Issue No. 154 – Thursday, November 25, 2010
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Harvest time It’s time for farmers to reap what they’ve sown with headers across the region currently running 24 hours a day in what looks set to be the best harvest in many years. Harvest update Page 4.
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■ BOOM TIME: Local farmers have started their harvest and British girl Kate Hodges is taking part in the action. Full story Page 5.
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Lake Bonney regulator to be removed By BRAD PERRY THE State Government is expected to announce the long awaited removal of Lake Bonney’s controversial temporary regulator by the end of this week. Berri Barmera Council Mayor Peter Hunt said the future of the regulator should be known this week after, earlier this month, council recom-
mended to State Water Minister Paul Caica the regulator must be removed immediately. Mr Hunt could not confirm when the announcement would be made, but the Riverland Weekly understands the removal is imminent. “It has been a long process,” he said. “I’m expecting an announcement to be made by the minister this
week. “It may be a decision he will make in Cabinet.” With members of the Barmera community group urging the removal of the temporary Napper’s Bridge structure at a public meeting and rally recently, it is expected Minister Caica will accept the recommendation from council and remove the regulator. ■ Continued Page 3
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Locusts to hit parks and gardens By BRAD PERRY RIVERLAND towns and gardens will be invaded in coming weeks as adult locusts take flight. Biosecurity SA Incident Controller Michael McManus said aerial spraying continues in the Riverland and Mallee as farmers begin to harvest. The locusts are expected to look for greener pastures as the cereal crops are reaped, meaning vineyards and gardens are under threat. “You are more likely to start seeing adult locusts moving around throughout the region in the coming couple of weeks,” he said. “At this stage it (aerial spraying) will continue for at least another two weeks and it could be another week after that depending on the scale of hatchings. “We’ve sprayed over 125,000 hectares now and that’s been very effective
in controlling the locust populations. “It’s never going to be an eradication program. “It was a control program to reduce the locust numbers and reduce their ability to swarm.” Mr McManus said there are a percentage of adult locusts that have got through the system and avoided being killed off by chemicals. “There are reports of damage, I wouldn’t say there are many,” he said. “Generally those reports of damage have been around the edges of crops and on crops that still have the last bit of green on the tip of their stem. “Some locusts have been attacking that and knocking the heads off.” Farmers must double check withholding periods on chemicals used to spray locusts with the harvest under way, according to Mr McManus.
Barmera tennis story correction IN LAST week’s article about Barmera Tennis Club’s 90th anniversary it was stated that Ivan Paull and John Bannear are current players, when both are past players of the club. The Barmera Tennis Club is celebrating its anniversary at the clubrooms tomorrow from 6.30pm. For more information, please phone Joy Mules on 8588 1548.
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Another challenge for Barmera IF, as predicted, the government announces the removal of the the Napper’s Bridge regulator at Lake Bonney this week, it will be a win for those who have fought a long battle against its presence. It will also provide a measure of goodwill towards a State Government which has been viewed highly suspiciously by many in the region. High river levels have resulted in the river meeting the trigger points at which the government had previously decreed the regulator can be removed. To have ignored those previous commitments to the Barmera community would have been an insult. However, the removal of the regulator does not mean the lake can be forgotten about. Despite differences in opinion on how the lake should be managed, the varying vocal parties must work together now to ensure the lake’s future good health and the revitalisation of the Barmera community. There lies another very important challenge for the relevant parties.
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