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Champion Rowers Reunion ay 3rd 2008 was a very significant day for seven oarsmen remembering their huge achievement of 50 years ago. In 1958 four young rowers, Gerald Chadwick, Neil Bormann, William and John Banks, Coxswain Gordon Brock and emergency crewman Bruce Bock, along with Coach Graham Coldwell, as South Australia’s Champion Lightweight Four, competed at the Australian Championship on the Nepean River at Penrith in NSW. In a commendable achievement, the Crew came fourth, but the never heard of it to now Mannum is on the map status of the little river town plus the enormous effort by both crew and Mannum residents in the six short weeks prior to the National Event are also


worthy of recollection. To this day, the crew remains enthusiastic in its gratitude for the way Mannum supported its efforts to get to NSW. All seven of them have nothing but praise for the generosity of the residents and businesses, so recently devastated by the ’56 flood. As luck would have it, one rower, Neil Bormann, also happened to be the local baker. That led to them hatching the idea of using Pasties to get them to Penrith. This turned out to be their most successful fund raiser. Photographs: Top 1958, bottom 2008. In the same order, left to right, back row: Gerald Chadwick, Neil Bormann, William Banks, John Banks; front row: Gordon Brock, Graham Coldwell, Bruce Bock. (2008 photograph courtesy of Don Mackie, Carey Gully) Continued page ##

Regional Youth Dance Spectacular he Mid Murray regional youth dance spectacular was produced to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Tour Down Under in South Australia at the Stage 4 start in Mannum on Friday 25th January 2008. Working with over 60 children from the Mid Murray Region, including townships as far as Morgan and Cadell, instructors Kerry Yeates, Janine Curtis and Marie Michopoulos choreographed an amazing routine to “Feel the Rush”, the Tour Down Under’s theme and official song. The Dance Spectacular was one of the diverse and creative support events of the three day festival programme. However, it was the dedication and talent of the children that ensured its success. The photograph was taken at the Mayor’s reception held on 7th May, at the Mannum Leisure Centre, where the children who participated in the Dance Spectacular were presented with a “Certificate of Appreciation” by Mayor Ian Mann, assisted by Councillor Kerry Yeates.


Contents A Bit of R ‘n R Calendars & Dates

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Choristers Corner Church Services Classifieds

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Editorial Letters Police & Neighbourhood Watch

2 3 18

Out of this World Puzzle Under the Toadstool

8 3 22

Volunteers Week

Letters to the Editor Mannum Community Magazine Inc

Editorial e have another reason to celebrate. A pause for applause as we take a bow. Mannum Mag is now an incorporated association. Our official title is Mannum Community Magazine Incorporated. Rest assured, all stages in the production of Mannum Mag are still performed by the same dedicated team of volunteers. There are no salaried staff. Annual General Meeting One of the implications of incorporation is that we must hold a public AGM. To meet that requirement, we plan to hold the AGM on the 9th October 2008 at 7:30 pm in the Showground meeting room. Mark this date in your diary as an opportunity to meet the production team. Watch this space for further details. Large Print Edition The trial issue of the large print edition of Mannum Mag has been well received. We will produce another large print edition using this issue. However, we are still seeking one or more sponsors to support the publishing cost. If you are able to help in this way please contact us. Your sponsorship will be acknowledged in every standard and large print edition.


Getting Action

We have published letters criticising the Mid Murray Council. In this issue we publish a letter describing a problem best handled by the police. We encourage you to keep writing. Mannum Mag is a forum for you to express your views. We also urge you to directly inform the relevant authorities. Your first hand knowledge will help them to solve the problem.

Deadline 27 June 2008 for publication in the July issue

MMCSS and CHIPS Celebrate

Prevention Better Than Cure Dear Editor, In response to sergeant Mick Towie’s comment that “it would appear from the lack of call relating to burnouts that the community does not care”. I think he is incorrect. The Hoons are the ones that don’t care, they don’t care about anybody else’s right to peace or safety. It’s not that the community don’t care, people just want to be safe. And that is the policeman’s job, to keep us all safe. I had an incident of Hooning in front of my house as we were farewelling some friends, a woman and her three children. We were too busy trying to stay out of their way and keep the children safe to get rego numbers through the dust and smoke. The authorities were called and by the time they attended, the hoon was long gone. At 2 am today (4th April), someone tore through the township of Mannum in an obviously very fast car. I bet any number of us would have loved to have got his rego number, but he was halfway to Palmer before we hit our front doors. So what is the point? Well, I think you will find that from the community’s experience there is no point calling the police. They don’t seem to be available for everyday matters of public safety, they are just not there. Maybe it’s like bullying in the playground, what is needed is more supervision preventing the activities that make the world a dangerous place and less enforcing of trivial laws that just raise revenue. [Name supplied]

Honour for Local at CDSA Dinner he Central District Shows Association recognised the involvement of Coral Ramm at their recent Presentation Dinner in the showground Dining Hall on 17th May. The Association consists of Show Committees from Mannum, Mt Barker, Mt Pleasant, Tanunda, Angaston and Uraidla and representatives from all towns were present. Coral now joins other Mannum residents, Murray Schache and Stella Schultz, in being placed on the 'Legends Board' for outstanding service to local Shows. Also at the dinner local 8 year old, Samuel Vivian received the CDSA Award for the highest points gained in the Junior Poultry section. To be eligible for CDSA trophies, exhibitors must exhibit at a minimum of two Association Shows. Mannum had no representatives in the Young Rural Ambassador or the Youth Rural Ambassador Awards which were judged on the night. The panel of judges for the Youth section which is 16- 19 years, consisted of Louise and Brenton Kluge and Irene Lovell and for the Youth, Helen McGorman, Murray Schache and Joan Krieser. Crystal Rudiger from Moculta won the Youth Award and gratefully accepted the winners cheque. She will now go on to the State final at the Adelaide Showground in July. The Young section, 20 to 30 year olds was won by Richard Cobbledick from Uraidla.


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o l u n t e e r we e k wa s celebrated at MMCSS and CHIPS on Friday 16th May, with a luncheon for our volunteers in recognition for their efforts. The 23 volunteers attending were welcomed, apologies were given for the volunteers that were with clients and could not attend. It was appropriately mentioned that each individual volunteer brings with them something unique to the organisation and without the support of volunteers, organisations such as ours would simply not be able to function. The role of a volunteer can encompass a variety of support measures, transportation to doctors appointments, assistance with shopping, help with gardening maintenance, light handyman jobs, manning the Centrelink agency and front office, serving in the op shop. Sometimes, just having a chat to a client, helping them to connect with community, can be a rewarding experience for both parties. After a fun “get to know you session”, Certificates of Appreciation were presented to the volunteers, along with a “Volunteers Week ‘08’ pin”. This was followed by the presentation of participation certificates to those who successfully completed the Centrelink training course held in the computer room on 30th April. We were then treated to a lovely lunch, catered for by the Lutheran Ladies. The hot soup was a definite winner, as were the sweet treats. lt was a great opportunity for a friendly catch up, so thank you to all that attended, making it a successful and enjoyable afternoon. lt was a wonderful way to say thank you to all of our volunteers.


Marion Wilson, Coordinator The viewpoints and opinions of the Authors and Artists that appear in Mannum Mag do not necessarily reflect the viewpoints of the Mannum Mag Editors, staff and/or affiliates. Mannum Mag assumes no responsibility for any errors or omissions in the content of this publication.

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Mannum Leisure Centre Monday 6:00pm onwards M i x e d Netball Tuesday 10:00-11:00am Tai Chi (advanced) 11:00-12 noon Tai Chi (beginners) 6:30-7:15pm National Karate Juniors 7:30-8:45pm National Karate Seniors Wednesday 10:-12 noon Carpet Bowls 12:30-4:30pm Card Games 4:00-5:00pm Junior Basketball, 5-12 years 6:30-7:30pm Aerobics Thursday 9:30-10:30am Mannum Movers Genteel Exercise Class 6:00pm onwards Social Mixed Badminton, Table Tennis, Indoor Tennis Friday 6:00-8:00pm Roller Disco As advertised, alternate Fridays (Excluding school holidays) Squash courts, gym, and cardio room are available during the hours below. Mornings Mon, Wed, Fri: 8:00am - 12 noon Tue, Thur: 6:00am - 12 noon Sat: 9:00am - 11:00am Afternoons Mon to Fri: 3:00pm 8:00pm Further information:

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MHAL Calendar Wed 7th Tue 13th Wed 14th Mon 19th Wed 22nd

May Caloote walk 10 am. (MHAL closed till 12 noon) Mt Lofty Gardens visit. Donation recommended $5 Lacy keepsakes, $5 per item Scissor holders & pot holders, make to sell as fund raiser Tea Tree Plaza trip. Donation recommended $5

The MHAL is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, to all who wish to drop by.

