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Toy run riders set to spread Adelaide Christmas cheer

Posted December 12, 2015 12:47:24

toy run rider in a mask Photo: In an array of colourful costumes, motorbike riders do their bit to brighten Christmas for disadvantaged children. (ABC News: Peta Carlyon)
Map: Adelaide 5000

Thousands of motorcyclists will make their annual Christmas toy run through Adelaide and the Hills this weekend, with the charity event now in its 37th year.

Key points:

  • Toy run is in its 37th year in SA
  • Up to 10,000 riders take part
  • Riders carry a toy to donate to St Vincent de Paul

“It’s hard to [imagine] all the toys that have been delivered over that time,” toy run coordinator Harold Lindemann told 891 ABC Adelaide.

He said as many as 10,000 bike riders were expected to take part, but it was impossible to come up with a firm total because some joined in along the route and others simply headed straight for Callington Oval to be part of the day’s activities there.

All riders bring a toy and the St Vincent de Paul charity collects them to distribute to children at Christmas.

“This is a day when everyone can see us and notice us,” Mr Lindemann said.

“The other side is the camaraderie the motorcyclists have in coming together for a single purpose — that is to try to bring some joy to people that are less fortunate than themselves on this special day of the year.”

Then they all start their engines up at once to get going. It’s really something.

Harold Lindemann, on the toy run start

He said many people enjoyed the spectacle of the bikes lining up at Victoria Park for their 11:00am start on Sunday.

“If you go down to Victoria Park racecourse and see them all lined up on the Clipsal [motor race] track it’s quite awe-inspiring,” he said.

“Then they all start their engines up at once to get going. It’s really something.”

Many people line the route to watch the motorcyclists pass.

“We try to keep the bikes bunched up, rather than letting them spread out over the route, so there is a bit of a spectacle,” Mr Lindemann said.

The riders head out of the city along Hutt Street and Glen Osmond Road, then up the South Eastern Freeway to Callington, where there are food stalls and leather gear sellers among the attractions at the oval.

Topics: charities-and-community-organisations, charities, community-and-society, community-organisations, adelaide-5000, sa, callington-5254

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Working on the Nullarbor: Road kill, stoned camel riders and sign thieves

By Karen Michelmore

Updated November 30, 2015 10:32:12

Craig Stinear, or Oolie, has a 620km-long office Photo: Craig Stinear, or Oolie, has a 620km-extended office. He is in charge of sustaining the Nullarbor highway in South Australia. (ABC: Karen Michelmore)
Map: Ceduna 5690

Craig Stinear is bending down marking brief lines with a can of white spray paint.

Every handful of minutes, he will straighten up, raise his brown hat and grin as a hefty road train thunders past, horn blaring.

Mr Stinear — or Oolie to his mates — knows most of the old-time truck drivers who pass him on the road out right here, Highway 1.

He is standing in his ‘office’ — a 620-kilometre stretch of dark brown bitumen that runs the length of South Australia’s Wonderful Australian Bight.

It traverses the Nullarbor Plain, all the way to the West Australian border.

“You know, almost certainly my most significant regret in the job was in no way carrying a camera from day one,” he told tonight’s new ABC Tv series Back Roads.

“Just to take images of some of the loads, the oversized stuff and men and women receiving through on monocycles.

“I’ve noticed folks pushing a hospital bed by means of and riding horses and camels via and whatever, in different stages of being pissed and stoned.

“Only a couple of weeks ago I was up here at Nullarbor in front of the roadhouse and a guy pulled up and he wanted to know which way Melbourne was, and I thought ‘well there’s only one road here’.”

On the Nullarbor, every day is different

There are many unusual things to see on the outback highway Photo: There are several unusual issues to see on the outback highway – including a convoy of old tractors towing caravans for charity. (ABC: Karen Michelmore)

Oolie has observed fairly much every little thing in his 34 years operating on the remote highway.

He leads a team of six workers who preserve it, and dispose of the abundant road kill. Oolie clocks up about 70,000 kilometres along the road each and every year.

“When I saw a couple of blokes pull up, and I do not know if they were recognized to each other or what, but they had been just getting an all-in brawl on the side of the road,” he said.

“They slid more than the edge in prickles and had been swinging at each other and it looked like they were enjoying themselves.”

These days he is using the white paint to mark up defect spots on the edge of the road — about 20 kilometres west of Ceduna — for somebody in his group to patch up later.

The paint can in his hand rattles as he acknowledges an additional automobile passing via with a slight wave.

“He’s a neighborhood sparky from Penong,” Oolie explains.

‘I saw a truck take out 14 camels with 1 hit’

Usually a day on the road includes a lot of road kill — usually found in the exact same places when unfortunate motorists meet unlucky camels, wombats and kangaroos.

“I saw a truck take out 14 [camels] with a single hit when — shortened the life of the truck a bit in a matter of seconds,” Oolie said, hands in pockets.

“Over the years there’s been very a handful of hit.

“I feel at times in the cold climate they [the animals] will go and camp out on the road and sleep there, exactly where it really is warm, or they feed along the road in the droughts, exactly where there’s a bit of green choosing.”

He disposes of the flyblown carcasses by dragging them off to the side of the road, and letting the eagles and dingos “clean up”.

Some ducklings take advantage of some recent heavy rain that’s flooded an outback road Photo: Some ducklings take benefit of some recent heavy rain that flooded an outback road. (ABC: Karen Michelmore)

‘Souvenir’ road sign thefts a continuous headache

1 of the biggest frustrations is folks stealing road signs as souvenirs — particularly the camel and kangaroo emblems. Some individuals even bring angle grinders to reduce them off their posts, Oolie said.

“They’ll get things down 1 way or another if they truly want it,” he said.

When Oolie initial began in the early 1980s, after Australia won the America’s Cup, it was the tiny green and gold highway markers that kept disappearing.

Oolie’s gang punched “bullet holes” into them — much to the chagrin of perform gangs additional down the road.

Some days when you’re up the Bight you are obtaining smoko or lunch, you look out and you have got whales swimming past.

Craig ‘Oolie’ Stinear

“They were going off like hot cakes and we used to just poke a hole in them with a centre punch make it appear like a bullet hole or what ever and they’d travel down the road to the next gang’s region and steal them from there,” he says.

Oolie has lived in nearby Ceduna fairly much his entire life. His nickname comes from a local Aboriginal word that means “tiny kid”.

He describes his property town as “the hub of the universe for people that are born and bred here”.

“I can not see myself going anywhere else as extended as, when I get older I’ve got enough strength and health to be able to pull a razor fish out of the mud and wind my tinny back on the trailer, and catch a feed of fish. That is all I want,” he says.

He reckons his special job is alright too.

“Oh, yeah, I do not thoughts it out here you know,” he stated.

“Some days when you are up the Bight you’re possessing smoko or lunch, you appear out and you have got whales swimming previous and you think some people probably sit in an workplace in the city and they do not see this sort of stuff.

“Thoughts you, there is some days you wouldn’t want to be out there too — [the wind] will blow the milk out of your coffee there on a excellent day.

“But it is a place to perform and someone’s got to do it.”

The eight-portion series Back Roads begins on ABC1 at 8pm tonight.

Ceduna jetty at sunset Photo: Ceduna jetty at sunset. (ABC: Colin Jones)

Topics: road-transport, rural, human-interest, ceduna-5690, sa

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