AROUND SA: Stories from across the state

There is so much going on around South Australia - and each week we will bring you an array of news, faces and features which will highlight some of the most interesting characters and events we have in our communities.

This week read about the important visitors to Kangaroo Island who are begging farmers not to change, while in Port Augusta creating change is making a difference to the community, especially its children. There is also the story about a man who is walking in the shoes of two young men who wanted to make a better life for themselves over 170 years ago, while a 90-year-old tradition continues to 'bless' the town of Port Pirie.

And don't forget to find out what's happening around South Australia over the next couple of weeks.

Enjoy the read.

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Delegates from the Palsystem and KIPG tour of Kangaroo Island visit one of the many canola fields.

Delegates from the Palsystem and KIPG tour of Kangaroo Island visit one of the many canola fields.

Being free does pay

Stan Gorton - The Islander

Keep Kangaroo Island as a sanctuary from genetically modified cropping - it is the plea of a Japanese buyer who has purchased GMO canola from the island's farmers for some years. The sale of GMO free canola commands premium prices with other KI products, such as honey, broad beans, barley and wheat flour also being bound for Japan. Read about the Japanese delegation which visited the Island last week.

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Local Aboriginal artist Scott Rathman with some of the Kokatha students at Flinders View Primary school in front of the preschool mural.

Local Aboriginal artist Scott Rathman with some of the Kokatha students at Flinders View Primary school in front of the preschool mural.

Creating an identity 

Amy Green - The Transcontinental

Celebrating Aboriginal culture comes in many forms and for the children of the Flinders View Primary School it has incorporated the chance to work with a local artist to bring their artwork to life. Scott Rathman is currently working with the students to create murals which represent their ideas as well as the area. To find out more click here.

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Former Lock resident Steve Woore set out on his adventure from Fowlers Bay recently and will be walking to Mount Drummond. Picture: Supplied

Former Lock resident Steve Woore set out on his adventure from Fowlers Bay recently and will be walking to Mount Drummond. Picture: Supplied

Walk on the wild side

Luca Cetta - West Coast Sentinel

Steve Woore has set out to walk almost 500 kilometres, from Fowlers Bay to Mount Drummond, in a quest to recreate a trek undertaken by two teenagers, aged 14 and 16, in 1843. The boys left their lives as whalers at Fowlers Bay and decided to make it to Port Lincoln in some of the most treacherous country in the state. Discover why they and Steve made the choice to go on foot

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 La Madonna is carried into the boat ramp area in Sunday's procession to St Anthony's Church, Solomontown. The statue is draped in a golden cape and jewellery.

La Madonna is carried into the boat ramp area in Sunday's procession to St Anthony's Church, Solomontown. The statue is draped in a golden cape and jewellery.

Golden blessing

Greg Mayfield - Port Pirie Recorder

For 90 years the Italian community from around the Port Pirie region have held a ceremony for the Blessing of the Fleet. This year the celebrations included a debutante ball, church ceremony, procession and more. Read about the special golden statue and the 'special police' which guard it.

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Get ready for Triple j's One Night Stand at Lucindale

Get ready for Triple j's One Night Stand at Lucindale

WHAT'S ON AROUND SA

THIS WEEK

SEPTEMBER 13-15

Lakes Challenge Aussie Bush Festival - 51 Callington Rd, Strathalbyn, 9am-5pm, Stockman's challenge, music, food and drink available, for more information click here

SEPTEMBER 13-14

Riverland Field Days - Sturt Highway, Barmera, 9am-5pm. 350 exhibitors, 30 caterers, demonstrations, activities, entertainment and more. Visit here for details.

SEPTEMBER 14-22

Festival of Nature - 163 Main South Rd, Yankalilla, various times. Nine days of outdoor adventure, pop-up workshops, activities, community forums and more. Click for details.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

Triple J One Night Stand at Lucindale - West Tce, Lucindale, from 3pm-10.30pm, various acts including Hilltop Hoods, free for all ages, drug and alcohol free concert. Details here.

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NEXT WEEK

SEPTEMBER 21 & 22

Australian International Pedal Prix - Sturt Reserve, Murray Bridge 24-hour race around a 2-km course with more than 200 teams. Details click here

SEPTEMBER 24-26

Yorke Peninsula Field Days - Copper Coast Hwy, Paskeville, 9am-5pm. Trade stalls, parades, guest speakers, activities, crafts and more. For information click here.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

SA Spring Garden Festival - Melrose St, Mount Pleasant, 8am-3pm, plants and wares, guest speakers, workshops, stalls, food and entertainment. Details here

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Quorn Show - Quorn Community Oval, official opening at 12noon. 100th celebrations to include kids entertainment, displays, arts and crafts, horses in action and more