Clash Calendar If your Group, Committee or Club has regular meetings leave the details at the CHIPS Office or e-mail Monthly 1st Monday 9.45am Combined Probus, Mannum Club 1st Tuesday 7.00pm Art ’n Soul, Mannum Club 2nd Monday 7.30pm Neighbourhood Watch, Senior Citizens Centre 2nd Wednesday 9.00am Shared Stitches of Mannum Quilting Group. Ph. 8569 1035 2nd Thursday 7.30pm Show Committee, Showground 3rd Tuesday pm Palmer Card Day, Lutheran Hall Palmer. Ph. 8532 2255 3rd Wednesday 7.00pm Meditation Evening, Day Centre 3rd Thursday 11.00am RSL, Mannum Community Club 4th Thursday 7.30pm Progress Association, Mannum Community College Staff room. All welcome. Last Monday 1.30pm Hospital Auxiliary, Meeting Room, Esmerelda Street Last Wednesday 6.30pm Mens Discussion Group, Day Centre Weekly Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10.00–3.00 MHAL, 5 Greening Street, Mannum. Ph. 8569 1643 Tuesday 9.30am Weight Watchers, Mannum Hospital 5:00-6:00pm Belly Dancing, Mannum Club. Ph. 8569 2129 Tuesday & Friday 8.30am Walkie Talkies, Lions Den, Show Ground Thursday 10.00–12.30 Craft Group (knitting, crochet, sewing) Ph. 8569 2129 1.00–3.30 Craft Group (beading, scrapbooking, cardmaking) Other Alternate Wednesdays 8.00pm Mannum Town Choir, Uniting Church Hall. Ph. 8569 2295 Alternate Fridays 1.30pm Senior Citizens Club, Senior Cit. Rooms (Rear of Leisure Centre). Ph. 85692795 or 0437797231

2008 PUBLICATION DEADLINES Submission For Publication in: Deadline (12 noon) June 27 Issue 26 July 8 July 25 Issue 27 August 5 August 22 Issue 28 September 2 September 26 Issue 29 October 7 October 24 Issue 30 November 4 November 21 Issue 31 December 2 Christmas Pageant Edition Special Visitor Edition Issues Email: Telephone: 8569 2295 (Elf), 8569 8112 (Denise), 8569 1879 (Jo) Drop in to: CHIPS Office Mannum Information Centre 39 Randell Street, Mannum 6 Randell Street, Mannum Ph: 8569 2129

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Getting The Upstream Ferry Operational You Can Help he petition tabled in Parliament by Ivan Venning to get the government to modify the concrete ramp so that the upstream ferry can operate has not been enough on its own to get the minister to take the necessary action. I sent an email to the minister’s office in February asking what plans there were to get the upstream ferry operational and received the following reply.


Dear Mr Eversham Thank you for your email dated 7 February 2008 concerning the closure of the upstream ferry service at Mannum. The Department for Transport, Energy and Infrastructure advises that due to the current conditions with lower than normal River Murray water level, the Mannum upstream ferry service was closed indefinitely from 5 December 2007. The Mannum downstream ferry service is still in operation allowing those who wish to cross the river to do so. During busy periods additional ferry operators will be used to reduce delays for all users. In addition, during extreme busy periods extra personnel will be used to monitor and manage traffic, including waiting times. In February 2008, the Department installed modified landings to assist in retaining unrestricted vehicle access at the Mannum downstream ferry service. While I appreciate your concerns, the Department has no immediate plans to extend the concrete ramps on the Mannum upstream ferry crossing or other ferry locations below Lock 1 at this time. The Department will continue to monitor river levels and the upstream ferry will be put into operation when possible.

As a follow up I would encourage as many people as possible to write, email or telephone the Transport ministers office informing them of the inconvenience and delays experienced crossing the river and requesting the necessary modifications to be carried out. Minister Conlon’s contact details are listed below. GPO Box 2969, Adelaide SA 5001 Phone 82261210 Tony Eversham

Good Gardens With Less Water

DISTRICT CHURCH SERVICES For Mannum congregations

n April Max and I visited Gawler’s ‘Food Forest’. The Brookmans’ permaculture and energy efficient living fit well with our philosophy to tread lightly on Earth. It got us thinking again about limitations and options for growing our own food here at Caloote. Drought and high March temperatures caused our fruit trees to drop most of their leaves and greatly reduced our vegetable output. We rely on stored rainwater and recycled greywater for the demanding fruit trees. A pad’s now ready for our fourth 22,000litre tank, which will capture rain from the shed roof to water our vegetables. So what more can we do, other than a rain dance? Well, we do mulch our plants and build up soil humus. Graham Brookman advised us to buy quality compost. We’ll borrow CSIRO soil scientist Kevin Handreck’s book Good Gardens With Less Water from Murray Bridge Library. It discusses safe greywater use and monitoring soil health. Thirsty trees near our veg garden will be blocked by root barriers that we intend to install. A shadecloth cover over vegetable rows has helped, reducing transpiration and preventing solar radiation from scorching leaves. We’re planning to grow more “tough” crops such as purple kale, leeks and chives, silverbeet and rocket, turnips, beetroot and zucchini. We’ll sow broadbeans and peas in winter. Softer things will be grown in large pots, positioned in afternoon shade. I’ve had some success with capsicums, tomatoes and herbs grown in pots alongside a water tank. Have you, too, found that it’s getting easier to grow some crops out of season? Our beans were no good during summer, but autumn plantings are now setting well. And the locals were right - highly nutritious bush tucker quandongs are doing well on limited grey water. Maybe we’ll next look at how we can use the seed of native wattles (acacias) that is easy to harvest on our property … if it rains?

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Mannum Senior Citizens Club ecently, our members went to the Police tattoo concert in Adelaide. What a magnificent show. It was well worth seeing. We have already decided to attend the next concert in 2 years time. A lot of other activities have been happening too. Another great concert we go to every year is the famous Comedy Capers Show, which is put on by the SA Scouts. This show was in Elizabeth, so we went over by bus early and had a look around the shopping centre, and enjoyed a lunch there before going over to the show. A really great day’s outing. As a club we are always busy with guest speakers, lunches, and outings. Unfortunately, our concert group has gone into recess, so there will not be any of our concert days this year. There are plans under way to have a concert for the Mannum people on October 18th at 7.30 pm in the Leisure centre. The Entertainment will be a show called Memories by a group of about 30 members from Elizabeth. Keep this date in your diaries. For anyone wishing to join our club, please contact the secretary, Lois Rand, Ph: 8569 2795. You will be very welcome. [See weekly programme, page 24.]


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Antarctica, Thieves and Vagabonds, Neighbourhood Watch Perhaps the following tribute which appeared in the Mannum Mag in August 2006, will best provide insight to a member’s evaluation: “I personally have found the Mannum Mens Discussion Group one of the most interesting community organisations that I have ever been involved in”. While the group exists for members to engage in discussion (not public speaking) and the sharing of knowledge and experiences, there are also social and friendship benefits which can be of great value. Meetings commence at 6:30

pm on the last Wednesday of each month, in the comfort of the day centre at the Mannum Hospital. A light supper is followed by a speaker on a selected subject/discussion, then coffee and closing at 9:15 pm. Speakers are invariably non members and are specialists on their subjects. An open invitation and a welcome is extended to all interested men. Just come along or phone Ralph Pitman 8569 1264 for more information.

