Issue No. 246 – Thursday, September 13, 2012
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n challenging times: Lake Bonney Yacht Club commodore Peter Dunk is hoping more members come on board for the coming season.
Photo: Brad Perry
Yacht club’s battle to bring back members. Full story Page 4
Riverland Field Days LIftout Page 17
A GROUP of eighteen illegal immigrants working in the Riverland were detained as part of an operation on Tuesday. Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) compliance officers detained 18 unlawful non-citizens at a farm in Sunlands, near Waikerie. The officers from Adelaide had
launched an operation seeking an individual at the farm and discovered the 18 people when executing a search warrant. The targeted individual was part of the group. During the operation, it is believed one of the workers attempted to hide in a caravan. A departmental spokesman said
the officers received information about the individual during a previous operation at Clare. “A great result like this should send a message that it is illegal for people to work in Australia without a visa which allows them to do so,” the spokesman said. The group consisted of 17 Indonesians – 12 men and five
women – and a Malaysian man working illegally on a farming property. “The group has been detained and will be transferred to a detention facility in Adelaide before being removed from Australia as soon as possible,” the spokesman said. “The department takes alle-
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You will be caught! NEWS that the Immigration Department has caught illegal workers in the Riverland may come as a shock for some people and not for others. While you see this type of thing happen across Australia, finding 18 people working illegally in the Riverland is obviously too close to home. What this incident has done is send a warning to growers, farmers and businesses that use international workers to ensure they comply. The Riverland is a haven for backpackers travelling to the region for work. Most of those travelling to the region would follow the right procedures but it is this small group that can ruin it for others. The message is clear, follow the rules or you will be caught.
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DESTINATION Riverland is taking its orange campaign to the locals with postcards designed to send to family and friends to be handed out at this yearâ€™s Riverland Field Days. The group believes that because most of the 15,000 people in attendance will be locals, they will be encouraging people to send the postcard that states - come and stay with us in the Riverland. One thousand postcards have been printed with the popular â€˜smileyâ€™ orange character that graced tourism publications in the 1970s, the main drawcard. Smiley stickers and or-
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â– ATTRACTION: The front of the postcard featuring smiley the orange that will be handed out at the Riverland Field Days.
ately employ and seek to exploit foreign workers who do not have valid work visas. Employers have access to the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) service, allowing them to provide relevant identification details of prospective
MASTERCHEF contestant and former Riverland resident Marion Grasby (pictured) may sneak a look at the Riverland Farmersâ€™ Market stall at this yearâ€™s Riverland Field Days on Wednesday and Thursday. The popular cook told the Riverland Weekly her time in the region as a radio journalist saw her regularly head to the local markets. â€œWhen I was up in Renmark, the life of a news journalist is very long and hard and cooking for yourself wasnâ€™t really that exciting,â€? she said.
â€œI did go to the Farmersâ€™ Markets when I could on the weekends and I did love that Farmersâ€™ Market. â€œI think it is amazing how there was an Asian produce stall there which is amazing and better than a lot of the Asian produce stalls Iâ€™ve seen in Farmersâ€™ Markets around the country. â€œThe citrus in the Riverland is unparalleled.â€? Marion will be the celebrity chef at this yearâ€™s Riverland Field Days. Read more about Marion and the Field Days in the 12 page liftout starting on page 17.
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MasterChef Marionâ€™s love for the Riverlandâ€™s produce
legal worker. The government announced draft legislation on August 3 to further crack down on illegal work practices. The legislation would put in place fines and a civil penalty regime for employers who deliber-
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flyer frequently comment â€œso these oranges are grown in the Riverlandâ€?. â€œThatâ€™s great recognition for our region, and a seed sown for a holiday. The flyer was designed and printed in the Riverland and 12,000 will have been handed out at the Show when it closes this Saturday afternoon.â€?
