Poppy’s in Tailem

With over 45 years of experience, retired Executive Chef, Tom Beattie and his wife Megan, call Tailem Bend home as they opened ‘Poppy’s Cafe’ Railway Terrace, Tailem Bend, Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

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Retired Executive Chef, Tom Beatty of Tailem Bend, preparing for the opening of Poppy’s Cafe, Railway Terrace, Tailem Bend.


Working with countless staff in too many establishments to recall, Tom found the most challenging kitchen to manage was at The Marina Resort, Port Stephens in NSW.

 “The Marina Resort had a 250 patron restaurant and two 200 plus function rooms, so the resort definitely kept me on my toes – looking back, I don’t know how we did it,” Tom said. “I was also Head Chef at the Anchorage Port Stephens in Nelson Bay, they were hectic days, but we loved working and living in the Hunter Valley Wine Region.”

Retiring to Tailem Bend, primarily to be closer to their children and grand children, who reside in Murray Bridge, Tom and his wife Megan couldn’t be happier.

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Son, Shaun Beatty of Murray Bridge, serving mugs of coffee in his family’s newly opened ‘Poppy’s Cafe’, Railway Terrace, Tailem Bend.


 “We chose Tailem because its such a friendly little town and housing is so affordable – and we can’t wait to see what The Bend Motorsport Park will bring to the town,” Tom said. “I was looking forward to retiring, but after settling into the rhythm  of Tailem we couldn’t help ourselves – we had to open Poppy’s, we hope to build the cafe into a nice little workable place that our children can take over, as we finally retire gracefully.”

Poppy’s Cafe offers a quaint, hassle-free space to meet with friends, or enjoy all by yourself, for a light meal and a refreshment, while being crooned by classic dulcet tunes of old 70’s vinyl.

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Megan Beatty of Tailem Bend welcoming patrons at her family’s cafe, ‘Poppy’s Cafe’ Railway Terrace, Tailem Bend.


 No need to book, but feel free to give Tom or Megan a call on 0455 741 732 if you have any special requirements.

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Egg Farm Construction over 50%

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With construction of Ingham’s Enterprises Yumali Egg Farm well over half way, Australia’s leading poultry producer Ingham’s Enterprises continues to invest $275 million into its South Australian operations – generating more than 850 jobs over the next two years.


Ingham’s is Australia and New Zealand’s leading integrated poultry producer supplying leading retail, quick service restaurant and food service customers, processing 4 million birds per week and employing more than 8,000 people across its 260 farms, eight hatcheries, eight feed mills, seven primary processing and five further processing plants.

Images sponsored by the Coorong District Council.

Preserving History

Interested in preserving Tailem Bend history?


No need to attend meetings or even be on a project sub committee – you can simply get involved by becoming a “Friend of the Tailem Bend Historians” …. it’s a lot of fun, we have a great laugh as we learn about our special town’s past.

For more deatils phone Angie at the Tailem Bend Library on 0437 329 454.

Medical Practice Update

Encouraging news from Acting Regional Director, Riverland Mallee Coorong, Tanya Lehmann, as local aged residents voice their concerns about not being able to build lasting strong Doctor relationships at the Tailem Bend Medical Practice.

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“As we’ve said previously, the HAC-owned Tailem Bend Medical Practice building will not be sold – Country Health SA is in the final stages of negotiations with a prospective future operator of the medical practice and we look forward to making an announcement about the new operators of the Tailem Bend Medical Practice in the near future.”

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Progress Not Politics

What’s happening in our Murray Darling Basin?

Questions asked of our Shadow Minister for Environment & Water, Tony Burke MP.

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Dear Glenn,

Thanks for emailing me about the Murray Darling Basin. The ABC’s Four Corners program last week was shocking. If it’s true, that environmental water paid for by the tax payer is being pumped back into irrigation channels and dams, then the entire reform is in jeopardy.

We need to make sure these practices and any complicit behaviour from government officials is uncovered, exposed and stopped. Malcolm Turnbull has proposed a process that cannot compel witnesses to appear, does not allow evidence to be taken under oath, does not allow documents to be compelled and will not protect whistle-blowers.

That is why I am still calling for a judicial inquiry.

I’ll be presenting a petition to Parliament next week to call for judicial inquiry through the COAG process.

Please sign my petition to add your name to the community of people who will defend the Murray Darling Basin.

When Labor was in Government we got the Murray Darling Basin Plan in place after a century of conflict and the entire plan is now at risk.

The purpose of the reform was to restore the system to health, but the plan becomes meaningless if there is no integrity to the system for measuring water.

The Murray Darling Basin plan must be delivered in full and on time if there is any hope for the health of the basin.

As Environment Minister I worked tirelessly to get this Plan in place and fought hard to get all the states on board. I want your help to fight for the Murray Darling Basin Plan.

Can you sign the petition to show your support?

I will keep you updated on further developments as they occur.


Tony Burke


Dear Tony,

Thankyou for your reply – this is a national issue that requires all parties to forget politics and think about our nation.

Looking forward to being kept up to date with PROGRESS not politics.


Glenn Power