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n ANZAC evening 2008 the people of Mannum and their guests gathered at the Mannum Hospital to honour and pay tribute to the ANZACS and to all who had made the supreme sacrifice or suffered through all wars. Joan Kreiser chose the theme “Classical Australian and European War Literature”. During a gourmet feast, prepared by the hospital catering staff, Joan’s students performed moving extracts from the literature. The meal was in three courses: digger soup and panto prawn entrée; main course of Gallipoli roast silverside or ANZAC cove chicken and creamy fetta cheese; dessert of ebony and ivory gateau or brandy snap baskets filled with tropical fruit and cream. Between courses Emma Mann, Alex Emmins and Rhiana Clark presented a moving portrayal of the emotions and tribulations of men at war. The evening rose to new heights with the final bracket of the recital. Emma Mann presented “Riding Story” by Edwin Gerard, telling of the cavalry returning to battle after a short break with their horses. Alex followed with a moving reading from “Anne Frank”, the diary of a 13 year Issue Number 25

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old Jewish girl who hid in an attic with her family for two years before being betrayed and taken to Belsen. Anne and all the family died except the father. Anne’s diary was given to him when the Allies advanced, relieving Belsen. This was followed by Joan reading a condensed piece from “Xmas Eve – 1917”. The evening concluded with Rhiana reading a letter from a man to his goddaughters, Anne and Betty Lookwood, telling the story of the landing in Solerno in 1943. A book came with it that he had taken from the dead, still smouldering, body of an American soldier. It was a simple story that epitomized the horrors and deprivations of all those who sacrificed their youth and lives. The letter writer, Peter Baker, who had lived in Mannum since migrating from England in 1949, died in the Mannum Hospital in 1990. At the end of the evening everyone stood for the last post and remained standing while Rhiana returned the book and letter to Peter’s goddaughters. This gesture symbolized how we as a community revered and remembered the enormous sacrifices made by all mankind in all wars. J. Kreiser

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rought is far more than a lack of rain, far more than being short of water for gardens. City people are more sheltered from this horrible monster that spreads its tentacles far and wide and brings the bush and its people to their knees. It is a big DRY dust, debt, disappointment when clouds that look to be full of rain pass us by. It is depression and despondency when month after month, year after year it goes on. And nothing you can do makes a difference. Despair and the suicide of friends cut really deeply, and isolate us more. It is a time of decisions for farms and families, but with determination and faith in God one knows there is a future. I’ll tackle each of the ‘D’ words singly. Dust is destruction - the topsoil moving in the wind, soil fertility that takes years to achieve just blowing away. Seed banks of native grasses and trees end up far away, sometimes lost for good. Dust is that cruel daily reminder that penetrates houses, washing, even your hair and your eyes. That daily reminder that climate is changing. Dust storms, sandstorms are part of this country’s history. Our pioneers survived - and so will we. But we need determination. I remember as a child on a farm 20 miles east of Loxton being told never to play in the sand hills in the wind because sand hills 40 feet high literally walked and we could get covered and never be found. The dust storm a few weeks ago brought something new to us this time - flying cow pats, just like frisbees. Frosts are just as destructive as dust. We have had 46 frosts in just one season. Drought almost always means an increased level of debt for farmers. We need to buy the feed we cannot grow. Crops fail. The flow of $$s for next year’s crop are not there. Banks are sometimes reasonable, but not always. Hay and fodder stocks are better than $$s in the bank for livestock farmers. Fruit and veggie farmers live on a knife edge. Along with increased debt and financial pressure come family tensions. Husbands and wives cope differently. Kids react to tension. All sorts of problems emerge. I know of people who cannot open their mail, cannot bear to know what the power bill will be. Women who cannot justify spending money on a haircut. The

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kids need bigger sneakers. Some dark. Women on isolated farms drought is over, but I feel the people turn to drink, or drugs, and sometimes have to put an animal out management of our river upstream of unleash even bigger problems. of its misery. They might take days Lock 1 (Blanchetown) will have University students use these to recover from the stress, with priority over us down here on the stresses to get a PhD. The no-one to talk to. Native animals end of the river and lakes. I am not relationships between stress, like kangaroos are dangerous when confident that South Australia financial hardship, remoteness, stressed, and it gets quite scary. matters. whether married or single people Checking water troughs becomes a Native wildlife get out of cope better, are analysed at length compulsion. Here on the river we proportion in a drought. Only the with Government funding. have had to do earthworks, corellas bred last year. On our Exceptional Circumstances Relief expensive stuff. Buying pumps Rockleigh farm, the kangaroos are (EC) is Government’s way of costing $9,000 and not knowing if in plague proportions, and mostly “helping”. The paperwork is there will be enough water to run with little joeys. The rabbits, too, incredibly complicated and it cost me them is worrying indeed. Water is are breeding. Hopefully this year we $9.50 to post in my application. We always precious. We could not, in will get good rains in the catchment were rejected. Only a very small conscience, put it on a paddock to areas, as well as here. It will take proportion of people are eligible. On grow grass when fruit-growers many years to recover. We need 6 the river, only 3% of the dairy elsewhere on the Murray are losing feet of water from the lakes to farmers could get EC. A financial their trees. When the 2007/08 water Blanchetown. counsellor from the Riverland told allocation of 4% was given out, we The lessons we have learned have me that the average citrus and vine were down, despondent, and nearly been sandblasted into us. Life is what grower in the Riverland has a -17% gave up. We talked, we prayed, we you make it. The only unchangeable (minus 17%) equity in their planned with a farm consultant, and is the knowledge that God is here property. Thus, if they sold, they decided we would change our whole with us. God is in control, and only would have to pay back 117% of style of farming to lot-feeding. We God can make it rain. In His own their proceeds. These people have no stopped trying to grow grass. We let good time, it WILL rain again. A hope of ever getting out of their the farm die. We were scared, but we little lamb I am bottle-feeding at the financial mess. Sadly, some take the did it. We leased our water to moment epitomized the survival attitude, “Well, we’ll have another upstream SA fruit growers. Then spirit of drought in nature. Its baby and get the $5,000 baby after 3 months, the money came in mother died next to a trough in the bonus”. and we bought hay from the last few days of the heatwave. The Financial hassles are often the mid-north. We have a mountain of lamb had enough sense to get into cause of suicides. The shame of hay, and feed a bit of grain and the water and wait. By trusting a financial problems depresses people. supplements. The cows stayed fat and human, it survived. If we trust our There are many more suicides than fertile and now go out for a different Creator, we too will survive. Carmel Critchley people realize. I know of 3 dairy view into paddocks offering a change farmers who have died this way. In of scenery The bank was happy we [This is the text of a presentation Victoria, milk tanker drivers travel did not need to extend our already recently shared with “Happy in twos, in case they arrive at a dairy over-extended overdraft. As far as we Wanderers”, an informal group that and find the farmer hanging by a are concerned, the old way of meets monthly at Caloote. Although rope. A close friend teaches at a rural dairying is gone, for good. it is much longer than we would school with 7 staff. Six of those 7 The trees on our farm are stressed. normally publish, its relevance in have had a husband, father, brother The swamps are deeply cracked, but time and place make it worth doing. or son die from suicide in the recent the native plants are hanging on. Carmel Critchley is a dairy farmer past. Sometimes it’s something as The last drought brought a huge at Wall Flat. Editor.] small as the death of the farm dog regrowth of gums. The trees are now that is the suicide trigger - the good more valuable than grass to our old dog that has been told all of their farm. The recent record-breaking worries. I know here on the river heatwave proved that. Our tree there were a few farmers we all planting will continue on the watched and visited if possible - swamps. Nature can heal itself after families or single blokes pushed to their limits by banks, Environmental Protection bodies, “wallabies” (Water And Land Biodiversity) - and these people were and are good people, good farmers, doing it tough. A recent high-profile murder Marquees - Digital Jukebox - Karaoke in country SA has a strong drought Trestles - Chairs component in it, though it is no excuse to batter someone to death. Pie Warmer - BBQ’S - Urn The physical workload of drought is Party Lights - Umbrellas unreal: hand-feeding stock, lifting heavy buckets, extra tractor work, transporting stock across properties, Phone Errol: 0448 529 059 the list goes on. 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Mannum Hotel (The Bottom Pub) From the Front Bar All Day Crock Pot: $5.50, 7 days, all day Meal Deal: A Schooner of Cooper’s Pale + Fish & Chips $10.99


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Men of the Murray $1065 Raised t a fund-raiser sponsored by Mannum Rowing Club on Saturday 17th May, some 60 people attended an informal BBQ, raising $1065 for Breast and Prostate Cancer Research and the Flying Doctor. Three Men of the Murray addressed the gathering. Bob Russel, David England and Michael Jenkins spoke of their epic journey starting from across the border to finish at Goolwa, rowing a distance of 650 kilometres in single sculls. Each spoke of their own personal highs and lows along the way. To date, they have raised $32000; stopping at and being supported by towns along the river. Thanks must go to those who made donations for the fundraising, especially to Ray Weedon, a skipper on the Murray Princess, who donated two bottles of vintage wine to be auctioned, fetching $350. Social Rowing is still being held on Sunday mornings at 7.30 am with 10-12 people, both men and women, enjoying a leisurely row. A number of new people that have never rowed before have been attending and by their comments, quite enjoying the experience. We would love to see you, so contact Brian Bormann 8569 1813. An End Of Season BBQ is being planned for Sunday June, 8th so keep an eye out for Posters.


