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No. 43
Farina Restoration Group.  January 31st, 2015

Hello Farina Supporters,

Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that we are a month into 2015 already.

There are still some gaps to fill at Farina this year.
You can complete the form on this website.
The dates are May 21 to July 15, 2015.

Go directly to the registration form page by clicking here.

Don’t forget the Dawn Service at Farina. This will be based at the Farina Camping Ground so people will need to be there on April 24th or earlier.
A very special event.

There will be a Farina Stand ( number 347) at the Melbourne Caravan Show, Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Rd, Ascot Vale – Wednesday 11 February to Monday 16 February, 9.30am -5pm.

Click here to go directly to the Melbourne Caravan Show web page.

PLEASE NOTE that the venue has changed, it is NOT at Caulfield Race Course!

There will also be a Farina Stand at the SA Caravan Show, Adelaide Showgrounds, Wayville – Thursday February 19 to Monday 23 February, 10am -5pm.

Click here to go directly to the Adelaide Caravan Show web page.

It would be great to see you there! Please make yourself known to the stand staff.



Regards … Cathie
No. 44
Farina Restoration Group.  February 8th, 2015

10th Squadron Ceremonial Farina Flyover, 3pm 18 June, 2015

The 10th Squadron are celebrating their first war time flight, which occurred in June 1940. They still operate out of England and Edinburgh, SA.

The History
In 1940 John Napier Bell was a pilot in England waiting for the war to start. He was one of three sons of the Bell family who ran the Farina General Store.

The Vichy Government, led by Marshall Petain, had conceded France to Hitler, which de Gaulle strongly disagreed with so he flew to England to consult with Churchill and to build the French Free Force.

From London he delivered a stirring radio address, authorised by Churchill, which exhorted the French people not to be demoralised and to continue to resist the occupation of France and the Vichy government. This speech became known as the Appeal of 18th June and inspired the formation of the French Resistance Movement. This date is significant and is the reason that 10th Squadron chose 18th June for their celebrations.

Churchill ordered Flight Lieutenant John Bell to get a crew together for a top secret mission. One of his crew was another South Australian, Sergeant Chas Harris, from Adelaide. Sergeant Harris used to visit Bell in Farina and thought it was the last place on earth to visit.

Their plane was a little Walrus with a top speed of 150 mph and slow speed of 50 mph. It could take off and land on sea or land and could be launched by catapult! It was prior to radar. The Australian Government was considering buying 160 of these aircraft for wartime use.

The secret mission was to fly to Brittany in North West France and bring Madame de Gaulle and the children to safety in England.

It was a foggy day in Brittany – maybe that was why the plane crashed into a field with all crew killed. They were the first to die in dangerous active service.

Madame de Gaulle was unaware of this mission and had managed to escape by boat from Carantec just hours before the ill-fated flight. One of the crew was going to remain in France, travelling west to Brest, his mission to blow up the oil refinery before the German’s were able to use it.

The same day of the crash, the people of the lovely rural town of Ploudaniel, buried the crew. A day later the German’s arrived. The population of Ploudaniel at the time was about 300, a similar size to Farina in 1940.

The crew rest in the Ploudaniel cemetery to this day, honoured in an annual ceremony.
Last year, on 18 June, 2014, two of the Farina Restoration Group (Peter and Diana Harris) were present in Ploudaniel for the annual ceremony.

In Peter’s words:
There were banners, Generals, gendarmes, French Foreign Legion soldiers and 10th Squadron officers from England and Australia and descendants of three of the four crew.

There was a 10th Squadron flyover from England in fast, loud planes at the appointed time.
Over 300 people marched from Ploudaniel to the field crash site and then back to the cemetery accompanied by pipe bands and choirs.

In the main speech the Mayor of Ploudaniel thanked Bell and his crew for their lives but more importantly said that he would like to thank them for the hope and stability they brought to France on the first day of World War 2. They will be honoured and treasured for ever.

Ploudaniel has made a permanent museum which commemorates the crash and the brave young men who were killed.


Two restored Walrus aircraft exist today – one in England and the other at Point Cook, Victoria.

18 June, 2015 – the 75th Anniversary

This event is attracting enormous attention.

10th Squadron are conducting the ceremony at the Farina War Memorial and are bringing 30 personnel to run it, complete with banners and wreathes.

There will be a flyover of Farina.

Channel 7 are interested in doing a TV presentation.

An email from Alan Hall states:

I have just been advised that the Commonwealth Government via several bodies (ACMA and the Wireless Institute of Australia etc) has approved the use of a special amateur radio call sign VK100ANZAC for use at Farina on the 18th of June 2015
This is a unique radio call sign and will attract world wide attention
At this point of time there are indications that 4 radio amateurs will be there to operate the station
.”

We are expecting a very large number of people will attend. - A very exciting event!


Regards … Cathie
No. 45
Farina Restoration Group.  March 1st, 2015

Dear Farina Supporters,

Farina has demonstrated its ability, in previous years, to present an ANZAC Day experience which is rarely equalled.
Any endeavour necessary to attend the Anzac Day Ceremony will be well rewarded. Held at our War Memorial precinct set on a rocky outcrop, the Last Post echoes across the campground and the old township into a cool morning breeze, the sun’s rays breaking day behind “the Flinders”.

It is a sombre, nerve tingling, sacred experience.
It’s timely that we conduct our second Dawn Service at this anniversary time.
The sequence of events planned is likely to be:

Thursday 23 April

Advance group arrive for Happy Hour prior to setting up site and caravan park on Friday 24 April. Please contact Cathie or Tom if you can assist.

Saturday 25 April

  • 6.00am – Assemble ready for Dawn Service
  • 8.00am – “Gunfire breakfast” at the Caravan Park
  • 9.30am – Reflections and tributes

We are intending to identify, recognise and honour eight servicemen who died whilst on active service. Memorial Plaques will be presented, which will later be displayed on a wall at the War Memorial precinct (a 2015 project).

The family of Corporal William Clement Parsons will be present and will display the Military Medal which he was awarded for his gallant service.

The rest of the day will be relaxed allowing time to tour the site, either independently or as a group, and to hear about our 2015 programme. It is likely that our new shed (Operations Centre) will be in place. Its layout and function will be of interest to all. We will round the day out with Happy Hour in our special creek ground setting.

From the outset, Lindsay Gould has been a guiding light in all things to do with the War Memorial precinct. He has again applied his research skill and military knowledge in preparation of the special elements, adding more pieces of the Farina story, and its presentation. Due to health limitations Lindsay and his wife, Elaine, will not be present with us on the day.

All ceremonials will be led by Major Peter Thomas, who was involved with our 2012 service. He was nominated as a member of the official Australian party to attend Gallipolli this centenary year. He is unable to take up this offer and has again made his services available to Farina.

Many things were abandoned with the decline of Old Farina. Most significant of these were its people.
It is a real honour to be able to recognise Farina’s war heroes.


Accomodation

  • Farina Camping Ground
  • Lyndhurst Hotel (25kms) 08 8675 7781 rooms and cabins
  • Marree Hotel (55kms) 08 8675 8344 rooms and cabins
  • Copley Caravan Park (65kms) 08 8675 2288 cabins and sites
  • Leigh Creek Caravan Park (70kms) 0429 012 445 sites and cabins

Early bookings are advisable, except for Farina.

Thank you to the volunteers who staffed our stands at the Caravan Shows in Melbourne and Adelaide. Being present at these shows really tells us the impact that the restored Farina is making.

Intending volunteers, please indicate your intention to be part of this year’s programme as soon as possible. The later your registration the more difficult it may be to get your desired dates. You can send your registrations to Cathie by email or to her address which is indicated on the bottom of the form, or through this website (click here)

If uncertain ring and talk with me (03 5261 3099) or Bob (0409 433 731).

Regards… Tom

No. 46
Farina Restoration Group.  March 30th, 2015

ANZAC Day, Farina 2015

The following persons who died on active service will have a memorial plaque presented in their honour following the ANZAC breakfast on April 25th.

The servicemen are :
  • Private Albert Symons
  • Gunner Horace Corbett
  • Private Donald Langley
  • Flying Officer John Burnett Selth
  • Gunner Charles Ragless
  • Flight Lieutenant John Bell
  • Corporal Alfred Bell
  • Private Harry Stanford

We would very much like to have descendants of these men attend and participate with us in this presentation.
Please advise us if you are a descendant and you intend to attend the ANZAC celebrations at Farina so arrangements can be made.

Corporal Clement Parsons was awarded the Military Medal
Also to be honoured is Corporal William Clement Parsons who was awarded the Military Medal for Gallantry in Action during World War 1. His descendants will be present to display his medal. Details of his heroism will be presented.

Contacts:
Anne Dawes on 08 8675 7790 or
Tom Harding on 03 5261 3099

Yours faithfully, Tom Harding

Reminder re Accommodation

  • Farina Camping Ground
  • Lyndhurst Hotel (25kms) 08 8675 7781 rooms and cabins
  • Marree Hotel (55kms) 08 8675 8344 rooms and cabins
  • Copley Caravan Park (65kms) 08 8675 2288 cabins and sites
  • Leigh Creek Caravan Park (70kms) 0429 012 445 sites and cabins

Early bookings are advisable, except for Farina.

Intending volunteers, please indicate your intention to be part of this year’s programme as soon as possible. The later your registration the more difficult it may be to get your desired dates. You can send your registrations to Cathie by email or to her address which is indicated on the bottom of the form, or through this website (click here)

If uncertain talk with Tom (03 5261 3099) or Bob (0409 433 731).

