Issue No. 224 – Thursday, April 12, 2012
Distributed free every Thursday throughout the Riverland
Back on his feet Support from the Riverland community has helped Brad Mules get his life back on track.
n family: Loxton’s Brad Mules is the centre of attention in his family with sister Caidy (left), mother Vicki and sister Emily. Brad is a walking miracle after waking from a twoand-a-half week coma.
Full story Pages 6 and 7.
Photo: BRAD PERRY
Berri direct sold By BRAD PERRY
THE new owners of the Berri Direct building have stated they will “consider supporting local produce”. A group of investors known as Pat & Co Unit Trust, who also own The Riverland Complex off the Old Sturt
Highway, have finalised the purchase of the facility. Pat & Co Unit Trust’s Tony Moro said the building complements their long term vision for the site. “We will consider supporting local produce as this is consistent with our desire to add value and recognition
for the Riverland,” he said. “We wish to support employment and showcase the region’s products and we are looking forward to getting support from the Berri Barmera Council in working with us so that our vision for the area will be successful.” While the building has
been sold, the future of Berri Direct is still unclear with the business for sale until April 30. Berri Barmera Council chief executive officer David Beaton said interest was high for the purchase of the building. n Continued Page 4
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Houseboats on the Murray Easter social photos
Eye on our streets for crime THE Riverland Farmers’ Market has had a trying six months and after overcoming adversity to keep the popular attraction running smoothly, it was dealt another blow. Last month, the Berri Senior Citizens’ Hall where the market office is located, was broken into and about $2000 was stolen. The news that little of that money would be returned to the market through insurance did not help. As a result of the break-in, the notfor-profit group took all cash off the premises overnight. And the market office was raided again over the Easter weekend. At shacks right along he stretch of the River Murray, what appears to be a targeted operation has seen many premises broken into and valuable items, such as boats, stolen. In Blanchetown the locals are fighting back by installing security cameras and running patrols in the quieter holiday periods. Over in the Mallee on-farm and stock theft appears to be on the rise with reports of sheep dogs even being stolen. We need to keep an eye out on our streets to help stop what appears to be a rise in crime.
Phone 8582 5500 • Fax 8582 5505 • www.riverlandweekly.com.au Pages 8
Market’s double break-in
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WORK began on the $93,800 Bonney Theatre upgrade in Barmera last week with construction expected to span over a four month period. The historic theatre is being upgraded in separate stages, with new amenities and the foyer currently being worked on to prolong the
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facility’s future. Almost $94,000 in grant funding was received by the Berri Barmera Council last year as part of the Federal Government’s National Heritage Sites Program. Berri Barmera Council major projects manager Gary Brinkworth said the community is
fully supportive of the upgrade. “The people that utilise the hall see the long term benefit,” he said. “Obviously it is going to improve the amenities and the appearance of the building that’s available for people who use the theatre.”
■ WORKS: The $93,800 Bonney Theatre upgrade began last week. Photo: BRAD PERRY
Making a point WHEN I stated about fruit fly signage upgrades (Fruit fly signage upgrades needed, March 22) I was making a point about quite simply that. The signage does not say Hundred of Skurray or Murraylands, it simply says Riverland. So in this politically correct world, maybe to clarify the area, then an upgrade should be considered. Gavin Abraham, Blanchetown.
I WOULD like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you for drawing my name out for the Looking Through A Glass Onion competition. The show was amazing and despite being amongst the youngest in the crowd, I loved every minute of it. John Waters is an incredible actor, singer and entertainer. I would recommend anyone go and see the show if they get the opportunity.
Shop around for fighting styles WHEN it comes to learning karate, cheaper fees definitely do not mean you get taught less. In fact, you can actually be taught more. Cheaper fees can often mean more people can enjoy a fighting style. Make sure you check fighting styles around the Riverland for prices before joining a fighting style and understand that all fighting styles aren’t for everyone. In the region you will find there are instructors that have been teaching fighting styles much longer than others, meaning they have more experience in a particular style. It is important to note that there is discipline and respect in all styles of fighting. Some fighting style instructors get paid for teaching and charge a lot of money to teach lessons and money is taken out of the Riverland, whereas some styles charge less and use local community businesses for services.
Cherie Walkington, Berri.
Jon Sauer, Local freestyle karate instructor.
■ Charlie and Flury Tolhurst.
Searching for ancestors I AM trying to find out about my ancestry/relations that went to Australia before 1852. Several, if not all four brothers, emigrated to Australia, apparently all tricking the shipping lines by signing on as crew and deserting when the ship reached Australia, a common practice in those days. Ships were often stranded for weeks or months before they could muster a crew to sail on. Some, or all, of the Tolhursts settled near Renmark on the Murray River in South Australia. Here are some details that I know: • Thomas Frederick was born at St Mary Cray on October 30, 1852. He went to Australia before 1852 as an Orient Line steward and then deserted. He may have been a butcher. His wife left him in about 1890 and he died about 1930.
Website of the week Country Arts SA presents Expressions Dance Company’s
CHAFFEY THEATRE RENMARK WED. 2 MAY 1PM & 8PM
BOOKINGS 08 8586 1800 WWW.CHAFFEYTHEATRE.COM.AU SEASON 2012 PRINCIPAL CORPORATE PARTNER
A co-production by Expressions Dance Company and Queensland Performing Arts Centre
THE FRIENDLY CLUB
gives a unique look at Australia’s prehistoric background. The shows will take place at 1.30pm and 7.30pm. Also on at the Chaffey Theatre will be the ever popular Dorothy the Dinosaur’s Beach Party from 10am.
Motherhood in Renmark NEXT Thursday, Riverlanders will have the chance to experience the next best thing since Menopause The Musical. Fromtheproducers of the hit show comes Motherhood The Musical and it is a hilarious
If you know of any information please email wingfieldj05@ aol.com Paul Wingfield.
Prehistoric family fun AS PART of a statewide tour, Erth’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo will visit the Chaffey Theatre on Monday. A popular show around the world, Erth’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo is a live animal display which includes an amazing selection of dinosaurs and
• Henry was born in Erith. He also went to Australia via Orient Line but with an assumed name. Becoming a booking clerk on a railway, Henry had 11 kids, several came to England in WWI as recruits (Harry, Herbert and Charles, as well as Harry’s 17-year old-son, who was actually 15) • Helen was born on September 21, 1855. She married a Patrick O’Toole but left him when she was middle aged to go to Australia, taking her wage-earning children with her. • Charles Edmeads fought in the Egyptian War and then went to Australia. He was a butcher. • Eliza was born on May 18, 1894 and married a man called Schott in Australia. She left him in about 1894. • Herbert was born on July 6, 1863 in Gravesend. He went to Australia and became a wellborer. His children were named Arthur, Herbert, Holly and Ivy. Arthur and Herbert came to England for WWI.
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