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IT is that wonderful time of the year again when the weather begins to warm up and the Riverland Field Days is the talking point of the region. Despite tough times in a number of industries, the public has responded well to the Field Days once again with around 400 exhibitors and a big crowd expected to attend. I am looking forward to talking to the characters of the region and I might even have to call in for a taste of our fine food and wine!
anges will also be given out, along with River Murray visitor guides. Meanwhile, the South Australian Citrus Industry site created a record last Sunday for handing out 3500 oranges and flyers in one day, according to Destination Riverland. â€œThis flyer encourages people to visit the Riverland by promoting our major events between now and April and encourages people to come to the region for the Riverland Wine and Food Festival,â€? a spokesperson said. â€œCitrus Industry representatives at the Show have been delighted that recipients of the
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n impressed: Judge Ulrich Grey-Smith, freelance winemaker, samples a moscato during Tuesday’s Riverland Wine Show tastings and (inset) Shavaughn Wells has many wines to sample. Photos: Brad Perry
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Alternative wines impress THE Riverland’s shift to alternative varieties has been highlighted during the Riverland Wine Show judging in Renmark this week. With the event expanding to include a category for the alternative drops, Riverland Wine Show Society committee chair Paul Kernich said diversification of the region was impressive. “Last year was a tough season for reds but 2012 is looking very good and there are a couple of alternative varieties that are also looking quite good as well,” he said. “We are seeing more entries
in terms of wine which I think reflects wineries experimenting and producers experimenting with new and upcoming things. “There is certainly a push from producers to try and find varieties that are better suited to the warmer climate. “We’ve also added incentive to enter these alternative varieties with a trophy for best alternative wine.” Judging for the wine show took place in Renmark on Monday and Tuesday, with the results to be announced this Wednesday. Entries increased rapidly in
this year’s event from 250 last year to about 350 this year. “In recent years, due to economics more than anything, there had been a decline in entries but this year we’ve increased by 100 entries,” he said. With gold medals on the line for local wineries and those competing from Sunraysia and other inland irrigated areas, Mr Kernich said there have been some surprises so far. “We had very strong chardonnay,” he said. “Surprisingly a really good sauvignon blanc as well, which isn’t one of the most noteworthy
3D,” she said. “We might even be able to have the opportunity to bring back some of those 3D movies that we weren’t able to screen prior. “The fact they will actually be able to see it here in 3D as well, hopefully that will mean bigger audiences come through our doors.” Mrs Martin said the upgrades may also enable the theatre to be able to play the latest films earlier.
“Hopefully what that will mean is that we will be able to get movies a little bit sooner than what we are at the moment,” she said. “It will also open us up to more product because there are some films that just get released in a digital format, so this will give us more opportunities there. “If we can get the films sooner, that means we will lose less people that can’t wait for those big blockbusters and travel to other areas to see them.”
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Future paddle steamer events?
THE Riverland may host a major meeting of paddle steamers within three years if plans come to fruition. After steaming to Mildura for the 100 year celebrations of the PS Melbourne, representatives of the vessels in attendance met to discuss the possibility of future events. “We had a meeting of all the representatives of the boats yesterday (Monday) and put in an initial plan to start planning for three or four years time to work out what we might do and have an event in South Australia or a cavalcade somewhere,” Friends of the PS Industry chairman David Nattrass said. “We couldn’t hope to have an event of this size every year because it was just be too much work for the volunteers but perhaps one in three years we might have a big event. “There are plans to maybe have another flotilla of craft come from upstream and co-ordinate a function at Renmark, Berri, Loxton, one of those
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Riverland towns. “We need to slot that into the tourism calendar for those areas and work from there.” With the PS Industry expected to arrive home after lunch today, Mr Nattrass said the centenary event will not be forgotten. “The celebrations were a magnificent spectacle of 16 heritage paddle steamers on the river,” he said. “We were very proud and honoured to be part of that celebration and to celebrate 100 year of history with the Melbourne and our history. “I saw as many Riverlanders in Mildura on the weekend as what you see in Renmark, there was a lot of local Riverlanders that made the trip to Mildura to be part of the celebrations.” Captain of the PS Industry Frank Tucker said the festival was a unique and memorable experience which he said he will never see again. In fact, on Sunday 15,000 peo-
ple attended the celebrations on the Mildura riverfront and of those in attendance was Renmark’s Kathryn Carruthers and Margaret Duggin, dressed in period costume. “The atmosphere was very nostalgic, it was like revisiting the past,” she said. “Visually there was the steam and motion of the paddle wheels, the whistles could be heard kilometres away, it was just all happening and it was exhilarating. “Because we were the only ones dressed up in period costume, there would have been thousands of photographs taken of us.” n stunning: The flotilla of paddle steamers and heritage vessels on the way to Mildura and (right) Renmark’s Margaret Duggin and Kathryn Carruthers dressed up during the celebrations over the border. Photos: shane strudwick and Mildura weekly