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A BIT OF R ‘n R [Reflection & Rumination from Rod & Ruth] In early March we celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary. Naturally we were asked by family and friends, “Did you have a good anniversary?” Naturally we replied, “Yes, we had a lovely day.” But the laughter which came in response to our sharing of how we celebrated this special occasion seemed to suggest that we must have done something quite unnatural; perhaps unusual is a better word. Naturally this unexpected reaction initiated a bit of R’nR for us. This is how it went . . . Ruth: March 7th, Anniversary Day (AD). We shared our usual morning ritual of several cups of tea, lots of talking, adding an indulgent breakfast. And gifts! This was a bit unusual in itself, since we’re not big on gifts. That took till lunchtime. How to spend the rest of the AD? We love going to the pictures. It was a while since our last film, so we quickly made that decision. Next-what to see? With the click of a mouse I had the information to make our choice: films, screening times, running times, synopsis, reviews. Rod’s eyes lit up for 10,000BC. Woolly mammoths and wild men didn’t light my fire. For me Feast of Love created a spark and the synopsis fuelled it. My decision was made. Rod was conflicted. He liked the sound of FoL but really wanted to see 10,000BC. He knew already that I didn’t want to; so it was big-screen now or DVD maybe never. With starting and finishing times 15 minutes apart I suggested we each see our preferred film. “How do feel about that?” “I’m OK. You’re OK. So, we’re OK”. OK then. Rod would retreat to prehistoric times, witnessing boisterous, barbaric battles to retrieve the kidnapped and possibly cursed maiden, Evolet, while I’d partake in a ‘meditation on love, in all its incarnations.’ My film started first. Rod walked me to the cinema door. We said goodbye and that we’d miss each other (we really do like to share movies and choc-tops). But it was a good decision. Rod enjoyed his thumping, mammoth adventure. I appreciated the reflective portrayal of contemporary relationships, which at times were also very wild in their exploration and expression. As we talked about the films later over a glass of wine and a special meal, we noted how the space we’d given each other had actually created the opportunity to spend more time together. But I did detect a degree of movie-envy! Now that’s funny!

Rod: The advert. on T.V. took my attention. It was for the movie 10,000 B.C. At theatres soon! I was enthralled and turned to Ruth exclaiming excitedly that I must see it. She smiled at my delight and then indicated straight away that it was not for her. I knew that anyway and marked it on my “Must get the DVD when it comes out” list. It’s like that with many things. Dancing, wood-work, Church, shopping, gym, coffee and cake, bushwalking and camping. I either do these things on my own or have friends or community to do them with. It could be said after four years of marriage, regarding interests, we don’t have a lot in common. The truth is we never had a lot in common, except a relationship. In my first marriage, I felt exceptionally lonely. Strangely, while a lot of time was focussed around homemaking and children and we did lots together, I felt alone. When I worked, or went out it was often a way of escaping the tensions, expectations and loneliness I felt when we were together. My interests were monitored carefully and resisted subtly. I guarded my working life and recreational time carefully. Now I do things on my own or with friends but I am not alone. Ruth encourages me to enjoy and develop my interests and while I enjoy the experiences, I carry her presence and trust with me. My deepest desire is for hearing, talking about and exploring what we have discovered while we have been apart. And so it came to pass on our anniversary. After a morning together, we decided on separate movies. I was thumped around the big screen by hairy Mammoths, spears and Wild men while Ruth watched love and passion unfold. It filled our conversation all the way home and later while we shared wine and food. Wild man and love stories…what more would you want for an anniversary?

We bring many unspoken rules and expectations to our marriages and relationships; how to spend an anniversary is but one. In our first marriages we did what was expected, the right thing. Now we ask the question, "Do I want to be right or do I want to be happy?" We choose to do what is best, for us as a couple and for us as two different individuals. Giving each other grace and space, to be who we are, to enjoy separate interests, without the other feeling diminished, neglected or excluded, is freeing. We believe in marriage that is a place which encourages our individual growth and development, not a place of restriction and control. The difference between the two is just not funny. Rod is a U.C.A Minister and Spiritual Director,

Ruth has a Diploma of Professional Counselling

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Tirra Lirra Book Club e recently discussed a fantasy novel by Jasper Fforde called “The Eyre Affair” and many and varied were the comments; for example “clever author”, “fascinating that minds are able to traverse time in this way”. Others found it annoying; “This author really needs a good editor to take him in hand!” There were ideas of parallel universes and a missing character - Martin Chuzzlewitt from a Jane Eyre novel all being investigated b y mo d e rn detectives. One reader found similarities to the novels by Janet Evanovich, while another found it just too airy fairy. During May, four of our members saw the film “The Diving bell and the Butterfly”. We had recently read the book, and it was a very moving experience to see just how the 48 year old French author /editor Jean-Dominique Bauby dictated the experience of Locked In Syndrome after his massive stroke. His only means of communication was by blinking his only eyelid once for yes and twice for no. Seven days after completing the book, he died.


Mannum Senior Citizens Club Weekly Programme his is a very busy club with many activities happening. We go out on day trips, invite other clubs to visit us and enjoy each others company. Meeting new members is always a pleasure. The regular happenings are:


Every Wednesday At 10.00 am join us for a “cuppa” and a game of carpet bowls until lunch time. If you like, bring your lunch and stay for an afternoon game of cards. Canasta is very popular, but other games can also be played. The urn is on all day. The cost for the day is a levy of $2 to cover costs of the room.


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Alternate Fridays A general meeting is held at 1.30 pm. After the meeting activities may include guest speakers, videos, games, etc. A levy of $2 is collected.

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Other Friday This is a social day taken up with a variety of activities like trips, other clubs visiting, or just a relaxing, social day here. Every Friday Evening A happy group arrives at 7.30 pm to play a game of 500. You are welcome to join them. If there is anyone interested in making up a table to play bride or canasta, please come along. Cost is $2 and a plate of supper. To become a member the cost is only $10 a year. Any enquiries can be directed to Secretary, Lois Rand, ph: 85692795.

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Shared Stiches of Mannum n the 14th of May, the Mannum Quilters came together and were visited by a group of colourful and mischievous puppets who entertained and educated the community group of over 70 attendees about childhood cancer. McDonald’s Camp Quality Puppets SA Coordinator, Pat Haynes, said the shows scripts were based on the challenges experienced by Camp Quality children returning to school after cancer treatment. Through the interactive performances, school children of all ages learn that cancer is not contagious and they can still play with children recovering from it. “With the magic of puppetry the children can learn and ask questions about cancer witho ut making anyo ne uncomfortable. It’s important to dispel fear and myths so they can be understanding and considerate to those affected”, Pat said. Every now and again the Puppets perform for special interest groups, community organizations and clubs, such as The Mannum Quilters. “Keeping in touch with the adult community is just as important as reaching school children with Camp Quality’s message of unrelenting optimism and fun therapy. We generally perform the upper primary script for the adults so they can see what it is we do in schools”, Pat said. The community groups also offer a great deal of support in the way of generous donations. This year Camp Quality was presented with a cheque from the Mannum Quilters for $1020! What an amazing effort!! And, if that wasn’t enough they also donated over 25 magnificently


hand crafted quilts, pillows and bags, all of which will either go straight to the kids for our camps or will be raffled off to raise even more money for Camp Quality. Pat said, “I would like to extend a warm and sincere thank you to the committee and all the hard working ladies on the day that provided us with morning tea/lunch/coffee/etc my goodness, you must have been baking for a week! Your enthusiasm and kindness was very much appreciated. Well done and a huge THANK YOU from all at Camp Quality.” Camp Quality is a non-profit organization which provides recreational, educational and financial support programs for children and their families who are living with cancer. The Puppets will perform at any school upon request and all performances are FREE thanks to the kind support of McDonald’s. Nationally, CQ will visit their 3 millionth child in May and are celebrating their 20th birthday this year! The Puppets have been entertaining children in SA for 10 years now and have seen 324,985 children in this time. “We couldn’t do most of the work we do without our volunteers and we are so very grateful to them for their support. I’m always looking for more though, so if you are fit and active, have a fun and outgoing personality and are willing to learn some new skills, give me a call,” says Pat. If you think you or someone you know might be interested, call Pat at the Camp Quality office on 8239 0844 or on her mobile, 0414 258527. Go on, come and have a laugh with us! Susan Murphy, Vice President, Coordinator Community Quilts

The Cottage Window Come in and browse Stay and enjoy a coffee, light meal or Devonshire tea Beautiful range of gifts - including ƒ gift packed toiletries ƒ glassware

ƒ teddies ƒ throws

and much more From the Lions Den n April 29th, Lions members cleaned up the river bank from Mary Ann Reserve to the ferries. A full utility load of rubbish was collected, including a lot of broken glass. The Club catered as usual at the Houseboat open days on May 3rd and 4th. This was very successful, and many people commented on the reasonable cost of the meals. Our recycling programme for bottles and cans is still proving very successful despite the inclement weather.

