A big year for Cleve

Mr TRELOAR (Flinders) (15:27): I rise on this day, which is likely to be the last sitting day of the year, to compliment—

Ms Stinson: Do you know something we do not know?

Mr TRELOAR: —I said it is likely to be; I think we are all thinking that—one particular town in the electorate of Flinders, which is well known to the Minister for Police, the town of Cleve, which was his birthplace. Cleve is the agricultural hub of eastern Eyre Peninsula and is very much reliant on the agricultural hinterland it services for its wellbeing. It is no secret that the last three years have been challenging season-wise. To their credit, the Cleve community have really been kicking some goals through what would otherwise be some fairly tough times. I am going to run through a few of those.

Recently, at the Adelaide Show year 10 students from the Cleve Area School won this year’s South Australian schools merino wether competition. This year’s feature sheep competition at the Adelaide Show drew 67 entries from 37 schools around the state, with 201 sheep at the judging. I did go down to the sheep pavilion on that particular day to witness some of the judging going on. I spoke with students and staff who were there from Cleve, as well as from Wudinna, Karcultaby and some other schools.

Eight Cleve students made the trip to Adelaide to show the top six wethers from a year-long program teaching students skills, including sheep selection, the art of showing, wool quality and meat quality. Between two teams of three, with a manager each, the Cleve Area School won the Show team development award, second for the most professional Show team, first and second for best meat value, third for most valuable skins, third and fifth for the best pen of three wethers, and third and seventh for most valuable fleeces. The prize for overall highest meat and fleece quality went to the Cleve team of Britney Crosby, Taylah Haire and Renae Coulter, managed by Courtney Grigg. Congratulations to them.

Just this week, a two-woman team of year 8 students from the Cleve Area School took home the national title at the Brilliant Business Kids Festival. Cleve Area School students Georgia Macgowan, of Darke Peak, and Jorja Newlyn, of Rudall, pitched their winning concept for a solar-powered water sensor and app in Sydney last week in front of a national audience.

Cleve Area School was the only South Australian school to win a spot in the prestigious program, which focuses on fostering leaders in agriculture through industry mentorship and design thinking. The students’ Handy Trough app, which receives alerts from a sensor located in each trough, is designed to save farmers time, money and stock, keep them off rural roads for longer and relieve the mental stress of livestock upkeep. Cleve Area School is also home to the award-winning Sims Farm, Australia’s top dryland farming school enterprise.

It was also announced this week that the Motor Trade Association (MTA) board has approved the purchase of the Cleve training centre site and is currently working through the process with the owner. This commitment to regional automotive training is great for Cleve, it is great for Eyre Peninsula and for the ongoing support of automotive businesses and apprentices. To top it all off, although this is a precursor to some of what I have talked about, Cleve was crowned South Australia’s inaugural Agricultural Town of the Year. To quote from the Minister for Primary Industries’ press release:

Strength in the face of adversity and community collaboration over the past 12 months has helped the town of Cleve stand out from four other finalists to win the Marshall Liberal Government’s inaugural 2019 Agricultural Town of the Year…

‘Cleve is an outstanding example of a community working together to support the growth of agriculture and this win is a true testament to its resilience in tough times’

It is also the home every second year to the Eyre Peninsula Field Days. That is a longstanding event that alternates with Paskeville. My congratulations to the people and town of Cleve on their achievements through this past 12 months. I am not necessarily saying that other towns have not strived also, but I thought I would highlight the efforts of Cleve.

I would also like to wish you, Mr Speaker, and everybody in this place (and I know it will be done again later in the day) a safe and happy Christmas and I look forward to the new year.


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