Looking back at 2014 | PHOTOS In April Whyalla News reported that the city was still waiting for the installation of a MRI machine to be carried out. The lack of a MRI machine in Whyalla resulted in 17-year-old Casey Mashford having to travel to Adelaide to have an MRI scan.
In April it was reported that more people than ever before are receiving chemotherapy treatment locally. Benefiting from being able to access chemotherapy treatment locally was resident Brian Azzopardi being attended to by registered chemotherapy nurse Helen Phillips.
In April Whyalla City Council announced it would spend $150,000 to develop a dog park. The council later reduced the funding commitment to $30,000. Richelle Bond and her dog Bear welcomed the news that the council develop a purpose built park for dogs.
Resident David Borlace secured a place in a ballot to attend Anzac Day events in Gallipoli next year.
On August 18, 2014 long serving Whyalla Football League president Jim Hewitson passed away after a battle with ill health. Community members joined together to honour Mr Hewitson’s legacy.
True Blue Netball Club’s Letitia Crettenden was awarded the 2014 Whyalla News medal after a stellar second season in the competition.
In September we recognised the journey that local man Dave Pearce was been on, who is a local Whyalla icon, routinely seen walking and reading across Whyalla. Next time you see Dave say g’day.
North Whyalla midfielder Sam Flanegan was named 2014 Whyalla News Medal winner. Flanegan polled 27 votes to take out the medal in North Whyalla’s season of dominance.
Money may not grow on trees but thanks to funding from the state government the City Plaza will see upgrades such as tree planting. Welcoming the funding were city plaza traders (from left) Dave’s Art and Frames owner Dave Mann, U-Pedal Cycles owner Jenny Odgers and Simply Good Health manager Judy Johns.
A mini tornado left a local family shocked and surveying damages after it ripped through their street in January, damaging much of their property. Pictured in front of the damage at their family home were Tori, Nick and Kelsey Warner.
Local resident Xuan and husband Benjamin Bray welcomed their first child, Charlotte, at 12:30pm New Year’s Day. Charlotte is a first child for the couple and was the first baby born in Whyalla for 2014.
Legislation implemented in early in 2014 was aimed at increasing pool safety. Pictured utilising a safe pool were Oscar Evans and Ruby Turner. Oscar’s Mum Chelsea Pearce is vigilant in supervising him when near water.
Hard working and dedicated resident Carol Craney was named Whyalla’s 2014 Australia Day Citizen of the Year. Mrs Craney is a dedicated volunteer representing a number of local organisations.
As summer hit, locals did whatever they could to cool down. Pictured cooling down after a hard, hot day at work was Jarrad Dunbar.
Thousands flocked to the Whyalla foreshore to celebrate Australia Day. Getting in the spirit were (from left) Erin Zubrinich, Allirra Reddaway-Worth and Holly Walsh-Smith.
The Whyalla Surf Life Saving Club will see an increase in funding over the next four years thanks to a move by the state government. Happy to receive the funding were 11-year-old Surf Life Saving Club nipper Ryan Braithwaite and Whyalla Surf Life Saving Club publicity/junior activities officer Kate Brocklehurst.
Member for Giles Eddie Hughes said he was disgusted at the council’s decision to dump “contaminated” mulch near a protected marine site in July.
Whyalla Cycling Club president Ross Campbell welcomed the city council’s proposed $400,000 upgrade to bike paths around the city, announced in July.
Whyalla City Council supervisor parks and gardens Anthony Van Zeeventer, executive manager assets and engineering Ravi Joshi and landscape environment officer Sam Bourne celebrated Whyalla City Council’s big win at the Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Beaches Awards with a dip at Whyalla foreshore in July.
Local man Ryan Perry’s participation in Big Red Run was generously supported by the community. Pictured were Ryan with his biggest supporters, wife Kathryn and (front) daughter Mia.
Local man Dave Wade has become a success story, with his film Welcome to Iron Knob being shown on international screens throughout the year.
Mount Laura Waste and Resource Recovery Centre has a number of recycled products for sale. Pictured with clean green mulch were team leader Ricki Litton and weighbridge officer Kym Taylor.
In its fourth year, SciWorld attracted a staggering 3500 people to its event. Pictured were Sammy Thiele (left) and Harrison Lindholm (right) assisting Rachel Conway with an experiment with liquid nitrogen.
A new government website provided centralised access to aged care accommodation information. Taking a look at the website were Whyalla Aged Care chief executive officer Juanita Walker and Else Hermes.
Carolyn Kittel’s photo of a Whyalla sunset was voted as this year’s winning guide cover.
Mayor Jim Pollock and Disabled Peoples Incorporated Whyalla president Greg Byrne re-opened the new kitchens at Amaroo Lodge in June.