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Out Of This World Astronomer’s Corner fter Halley’s comet there were many telescope for sale and it was a buyer’s market for the serious amateur looking to upgrade. Modern materials for the construction of telescopes can begin with wood and the glass elements, such as the concave mirror required in a reflecting telescope. Many modern scopes have all the treats, including computer controls, but a good knowledge of the basics is still required to set them up initially. The local library is a good place to start. Local astronomical societies usually have guided groups especially for the purpose of building a first telescope. A Dobsonian mount, which allows for ease of movement without using setting circles - although they may be added later, is a good place to start. There are many designs for all types of telescope mountings with the number one factor being ease of use and the amount of sky that remains obscure kept to a minimum. Water pipe fittings and housings are a good place to look for tripod construction. The use of wood as a construction material only seems to enhance the ingenuity for telescope design, as it seems to take the knocks readily. It is said that one could never exhaust the powers of a six-inch reflecting telescope. What can be seen doesn’t change; it is the light gathering factor, which makes the image brighter. The portability of larger telescopes plus the amount of glass between the eye and the image is always a limiting factor when determining what size to buy or build. Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are currently all well placed for evening observation, but each will edge its way toward the west and let the constellation Scorpio have the evening more and more. Jupiter is the most massive planet and is seen as a clouded disc very bright even in small scopes.


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Morning Tea An Open Invitation n open invitation is extended to all women in the Schubert electorate to have morning tea with local State member, and Opposition Whip, Ivan Venning. This is a good chance to meet Ivan in an informal setting, a chance to hear a few words from him, with the opportunity to also speak to him. The morning tea will be held on Thursday 12th June, between 10 am and midday at the Mannum Motel Restaurant.




Hospital Programmes – Phone 85690200 Audio Clinic: for appointments phone 1800 057 220 Breast Cancer Support Group: Contact Gina on 85691826 Child & Youth Health Services: Contact 1300 733 606 for appointment Chronic Pain Management Support Group: Phone Allison on 85692473 or Helen on 85692769 Community Midwifery Service: phone 85690200 to make a booking Community Nursing Service: Murray Mallee Community Health Service Phone 8535 6800. Hire of Crutches: visit the hospital or phone 85690200 Mannum Domiciliary Care Services: phone 85690240 or through the hospital on 85690200. Meals on Wheels: Doctors referral necessary Optometrist: For an Appointments Phone 8569 0200. Physiotherapy (Private): Consulting Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Appointments Phone 8569 0200. Private Podiatry Service: Appointments made at Mannum Shoe Store Phone 8569 1366.

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Day Centre – Phone 85960219 Every Monday – “Come and Do Day” Every Tuesday – Mannum Weight Watchers 9am – 10.30am phone Rhonda on 85691123 Every Tuesday – “Social Day” Every Wednesday at 9am – “Yoga Classes” 4th Wednesday (Lunchtime) – “Men’s Group” 3rd Wednesday – “Card Afternoon” for 500 players 4th Wednesday evening - Men’s Discussion Group contact Ralph on 85691264

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Mannum Riding Club he Mannum Riding Club opened a newly renovated sand dressage arena at a special event on Sunday 25th May. The Club held a Dressage Competition day which was open to members and outside competitors. With E.I. (Equine Enfluenza) regulations relaxed, riders were keen to compete and excellent entries were received. Recently the Riding club was lucky enough to receive an Active Club Facility Grant from the Office of Recreation & Sport. Together, with some of the Club’s own funds and huge support from local community businesses, MRC is able to resurface the horse riding area. The arena has been transformed from dead lawn to an all-weather, maintenance free surface by trucking in 210 tonnes of 5 mm limestone grit and laying it approximately 70-90 mm deep. The grit will provide the club with a maintenance free, high performance working arena for the horses. No more watering, fertilizing, and lawn mowing will be the biggest improvement. Repercussions of the last 2 years of drought has meant the area turning from green lawn to a hard dust bowl and now we can provide a safe area to ride for horses and riders. The multi-purpose arena can be used for dressage, games and jumping and will provide an environment, usable and safe all year round, including its use as a


twilight venue. It provides an increase in the performance of riders by asking more of students, with added jumping, speed and action competitions. In the case of our younger riders who are learning to ride by themselves, and also senior riders who are extremely dedicated in the art of Dressage the new surface will prove extremely valuable. A new portable dressage arena has also been specially designed and constructed to the latest EFA and OH & S standards just in time for the Dressage Day and can be easily set up on rally days. The Mannum Riding Club would like to thank the Mid Murray Council for the use of their grader in levelling the arena, Mark Curtis, (Mid Murray Weed Control & Ag Services) for levelling the grit, Haby’s Bulk Transport for cartage, and especially Eichler Earthmovers for their help in the organisation of acquiring the grit and the many volunteers to pull it all together. Although the project is not completely finished, with only a few truck loads of grit left to complete the whole area, the dressage arena has been finished and we have many riders keen to make good use of the refurbished area. Mannum Riding Club holds rallies every month and special events bi-monthly, interested members may contact Jodi Swalue ph. 8569 3030. The next rally will be held on Sunday 15th June. Lucy Kluge

Mark Curtis levelling the grit on the Mannum Riding Club arena

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Under The Toadstool “What is truth?”

aving recently purchased a simple yet attractive plastic container of soap free shower gel, I admit to a certain seduction by the promotional use of the word Purity. The front label suggested pleasant aromatics like vanilla accompanied by a picture of a lemon coloured orchid backed by warm brown vanilla beans. The only vanilla beans I’ve ever bought were black, but maybe - I thought - mine were stale. I saw a tiny picture of almonds, and even though I’m not aware of almonds having a perfume, I know they are good, and thought that they must be part of the purity thing. The warm fuzzy feeling continued until I turned the container over and began reading the blurb as to why I needed this product. The words in large print included natural moisturizers, sensuous, pamper, pure, indulge and quality ingredients. There followed seven lines of impossibly small print, listing things like Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Cocomidopropyl Betane, Glycol Polyquarternium Benzophenone, Tetrasodium E.D.T.A., Lactic Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Citric Acid, and Methylisothiazolinone. The two final ingredients of this potent “powerfully pure” (?) concoction (product?) were almost recognisable to me as possibly natural items for a Vanilla Almond Shower Gel; they were Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, and Amygdalus Dulsic, but I’m not even certain that the last one is sweet almond. There are no bits of almonds, which are sometimes used for exfoliation, in the almost clear liquid. So, what part of the almond contributes to the pure product which I’ve purchased? Green tea flavoured with mint leaves is one of my favourite beverages, and I recently decided to try a different brand. Both were made in Sri Lanka, so I felt safe in choosing this different one with its pictures of bright green mint leaves behind the teacup. There were words like Pure Ceylon tea, Exquisite Freshness, and Quality without Compromise. When I got home, I read the back of that packet of tea. Pure Ceylon Tea with Nature Identical Mint flavour. It’s NOT, you know. I’m going back to the other brand. At least they didn’t try to tell me that the Nature Identical Mint Flavour was pure!


