Issue No. 161 – Thursday, January 20, 2011
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Alysha is state’s top young citizen
■ WINNER: Monash resident Alysha Herrmann has been named South Australia’s Young Citizen of the Year for her significant contribution to youth affairs. Photo: JANE WILSON
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RIVERLAND apple growers are facing the prospect of having the region’s best harvest in more than a decade as returns hit record levels. With the apple harvest beginning last week, Loxton North based RIVAPP (Rivercorp) manager Lisa Varady said there are several factors, including good size and colour, strong tonnage and the like-
ly possibility of solid returns, which could combine to see the best harvest the region has experienced for years. “Size is very good, probably
above average, and colour is fantastic following the rain that we had last week and we’ve had some fairly dewy mornings, so it’s looking excellent,” she said. “Some of the early reports are that the markets are paying more than five dollars a kilogram, which is something I’ve personally never seen. “I think it would probably be
equal to some of the highest prices ever paid for our fruit.” Flooded Queensland farming properties, demand and fruit storage issues have contributed to prices for apples reaching near unprecedented highs. “When galas first started in the Riverland, we did see prices like that and that would be 15 years ago..but it hasn’t been like that for a very
long time,” RIVAPP (Rivercorp) comanager Karl Hennig said. “It’s not that the (Queensland) floods actually affected the apple areas so much but it’s just fresh food in general, people are just desperate for fresh fruit and vegetables,” Mrs Varady added. ■ Continued Page 6
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Persistence pays off
Supplementary Election for 2 Councillors in Kelly Scales Ward and 1 Councillor in Bews Ward Nominations to be a candidate for election as a member of Southern Mallee District Council will be received between Thursday 27 January 2011 and 12 noon Thursday 10 February 2011. Candidates must submit a profile of not more than 150 words with their nomination form and may also provide a photograph, predominantly head and shoulders, taken within the previous 12 months. Nomination kits are available from the Council office, Day Street, Pinnaroo. A briefing session for intending candidates will be held at 7pm on Tuesday 1 February 2011 at the Lameroo Council Chamber. K Mousley Returning Ofﬁcer
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PERSISTENCE often pays off and the Pike River Land Management Group is to be congratulated for sticking to its guns for so many years. The group this week received funding which will help reduce salinity levels within the local river system, benefiting irrigators who have battled tough conditions over many years. For Sam Lloyd, it must feel like a massive achievement, ending three generations of family lobbying which started with his grandfather nearly 50 years ago. From here the group can look forward to all of the benefits a salt interception scheme brings, as experienced by the Loxton community over a decade ago. Meanwhile, if plans go ahead, the Riverland could soon have its own high class convention centre, which would play its part in enhancing the region’s economy. If the Riverland is to remain a major player in regional South Australia, such a facility is imperative. There is currently nowhere in the region where conventions with attendees in the order of 2000 people can be held. As such, the Riverland is missing out on millions of outside investment dollars. Hopefully this project moves forward and becomes a reality.
HEAVY rainfalls in Victoria last week will affect in-flows into South Australia, adding to the high waters already being experienced. SA’s Department of Water said the flow may result in another peak to the tune of 80,000 megalitres per day towards mid to
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