No. 47

ANZAC Day at Farina April 25th 2015

The climb to the top of the hill to the War Memorial Precinct overlooking the camping ground at Farina on a dark & chilly morning was well worthwhile for approximately 170 people who attended the Dawn service.

Tom Harding introduced Major Peter Thomas OAM who led a very moving service. Peter is a leader in Victoria for Legacy & RSL matters.

The Dawn service started with the Stand To for those assembled followed by the hymn Amazing Grace. Tom Harding delivered the ANZAC Requiem & Sir William Slim’s thought for the day.
Major Peter Thomas gave the Commemorative address followed by
the moving hymn Abide with Me.

Wreaths were laid by Anne & Kevin Dawes on behalf of local Member of Parliament, Dan van Holst Pellekaan, Jason Dawes and fiancée Emily on behalf of the Farina Restoration Group. Grant McCracken, a member of the Vietnam Veterans Association, laid a wreath on their behalf. People attending were also asked to come forward and they did so at this time.

The beautiful & meaningful poem “In Flanders Fields” was read by Anne Dawes. Bob Brownlee read “The Ode” with all assembled responding with
“We will remember them”

The last post was played by bugler Peter Arbery. A minutes silence was then observed.

Our National Anthem was sung.

The service was then concluded with Stand Down.

The service at dawn was followed by a breakfast package of bacon and egg roll, ANZAC biscuits and rum and coffee, for those who wished to partake, for the sum of $15. Joan and Marie collected the money with Treasurer Bob keeping a close eye. We lost count of numbers at 140 and extra supplies were needed to feed all. Martin McLennan with his team Janine, Margaret, Jo & Helen in the Caravan Café did a wonderful job to feed the people in the long queue. All agreed –well worth waiting for.

A Recognition Service was held at 9.30am to honor eight Farina soldiers, five from WW 1 and three from WW2, who had lost their lives fighting for our country. These men were from the Farina area. Vietnam Vets and some members of the families of these soldiers presented, to those assembled, the plaques where the soldier’s information was recorded. These plaques are to be erected at the Farina War Memorial Precinct.

A young woman, Mikala Green, who attends a Special School turned 14 years old on ANZAC day and made a beautiful wreath of native flora from around the Farina campground and surrounding area. This wreath was presented as a sign of respect for her Grandfather & Great Grandfather who had served in the forces.

Farina had an article in the South Australian Sunday Mail, April 26th 2015 with a photo (taken by Marie) of three sisters, Olive, Ursula & Marj who were daughters of William Clements Parsons, a Farina resident who received a Military Medal for Gallantry.

This newspaper report can be seen on our website http://www.farinarestoration.com/page22/page64/page65/index.html

A special thanks for the preparation that went into making this 100 year Commemorative ANZAC service, special breakfast & the Recognition service at Farina a wonderful success.

Credit to Peter Thomas for his leadership. A special thank you to our team: Maurie, Kaniva Bob, Steve & Trish, Bob & Colynette, Tom and Joan, Margaret and Ken, John (Woody) and Joke, Helen and Rob, Marie and Chas, Martin and Jo, Janine, Derek, Anne, Kevin and family.

Many comments were made on the day. One young woman said she had been to many ANZAC services and that the Farina service was the most meaningful one she had been to.

Jock, one of the Vietnam Vets, said that he had attended many ANZAC services and he also thought that the Farina ANZAC service was the most meaningful service that he had attended.
Above text and images (below) supplied by Marie Harding.


From Tom Harding, our Convenor:

It won’t be long before our Week 1 volunteers will be on the road to Farina.
A couple of reminders for volunteers – don’t forget your fly nets and repellent. There were not many flies at Farina over ANZAC weekend but that does not mean that they won’t be there when volunteers are working!

Carry 10 litres of drinking water.
Bring your sturdy walking or working shoes and/or boots.
Bring a folding stool for “sit down” jobs.
Also, bring good gardening gloves.
Please make sure you bring a name tag with your Christian name on it.
If you have an unused 9kg gas cylinder to spare, please bring it along as we will need spares. Fill it up and we will refund you for the gas.
Resupply of all goods is from Leigh Creek. We have a vehicle there at least every second day so don’t overstock on perishables.

Contact Numbers over the time we are at Farina this year

After the 18th May any contact with leaders will be via their mobile message bank.
Weeks 1 and 2 : Tom 0418 300 597
Weeks 3 and 4: Barry   0425 253 163
Weeks 5 and 6: Bob  0409 433 731
Weeks 7 and 8 Steve  0415 236 490
If routine then contact Farina Station by email farinastation@bigpond.com
If urgent, telephone the station homestead    08 86757790

Here’s to Farina 2015! … Tom

Top row: Olive Bischoff, Ursula Ross, Marj Lamey, daughters of William Clements Parsons. Recognition plaque being presented and Makala presenting her native floral wreath to Tom Harding.

Bottom row: Rob Brownlee (Treasurer) in a lighter moment, and Martin MacLennan with his catering team - wife Jo, Margaret, Helen and Janine. (not necessarily in that order!)
No. 48

RAAF Commemorates Flight Lieutenant John Bell

During the 2015 - 8 week volunteer program, another significant event will take place at Farina.

From the 13th June, 30 RAAF personnel will begin arriving at Farina.

At dusk on the 17th June a special ceremony under the control of the RAAF will take place, (details still to be released).

On the 16th June the RAAF would like some involvement with the FRG volunteers (to be organised).

Late morning on the 18th June the RAAF will depart Farina.

It is expected that a small number of RAAF family and non active personnel may also attend independently.

No other detail is available at this time except to say that any extra will be a bonus and may not even be announced prior.

Regards.. Martin MacLennan for and on behalf of the Farina Restoration Group Inc.

No. 49


June 19, 2015. Hello Farina Supporters


I have heard from Tom, who has been in touch with those present at the commemoration, which took place as planned on the evening of 17th June 2015.

Unfortunately the flyover did not happen - the weather further South was not kind, though the sun was shining at Farina!

The Farina supporters and the RAAF did us proud with about 150 people in attendance, 30 of whom were RAAF personnel in uniform.

Martin MacLennan was the Master of Ceremonies.

Peter Harris gave an excellent presentation. Peter and his wife Diana were in attendance at Ploudaniel in France last year at the time of the village’s annual honouring of the 4 airmen who lost their lives on June 18th 1940, John Bell being one of them.

The RAAF Wing Commander gave a presentation on behalf of No 10 Squadron.

The new Memorial Wall is in the War Memorial Precinct and curves gently, featuring steel cut outs – a saluting airman at one end and a soldier at the other. It will eventually have nine plaques commemorating those Farina men whose lives were lost fighting for their country.

As part of the ceremony the first memorial plaque was formally unveiled. Sitting in the centre of the Memorial Wall and flanked by the French and Australian flags it is, of course, the plaque which commemorates Flight Lieutenant John Bell.

Channel 7 was in attendance and, apparently, a documentary style report is being planned.

After the ceremonial part of the evening was over Martin and his team fed the multitudes with delicious treats from the Farina Bakery.

The Farina Restoration Group did have a photographer (Lydia Sutton) in attendance. Keep your eye on the website and the Facebook page to see updates when they become available.

Regards… Cathie

No. 50


August 17, 2015. Hello Farina Supporters


Firstly, welcome to our new supporters.
Another year of volunteer activity has passed with lots of good things happening at Farina. At the moment we are gathering reports from team leaders and soon I will send out a newsletter containing those.

We have had a request for information regarding “Farina’s two breweries”. No one seems to know anything about these, although there was a cordial making factory. Many of you have personal connections to Farina, so if anyone can provide any information about this please contact the FRG at this email address.

Rob has been making some changes on the website www.farinarestoration.com The first one you will notice is that the Menu link has been moved to the top LEFT hand corner of the home page. There is also quite a lot of information about the 2015 programme which you can access from the link on the home page.

The main purpose of this newsletter is to send you an article about the Old Ghan Line which was published on ABC and a poem which was written by one of our 2015 volunteers, Julie Penney.

Regards to all… Cathie

















FARINA  2015
It's 2015 and we're here at Farina.
This historical town is the best that we have seen her.
She could have disappeared into the sand through the ravages of weather and time.
But the FRG is saving her so all will be fine.

We have info centre staff, stone masons and bakers.
Shed builders, morning tea ladies and several dirt rakers.
Some of our number use winches to move rocks.
We also have Greg who makes scones in a box.

The bakers cooked us a feast at the café one night
We all collected there, the diesel fire alight
We ate and drank the most sumptuous fare
All were happy and bright - Doug broke his chair

Each night at the campfire we have happy hour or four
Rosters are filled, lies are told and more Discussion is had "Was your day good or wonky?"
Interrupted by a shriek from the shower, "Who didn't light the donkey?"

While the bakery is great - can't please everyone though
One lady asked if we did sourdough
She then muttered something about gluten free
Or maybe a latte with Skin-e-e-y!!!!
We giggled and smirked , not a word was said
But would like to have told her where to shove her head

Every morning the bakers are making some concoction
Getting in their way is just not an option
But even they've had a hiccup or two
No pastry, no flour, no water for the loo

The speed at which the shed builders went was quite amazing
Almost as quick as finger bun glazing
No sooner had they completed the walls
When along came a 'family' of roofers and finished it all

The War Memorial is a sight to behold

No. 51

Newsletter 51 August 29, 2015

Farina Committee Report to Volunteers and Supporters

On July 15th we concluded our 6th annual work programme at Farina.
Since the original activity in 2009, with a working party of 30 volunteers, much has happened.

