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Alexandrina Council wireless tower provided by MIMPSA-based Alexandrina Council today launches its new inter-town wireless network that cuts more than $20,000 in annual communication costs between council premises in Goolwa and Strathalbyn.

With a two-and-a-half-year payback, the wide area wireless network eliminates expenses relating to the annual cost of fixed telephone lines, data lines and calls between council premises in the two towns.

Designed by MIMP Connecting Solutions, the $200,000 network runs at 200 megabits per second (Mb/s), using a microwave tower to create a 35km wireless connection between the two towns. The new network delivers additional savings by eliminating the carrier costs of connecting the main council office in each town with eight outlying offices, such as depots, community centres and landfill facilities.

Alexandrina is a thriving community which covers an 1800-square-kilometre area on the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula south of Adelaide. Diverse industries in the area include tourism, viticulture, general farming and dairying, fruit production, manufacturing, engineering and boat building.

Mayor Kym McHugh said the new network would pay for itself in less than two-and-a-half years compared to the cost of connecting all premises via a telecommunications carrier. “We’ve completely modernised our phone system and rolled it out to more premises, but are saving about $20,000 a year in line rental and data costs by disconnecting a large number of commercial phone lines and Internet services,” he said.

Annette Barrette FrankelDemonstrating a romantic attraction that spans the centuries, legendary lover Casanova has inspired an art exhibition that opens in Burra on Saturday, October 24.

Passionate painter Annette Barrette Frankel reveals her love affair with Casanova in the exhibition of her latest work at Burra’s Uptown Gallery. All funds raised will go towards restoring the century-old Bishop’s Palace in Peterborough, now operating as the popular Saint Cecilia historic hotel.

Annette, who has called South Australia home for the past three decades, fell in love with Giacomo Casanova during a month-long visit to Venice earlier this year, where she explored every aspect of the great lover’s life and loves in the romantic Italian city.

The amorous artist has captured on canvas the Venetian inspiration for the romantic exploits of the soldier, spy, diplomat, prisoner, adventurer and lover. The result is an exhibition that encapsulates everything Casanova loved about Venice and everything Annette loves about Casanova.

South Australian hypnotists have launched a week-long campaign to capture the mindshare of businesses and individuals with the power of hypnosis.

Launched last Friday by State MP for Morialta Lindsay Simmons, the inaugural Hypnosis Week program has been organised by the SA Society of Hypnosis (SASH) to demonstrate the benefits offered by professional hypnosis.
Events have included a promotional stall in Rundle Mall on Saturday and a free information session yesterday called Discovering Hypnosis, which offered discussion, video examples and demonstrations of how hypnosis could enhance the practices of relevant professionals.

Tomorrow night, Hypnosis Week provides One Entrancing Evening with SASH, an entertaining information night about hypnosis, featuring video clips showing historical and contemporary footage of the use of hypnosis.

Adelaide’s world-class resource recovery and waste recycling operation, the Wingfield Waste & Recycling Centre, has launched a website at www.wingfieldrecycling.com.au.

The Joomla-based website is designed to profile the activities and achievements of the collaborative cluster of commercial businesses on a site managed by the Adelaide City Council.

The Wingfield recycling precinct provides a "one stop shop" for waste receipt, processing and recycling by accommodating complementary resource recovery activities. This innovative centre recovers about 87 per cent of the nearly one million tonnes of waste materials delivered to the precinct each year.

When the Wingfield dump closed on December 31, 2004, it was widely recognised as an Adelaide landmark. In its final year, it received more than one million tonnes of waste materials which were used in landfill.

Since then, the former Wingfield dump property has been reinvented as the Wingfield Waste & Recycling Centre, an internationally recognised waste recovery and recycling facility that has harnessed commercial motivations to deliver significant environmental benefits. Managed by the Adelaide City Council, the 94-hectare precinct has four primary tenants – Amcor; Adelaide Resource Recovery (ARR); Jeffries Group and Transpacific Industries (TPI) – which are each involved in providing state-of-the-art waste recovery and recycling services.

More details about the Wingfield Waste & Recycling Centre can be found at www.wingfieldrecycling.com.au.