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Mannum, South Australia 5238

Action At Last!

Good Luck Kirrilee McPherson

Rally for the River

Mannum Wishes Our Girl - Kirrilee McPherson The Very Best of Luck & Encouragement in the Paralympics, Beijing 2008

ittle did the Mannum Progress Association realise what they were taking on when it was mentioned at a meeting that “we should organise a Rally on the steps of Parliament House regarding the state of the River in South Australia from the border to the Lower Lakes.” A few weeks later, after many late nights of planning, emailing, radio interviews, press releases and phone calls, all literally by the thousand, it happened and with the co-operation of very many people, a crowd of about 5000 assembled at Parliament House to Rally for the plight of water for the Murray in SA. People came from the length of the Murray from Goolwa to Loxton and assembled as one not as individual areas or divisional causes. It is this united effort which has forced the Federal Government to now do an independent audit of the water in the Murray Darling Basin which is what we asked for, and action to release some of this water into the Murray in SA. Helen Griffiths was appointed Co-ordinator of the Rally and she put her heart and soul into, what to her, is a passionate issue. An open letter and invitation to address the Rally was sent to Prime Minister Rudd, Senator Penny Wong, Premier Rann, and Minister Maywald. They didn’t attend, but it attracted the attention of many other local Politicians, Federal Senators and influential people who have all jumped on board in an attempt to get the necessary action federally. Mannum Progress Association organised a bus to transport many locals to Adelaide and they all seemed to have a good day. Placards were printed and these are now in shop windows in Mannum to keep the subject in front of everyone. Our sincere thanks must go to Dean Gollan, Mid Murray Council CEO, the Mid Murray Councillors and their office staff for their assistance in so many ways including financially, and to the Mid Murray LAP who donated towards the costs of the Rally which were considerable.

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Contents A Bit of R ‘n R Angie’s Cooking Tips

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Calendars & Dates Choristers Corner Church Services

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irrilee was very excited and proud to receive her Paralympics uniform early in August. She then had a training camp in Townsville to acclimatise before leaving for her Beijing experience on the 31st August. She will have a stopover at Hong Kong for a couple of days for further acclimatisation before arriving for the Opening Ceremony on Saturday 6th September. Her first event is on the 9th September, so keep watching her progress. Kirrilee runs in 100m and 200m events. The raffles to support Kirrilee were drawn at the last Mannum Showground Market raising $835. Thanks to all those who supported it. Winners of the raffles were: Kasey Chambers basketsKirsty Stewart and Jan Clothier. Drakes Supermarket food basketsIrene Lovell, Leanne Hague and B Watson. Kirrilee is very appreciative of all the support and encouragement she has received

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Mannum Matters 26 Tight Lines 9 Police & Neighbourhood Watch 18

Irene Lovell Mannum Progress Association

Out of this World Puzzle Under the Toadstool

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Letters to the Editor Mannum Community Magazine Inc

Deadline 26 September 2008 for publication in the October issue

Editorial

Thanks to Rally Organisers

Getting Things Done ur lead story from Irene Lovell (Secretary Mannum Progress Association) and a short article on page 2 from B. Taylor (Mannum District Hospital Health Advisory Council) attest to “people power”. The success of the Rally for the Murray, organised by the Mannum Progress Association suggests that a concerted effort can lead to action. Let’s put that principle into practise for the Skate Park. Six years (see page 26) should be sufficient gestation time for any plan. It’s time to step up and get the project underway, or declare the matter over. Pam Cutjar (Leisure Centre Manager) has sounded the rallying call. Contact Pam (8569 2534) to register your support. Offer to join an “action” committee or provide expertise, material, finance, labour or anything else that you think will help to get this project started.

Dear Editor, The recent rally held in Adelaide for the Save The Murray campaign was a huge success, and all credit must go to the organisers. T he Mannum Progress Association members did this and deserve credit for a job well done. Mannum should be proud of what these people achieved. Although we are a small town, it just shows what can be done when the desire to achieve in their beliefs is there. Thank you to this group of hard workers for a job well done. I am sure that some good will come of it.

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Time for Another Challenge? As you read this issue of Mannum Mag, note the blank spaces - areas that could be featuring your work. Please send activity reports for your group, club or organisation. They don’t have to be long. You will see several short reports in this issue. They are sufficient to foster an informed, cohesive, caring community. Your creative works in the form of poetry, responses to the 100 word challenge or anecdotes and stories (see An Australian Adventure, page 21) are also very welcome.

Mannum District Hospital re you confused about the country health plan released earlier this year for public conciliation? Well that plan has now been scrapped as a result of public concern, so a new one will be resubmitted at the end of August. However, as for Mannum there will be NO CHANGE to the current services at the hospital.

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B. Taylor, Chairman Mannum District Hospital Health Advisory Council

inally a computer shop for Mannum’s Main Street! The old barber shop is to be Mannum Electronics opening on the first of September. So drop in for a free coffee or tea with biscuits and say hello to the locals running the shop. The shop will service and sell Computers, Internet, Satellite TV, boat and car entertainment/GPS systems and lots of good stuff for the home, boat or car. Mannum Electronics opening day, Monday 1st September 2008 at 59 Randell St Mannum. CU there.

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Praise for Quilt Expo Dear Editor, I would like to take up this space on the letters page to sing praise to the ladies who organised and set-up the “Quilt Expo” in August. It was a real credit to them. Also the entries were fantastic. Well done.

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Farewell 2nd October, 2008 7:30 pm Showground Dining Hall

Anne Schultz

his is your opportunity for the community to thank two retiring members of the Mannum Mag Executive Committee. Rod Mann, our CEO, has accepted a position in Adelaide and is retiring from the Committee, passing the baton to the capable hands of Geoff Skein. Vivian Garner, a Contributing Editor, is also retiring from the Committee, but will continue to write for Mannum Mag. Pam Mattschoss will join the Executive Committee in place of Vivian Garner.

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Annual General Meeting Now that Mannum Mag is incorporated as a non-profit organisation, we are required to have public meetings. The main event will be the AGM in the new year. At this meeting there will be an open forum in which you can offer suggestions for improvements to Mannum Mag. Come along, meet the production team and help to set the direction for Mannum Mag as we come to the end of our third year of production.

Special General Meeting Come along and meet the team that converts your submissions into Mannum Mag. 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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Pop in between 10 am - 4 pm at 39 Randell St Mannum. Ph: 85692129. Weekly Programme Mondays 10am-1pm Art Classes, Rosa Milano 1pm-4pm Art Classes, Rosa Milano, 10 weeks 6pm-9pm MYOB, 10 weeks Tuesdays 1pm-4pm Starting out on your Computer, 10 weeks 5pm-6pm Belly Dancing (at Mannum Club) Wednesdays 9am-12pm Digital Story Telling (on demand), 6 weeks 1pm-4pm Getting the Most out of your Computer, 6 weeks 6pm-9pm Getting the Most out of the Internet, 10 weeks Thursdays 1pm-3.30pm Craft Group Beading, scrapbooking, cardmaking Adult Literacy and Numeracy, are available on demand. Please register your interest.

Monthly 1st Monday 9:45am Combined Probus, Mannum Club 1st Tuesday 7:00pm Art ’n Soul, Mannum Club 7:30pm Show Committee, Showground 2nd Wednesday 9:00am Shared Stitches of Mannum Quilting Group. Ph. 8569 1035 3rd Tuesday pm Palmer Card Day, Lutheran Hall Palmer. Ph. 8532 2255 7:30pm Neighbourhood Watch, Senior Citizens Centre 3rd Thursday 1:00am 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 Weekly Monday, Wednesday & Friday 1:00–3:00 MHAL, 5 Greening Street, Mannum. Ph. 8569 1643 Monday 3:30pm Mannum Town Choir, Uniting Church hall. Ph. 8569 2295 Tuesday & Friday 8:30am Walkie Talkies, Lions Den, Show Ground Other Alternate Fridays 1:30pm Senior Citizens Club, Senior Cit. Rooms (Rear of Leisure Centre). Ph. 85692795 or 0437797231

MHAL Calendar September 2008 Work on bird Project Work on Bird Project Mystery bus trip or guitar Making sale table items Garden totems Drop in Jewellery workshop Ladybird Creations, cost $5 plus any extras Wed 17th: Big hot lunch with Carers Fri 19th: Bus trip (details TBA) or guitar Mon 22nd: Mixed crafts Wed 24th: SINGSTAR! Karioke Fri 26th: Gadget day Show & Tell Mon 29th: ENJO party, Evelyn Argent, all welcome