That year we built the original information booth on 12th Street, placed 20 powder coated location signs on structures, erected low protective fences to define boundaries, engaged Peter Russell, the stonemason, and commenced the building stabilisation programme (The Exchange Hotel). This was planned and carried out after discussion with Heritage South Australia. 2009 really showed us what we could do and how necessary it was to do it.

Our activity moved on to community areas – the cemetery, the War Memorial and later to the reason for Farina’s existence, the railway precinct. Each of these areas has its own story and people.

One area which was being developed alongside these other projects and taking on a life of its own was the bakery. Here we are able to involve our visitors as the old underground bakery provides for them in much the same way as the bakery did for the original residents of Farina.

The response to our practical work and our information is very clearly told by the Visitor’s Book comments. The one consistent request given to us by visitors is to keep doing it.

We believe we have established a sound working base from which to further develop Farina as a permanent Historic Inland Australian Township.

Clearly we must consolidate where we are at. To that end we are establishing the Farina Restoration Group Operations Centre, adjacent to but separated from, the historic elements of the township. The structure, which is 18 metres by 12 metres, has been built.



During the 2016 programme it will be fitted out as an administration area, a storage area for materials and a mechanical and joinery workshop. In the off season it will provide storage and security for our trailers etc. including the bakery caravan. This building has been sponsored to its lockup stage and has therefore not impacted on our operating budget.

The 2016 work programme will be based on the 5 year plan established after our volunteer conference at Cullulleraine in 2014. It will again span an eight week period with 4x2 week work teams on a Monday to Sunday work cycle.

Core elements of the work programmes will always be:

  • Building Stabilisation Team
  • Tourist management including bakery, café and information centre.
  • “Gleam” team to concentrate on streetscape, walking trails and area presentation.
  • Structural team to bring to life features waiting for recovery, such as the mosque, Angel’s Rest and the interpretive centre. (The interpretive centre will be at the old hall which is situated next adjacent to the bakery)
  • “Fix it” team, which will keep the place running by providing wood, water and fuel and doing general maintenance.
  • Housekeeping team who will help to keep our volunteers fed and watered.

Proposed dates for the 2016 work programme are:

  • Team 1 Sunday May 23rd to Saturday June 4th
  • Team 2 Sunday June 5th to Saturday June 18th
  • Team 3 Sunday June 19th to Saturday July 2nd
  • Team 4 Sunday July 3rd to Saturday July 16th

We look forward to your continuing interest and involvement in Farina

Tom Harding - for the Farina Restoration Group Committee

No. 52

Newsletter 52 September 9, 2015


Hello Farina Supporters,

This is a short email to advise you that the dates for next year’s programme were incorrect in the last newsletter. The correct dates are from May 29th, 2016 to July 23rd, 2016.
Attached is the Volunteer Registration form for 2016

We have already had quite a few enquiries for next year!

Here are some notes for volunteers:

Volunteer Notes:-

  • Some factors relevant to volunteering at Farina. In the previous two programs we have placed, 125 and 135 volunteers respectively. We aim to meet every ones’ expectancy. It will help us if you consider the guidelines below.
  • We, if necessary, may need to adjust numbers across the eight-week period.
  • Early bids have the best chance of securing their dates but late bids may be subject to discussion for alternative date placement
  • Whilst we encourage job rotation, we endeavour to give most exposure to a stated preference.
  • 7 day and 14 day volunteer periods on site are helpful, but not essential. Two separate weeks are not a problem.
  • If you intend coming, but are uncertain of your dates, put your form in early and we will maintain contact with you, and adjust accordingly.

Documentation should be directed to Cathie

For enquires about available placement, contact:

Bakers - Martin MacLennan 0408731140

General Work Program - Tom 0418 300 597 or Bob Brownlee 0409 433 731

Regards…Cathie

No. 53

Newsletter 53 November 28, 2015


Hello Farina Supporters

Following is a missive from Tom Harding on behalf of the Farina Restoration Group Committee.

Whilst this could be thought of as the OFF SEASON for Farina, considerable activity has been happening.
The BIG event achieved last week was the completion of the laying of the concrete floor for the Farina Operations Centre. All 30 cubic metres of it. This brings the building to Stage 1 enabling the fit out to happen during the 2016 programme.
This has also been an active time with 4WD Clubs. Three clubs are sharing an active interest in the Farina Restoration Group right now.

Johnno and Judy Johnson’s Wimmera 4WD Club sponsored and built a “Rolls Royce” sheet metal working island bench for our mechanical workshop last year. In October they invited us to share their club stand at the Grampians West Bush Fest to promote Farina. Our “local” residents, Kaniva Bob and Morrie Ashfield, and the Wimmera 4WD Club represented us admirably and also added $459 to our funds. Well done all.

I recently addressed 145 members of the Pajero Club of Victoria. They are looking to integrate with us at some point during the 2016 programme. They also presented us with a cheque for $500 and more recently with a further donation of $300. We are considering this to be full sponsorship of a 10x6 tandem trailer which is shortly to be added to our equipment list. Suitable notation will be permanently attached to the trailer.

I also spoke to the Idlers 4WD Club in Melbourne, another impressive group of “outbackers” who are also planning participation in our work programme in the future.

Our volunteers not only contribute “on the ground” at Farina. Significant sponsorships of equipment from volunteers are :
Kaniva Bob and Morrie Ashfield have sponsored a solar power system to provide a 12 volt backup power system to our new Operational Centre.
Steve and Patricia Harding have provided carpet tiles for the Admin, Meeting and First aid rooms of the same building.

Ernie and Kath Sharman donated $500 for the provision of a pie warmer for the Bakery/Café.
The generosity, skills, endeavours and tenacity of our volunteers knows no bounds. This is what has enabled the restoration and stabilisation of Farina to be so successful, of the highest quality and on a minimal budget.

We have recorded in excess of 30,000 volunteer hours, over seven annual programmes. If we consider a “notional” costing of volunteer labour as $30 per hour then we volunteers have contributed $900,000!
Congratulations to all!!!

And of course MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR from The Farina Restoration Group Committee.

Tom Harding (on behalf of the Farina Restoration Group Committee)

No. 54

Newsletter 54 January 20, 2016


Hello Farina Supporters

I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year.
Please feel free to contact me at farinagroup@hotmail.com with any queries you may have. I check the email most days although occasionally life intervenes! I may not have the answer for you but I can probably find out …

Most importantly, if you have volunteered and find that you are no longer able to come to Farina, please let me know – even if it is at the last minute. It just means that people onsite are aware of what is happening and can plan accordingly.

This newsletter has messages from our Convener, Tom Harding, and Martin MacLennan, our Baker in Chief.

Regards… Cathie


From Tom

2016 has arrived, with just 5 months until we will again be on the ground at Farina.  A planning group will be in action at Farina over the Australia Day period to look at tasks, materials and priorities for the May to July period.    

In February we will  staff  stands at the Adelaide Caravan Show  (17th to21st Feb) and in Melbourne  (Feb 24th to 29th Feb)  both at their respective show grounds.
 
Are you aware that we had between 700 and 1000 visitors per week through Farina last season?  
There is water entering Lake Eyre again which will create an increase in travellers along the “Track” this year.

So, whilst our Build-it and Fix-it teams are vital, our “front of house” teams of bakery, café and information centre staff have an equally vital role to fulfill!  
Our fundraising through this facility, is becoming more important also.

We have 70 volunteers on the 2016 volunteer list so far.  Last year we used 135 volunteers and we will have similar needs this year. 

Two weeks can be consecutive or split. We are still able to accommodate 1st choice date requests. 

All periods are of equal importance with a spread of activities for all week:
Maintenance, stonework pointing and Operations Centre “fit-out”.
The late June / July weeks {school holidays) will be very busy with visitors to Farina.
   
Weeks 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 have assured placements. Where jobs are rostered, they are for half days.
However you can choose to join other teams when off duty, or be at leisure.
 
Our new Operations Centre will come progressively into use with many skills and assistants needed. At present the shell is erected and the “fit-out” in progress .
 
If you are intending to volunteer this year please return a volunteer registration form, or fill in the “On Line” form ASAP even if there is uncertainty about the dates that you are available.
 
Farina has had good rains recently and the campground is lush.
 
Register through this website www.farinarestoration.com, or post your printed form to Cathie Gregory, 7 Field Court, Montrose, Vic 3765.

Note: Tom is available for preliminary discussions at any time on 0418 300 597 - he will return your call.


From Martin

The 2016 volunteer programme is looming as the best attended yet.
With many people already completing their volunteer registrations for 2016 it may pay to get in early if you have a preference for a specific week or two.

In 2015 we had several volunteers that did not arrive and would ask that if you wish to cancel or alter your attendance can you please advise Cathie as soon as possible so that others have the opportunity to fill your spot.

We had several no shows in the last two weeks of the program and whilst those that did turn up did a marvellous job and really enjoyed their time it would have been nice to have achieved more restoration work.

With the new shed completed to “fit-out” stage we now have a tremendous resource to operate out of, and the majority of the volunteers will now be working within a few hundred metres of each other. Perhaps the most exciting aspect is that we can now really focus on the preservation / restoration projects, which is what Farina is all about.

We are also looking forward to the 2016 planning meeting in Farina in January.

No. 55

Newsletter 55 March 31, 2016


Hello Farina Supporters

ANZAC Day is coming up and we would like to ensure that you know that ANZAC commemoration ceremonies are being held at Farina every third year, which means that the next one will be held in 2018.
I have attached a document written by one of our founding members, Lindsay Gould, entitled “100 Years of Commemorating ANZAC at Farina”. Lindsay wrote it after being asked to supply details of how the Farina Restoration Group had spent grant monies received from the ANZAC Memorial Committee. It has been published on their website.

