On Sunday, April 21 tragedy struck the hearts of two families and their friends.
A freak accident swept away two beautiful people from these families and now their relatives and friends are in deep sorrow.
We take heart and would like to express our sincere appreciation for the care and love we received first hand from a special group of people.
Firstly we would like to express our enormous gratitude and thankfulness to the family who were quick to act in a moment of time, saving another father from certain death.
We particularly acknowledge Tamar and her son Jordan (so young yet so mature in his actions), for their quick thinking.
All members of this family played a significant role in supporting the distressed and bewildered families.
Tamar's and Brent's children entertained the children of these families whilst Tamar's father was quick in obtaining professional assistance.
He even offered to search for the missing family members.
Tamar stayed with the grieving wife and mother, supporting the police in delivering them into the hands of friends.
You will be forever in our hearts and we extend to you and your family, the lifelong hand of friendship.
The community of Port Augusta should be very proud of you.
We would also like to sincerely thank the police involved but particularly the two officers who attended the scene and then stayed with the families for sometime after the tragic event.
Their conduct, care and concern were exemplary and a comfort to us all.
Heartfelt thanks go out to neighbours who supplied mattresses, food and comfort for the grieving families/friends.
Finally we are very grateful for the emergency services charged with the task of informing the family's friends; and those of you who worked to ensure that our loved ones could come home to us.
We realise that sometimes such efforts can put your own lives at risk.
We are very sorry if in our grief we have forgotten to thank anyone but hope you will understand the situation we are in.
Thank you and bless you all.
We thank you for respecting the privacy of family and friends during this very difficult time as we try to comprehend the enormity of our new reality.
What's in it for kids?
My four year old and seven year old grandsons visited me over Easter, and after waiting an eternity to use the playground equipment on the foreshore, they asked me where else could they go.
I was at a loss to help them.
Why is this town lacking in seriously good playground equipment for our young ones?
By my reckoning, there are about 300 reception students that begin school each year. Where oh where do they play apart from in their own backyards or in front of a TV screen?
My two grandsons recently were at Tamworth in NSW, and I know that city is much bigger than ours, but apparently they have a play setup there for the kids that is out of this world.
Their father told me that on the way back from Cairns, there were great playgrounds in every coastal Queensland town, and then when they decided to take the inland route back to north west Victoria, even NSW country towns had excellent facilities.
I know Nelson Square and Whait Reserve have been upgraded but please city councillors, the leisure centre is not the answer for every child who wants to roam and play as free as a bird.