Issue No. 199 – Thursday, October 13, 2011
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It’s a ‘ram’-page ■ THE RUNNING OF THE SHEEP: Barmera residents and visitors were treated to a unique event on Tuesday with the ‘running of the sheep as a prelude to the nationally-acclaimed Barmera Sheep Dog Trials that begin tomorrow. Several hundred sheep were herded along Barmera’s main street to a large crowd of onlookers. Photo: DANIEL DAWSON.
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NEW POOL ON AGENDA Berri Barmera Council eyes $2m in federal assistance
By BRAD PERRY THE Berri Barmera Council is likely to seek more than $2 million in the second round of the Regional Development Australia Fund to upgrade Berri’s ageing swimming pool. After the Riverland missed out on any contribution to projects in the $1 billion first round, Berri Barmera Council chief executive officer David Beaton said the town needs help to upgrade the Hayden
Stoeckel Swimming Pool. “The pool is outdated,” he said. “It was built in the ‘60s, it’s got some problems and if we want a facility that can cater for the future and look after the swimming needs for people who want to do competitions and also for families, we need to have a better facility.” The Federal Government fund has been set up to support the infrastructure needs and economic growth of Australia’s regions and is designed to leverage investment for
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long term benefits. The second round of the RDA program is valued at $150 million and applications open next month. With council’s current financial situation, Mr Beaton said matching large funding will be challenging. “There is a couple of major things that we think need to be done but we’ve got to put some funding in as well and we can’t afford to go too big or too strong if we can’t afford to put in our contribution with the Federal Govern-
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ment,” Mr Beaton said. If council was successful in applying for funding to upgrade the Hayden Stoeckel Pool, Mr Beaton said the facility would potentially be relocated to, or near, Glassey Park. “We are trying to co-locate things together,” he said. “So we’d probably move the current swimming pool to somewhere that’s closer to some of these other facilities we’ve got like Glassey Park.”
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The funding may also leverage an upgrade of Berri’s gymnasium. “We’re going to apply and try and get a new swimming pool facility and hopefully attached to that we want to try and have a gymnasium as well to look after the outdated facility that the youth club have got,” Mr Beaton said. It is understood the council will discuss the finer details of the proposed application before going ahead.
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New venue for Loxton tree festival THE venue has changed for the Loxton Christmas Tree Festival. This year’s festival, from November 26 unil December 18, will now be the Loxton CWA Hall. The Christmas Craft Fair, held in conjunction, will be held in the RSL Club on Sunday, December 4 Organiser Jacque Westbrook says the change of venue is for 2011.
Bumper orange crop a marketing challenge CITRUS growers in the Riverland are being urged to work together to market a larger than expected valencia crop. According to the SA Citrus Industry Development Board CEO, Andrew Green, a crop of 60,000 tonnes of valencias is expected. “The valencia crop for this year is similar to the one in 2009-10 however fruit size, while highly variable, is slightly bigger than the historical average,” Mr Green said. “Better water availability will give growers the opportunity to improve fruit size for their markets, while the recent fall in the Australian dollar and the late navel season in the United States will help to improve export potential.” Mr Green said that while the valencia estimate had risen from 50,000 to 60,000 tonnes, the total navel crop estimate was left unchanged with winter navels at 60,000 tonnes and summer navels at 25,000 tonnes.
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