LEGAL AID NEEDED

On another note, we have need to use land at Farina, which involves historic titles and recent usage. Have any of our supporters got legal experience in the area of Adverse Possession? If you feel you can assist please contact Tom.

Email tfharding@bigpond.com or phone 03 5261 3099. Thank you!

2016 Volunteering

The volunteer form ca be filled out on line by going to this page.

We are grateful to the 125 volunteers already listed.   That may sound “massive” spread across our 8 weeks occupancy, but we need more to fulfil our programmes of development – maintenance, bakery and café management,  and ensuring our visitors receive a special experience.  

We have vacancies in weeks 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8,  one or two week periods to suit. If in doubt ring or email Tom Harding or Bob Brownlee (details in the Contacts page).

Less mobile volunteers are welcome and gain equal satisfaction. We need campsite management people to look after our welfare.   They are frequently on call for pick-ups from Leigh Creek, Copley and to collect eggs for the baker from  Lyndhurst and so on..

Regards
Cathie












Commemorating 100 years of ANZAC at Farina

Source: Lindsay Gould, Farina Restoration Group

Just off the Oodnadatta Track, about 26km north of Lyndhurst in outback South Australia, there is a War Memorial on a low rocky escarpment overlooking the ruins of a township. The township was Farina.
In 2009, a group of caravanners formed the Farina Restoration Group Inc. with the objectives of preserving what remained of this historic township, and researching and recording its history before both were lost forever. The only permanent residents are the owners of the surrounding Farina Station.
In the course of the Group’s research, it was discovered that 33 local men had enlisted for service in World War 1 and 34 enlisted in World War 11 but there was no physical acknowledgment of their service in the district.
In 2010, with support from the Department of Veterans Affairs, members of the Farina Restoration Group built a Memorial to these men. The Memorial is situated on a low rocky escarpment overlooking the former town site. It comprises a stone cairn supporting a memorial plaque and flagpole, and a shelter covering honour rolls for each conflict with accompanying story boards outlining their backgrounds.
On ANZAC Day 2012, the Group organized and conducted the first Dawn Service to be held in this remote area. Approximately 140 locals from the area, campers and tourists were in attendance. After the service, everyone gathered at the historic underground bakery for a prepared breakfast followed by a commemorative address.
Following the success of this service, the Group decided to mount another service in 2015 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Landing at Gallipoli.
Although the 2015 service was not widely advertised, approximately 200 locals, overseas tourists, campers, visitors and members of the Farina Restoration Group attended. A most welcome visitor was a granddaughter of Corporal William Parsons MM( Military Medal), a Farina man who enlisted in World War 1. He was awarded his medal for Gallantry in Action in Palestine in 1916.
As in 2012, a formal Dawn Service was conducted by Returned Service personnel with participation from locals and members of the Farina Restoration Group.
Again, all joined for breakfast following the service.
To acknowledge the anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli, the group commissioned a commemorative plaque, with their service details, for each of the nine Farina men who lost their lives in World Wars 1 and 11.
After the breakfast a call was made for any ex-service personnel to identify themselves. Unknown to the organisers of the service and each other, eight Vietnam veterans had made the journey to attend. In a moving ceremony each of these veterans participated in dedicating the plaques.
The plaques have now been incorporated in the War Memorial precinct. They are mounted on a wall of local stone built by volunteers of the Farina Restoration Group, as part of its 2015 works programme. The commemorative wall is defined at the ends by a soldier with arms reversed and an airman at the salute.



No. 56

Newsletter 56 April 27, 2016


Hello Farina Supporters

Here is a letter from the Farina Restoration Group Committee regarding our new Operations Centre which will also provide storage and workshops.


Dear Friends of Farina,

This high quality structure is a lasting tribute to the skill of our 2015 volunteers and visitors who assisted.
Working towards completion is a primary task for the 2016 team of builders, plumbers, electricians, welders, assistants, labourers and “encouragers”.

To our Supporters Group (non–volunteers) - your help in financially assisting, whether generally or with a specific focus (for example the first aid room, joinery work shop or mechanical work shop) will help to complete the task.
The building to lock up stage was sponsored and a further $18,000 of Farina Restoration Group funds has advanced it to its present stage.

Another $15,000 will be needed to equip it to a functional amenity over the 2016 and 2017 programmes.
This venture indicates our permanence at Farina. It will add to our work efficiency, to safety and security and overall pride in Farina.

We have recently received an unexpected donation of $100 from two volunteers from 2015 who are unable to assist in 2016. It will provide two whiteboards in the Administration area – a wonderful gesture!!

Every year our onsite volunteers incur considerable personal costs travelling to Farina as well as donating their time and effort – thank you to all our past and present volunteers.

Any contributions towards the fit out of the Operations Centre would be welcome.

The immediate essentials needed are listed below:

First Aid Room
Vanity cabinet base $140
Vanity cabinet basin and mixer tap $157
Plug set $ 14.50
Tall cupboard $100
1 x 1.5 metre table $ 44
3 x chairs “comfortable” folding stackable @ $20 each $ 60

Meeting/Dining Room
SS sink and cupboard 1.8 metres long comprising:
Base cupboard $236
Merbau timber bench top $140
Single bowl sink, mixer tap and drain plug $180
Cupboard to go under existing 4 burner stove $150
Extension flue $ 35
Tall storage cupboard $100
10 x chairs “comfortable” folding stackable @ $20 each $200
2 x 2 metre stackable tables @ $50 each $100
2 x 1.5 metre tables @ $44 each $ 88

Administration Room
Tall storage cupboard $100
3 x chairs “comfortable” folding stackable @ $20 each $ 60
2 Drawer filing cabinet $ 80

All the above are Bunnings flat pack kits for ease of delivery and reduced freight charges
If nominating a specific item for your contribution please advise Tom 0418 300 597 or
Bob 0409 433 731



Outdoor Equipment
2 x crowbars @ $70 $140
2 x steel rakes @ $30 $ 60
2 x square mouth shovels @ $30 $ 60
2 x long handled posthole shovels @ $45 $ 90
1 x long handled secateurs $ 35
1 x log splitter $ 35
1 x rubber tyred cement barrow $110

Blinds and Curtains
Draw curtains to 2 sliding external doors @ $90 each $180
Roller blind to meeting room window $ 50


We have set up and are progressively equipping a mechanical workshop and a joinery workshop together with extensive wall benches and shadow boards.

We would welcome any unused tools and equipment you feel would have a place in this setup.

Talk to Ken Blackman 08 8341 8962 (mechanical) or Peter Cram 08 8262 4040 (carpentry) about these items. You could also contact Tom Harding 0418 300 597

Monetary contributions can be lodged with the Commonwealth bank
Farina Restoration Group Inc BSB 065 115 AC 1040 8713 plus name and contact number.

Tax deductibility is available. Please contact Tom Harding 0418 300 597 or Bob Brownlee 0409 433 731 before depositing.

If you arrive at Farina as visitors during the volunteer work programme, please identify yourselves as SUPPORTERS so that we can include you in our happenings.

We can still welcome additional volunteers although some weeks are full. Contact Tom or Bob or fill out and return the attached Registration Form.

Thank you for your continuing support

The Farina Restoration Group Committee

No. 57

Newsletter 57, May 18, 2016

Hello Farina Supporters.

We are now on the countdown for Farina 2016, our EIGHTH annual programme. As well as creating history we are making our own!

Some dates and items of importance, in no particular order:
Please create and bring your own name tag, emphasising your Christian name.
Expect pleasant temperatures during the daytime but be prepared for the “chill” to strike at 3 am.
A parka is a standard garment when you stay late around the campfire.
Good walking shoes/working boots are normal kit, together with gardening gloves.

Saturday June 18th is looming as a special day
10 am Our international, inter district and volunteers cricket challenge will commence for the original 1875 trophy, presently held by the volunteers. Be ready to join our team!
4.30 pm A war memorial ceremony will be held with RAAF 10 Squadron, recognising the joint Australia/ France co-operation in 1940 with Farina’s Flight Lieutenant John Bell’s historic committent. This will be an annual commemoration. (If you don’t already know the story of John Bell you can read about it here: )
5.30 pm Host Martin MacLennan and his team will present delicious delicacies at a dinner for all.

This will also be a Farina Open Day with guided tours for visitors.
Our new Operations Centre and work shops will be developed during this programme. Significant rack storage is being built. To get this operational we invite volunteers to assist in the creation of an efficient storage system. Would you please contribute ONE storage box per family towards this system.
The standard unit we need initially is a BUNNINGS item, EZY storage 40 – 42 litre tub.
You will be able to watch or participate in the development of this special facility during your stay. It will make us so much more efficient.

Volunteer Support this year is, once again, outstanding. You are each one of 155 “on the ground participators” and we have a role for each and every one of you.
There are still some placement opportunities in weeks 4, 6 ,7 and 8.

Your respective team leaders are:
Weeks 1 and 2 Tom Harding and Ken Blackman
Weeks 3 and 4 Martin and Jo MacLennan
Weeks 5 and 6 Steve Harding and Kath Berridge
Weeks 7 and 8 Bob Brownlee and Bob and Shirley Murray

Any late communication
If Tom, Bob or Martin don’t respond to your needs contact Kevin or Anne Dawes at Farina Station 08 8675 7790 or Cathie on this email address who will help or relay details.

This is not necessarily the last communique!

