News from Hallett

Hallett October News

with Brenda Villis


2013 is flying by! September has been and gone and the second spring month has already arrived. As normal, the spring weather was very changeable. We experienced some very warm days which meant fossicking out lighter clothing and then back came the colder weather when the winter woollies were needed again.

So much has happened in September with the Elections, winter sports ending and the Adelaide Show staged. Plus a large contingent of Rogainers came to enjoy navigational challenges on some of our local properties.

Speaking of Spring, two local gardens were open for inspection for the Open Gardens weekend October 5 & 6. Doreen Hughes and Felicity & Bob Martin kindly agreed to show case their gardens for locals to enjoy. A number of Burra gardens were also open.

After ten weeks in their classrooms our school kids are enjoying the October holidays when they can recharge before commencing the last term of the year. As Term 4 is only a 9 week term, Christmas will soon be here! Best Wishes to our local Year 12 students who are completing their studies.

We have a number of local students who will no doubt be feeling the pressure of looming exams and meeting deadlines to complete assignments.Hallett 2.jpgres

It is exciting to welcome a new baby boy and also another young couple to our small community. Tara Miller & Tyson Battersby have welcomed their precious new baby boy, Tom. They live out at Cappeedee. It is also exciting to welcome Kevin & the late Pat Kempster’s grandson, Jason and his girlfriend, Bianca to Hallett. Many locals will remember the Kempsters when they lived in the cottage around the corner from the Post Office. Unfortunately Kevin has recently had his leg amputated, but is doing really well up in Darwin. Kevin’s mum, Doreen, lived in the house next to the Op Shop.

Many locals will remember the late Ruth & Doug Blight who resided in the former Methodist Manse. Doug was the Overseer of our Hallett District Council for many years. They had four children, Rosemary, Roy, John & Katherine who all attended the Hallett School before continuing onto Burra High School. The Blight children moved away from Hallett many years ago to further their studies or gain employment, but the exciting news is that Roy’s daughter is being married and holding her wedding reception in the Hallett Hall, in October. This is a lovely gesture from the Blight family, as it shows the importance that Hallett played in Roy’s early years. Roy is the CEO of the Gilbert Valley Council.

Locals who knew Gen DeCaux (nee Tiver) will be interested to hear that she has moved from the Barker Homes at Burra, to Naracoorte. Her nephew, Brad Tiver lives at Naracoorte, thus Gen will enjoy the companionship of Brad’s family as well as receiving care in the aged care facility that she has moved into. Brad runs the DeCaux property, with help from the Quinn family.

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Many organisations have been holding their Annual General Meetings (AGM’s) and the outcomes of these meetings are always of interest. Hallett Tennis players have had their AGM and have sufficient players to field an A Grade team. Peterborough will be joining our tennis association for the first time, which will add interest. It is great to know that our courts will be used on a regular basis.

The AGM of the Hallett News has been held and was extremely well supported. Congratulations to Mary Fahey who accepted the position as Chairperson after making it very clear that she was not continuing in that position! The continuation of the newsletter is very dear to Mary’s heart, thus she will capably lead the newsletter team again. The Hallett News will be posted out monthly to readers for a subscription of $14. Please contact Lyn Trenorden if you wish to receive a newsletter.

Recently the Hallett Community & Sports Association, formerly known as the CMC, held their AGM, which was extremely well attended. Congratulations to Kristine Peters, Trish Flak, Brian Podmore & Di Kealy on their re-election. Ruth Jacquet did not seek re-election and is to be commended on her contribution to this group. Kris Peters was re-elected as Chairperson.

Some may think that nothing much happens at Hallett, but a lot of great things do actually happen in our small town. For examply, our monthly Ladies Days are even attracting some Burra Ladies, which is wonderful. Please refer to the Ladies Day report in this edition to learn more about this group. On a personal note, I have had the opportunity to make some new friends and learn new skills whilst relaxing.

Well done to Debbie Hale who organised a very successful Trading Table for the local swimming pool on Voting day. Debbie was thrilled with the support received. This was an amazing feat by our effervescent Deb, who only a few months ago, was desperately ill. For locals who may be wondering how Deb is now, well she has made an amazing recovery and is full of beans again. She looks great and is so thankful to have been blessed with a remarkable recovery.

The local Play Group recently enjoyed a visit from the Burra Early Learning Centre’s staff and children. The visit gave the local mums and their littlies the chance to meet the staff team from the Centre, plus the teachers enjoyed visiting out Play Group. Very positive feedback was received from them about the wonderful learning facility that we can be justly proud of. Evidently, the children had lots of fun making play doh as their special activity. Welcome back to Jodie Quinn from Mt Bryan who is returning from leave, as the Play Group Co-ordinator from the beginning of Term 4.

