Tatiara Community e-News

Welcome to the first edition of the Tatiara Community e-News. 

Stay informed with the latest local news, get the heads up on awesome community achievements, and find out what's happening right across Council - from the Library to the Field Crew.

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In this edition:

Upcoming Council Meeting

Bordertown and surrounding area residents will have the opportunity to observe Council in its decision making process, when Council meets for its November Council Meeting in Bordertown. 

Tuesday 12 November 2019
5pm at the Council Chambers, Bordertown 

All are welcome to attend as part of the gallery.  Interested community members will have the opportunity to address the meeting during the public forum section which is held between 5.00pm - 5.30 pm. 

To read the minutes from last meeting please click here >>

Tatiara Libraries News

Rae Bromley's Retirement

Rae Bromley retired as Council’s Library Manager after looking after our library services for more than 13 years. We will miss her expertise and her passion for not just books, but history, seniors and children's programs. 

We wish Rae all the best in her retirement. 
Holiday Program 

Magician Nic Letheby  revealed some of his favourite card tricks in a free school holiday workshop.  

Holiday Program 

Mr Snot Bottom is a deeeesgusting kids comedian brimming with all the gooey, smelly and yucky topics kids love: boogers, pop-offs and smells!

Kids were entertained with his horrible stories, gross gags and just wrong routines in this rollercoaster of weirdness in his performance on Friday 11 October 2019. 

Adult Leaners Week - Macrame Plant Holder Workshop

This successful workshop was held on Sunday 22 September 2019 at the Tatiara Civic Centre.

Participants of all ages came together to learn macramé and left with a beautiful plant holder. If you were unable to attend, or would be interested in another session or craft to learn, please get in touch with the library.

Arts & Culture News

Tatiara Art Prize - Winner Announced

Congratulations Louise Flaherty!!
​Memorial for Forgotten Plants - Adelaide
White ink on paper
162 x 148
Acquired by Tatiara District Council 

​'Memorial for Forgotten Plants - Adelaide CBD'" is part of a long-term project which involves researching the native flora across the many different suburbs and ecosystems of Adelaide. Drawn with white ink on black paper, this work reflects the loss and sadness of native plants from our suburban landscape, highlighting native plant conservation.

In making the memorials, Louise's process is often one of repetition, drawing each plant repeatedly, committing its details to memory. By sharing this practice with the wider community Louise hopes that each intimate and creative encounter with a local plant species offers an opportunity to remember.
Louise explains that 'Memorial for Forgotten Plants - Adelaide CBD" was  created during an exhibition residency at the Mill, Adelaide.  "The original focus of the work was to investigate the remnant native vegetation of the Adelaide CBD, which I discovered includes four unique ecosystems. I narrowed my research by just looking at one of these ecosystems, which is where the Mill is situated: the Grey Box & SA Blue Gum Woodland, which consists of 96 plant species".

Road Networks News

Patrol Grading 

You might have seen our team out and about undertaking patrol grading across the district.

What you might not know is that we are responsible for 1831 kms of road, 1006 km of these are gravel roads that we grade between one  and three times a year.

All four of our graders have been on the road for the last two  months, completing up to 8 km/day.

We have almost completed our first round of patrol grading for this financial year - more than 1,000 km.
Pump Track 

Council has secured funding through the State Government’s Open Spaces and Places for People grant to construct  two pump tracks, one in Keith and one in Bordertown.

A pump track is a small bicycle track that you can ride continuously without pedalling.  Riders gain momentum by "pumping", using and up and down body movements on the banked turns and rollers of the track.  It is aimed at a range of skill levels from beginner to advanced. We are excited to work with the students from schools and other stakeholders to design and construct the pump tracks.


Help Shape the Tatiara 

We are seeking input from community members to help shape the 2020 – 2024 Economic Development and Tourism Strategy.  

Consultations have occurred with community groups, local real estate agents, and key business and community stakeholders in Padthaway and Keith to date.  The consultations have focused on the opportunities and challenges that may present the region in the next five years, concentrating on the workforce, community infrastructure, business and industry and tourism.

We have already heard some great ideas, projects and priorities for our towns.  Now it’s your turn.

An online survey has been created to gather your ideas on how to maximise the potential of the Tatiara and the local economy.

The online survey can be accessed via Council’s Facebook Page by clicking the link below.