We will see you on site soon.
If you have NOT received your Volunteer Information for 2016 please contact Cathie immediately.

Best Wishes

Tom Harding and the Farina Restoration Group Committee

No. 58

Newsletter 58, May 19, 2016

INFORMATION FOR VOLUNTEERS - 2016 Work Program
Welcome to the Farina Restoration Group.


Where is Farina?
The Farina Historic Precinct comprising the remains of Farina Township is located within Farina Station on the Oodnadatta Track, approximately 25km north of Lyndhurst.

The nearest town is Leigh Creek approximately 60 km south. Marree is approximately 55 km to the north. Farina Station is a working sheep and cattle station. The owners, Kevin and Anne Dawes, live in the homestead and are members of our group. As the Farina Historic Precinct is on private property, we ask you to respect private buildings and fixtures and the area generally.

Access is by sealed road to Lyndhurst then clay/gravel surface. The road is trafficable by all vehicles in dry weather but after rain the road can become slippery and care is needed, especially in 2WD vehicles. After heavy rain, the road can be closed to all vehicles. If this happens, call Farina Station (Ph. 08 8675 7790) from the Lyndhurst Roadhouse for advice. There are several floodways across the roads and care is required in crossing them, even when dry, as they can have rough surfaces. All are clearly signposted.

Services
Apart from a bush camping ground with wood fired hot showers and flushing septic toilets, there are no services at Farina. All visitors must be self contained. There is a large supermarket, hotel, ATM access, Bush Nursing Hospital and service station at Leigh Creek.
Fuel and limited supplies are also available at Copley and Lyndhurst.
The supermarket at Leigh Creek closes at 12.30pm on Saturdays, and does not reopen until the following Monday at 9.00am.
While there is a dispensary at the Leigh Creek Hospital, specialised drugs may have to be ordered from Adelaide, with a consequent delay on delivery.

There is limited mobile phone (Telstra only) reception. You will have to move around to find it.
Your chance of mobile phone and TV reception will be improved by an external antenna.
Useful phone numbers and opening hours can be found at the end of this newsletter.

Weather
During the winter months, temperatures are usually in the 20’s during the day and cooler at night. Days are mainly fine and sunny. Sun protection is needed during the day. Depending on the season, bush flies may be present, so fly nets and insect repellent should be on your list.

Camping at Farina
The Farina Restoration Group will use a new camp ground area (which is not available to the public), approximately 1 km further on from the Camp Ground. This includes a shower block, septic toilets and laundry.
The capacity of the facilities is limited to about 30 persons and this governs the number of volunteers on site at any given time.
On arrival you will be shown where to set up your camp. If necessary call on CB UHF channel 17 or check in at the white marquee.
Farina Station operates another bush camp ground along a sheltered creek line next to the Town site. The camp ground has hot showers (water heated by a wood fired boiler) and flushing toilets. It is in constant use by travellers passing along the Oodnadatta Track.

Volunteers do not pay any camp fees.
A limited 240V power supply is available for caravan lighting only. It will not power electric stoves, refrigerators, ovens, micro-waves, hair dryers, kettles, toasters. Check the operation of your caravan fridge and make sure it is working efficiently on gas. You should expect to get about 10 – 12 days running of a stove top for cooking and gas fridge from a 9kg cylinder of gas. Gas resupply is available at the Leigh Creek Motors Roadhouse on a cylinder exchange basis, or at Copley Packsaddle Store (refill).
There is a limited rain water supply. Good quality dam water is available for washing, showers and cleaning. It is recommended that you bring at least 1 x 10 litre container of drinking water in addition to your normal caravan supply. We can replenish your drinking water supply onsite.
A dump point will be established to receive waste from cassette toilets/porta potties. Please do not dump into the toilets – it destroys the septic systems.

Camp routine
The Group runs its programmes at Farina on a co-operative basis. Apart from the annual Work Programme there are a number of things which must happen to achieve a comfortable, happy experience for all our volunteers.
Volunteers work on a roster basis in five areas - camp logistics, workshop, bakery, bakery café/Information Centre and site restoration and maintenance.

Camp logistics
They include assistance with the camp kitchen in preparation and serving of morning tea, hygiene and cleaning, rubbish removal, stoking the wood-fired hot water service at the shower block. These are done on a roster basis, everyone is asked to do a share, but the duties are not onerous.

Meals
Morning tea is supplied between 10.30 – 11.00am at the camp kitchen Monday to Friday. All day self-serve tea and coffee is available.
Happy Hour is daily from about 5.00pm. BYO drinks and nibbles.
Everyone makes their own meal arrangements.
When the bakery is operating, purchases of bakery items can be made on a first come first served basis – it’s well worth checking to see what is coming out of the oven each day and place an order.
A Camp Roast Night is held one day a week (TBA). Bring a camp oven if you have one.
Another option is a visit to the restaurants at the Copley, Lyndhurst, or Marree Hotels for an evening meal. It’s advisable to pre-book.

Coordination of activities
Most days, there is a camp meeting during Happy Hour when the day’s progress is reviewed and the next day’s programme discussed.

The Programme

  1. The programme has several elements
  2. Care and maintenance of previously completed projects and street-scapes
  3. Further work on on-going projects
  4. New projects
  5. Visitor Information and bakery sales
  6. Social activities
  7. Involvement of local communities, schools and indigenous groups through work experience

Your involvement

You will have an opportunity to take part in a range of activities based on your own skills and physical ability. The work program is carried out in small teams under leaders designated by the committee of the Farina Restoration Group. Daily rosters are drawn up in advance so every-one has an opportunity to enjoy various experiences but rosters may be varied by agreement. Camp Leaders are appointed for each programme time block. They are responsible for drawing up rosters and co-ordinating the logistics of running the camp-site and work programme.
Except for those on the bakery roster, weekends are “lay-days” given over to social activities or “doing your own thing”. There will also be organised community events held over at least one weekend during the 2016 program. A golf course, tennis court, and cricket ground are available for individual use throughout the period of the work program.

On arrival you will be directed to a camp-site. Take the rest of the day to make yourself comfortable and have a look around.
The Farina Restoration Group is conscious of the need for safe work practices. It has established and documented, a Safe Work and Health Policy. Volunteers must undergo a site induction programme prior to commencing any work.

Volunteers should bring their own personal protective equipment – sun-screen, insect repellent, strong work boots or shoes, work gloves, personal hearing protection (disposable ear plugs), and safety glasses. We also recommend that they bring personal water bottles for drinking water on work sites and a small stool or seat (useful to sit on when pointing up stonework).

If volunteers have them, hand-held UHF transceivers and camp ovens are also useful – but don’t buy them specially.
During the 2016 programme the facilities across the Farina site will be maintained and upgraded.
We will encourage volunteers in small groups to “adopt” a particular segment to nurture in their off-roster time.
Professional stonemasons will be on site to oversee the teams working on building preservation.
As in past years, in 2016 a number of work experience participants, secondary school and indigenous students may be with us to gain practical experience. Working with and mentoring them will be one of the best experiences you will ever have.
Your time at Farina is meant to be both productive and enjoyable. Pace yourself in what you do, see the sights, and enjoy the company.

Emergency Contact:
Urgent incoming messages should be via Farina Station Homestead 08 8675 7790
Farina Restoration Group Inc.

Useful Phone Numbers, Opening Hours etc.
(Remember, if in doubt, check these details for yourselves.)

Fuel
Copley Service Station
Phone 08 8675 2618
Petrol and diesel
Full mechanical service, spare parts and vehicle recovery
Opening hours: M-F 8am – 5pm, Sat 8am – 2 pm, Sun 9am – 1pm

Leigh Creek South Motors
Phone 08 8675 2016
Petrol, diesel and gas, Swap and Go gas cylinders
Café (sit down or takeaway) 8am – 2pm. Some food available until 6 pm
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 8am – 7pm, Sun 8.30 am – 7pm

Lyndhurst Hotel Motel
Diesel only – go to the hotel for service
Caravan area out the back
Phone 08 8675 7781
Opening Hours: 6am – 10pm every day

Lyndhurst Roadhouse
Unleaded and diesel
Café (eat in or takeaway)
Phone 08 8675 7782
Opening Hours: 6.30am – 6.00 pm

Hotels
The hotel in Copley (officially named the Leigh Creek Hotel)
Phone 08 8675 2281
Meals available Mon – Fri
Open 11am – 8 or 9pmish

Lyndhurst Hotel Phone 08 8675 7781 (see details above)

Marree Hotel Phone 08 8675 8344
Opens between 6am and 8am and closes 8-9pmish, sometimes later
Lunch 12 -2pm, Dinner 6 – 8pm

The Leigh Creek Tavern Phone 08 8675 2025
Opens midday and can trade until midnight depending on custom
Lunch 12 – 2pm Dinner 6 – 8pm

Groceries
Leigh Creek Foodland (supermarket)
Phone 08 8675 2009 or 08 8675 2323
Opening Hours: M – F 9am – 5.30pm, Sat 9am – 12.30pm

Lyndhurst Roadhouse
Small grocery items
Café – all meals, all day
Opening Hours: 6.30am – 6pm

Packsaddle Store, Copley
Phone 08 8675 2268
Hardware and groceries, gas refills (9kg or smaller), Post Office
Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm week days only


No. 59

Newsletter 59 October 7, 2016

Hello Farina Supporters,
Welcome to our new Friends of Farina, I hope you enjoy our irregular newsletters and find them interesting and informative.
Following is a letter from our convenor, Tom Harding, outlining plans and dates for the 2017 programme.
I will send out the Volunteer Registration forms later in the month, however the new form is now active on this website - so go for it!

