– Thursday, November 24, 2011
Issue No. 205
Distributed free every Thursday throughout the Riverland
Growers take citrus industry into own hands Story page 3.
■ FRUIT: He has grown citrus for over 40 years but Cooltong grower Jack Papageorgiou has had enough of receiving unviable prices for his fruit and is calling on the local industry to meet and discuss its future Photo: BRAD PERRY
A $100,000 management plan for Lake Bonney consigned to history
REPORT OFF AGENDA
A $100,000 State Government funded report recommending the long term future management options for Lake Bonney has been “consigned to the bottom of a draw in a desk somewhere”. Former Lake Bonney Management Committee chairman and Berri Barmera Councillor Mike Fuller said it is disappointing no action has been taken to implement the key research addressed in the long term management report.
He urged the State Government to act on the report, which outlines three recommendations for the long term future of the lake. “None of the three recommendations for the long term management of the lake are being presently considered,” Mr Fuller said. “The lake is currently just being left to the devices of nature and the good will of nature to keep it in a healthy state. “It concerns me that $100,000
BRAD PERRY of taxpayer’s money has been spent and the report is now just gathering dust and nothing’s being done about it.” Mr Fuller said a management plan must be put in place to en-
sure the lake’s future and urged the State Government to make use of the report. “The report can be resurrected and the information used but really it’s all up to the State Government,” he said. “It’s not a local government issue at all and probably never should have been in the local government arena. “Without having a plan to follow and just allowing nature to take
its course, we’re not really going to make sure this lake will survive into the future. “The outcomes we want is for the lake to be managed properly and we really do need a management plan. ‘Whether it is from the work that has been done in the past or whether the government wishes to spend another $100,000…as long as the outcome is for the lake to be cared for into the future.”
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Berri begins festive celebrations
Hotel boosted by futures fund
Loxton ready to light up
Chaffey Community Centre funding ends EDITORIAL BY
Agree to disagree on basin plan?
By BRAD PERRY THE future of the Chaffey Community Centre will be reviewed after it has been revealed the facility’s chief funding program will no longer continue past December. The centre has been operating the Riverland Volunteering Pathways program for the past 18 months, which is funded by Regional Development Australia via SA Works. Renmark Paringa Council had obtained $25,000 of funding from the program to continue at the centre until December and had previously planned to receive another $25,000 from the program to run until the end of the financial year. The program represents a significant portion of the
THE talk of the town on Monday will be the release of the Murray Darling Basin draft plan. Finally the speculation about possible cuts from irrigator water entitlements will be on paper for everyone to see. It is only a draft however and is likely to be ripped to shreds during the 20 week consultation. Can every community in Australia living along the basin system agree to a balanced plan? Is that even possible? Riverland irrigators are not going to accept a plan that lacks acknowledgement of past efficiency. I wonder whether we will still be drafting basin plans years down the track and angry communities will still be burning them in protest.
Christmas in the Riverland THIS weekend my family will travel up for an early Christmas get together. On the way they plan to stop at the Waikerie Pageant on Friday and Loxton Lights Up on Saturday. After two wonderful events, they will only be further praising the region.
Riverland Weather THURS
Late shower Min 9º. Max 26º
Showers Min 12º. Max 26º
Clearing shower Min 13º. Max 29º
Mallee Weather THURS
Late shower Min 9º. Max 26º
Showers Min 16º. Max 19º
Clearing shower Min 12º. Max 23º