Riverland citrus growers assist Foodbank AS Riverland citrus growers continue to struggle with returns for their fruit, there is a silver lining with Berri’s Foodbank branch receiving hundreds of bins of citrus to distribute to those in need. Since May, Foodbank has been working with a number of local growers and packers, who have donated produce that may have otherwise been dumped. “Berri is well known as a food hub and prominent citrus growing region, we are in the middle of a growing season and we’ve had some amazing support from many of the packers and growers throughout the region,” Foodbank SA general manager of special projects Leigh Royans said. “We’ve received semi-loads of stockfrom growers and packingsheds and generous offers for more. ”In particular, we acknowledge the donations from Hogwash Bend Orchard and Caudo’s
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n new: (From left) Foodbank SA general manager of special projects Leigh Royans, Riverland Foodbank manager Peter Smith, sponsor Michael Kregar and Foodbank SA director and operations chair Ray Tanner with the new van. Vineyards near Waikerie, Venus and across our state borders to Citrus in Loxton, Agri-Exchange help other Foodbanks in Queenin Renmark and Sunridge Or- sland, Victoria and New South chards in Ramco. Wales.” “We’re also extremely fortuSince officially opening in nate to have terrific support from May, Foodbank in Berri is now Harris Transport, who donate providing food relief support services to help Foodbank. services to 26 agencies across the “Over four hundred and fifty region with around 4500 kilobins of citrus have been pushed grams of food now distributed back out of the Riverland to help monthly. other South Australians in need “We expected monthly food
take-off would be around 8000 kilograms a month after the initial 12 month period and we are pleased to report things are tracking well, although it’s still only early days of the new Foodbanks’ development,” Mr Royans said. The Riverland Foodbank business has just received a new van capable of delivering three tonnes of produce to welfare agencies. “This van will give us tremendous potential to help supportagencies needing support via a food delivery service, particularly those in outlying areas not in easy reach of our Berri warehouse,” Foodbank SA director and operations committee chair Ray Tanner said. Community groups and schools should contact Peter Smith, Riverland Foodbank manager, on 0400 459 469 if they would like to enquire how Foodbank might assist their services.
Yacht club hopes improved lake conditions will encourage more membership LAKE Bonney Yacht Club commodore Peter Dunk has revealed how the lowly water levels during the drought provided some of the most challenging times for the organisation in its 66 year history. When the lake was disconnected from the River Murray, Mr Dunk (pictured) said member numbers dropped to unexpected levels as sailing became more than challenging. The reconnection of Lake Bonney to the River Murray in 2010 rose water levels and member numbers returned. However, Mr Dunk said the club is still reeling from that time and is hoping to increase membership. The youngest club commodore in a history that dates back to 1946, Mr Dunk said lake levels are ideal and it is time to bring
the club back to its former glory. “When the lake was closed off we struggled quite a bit with being able to run events,” he said. “We were limited only to the club sailing because of the dangers of the lower water and that drove a few people away and we didn’t have as much interest because we couldn’t run the sail training in the mornings. “The people who were coming before the drought
didn’t come back again, so we are hoping to get some new members back in.” Currently the club has about 25 members and since the reconnection of the lake has hosted two state championship events. Mr Dunk, whose grandparents are former commodores of the club, said he is hoping to push member numbers into the hundreds and he would love to see the club thriving again. “The more members we get the more money we will have to keep the place running and provide the nice environment and recreation for the area,” he said. “Now we’ve got this water back we’ve really got to try and do a membership push and try and get past members to come back again and anyone who has ever thought of wanting to
try sailing. “Back in its heyday there was quite a big membership base, a lot of the older members who have moved onto other things but are still in the area and it would be great to see them back even just as social member.” Mr Dunk’s commitment to the club is unquestionable, having travelled from his home in Adelaide every spring and summer weekend since 2005. On September 29 and 30, the club is hosting its 66th opening regatta from 1pm onwards with sailing on both days and dinner on Saturday night. Mr Dunk hopes to see hundreds of people lining the shores of Lake Bonney and said the event is open to everyone of all ages. For more information visit www.lbyc.org.au
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Lyrup resident calls for further funding on islet program
Life changing transplant
two men and seized their vehicles on Monday after they allegedly conducted burnouts when leaving the soccer ovals at Renmark on Sunday. Police located the vehicles and reported a 24-year-old man from Cooltong and a 20-yearold man from Renmark for misuse of motor vehicles. Both vehicles have been impounded for 28 days and both men will appear before the Berri Magistrate’s Court at a later date.
