AROUND SA: Stories from across South Australia

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.

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

Enjoy the read.

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WINNERS: Ag students Daniel Smart, Craig Blieschke, Nathan Peters and Ben Turner with EP Field Days committee member Geoff Bammann and mayor Phil Cameron

WINNERS: Ag students Daniel Smart, Craig Blieschke, Nathan Peters and Ben Turner with EP Field Days committee member Geoff Bammann and mayor Phil Cameron

Winners are grinners

Rachel McDonald - Eyre Peninsula Tribune

Working together as a community, showing agricultural leadership and support while tackling drought for the past three years, Cleve has shown why it has been named the inaugural South Australian Town of the Year. The diversity of business and education excellence have highlighted the strength of the town and districts, making it a great place to live.

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Perspective: Emma Claire, not her real name, reflects on her young life in foster care. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Perspective: Emma Claire, not her real name, reflects on her young life in foster care. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Heartfelt plea

Peri Strathearn - Murray Valley Standard

Being a foster care can make a difference to the lives of so many children who need guidance, love and understanding. One young teenager has decided to tell her story in the hope that more people will come forward and offer a safe and compassionate environment for children to grow up in. Read her passionate plea.

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Bob Brown settles onto the SA Parliament steps with other protesters.

Bob Brown settles onto the SA Parliament steps with other protesters.

Parliament, rocks, court

Stan Gorton - The Islander

In the month that Flinders Chase National Park celebrates its 100 years, the community opposition against proposed accommodation lodges is taking many forms. Conservationist and former senator Bob Brown travelled to Adelaide to be one of the protesters who staged a rally on the steps of parliament last week. Check out the story here.

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HABITAT: A greater stick-nest rat in its habitat. Pictures: Department for Environment and Water

HABITAT: A greater stick-nest rat in its habitat. Pictures: Department for Environment and Water

Ride of their lives

Luca Cetta - West Coast Sentinel

Imagine catching a helicopter as part of the journey to a new home. That is how a group of Greater Stick-Nest Rats travelled from the Franklin Island Wilderness Area and St Peters Island Conservation Park to the South Australian mainland. Read about their journey and how they will bolster numbers of the threatened species.

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Hussain Razait, left, Hanif Rahimi, Abdul Hussain Najafi and Yasin Hassangar attended from the Afghan community.

Hussain Razait, left, Hanif Rahimi, Abdul Hussain Najafi and Yasin Hassangar attended from the Afghan community.

New home is unique

Greg Mayfield - Whyalla News

After fleeing Afghanistan and building a life in Australia, Hussain Razait has only praise for his new homeland. That is why he is encouraging other migrants to consider moving to rural South Australia. Read his story and learn how other migrants who call the Iron Triangle home.

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WHAT'S ON AROUND SA

THIS WEEK

Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations - Various events and times throughout the month. For more details click here

OCTOBER 18-27

Renmark Rose Festival - Various places and times. Flowers, community activities and more. Visit here for details.

OCTOBER 18-20

South Coast Jazz Festival - Goolwa, various locations and times, various entry costs. Full details here

OCTOBER 18 & 19

Cleve Area School 70th Birthday - 1301 Rehn Rd, Cleve - 4pm start, school tours, markets, food, music, fun. Details here

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18

Carlton Draught Murray Bridge Gold Cup - hospitality packages to suit everyone, bus transport available to and from Adelaide, food vendors, bars, tote facilities, Fashion at The Races qualifying event with a cash prize of $1000 for the best dressed womenswear.Details here

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19

Clare Show - Horrocks Hwy, 9am-5pm. Livestock, ag produce, entertainment, side shows, food and drink available, entry fees. Details here

Coonalpyn Show - 7.30am - 5pm. Discovery trail, interactive pavilion activities, bouncy castles, stump toss, vintage cares, food and coffee, trade stalls, horses in action, live music. Details here

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20

Roseworthy Show N Shine - Roseworthy Hotel, 3 Main North Rd, 11am-3pm, displays, live music, details here

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NEXT WEEK

OCTOBER 1-31

Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations - Various events and times throughout the month. For more details click here

OCTOBER 18-27

Renmark Rose Festival - Various places and times. Flowers, community activities and more. Visit here for details.

OCTOBER 25 & 26

Mannum School 50-year celebration - Various events and times. Past and present students will get together. Details here

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26

Robe Beer Fest - 1 Mundy Tce, Robe, various times - discover new beers and ciders, competitions, demonstrations, food, music and more. Details here.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27

Callington Show - Callington Oval and Hall, Memorial Rd, 10am-4pm, various entry fees. Displays, arts, free family activities, music, feed and drink available. Details here