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Art Expo 2008 An Artist’s View was pleased to be involved in the inaugural Expo Launch of the Local Artists of Mannum. After attending the Working Party meeting I realized what an organized and hard working group of people I was to be involved with. I congratulate Geoff Skein and his Committee on initiating the idea of having these Expos with the Monthly Markets. The Dining Hall certainly proved to be a great venue to have an exhibition and a great way to raise funds and utilize the Hall. It has brought many artists ‘out of hiding’ and made the public more aware of the talent in the Mannum area - I was impressed! Under the curatorship of Roger Baker who, with Geoff, set up the mesh p anels fo r hanging, the job of placing so many


paintings was a breeze. Karyn Baker and I were pleased to assist Roger as he has such an artistic eye for detail. Personal choice voting was an excellent idea, although many visitors were somewhat reluctant to vote, however, saying “all the work is good”. I congratulate the committee on their excellent promotional work. Sandie Kuehne

Art Expo 2008 ho said the Mannum area doesn’t have many Artists? Well, they came out for the occasion and the Expo was a resounding success. The Wine & Cheese Launch on Saturday night, 3rd May 2008, was well attended by the who’s who of Mannum and surrounding districts and the Dining Hall was a buzz with delight at the quality of the Paintings. The School children were well represented and their work was exceptional - they may all be well pleased with their efforts. The Favourite Childrens’ Painting went to Brione


Hansford for her Sunset. The Adult Favourite Painting went to Erica Temme for her delightful Oil Painting “The Fallen Log”. The most Favourite Artist went to Sandie Kuehne who’s work scored the most points overall. The Dining Hall at the Showgrounds did us proud and the hard work of the Art Expo Committee members, Geoff & Berri Skein, Rosalie Mead, Karyn Baker, Sandie Kuehne and , Convener for the Event-Roger Baker, are to be congratulated on a job well done. Rosalie Mead, Show Secretary

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† Choristers Corner †

Mannum United

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Changes to Mannum Town Choir rehearsal times. From Monday 19th May, we are meeting every Monday at 3.30 pm in the Uniting Church Hall. All singers welcome. Cost $2 See you there!

eanwhile - A Morsel or Two of Mealtime Music for you. Dinner Music is not, as is commonly thought, a modern concept; for it really is an ancient custom. English Historians have found that during Roman feasts, fish were honoured by the playing of music when platters of sturgeon, lamprey and mullet were brought to the table. I like that idea. Sir Francis Drake embarked on his 1589 expedition with “Expert Musicians for Dining Entertainment,” and a Spanish Captain taken prisoner by Drake, wrote “He dines and sups to the music of Viols.” Imagine our modern Naval Commanders, with maybe their favourite String Quartet, being piped aboard before heading off to some regional trouble spot. London City Fathers in the early 17th Century imposed hefty fines if less than four musicians fronted for a dinner gig. It cost 3 shillings and 4 pence, a princely sum, and I can’t help wondering if this was in part a scam to line their coffers. Cromwell’s delighted guests reported that “musick played all the time we were at dinner”, and 20 years later Samuel Pepys complained “I expected musique, the missing of which spoiled my dinner!” Between the two world wars the British catering firm of Lyons employed 150 musicians in their various eating establishments and paid them $10 a week, a very comfortable salary for those times.


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In the 18th century more modest but joyous mealtime music was performed in “The Farthing Pie House” Tottenham Court Road, London, where the keeper, a certain Mr Price was…” an excellent Saltbox player.” I have no idea if he played with or without the rolling pin, but the following burlesque Ode to St. Cecelia composed in 1759 by one Bonnell Thornton, was adapted to the ancient “British Musik” using “Saltbox, Jews harp, Marrow bones and Cleaver and Hum strum or Hurdy gurdy.” In strains more exalted the saltbox shall join, And clattering and battering and clapping combine; With a rap and a tap while the hollow side sounds, Up and down leaps the flap, and with rattling rebounds.

Dr Johnson admired and recited this verse, and it was later arranged and performed by his friend Burney, complete with all those weird boxes, bones cleavers etc at a music festival! From the pictures I’ve seen, the saltbox is a small strong wooden box with a hinged lid, and the line in the verse about “battering” suggests that a rolling pin may have been used for performance. I just wonder how they advertised for their musicians, and whether I would be better to book for breakfast with that Saltbox Meat Cleaver Marrow bone Ensemble. I would then make a reservation for a quiet dinner accompanied by Jews harp, Hum strum and Hurdy gurdy!

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Mannum History Group his month the History Group talked to a large group of walkers from Adelaide at the Bunkhouse, Mannum Caravan Park. Bob Johnson put together a slide show of old photographs which traced the history of the town from pre settlement to modern times. This slide show and talk is available to any group which would like to know more about our local environment. Bob can be contacted on 8569 2590. The group is expecting to collect the plinths for the cemetery any time now. We meet again at 4 pm on the 5th June, at CHIPS.


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Médecins Sans Frontières his wonderful medical aid organization is so universally accepted, that even Burma’s ruling military Junta has tolerated its permanent presence in that now appallingly cyclone devastated country. In Yangon, Burma’s biggest city, their Clinics began distributing essential food, plastic sheeting for shelter and fuel for water pumps in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy. Because malaria and dengue fever are endemic in the region, teams will be also distributing mosquito nets. Issue Number 25


Teams are also now working in the most severely affected areas of the southern Irrawaddy delta. Here, in the outlying areas, they are undertaking the difficult task of assessing the needs of rural populations in Southwest Yangon. More than 100 Médecins Sans Frontières staff working in the delta region have been joined by extra staff, and over 150 tonnes of rice, 100,000 cans of fish, 20,000 sachets of therapeutic food and 17,000 plastic sheets have been distributed. Of the 1,700 medical consultations conducted up until 12th May, approximately half were cyclone related wounds, and the remainder were

for diarrhoea, fever and respiratory infections. Médecins Sans Frontières has responded with round the clock activity since the cyclone struck, and despite difficulties in obtaining visas, and limited resources, they continue their magnificent humanitarian efforts. Three cargo planes from Europe carrying 110 tonnes of tents, medical supplies, pumps and generators received clearance to land, with teams ready to distribute the urgently needed equipment. Although Myanmar [Burma] – along with China – is the focus of world attention at present, Médecins Sans Frontières runs 400

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Learn for the Joy of Learning niversities of the Third Age promote lifelong learning and enco ur age p o sitive approaches to ageing by enhancing self esteem and independence. And here in the Murraylands we have one up and running and ready to welcome eligible people from around the region. The Murraylands U3A offers numerous courses conducted in fun, non-threatening ways. There are no pre requisites to join classes which are open to all people who are 50 years and over, or who are no longer working full time, or are retired. Classes are offered in beginning computing, genealogy, bridge and other card games, digital photography enhancement, classical composers, film appreciation, using a digital camera and numerous others. And to compliment these courses social activities and trips are also arranged. The classes are held in Murray Bridge at various locations. Remember that minds are like muscles - use them or lose them. The University of the Third Age in the Murraylands is just the place for that great mind workout! If you would like further informatio n ab o ut U3A Murraylands please phone 85325330. Alternatively, if in Murray Bridge, call into the U3A office located in the Murray Bridge library, Level 3 Mobilong House, 7th Street. The office is staffed on Fridays from 11 am - 1 pm during school terms. Contacts: Jill Sullivan, 8531 1092



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Mannum Rowing Club Rowers Score on the Torrens annum rowers attended the last regatta of the season on the River Torrens on the 3rd May. This regatta was hosted by the Riverside Rowing Club and all races were rowed over the short course of 500 m.


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It was pleasing to see the Port Pirie club, who travelled down to compete in the regatta, win a couple of races. Mannum rowers, Max Lindsay and John Banks, combined to win a Coxless Pair and then later won their division of the Double Scull. Banks won his division of the Single Scull then combined with his wife Claire, to win their division of the Mixed Double Scull.

Mannum’s Dean Mobbs, rowing for Riverside, won 7 out of 7 events, but had the misfortune to break the footgear in his division of the Mixed Double Scull and had to withdraw from that event. The above rowers are now in serious training for the National Masters Championships at Nagambie, Victoria at the end of May. John Banks

Houseboating es, houseboating on the Murray is still a great break! Twelve women, from various walks of life spent three days together on one of the fabulous “Unforgettable” houseboats. Not wanting to travel far, Mark, the friendly houseboat manager “parked” us in a beautiful spot just around the corner from Mannum! There we stayed!! It was stunning to wake, actually looking down the river through floor to ceiling windows. We watched hundreds of white cockatoos flying just above the water level (why so low?) and settling in a gum tree, so that it looked like it was in total bloom. It rained on the Saturday - the birds outside loved the freshness - and we “birds” inside were nice and cosy eating, drinking, doing craft, reading tarot cards and massaging. Of course, the inside spa was a great hit! We even had the Advertiser delivered by motor boat! I think “he” really liked our cake and coffee!! We were also treated to a night cruise. The river certainly looks even more beautiful at night. Sunday we were able to have a long walk along the levy bank. Once again the bird life was wonderful to watch. We have returned home refreshed and contented! Oh yes, there is still plenty of water in the river around Mannum for a houseboat holiday. Don’t forget, the money we spend flows on to the locals, and they really need our help. So support them.