PUBLIC NOTICE TIME FOR RESPECT The South Australian Government has made a commitment to formally recognise Aboriginal peoples as the First People of South Australia by asking the Parliament to amend the South Australian constitution. An Advisory Panel has been established by the Government to seek the views of the South Australian community, particularly the Aboriginal community, on the wording and form which a statement of recognition in the state’s constitution should take. Members of the Advisory Panel are visiting your area to hear your views: Berri Thursday, 20th September 10.30am – 3.30pm Barmera Country Club (All welcome)
n happy: Lyrup couple Marg and Kerry Harrigan are organising a Walk for a Cure to help raise money for an organisation that provided funds torwards the transplant program that has changed Marg’s life for the better. Since being introduced, the program has seen 18 patients across the country receive the treatment. It is understood South Australia would need to contribute $100,000 annually to keep the program running, as would each of the other states. Mrs Harrigan said the transplant program desperately needs funding as it has been without for the past 12 months. Mrs Harrigan’s husband Kerry,
who also suffers from diabetes, said both of their lives have changed thanks to the program. The Harrigans are organising a Walk for a Cure to be held on November 4 starting at the Lyrup Club with donations to go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which helped to fund the islet transplant program. “They paid basically for my transplant and they’ve given me a life,” Mrs Harrigan said.
nificent heritage buildings and we are very pleased to be able to contribute to their upkeep in this way. “These grants are just one way the State Heritage Unit assists owners to care for state heritage-listed buildings. “The unit also provides initial professional heritage and conservation advice through in-house heritage architects to communities and individual heritage owners in South Australia.” Berri Barmera Council chief executive officer David Beaton said any funding help is much appreciated to maintain the historic facility.
“It’s good that it continues to get support,” he said. “It is a large cost to the council and the community to keep it. “It is a fantastic facility but it doesn’t provide us much income, so to get some funding to help with the restration of it and the maintenance of it is good.” Mr Beaton said major upgrades to the theatre are expected to finish next month. “Part of the upgrade is a mens and disabled toilet will be in there now so that makes it more suitable for some of the bigger productions that can be done,” he said.
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$15,000 heritage funding for theatre BONNEY Theatre in Barmera has received $15,000 for the restoration of timber louvre windows as part of the SA Heritage Fund Grants. The heritage listed theatre shared in $250,000 in grant funding which went to 31 successful applicants. “These grants help to fund conservation work and work to prevent deterioration of significant buildings that are listed on the State Heritage Register,” Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Heritage Conservation Project Officer Wendy Haylock said. “South Australia has some mag-
A 19-year-old man from Parrakie was arrested on Mondayand charged with serious criminal trespass and theft. Between May 20 and 22, the accused man allegedly broke into the Lameroo Golf Club and the Lameroo Sports Club and stole property from both premises. The man was identified by forensic evidence located at the scene and he has been bailed to appear in a court at a later date. Meanwhile, Police reported
NATIONAL OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING SYSTEM (NOLS) INFORMATION SESSION Proposals for national regulation of selected occupations under a National Occupational Licensing System (NOLS) have been released for consultation, to provide the public with an opportunity to comment. Consumer and Business Services (CBS) is holding information sessions in your region on the NOLS proposals at the following times:
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AFTER more than 30 years of being forced to have five injections per day, Lyrup type 1 diabetes sufferer Marg Harrigan was not sure how long she could remain healthy. “I was teaching full time with the year six and seven students and twice in two weeks I ended up in hospital, I was in front of the class and I couldn’t remember how I got to hospital,” she said. “What I was doing to work out where my sugar levels were I was just finger pricking anywhere up to 20 times a day because it was the only way to stay safe. “I couldn’t drive unless I did a finger prick and then I could still drop out. “If I was going 10 minutes down the road I would stop after five and do another test to make sure I was still okay.” That was before Mrs Harrigan became the first South Australian to receive a transplant under the islet transplant program, which helped her body to produce insulin. Family First MLC Robert Brokenshire has urged the State Government to get behind the push to continue the islet transplant program which is coming to the end of a successful period. Mrs Harrigan said since having two islet transplants in 2010, she has been able to live a fuller life, even travelling overseas. “After 36 years of being on five injections per day and then the pump for four and a half years, I have been insulin independent for the past two years so it is a major success,” she said. “To have the treatment wasn’t a hard decision to make because without it I don’t think I’d be here.” For the transplant program to continue nationally, $2.8 million is needed annually for centres in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
