Issue No. 196 – Thursday, September 22, 2011
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Flower power Alternative Riverland crop could help treat cancer. Full story Page 4
■ POTENTIAL: Mark Lucas, of Murtho based Australian Native Bushfoods, is hopeful he has found a future market for his acacia husks in America. Photo: JANE WILSON
THE WAITING GAME REPORT BY
BRAD PERRY THE State Government is yet to decide whether it will provide funding towards a peak South Australian vegetable body’s proposal to purchase the former National Foods site in Berri. Despite the proposal having the potential to create around 250 jobs over a five year period, Grow SA has not received any funding
from the State Government after six months of negotiations. Using existing infrastructure left by National Foods at the site, Grow SA is hoping to turn the Berri based facility into a horticultural hub to help introduce alternative crops to the Riverland. Grow SA chief executive officer Mike Redmond presented the proposal to the Central Irrigation Trust on Tuesday and said the Riverland has provided overwhelming support. “The region is 150 per cent behind everything,” he said.
“The total project value, we are looking for about a quarter of it. “We’re just waiting. “Even if they (the State Government) said ‘no, you can’t have it (the funding)’, at least then you would know you have to try and go elsewhere.” Mr Redmond warned if a decision is not made on funding for the project in the near future, Riverlanders may take their frustrations directly to the Premier. ■ Continued Page 4
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Bud burst and blossom in Renmark
Why I live here . . .
Museum momentum EDITORIAL BY
By ZOE WATSON
THE Loveday Internment Camp museum may finally come to fruition if local council supports a new development plan. To help establish a plan, Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland business development manager Cindy Nolan will host a development workshop on Monday night. Local historian and Loveday Internment Camp Steering Committee’s Rosemary Gower said the workshop will provide an opportunity for the community to have their voices heard. “We’re asking people from the community to come forward and have an input about what we’re trying to do,” Mrs Gower said. A development plan will be drawn up at the workshop, with the intention of then preparing a business plan in order to attract funding to establish the museum. Mrs Gower said the next step for the committee will be securing council approval. “The council’s concern before they agree to it (establishing the museum) is that they don’t get left with the burden in the future,” she said. “We need to get as much community support as we can so that we can prove once and for all to the council that they won’t be lumbered with another museum. “They want to know that this is going to be a genuine community museum.” The proposed museum will house Loveday Internment Camp memorabilia and material which has been collected over time. “It will put the Riverland on the map,” Mrs Gower said. “Once we’ve got an internment camp (museum) up here, it will attract a lot of people.” The committee encourages interested community members to attend the meeting being held at the Cobdogla Club on Monday at 7.30pm.
RCCC to meet at Loxton A REFRESHED Regional Communities Consultative Council will hold its first meeting in Loxton tomorrow, with Riverlanders encouraged to attend and share their views. Minister for Regional Development Gail Gago said the Riverland was a fitting location to host the first regional meeting of the new RCCC.