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Little Bugs Term 3 Calendar Wednesdays: Mannum Kindergarten 10 am start (approx 11:30 finish) All sessions start with a music and movement component. Then after the mid morning break:September 2008 3rd Cooking with your children 10th Bubble Fun 17th Journaling and creating your own storybook with your child Note: These activities may change For more information, please contact: Suzie Jokic, Ph: 8535 6800 Fax: 85356808, Mobile: 0447223320 Email: jokic.suzie@health.sa.gov.au

MMCSS Special Events Call 8569 2129 for details 2nd Sep High Tea Learning, Mannum Club 3pm-5pm. No cost, booking essential 4th & 5th Sep Adult Learners Week Open Day, 39 Randell St Mannum 17th Sep Factory Outlet Shopping Trip, departing Swan Reach and Mannum 12th to 18th Oct Anti Poverty Week

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From the Lions Den Mannum Lions ollowing our successful Hand Over Dinner on July 8th, Lion David Dowley was inducted as President for 2008/ 2009 along with his Board members. On Saturday 12th July, Lion members and partners attended a progressive dinner, hosted by the Mannum Progress Association, to raise funds for Kirrilee McPherson, an athlete competing in the Beijing Paralympics. The dinner raised over $2600 and we presented her with a cheque for an additional $500. Lions Barry and Joy Burdett hosted Magdalena Schindler, a German exchange lass , for three weeks, with assistance from Club members. She proved to be a very popular and charming young lady and a great ambassador for her country. Magdalena addressed the Club at a “Pot Luck” Dinner held for her. That evening was also used as an opportunity to celebrate the 80th birthday of Lion Fred Lowes. We have invited recipients from local organizations to attend our next meeting where we will be disbursing funds raised during 2007/2008. Lions are still collecting bottles and cans and we participated in a roadside clean up on Saturday 16th August. Our Motto is We Serve so when you see Lions in their yellow shirts, be aware they are working and having fun assisting their community.

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MHAL Notes he MHAL has been going great guns over the past month. Just hop onto the MHAL Bus and it will take you on a Magical Mystery Tour. Nearly every second Friday we visit a new place; this is where the girls (and sometimes the boys) alight and do what girls do best. Shop, shop, shop. We go to different Op-shops in and around towns, lunch at the best (cheap) places, visiting the Mt Barker Botanical Gardens and Birdwood, where 5 of us were lucky to have a room to ourselves. Due to the amount of noise and laughter coming from it, we wouldn’t have been allowed any where else in the restaurant. When we arrived back at the MHAL we all had aching faces. We are lucky to have new people at the MHAL. At first, they are quite content to sit and talk but once they see what has been made and the projects to do it’s not long before they are involved as well. The trees and shrubs that have been planted in Little Anne Reserve (part of another project) are looking so healthy, due to the rain we have had. In another twelve months you won’t recognize the place. 5 Greening Street is certainly the place where Happy People meet. So please join us so you can be Happy Too.

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Val Pym, Public Relations Officer

100 Word Challenge he peered peevishly into the mirror. The new contact lenses showed the ravages of time all too clearly. “Too late for a dye job. I shouldn’t be on TV at my age,” she muttered. But she had been nominated to accept the club’s award. “I only have to smile and say thank you, that shouldn’t be too difficult. Seeing how old I look in that darn monitor puts me off.” There was a tap on the door. “You’re on, dear.” A solution occurred. She emerged a few seconds later, smiling, the contact lenses securely tucked back into her handbag.

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DISTRICT CHURCH SERVICES For Mannum congregations LUTHERAN 79 Cliff Street (ph: 8569 2863) Mannum, Sundays 9.00 am, Sunday School 9.45 am during school terms. Everyone welcome. UNITING

Corner of Greening Street & Walker Avenue (ph: 8569 1187) Mannum, 1st & 3rd Sundays 11 am, 2nd & 4th Sundays 9 am

ANGLICAN 6 Adelaide Road (ph: 8165 0313) Mannum, Sundays 10.30 am ASSEMBLY OF GOD Greening Street (ph: 8569 1333) Mannum, Sundays 10.00 am BAPTIST William Street (ph: 8278 3992) Mannum, Sundays 10.30 am SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST

17 King George St (ph: 0419 855 941) Mannum, Saturdays 9.30 am, Sabbath School 11.00 am

CATHOLIC Mau Street (ph: 8531 1699) Mannum, Mass: 1st Sunday 9.30 am, all others 8.30 am

PUZZLE ow many words of 4 or more letters can you make with these 9 letters? • Each word must include the letter in the shaded box • One word includes all 9 letters

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Christmas Tree Fete t is well into the second half of the year and Christmas will soon be upon us again. The Christmas Tree Fete is an annual event held at the Mannum Community College in the last weeks of the school year. The Christmas Tree Fete holds stalls from different community groups so that the school children can buy presents for Christmas. We also have decorated trees representing different groups, all adding to the festive occasion. I would like to thank all the groups for their great effort that made it such a success last year. If you or your organization would like to be a part of this great community event, you are most welcome to come along to our next planning meeting. This will be held in the “Old Scout Hall” 5 Greening Street, Mannum, Tuesday 16th September 2008 at 10 am. Money raised goes to community groups. Last year it went to Aminya and the Mannum Community College School Chaplain. Thank you for your support. For enquiries ph. 8569 8162.

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Bards of A Feather locked together at Uccello’s Café on Thursday evening 7th August to share their poetry and to celebrate this year’s SA Living Artists festival through the art of the written and spoken word. Performers and audience ranged from small children to ageless grandparents, subjects from Heidi to hubbies to waterholes, and “waterholes” from Adelaide to Oakbank to local. Edwards Crossing Writers Group was well-represented. The quality of members’ writing and performing has risen under Di Walton’s guidance. Karla Tanti’s tilt at the question “What is poetry?” was thought p r o vo king. “Beware its potency!” she proclaimed. No wonder. Our local Afghanis tell us that ‘poetry is putting an ocean into a teacup’. The poetry showcase was another successful cultural event in the 2008 Murray Bridge SALA festival. Support from Uccello’s staff by providing a warm, intimate and delicious atmosphere helped make the night memorable. We’ll be back! Bards of a Feather will become the signature title for future poetry showcases, that we now plan to hold once or twice a year.

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Max Merckenschlager

Karla Tanti from Palmer

SOS Dinner

•••–––••• riday 19th September is the date set for a Support Our Show Dinner to be held in the Showground Dining Hall. A three course will be served with byo drinks and glasses. Trevor Wegener will provide the dinner music and a good night should be had by all. Tickets at $20 are available from the coordinator, Berrie Skein on 8569 2385. Our last dinner was extremely popular, but this time we will limit numbers attending to 100 to make a little more space available. Tables of six and twelve are available but couples and singles are also very welcome. The proceeds will help with the purchase of a hot water service and stainless steel tops for our kitchen tables.

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are under way to provide a larger area for photocopiers and office equipment as well as a storage area for chairs and trestles. The p.a. system is being installed into a purpose built cupboard for its protection and ease of use. Some thought is being given to auctioning two old kitchen dressers and a large table as these do not meet our current needs. Money from this sale would enable us to purchase a larger fridge to cope with the meals on Show Day - a double glass door model is our dream. While we are talking ‘wish-list’ does anyone have any pavers or cement blocks they could donate to the Mannum Agricultural Society to pave the ‘Peppercorn Café’ area.

Office and storage renovations

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Mannum Rowing Club “Come N Try” Rowing eminder: Early morning social rowing • 7.30 am, 14th September 2008 at Mannum Rowing Club, BBQ breakfast afterwards. • 9.30 Come n Try Rowing if you want to give it a go. The Annual General Meeting will then be at 11 am at the Club rooms. A BBQ lunch will held afterwards. Current financial and life members need to look out for their Agenda, Minutes and Reports in the post. A contingent of rowers will be competing at the Pt Pirie Centenary Regatta on 18th October and have commenced training. Our Annual SARA Rowing Regatta will be held early this year on 22nd November.

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Should a skate park and BMX track be provided in Mannum?

