Issue No. 145 – Thursday, September 23, 2010
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THE Riverland and Mallee’s first extensive locust hatching has been discovered at Overland Corner this week as farmers prepare to battle the multi-million dollar war on locusts. With just days until hatchings were predicted to occur between Renmark and Morgan, SARDI senior entomologist Ken Henry and his team inspected a potato, onion and grain growing property at Overland Corner where large bands have already formed. “What they are after is green to continue their development,” he said. “The spuds were here in the autumn and that’s what they landed on. “The problem we have got at the moment is the crops are so big, the pasture is so lush, there is going to be problems picking them up and you really need to know what you’re looking for. “When they emerge they are pale in colour and they darken up in a couple of hours. “They are very small and they look like grass seeds.” With isolated reports near Loxton, Wanbi and Monash previously, Mr Henry said growers are prepared to fight the locust plague. “I think we are as prepared as any time but next month will show just how prepared we are,” he said. ■ Continued Page 5
■ WAR ON LOCUSTS: SARDI senior entomologist Ken Henry inspecting bands of emerging locusts at an Overland Corner property this week. The property was declared the first significant outbreak of the pests in the Riverland and Mallee.
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IN an editorial around two years ago, I urged victims of sex offenders to come forward and report their ordeals to police. Sadly, I am again making that call following the arrest this week of a Riverland man over 41 alleged offences over a 10 month period. For some reason we are seeing/ hearing about an increasing number of these cases in our media each year. I hope it is not a prevailing societal attitude that it is appropriate to mess with those in our community who are most vulnerable. I believe that it is now being reported to police more than in the past and then to the public via the media once these cases come to light. However, we need to ensure that those in our community who believe they have a right to interfere with our children learn that what they are doing is inappropriate and that they will be appropriately punished in the courts for doing so. If found guilty, the public expect that sex offenders are dealt with in the harshest possible fashion by our courts of law.
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■ STUDYING: Australian Society of Herpetologists president Mark Hutchinson on the foreshore of Lake Bonney during this week’s conference. Photo: JANE WILSON
UP to 150 herpetologists from universities and museums around Australia took part in the Australian Society of Herpetologists 2010 Scientific Conference in Barmera this week. At the four day conference at the Lake Shed and Eco Park, Australian Society of Herpetologists president Mark Hutchinson said the conference was a chance for herpetologists to interact and further help their careers. “Everybody at all levels gets to talk to people with similar interests, plan joint projects, catch up with what some of the latest findings and methods are,” he said While at the Lake Bonney facility , those in attendance were able to see the positive aspect of higher water levels in Lake Bonney. “This is a sensitive area and quite a lot of people here, while they work on reptiles and amphibians, the aspect of
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80 years of citrus farming history reflected on as...
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■ FAMILY: Fourth generation in the Ingerson Citrus family buisiness Michael Ingerson (far left) with parents Judy and David, are celebrating the introduction of a new grading and handling system in the family’s 80th year of citrus farming. (Right) The company’s memorabilia on display at its celebrations. Photos: JANE WILSON
By BRAD PERRY ONE of the Riverland’s oldest horticultural companies this week celebrated a major milestone with the introduction of a new automated grading and handling system. The Ingerson family has been growing, packing and marketing citrus in the Riverland and beyond for 80 years and have seen the company grow through the drought and hard times. Owner David Ingerson said it has been great to look back on what the family, with four generations working for the company, has been able to achieve. “When you are so busy growing and building a business and moving forward, you don’t look back very often so
this is the occasion to reflect,” he said. A new automated citrus fruit grading and handling system was commissioned on the day, the first of its kind in Australia, according to Mr Ingerson. “We’ve gradually expanded p the packing and marketing side
sion of the company since 1930, with Ingersons also partnering with marketing merchant Bache Bros since the beginning. While production at the family’s orchards in Bookpurnong, Berri, Loxton and Victoria is predicted to reach 8000 tonnes in the coming year,
I think it gives us a degree of efficiency a lot of other people don’t (have). of things to the point where we have one of the rare automated bin handling systems within the packing shed,” he said. “That is quite revolutionary. “I think it gives us a degree of efficiency a lot of other people don’t (have).” Four generations have been involved in the expan-
l is Mr Ingerson said the family looking towards the future. “Whilst the last few years have been tough, we made the decision to trade all the water we needed or reduce our plantings so we eliminated all our, other than citrus varieties, all our apples are gone, all our vineyards are gone,” he said.
“The vineyards will all be replanted this year with citrus. “A lot of the vineyard will be planted to a new variety of mandarin that’s come out of the US.” Admitting the Riverland has had plenty of challenges over the years, Mr Ingerson said he is grateful to all those involved in helping the business prosper. “I think we have been pretty focused and we seemed to have s ucceeded,” he said. “It’s good to know it’s been a gradual and progressive expansion for our business.” Mr Ingerson said the company’s do-it-yourself spirit started with his grandfather Phillip, who decided to do the marketing himself after two operators let him down.
Late flurry of local council nominations
NOMINATIONS for the local government elections closed with a flurry of candidates joining the race by Tuesday’s midday deadline. Glossop High School deputy prinicipal Neville McPherson has emerged as a late challenger to incumbent Peter Hunt for the Berri Barmera Council’s mayoral position. At Renmark Paringa, Neil Martinson faces a double challenge from Frank Turton and Wendy Cormick. While at Loxton Wai-
kerie, councillors Bert Haslam and Leon Stasinowsky will vie for the mayoral position vacated by Dean Maywald. In the Mallee, Karoonda East Murray Council Mayor Kevin Burdett has been re-elected unopposed. In the Southern Mallee Council, three councillors have chosen to not nominate for another term on council, while no new nominees have been received. Among the high profile candidates to become
elected members is former Berri Barmera Mayor Margaret Evans.
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■ Trevor Chapple, Margaret Evans, Mike Fuller, Bruce Richardson, Cheryle Hughes, Trevor Scott, Alysha Herrmann, Vicki Beech, Jim Rolfe, Robin Foley, Andrew Kassebaum, Bruce Gehling, Sam Koutouzis,
■ Yvonne Smith, Margaret Size, John Wooldridge, Gary Stapledon, Trevor Kerley, Caroline Phillips, Colin Zadow.
■ Michael Zeppel, David Kimber, Peter Lutz, Jody Flavel, Deb Thiele, Mark Ward, Michael
Vowles, Kym Webber, David Schenke, Marian Woodberry, Margaret Malthouse, George Krozska, Ross Copeland, Trevor Norton.
■ Scott Freeman, Linda Webb, Maria Spano, Michael McAuliffe, Jack Gibb, Allan Maddocks, Greg Haynes, Mark Chown, Violet Patty, Graeme Daniel, Helen Slade, Pam Phillips, Jacky Rogers, Adrian Maple, Peter Hunter, Ros Frazer.
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I WOULD like to take this opportunity in thanking and acknowledging the Riverland Weekly for your efforts in helping to bring the South Australian Premier Mike Rann to the Riverland. I would also like to acknowledge all the other community members who have been instrumental in voicing their concerns on having the Premier visit our region over the past few months. Although we all would have liked for him to be here longer, I am hopeful that he would have gained a great deal of valuable information of the situation the Riverland is in by talking with community members and seeing the area first hand in his short visit. It is still council’s intention to hopefully entice the whole State Cabinet back to the Riverland in the future and, in turn, perhaps allowing more of the community to interact. In an instance such as this, by all working together co-operating as a region, we can get results. Thank you once again for your contribution.
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