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have the opportunity
to undertake a range of
short courses at TAFE
SA, with a schedule
for upcoming months
There are a range of
courses available to locals
from a basic Microsoft
Excel course, to the
Responsible Service of
TAFE SA regional man-
ager Julie Robertson said
many of the courses were
one day or less and "per-
fect" for anyone looking to
learn a new skill quickly.
"The campus and
neighbouring host ven-
ues will offer a suite of
courses on various sub-
jects such as SA Liquor
Licensing Laws and Child
Safe Environment well as
short courses in Basic IT
skills, and Introductory
Counselling Skills, with
many more to come in
future months," she said.
Ms Robertson said
TAFE SA had increased
the offerings of courses in
"TAFE SA is looking at
ways we can work within
the community to deliver
training that the commu-
nity needs most," she said.
"This includes on-site
training and making use
of common spaces like
community halls to deliv-
er training, to ensure we
are accessible to as many
people as possible, and not
just those who live near a
For further information,
phone Ms Robertson on
0455 062 726 or visit the
River change for Father Paul
by Emma Walter
New Anglican parish
priest Paul Devenport has
thanked the community for
making him feel welcome
since moving to the
Riverland seven months
Fr Devenport, along with his
wife Helen, has been in the
region since his induction in
August last year and is respon-
sible for the Renmark, Berri,
Barmera, Loxton and Waikerie
During that time, he has been
"overwhelmed" at the hospital-
ity shown by parishioners and
the wider public.
"Even though I am based in
Renmark, I am equally dividing
my time around all the region
and on demand as well," he said.
"I'm enjoying life in the
Riverland... especially my time
in Loxton. It's a great, tight-knit
congregation with people who
are keen to see it grow. There is
a great ecumenical community
Fr Devenport currently holds
service in the Loxton Anglican
Church on the first and third
Sundays of the month. The sub-
sequent weeks' services are con-
ducted by lay readers.
He is encouraged by the inter-
est shown in Lent studies, which
"had not been held for years
here". Ten locals are involved
in the studies, having started
sessions last month.
Fr Devenport said it was part
of the diocese mission plan to
"grow the church".
"People have become too
caught up in a materialistic life-
style and society and we've lost
a generation where people have
not come to church," he said.
"It's a big challenge in the
western world. It's not some-
thing that is just facing the
"I'm hoping that I can encour-
age people to look at the spir-
itual side of their lives a bit
more and enable themselves to
become closer to God.
"It's also a form of com-
ing together and growing as a
eucharistic community; spir-
itually and also being good
representatives in whatever we
Prior to joining the Anglican
Church, Fr Devenport worked
in commercial radio for 10 years
and the ABC for 25, predomi-
nately as a journalist, but also in
the role of announcer and station
In 2003 he answered a "call-
ing" to the church and prior to
moving to the Riverland he was
priest assistant in the southern
New Anglican parish priest Paul Devenport is enjoying life in the Riverland, following his
appointment to the position last year. He is pictured outside the Loxton Anglican Church.
Entries for the 2015 South Australian
Regional Awards are now open,
with locals encouraged to nominate
individuals, groups and organisations for
their contribution to local communities.
Last year's event saw a record amount of nomi-
nations and Brand South Australia chief executive
officer Karen Raffen said she was hoping this
year's awards would be "even bigger".
"I hope that all South Australians get behind the
regional awards this year and encourage anybody
who knows someone doing inspiring work in
their business or community to submit a nomina-
tion," she said.
There are a wide range of categories and
nominations can be made online via the website
(brandsouthaustralia.com.au). Entries will close
on Friday, May 1.
Riverland businesses have
been encouraged to go
digital and capitalise on the
economic benefits available.
The Regional Development
Australia (RDA) Murraylands and
Riverland Inc recently released its
digital strategy to help business-
es understand the opportunities
brought by digital technology.
RDA economic development
manager Nicolle Jachmann said
the digital world reduces the dis-
tance barrier and allows local
businesses to connect with "any-
one, anywhere at anytime".
"We believe that the smart use
of digital technology amongst
our industries, businesses and
communities will significantly
contribute to the economic and
social prosperity of our region,"
"It is very important that all sec-
tors across the region are aware of
the significant impact the digital
era is having on our business and
industries, and will continue to
Mrs Jachmann said businesses
that fail to engage in the digital
world may be at "significant risk
of being left behind", while those
who do could generate "consid-
erable revenue from outside the
"It is important that businesses
realise potential customers are not
only those that walk through the
door," she said.
"There is a whole world of peo-
ple they can now access.
"However, their competitors are
also no longer just the shop next
door, or in the next town.
"They can now be anywhere in
"We urge all regional business-
es to think about whether or not
they are making the most of this
The RDA Murrylands and
Riverlands digital strategy can be
viewed via the website (rdamr.
Digital the way to go
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