Our treasurer, Bob Brownlee, has been working on a power point presentation outlining the streets of the historic township of Farina and showing where various buildings were placed and what their use was. This has been attached for you to browse and enjoy. There has obviously been a lot of work involved in finding and collating the information presented.

You will notice that there are gaps in the information and that Bob notes in places that older photos are needed.
If anyone has any information or photographs which may help Bob “flesh out” this document, he would be most grateful and can be contacted on the following email address rtcbrownlee@gmail.com
To access the power point, open the attachment then you can access each picture by clicking on the smaller picture to the left of the page.
Alternatively you can simply scroll down the pages.
It can also be downloaded from this website by going to this page,

Happy browsing!
Regards
Cathie

I'm pleased to advise that we have received the following grant:
For the cool room in the shed on a dollar for dollar basis $5971.00 from the federal governments “Stronger Communities” fund. This is for the structure we erected this season and future shelving and cooling will come. Of course this season we made full use of the cool room structure to store all of the bakers products flour, bakery inputs etc. Everyone was very happy with the room as it now gives us a reasonable deterrent for rodents and keeps everything in one place. Many thanks to Roger & Colleen Jordan, Jan & Ray Hutchinson, Rod Cornish and Bruce Morris who battled with me erecting the rather large panels to put the structure together.

Regards… Steve Harding

Dear Farina Supporters,
Programme 2016 is now well put to bed. Farina succeeds because we have learned to manage circumstances, planned and unplanned, as they arise. The major uncontrolled one, of course, is the weather and subsequent road closures.
Our ability to overcome changed circumstances is best illustrated by the amazing Operation Centre construction job.
Originally to be built by contract, the contractors failed to appear, and the task was taken over totally by our capable volunteers and is already making our whole activity a smoother event. It requires only “fine tuning” to enable us to be better prepared for all our work and social activity. It also provides off season secure storage for our increasing stock of equipment.

In 2017 we are requesting you to arrive on Saturdays and depart on Sundays. This is to enable stable rosters to be in place on the changeover weekends .

Team leaders will be as per last programme (with nominated co-leaders):
Weeks 1 & 2 Tom Harding
Weeks 3 & 4 Martin Maclennan.
Weeks 5 &6 Steve Harding
Weeks 7 & 8 Bob Brownlee

We have a wide ranging programme planned.
Our stone building stabilization is a core activity, spread across weeks 2 to 8. The amazing work done in 2016 will be continued.
Two interesting items on our future programmes are rebuilding the pug and pine “Angels Rest” and also the Afghan Mosque .
A further extension of the War Memorial is also planned.

Another important task in our 2017 programme will be attention to our “streetscape(s)” across the whole site to present the old township features to best advantage .
As our visitor numbers increase year by year, so does the importance of our Bakery / Café/ and merchandise programme and our visitor handling system.
There is equal vitality and range of interest spread right across the eight week period. In fact, the visitor activity increases in the last weeks which are school holidays, so do consider including the later weeks in your date selection.
It is common for volunteers to select two separate weeks in conjunction with their touring plan.

Contact Tom Harding 0418 300 597 or Bob Brownlee 0409 433 731 for general or work programme queries and Martin MacLennan 0408 731 140 for specific detail relating to baker’s placement.

We look forward to you sharing with us in 2017
Regards
Tom Harding

Newsletter 59 October 7, 2016

Hello Farina Supporters,
Welcome to our new Friends of Farina, I hope you enjoy our irregular newsletters and find them interesting and informative.
Following is a letter from our convenor, Tom Harding, outlining plans and dates for the 2017 programme.
I will send out the Volunteer Registration forms later in the month, however the new form is now active on this website - so go for it!

Our treasurer, Bob Brownlee, has been working on a power point presentation outlining the streets of the historic township of Farina and showing where various buildings were placed and what their use was. This has been attached for you to browse and enjoy. There has obviously been a lot of work involved in finding and collating the information presented.

You will notice that there are gaps in the information and that Bob notes in places that older photos are needed.
If anyone has any information or photographs which may help Bob “flesh out” this document, he would be most grateful and can be contacted on the following email address rtcbrownlee@gmail.com
To access the power point, open the attachment then you can access each picture by clicking on the smaller picture to the left of the page.
Alternatively you can simply scroll down the pages.
It can also be downloaded from this website by going to this page,

Happy browsing!
Regards
Cathie

I'm pleased to advise that we have received the following grant:
For the cool room in the shed on a dollar for dollar basis $5971.00 from the federal governments “Stronger Communities” fund. This is for the structure we erected this season and future shelving and cooling will come. Of course this season we made full use of the cool room structure to store all of the bakers products flour, bakery inputs etc. Everyone was very happy with the room as it now gives us a reasonable deterrent for rodents and keeps everything in one place. Many thanks to Roger & Colleen Jordan, Jan & Ray Hutchinson, Rod Cornish and Bruce Morris who battled with me erecting the rather large panels to put the structure together.

Regards… Steve Harding

Dear Farina Supporters,
Programme 2016 is now well put to bed. Farina succeeds because we have learned to manage circumstances, planned and unplanned, as they arise. The major uncontrolled one, of course, is the weather and subsequent road closures.
Our ability to overcome changed circumstances is best illustrated by the amazing Operation Centre construction job.
Originally to be built by contract, the contractors failed to appear, and the task was taken over totally by our capable volunteers and is already making our whole activity a smoother event. It requires only “fine tuning” to enable us to be better prepared for all our work and social activity. It also provides off season secure storage for our increasing stock of equipment.

In 2017 we are requesting you to arrive on Saturdays and depart on Sundays. This is to enable stable rosters to be in place on the changeover weekends .

Team leaders will be as per last programme (with nominated co-leaders):
Weeks 1 & 2 Tom Harding
Weeks 3 & 4 Martin Maclennan.
Weeks 5 &6 Steve Harding
Weeks 7 & 8 Bob Brownlee

We have a wide ranging programme planned.
Our stone building stabilization is a core activity, spread across weeks 2 to 8. The amazing work done in 2016 will be continued.
Two interesting items on our future programmes are rebuilding the pug and pine “Angels Rest” and also the Afghan Mosque .
A further extension of the War Memorial is also planned.

Another important task in our 2017 programme will be attention to our “streetscape(s)” across the whole site to present the old township features to best advantage .
As our visitor numbers increase year by year, so does the importance of our Bakery / Café/ and merchandise programme and our visitor handling system.
There is equal vitality and range of interest spread right across the eight week period. In fact, the visitor activity increases in the last weeks which are school holidays, so do consider including the later weeks in your date selection.
It is common for volunteers to select two separate weeks in conjunction with their touring plan.

Contact Tom Harding 0418 300 597 or Bob Brownlee 0409 433 731 for general or work programme queries and Martin MacLennan 0408 731 140 for specific detail relating to baker’s placement.

We look forward to you sharing with us in 2017
Regards
Tom Harding

No. 60

Newsletter 60 November 12, 2016

Hello Farina Supporters
Following is a letter from Tom Harding outlining progress made at Farina and plans for 2017.
There are also 2 attachments as mentioned in Tom’s letter.
The Marree Camel Races are being held on Saturday 8th July. The date we have previously given was incorrect. Thanks to our supporter who advised us of this.
Another supporter has added that last year many folk who called into Farina were on their way to the Birdsville Big Red Bash. In 2017 this event is being held from July 4th – July 6th http://www.bigredbash.com.au/bigredbash/index
Thank you for all your ongoing support.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Regards
Cathie


We have now achieved eight annual programmes at Farina since commencing in 2008. We have invested 45,000 volunteer hours in the project – YES 45,000.!!! We commenced with a 30 person working bee in 2009 and have grown to an organization efficiently engaging 160 volunteers in 2016, each averaging a 14 day contribution.
We are way past the point of no return. This year we applied significant skilled volunteer hours in building and fitting out a facility as our permanent Operations Centre, providing resources which enable volunteers to be fully supported and efficient in all their respective tasks.
With a far flung supply line for major items (630 kms from Adelaide and 320 kms from Port Augusta) it is necessary to develop self sufficiency, both in stock holding and being equipped to effectively problem solve.
A simple, clear example is having our own 45,000 litre drinking water supply with piped distribution which was fully installed by our volunteers.
The 18.5 metre x 12metre building was sponsored to lock up stage and internal fit out and is proceeding from Farina Restoration Group funds, in kind donations and small grants.

All structural work has been carried out to prescribed standards by our skilled volunteers.

Photos of the shed can be seen here.

It is truly an impressive set up. It is fitted out to about the 70% stage. (see attached layout diagram). We intend to reach the 95% stage in the 2017 program, which then allows for fine tuning as we grow.
The benefit is evident already, with having a communication centre and positive control of stores and equipment and an adverse weather shelter.
Our onsite volunteers make a very significant personal and $$$ investment to travel, support themselves and work on the Farina Projects.
The Farina Committee would like to offer our Supporters group (newsletter recipients) the opportunity to have some ownership – visible on the ground – in the overall programme.
The fit-out of the FIRST AID facility is such an opportunity. Aspects of the building needs be upgraded to set an appropriate standard for such a facility in the outback climate.

We need to budget a further $8,000 to $10,000 on structural items such as:
*Ventilation and Light, by installing a highlight sliding and fly screened window to the west wall
*Installation of a solid entry door (dust sealed) with a security fly screened outer door
*A small air conditioner
*Appropriate cupboards
*Vanity basin
*Hot water supply.
*Trolley bed, field stretcher and appropriate support equipment as specified by Red Cross
*Defibrillator
and more !!