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Red gum recovery THE river red gums along the River Murray wetlands and floodplains in the Riverland are showing signs of recovery in response to recent high flow events. Natural Resources, SA Murray-Darling Basin wetland project officer Callie Nickolai said that mature river red gums are exhibiting new growth in the form of tip shoots and epicormic growth. “Wide spread bands of new saplings have been found on the floodplain, which are dominated by river red gums and includes black box. “So it is really important that the area receives further high flow events to maintain the health of the young trees, as well as the established mature trees. “The River Murray in SA has experienced infrequent high flows over the last few decades and the health of river red gums has declined. River red gums that were inundated recently are looking healthier but there are still a number of trees at higher elevations on the floodplain which were not inundated by the recent high waters. The tree species is vital to the river’s ecology as they are an important habitat for fauna. Bats and some bird species such as Regent Parrots (a threatened species) and Grey Teal ducks nest in hollows, Australasian Darters and Cormorants build their nests in the branches over-hanging water, frogs and insects live under the bark.
■ READY TO PLAY: Barmera’s Brady Banniser (front left) and Brett Anderson ready to play, while Aiden Brook and Kingston-On-Murray’s Jacob Fiddes guard the goal on Australia’s onlyoutdoor hockey rink. Photo: BRAD PERRY FOR over a year Australia’s only outdoor hockey rink in Barmera was sitting unused. The special facility requiring much needed ugrades will be utilised once again with the Big River Inline Hockey Association out of recess. The association will be given exemption of particular fees by the Berri Barmera Council and the issue of an outstanding loan is also be-
ing discussed. Big River Inline Hockey Association president Neville Anderson said restarting the competition will have benefits for the local economy with tournaments to be held at the outdoor venue. “The Barmera rink is the only outdoor rink in Australia and possibly in the Southern Hemisphere, so it is very unique and it is something we don’t want to lose, it is
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something we want to keep in the Riverland,” he said. “Now we’ve got another league close to us at Gawler, it gives us that little bit more incentive to get it going.” The association has already arranged for a tournament to be held in Barmera in November with interstate players expected to travel to the region to play. Currently the association has about 20 players but it is hoping to boost that number to over 100. Mr Anderson said previ-
ously interest waned but he is hoping to reinvigorate the sport and bring some new enthusiasm to the game for the younger generation. “There was not a lot of interest, there was not enough people with the desire and enthusiasm to keep it going,” he said. “We really want to concentrate on getting the younger kids involved.” Inline hockey coach Wayne Bland said he was originally involved in building the arena and believes it
must be used as a unique attraction for the region. Berri Barmera Council chief executive officer David Beaton said the association’s fees will be waved for year. “Council said they will wave the fees for next year but they have also said that there will be a report to the next council meeting about writing off the outstanding debt that is there because it was a previous committee and the council itself has already paid the loan off,” he said.
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Jazz man in town ABOUT 150 students were privileged enough to experience the soothing sounds of jazz artist James Morrison in the Riverland last week. World renowned jazz artist James Morrison visited the Riverland last Thursday to host workshops. The international performer travelled the region after the Riverland Stage Band’s efforts at the at the 2012 Generations in Jazz National Stage Band Awards held in Mount Gambier earlier this year. During the awards, musical director Alan Geddie was given the Spirit of Jazz Award and as a prize he was offered the opportunity to host Mr Morrison. Orchestral Supplies Australia general manager Anita Caltabiano, which sponsors the event, said hosting Mr Morrison is a memorable prize. “The reason they chose Alan to win the music di-
rectors award is he has been doing this program in the Riverland for so many years and it involves so many students from the whole region,” she said. “It is such a massive effort that it is great to be able to put something back into the community. “James is such an advocate of music education, anything that is music education he absolutely wants to be involved in.” Mrs Caltabiano said the students get a lot out of the workshops and concerts, guided through by Mr Morrsion. “This would normally cost about $10,000 to have James come to their school and run a workshop and spend a whole day with the kids,” she said. “The kids get a lot out of it and it is good motivation for them and it is good for the retention rates in the band programs for kids to keep learning each year.”