Click here to complete the survey>>
South Australia Visitor Economic Section Plan 2030 

The South Australian Tourism Commission has launched the South Australian Visitor Economy Sector Plan 2030. From the Commission’s release:
“This plan sets a bold ambition to grow our visitor economy to $12.8 billion by 2030 and generate an additional 16,000 jobs.
To grow our industry to new heights and achieve our 2030 targets we will focus on six priority areas: Marketing, Experience & Supply Development, Collaboration, Industry Capability, Leisure & Business Events and Promoting the Value of Tourism.
This plan has been developed with extensive consultation across industry and government. Almost 700 stakeholders had their say in the development of the plan and I would like to thank all those who took part in helping us shape the future of tourism in South Australia.”
To download the South Australian Visitor Economy Sector Plan 2030 visit:
Stage 2 - Keith Industrial Estate

We have lodged an application with the Regional Growth Fund seeking $435,000 towards Stage 2 of the Keith Industrial Estate. Even though the application was lodged on the basis of five new allotments being created off Wynarling Rd, there may be alternative options which will provide additional benefits off Weddell Road.
Citizenship Ceremonies

Mayor Graham Excell has conducted several Citizenship Cermonies over the past month, with more scheduled in the coming weeks.

Congratulations to our newest Australian Citizens!


Management of little corella impacts is challenging from both social and practical perspectives.  Community opinion about little corellas, and how best to manage their impacts is polarised.  Isolated management actions undertaken to address little corellas impacts in the past decades across South Australia have been costly and have not resolved the issue.  The attractiveness of cities, towns and agricultural landscapes, to little corellas, has not been reduced by existing management actions.

A co-ordinated and collaborative evidence-based state-wide approach with committed actions and resources  that minimises the social, economic and environmental impacts of little corellas throughout South Australia.

 To comment on the Draft SA Little Corella Management Strategy, please click on the "Your Say" website link below.  Submissions close 5.00 pm Sunday 3 November 2019.  

Click here to comment on the Draft SA Little Corella Management Strategy>>
 Dog and Cat Management Board Annual Report 2018/19

The report highlights the state of dog and cat management in South Australia, as required by the Act, and is accompanied by audited financial statements.
Achievements highlighted for this reporting period include:
  •  291,450 dogs were registered on the Dogs and Cats Online system at 30 June 2019.  1,640 were registered in the Tatiara.
  •  The number of dogs microchipped increased by 17% in the last financial year.  90% of all registered dogs in SA are now microchipped.
  •  23,527 cats were registered on the Dogs and Cats Online system as at 30 June 2019.  98% of registered cats are microchipped. 
  •  1,164 fewer dogs were impounded by Councils in the last year (this is largely thought to be the result of microchipping).  36 dogs were impounded in the Tatiara.  
  •  2,660 Breeders have registered on the Dogs and Cats Online system (993 pedigree association members and 1,667 non pedigree self-registered).  44 breeders were registered in the Tatiara.
  •  Continued delivery of the Living Safely with Pets education programs.
The Board continues to work with councils and other stakeholders on the implementation of changes to the Dog and Cat Management Act, including mandatory microchipping and desexing and proactive management of cats.
Click here to read the Dog and Cat Management Board Annual Report 2018/19>>

Funding & Grant Opportunities 

Tatiara Community Grants 
Current Round closes 20 October 2019

Funding is available in four categories:

Minor Grants
Individual Achievement Grant – maximum $350 national event, maximum $750 international event
Quick Response Grants – maximum $750 small equipment, small events

Major Grants
Events & Festival Grants – maximum $2,000 festivals and events
Recreational Facilities Upgrade Grant – maximum facility / extensions / improvement / construction $10,000
Minor Grant applications are approved monthly. Applications close for Major Grants on 20 October 2019.

Click here for more info >>
FRRR - Strengthening Rural Communities Grant/s
Always open

Grants for communities in small, rural, regional and remote locations in Australia. This program has two tiers of funding: Small and Vital supports projects with grants up to $10,000; and Larger Leverage supports projects with grans from $10,001 to $25,000.

Click here for more info >>

October Events & Programs

18, 19 and 20 October 2019
Gum Tree Quilters Exhibition 
Bordertown Basketball Stadium
19 October 2019
State of a Warrior 
Tatiara Civic Centre, 43 Woolshed Street, Bordertown 
24 October 2019
Bordertown Library presents author: Tricia Stringer 
Tatiara Civic Centre, 43 Woolshed Street, Bordertown 
26 October 2019
Aussie Muscle Car Run - Bordertown Show'n'Shine
Bordertown Football Club Oval, Bordertown 
28, 29 and 30 October 2019
2019 State Community Landcare Conference 
Tatiara Civic Centre, 43 Woolshed Street, Bordertown 
29 October 2019
NDIS - Community Drop In Session 
Morning Loaf Bakery, 81 North Terrace, Bordertown 

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