We invite you to join us by adding FARINA to your Christmas present list. A simple method we offer is to make a $30 tax deductible donation to the First aid centre fund via the attached form, to our Treasurer or direct to FRRR.
Should you desire to sponsor a specific part of the project please call and discuss it with me, Tom Harding 03 5261 3099 or 0418 300 597, or in Adelaide, our project manager, Steve Harding 08 8188 0028, or 0415 236 490
We are on site this year from 29th May to 22nd July. Please make yourself known as a member of our support team when you drop in. We look forward seeing you.

Future newsletters will keep you up to date. THANKS - we do need your continuing support.

Kind regards Tom Harding
(on behalf of the Farina Restoration Group Committee)

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Newsletter 60 November 12, 2016

Hello Farina Supporters
Following is a letter from Tom Harding outlining progress made at Farina and plans for 2017.
There are also 2 attachments as mentioned in Tom’s letter.
The Marree Camel Races are being held on Saturday 8th July. The date we have previously given was incorrect. Thanks to our supporter who advised us of this.
Another supporter has added that last year many folk who called into Farina were on their way to the Birdsville Big Red Bash. In 2017 this event is being held from July 4th – July 6th http://www.bigredbash.com.au/bigredbash/index
Thank you for all your ongoing support.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Regards
Cathie


We have now achieved eight annual programmes at Farina since commencing in 2008. We have invested 45,000 volunteer hours in the project – YES 45,000.!!! We commenced with a 30 person working bee in 2009 and have grown to an organization efficiently engaging 160 volunteers in 2016, each averaging a 14 day contribution.
We are way past the point of no return. This year we applied significant skilled volunteer hours in building and fitting out a facility as our permanent Operations Centre, providing resources which enable volunteers to be fully supported and efficient in all their respective tasks.
With a far flung supply line for major items (630 kms from Adelaide and 320 kms from Port Augusta) it is necessary to develop self sufficiency, both in stock holding and being equipped to effectively problem solve.
A simple, clear example is having our own 45,000 litre drinking water supply with piped distribution which was fully installed by our volunteers.
The 18.5 metre x 12metre building was sponsored to lock up stage and internal fit out and is proceeding from Farina Restoration Group funds, in kind donations and small grants.

All structural work has been carried out to prescribed standards by our skilled volunteers.

Photos of the shed can be seen here.

It is truly an impressive set up. It is fitted out to about the 70% stage. (see attached layout diagram). We intend to reach the 95% stage in the 2017 program, which then allows for fine tuning as we grow.
The benefit is evident already, with having a communication centre and positive control of stores and equipment and an adverse weather shelter.
Our onsite volunteers make a very significant personal and $$$ investment to travel, support themselves and work on the Farina Projects.
The Farina Committee would like to offer our Supporters group (newsletter recipients) the opportunity to have some ownership – visible on the ground – in the overall programme.
The fit-out of the FIRST AID facility is such an opportunity. Aspects of the building needs be upgraded to set an appropriate standard for such a facility in the outback climate.

We need to budget a further $8,000 to $10,000 on structural items such as:
*Ventilation and Light, by installing a highlight sliding and fly screened window to the west wall
*Installation of a solid entry door (dust sealed) with a security fly screened outer door
*A small air conditioner
*Appropriate cupboards
*Vanity basin
*Hot water supply.
*Trolley bed, field stretcher and appropriate support equipment as specified by Red Cross
*Defibrillator
and more !!

We invite you to join us by adding FARINA to your Christmas present list. A simple method we offer is to make a $30 tax deductible donation to the First aid centre fund via the attached form, to our Treasurer or direct to FRRR.
Should you desire to sponsor a specific part of the project please call and discuss it with me, Tom Harding 03 5261 3099 or 0418 300 597, or in Adelaide, our project manager, Steve Harding 08 8188 0028, or 0415 236 490
We are on site this year from 29th May to 22nd July. Please make yourself known as a member of our support team when you drop in. We look forward seeing you.

Future newsletters will keep you up to date. THANKS - we do need your continuing support.

Kind regards Tom Harding
(on behalf of the Farina Restoration Group Committee)

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No. 61

Newsletter 61 January 15, 2017

Hello Farina Supporters,
Planning is well under way for the 2017 works at Farina.

You can register through this website here.
Please contact me on farinagroup@hotmail.com if you are having any difficulties.

There has been a change to the Leader’s Roster. Bob Brownlee will now be leading Weeks 1 and 2. Tom Harding will be leading Weeks 7 and 8.
As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any queries.

Following is a newsletter from our Convenor, Tom Harding.

Regards… Cathie

Welcome all, to the TENTH year of Farina activity.
2008 was an administrative and planning year, followed by eight completed work programmes, making 2017 the tenth year of our intention to re-establish Farina as a Significant historic inland Australian township.

Thank you for supporting our previous 720 “on the ground" volunteers and the 100’s of unseen volunteer admin hours that happen all year round.

For the 2017 programme commencing May 27, we already have 110 names registered. Early birds have all gained their requested dates. Weeks 1 and 2, are now adequately staffed, with plenty of opportunities still available across weeks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.

A full range of skilled (and unskilled) activities are spread across all weeks (and split weeks are perfectly OK).

Last programme used 160 volunteers and we have work openings to accommodate an increased number this year.

It is our practice that Cathie and/or myself (Tom) will contact you within 14 days of receiving your registration.

If this has not happened in your case, please contact Cathie at farinagroup@hotmail.com as we have had a couple of “glitches” recently.

If you need guidance on which period might be both your and our “best fit” in completing your registration, (eg plant maintenance special skills or similar), please call Tom 0418 300 597 or Bob 0409 433 731. Bakers! Martin McLennan would like hear from you on 0408 731 140

Through the generosity and the support of the extended Patterson Family, the title of lot 329, (their original house /store property), has now been transferred to Farina Restoration Group.

This has enabled the achievement of a grant to enable rebuilding commencement – the external to be as original and internal for use as a Visitor centre, museum, education facility - plus - plus! Detailed plans shortly.

The cost will be in excess of $250,000 and will be funded and constructed over a 2 year – 3 program period. Funding will be by grants, private donations and FRG fund raising.

There is opportunity for recognised private sponsorship within the building programme, or for specific nominated sections/facilities.
I invite interested parties to discuss details with me.

We anticipate foundations being laid in June /July this year..

It is great to see Farina’s profile rising to “instant recognition” status in so many places. It is also interesting to know we have reached bucket list ranking on many “must do” travel lists.

Thank you for your support.
I rate this as
Ten years very well spent!

Kind regards … Tom Harding.

Newsletter 61 January 15, 2017

Hello Farina Supporters,
Planning is well under way for the 2017 works at Farina.

You can register through this website here.
Please contact me on farinagroup@hotmail.com if you are having any difficulties.

There has been a change to the Leader’s Roster. Bob Brownlee will now be leading Weeks 1 and 2. Tom Harding will be leading Weeks 7 and 8.
As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any queries.

Following is a newsletter from our Convenor, Tom Harding.

Regards… Cathie

Welcome all, to the TENTH year of Farina activity.
2008 was an administrative and planning year, followed by eight completed work programmes, making 2017 the tenth year of our intention to re-establish Farina as a Significant historic inland Australian township.

Thank you for supporting our previous 720 “on the ground" volunteers and the 100’s of unseen volunteer admin hours that happen all year round.

For the 2017 programme commencing May 27, we already have 110 names registered. Early birds have all gained their requested dates. Weeks 1 and 2, are now adequately staffed, with plenty of opportunities still available across weeks 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.

A full range of skilled (and unskilled) activities are spread across all weeks (and split weeks are perfectly OK).

Last programme used 160 volunteers and we have work openings to accommodate an increased number this year.

It is our practice that Cathie and/or myself (Tom) will contact you within 14 days of receiving your registration.

If this has not happened in your case, please contact Cathie at farinagroup@hotmail.com as we have had a couple of “glitches” recently.

If you need guidance on which period might be both your and our “best fit” in completing your registration, (eg plant maintenance special skills or similar), please call Tom 0418 300 597 or Bob 0409 433 731. Bakers! Martin McLennan would like hear from you on 0408 731 140

Through the generosity and the support of the extended Patterson Family, the title of lot 329, (their original house /store property), has now been transferred to Farina Restoration Group.

This has enabled the achievement of a grant to enable rebuilding commencement – the external to be as original and internal for use as a Visitor centre, museum, education facility - plus - plus! Detailed plans shortly.

The cost will be in excess of $250,000 and will be funded and constructed over a 2 year – 3 program period. Funding will be by grants, private donations and FRG fund raising.

There is opportunity for recognised private sponsorship within the building programme, or for specific nominated sections/facilities.
I invite interested parties to discuss details with me.

We anticipate foundations being laid in June /July this year..

It is great to see Farina’s profile rising to “instant recognition” status in so many places. It is also interesting to know we have reached bucket list ranking on many “must do” travel lists.

Thank you for your support.
I rate this as
Ten years very well spent!

Kind regards … Tom Harding.

No. 62

Newsletter 62 February 8th 2017

Hello Farina Supporters


Tom Harding has asked me to send those of you who are intending to volunteer at Farina this year the following information.

We are overwhelmed by the enthusiastic volunteer response this year. We have placed 150 persons to this stage leaving limited placements to fill.

Weeks 1 and 2 ARE FULL

When you send in your registration form please indicate which weeks you are unable to attend (as well as your preferred week/s) as the rest of the programme is filling rapidly.

