History of the Holden Car

Hear about the dramas with the arrival of the Holden car in South Australia. Author and Holden historian Don Loffler will be at the City of Tea Tree Gully Library on Saturday 7 February to talk cars and Aussie life.

Holden cars

Hear all about the dramas associated with the arrival of the Holden car in Australia

Copies of Don’s books will be available for purchase.

Date and time: Sat 7 February 2-3pm.

Venue: City of Tea Tree Gully Library

Book online here or phone 8397 7333.

For those in need and impacted by the Adelaide bushfires

Anyone in need and impacted by the ‪#‎bushfire‬, emergency relief centres are currently open at Golden Grove and Willaston to provide food, financial assistance and emergency accommodation. There is a range of goods including toiletries, pet food, vouchers, baby goods and more.

You can find the emergency relief centres at:

Golden Grove Recreation Centre
The Golden Way
Golden Grove

View Golden Grove Recreation Centre on Google Maps

Willaston Football Club
Kelly Road
View Willaston Football Club on Google Maps

Recovery hotline

The SA Bushfire Recovery hotline is open on 1800 302 787. The hotline is for people who have lost their home, suffered trauma or other loss – or for others wanting to provide financial donations to support affected communities.

If you are affected by the fires, call this number for information about emergency grants. Grants are available for essential items such as food and clothing. Grants provide for up to $280 per adult and up to $140 per child, to a maximum of $700 per family.

For information and warnings about ongoing fires, visit the CFS website.

Road closures

See the SA Police website for fire-related road closures.


To help people affected by the fires, visit the Volunteering SA website and follow the links.


Donations to the State Emergency Relief Fund can be made in a number of ways. For full information see Bushfire donations.

The emergency relief centres have been inundated with generous gifts of food and clothing. Please do not donate goods as the relief centres are not able to manage any further donations.

Donations for firefighting support can be made to the CFS.

Please be careful of websites seeking donations and door knockers representing the CFS or any other charity. The CFS have made clear that they do NOT collect money in this way.


Treatment of injured animals

The University of Adelaide Veterinary School at Roseworthy is open to treat injured animals:

Roseworthy Campus
1454 Mudla Wirra Rd

Phone: 8313 1999
Fax: 8313 7736
Email: vet_reception@adelaide.edu.au

The Animal Welfare League of Australia will be taking calls from 10.00 am (4 January 2015) on 8348 1300.

Pets and their People vet surgeries are offering free consultations for pets (excluding horses) that have been injured in the fire. Medications will be charged at cost only. Please phone a surgery for advice or an appointment:

  • Fulham Gardens – 8355 5475
  • Black Forest – 8351 6066
  • Unley – 8272 3400.


To volunteer to help with the care of animals, contact Volunteering SA.

Feed donations

Stock feed can be donated to RSPCA’s Lonsdale shelter (25 Meyer Road, Lonsdale) weekdays between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm weekdays or 10.00 am to 2.00 pm weekends.

Pet food (dry or wet), towels and blankets can be donated to the RSPCA Lonsdale shelter or Stepney office (16 Nelson St, Stepney) during business hours 9.00 am to – 5.00 pm.

Property damage

Damage assessment teams are on the ground assessing properties in areas where it is safe to do so. If your property has been damaged SA Police will contact you when the assessment is complete.

For general enquiries about property in the bushfire-affected area, go to one of the emergency relief centres listed at the top of this page.

For information about road closures and access to areas affected by the fires see the SA Police website.

A tale of work experience at the Tea Tree Gully Library

It is a truth universally acknowledged that you can’t get a job without experience in the workplace and you can’t get experience in the workplace until someone gives you a job.

With this in mind, the clever people at UniSA insist that students of the Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Management undertake work placement in a library. I had previously volunteered for the Tea Tree Gully Radio Frequency ID (RFID) tagging volunteer program where I helped put new RFID tags into library items. This technology is what enables the easy scanning in the new self-checkout machines. I had enjoyed this volunteer program, so I used my volunteer contacts to organise my placement at Tea Tree Gully.

I was very excited. I showed up on my first day keen to do some serious library-ing, but I quickly discovered the other reason the clever people at UniSA want their students to get real word experience.

I didn’t know anything. At all.

And so began my journey.

Some tasks were simple once you knew the library layout and the codes for different sections. For example, the code for Adult Fiction is AF, Adult Non-Fiction is ANF and Adult Fiction Large Print is … AG. Completely logical.

Returns has recently become simpler by the introduction of RFID tags. Instead of precision-scanning each bar-code, the items simply have to be placed over the sensor pad just like the self-service borrowing machines.

Nevertheless, I met with challenges and overcame them with grace and dignity.

Other tasks might have taken time to learn, but my Gen Y status gave me an advantage.

The most difficult task was working on the Customer Service Desk (CSD). People would come up and ask me questions, but I didn’t know any of the answers yet. At first, I had to have help with every question, but before long  I could answer the more frequent questions on my own. By the end of my placement I only had to use my apologetic “I’m just a work experience student” disclaimer for one in three enquires, and usually I managed to answer those enquiries anyway.

But it was also the best task, because I liked talking with the customers. I tracked down books for people who only knew the name of the main character in them, not the title or the author. I helped photocopy university homework, information from books, and Australian citizenship applications. I registered new library patrons. I met people and talked to them about their pets, their degree, their families.

Everyone in the library was incredibly nice and welcoming and helped me out whenever I asked (which was often). I had a great time and learned a lot.