Recently the Hallett Community & Sports Association catered for approximately 200 Rogainers in the bush, east of Hallett. This effort was a huge challenge for our small dedicated group, but occasions such as this help to cement friendships and are extremely rewarding. Many readers have probably never heard of the word, regaining, but it was obvious that the participants enjoy the challenge that this navigation offers. Rogaining is long distance cross country navigations where teams have to find a number of checkpoints in a given time. The participants had to navigate their way through thick mallee, hills & open grazing country on Merridee, Twigham, Ulooloo, Sunshine & Bri Glen Springs properties. The Rogainers finished in two groups, with lots of families participating in the six hour event that finished at 6pm. The HC&SA fed this large group, who were extremely hungry after spending 6 hours trying to complete the challenges offered. 23 teams of all ages completed the 12 hour race, returning to check-in near mid-night. As this group had been out regaining for 12 hours they were ravenous and looking for hot food to replenish their fatigued bodies. After the meal the winners were announced and some of the participants staggered off to bed to rest their weary bodies, whilst others enjoyed relaxing around the toasty warm bonfire. Our local catering group arrived home at 2am very tired but invigorated with the knowledge that we had made the Rogainers happy, plus we had made a tidy sum which will be used to further develop community facilities.


It seems that the annual City to Bay Fun Run is enjoyed by many. 40,000 entrants participated in this year’s event including Craig, Petrea, Georgia and Annabelle Honan. Annabelle walked in her division and was accompanied by her mum. Big sister Georgia ran in her division, clocking up a commendable time. Craig evidently did a marathon effort trying to keep up to her! Georgia is also doing extremely well with her distance running at her school & inter-school level.

Netball has finished and a number of Hallett girls are to be congratulated on their sterling efforts.

Heartiest congratulations to Kate Wadlow on achieving back-to-back success by winning the Association C1 Best & Fairest and also coaching and playing in the BBH C1’s Grand Final, which they won, back-to-back, as well. This is an amazing achievement Kate. Well done.

Congratulations to our other netballers who won awards – Hailey Boundy won the C2 coaches award. Jasmin Peters was runner up in the B2’s. Sophie Brooks won the Best & Fairest U15’s Award. Megan Brooks was runner up, Best & Fairest A1’s. Megan was chosen in the NENA Team of the Year. Career Milestones were achieved by Kate Wadlow – 200 games, Megan Brooks – 200 games and Sophie Brooks – 100 games. Congratulations to you all.

Well done to the organisers of the Golf Fun Day. The course looked amazing and the locals who prepared the course are to be congratulated on their efforts. We have a golf course that locals can be justly proud of due to the efforts of some very loyal members. It is always great to see action on our local course and these special days helps to attract outsiders to our town. The visitors enjoyed the hospitality extended to them and are looking forward to returning.

Local On-Property Auctions have been held at Greenfields (Sullivans), East Bungaree (Brooks’), Old Ashrose (Rob Ashby & Nick Wadlow) and at Ulooloo (the Halls), attracting outside interest.

Unfortunately Nick Wadlow and a robust ram collided with Nick coming out of the collision with considerable damage to his leg. Sorry to hear of this mishap Nick. Hope your leg mends very soon.

The Royal Adelaide Show has been and gone. In the last edition I acknowledged the success of our local studs in past years and once again the locals were rewarded for the hard work that they put into breeding quality sheep. Hallett is well promoted at these events.

The Sullivans, Greenfields Stud received numerous awards this year and were extremely happy with results of their On-Property sale.

Prizes received were:

Most Successful Exhibitor, Merino March Shorn & August Shorn Classes; Champion Medium Wool, Merino Ewe; Grand Champion Merino Ewe; Champion Strong Wool Merino, March Shorn Ram; Champion Merino Group; Supreme Champion Merino or Poll Merino Group; Reserve Champion, Medium Wool Merino Ram; Reserve Champion, Strong Wool Merino Ram, March shorn; Reserve Champion, March shorn, Merino Ram; Reserve Champion, Strong Wool, Merino Ewe.

The Greenfields Studs, On-Property was also pleasing with 100 Rams averaging $1899.50, with stud Ewes averaging $160.

Mutooroo Station, Cockburn, purchased the top price ram for $5200.

Congratulations to Will Brooks from the East Bungaree Stud who won a new award, the Max Rayner Memorial Trophy Award, for the best young handler in the Merino judging ring which was presented by Jim Rayner, who ran ‘The Bluff’ Stud with his father prior to its dispersal. It was fitting that Will won this new award as Will now resides at ‘The Bluff’ with his family.

We have a number of extremely talented residents in our community. Congratulations to Joy O’Brien for your achievements at the Gawler Show. Joy is a very keen and talented quilter and also does amazing needlework.

Unfortunately, a kangaroo and Syd McDowell’s utility collided recently. The vehicle received extensive damage and is booked into the local crash repairers for a ‘holiday’. On a positive note, the occupants were not hurt, but all shook up!

A local SES member, Norma Mayne is to be congratulated on her enthusiasm and dedication to our Hallett SES group. Norma is a regular at the groups training sessions, plus she also attends extra training offered by the SES with other groups. Recently Norma attended training at the Leighton Oval on transporting helicopter fuel to remote locations around the State.

Our Emergency Services do a sterling job, regularly attending training and also attending accidents that happen. A recent accident of the Mount Bryan East Road, in which a vehicle rolled was attended by our local volunteers. We are so lucky to have dedicated community members who are willing to give up precious family time to attend training and emergencies. On behalf of all readers, I would like to extend a heartfelt thankyou to you all.

Please be careful on the roads as vision is impaired by an abundance of high grass bordering the roads. Traffic also increases during school holidays due to the longer days and warmer weather.

Please remember to light up someone’s day by giving them a big smile.





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