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Biggest Morning Tea Biggest Morning Tea was held at Café Mannum on Thursday 22nd May. It was attended by many of the Mannum Red Hatters and others, who can now boast that they had morning tea with Princess Puss in Boots? Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is one of The Cancer Council’s foremost fundraising events and the largest, most successful event of its kind in Australia. Money raised by Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea enable The Cancer Council, as the


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country’s leading cancer charity, to continue to fund research. In 2007 The Cancer Council funded over 200 research grants across Australia. We had a lot of fun and raised $233.60 towards the cancer cause. Many thanks to all who attended.

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PS Marion River Murray Cruises Overnight Cruises Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend 4 day / 3 night River Murray Cruise Friday 6 - Monday 9 June 2008 $650 per person (twin share) Inclusive of all meals.

South Australia History Week Special Thursday 22 May 2008 - 10.30am Official launch of the John Weaver Collection Exhibition followed by one hour cruise on PS Marion, departing from Mannum Dock Museum at 11am. Bookings required, cost per person $5. The exhibition presents Captain John Weaver’s memoirs of the river trade and paddle steamer passenger tours of the 1930s to the early 1950s on the Murray Darling River systems. This telling of our fascinating river history has been taken from personal accounts of a man who grew up on the river and fell in love with it, took leave to pursue a career as an airline pilot, and then returned to fulfil his childhood dream of becoming Captain of a Murray River paddle steamer. Book on line at Telephone and counter bookings at Mannum Dock Museum, 6 Randell St Mannum available Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm only, ph 8569 2733

When the River Runs Dry Exhibition On Now at the Mannum Dock Museum - Free Entry Unified we proclaim the Murray River remains open for business! Whilst we cannot ignore the negative impacts of the low river level, it’s not all doom and gloom for the people of South Australia. Depicting four key themes of exposure, survival, opportunities and revelations the Mannum Dock Museum Group presents an exhibition of objects and images sourced within a few hundred metres of the Museum.

Drive-by Mosaic f you driving along Greening Street, have a look at the Beautiful Mosaic on the front of the building at number 5. This was made with the cooperation of some of the people who attend the MHAL. It was done as part of a workshop over a few weeks; it’s amazing what came be done when friends get together. We have a calendar which is put out every month, so if you’d like to pick up one and also have a look at what goes on come in, have a talk and a cuppa, we just love New Faces. The MHAL have also been involved in planting Australian Natives up at Little Anne Reserve we hope to put more in so as to Beautify the place and also attract our local bird population. So, if you see some very excited people there having a great time or just sitting around come over and talk to us, we all have a friendly ear. Look forward to seeing you soon at the MHAL.


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Real Estate Mannum News Contact the Award Winning Team for all your Real Estate Needs Rob, Jim and Marc Sanctuary On Mannum The construction of Stage 1 homes at Sanctuary On Mannum is due to start on 1st May. Clearing Sale - Towitta Park, Saturday 10th May 2008, 10:00 am This sale will include some antique and very old household furniture and other sundry items. Please call our office for further details. Coming Auction - Adelaide Road, Saturday 17th May 2008, 10:30 am 3 Bedroom, Brick Home. 54 Adelaide Road, Mannum SA 5238

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Mannum Police annum Police have had a relatively quiet period during the past month.


Crimes reported to the Police in that period are: Theft

5 Including building materials, and items from cars. Damage Property 4 Damage to water tanks and fire extinguishers at school, car windows smashed. Mark Graffiti 1 Paint on fence. Arson 1 Large rubbish fire. Domestic Violence 2 Defects Issued 1 Cautions 3 Various traffic matters. Infringement Notices 2 Both for speeding. Reports 1 Misuse of motor vehicle (Burnout), Drink Driving. Accidents 3 Police have been investigating these crimes identifying the offenders and dealing with them. Fortunately the accidents have resulted only in minor injuries, however one driver was reported for Exceeding the Prescribed concentration of alcohol, lost his licence immediately and will face court on charges of Exceeding the Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol, driving without due care, Breaching his Probationary conditions and Misuse of a motor vehicle in that he was doing burnouts at the time. Police are urging residents to ensure that they do not leave items of value on view in their motor vehicles; you should remove them or

The Wegener Family Gathers n April 27th, approximately 60 relatives of Gottfried Conrad Wilhelm (known as Wilhelm) Wegener met at Mannum Lutheran hall for their third five yearly meeting since the original reunion at Mannum in 1993. Wilhelm, who came to South Australia from Osterwieck (Prussia) in 1847, settled and farmed at Birdwood (Blumberg). He died at his son Gustav’s farm ‘The Gap’ at Millendella in 1881 and was buried at Palmer. His wife Dorothea is interred at Mannum. He had 5 children, four of whom survived to adulthood. His eldest child, Carl lived in Caloote. His widow later moved to Mannum. The only surviving daughter Charlotte Hanckel also lived at Caloote. Carl and Charlotte’s husband were both Mannum councilors. All four are buried at the Mannum cemetery. Charlotte Hanckel has a great great grand daughter Dianne Schmidt residing in Mannum. Several of Carl’s children lived in Mannum and his last Page 18


surviving grandchild Ruby Kriewaldt, who is the oldest surviving o f W ilhelm’s descendants, lives at Aminya. Some of Carl’s great grandchildren still reside in the town; they are Rae Bottroff and two of her children, Michael and Kathy Craig, Roy Underwood and two of his children Barry and Roslyn Hyland, Malcolm and Howard (Tim) Underwood, David Lindner, Neville Roesler, Audrey Gay, Sandra Beaumont and James Wegener. Wilhelm’s fourth child, Gustav who established ‘The Gap’ and three of his great grandchildren, Joan Maczkowiack, Peter Wegener and Faye Reschke are Mannum residents. The last of Wilhelm’s children Wilhelm (jnr), who succeeded his father’s farm in Blumberg, has four great grandchildren living in the town: Joan Bormann, Faye Schache, Rona Haby and her cousin Nita Klose, who are both Aminya residents. One of Carl’s great grand sons Charles welcomed the gathering and presented a brief account of Wilhelm’s four direct ancestors to Christoph, who was born circa 1680: he had been a

secure them in the boot. Several of the thefts were from motor vehicles where items were left on view and opportunist thieves have smashed a window in the vehicle and stolen the items, some worth considerable amounts. Some concern has been raised about contacting police. The community is encouraged to ring the police station when they have an issue. There is a minority who argue that there is no point ringing as we don’t answer the phone. The local Police have a large area to police and in order to make the district of Mannum a safe place to live and work they need to patrol the roads to make the district safe. The community and the police have to work together to achieve a safe environment. Your report, along with other information that we may have, could be the last item needed that allows us to solve the problem. Sergeant Mick Towie

notable citizen, gunsmith and farrier in Osterwieck and his three immediate descendants were roof tilers, while Wilhelm was a linen weaver before leaving for Australia. The Rev. Peter Kriewaldt, son of Ruby, the oldest living descendant, gave a short address demonstrating how blessed by God the family has been since arriving in Australia. Len Schubert a great grandson of Gustav, presented Osterwieck on DVD. The town, spared World War 2 damage, retained all the charming characteristics of medieval Germany with the church of St. Stephani, where the family had worshipped, a wonderful monument. Robyn Radford, great grand daughter of Charlotte Hanckel, highlighted the necessity to upgrade the data of the family book published in 1993 and outlined a strategy to proceed. During the afternoon joyous hymns of praise were sung with great passion. The meeting finished with afternoon tea where many old and new acquaintances were renewed and made.

