The Hills Small Acreage Field Days

Echunga Recreation Grounds,
24-25 September, 2022
The Hills Small Acreage Field Days event has been designed to bring together, in one location, the products and services with broad appeal to residents of towns and villages in the district and, in particular, the more than 6,000 families who live in the Barossa, Hills and Fleurieu on small acreage.
It will provide the most comprehensive information on the latest equipment, services and products available locally to help residents enjoy the region’s lifestyle to the fullest.

How big is the potential audience?

The target audience lives in the peri-urban area which surrounds Adelaide and the more rural and developed areas in the Barossa, Hills and the Fleurieu. Between 3 and 5,000 visitors are expected to attend the two-day event which we anticipate will become part of the annual calendar of major events in our area.
This district is growing quickly and it already contains: 11.9% of the population of South Australia, 41% of the State’s regional population, 54% of who live in Mount Barker and Gawler. Between 2021-2036 this region is expected to grow by 17.7% compared to 11.7% across SA.


Be a part of this unique event and join others who will be drawn broadly from throughout the district supplying a wide range of products and services including:
· power generation (solar and
· water (pumps, storage,
  irrigation, drilling, fire and
· infrastructure (shedding, fencing,
  paving, extensions)
· vehicles, farm machinery, tools
  and equipment
· crop, weed and spray specialists
· vineyard contractors
· land and water management
· nursery and plant specialists
· tree specialists and contractors
· communication, sales and
· local and federal government
  agencies involved with land use
· service and inspection
· banking, property and business
· computer hardware, business
  and farming software
· stock, feed, transport and  
  veterinary service

Expressions of Interest

To request a full Prospectus when it becomes available and to receive regular updates, simply send an email to
…or to talk to someone to discuss your requirements and for further information, call:
Greg Russell, Chair on 0427 707 733
or other members of the organizing committee:
Ron Malcolm   0421 963 395
Dan Edmonds 0439 892 767
Andrew Cass   0428 719 515
Malcolm Horton  0421 555 137
Nic Kentish 0429 673 070
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Don't Keep it Under Your Hat!

On Monday, 12 October, the club held its annual Hat Night to highlight mental health and to support Rotary Health.
Members wore a favourite hat and prizes were awarded in several categories including for the best, personal hat story.  
The speaker on the night was Chris "Savvy" Savill, an RU OK? Ambassador, who was recently named Mt Barker Citizen of the year for 2020 !
He was an enthusiastic and engaging speaker who passionately outlined the consequences, scope and impact on individuals, families and communities affected by mental health issues. RU OK? he explained, is the front line response to early intervention and involves nothing more than showing concern, listening and offering support to those in need.  He offered several practical tips for how and when to approach someone and how to help.
Don't Keep it Under Your Hat! Dan Edmonds 2020-10-14 13:30:00Z 0

Sculpture Exhibition

The Best Ever!

After an interrupted, extended run, Sculpture for Interiors and Gardens IV closed on Sunday, 29 November.
In spite of the difficulties experienced in the age of COVID-19, this year's Exhibition was, by some distance, the biggest and best ever for the exhibitors, for the national Trust and for the Rotary Club of Stirling!
Jan Lyon and Tim Boon, the hard-working and inspirational Conveners and Curators of  the Exhibition, attributed its success to the enthusiastic support of the
National Trust, SA
Tapanappa Wines
Adelaide Hills Council
Camellia Society Adelaide Hills
Carla Blair
Cleveland Garden Centre
Crafers Copy and Print Centre
Veronica Forsayeth
MaxArt (Terry and Jill McMahon)
David Hamilton
Deborah Miller
Kaye Bucherfield
Red Cacao
Roger Masters and 
Swift Signs
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New Dates for Small Acreage Field Days

Small Acreage Field Days

2021 Dates Announced!

The Rotary Small Acreage Field Days (SAFD), which had to be postponed earlier this year due to the COVID virus, have been re-scheduled for the weekend of 13 & 14 March 2021 at Echunga.
The idea of a field day is designed to provide people who live on small acreage with information on products, services and practical demonstrations. A great deal of interest was generated earlier this year and it is very unfortunate that it had to be postponed. 
The Rotary Club of Stirling is pleased to announce that planning has re-commenced for the 2021 event and early notice to ‘save the dates’ is being sent out to businesses, government agencies and the broader community.
The President of the Rotary Club of Stirling, Neil Wickens, believes that, as we emerge from the COVID experience, the community is looking forward to getting back to some normality and, although still some months away, the Small Acreage Field Days will play an important role in that recovery. 
Work is now underway on the planning and we have again engaged with the local community in Echunga to partner with us in this event. 
Feedback on the proposed event earlier this year from the State Government, local councils, community groups and the business community has been very positive. 
It is clear to us that the SAFD could become a major annual event in the broader Hills district as we were able to attract sponsor and exhibitor support not only from the immediate Hills area but also from further afield such as Strathalbyn, Monarto, Murray Bridge, Mount Pleasant and the Fleurieu. Our aim is to broaden the ‘catchment area’ for the 2021 event. 
For further information:
Greg Russell
Event Chair
M: 0427 707 733
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Small Acreage Field Days Postponed!



