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Have you kissed
your paper today?
With Valentine’s Day approaching we are on the hunt for the
‘Most Kissable Lips in the Barossa Valley. How are we going to judge the
best lips? Here’s the fun bit. Put on some lipstick (or your partner’s lippy)
and kiss the paper in the spot indicated on coupon. Our panel of judges
will make their selection from those sent in.
Embarrassing? It may be, but it will be worth it if you are voted the owner
of the Region’s most kissable lips.
It could be worth your while!
The Barossa’s Favourite Newspaper
The person judged to have the most kissable lips will get to
share this amazing prize.
Fill out the coupon (right) and send it to:
PO Box 55, Angaston S.A. 5353 or
deliver your entry to 34 Dean St., Angaston
before 4.30 p.m. Wednesday, February 8, 2017.
Winner to be notified by telephone.
Go on ... You know you want to!
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
1. You may enter as many times as you like but
only on the original coupons published within
The Leader Newspaper
2. Entrants must be 16 years and over to enter.
3. * To a set menu and value. Prize includes
dips for starters, 2 main courses and 2
glasses of wine.
GIVE US A KISS
WINE BAR | RESTAURANT
Win a romantic dinner for two at Wanera
Wine Bar & Restaurant , a beautiful
bouquet of fresh flowers by Miss Maggies and
a delightful hamper from Barossa Baskets.
Jennifer and Fiona Zimmermann with
their dog, Lucy and cat, Stewart.
A family’s struggle
Jennifer Zimmermann only wants the
best for her family, with her 20 year old
daughter Fiona requiring 24 hour care.
Fiona had a large ruptured Cerebral
Arteriovenous Malformation (brain
bleed) and subsequently had surgery
to remove it on November 9, 2014.
She was airlifted to the RAH in a
critical condition and spent nearly
11 months in ICU, hospital and the
Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre. Fiona
has been living at her home between
Sedan and Cambrai for the past year.
Fiona requires care and support as she
is unable to do anything herself, with her
recovery proving to be very slow.
She also needs intensive rehabilitation
therapies, some of which the family are
unable to access at this time.
All of these private therapies are
based in the Barossa or further, so at
this time almost all of her therapy and
exercises are done at home.
Jennifer explained that Disability SA
have provided sufficient support hours
to help Fiona, but it is difficult to get
workers to come to their home when they
are required due to location and finding
workers for Fiona’s needs.
Jennifer uses respite services
through Carers and Disability Link and
acknowledged how great they have been
in helping Fiona.
The family are waiting for the NDIS
(National Disability Insurance Scheme)
to be rolled out to access all the needed
therapies, help and support for her
The NDIS will roll out this year in the
Barossa from July 1 and from October
1 in Fiona’s area, so Jennifer explained
they should be able to access help earlier
for Fiona if they move to the Barossa.
“We are isolated here and the
continual travel has become a burden,”
“We need to allow at least one hour
from getting Fiona out of the house to
appointments in the Barossa and two
hours to Adelaide.”
Fiona has private Occupational
Therapy and Physio at MPOT in
Tanunda and Hydrotherapy through
Country Wide Physio at The Rex.
Jennifer also wants Fiona to start
Riding for the Disabled (between
Nuriootpa and Angaston) and Speech
Therapy if she can access it.
Fiona especially needs to be closer
to medical and hospital services due to
ongoing health issues, but also social
support for herself and Jennifer as her
Jennifer and Fiona attend church in
the Barossa and have family and friends
“I know it will also be easier to get
extra support and help through agencies
when we need it because we’ll be closer
in,” said Jennifer.
After Fiona came home on January 16
from a 2 month hospital stay, Jennifer
knew they needed to move to the Barossa
so they put their property up for sale.
Unfortunately after nearly a year and
the cancellation of a contract it has not
Jennifer is trying to keep as much of
the family together as possible for Fiona,
so whilst Jennifer’s husband Neil stays
to look after the home, she, Fiona and
her other two children Leah and Joel,
will move to the Barossa.
They are looking to rent a four bedroom
home in the Tanunda or Nuriootpa area,
suitable for a wheelchair.
It does not have to be fitted out for
disabled but suitable, especially the
shower/bathroom which needs to have
enough room and clear access.
Some form of cooling and heating is
necessary because as a result of Fiona’s
brain injury her temperature regulatory
system does not function normally.
Fiona has always had a love of animals,
she did Animal Studies at TAFE in year
11 and 12 at school and was planning
on a career with animals in some way.
The family’s Irish Wolfhound Lucy
and cat Stewart are now a special part
of her life and therapy for her continued
So they need a property that can
accommodate these as well, inside and
“We only have a choice of what is
available to rent and may not get what
we need when we need it,” said Jennifer.
“I think that for a family without a
physical disability it is certainly much
easier to find a rental property, whereas
with a physical disability the choice is
narrowed down to ‘can we make this
work or not’ - sadly many properties are
just not suitable.”
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