■ SWEET MUSIC: Jazz virtuoso James Morrison plays with the Riverland Stage Band as Alan Geddy directs, while (right) students participate in the workshops. Photo: BRAD PERRY
Riverlanders given opportunity to provide licensing feedback PLUMBERS, gas fitters, electricians and real estate agents in the Riverland are being encouraged to attend information sessions in Berri next week about current proposals for a national regulation of occupations. Being held by Consumer and Business Services, the sessions are designed to provide infromation about the proposals for a National Occupational Licensing System (NOLS) which are currently available for public comment. A streamlined, nationally consistent licensing scheme would aim to increase workers’ mobility, and remove overlapping and inconsistent regulation between jurisdictions for the licensing of occupational areas. The national system would replace the various current state and territorybased licensing regimes and employers and consumers would be able to check a national register of licence holders. The NOLS proposals for each occupation are outlined in the Consultation Regulation Impact Statements, which aim to seek views from licence holders, business and other interested parties. For more information visit www.cbs. sa.gov.au/nols.html South Australian regional information sessions will be held as follows:
Solar farm propsal still on the agenda A PROPOSAL by the Berri Barmera Council to create a solar farm at the former Berri Race Course is still on the agenda, despite more than a year without action. Last year, council was in discussion with Clare business May Brothers about a potential partnership to create the farm. Since then Berri Barmera Council chief executive officer David Beaton said he has spoken to some local major proprietors about being involved. “We did talk to some of the major proprietors who has an issue with how
much their power is going up,” Mr Beaton said. “What might have been good technology two years ago has probably changed now and that’s the problem, making the numbers stack up so we can get the funding and try to have something that gives back to the community as well. “We’ll talk to the Federal Government to see if what we are proposing is something they will fund or whether there is different forms or different technology now that they prefer to try and put the
money towards.” Mr Beaton said a solar farm in Berri would have major benefits for council and ratepayers. “It would help us diversify some of our income streams as well as providing a community benefit in reducing some of the electricity costs, even if it’s only for council projects of things like the recreation centres,” he said. “If we can do something that goes wider and has a greater benefit to the community that will be good for the town in the future.”
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THE largest solar farm in the Riverland, potentially costing more than $40 million dollars, has been earmarked for Berri and dependent on funding, could go ahead as early as next year. The former Riverland Racing Club land located in Berri is the proposed site for the Berri Barmera Council to construct the large solar farm. The council, which is working closely with Adelaide company May Brothers, has applied to the Riverland Futures Taskforce for part of the $20 million State Government money pool to fund a feasibility study into the project. Berri Barmera Council chief executive officer David Beaton said the project would not only bring income
BRAD PERRY to council but would be another industry option for the Riverland. “The Riverland and north of Port Augusta are the best places in South Australia for solar, so we’re hopeful we might be able to influence the State and Federal government to help to fund it,” he said. “It’s just another source of income for the council but also it could easily start off another industry for the Riverland. “If we have something that proves that people can make money and it’s
WITH the arrival of spring, snakes are posing a greater threat to pets as the warmer weather and dryer conditions put an end to their winter hibernation. Australia’s peak veterinary body, the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA), is urging pet owners to take precautions to prevent deadly encounters with snakes when venturing outside with their furry friends. Dr David Neck, President of AVA’s small animal special interest group, said that snakes tend to be most active towards the end of the day. “Snake bites tend to occur in the late afternoon or early evening,” he said. “Snakes also tend to be attracted to rodents and rubbish to hide under. “Dog owners should avoid snake prone areas, particularly if they are walking their dog at the
end of the day. “Snakes can also venture into backyards.” Dr Neck said it is important for pet owners to be aware of the signs of a snake bite as owners may not actually see their dog or cat being bitten. “Symptoms can vary with different snakes but sudden onset of seizures, vomiting, weakness in the limbs and inability to move may be observed,” he said. “Soon after the symptoms occur, the animal may collapse with severely laboured breathing.”