Time for Action! Mannum Skate Park would like to comment on the progress or lack of progress for a Skate Park, the current Mannum Matters topic. In 2002 when I first arrived in Mannum to take the position of Centre Manager, I had just left Waikerie Recreation Centre where I was involved in the formation of their Skate Park. I was advised that previously a committee had been formed by the Community Builders for such a park. I then proceeded to lobby the local youth, school, business and Council for such a park here. Many children turned up for a meeting, but alas only 2 - 3 parents. Many meetings were held with the Youth worker and Recreation & Sport delegate for this area. I requested and received ALL the information pertaining to the Waikerie Skate Park once it was finished. Which I still have in my possession. The attitude of some youth and their

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parents were they were not interested in forming a committee to raise funds for such a park and wanted the Mid Murray Council to build out of Council funds. Without the help of an on going committee and a lot of hard work this Skate Park will NOT happen. Many proposals were put forward to the location, with the priority being out in front of the Centre where there is sufficient area, close to suitable drinking water, kiosk, toilets, car parking, emergency services and main road access where many locals and visitors can see the park when driving into the town. I have many plans, and suggested that the park be built in stages as the sport grew and the funds became available The couple of parents that were prepared to put their time and energy into this project have unfortunately left the area. On the 13th April 2005 the Mid-Murray

Council Youth Project Advisory Group held a meeting at the Leisure Centre with many people showing interest. Namely: Joy Marks, Pam Cutjar, Allan Stanley-Smith, Christine Smith-Rowe, Dean Gollan CEO Council, Anna Swarbrick, Dr Stephen Napoli and Teresa Schrott. Apologies for that meeting were tendered from: Mark Blackwell, Jessica Clark, Greg Cox, Rob Brown, Mark Cutis and Cheryl Willis (Mannum Police). SO WHY IS THE WHEEL BEING RE-INVENTED, so to speak. All of this has been in the pipe line for 6 years. All of paper work is still waiting to be used. Come to the Leisure Centre, form a committee, start fund raising, apply for Grants, get things moving if this is what the youth REALLY WANT. Pam Cutjar Leisure Centre Manager

Angie’s Cooking Tips hope the tips last month were found to be useful. With the cool and damp weather of late, soup making has been a popular pastime for many. Had a question the other day regarding making chicken soup from scratch. How long to cook a whole chicken for the stock? Medium to large bird 2 hours, large to extra large bird 3 hours. These times are based on when the stock comes to the simmer. Of course chicken pieces or bones will do a great job also, and in that case I would simmer for at least 2 hours. To make a good stock, place all the following ingredients into a large stock pot.

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2 or 3 roughly chopped celery stalks, 1 unpeeled brown onion cut in ½, 1 dried or 2 fresh bay leaves, good handful of parsley (with stalks), ½ handful of fresh thyme, ½ tsp black peppercorns, a little grated whole nutmeg, 2 tsp salt and ½ tsp sugar to every 4 litres of stock.

Add cold water, just enough to cover ingredients. Bring to the simmer, turn heat down to keep stock to a gentle simmer and cook for the appropriate time. Strain stock of all solids, refrigerate until the fat solidifies and skim off. You now have a great base stock which is virtually fat free to use for soups, sauces or casseroles. Adding sugar to savoury dishes may sound bizarre to some, just remember cooking is all about balancing flavours and

textures, so to add a little sweetness balances the flavours of the stock. I remember cooking with my grandmother, too many years ago A pinch of salt always went into her yummy cakes and scones, and while I thought she was going ‘potty’ she actually had an innate insight into balancing flavours. A typical stock for an Asian recipe will, more often than not, include half the amount of sugar to salt, star anise, ginger and black peppercorns. It is never stirred while cooking to keep it nice and clear, then simmered until the meat falls off the bones. When done, the stock is strained and then poured 3 or 4 times over the bones and meat to extract the maximum amount of flavour as possible. The strained

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stock is then simmered again, until reduced by about a third, again to enhance the flavour, I always use this procedure for any chicken stock I make. Once the technique of balancing flavours is grasped, it opens up endless possibilities to experiment with. Cooking Dilemmas (see page 13) can be forwarded in person or by mail to: Angie, 39 Randell, St Mannum, SA 5238 or Email: aroesler@live.com.au

Happy cooking to all. Cheers Angie.

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Photographs (from the top)

So Many Clever People!

Yve Hockey’s ‘Travelling North’ quilt displayed on the wall of the dining hall.

Sunday Market & Quilting Expo 2008

Berrie Skein’s ‘Rambling Rose’ Bedspread. Teddy Bear Table at the Quilting Expo.

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he morning started with some welcome sunshine to take the edge off the chill in the air. It was good to see so many people enjoying a good mooch around the Market stalls and then meander through the Dining Hall to look at the excellent display of Quilting. Berrie Skein, Peg Gaskin and Anne Dyer did a first-rate job in displaying the quilting exhibits and thanks go to them for their assistance in organising, displaying and packing up the exhibition and providing the cake for sale with the cappuccinos. The SA Mallee Country Connection from Karoonda brought along a wonderful collection of Quilting Fabrics and ‘ideas’. While we all wandered through the fabulous quilts and hangings, Geoff Skein and Keith Gaskin were busy making Cappuccinos - and might I say that the Coffee was wonderful, not to mention the “cake” as well. Ian Lovell, Gary Keane and Brian Albino were kept busy with the Egg & Bacon and Sausage Sandwiches, which were mouth watering to say the least. However, let’s get back to the

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Quilting Displays. The admiration for the quality of work was beyond belief. The hours of work that was put into this labour of love deserves our applause. I for one never realised just how much work went into this artistic skill. Every piece of work displayed was individual - no two pieces were the same. It was also great to see some of the younger generation taking part in the Expo. Quilters of Mannum - you must all be congratulated on the high quality of your work. We again held our Popular Exhibit Vote, which was taken out by Yve Hockey for her “Travelling North” and “Forrest Impressions” quilts first-class work - and a Special mention went to Berrie Skein’s “Rambling Rose” quilted bedspread which was exquisite. Future Expos to be held in conjunction with Mannum Market. September 7th Local Photographers Coordinator Heidi Sonntag 8569 1908 October 5th Gardeners Coordinator Coral Ramm 8569 1423 November 2nd Local Talent - Music Coordinator Brian Albino 8569 1698

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A BIT OF R ‘n R [Reflection & Rumination from Rod & Ruth] “Does this mean this is the wrong relationship for us?” asked the young woman with concern. We’d been exploring some of the differences in the way she and her partner experienced the world in their daily lives. They easily identified their different approaches to money. He was careful, planning for the future, while also worrying about all the ‘what if’s’. Her approach was more qué sera, carefree though certainly not careless. However, as we uncovered different perspectives and personality traits questions about compatibility arose. “No, this is the perfect relationship for both of you,” we reassured them. Later we reflected on the dynamics of difference in our relationship . . . Ruth: Rod and I are having problems in the bedroom. While we are both rather owlish in our nightly patterns, the real problem begins once we get to bed. After goodnights are said and done, Rod is usually sleeping the sleep of the innocent within minutes. That’s when my frustration starts. How come he gets to sleep so easily while I spend an hour or two in a tangled horizontal dance with the bedclothes? It starts out as a slow waltz, toes pointed, legs gently gliding this way then that over the space designated my side of the bed; but soon both mood and tempo change and limbs become taut, movements staccato, head turnings made with all the flourish of an impassioned tangoee. This nightly practice is wearing more than the sheets a little thin. No wonder I have scant desire to repeat these movements vertically on the dance floor. Early morning arrives and so begins the Reverse Waltz. While I am still in the land of dreams, Rod’s legs glide across the sheets till, with the balls of his feet firmly grounded, he’s out of bed, the room and the house and off to his morning dance practice. My morning immovability must be incomprehensible to him. Rod and I have many differences in our preferences. He prefers complete darkness, I like a soft light; he likes silence, I like some ‘buffering’ sound; he prefers an open window, me a fan; he’s a hot bod, I’m a cold frog. So if relatively minor issues such as these create irritations that could eventually become grounds for conflict, how on earth do partners negotiate significant differences such as when she’s a social butterfly, he’s a hermit; he’s gregarious, she prefers her own company; he’s a dancer, she’s not? Whoo’s preferences get to be on top? Rod and I have made a decision to be more owlish in dealing with our different preferences. Instead of focussing on whoo’s right, whoo’s wrong, whoo’s way will get precedence we now see our differences from a much clearer perspective. Holding a vision of a relational space big enough to cater for both our differences, instead of holding on to the annoyances those differences could create makes the difference. We’re committed to being passionate about our relationship, not our differences. And learning that has been a real hoot!

