Issue No. 158 – Thursday, December 23, 2010
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■ EXCITED: Christmas is only two days away and Heath Baker is excited about doing some final shopping for the big day at tonight’s first twilight Riverland Farmers’ Markets. FULL STORY - Page 8. Photo: JANE WILSON
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THE Riverland is preparing for River Murray levels to rise more than a metre and a half in some areas and predicted flows of 90,000 megalitres a day are expected by the end of January. The flow is the most significant in over a decade but SA Water figures end speculation that a peak reminiscent of the 1974 flood is on its way. While the environment is benefiting from floodwater, holiday parks and water vessel owners are taking measures to cope with rising
levels, which are quickly climbing up banks. Waikerie Caravan Park and River Murray Queen owner Ian Edwards said the famous paddlesteamer may be forced to close temporarily if water levels continue to rise.
“We put extensions on to the tie up pillars, we’ve put them up a metre, we’re now putting another two metre extension on,” he said. “We are predicting, in a worst case scenario, we could have another metre and a half of height coming down. “If it reaches that stage, we’ll probably have to close the boat.
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A sad Christmas perspective
■ YUMMY: Waikerie grower Justin Loffler enjoys a taste of his delicious cherries. Photo: BRAD PERRY By BRAD PERRY RIVERLAND growers have survived challenging weather conditions this season to produce an almost perfect flavoured cherry this Christmas. With the late start to the season, there will be plenty of the red fruit available during the festive period and Waikerie cherry grower Justin Loffler is proud to serve his cherries locally. “They’ve had a good ripening season, so they’ve got all the sugars and everything you need in them,” he said. “Because the weather has been mild, we haven’t had any issues with sunburn or anything like that. “I’ve got mine available in the local Foodland supermarket here and often, by this time of year, my cherries are finished but because it was a bit of a late start to the season, it looks like there will be plenty of cherries available at Christmas time, which is a bonus because everyone loves to see a few cherries on the Christmas table. “There is a lot of interest from people who know they are local cherries, they always come and look for them every year.” Mr Loffler, who has up to 500 cherry trees at his Waikerie property, said early winter chill and excellent flowering and fruit set mean cherries taste almost as good as they can get. With rain affecting crops elsewhere in the nation, Mr Loffler said where quality cherries are being produced, the returns are solid.
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PERSPECTIVE is wonderful. When reflecting upon our experiences it gives us a reminder of the important things in life. It can shine a light on a new direction and provide impetus for change to benefit ourselves and those around us. Of course, the festive season is traditionally time to look back on the past. Not to get too political but the recent Christmas Island tragedy, notwithstanding the rights and wrongs of government policy, highlighted that we, as a nation, still have a long way to go in regards to compassion for those worse off than us. As a nation we had compassion for those who died in the New Zealand mine tragedy, but little for those who perished in the waters off Christmas Island. We need to gain perspective in the refugee debate - there are only measures of right and wrong but no definitive answers. One thing is true though, we will not stop people coming here for a better life. Politicising the death of those unfortunate souls does nothing for the refugee debate in this country and is a poor reflection on our levels of compassion. It is sad this perspective must come so close to Christmas.
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Largest ever illegal fruit seizure A PERSON has been caught with almost 600 kilograms of fruit in 58 cartons while travelling into the Riverland. The seizure is the largest ever in the Riverland and the
person is facing possible prosecution. Agriculture and Food Minister Michael O’Brien said despite a campaign for the community not to travel with fruit
into the region, people are still doing the wrong thing. “The driver was allegedly not carrying documentation to acompany (the fruit),” Mr O’Brien said.
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