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Contacting Mannum Police Urgent emergency assistance call 000. For police attendance call 131 444. If you need to contact us for other matters either visit the station or call 8569 2211. This may be answered by the Murray Bridge station. They will contact us by radio and then we will contact you. Your police are available 24 hours a day. Emergency 000 Police attendance 131 444 Mannum Station 8569 2211

he May meeting in the Mannum Senior Citizens Rooms was well attended. S e r geant Mic k T o wi e presented a police report, including statistics of offences for the previous month. The effort to implement community incentives is ongoing and we expect continued progress. Please come along to the meetings and express your views and concerns. Those able to do so cannot take remedial action against problems they are not aware of. You can also help by reporting all incidents.


Tony Eversham

Next Meeting Monday June 16th 7:30 p.m. in the Mannum Leisure Centre Note: This is one week later than usual because of the long weekend.

All welcome, especially new members. Tea and coffee available after the meeting.

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s Sunday’s bread was pulled from the oven the all important Pasties went in; to be sold later to all the people crossing the river by ferry. “People queued for miles, shack people and everyone!” said John Banks, “They all wanted to buy them!” Also, luckily for them, their Coach Graham Coldwell was teaching at the local Area School, so their training continued without interruption. Their emergency crewman, Bruce Bock, happened to have a speedboat against which they trained in their wooden boat. But the transport of both of these craft to Penrith posed a problem. Almost incredibly, this was solved when yet another of Mannum’s generous business people at Manglesdorf Transport provided a truck with driver. On the last night before they left for NSW, the town turned out for the final fund raiser. A dance in the RSL Hall in Trewatha Street sent the crew off with its blessing. Even though they didn’t win a place, they came home with a


First of a different sort. They were able to see television for the first time in the windows of Sydney’s shops, long before their rellies back home in SA knew what that particular entertainment was all about. All seven of them, having retained their original uniforms, spent a happy day of reunion and reminiscence on Sunday 10th May. There was the small matter of the crew writing off a brand new boat loaned to them for training by a Sydney Club and much speculation on possible alternative outcomes … but … They even found a wooden boat in which to climb and go for a paddle. Grateful that they are all still alive, with their partners and friends they enjoyed a celebratory dinner at the Mannum Club. In two years time, Mannum Rowing Club marks it’s Centenary. I feel sure that memories of the ’58 Lightweight Fours Championship State Victory and the subsequent trip to Penrith will feature with the best of the last 100 years. Elfrieda Wallent


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The REIA Australian Real Estate Awards Night for Excellence in the Real Estate industry was recently held in Melbourne, with local Mannum firm River Estates First National representing SA as a finalist in the Small Agency of the Year category. This award recognises outstanding customer service, contributions to the real estate profession, innovation and community service within the whole of the Real Estate Industry of Australia. Nominees for the Awards came from across Australia and all had previously been selected as State or Territory Award winners. River Estates First National won Small Agency of the year for SA and where then invited to represent South Australia, against 3 other finalist from other states. “Finalists in the 2008 Awards were of the highest standard,” says Noel Dyett, REIA President. “The commitment to best practice and industry leadership by all award nominees is impressive.” Director’s Wayne and Nanette Chadwick attended the Gala evening, along with staff Deanne Faehrmann and Rebecca Pym and although disappointed with not winning they were more then pleased to finish in the top 4 in Australia. Wayne Chadwick said “Being a finalist in these awards is a reflection of how dedicated our office is to delivering a service that exceeds expectations and demonstrates the highest level of professionalism. River Estates are extremely proud of our achievements, considering our companies size compared nationally and the high standard of finalists.” Wayne and Nanette Chadwick wish to thank the continued support from their loyal clients around the Murray lands, along with staff Deanne, Rebecca, Mardi and Natasha, and look forward to continue this outstanding quality of service that they have achieved in all Real Estate matters.

CALL THE NO. 1 AWARD WINNING TEAM WITH CONFIDENCE ON 85691 361 OR DROP INTO OUR OFFICE AT 67 RANDELL STREET, MANNUM WE ARE LOOKING TO WORKING WITH ALL OUR FUTURE CLIENTS AND HELPING THEM TO EXCEED THEIR GOALS!! Plants t took me a long time to get involved with plants. When I was young if it was grass, you mowed it - if it was weeds you pulled it - if it was food you cooked it. That was about it. Five children and a family business kept me busy and I only looked out the window to check on the kids or watch for the latest delivery truck. How things change. Here I am looking out the window - at plants. And cheering because it’s raining. Never mind the mud, if there’s any. I used to hate mud - all I could see was


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the family washing piling up. And never drying because of the rain. Yesterday I walked down Randell Street singing in the rain - well, humming actually. My singing really isn’t for public consumption. My plants aren’t prolific. I never have managed to learn the cultivating and fertilizing skills that go with rose gardens and exotic species. I have had to settle for tough and stubborn natives mostly and a few geraniums and other such hardy favourites. They manage to survive my tender care and don’t cost the earth to replace when I make the inevitable

blunder with the lawn mower or the hoe. Still they look good and I really enjoy them. I do wonder what my children would think if they heard me talking to them. But I couldn’t resist encouraging them when the rain started. They looked so eager, stretching up for the moisture. My husband walked in when I was in front of the open window cheering them on. “You like that don’t you? That’s right, open those leaves.” He said nothing. Wise man. But I bet he tells the kids. You never know what life is going to teach you, do you? Growing up in Canada with

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abundant rain, grass was a nuisance - I never dreamed of watering it. Now I dream of being able to water it. Here’s hoping that it keeps raining. Vivian Garner

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Red Hat Society he Murray Darlings” held their first official gathering late in April. What fun. Lots of red and purple from clothes to food, to embellishments. It was held at my home and just putting out the table decorations and icing the cakes in red and purple got me in the mood for the friendly, fun lingerie party that followed. A lot of talk, ideas, laughter, red undies and the beginning of new friendships. It has given me another exciting avenue with which to progress on my new stage of life – retirement! Thanks Red Hatters. Madame Butterfly” Our next outing was a trip to Cambrai’s Red Cross Family Centre, who kindly organised lots of red and purple for us to choose from. We had 15 members attend, and after a very successful shop (one chapter member managed to fill 6 bags with clothes, but I promise not to mention any names!) we retired to the Cambrai Creamery Café for


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lunch. The café has recently re-opened, and is a lovely place to go for a meal and coffee. Very reasonably priced, and friendly service, despite being invaded by 15 hungry red hatters - all that op shopping gives you quite an appetite! If you would like to join in the fun, please contact Madame Butterfly (Jo) phone 8569 1131 or Impetuous Imelda (Carol) phone 8569 1609. Karyn Baker (Princess Puss in Boots)

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Blanchetown to the Murray Mouth Region 6 Murray Darling Association fter a Region 6 meeting (18 t h April) held at Meningie, on the Eastern side of Lake Albert, Region 6 have written to Senator Penny Wong informing her of the two motions that were moved and passed unanimously. Because of what was seen at Lake Albert we asked the minister to support the area being declared, “An Environmental Disaster to an Internationally Recognised RAMSAR Site.” Although we are aware that a permanent agreement is being drawn up, we put forward a plan prepared by Professor Mike Young and Research Fellow Jim McColl, “A future-proofed Basin” A new water management regime for the Murray-Darling Basin. [This is available for download. Editor.

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We realise this is a huge problem and will cost the community billions of dollars,

but using “A future-proofed Basin” the cost will be minimal as long as it is initiated in full. More importantly, at the meeting the Region 6 members called on the Federal Member of Parliament and Minister for Water Penny Wong to instigate urgent, immediate action, and to make a commitment to getting the fundamentals of water allocation right. The meeting believed that the only way to achieve effective control is to set up a totally independent body free from politics, similar to the Reserve Bank Authority. Region 6 believes that such an authority, with persons selected for their knowledge and experience, would only deal with the allocation of water. This would give integrity and clarity to that authority. Water owed to the system would be allocated before allocations are made to the States and the ACT. The Environment would receive an entitlement the same

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These Region 6 initiatives are not Murray Darling Association policy. They will be put forward at the MDA AGM/Conference later this year. We all realise that the drought has been long and is not yet over but we feel that the area below Lock 1 has been forgotten and the State Government’s idea of a temporary weir at Wellington would be a disaster, as would be allowing the Lower Lakes to be filled by sea water. Copies of the motions of the meeting were sent to the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, the Federal Minister for water, the Opposition spokesman for water, the State Premiers of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory, the Leaders of the Opposition in those States and also the Ministers for water in those States and their Opposition counterparts. Peter R. Smith OAM Secretary Region 6 Murray Darling Association

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