Rod: It’s happens in every room in the house, often in multiple ways depending on the size and accessories available. For instance in the toilet one scrunches and one folds which means the one who uses the most paper usually replaces the roll more regularly. Let me tell you I can’t remember the last time I replaced the roll! The kitchen raises more opportunities. I cook, she washes up but when I cook I leave cupboard doors open. When she washes up she leaves the water in the sink. I put the plates in the cupboard according to their type so they are ready to select, she puts them in as they come off the dish rack. The table top is a good spot. We rarely use it for meals. Instead it seems to pile up with the comings and goings of daily life. There is a tension around who has the most stuff there. At the moment I think it’s me. The spare bedroom is a favourite. It tends to get used for storing things before they are put away. Clean washing for instance. While I fold from the clothesline straight away, she piles from the clothesline and irons later. It’s also where we keep the vacuum cleaner. The rare times I use it I do so and put it back. She drives it down the hallway, gets a distraction leaves it in the walkway returns sometime over the next couple of days. Then there’s the bathroom. I would leave my towel for a week and replace it. She grabs all damp towels meaning to replace them and I often don’t notice until I need one ... fun when she’s around and chilly when she’s not! Well the more I write the more I realise how tolerant my pal is with my habits. But it is not just tolerance. It is acceptance. Acceptance that we are very different. While we talk and share insights into each others differences and contemplate changes, many of these things are opportunities to appreciate and love the other ….for instance … when I put my hands into the cold greasy water in the sink and fumble for the plug, after the initial ugghh a smile wells up inside, a giggle of delight and feelings of warmth fill me with a sense of incredible joy and gratitude. She’s not like me! I rinse the sink with warm water so it can happen in the kitchen all over again.

Can people be too different for a relationship to work? Not in our experience. The probability of a relationship ‘working’ depends not on finding/choosing the right partner but on being the right partner. Being the right partner means accepting and respecting your differences, negotiating outcomes that both can live with. In the relationship dance, wherever and however it takes form, we follow the lead of our wise friend; “Do not be distracted by the irritations and annoyances of the things you don’t want; create a vision of what you do want and pursue it with passion.” (The Way of The Owl) Rod is a U.C.A Minister and Spiritual Director,

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he Volunteer Support fund opened on the 11th of August, enab ling small community based organisations to apply for funding to help them foster and support their volunteer workers. Small grants of up to $3000 will be allocated to groups with initiatives that assist volunteer programs of ongoing community benefit. Projects that may be funded include initiatives that assist volunteer support programs, expand volunteers’ participation and promote the value of volunteering in the community. Applications close on Monday the 13th of October. Guidelines and application forms can be obtained by phoning the Schubert Electorate Office on 8563 3636 and further information can be obtained from the Office for Volunteers on 8463 4490 or via the internet at www.ofv.sa.gov.au/grants The Member for Schubert, Mr Ivan Venning encourages the many volunteer organisations in Mannum to apply. “The service volunteers give to the local community is invaluable” he said, “I encourage all small, community based organisations to apply for this funding to aid in the support of their volunteers, who give willingly of their time to benefit the community” said Mr Venning.

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f you provide care and support for your parent, partner, child or friend who has a disability, is frail, aged, or who has a chronic mental or physical illness, then you are a Carer. You are not alone. River Murray and Mallee Carers has members throughout the Coorong, Murraylands, Riverland and Mallee. We hold regular group sessions/meetings in your area and host Regional Events that Carers from all regions are encouraged to attend. At R.M.M.C. we like to assist Carers to meet other Carers with similar experiences, provide Carers with time out from their caring responsibilities and give Carers the chance to share information and ideas. We recognise the value of Carers’ contributions to the community and encourage the development of services. To Register with River Murray and Mallee Carers please call our Office on 1800 806 580. We will be delighted to send out an information pack and calendar of upcoming events. HACC is jointly funded by both State and Commonwealth Governments.

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Lions Club of Ridley ennis Noack travelled from Tanunda to cut the Ridley Lions 30th Anniversary Birthday cake at the Swan Reach Hotel on August the 19th. Dennis was the very first president of the Lions Club of Ridley when it was chartered in 1978. We were pleased that just over 50 guests, including four other charter members – Neville Schultz (Keyneton), Hermann Markovsky (Swan Reach), John Kroehn (Barossa Valley) and John Greogory (Nildottie) – were able to come and share in the celebrations. Not only were these inaugural members present but we welcomed new member Peter Clark (Sanderston), who was inducted by Zone Chairman Henry Mortimer (Waikerie). Several Past District Governors and many past members attended from far afield to make the occasion a very happy one. Guest speaker Hermann enlightened us to many of the early activities of the club.

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Royal Society for the Blind Badge Day

Ridley Lions have volunteered to collect for the Royal Society for the Blind annual badge day appeal to be held on Friday 19th of September. We plan to be outside the Cambrai Store, Griegers Sedan IGA, Sedan Post Office, Swan Reach Store, Nildottie and Walker Flat Stores. These stores have hosted us in the past and, thanks to their hospitality, we hope to raise more that the $430 collected last year. National Tree Planting Day

Cambrai Area School students held their National Tree Planting Day earlier this year enabling billeted visiting Japanese

students to take part by helping plant trees at Meldanda Environmental Education site in the beautiful Marne Valley. Lions donated the food and cooked a BBQ lunch at the site for the students, teachers, parents and their Japanese visitors. Lions Charity Auction

On Saturday the 4th of October the Swan Reach Medical Centre, Lions Den and Museum car park will be humming with activity when Lions will be holding their annual Charity Auction. We thank Cambrai and Sedan Schools, Cambrai, Nildottie, Swan Reach and Sedan Post/Stores for helping with the distribution of leaflets. Once more, the auctioneer will be the entertaining Jim Havelberg from Elders of Mannum. If you haven’t been to a charitable auction conducted by Jim, who voluntarily gives his time, you haven’t been to an auction! The stock pile of goods is growing. If you have any items which can be sold to help other people they will be collected. • If you live on the east side of the Murray, please call Rocco or Lyn on 8570 1208. • If you live in the Cambrai/Sedan region, call Leigh or Joy on 8564 5224. • If you can deliver your donation, drop it at the Lions Den grounds in Swan Reach. Be there to enjoy the fun and have a sizzled sausage! If you would like a challenge and make new friends, Lions welcomes you to join this active community club. Please telephone Tony on 8570 1068. Geoff Hennig, Publicity Officer

Ridley Lions first president Dennis Noack with charter members John Gregory, John Kroehn, Hermann Markovski and Neville Schultz celebrated the 30th anniversary by cutting the beautiful birthday cake donated by Heather Dreschler of Swan Reach.

Ridley Lions Club newest member Peter Clark of Sanderston receives his badge from sponsor Geoff Hennig at his induction conducted by Henry Mortimer during the 30th Anniversary celebration dinner at the Swan Reach Hotel

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Out Of This World

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Astronomer’s Corner

"Clarry" the Crocodile and the Hum-drummers of the Cocos (Keeling ) Islands

n 1981, when I bought my first telescope, digital cameras were about $7000 and big and bulky and heavy. I’m glad I did not buy one then. Current digital cameras are cheaper, smaller and more powerful. The good thing that has not changed is that you can do most anything with the image once you have put it onto your computer. In the old film days it was black and white, with colour only for the technologically informed amateur, although that changed fairly rapidly near the end. The combination of computers and high quality, colour, digital cameras gives you great control over the process. Choosing the camera brand (e.g. Nikon, Canon, etc.) and the photo processing software may be the most important decisions to be made. If you have clicked into digital photo processing for home computers then adding a telescope with a digital camera adapter in the eyepiece may be a simple, next step for an astronomy interest. Buying an adapter for your digital camera so that you can take photographs through your telescope is a way of reducing lens costs and getting most power for your dollar. A point to remember is that astronomical telescopes usually give an inverted image. This can be corrected with a reversing lens between the camera and telescope so that the objects are not upside down. Finding planetarium programs is only as hard as choosing a web site. If you purchase a commercial program on CD-Rom, check that the company offers a download service for updates to get the latest enhancements. The latest planetarium type programs have better graphics and can control a motor equipped telescope. Keying in the current location makes orientation of the night sky so much easier. The one issue is that telescopes, computers and programs are always updating so fast that it barely gives us time to explore fully the potential that we have at our fingertips, unlike 20 years ago. For easy viewing this month, the planets Mars and Venus are in the constellation Virgo as evening objects low in the western sky. To the east, Jupiter is an evening object in Sagittarius. Saturn will return to the morning sky at the end of September.

