote communities are specifically targeted by unscrupulous traders, including unlicensed second hand car dealers and shonky appliance rent-to-buy schemes,” Ms Gago said.

“These are complex issues but they are very real.

“We want to ensure that for those living on the APY Lands, there is no shame in seeking assistance and talking to somebody about money problems.”

‘Deadly Dollars – Something for Nothing’ tells the story of an Anangu family that is struggling to manage their spending, demonstrating how they learn to deal with money better.

The family in the story faces long pay-off periods that outlast the product itself, feels pressured into taking a product on a deposit plan and argues over a family member gambling away money that is needed for essentials.

The DVD was filmed in Pitjantjatjara, features local actors and a script that was finalised with help from the Mimili community.

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Skills program to create local job opportunities in Port Augusta

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LOCAL WORKFORCE: Skills for Jobs in Regions’ Pika Wiya Health Worker Project program manager Verity McTaggart and program participant Tanita Paige with Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills Gail Gago in Port Augusta last week.Almost 500 people in Port Augusta are being assisted to develop their skills and access local job opportunities under a program designed to keep people employed in their local communities.
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Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills Gail Gago was in town on Wednesday of last week to discuss the next round of funding of the locally successful ‘Skills for Jobs in Regions’ program.

Minister Gago said it’s critical for regions to retain a local workforce.

“It’s most important that we don’t keep losing our young people from our regions into the city and also interstate,” she said.

“The key to keeping them into their local communities and local families, is work.”

The aim is to increase the state’s skilled workforce in areas of regional and local industry need, and create more employment opportunities through delivering tailored employment projects.

The minister said the great advantage of the program is the strong connection between the training provider and industry.

“The employers have the opportunity to identify the skills that they need, the training provider provider is then able to make sure that they put a package of skills and training together that specifically meets that employers need, and then they deliver it – and there’s a job at the end of that training,” she explained.

“It is specifically designed to meet a service need on the ground…we don’t train for training’s sake, we train for jobs.”

In Port Augusta specifically, 165 of 487 participants have already found employment and there are still three months remaining in the program.

Some industry needs identified in the Port Augusta area include engineering, support to engineering (aligned with mining endeavours), aged care and mental health care workers.

Pika Wiya Health Worker Project program manager Verity McTaggart sung the program’s praises, suggesting it is the ideal way of recruiting employees.

She said under the Skills for Jobs in Regions program, Pika Wiya were able to identify a shortfall in Aboriginal health workers in their mental health team, and attract a number of trainees to complete a Certificate III in Primary Health Care.

“It’s great I think, for Aboriginal people in particular, because it’s a group coming together to study Monday to Friday, so it’s building a rapport,” she said.

One of these participants is local mother Tanita Paige, who decided to join the program to improve her chances of getting a job as a nurse.

She said she has every intention of staying in Port Augusta for work.

“Thankfully Pika Wiya are offering these courses because it’s always something that I wanted to do,” Ms Paige said.

“I hope that it will provide me with the stepping stone I need to complete my Diploma in Nursing or pursue a cadetship at the Port Augusta Hospital or the Pika Wiya Learning Centre.”

The next round of funding is underway, and the state government is currently taking submissions and proposals for the 2014-2015 financial year.

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Netball courts to be funded from sale of land

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The Vikings and Shamrocks played on the Railway Parade courts on the weekend.Eleven netball courts will be constructed as part of stage two (the netball component) of the redevelopment of Central Oval.
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After recently approving the allocation of $850,000 to fund construction, Port Augusta City Council will now obtain a short term cash advance debenture from the Local Government Finance Authority (LGFA).

The cash advance will be repaid from the funds obtained from the sale of the land currently occupied by Port Augusta Netball Association (PANA) on Railway Parade, which has been valuated at more than $1 million.

The cost estimate of $841,000 for stage two of redevelopment includes civil works, stormwater, asphalt, lighting, fencing and sealing of courts.

The cost of financing an $850,000 short term advance from the LGFA is $45,000 per year.

PANA will contribute to the fit out of the courts and shade and seating to the area, as well as their office space.

The process of selling the current land will be made easier without PANA occupying the facility, but could take more than a year to facilitate.

Elected members will be provided with a further report in due course, containing options for the disposal of the current netball association land.

The netball association deferred major maintenance works to existing court infrastructure with the impending return to Central Oval.

Port Augusta City Council were given the $10 million grant on the basis the Central Oval redevelopment would be a community and sporting hub including a range of sports and if stage two funding was not approved the entire grant could have been taken away.

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Therapy through music

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Austin Denheyer, Taleisha Bridgett, Frank Jarfoi and Issaiah Thommers at “Drumbeat” in Henty last week.Members of the ‘Grandparents doing it tough’ group met in Henty on Friday to take part in a Drumbeat presentation with the grandchildren.
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The grandparents and children were taught how to drum by Frank Jarfoi from Centacare who has been living in Wagga for the last five years.

While the days meeting was all about making noise and drumming there is also a therapeutic element.

“It’s not just the music there is a therapeutic aspect to it,” Centacare Post Separation Cooperative Parenting (PSCP) Facilitator Lyn Reilly said.

“They also have a form of identity through using the drums. We all play a different beat but when we play together it becomes something beautiful.

“It is something special for the school and bringing Drumbeat here is great for the school.”

By the grandparents getting involved and having a go they are showing the kids that it isn’t that hard.

Vodeen Graetz, one of the grandparents, was pleased with the event.

“It’s good for the kids to know that there are other kids like them (raised by their grandparents),” Ms Graetz said.

Ms Graetz is raising six of her grandchildren and while the day helped the children it also supports the grandparents just as much by being around people who are in the same position.

“People are quite judgemental and they think that your kids have done something wrong because of you,” Ms Graetz said.

“They are having a fathers day event at school and thats fine when you’ve got a father but when you don’t it’s hard on them. Their friends understand but it’s still hard.”

The idea behind ‘Grandparents doing it tough’ is to support other people in the same position.

Centacare is based in Wagga Wagga but runs events in Henty after they became aware that there was a need for it.

“There are grandparents here and they are fun,” Ms Reilly said.

“It helps them build up their social networks and gives them the opportunity to talk to other grandparents raising their grandkids.”

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Redlands on fire alert

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Redlanders have been urged to be bushfire ready afterthe State Disaster Coordination Centre issuedasevere fire warning for South East Queensland including Redland City.
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Redland City Mayor and Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group Karen Williams said the fire warning had been issued due to forecast weather conditions for today.

“The Bureau of Meteorology said warm, dry, fresh and gusty winds are expected to increase during the day, so residents should be vigilant of the increased fire risk,” Cr Williams said.

“This warning should resonate strongly with local residents after the Straddie bushfires earlier this year and residents are asked to check their bushfire survival plans to ensure they have a family emergency plan and emergency kit at the ready.”

Cr Williams said a great source of information was Council’s Disaster Management Plan.

“This resource provides information on how to prepare for a disaster and evacuation routes specific to individual suburbs and islands,” she said.

“Everyone should familiarise themselves with the necessary information and prepare their home and families now rather than waiting until a fire to make the necessary preparations.

“We would also ask that people not light fires, including burning off in their backyards and being mindful of disposing of cigarette butts safely during these hot and dry conditions. People should also listen to the radio to stay connected to Council and QFES social media channels for any updates.”

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