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This is the ﬁrst article of a fortnightly update regarding the implementation of the new waste collection system to start in January 2013. Why is the waste collection changing? Over recent years the rules for how waste is collected and disposed has changed dramatically. The Berri Barmera Council will no longer be able to bury waste at its Monash Landﬁll (dump) from December this year. The Council therefore needs to transport the waste out of the region as with the other Riverland Councils and pay to have it buried at another site which is very expensive for freight and disposal. The less waste that is buried the better it is for the environment and equally important the cost is reduced, though it is still a lot higher than the old system. To reduce the long term cost to the community Council is introducing a recycling and green waste collection to stop as much waste going to landﬁll. More details will be provided in future articles and the Councils will have a booth at the Riverland Field Days. Where will I get rid of my rubbish in the future? Council will have a Waste Transfer Station where rubbish will need to be sorted into big bins before it is transported out of the region for disposal. This new system will also be expensive and is why Council is looking to supply recycling and green waste to reduce the times you need to go to the facility. Will Council have another Hard Waste Collection? Yes, Council will advertise the dates shortly for the free collection from towns and villages.
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Mallee’s stunning spring colours
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dreds of native plant species that call the Mallee home and who – like many of us – revel and delight in the onset of Spring! Not all plants flower in spring and the rotation of flowering plant species across the entire year is of great importance to animals. But Spring is the finale in the story; the very centre of the drama when the Mallee erupts with style. Rainfall during winter sets the scene, and while not a soaking year in the Mallee so far, enough rain has fallen to encourage the Orchids, Heaths, Wattles, Peas and Daisies into flower in Ngarkat. Already the earth-hugging leaves of orchids appear on the ground, waiting to grow their delicate blooms in October. And with them come all manner of critters and creatures that flap and flutter. So visit for the flowers and admire the song of spring time birds feeding on the abundance of nectar, and the dozens of native insect species feasting on pollen, from beetles to butterflies. Ngarkat is a magical place in spring and we encourage you to come on down.
A SLEEPY lizard crossing a back road on the way to Ngarkat Conservation Park reminds us that spring is on the way and with it wildflowers, which rival any seen elsewhere. The gripping and pervasive cold of the Mallee winter gives way to sunny bright mornings and glorious golden sunsets over mallee-stems stretching to the horizon and across fields of barley and canola. The yellow flowering canola hints at a profound shift: conditions are becoming ripe for the flowering of our natural neighbours, hun-
Ngarkat can be visited for a day or a weekend. It can be accessed by 2WD vehicle or toured extensively by 4WD. Visit as a family, as a touring group, or as a widespread group of naturalists intent on photographing blooms and blossoms for identification later at a more whimsical pace. Come before October 31 and enjoy driving the stunning Border Track or roasting marshmallows over a crackling campfire while reminiscing over that flower or this bird; “dude did you see the orchid with the landing-pad for wasps” you might exclaim or “how about those red tubular flowers, the birds could not get enough of!” For more information on visiting Ngarkat Conservation Park, please call 85763690 or visit the website at http:// www.environment.sa.gov.au/ parks/Find_a_park/Browse_ by_region/Murray_River/ Ngarkat_Conservation_Park. Ngarkat is roughly a two-hour drive from both the Riverland and Adelaide. Please observe all park rules and regulations when visiting.
Public meeting to be held in Waikerie for...
Men’s shed push INSPIRED by her brother Rob Todd’s work with the creation of the Barmera Men’s Shed, Waikerie’s Nan Mackereth is hoping to help establish a similar facility in Waikerie. A meeting will be held on Tuesday to discuss the establishment of a Men’s Shed in Waikerie. Mrs Mackereth first became involved in the concept of creating a Men’s Shed in Waikerie after she saw a need for it and has since become the facilitator of the project. She said having a Men’s
Shed in the Waikerie area will give males the opportunity to socialise and use their skills while enjoying each other’s company. “It will mean to the men in this district somewhere they can go and if they don’t want to be making things, they can just sit down and have a chin wag and talk about things,” she said. “So many men, when they retire, don’t have any structure to their lives and they don’t socialise. “Partners and wives should encourage their fellas to get out because that
will also give them another perspective which is good for relationships. “I think this is going to open up a whole new area where men can be using their hands because they can be making things and they can have garage sales.” The public meeting will be held at the Waikerie Club at 10am on Tuesday and Rob Todd will be the guest speaker on the day. To RSVP for the event contact the Waikerie Club on 8541 2899 by tomorrow.