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lthough they may have much o f the new technology of the modern world, traditional village people of the New Guinea highlands still communicate by drumming. Craftspeople skilfully convert hardwood timber into beautiful whimsical animal shapes with hollowed percussive bodies. Clarry is such a “creature.” A slender, slightly sinister yet comic face and a wickedly curved tangled tail provide handles for the resonant rectangle of his musical body. Pam, my Cocos friend had purchased Clarry from a Gallery in NSW a couple of years ago, and it was such a delight to greet him again; holding his elongated snout and tail while moving the drumstick to and fro in his hollow back. Being born in New Guinea gave me a tiny if tenuous link with the country of his origin too, so he stayed on the table next to my bed for the four weeks I spent on Cocos with Pam and her partner Geof. Nobody appeared to know why it is called “The Gun Club,” but a beach venue on West Island is where a group of people known as “The Hum Drummers” meet at infrequent intervals, and in “Cocos Time,” while they play hand percussive African djembes. “Cocos Time” is elastic, and refers to all times except the Ferry times, the Plane arrival times and high and low tide times. The “Gun Club” consists of two old wooden benches beneath a rusty tin roof supported by four posts. This

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structure partially protects club members from the rain, but does allow some unwanted dilution of beverages such as G&Ts. The ocean crashes loudly and relentlessly a few metres away, mosquitoes attack with vicious intent, and rain pours off the roof into the thirsty sharp white sand. Drumming is possible only when the tide is low and in between rain showers. (This allows ample time for the imbibing of essential liquid refreshments as temperature and humidity are both high in this part of the world.) Pam and I, along with Clarry, attended some of these hastily arranged impromptu sessions. Clutching cool boxes containing the vital beverages, enough Rid to supposedly mozzie-proof an army, and two djembes belonging to Pam, we drove the two kilo metres i n her bone-rattling old rust bucket of a Land Rover to the ritzy seaside venue. As we watched a glorious sun setting over the deep blue lagoon, and a full moon rising over black clouds plus white surf of the Indian Ocean, it didn’t matter that Clarry’s rhythm was not quite in sync. with the djembes being energetically thumped by the regular Hum Drummers of Cocos, despite the fact that he personally hadn’t had a drink. The Mozzies multiplied by millions and sang in string concertos to drown the drums, and the rain poured down - again. Elfreida Wallent

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An Australian Adventure Vivian Garner

(We left the Garner family departing Canada on board the P & O liner Arcadia, bound for Sydney.) e stayed on board at San Francisco; it was cold and rainy. We were getting off tomorrow at Port of Los Angeles to meet Paul, a college buddy of Edgar’s who was coming down from Fresno to meet us. The next day Paul was waiting as we came down the gangway. The children had seen his picture but I was still surprised as they went tearing towards him, pointing and yelling. Then they kept right on past him to embrace a palm tree he had been standing under. “Is it real, Mom? Can we touch it?” Paul wasn’t easily insulted and we had a good day wandering around and visiting with him and his son. After that we settled into the shipboard routine. It wasn’t hard to do. Get up, tidy the cabin, nag the children to get their beds made and off to breakfast. From then on the kids lived in the playroom and we had the freedom of the ship. We tried to be diligent parents and take them with us but every time we went to get them we couldn’t compete with the entertainment on offer. There were Disney movies, scavenger hunts where

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they were allowed the run of the ship and a visit to the bridge where Regan volunteered to take the wheel and the ship took a few erratic twists and turns. Well, I had warned the crew. We did spend an hour in the afternoon watching them in the pool. The evening meal was late enough that after we heard about their day it was time for bed for them. We had professional entertainment in the main lounge or chatting in the various sitting rooms. The steward looked in on the kids if there was any noise. He was a very large fellow who could look quite fierce. The kids gave no trouble. It took a while to get used to the ships motion but no one was seasick. I finally gave up nagging the children into making their beds - the cabin crew always redid them anyway, complete with hospital corners. I decided it was going to be a marvellous 27 days. The cruise we had joined had started from England and would eventually end up back there. It was designed to entertain and we had a variety of stops - first Honolulu. The modern city did not impress the kids but they loved the palm trees and

wading at the beach. We visited the impressive zoo and had lunch at Macdonald’s. Half the ship was there. The children were tired and opted for a nap and games back in the playroom and we were free to go shopping. The colourful island clothing was featured everywhere. It looked glorious but I decided against the popular caftans as being suitable only for island life They were well designed and I took measurements, “just in case.” (Of course I kept a cloth tape. With five children to outfit you never miss an opportunity for a bargain.) Later I made myself some for at home in quieter colours. I purchased a long sleeveless dress in very bright pink It looked great on board but when we landed in Australia I shortened it into something a bit more conventional. Edgar bought a cloth hat. The bright blue shirts covered in hibiscus flowers were definitely not his style. We were properly out to sea now with beautiful clear skies, warm soft air and water that was truly navy blue. A few days later we crossed the equator and the crew hosted a traditional celebration where all the novice crew were initiated by “King

Neptune” with much hilarity. We passengers had a great time. The children were invited to pillow fights on a pole slung over the pool, and various other water contests. Daphne loved them all and surprised everyone including me with her ability to collect spoons while swimming underwater. We were all given a certificate to prove we had crossed the equator. A few days later we arrived at American Samoa, a tiny place called Pago Pago. The shipboard lecture advised us to expect to get rained on - you could set your watch by the daily showers. Local custom was to walk around ’til dry. Rain was an event, not a problem. But no shorts dresses for the ladies. It was Sunday and just not done. It was just what you would expect from a tropical island. White sandy beaches, lots of greenery and palm trees. The houses were platforms with reed matting for a roof - a few even had sides. The household didn't seem to notice the lack of privacy and we had been instructed not to stare. And we did get rained on but no one cared. To be continued

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Action At Last! Rally for the River (From page 1)

hanks must also go to all those of you who travelled to Adelaide to attend the Rally and also those who also attended a further Rally at Goolwa. Mannum Progress Association now has another feather in it’s cap labelled Rally Organisers, to add to it’s list of organisational and promotional skills for our town and district. This is all managed by a small group of, on average, 8 persons who all have the interest of Mannum in mind. So, Mannum business operators and residents, we need more people to attend our meetings with more ideas, more manpower and more expertise to assist the current Committee.

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Tight Lines ustralia’s largest and most prized freshwater fish the Murray cod can tip the scales at around 113.5 kg and 1.8 metres in length. Cod breed during spring floods from August to December, usually in hollow logs on the flooded riverbank. The large eggs are guarded by the male before hatching into 8 - 9 mm fry. These large young cod, which reside in dense bank-side structures, prey on food washing off the productive flood plain. Large numbers of fry are only produced in flood years. In the South Australian section of the Murray, female cod do not necessarily spawn each year. They re-absorb their eggs during non-flood years to give their off-spring the best chance of survival during the best feeding conditions. Young cod grow rapidly, reaching reproductive size (55 cm) in about four years at 3 - 4 kg. Murray cod consume a wide variety of prey. They ingest virtually anything that takes their fancy, including waterfowl, rats and carp. Beer cans, bottle tops and other shiny debris have also been reported from the stomach of Murray cod. Cod love snags. During turbid conditions they show little tendency to move far from their “home” structure either at night or during day. Cod do not get along with other fish, including each other. They aggressively attack any fish, including other species, entering their area.

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From the Coordinators Desk pologies first off for the whoopsie in the July issue regarding the date for our Factory Outlet Shopping bus trip. The correct date is, 17th of September. There are just a few seats left so give us a call on 85692129 to secure your place. $40.00 per person for what promises to be a fun occasion, no traffic worries, plenty of room for all purchases, lunch included and most importantly SHOPPING. All the right conditions for a great day out. Get on board!! Adult Learners Week is just around the corner, in fact the first week of September, so check your diaries to see if you can fit something in. High Tea Learning at the Mannum Club on 2nd September for instance will be an interesting afternoon. While there is no fee involved, booking is absolutely essential to enable sufficient catering for the event. Call us on 85692129 to book your place. We are also planning an Open Day to coincide with Adult Learners Week at Mid Murray Community Support Service on the 4th and 5th of September. We are excited to offer our community the perfect opportunity to come and check out all we have to offer. Rosa Merlino’s second program of Art Classes with us has proved to be an outstanding success. Two sessions are now provided on Mondays to meet the high demand for tuition; first session 10.00 am - 1.00 pm. The second 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm has now opened up a few more places. So, if you are interested there is still the opportunity to join in the experience that can open up a whole new world. The current participants are enjoying the relaxed and no pressure atmosphere and were thrilled to create something on their first day, (a completed landscape that was recognisable) and has certainly encouraged them to explore their potential. There are a few places left in the current Computer Courses; MYOB, Getting the Most out of your Computer and Getting the Most out of the Internet. Give us a call or drop in and find out what will fit your needs. Other current courses on offer are detailed in the Calendar on the back page of the Mannum Mag. Adult Literacy and Numeracy are available if you need any help. Please don’t hesitate to contact us, confidentiality is assured, we are only too happy to assist. With the focus on Adult Learning, this is the ideal time for taking that step to build on any interests or curiosities that you may hold. Hope to see you soon.

