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Moonta Bay anniversary
WITH recent extreme weather, act-
ing premier John Rau warned all
South Australians to be vigilant
regarding the threat of bushfire to
their lives and homes.
"It is very important ... people
give their full attention to the very
real threat of bushfire," he said.
"People need to have their
Bushfire Survival Plans ready to
activate at a moment's notice.
"If you don't have a plan to
ensure your survival, leaving early
before a fire starts is your safest
"Thinking 'I will leave early' is
not good enough, people must pre-
pare to act and survive.
"There is no room for compla-
Last Friday, Total Fire Bans were
declared across the entire state and
Yorke Peninsula was given an
extreme fire danger rating.
For more information about sur-
vival plans, visit the CFS website
Extreme weather brings bushfire danger reminder
FOR several years, Claire Bettess has
been lighting up her home in Gawler
Street, Kadina, for Christmas.
During this season's display a collec-
tion tin was available if visitors wished
to donate to local charity Lucy's
Champions for Hope.
An astonishing amount of $957.55
was tallied on December 31.
"This was way beyond expectations,
thank you to everyone who visited the
lights and donated for their exception-
al generosity," Claire said.
The charity and Lucy's family have
raised the $200,000 required for the
initial surgery to treat Lucy's Parry
Romberg Syndrome and will travel to
America at the beginning of April.
ROUND AND ROUND... Lucy Hancocks has a ride on the hurdy
gurdy, part of the Christmas light display at the Kadina home of
Claire Bettess. Almost $1000 was donated by visitors to the light
display which will go to Lucy's Champions for Hope.
ROD Blackwell's two passions are
water sports and giving
customers good, old-fashioned
and honest service.
After 10 years in the water sport
industry with the past two spent
concentrating on kayaks, Rod has
a wealth of knowledge to share at
his business, Port Vincent Beach
Not only is he a sales agent for
Winner and Marine Kayaks, he
also designs kayaks using the
knowledge he has of Australian
conditions and customers and is
an avid kayaker himself.
"If people have been put off in
the past by unstable kayaks, I
want them to know a lot of things
have changed over the past few
years," Rod said.
"You can now kayak and stay
The newer designs are not only
more stable, but are also a lot
lighter than those on the market
just a few years ago.
They are also designed to hold
more weight, with many capable
of holding up to 180kg instead of
Within the range of kayaks is
one designed specifically for
fishing, a trend which is steadily
All kayaks come with a back
rest and paddle and Rod and his
staff welcome you to try before
There are plenty of post-
Christmas savings with many
great deals on a variety of kayaks
--- gone are the days of kayaking
being an expensive hobby.
According to Rod, competition
between businesses and
increased popularity have driven
the prices of kayaks down and
made them much more
"A family can now afford
kayaks," Rod said.
"The advantage of kayaks is
they require very little
Unlike boats, there is no need to
register your vessel and you don't
need to pay for fuel.
While located in the Port
Vincent's Main Street, Port
Vincent Beach and Sport will
deliver to anywhere on Yorke
Peninsula for free and also offers a
try before you buy service with a
For Rod, it's all about providing
good service and being accessible
to his customers.
Port Vincent Beach and Sport is
open 9am to 5pm every day
during daylight saving and offers
kayak hire and tuition as well as
The shop also stocks a wide
range of water sport and other
sporting equipment and is
"It's all about getting the
customer out on the water on the
right equipment for them and
making sure they have a good
time," Rod said.
Water sport specialists at Port Vincent
COLOURFUL KAYAKS... Rod Blackwell with two of the kayaks
available to buy or hire at Port Vincent Beach and Sport.
Beach and Sport
Lighting up for Lucy
IT has been nearly 210
years since French explorer
Lieutenant Louis Freycinet
started the first navigation
of the off-shore waters of
After exploring the
waters of southern
Australia with Nicolas
Baudin, he was sent to
inspect the gulfs on either
side of the peninsula.
By January 1803, Lt
Freycinet had reached the
area between Cape
Elizabeth and Warburto
Point, known today as
Moonta Bay but named at
the time as Baie
Freycinet then sailed on
his schooner Casuarina to
meet with Baudin in
A monument recognis-
ing the expedition was
erected on Bay Road in
1970 by the Moonta
MEMORIAL... Moonta Bay resident Jan French at the monument
which recognises the seamen who first charted the bay 210 years ago.
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