Facebook comments lead to arrest A 19-year-old woman from Renmark was reported for assault on Friday after it is alleged that she punched another girl in the face as a result of comments being made on Facebook. She will appear in the Berri Magistrate’s Court at a later date. Police are urging that where inappropriate information appears on a
social networking websites, users can contact the website administrator to request that the offensive content is removed. Meanwhile, a 21-yearold man from Waikerie was arrested for driving unlicensed and breaching his bail conditions, whilst a 19-year-old man from Waikerie was arrested for breaching his licence conditions.
It is alleged the 21-year-old man was breaching his bail conditions by being seated in the driver’s seat and that his vehicle was towing the vehicle driven by the 19-year-old man. Neither man held a current driver’s licence and both will appear before the Berri Magistrate’s Court at a later date.
Dance show to feature 250 local children
Community invited to apply for native vegetation management funding River Bend BushBids LOCK 3 TO SWAN REACH River Bend BushBids aims to maintain and enhance the biodiversity values of the area by establishing longterm protection and conservation management through conservation agreements with private landholders. Landholders within the River Bend BushBids boundary, with areas of native vegetation and/or natural wetlands on their property, are invited to apply for funding for native vegetation management. The River Bend BushBids boundary extends along the River Murray from Lock 3 to Swan Reach and 25km either side of the river.
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ORE than 1200 people are expected to travel to the Mindarie Halidon Race Course this Sunday for the event referred to as the Melbourne Cup of the Mallee. In its 92nd year, the Mindarie Halidon Cup continues to grow in popularity with 19 marquees already booked and plenty of interest for attendance on race day. Held by the Mindarie Halidon Racing Club, the event is unique in every sense of the word and it is certainly an experience to see horses racing in the Mallee. Mindarie Halidon Cup Committee secretary Krystina Durdin said about 1200 people attended last year’s big day and she expects even more in attendance this Sunday. “As long as we have really good weather I think it is going to be quite a big day,” she said. “Going by the phone calls and the interest we have had hopefully we are expecting a really big crowd. “We’ve had more marquees than last year, it just gets increasingly popular from year to year.” Mrs Durdin said Riverland towns continue to embrace the event and people from across the Mallee, Tailem Bend, Mannum, Swan Reach, Blanchetown and Adelaide are expected to
be in attendance. “There seems to be growing interest coming from the Riverland compared to other years,” she said. “There is a lot of new groups, especially a lot of social clubs linked to work or hotels.” The family friendly event hosts seven races over the day with gates open at 11am and the first race to be held at 12.30pm. “We try to make it family friendly with a jumping castle which is free for the kids and they like to go down and check out the horses that are in the stables before the races,” Mrs Durdin said. Over the years, the Halidon Fashions on the Field event has been a major attraction with those in attendance putting in a big effort to impress the crowd. “Fashions on the Field is getting more popular,” Mrs Durdin said. “That has become quite an entertaining aspect of the races and it also adds a bit more atmosphere to it as well. “Last year we had good feedback on people having a really good time.” The overall winner of the event receives two passes to the Murray Bridge Gold Cup and entry into its fashion parade with a chance to show
off their impressive outfits at the Adelaide Cup fashion show. Bookmakers will be on hand to take bets for those daring to back a horse during the Cup. “It is something different where you can grab a group of friends and a lot of people are actually not usual race goers but they have fun having a bet on a horse and they might pick it from the way it looks or the name it has,” Mrs Durdin said. There is plenty of space for the family to relax and enjoy the day. “There is nothing like it in the Riverland and that is probably why we get more people from that way,” Mrs Durdin said. “People seemed to like the idea of sitting there with their picnic food. “It’s the end of football and netball season and it is a chance to wind down.” The event is fully catered with both bar and canteen facilities and there is a strictly no Bring Your Own alcohol rule and glass is not permitted. n action: A huge crowd watching the races at the Mindarie Halidon Cup last year as the winning horse crosses the finish line.
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