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Please Note Changes to closed season Closed season

Taking of Murray Cod is prohibited between 1 August and 31 December inclusive.

Minimum Legal Length

60 cm measured from tip of snout to tip of tail.

Maximum Legal Length

Fish over 100 cm in length must be returned to the water.

Personal Daily Bag Limit:

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Daily Boat Limit:

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Always remember, when going for that illusive Murray Cod … Tight lines. Andrew Hill & Jacob Strauss

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Friends of Parks Forum 2008 n August, Friends of Flinders Ranges NP hosted the annual forum for SA. 250 delegates f r o m d o z e ns o f s i s t e r organisations gathered at Old Wilpena station to learn and to share their experiences. Keynote speaker Dr Victor Gostin took us on a geological journey of an arid landscape hundreds of millions of years old. FRNP Friends Tony Bott and Frank Williams fleshed out a few colourful characters from among our European pioneers. Ranger Arthur Coulthard spoke and sang of his Adnyamathanha country and people. And Ranger Peter Watkins reviewed progress of the Operation Bounceback recovery program in Flinders Ranges, Gammon Ranges and adjoining properties. S t a ke ho ld e r s i n c l u d e a committed mix of pastoralists, sporting shooters, government staff and other volunteers. Bounceback started as a

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conservation program to revive dwindling numbers of the Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby. It has evolved into a whole landscape approach. By paying attention to the control of feral animals and weeds, the parks are now in a better position to take advantage of the rains, when they do eventually fall. During the forum tours we came across two fox carcasses bait victims. After the forum we camped in Bunyeroo Gorge for a night. Sadly, in creek valleys and hill caves we also found a number of decimated roos which the long drought has claimed. A fellow camper at Bunyeroo told us he had spoken to the Gorge station owners a few days ago. They are fully destocking until conditions improve. Living within one’s means - saving for the future and appreciating both the fragility and the tenacity of our crown jewel, the awesome Flinders Ranges.

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Mannum Kindergarten, Male Road, Mannum Wednesdays 10 – 11:30am, 30th July to 17th September Focus: 0 – 3 year olds. Siblings Welcome. Mums, Dads, Grandparents & Carers Welcome Gold coin donation to Kindergarten Come to Little Bugs for: ˜ ˜ ˜ ˜

Play ideas, Songs, Movement & Story Reading Developmental Stages, Language and Literacy, Toy Making Looking After Yourself, Relaxation & Meeting Other Parents Cooking with your children ˜ Guest Speakers Contact: Suzie Jokic or Hannah Baseley: 8535 6800 Mary (Kindy Coordinator) 8569 1487

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Dunlop Blue Streak Simex Sime

Mark Schache Auto Repairs Telephone: 8569 2114 Mobile: 0418 455 385

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Meet your local ANZ Financial Planner Troy Mickan Troy Mickan is qualified to help you in a number of different areas including: • • • • • •

Tax effective investing Borrowing to invest Superannuation Retirement planning Rollovers &redundancies Life & income protection

Troy Mickan ANZ Financial Planner 27 Bridge Street Murray Bridge Phone: (08) 8531 2697

Make an appointment with Troy Mickan now.

www.anz.com ANZ Financial Planners are representatives of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited ABN 11 005 357 522, the holder of an Australian Financial Services Licence. ANZO1 1757

Ladies Only Meeting Thursday 18th September 2008, 10 am - 12 noon Mannum Motel Café, Cliff St Mannum An open invitation to all ladies to meet our State Members of Parliament for a “Chat to You” – “Listen to You” discussion in informal and pleasant surroundings. Ivan Venning Vicki Chapman

MP for Schubert, Opposition Whip Opposition Minister of Health and Housing Tea and Coffee Available

Joan I Kreiser, OAM. BA. FTCL. LTCL President, Mannum Branch Liberal Party, Schubert Electorate

Mannum Tennis Club Annual General Meeting our support is important for the club to grow and be successful, both in junior and senior divisions this season.

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Wednesday, September 3rd 7:30 pm Café Mannum (Motel, Cliff Street)

Apologies to: David Mann Nanette Chadwick

8569 1771 or 0429 090 509 Nanette Chadwick

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MHAL Report ow, what a month we’ve shared at the MHAL! It all started with a garage sale facilitated by the MHAL volunteers for the Mannum AOG Church which generously p r o v i d es o ur p r emise s . Donations of saleable items came pouring in before the day of the sale and it became clear that it was going to be a day to remember. We had heaps of customers who were greeted by the smell of hot sausages outside on the barbie, inside the hot soup bubbled. The happy volunteers waited eagerly to make the customers happy. It was a great day that exceeded expectations. The bus has been a great tool for getting people out and about and enjoying what the district has to offer. This month the bus went out to Birdwood where the group checked out alpaca products and Murray Bridge to Dundees Wildlife Park as part of MMCAG’s 10 t h birthday celebrations. We took some great pics and had a blast with all the friendly animals. We also enjoyed a great day with the River Murray and Mallee Carers. We had a table for bark and leaf painting and around the room there was also an intense game of scrabble, magnet making, handmade baubles and games by Terry which were lots of laughs. The kitchen was put to the test and the food was awesome with a big selection of lovingly prepared dishes by some fantastic volunteer cooks. We enjoyed munching on everything from sweet and sour pork to cream puffs thanks to our faithful volunteers. We have been fortunate that some folks have shared skills at the MHAL and really enjoy learning different crafts, cooking methods and other activities that can be shared with a group. Thank you to those who have contributed their time and technique or donated items to make the MHAL such an active place. If you spend too much time at home, would like some company, or really enjoy a room full of friendly faces you are most welcome to join us at the

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CAFÉ MANNUM Licenced Café

Come along for a relaxing coffee! Admire the Majestic views of the River Murray from our Newly renovated Café. Receive a Bottomless Cup of Tea/Coffee On presentation of this ad (One cup per ad) Relaxing Friendly Atmosphere Overlooking the Murray Indoor/Outdoor Dining

Bookings Preferred Tel: 8569 1808 Café Mannum 76 Cliff St

MHAL. You can just come in to meet people and have a cuppa if you like or join in with an activity. Please check out some of the September happenings in the calendar on the back page to see what’s in store. Jessica Clark

Jessica Clark at the Murray Bridge to Dundees Wildlife Park

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MANNUM CAN & BOTTLE DEPOT 103 Adelaide Road, Ph: 8569 1720 OPEN Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9am – 12, 1 – 4pm Saturday 9 - 12 CLOSED Wednesday, Sunday, Easter Saturday & Public Holidays All Clean Deposit Cartons, Cans & Bottles Accepted The 3 R’s of Recycling R emove lid R inse R eturn for refund

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JOIN OUR HISTORY MAKING MURRAY RIVER EVENT Paddle Steamer Oscar W's 100th Birthday  Join in the activities at Mary Ann Reserve, Mannum on Sunday 28 September 2008 and participate in this memorable occasion.  Let's rally together and show our admiration for Oscar W and crew who have  worked so very hard to get her in shape for the big achievement of 100 years of boating.  For all owners of paddle boats, go for glory in the Paddle Boat Race.  Challenge PS Marion, Oscar W and  William Randell.  PS Marion cruises at 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm   adults $15, children $7.50. A Parade of All Boats (sail past) has been scheduled for 2pm, we'd love to see as many entrants as possible. Enjoy a fun day out and catch up with friends old and new.  Boat owner registration forms are available at the Mannum Visitor Information Centre for the paddle  boat race and parade of all boats.  Further information to be provided following registration.

Lions Auction Sale

Saturday October 4th 10:00 am ˜

Swan Reach Lions Den

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(Next to the Museum)

˜ Hundreds of Donated Items ˜ ˜ All Proceeds to Charity ˜ To Arrange Collection Call A Volunteer

Swan Reach: Cambrai: Angas Valley: Nildottie/Walker Flat:

Ivan Leigh Bill Tony

8570 2326; Laurie 8570 2040 8564 5224; Geoff, Helen 8564 5031 8569 6040 8570 1068; Rocco, Lynn 8570 1208

Auctioneer: The very popular and entertaining Jim Havelberg from Elders of Mannum

Sponsored by Lions Club of Ridley

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Real Estate Mannum News Elders Real Estate Mannum Award Winners Again At the recent Annual Awards Ceremony for Elders Real Estate South Australia that was held at the Hyatt Ball room, Elders Real Estate Mannum received three more No 1 awards. Jim Havelberg received a No 1 Salesman awards for the fourth time in a row and Rob Brown A NO 1 Principals award for the eighth time. The team at Elders Real Estate Mannum has achieved these prestigious Awards for over 10 years and is committed to continue providing the highest quality Real Estate service to their clients.