A Government directive called for the cancellation of gatherings of more than 500 people to minimise the impact of the declared COVID-19 pandemic. In light of that, the Rotary Club of Stirling has reluctantly postponed the Small Acreage Field Days planned for Echunga in early April.
The Event Chair, Greg Russell, has stressed, though, that this is a postponement and not a cancellation, and planning will continue with a view to holding the Field Days next year once this health emergency is over.
Greg has thanked, in particular, all the exhibitors and sponsors who supported Rotary for this inaugural event. He noted that there were a huge number of other community organisations and bodies which had also put in a great deal of effort to ensure success. 
This is not an exhaustive list of such groups, but it does include,
  • the Echunga Recreational Grounds Committee,
  • the Weekender Herald,
  • Hills Radio,
  • 5MU,
  • the Mount Barker Council
  • the Adelaide Hills Council,
  • the CFS Echunga,
  • Josh Teague, Member for Heysen,
  • MaxArt (Terry and Jill McMahon)
  • many other Echunga sports and community groups
 and, of course, our principal sponsors,
  • Bank SA,
  • Regional Development Australia, and
  • Coopers Rural and Farm Supplies. 
This is certainly a blow to our club, he said, but there are many other people, companies and charitable organisations in the same, or worse, situations,
and our focus over the next few weeks and months has to be on looking after each other and keeping ourselves and others safe.
Finally, He wished to thank the broader community in the Hills which has supported Rotary and our projects over the past 45 years
and sincerely hoped that will continue well into the future in spite of this serious, but temporary setback.
See you next year!
Contact: Greg Russell
                Event Chair
                0427 707 733
Small Acreage Field Days Postponed! Dan Edmonds 2020-03-15 13:30:00Z 0

An evening at the Uraidla Hotel

A Lovely Evening at the Uraidla Hotel!

Our recent vocational visit to the Uraidla Hotel, Brewery and Bakery was a great successs.  It was organised by Colin Fraser and Robert Koehne to hear from Colin’s daughter, Julie Peter, speaking of her journey in transforming the Crafers Hotel, the Uraidla Hotel and soon to do same for the Nairne Hotel. 
It is wonderful that Julie and Ed Peter have such a strong and clear vision from which our Adelaide Hills have greatly benefitted. It was fascinating to hear Julie’s story and her proud mother and father’s faces as she told it!
         Rotarian Colin Fraser with his daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter!
               L-R: Colin, Coco and Julie Henry, Sally Fraser and Ed Peter
An evening at the Uraidla Hotel Dan Edmonds 2020-01-29 13:30:00Z 0

Welcome Nick Ditter!

A warm welcome to Nick Ditter!

Nick Ditter of Crafers was inducted into the Rotary Club of Stirling on 20 February.during a vocational visit to the Uraidla Bakery, Brewery and Bakery.
He was appointed to the Youth Committee,with Owen Bevan nominated as his mentor. 
Nick also has an important District role in supporting the seven day long, Rotary Youth Leadership Award residential program.
Welcome Nick! A welcome addition to the club!
And good luck with the work you will be doing for RYLA and Youth in the District.
Welcome Nick Ditter! Dan Edmonds 2020-01-29 13:30:00Z 0

Community Grants 2020

Community Grants 2020

For information about the Rotary Club of Stirling Community Grant Scheme for 2020 and an application form, click HERE
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Rotary Celebrates 45 years of service to the community

45 Years of Service to the Community!

What a wonderful celebration it was when we hosted current and past members to a special anniversary party on the 10th of September.
There was quite a buzz in the room as old friends and partners renewed old acquaintances and reminisced about some of the many of the clubs achievements and milestones over nearly half a century.
Two charter members were able to attend and it was great to hear from Past President Peter Frazer who was a founding member.  Also present was John Stoddard, one of the stalwart, continuing members of the club he helped create back in 1974.
Peter Frazer shared memories of the early days and John Norris was our amiable MC                            
Among those who also shared anecdotes were:
                        Ian Cogdell                               and David Wotton.

I was pleased that Barry Klose, the only remaining Charter member of RC of Onkaparinga, his wife Bronwen and Past Predident Keith Broderick were present to share memories of when Stirling sponsored their club in 1978. 
                          Barry and Bronwen Klose and Keith Broderick
President Russell Camens and Kevin Wilson of the Onkaparing club and Past President Shiralee Judge of Mt Barker represented the club who sponsored us in 1974.
Our other closest neighbouring club, Blakiston, was represented by President John Rowley.
The specially commissioned anniversary cake reflected the colours in the current Rotary Theme of “Rotary connects the world”.  Sue from Azure De Lis Cakes in Mount Barker took the vibrant colours from the Logo to present a very attractive cake which was white chocolate and fresh raspberry filling.
Our two Charter members , John Stoddard and Peter Frazer, ably assisted by President Susanne Marie, cut the cake after a rousing Happy Birthday was sung.
Rotary Celebrates 45 years of service to the community Dan Edmonds 2019-09-18 14:30:00Z 0