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WIA AGM 2017

IMG_5955Tha annual WIA AGM for 2017 was held at Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills. Commencing Friday night May 19th 2017 with a pizza meal at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre. Saturday morning was the AGM commencing at 0900. Followed by an open forum session with the newly elected board of Directors. Saturday afternoon had a raft of local presenters in their special fields. Saturday night the gala dinner was held at the Convention Centre. Sunday morning many headed to the Birdwood Motor Museum, some tried out Parks operation. The afternoon at the Hahndorf football club was a display from all the presenters, including a balloon launch by AREG, followed by a BBQ meal.


Tuesday 20th

Overnight at Bonney Well with car 14. Sourh Africa. Awesome food. Mum and Dad are cooks. Approaching Barrow Creek. Could make Kulgera tonight.
Staying with car 14.



Mum and Dad cook. BBQ last night. Sausages, satay and salad. Breakfast scrambled eggs and muffin. Great night under the stars.


Arriving Alice Springs. 1.45. All times in CST not daylight time.

Changed to team 17 and off again in 5 minutes. Managed a quick shower at the check point. Clean shirt and clean sox.

Leigh Creek

Camped last night at the old Beltana racecoures. Opposite the old Beltana roadhouse. Creek too flooded to cross. About 8 vans stayed overnight.
water all gone this morning. At Leigh Creek now. Paid the Caravan Park for use of shower, toilet and washing machines.
off to Farina. Ceremony later today. Operate VK100ANZACfor 48 hours.



Copy here of an email from the Farina restoration group.
we will be activating VK100ANZAC from the site for 48 hours.


The John Bell Commemoration Ceremony



A joint ceremony (RAAF and Farina Restoration Group)  to commemorate the life of Flight Lieutenant John Bell is to take place at 5pm on Wednesday 17thJune.

A Flyover is scheduled for 5.15pm– 5.30pm.

If you are planning to attend it is recommended that you be there early in the afternoon of the 17thJune.

There is likely to be direct TV coverage on Channel 7 SA.

Flight Lieutenant John Bell’s plaque will be the first to be unveiled on the new memorial wall at the Farina War Memorial precinct.

Flight Lieutenant Bell was among the first air force fatalities in WW2.  As the son of the Farina General storekeeper he is an important part of the Farina story. 

You can read more about him here:

and here:

and here:

It is important that those planning to attend this ceremony note that this is the CURRENT STATUS. 

If the Farina Restoration Group receives any further notifications or changes from the RAAF we will send out a further stop press.



Farina Restoration Group Inc  ABN   37 949 905 799 

 Convenor:                                           Tom Harding                                

Secretary and SA Co-ordinator:        Peter Harris                                  

Treasurer:                                              Bob Brownlee                              

Patrons:                                                  Kevin and Anne Dawes              

Webmaster:                                           Rob Fairweather                         

News Correspondent:                         Cathie Gregory                             

SA Government Contact:                   Outback Communities Authority, PO Box 2353, Port Augusta 5700


Facebook Page:                                            



Devils Peak Quorn

Seep climb to the Devils Peak for some radio contacts.
Later at Mt Brown Conservation Park.

June 2015 Activities.

We are planning a trip to Farina in June. This will be with Paul VK5PAS and Marija, John VK5BJE and Jenny.
We will be avtivating many summits and PArks on the way.
June 18th sees the 75th anniversary of a WW2 rescue attempt of the family of Charles DeGaulle. The pilot, who was from Farina was killed when the plane crashed in France. June the 18th we will operate from Farina using VK100ANZAC.
See the story here.

A book written about the WW2 activity can be found here.

Quorn to Home.

Home Friday afternoon. Fabulous 7 weeks around our great country. Saw lots, met lots of great people and had a ball.

For the statistically minded.
Distance 8882 km.
Fuel consumption 15.1 litres per 100km
Average speed 64km per hour
Hours in the seat 135.5 hours
Cost of fuel $2254
Max paid $2.26
Average cost of parks $31.34 per night
Max paid $48. Min paid $20.

Hope you have enjoyed reading our blog. We have enjoyed posting.

David and Joy

Roxby Downs to Quorn

Stopped of at Woomera township on the way. Pretty deserted but a museum, shop,souvenir shop. Worth a stop but the town seems largely dwserted. A few service personnel in for morning coffee. Lunch at the Arid Lands Botanic Gardens just north of Pt Augusta. Great lunch and walk around the gardens. Here at Quorn park for 2 nights. Lovely park. First green hills for weeks.
Had a problem with one of the van stabilizer legs before we left Roxby. Tied it up and will fix when home.

Coober Pedy to Roxby Downs

Forecast at Coober Pedy for today is 36. Very strong winds on the way down. Stopped at Spuds Roadhouse Pimba now for lunch. Too windy and dusty to eat in the van.

Coober Pedy

Morning town tour by a long time miner, now retired.

Facade of the underground church

Facade of the underground church

Beautiful inside of the church.

Beautiful inside of the church.

Kitchen of underground house

Kitchen of underground house

Opal mine under the house.

Opal mine under the house.