Sanctuary On Mannum

The photograph shows that the first of the new homes in the Sanctuary on Mannum Retirement Village are well and truly underway. Call in or give us a call for more details on this refreshing new retirement village designed for living life not retiring from it. Homes available from $205,000.

For more information on any of the above topics or for all your real estate needs talk to the friendly, professional team at: Elders Real Estate Mannum RLA 46286 Ph: 8569 1003. Rob, Jim, Marc, Ros & Danielle www.elders.com.au/mannum

MID - MURRAY SELF STORAGE Marquees - Digital Jukebox - Karaoke Trestles - Chairs Pie Warmer - BBQ’S - Urn Party Lights - Umbrellas

Suitable For Storing Boats/Caravans Ideal For Storing Furniture Etc. Individual Shed With Own Key Yard Storage Available Shed Size 7.5m Ă— 3m Other Sizes Available

6 WALKER AVE. MANNUM PHONE 8569 1726 MOBILE 0408 813 726

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Mannum Police annum Police report that the following incidents have occurred in the Police district in the past month.

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Theft SCT (Breaking) Arson Property Damage Serious Assault

7 1 2 5 1

The following offences have also been detected: Unregistered /Insured Vehicle Exceed Alcohol Limit Sustained Wheel Spin Possess Canabis

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Additionally, Infringement Notices have been issued for the following offences: Speed Fail to Dip Headlights Fail to Keep Left

9 1 1

All the speed offences have occurred on the open roads in the area.

Of particular concern to the Police this month are the number of drink drivers detected in the past month. The rate at which drivers are being caught is above the state average of screening tests conducted measured against the number of drivers over the limit. Mannum Police will be conducted more Mobile Random Breath tests in order to reduce the rate of drink driving. A rule of thumb is that MOST women may drink 1 standard drink per hour and stay under 0.05. MOST men may drink 2 in the first hour and 1 each hour after that. See the table below

for relative comparisons. Every Police vehicle has Random Breath and Drug testing capabilities.

manned each morning from about 9.00 am until 11.30am to facilitate community members conducting their business. When the station is unmanned the patrol can be contacted by ringing the 85692211 number which will go to Murray Bridge who can contact the patrol via radio. People ringing the Mannum Police Station when the office is unmanned must ask the Murray Bridge Police Station to call the Mannum Patrol on the radio and arrange a time and place to meet each other. While the Mannum Police Station may be closed Police are still on duty in the district making inquires and conducting investigations into reported crime and are contactable. Sergeant Mick Towie

Contacting Your Local Police

For the information of members of the community the Mannum Police Station is

One standard drink is: 425 ml 285 ml Light beer = Regular beer 2.9% alco/vol 4.9% alco/vol

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100 ml Wine 12% alco/vol

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60 ml Fortified wine 20% alco/vol

Emergency Services Expo

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30 ml Spirits 40% alco/vol

Mannum Red Cross

A Free fun day out for all in Mannum id Murray Community Support Services presents the Emergency Services Expo. On Sunday the 26th of October 2008 from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm at Mary Ann Reserve there will be a celebration of our emergency services volunteers and professionals. This event will be entertaining with numerous attractions for all. You can meet our local Police, CFS, SES, St Johns, SA Ambulance the Red Cross, MMCSS etc. Maybe you or your children can have a career in the services. Check out the many opportunities that exist for cadetships, volunteer and professional alike. You will see the latest technology for detection, search and rescue, see how to keep your family safer in the home or on the water, witness safe boat handling, fire and rescue demonstrations and lots more. There will be bands, food stalls, boat handling trips, boat and home safety fire fighting equipment and much more, lots of fun things to do and see for the whole family. I look forward to seeing you there.

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he Mannum Red Cross Branch held a successful Card Luncheon with Trading Tables and Raffles on July 24th at the Uniting Church Hall. The event raised $706. Those attending were members from Murray Bridge, Jervois, Mt Pleasant, Barossa Valley, Karoonda and local church members. A three course luncheon was served, after which 500 and Bugs were played, finishing off with a cuppa. The winner of 500 was Alan Gower.

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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 meeting held in the Mannum Senior Citizens Centre on Tuesday August 19th was well attended. Thanks to Mid Murray Council for a grant to assist with the publication of Neighbourhood Watch newsletters. A Plates Safe day will be held at Arnold Park on Saturday 18th October. If you are interested in having your number plates secured to your vehicle could you please let Tony know on 85691092 to assist us in getting the correct number and type of screws. Meetings are now held on the third Tuesday of each month.

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Tony Eversham

Next Meeting Tuesday September 16th 7:30 p.m. in the Mannum Senior Citizens Centre All welcome, especially new members. Tea and coffee provided after the meeting.

Rae Bottroff

Marion Wilson, MMCSS&CHIPS

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Cooking Dilemas

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ilema: What is the difference between bi-carbonate soda and baking powder? Solution: While they are both leavening agents, both have their own applications. Bi-carb soda is a pure product and needs the addition of moisture, acidity (e.g. lemon juice, chocolate, honey) and process, (stirring whipping or beating) to produce bubbles (air) that in turn makes food rise. Bi-carb soda can impart a tangy taste to food and when used in large quantities can result in a bitter and soapy flavour. It can create a desirable golden colour to cooked food and has the quality of delivering a unique texture not possible with baking powder. Baking powder however, is not a pure product; it has the addition of an acidic ingredient (usually cream of tartar). This is necessary when a recipe doesn’t include the acidic ingredient. It has a neutral taste so is useful when making a recipe that incorporates neutral ingredients, e.g. milk. TIP: To make your own baking powder, simply combine one part bi-carbonate of soda to two parts cream of tartar.

Upholstery

Furniture Lounges ~ Chairs ~ Antique & Contemporary Styles Automotive

Original & Custom Re-trims ~ Trucks & Tractors Speed & House Boats ~ Boat & trailer Covers ~ Tarps

Restoration

Quality Restoration of all timber furniture Chairs ~ Tables ~ Sideboards ~ Meat Safes

Contact: Terry Schutz Pfeiffer Road Mannum ~ Ph: 0407 390 010 ~ Fax: 8569 1789

Angie

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Mannum Senior Citizens Club he Senior Citizens Club recently held their AGM at which the new committee was elected.

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President: Desme Otto-Coats Vice President: Joan Maczkowiack Secretary: Lois Rand Treasurer: Neta Topsfield. Ass. Secretary: Mamie Parker Ass. Treasurer: Audrey Quast Committee: Irene Cowley Maurice Currinckx, Albert Blackwell Ivy Kowald, Pat Laing

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We wish the new committee all the best for the coming term. We are planning a trip to Strathalbyn o n Mo nd ay September 15th There are also plans underway for an open day in November, for people to come to our club. More about that will be in the next Mannum Mag. In the meantime, remember that we are hosting a concert at the Mannum Leisure Centre on October 18th at 7:30. Bring along your drinks and “basket” and enjoy it all.

The Memories Gang Presents We’ll Meet Again, 2008 Produced and Directed by Ron Barnes

A 2½ Hour Cabaret Show Spanning the years from WW1 through to the Gulf War era, we will have you singing, laughing, crying and dancing. The Memories Gang are past and present members of Comedy Capers scout gang show

The Mannum Leisure Centre, Adelaide Road Mannum 7:30 pm start, Saturday 18th October 2008 $10.00 Per head, BYO drinks and basket supper For bookings contact Lois Rand, Ph: 8569 2795 Mannum Senior Citizens Club Inc.

