Issue No. 195 â€“ Thursday, September 15, 2011
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Field of dreams With a positive outlook for the upcoming harvests, farmers and irrigators are daring to dream at this yearâ€™s Field Days. Story page 6.
â– SAFARI: Riverland Field Days committee member Shane May with son Jarrod, 2, and Bethany Sweet, 5, as they begin their journey on the Safari for Kids. Photo: JANE WILSON
LOCAL CONNECTION â– POSITIVE: Future Premier Jay Weatherill speaking at a conference in Berri at the weekend.
SOUTH Australiaâ€™s premier-inwaiting Jay Weatherill has vowed not to forget the Riverland when he begins his term next month, with his promise strengthened after revealing he has a local connection. Mr Weatherill, who was in Berri for a country Labor conference on Saturday, told the Riverland Weekly his wife Melissa had grown up in Loxton. â€œOne of the reasons why I
BRAD PERRY wanted to come up here is my wife grew up in the Riverland, in Loxton, so she just wanted to show our daughters the house where she grew up,â€? he said. While Mr Weatherill does not take over from Mike Rann as
premier of the state until October 20, when asked whether the Riverland would be forgotten, he was frank. â€œAbsolutely not,â€? Mr Weatherill said. â€œI will certainly be here (in the Riverland).â€? The soon-to-be premier said he was unable to comment about the $20 million Riverland Sustainable Futures Fund and the regionâ€™s direction.
â€œIâ€™m obviously not in the role yet so I havenâ€™t been fully briefed on all of the issues facing the Riverland but Iâ€™ll be saying more about that when Iâ€™m in the role,â€? he said. One of the key points Mr Weatherill emphasised was that country people should be treated on an equal playing field to their city counterparts. â– Continued Page 3
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Local MFS awards TWO Riverland Metropolitan Fire Service stations have received awards after completing annual MFS Regional Proficiency and Operational Assessments. Out of 16 regional stations assessed this year, Loxton MFS was awarded the Regional Operations Shield and Renmark MFS, the Regional Commanders Shield. MFS chief officer Grant Lupton said each firefighter should be proud of the standard of presentation of their stations and appliances. “The annual regional assessments are an opportunity for each regional station to showcase their
compliance with procedures, safety standards, uniforms, station presentation, appliance care, maintenance and practical fire fighting skills,” he said. The annual regional assessments are an opportunity for each regional station to showcase their compliance.
Mr Lupton congratulated each station for the level of excellence and commitment on display.
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