Jennifer McDonnell was recognised as 2014’s Business Woman of the Year, receiving the award at the 2014 Enterprising Women Business Woman of the Year awards evening in March.
Labor candidate Eddie Hughes was elected as the new member for Giles following the 2014 state election in March. Sharing in the win were (back, from left) Liam Hollingworth-Hughes, Kathryn Hollingworth, Ciaran Hollingworth-Hughes, Sinead Hollingworth-Hughes and (front) Eddie.
Bishop Greg O’Kelly SJ announced the purchase of vacant land on Wilsdon Street as the new site of Samaritan College’s combined primary school. Pictured were (from left) Father Jim Monaghan, co-principal Terissa Shepherd and co-principal Damien Judd.
Foreshore Users Group members Annette Kirby and then deputy mayor Joanne Marshall were looking forward to implementing new changes at the foreshore.
Local mother Amy Quist began a campaign in May for Bennett Oval to become a more family friendly environment. Mrs Quist was pictured with her son Oakley.
Residents reported incidences of people rummaging through their bins in May 2014. Whyalla City Council mayor Jim Pollock said this behaviour breached council by-law.
Andrew “Cosi” Costello visited Whyalla in 2014 after hearing wonderful things about the city’s fishing. Pictured during his visit were Charli Stainer, Cosi and Jaikara Stainer.
Mission Australia Whyalla shared in $450,000 to deliver a support program for vulnerable young people. Delivering the program will be Mission Australia program manager Jodie Poschkens and case manager Shaun Rouse.
Whyalla residents David Schrapel, George Dunbar, David Sherwen, Ross Campbell, Ted Lavender and Geoff Ettridge moved to put a vote of no confidence in Whyalla City Council to Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock in May.
OPAL Whyalla received a national award for its Kids Cuisine Initiative May. Celebrating the win were OPAL manager April Horn and OPAL project support officer Rachel Hill.
Muradel had its grand launch of its Whyalla demonstration plant in November. Pictured were (back, from left) ARENA chief financial officer Ian Kay, member for Giles Eddie Hughes, Minister for Regional Development Geoff Brock and Muradel board executive chairman Ollie Clark and (front) Muradel chief executive officer David Lewis.
Emily Ernesti returned to school in November after being diagnosed with a brain tumour at the beginning of the school term.
A committee was formed in October to campaign for funding of wheelchairs suitable for use on the local beach. Pictured discussing the benefits of beach access were Rachel Barlow with one-year old daughter Isabella, group chairperson John Smith, secretary Joanne Waters and Cyanne Westerman.
Whyalla Players performed a successful performance of the Phantom of the Opera throughout November, with community members welcoming the quality performance.
Whyalla Gliding Club closed its doors in October, much to the disappointment of treasurer and secretary Adrian Faulks, who said he was devastated the association would fold because of Department of Defence’s Cultana upgrades.
Whyalla City Council was awarded a 2014 KESAB Award for Appearances, Amenities and Facilities at Whyalla Airport. Pictured with the award were (from left) general manager engineering and infrastructure Adil Jamil, executive manager engineering Ravi Joshi, project coordinator Howard Aspey, project manager Joshua Sampson, landscape manager Sam Bourne and manager business services and sustainability Alexander Poulton.
Ford King was named 2014’s Graeme Jose Spirit of Whyalla award winner in August.
After many years writing for Whyalla News, beloved sports writer Ian “Spider” Saunders said farewell to Whyalla News as he pursued retirement in September.
Throughout 2014 community members rallied behind seven-year-old Harold Garcia and his family as Harold battled with a brain tumour. Sadly, Harold lost his battle in December. Pictured enjoying family time together earlier in the year were Hannah, Maribel holding Harold, Henry and Heleina.
Whyalla City Council was recognised for its contribution to tackling heart disease at the 2014 Heart Foundation Healthy Community Awards in September. Pictured were (from left) Whyalla City Council mayor Jim Pollock, OPAL project support officer Rachel Hill, former healthy communities coordinator Joanne Peden and Whyalla City Council research project officer Ann Ryan.
Whyalla City Council mayor Jim Pollock enjoyed Whyalla’s beach, while reading up on potential names for its renaming.
Phoenix Society and Bedford Group announced an amalgamation to strengthen their service provision in September. Pictured are Phoenix Society Whyalla employees (clockwise, from left) Fiona Roberts, Brooke Siegmann, Samantha Muscat and Penny Tudhope.
Resident Alan Hall hit out at Whyalla City Council’s increase from $8 to $10, saying it would leave people out of pocket. Mr Hall described the price increase as ridiculous”.
Nick Petropolis was unsure about the future of his business at Beach Cafe when Whyalla City Council put the operating up for tender in September.
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