Lois Rand

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Under The Toadstool

Local Groups Win Grants

Cocos (Keeling) Islands -Impossible Places- in the Indian Ocean A Thumbnail Sketch

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oconut palms, chooks and scuttling land crabs are everywhere. If you surf through the breakers the sea floor lies 5000 metres below-the base of the ancient volcano whose subsiding crater forms these atolls. Brilliantly coloured lipped clams farmed in seawater tanks, by the only resident member of the Clunies Ross family, are regularly flown to Germany under escort to be sold as pets. Fuel costs $2.80 per litre, so it is good that the largest island is only 4 km long. Air freight for perishables is $12 per kilo, so a rockmelon costs $15.50. Shipping freight is $470 per cubic metre, so toilet paper costs an oil tycoon’s ransom, and it is as well that the tiny territory does not pay GST. Scottish Highland dancing has been taught to students in the school on Home Island for 200 plus years, but the Cocos Malays were the last people on earth to get compulsory education. Fragile corals, brilliant coloured fish, sleek reef sharks, turtles and one old Dugong live in the almost enclosed blue lagoon. The supply ship comes usually every three months, but it can be a month or so late, so everybody including the hotel and café borrows from everybody else till the boat comes in. The International Airport runway doubles as a nine hole golf course, except on days when the Charter plane is due or the RAAF is somewhere near Christmas Island or Cocos; and the Club is conveniently next door. The roar of the ocean is constant and strong winds blow in July and August. Contrasted with the heat and humidity of the time of year they

call the doldrums however, winter is more tolerable. Kite and wind surfers enjoy the windy months, and the lagoon is filled with colourful kites and sails, while the sporty little rescue boat flying the Jolly Roger rests ready on the beach. Yachties are not keen on these windy months, as their boats sometimes lose their masts. The resulting long waits for replacements to arrive by ship, then the tedious costly business of installation may prolong a journey for 6 months or more. Many “ex-pat” West Island residents, including Public Servants, with work-free Saturdays, take a $2 ferry-ride across the lagoon to Direction Island (DI) for the day. With well provisioned cool boxes, reef boots and snorkel gear they escape the daily three car peak-hour stresses and problems, to spend the day – with neighbours or colleagues – on an otherwise totally uninhabited island. Swimming and snorkelling in the palm fringed island lagoon is combined with eating, drinking and lounging around till 3 pm when the ferry arrives from Home Island to take us all back home to West Island. Oh crazy Cocos! Duty free costs more than goods at home, but French Brandy only costs $15. The Supermarket does not stock sardines, but does sell tinned quails eggs. Bottled water comes from Fiji and Java via Fremantle, and packets of biscuits labelled Oatcakes list no oats in their ingredients. But where else could families go for a sunset supper watching Thai elephants en route to Taronga Zoo, all holding each other’s tails with their trunks as they make their way to bed for the night?

he Mannum To Wellington Local Action Planning (MWLAP) Committee and the Mid Murray Community Support Service Centre were successful in gaining grants to fund their projects, which provide great benefit to the Riverland communities these groups support. The $4460 grant received by the MWLAP Committee will be used to finance their project, Support for Rural Families in Hardship. The project will fund the hire of a holiday home for ten weeks and the Committee will coordinate two to four nights’ stays, free of charge, for 300 farming families with children, who are experiencing hardship as a result of the ongoing drought. This project aims to provide an opportunity for struggling farming families who are suffering financial constraints, mental health issues and lack of time off. It will do this by allowing the opportunity to get away from farm issues, relax, regroup and discuss options for the future. The Mid Murray Community Support Service Centre (MMCSS) were the recipients of a $1480 grant, which will be used to purchase air conditioning, along with a whiteboard to upgrade the facilities at the Service centre in Mannum. The MMCSS supports 60 disadvantaged people, who have physical disabilities, mental

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health issues, are unemployed or from a low socio-economic background, as well as support the volunteers. The Member for Schubert, Mr Venning said that two groups were successful in gaining funding for very worthy projects. “Farmers and their families are doing it tough” he said, “real tough. I commend the Mannum to Wellington LAP Committee for putting this project together and congratulate them on being successful in obtaining a grant to make it become a reality. This project is an excellent initiative and would provide families with a much needed break away from the stresses of running and maintaining a farm in an ongoing drought environment. I am sure the 300 families who get to participate will be extremely grateful to the Committee and return to their farms somewhat renewed and refreshed” said Mr Venning. “I am also pleased that the Mid Murray Community Support service received funding to upgrade their facilities” he said, “I visited the centre a few months ago and for the work they do and the services they provide they are extremely under funded. The air-conditioning will make the centre much mo re comfortable for both the users and the volunteers, particularly during the hot summer months” said Mr Venning.

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The Member for Schubert, Mr Ivan Venning at one of the craft sessions offered at the Mid Murray Community Support Service. From the left are Linda Hunter, Ivan Venning, Irene Cowley, Lesley Bolger, Helen Turner and Lois Rand.

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Paddle Steamer Heritage Celebrating 100 Years

Chippy Chatter hings are shaping up at the Randell street premises with our back pergola space now being fully paved; this has been made possible by the Mid Murray Council providing the pavers, and the tireless efforts of Pete Kuhlman in doing a fantastic job of laying them. The efforts of Malcolm Keatley, filling in the missing part of the pergola roof is to be commended. I can’t thank you all enough as it has made such a difference to the ambience and has helped to create a more user friendly environment for our clients and volunteers. Our clients should by now have the latest Client Newsletter. Please take the time to read it and bring yourselves up to date on all that is going on and coming up. The next thing our clients and volunteers will receive in their letter box is the invitation for the 25th Friendship Lunch, being held at the Mannum Club on the 11th September. We are lucky

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enough to have guest speakers Leanne Taylor and Ian Crosland from SAPOL, Deb Christianson from Home Health Equipment and Brett Wallace to join us to deliver relevant speeches in their areas of expertise. The CHIPS Community Helpers Shop has been busy with customers and the continued support from the community is fantastic. We are still accepting knitting for the Tiny Babies of Africa, so if you have your knitting needles handy this is a great cause to get behind. We gladly became a drop off point for knitted scarves and beanies that are being distributed by the Salvation Army to the disadvantaged in our areas, this was promoted by 5MU and we were pleased to participate with many beautiful items gratefully received. Thank you to all who donated their time and efforts. Marion Wilson, Coordinator

S Marion will accompany the Oscar W on its centenary celebrations as they cruise from Mannum to Swan Reach and return. Over five days from Monday 22nd to Friday 26th September 2008, PS Marion will take passengers upstream from Mannum to Swan Reach and return. Cruise the majestic waters of the Murray River to the rhythmic sounds of the paddle wheels and the toot of each vessel’s unique sounding whistle echoing against the limestone cliffs. With river levels more than sufficient for the history making journey, PS Marion and PS Oscar W will form a flotilla, with passengers invited to enjoy the serenity of the wonderful river scenery and Chef Derek’s sumptuous fine fare from the wood fired oven. School students from surrounding areas have been invited to join in the celebrations and inspect the historic vessels during the mid-week stop over in Swan Reach (on Wednesday 24th September). The weekend of Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th September 2008 will see Mannum turn out in style to celebrate Oscar W’s 100th birthday. Take a trip back in time and enjoy a short cruise aboard a historic paddle steamer. PS Marion will be conducting short cruises on the Sunday, departing from the Town Wharf on Mary Ann Reserve, Mannum. Don’t miss being part of this amazing historic experience. The activities will be complemented by a fantastic exhibition of model paddle steamers as well as a comprehensive photographic exhibition of paddle steamers during this period hosted in the Arnold Gallery at the Mannum Dock Museum. A South Australian icon, the Paddle Steamer Marion is a fully restored heritage vessel built in 1897, and is the world’s last remaining steam driven, wood fired, overnight passenger carrying side paddle steamer. With only 2 cabins still available for the five day/four night cruise, get in quick to secure your holiday of a lifetime. Tickets can be purchased online at www.psmarion.com or by telephone at 8569 2733.

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J. R. ELIX TANKS

Ailis Cooke, Executive Officer Mannum Dock Museum

As well as our popular, traditional range of Round, Galvanised Iron, Rain Water Tanks, (made locally the old fashioned way using solder)

Murray Bridge Town Hall

we now can offer you a modern built, round rainwater tank made from BlueScope Steel Colorbond® You can choose from 6 colours to match or complement your outdoor colour scheme. The colour choices for your rainwater tank are:

Deep Ocean, Pale Eucalypt, Paperbark, Manor Red, Woodland Grey & Wilderness.

Avoid lengthy delays Plan ahead – Order today

Ph: 85691203, Fax: 85698104 11 DIERCKS ROAD, MANNUM Page 16

2 Seventh Street Murray Bridge SA 5253

5th & 6th September 2008 10am – 4pm Admission Free The Expo will feature displays and information on: • • • • • • • • • •

Retro fitting the average home – the costs and benefits Rainwater use in the home – the tank, cost and quality Water smart gardening – plants, irrigation and design Grey water use – in small scale Water-smart whitegoods Water Quality Monitoring On-farm water use Sustainable Living Drought Issues Solar Power An initiative of the Mannum to Wellington Local Action Planning Inc. Enquiries: Ph (08) 8531 3222 or Email: mwlap@mwlap.org.au

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Mannum Mag Issue 28 September 2008  

A local information magazine produced by the Mannum Community for the Mannum Community.

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