Numbers need to be managed to ensure all volunteers have a meaningful Farina experience, both in project participation and in terms of personal comfort during your stay.

Since you can only indicate on the web site form layout when you would prefer to be on site, please use the free-form text entry area at the bottom of that form to tell us when you absolutely can't be available!

Please note that you should always receive a response from me, sent from farinagroup@hotmail.com followed soon after by a contact from Tom.

Regards

Cathie

Newsletter 62 February 8th 2017

Hello Farina Supporters


Tom Harding has asked me to send those of you who are intending to volunteer at Farina this year the following information.

We are overwhelmed by the enthusiastic volunteer response this year. We have placed 150 persons to this stage leaving limited placements to fill.

Weeks 1 and 2 ARE FULL

When you send in your registration form please indicate which weeks you are unable to attend (as well as your preferred week/s) as the rest of the programme is filling rapidly.

Numbers need to be managed to ensure all volunteers have a meaningful Farina experience, both in project participation and in terms of personal comfort during your stay.

Since you can only indicate on the web site form layout when you would prefer to be on site, please use the free-form text entry area at the bottom of that form to tell us when you absolutely can't be available!

Please note that you should always receive a response from me, sent from farinagroup@hotmail.com followed soon after by a contact from Tom.

Regards

Cathie

No. 63

Newsletter for 2017 Volunteers

Welcome to all 200 volunteers for 2017, both past and new participants.

All weeks are at our optimal level of staffing. We are accepting waiting list nominees who may be available to cover withdrawals.
Please give us your earliest indication if your circumstances change, preventing your attendance.

Martin McLennan is unavailable to be leader of weeks 3 and 4 as earlier advised and leaders have been regrouped as follows:

Advance party and week 1 Tom Harding.
Weeks 2, 3 and 4. Bob Brownlee
Weeks 5 and 6 Steve Harding
Weeks 7 and 8 Tom Harding

Volunteers rostered for week one are welcome to arrive early (Thursday onwards). There will be the opportunity to assist in setting up the campsite and programme as well as settling in.
We are fully staffed enabling a full range of work activity across all weeks.
Vigorous grass growth in recent times means there will need to be considerable “streetscape” clearing across the whole site. If your loading space allows, add a light spade or hoe to your kit as this will be an “everybody” task. A whipper snipper could help. You provide the cord we provide the fuel.

Last year we invited our volunteers to bring a bin to start our vast storage system. It gave us a great start. Could you help further this year to fine tune the gaps, as follows, from Bunnings stock:

Weeks 1 & 2 1 x ALL SET 27 litre storage tub with lid

Weeks 3 & 4 2 x EZY SOLUTIONS 5 litre storage tub with lid

Weeks 5 & 6 1 x STORAGE TOTE HANDY size 30

Weeks 7 & 8 1 x STORAGE TOTE HANDY size 20

A small parcel of workshop cleaning rags (old tee shirt material not nylon) would be well received also.

To assist in event of a medical emergency would you please place, in a named sealed envelope, details of the doctor and/or medical clinic who hold your medical history. This will be attached to your file in our Admin/ First Aid centre.
Farina is 26 kms beyond Lyndhurst. The old township site is approximately 1.5 km from the track and is visible from the road entry. At the site turn left into 2nd street just past the bakery and proceed to “Tom’s Shed” and the Admin Centre (about 800 metres) to “check in”. You will be issued with your name tag, a high visibility Farina vest and given relevant information.
We will have a 4.00pm get together and a cuppa at the shed. Bring your “Information for Volunteers” notes with you, please.

Expect that daytime weather will be mild. Nights can be cold. A parka at the campfire will help keep your back warm.
Sudden downpours can cause short term road closure at Lyndhurst. The Lyndhurst Hotel camping ground can provide short term respite in those circumstances. If necessary, you can contact Farina Station homestead (phone 08 8675 7790) either by mobile phone or via the hotel.

We look forward to having you with us,

Kind regards… Tom Harding

Note: please read "Information for 2017 volunteers"

Newsletter for 2017 Volunteers

Welcome to all 200 volunteers for 2017, both past and new participants.

All weeks are at our optimal level of staffing. We are accepting waiting list nominees who may be available to cover withdrawals.
Please give us your earliest indication if your circumstances change, preventing your attendance.

Martin McLennan is unavailable to be leader of weeks 3 and 4 as earlier advised and leaders have been regrouped as follows:

Advance party and week 1 Tom Harding.
Weeks 2, 3 and 4. Bob Brownlee
Weeks 5 and 6 Steve Harding
Weeks 7 and 8 Tom Harding

Volunteers rostered for week one are welcome to arrive early (Thursday onwards). There will be the opportunity to assist in setting up the campsite and programme as well as settling in.
We are fully staffed enabling a full range of work activity across all weeks.
Vigorous grass growth in recent times means there will need to be considerable “streetscape” clearing across the whole site. If your loading space allows, add a light spade or hoe to your kit as this will be an “everybody” task. A whipper snipper could help. You provide the cord we provide the fuel.

Last year we invited our volunteers to bring a bin to start our vast storage system. It gave us a great start. Could you help further this year to fine tune the gaps, as follows, from Bunnings stock:

Weeks 1 & 2 1 x ALL SET 27 litre storage tub with lid

Weeks 3 & 4 2 x EZY SOLUTIONS 5 litre storage tub with lid

Weeks 5 & 6 1 x STORAGE TOTE HANDY size 30

Weeks 7 & 8 1 x STORAGE TOTE HANDY size 20

A small parcel of workshop cleaning rags (old tee shirt material not nylon) would be well received also.

To assist in event of a medical emergency would you please place, in a named sealed envelope, details of the doctor and/or medical clinic who hold your medical history. This will be attached to your file in our Admin/ First Aid centre.
Farina is 26 kms beyond Lyndhurst. The old township site is approximately 1.5 km from the track and is visible from the road entry. At the site turn left into 2nd street just past the bakery and proceed to “Tom’s Shed” and the Admin Centre (about 800 metres) to “check in”. You will be issued with your name tag, a high visibility Farina vest and given relevant information.
We will have a 4.00pm get together and a cuppa at the shed. Bring your “Information for Volunteers” notes with you, please.

Expect that daytime weather will be mild. Nights can be cold. A parka at the campfire will help keep your back warm.
Sudden downpours can cause short term road closure at Lyndhurst. The Lyndhurst Hotel camping ground can provide short term respite in those circumstances. If necessary, you can contact Farina Station homestead (phone 08 8675 7790) either by mobile phone or via the hotel.

We look forward to having you with us,

Kind regards… Tom Harding

Note: please read "Information for 2017 volunteers"

No. 64

Newsletter 64, June 26 2017

Weeks 5 and 6 approaching at Farina. Weather has been kind. Nights have been cold. Campfires have been friendly. Patterson’s House rebuild as our reception centre has proceeded to plan and, in fact, is ahead of schedule.

Bakery/Café activity has been brisk with sales ahead of last year’s similar period results

The Operations centre is continually being refined and is becoming more and more user friendly.

There has been the addition of a servery from kitchen to bay 2 and, beyond bay 5, the cyclone fence enclosure now is covered by a skillion roof.

The workshop compressed air system is in place with a liberal arrangement of connection points.

An added partition and refined rack storage add to the efficiency

Our stonework teams are having exciting “discovery “times with a continuing array of items being unearthed and the ground layout of previously not obvious early Farina structures – now obvious!

Last weekend was OPEN HOUSE with the “Rest of the World Cricket” 2017 series on Saturday, with the Volunteers successful. Well done to the organisers and the caterers.

On Sunday was The FL Lt John Bell Memorial service, coinciding with the parallel service at Ploudenal, France. This is becoming a very special event.

Outback Communities Authority conducted a book launch after the ceremonies. The book celebrates the war service of citizens from far north South Australia, of which Farina is a central part.

Rev Trevor Briggs performed the Chaplain’s role at the Bell service and in the afternoon led an ecumenical church service at the Anglican church site.

The weekend relived several activities of early HISTORIC FARINA.-- a most important role for FRG to be doing.

Keep up the great work,

Thanks Tom

Newsletter 64, June 26 2017

Weeks 5 and 6 approaching at Farina. Weather has been kind. Nights have been cold. Campfires have been friendly. Patterson’s House rebuild as our reception centre has proceeded to plan and, in fact, is ahead of schedule.

Bakery/Café activity has been brisk with sales ahead of last year’s similar period results

The Operations centre is continually being refined and is becoming more and more user friendly.

There has been the addition of a servery from kitchen to bay 2 and, beyond bay 5, the cyclone fence enclosure now is covered by a skillion roof.

The workshop compressed air system is in place with a liberal arrangement of connection points.

An added partition and refined rack storage add to the efficiency

Our stonework teams are having exciting “discovery “times with a continuing array of items being unearthed and the ground layout of previously not obvious early Farina structures – now obvious!

Last weekend was OPEN HOUSE with the “Rest of the World Cricket” 2017 series on Saturday, with the Volunteers successful. Well done to the organisers and the caterers.

On Sunday was The FL Lt John Bell Memorial service, coinciding with the parallel service at Ploudenal, France. This is becoming a very special event.

Outback Communities Authority conducted a book launch after the ceremonies. The book celebrates the war service of citizens from far north South Australia, of which Farina is a central part.

Rev Trevor Briggs performed the Chaplain’s role at the Bell service and in the afternoon led an ecumenical church service at the Anglican church site.

The weekend relived several activities of early HISTORIC FARINA.-- a most important role for FRG to be doing.

Keep up the great work,

Thanks Tom

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