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â– STAR: (From left) Aimee, 8 and Breeann Duncan, 10, with MasterChef cook Marion Grasby during the Riverland Field Days yesterday. Photo: BRAD PERRY
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Renowned winemakerâ€™s deserved accolades By BRAD PERRY A RENOWNED Riverland winemaker was awarded the top honour of the Riverland Wine Show at a presentation in Renmark last night. Accolade Wines and Berri Estatesâ€™ senior white
winemaker Peter Hensel was named Riverland Winemaker of the Year after a number of esteemed judges tasted entries last week. Riverland Wine Show Society committee chair Paul Kernich said while there were not as many gold medals handed out this
year, the standard of entries was very high. â€œIt was good to see more entries this year than last year,â€? he said.
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BRAD PERRY Answers needed for citrus industry WHEN you speak to a citrus grower who has been in the industry for two decades and he tells you times are tough - you know times are certainly tough. The citrus industry is again struggling for profitable returns and it appears both navels and valencias are returning very little to the grower. While growers in the Riverland are very resilient, there comes a time when they reach a breaking point and they say enough is enough. I am seeing more citrus growers reach that point and they are bulldozing down trees. If it is not profitable then there is no point continuing. The Riverland orange is something very unique with great flavour both fresh and in juice form. Local growers know the value of citrus to the region and while some may be pulling out trees, they are replanting a different variety or diversifying to keep them going. What they really want to hear is some direction about the citrus industry going forward, so they can plan their future.
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THE RIVERLAND may see an influx of tourists to the region in the warmer months with the potential of another bumper yabby season as River Murray flows continue to rise. Local fishing guru John Cockshell said while a number of factors still have to fall into place, there is hope that yabbies will return in large numbers as the weather warms up. â€œIt is going to depend on how long the water stays up for,â€? he said. â€œAt the moment there is a few starting to move, not in big numbers, but youâ€™ll pick up a few here and there if you want to put the time in. â€œNow that the warmer weather is coming, thatâ€™s when the yabbies will come out a bit more.â€? With River Murray flows hitting 45,000 megalitres per day into South Australia, Mr Cock-
shell said he expects to see numbers steadily rise. â€œThere is every chance that the current flows are going to hold for a little while and if it can hang around for another month, we should be able to pick up a few more yabbies,â€? he said. Mr Cockshell said during the previous high river situation in the Riverland with yabbies in abundance, it drew tourists to the region. On the other hand, Mr Cockshell said now is an ideal time to fish with areas in Kingston, Moorook, Berri, Loxton and Renmark named as potential good spots. â€œFishing is just starting to pick up again now with some big ones being caught around the place,â€? he said. â€œPeople think the fish arenâ€™t on the go during winter but they are there all the time.â€?
Now that the warmer weather is coming, thatâ€™s when yabbies will come out a bit more.
â– CATCH: Hook, Line & Sinker owner John Cockshell is hoping this summer will see a big yabby season. Photo: BRAD PERRY
Premier wants to send message to Canberra SOUTH Australian Premier Jay Weatherill is calling on people who care about the Murray to show their support by sending a message to Canberra that the river needs more water. With the Murray Darling Basin Plan expected to be tabled in Federal Parliament soon, Mr Weatherill is urging people to voice their opinions on the water situation. So far more than 13,000 people have joined the Fight for the Murray campaign, more than 7500 people have â€˜likedâ€™ the campaign on Facebook and nearly 500 Twitter followers have come onboard. However, Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone said spending $2 million on the Fight for the Murray campaign is a waste of taxpayersâ€™ dollars. â€œThe Premier came up to the Riverland and he has painted trucks, he is launching boats, heâ€™s got billboards with save the river on them and yet, he is doing
nothing about saving the river,â€? Mr Whetstone said. â€œMy concern is the Premier is preaching to the converted, he is using untested science with his numbers and the region is not about numbers, the region is about outcomes. â€œMy concern is the electorate of Chaffey will feel the impact of the basin plan more than any other region in South Australia, so we need to be solution based to reduce any impact on the communities and the food producers for the benefit of a sustainable river and the environment.â€? Mr Whetstone said the premier and River Murray Minister Paul Caica should be camped outside Federal Water Minister Tony Burkeâ€™s office in Canberra, not appealing to the obvious political campaign. â€œIâ€™m very concerned that if we go down the High Court Challenge, that will be another 20 years before we get an
outcome,â€? he said. â€œWe could have two droughts in 20 years and still have no basin plan because we have got it in the High Court.â€? Using the people power from the campaign, Mr Weatherill said the stateâ€™s voice will be heard. â€œDuring recent visits along the length of the South Austra-
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â– FIGHT: Loxton Waikerie Council Mayor Leon Stasinowsky and Premier Jay Weatherill hold a Fight for the Murray campaign flag in Loxton. lian section of the Murray, weâ€™ve seen just how closely people are following the public debate and how keen they are to have an impact on the final draft of the plan for the river,â€? he said.
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VISITORS embraced the sun during yesterday’s Riverland Field Days as about 7200 people came through the gates. With almost 400 exhibitors drawing them in, crowd figures were higher than the first day of the popular event last year. Riverland Field Days committee chairman Anthony Fulwood said the fine weather helped bring more people to the event. “It was a very good day,” he said. “We were very lucky that the weather held off and the rain stayed away. “I was just talking to a couple of exhibitors and they are very happy, they’ve had a good day and are looking forward to (today).”
With volunteers working for the past 12 months to organise the Riverland Field Days, Mr Fulwood said they were ecstatic to see the fruits of their labour. Highlights of the first day included the sound shattering firing of the military cannon and the family friendly atmosphere. “One of the things that stood out was the military cannon that went off, that was loud and made everybody jump a bit,” Mr Fulwood laughed. “The schools’ performances on the Rabobank stage have been really good and Marion Grasby’s cooking demonstrations have been extremely popular.”
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Reassurances over staffing levels as director retires n end: Riverland Regional Health Services director Tom Neilson will retire in November.
RIVERLAND Regional Health Services director Tom Neilson has announced he will retire and step down from his position in November. Country Health SA adjunct Professor Belinda Moyes said the recruitment process to fill the director role will commence shortly. Ms Moyes thanked Mr Neilson for his efforts and wished him all the best for the future. “Tom has had a long and distinguished career within rural South Australia and has been a wonderful health leader in the Riverland,” she said. “He has been a steadfast and loyal employee of CHSA and I hope he enjoys a happy and healthy retirement.” Mr Neilson said he was leaving to enjoy new challenges and that working with CHSA will
remain as one of his life’s most positive experiences. Meanwhile, Mr Neilson has denied claims that there are unfilled vacancies for nursing positions and that staff at the Riverland Regional Hospital in Berri are being called on to work additional hours. “Staffing requirements at Berri Hospital are continuously monitored to ensure compliance with the relevant enterprise agreement,” he said. “Nursing and midwifery staff at Berri Hospital are not undertaking double shifts. “The hospital has a range of overtime minimisation strategies in place and any required overtime is monitored closely by hospital management. “During times of annual leave, hospital management ensures there is adequate staffing to meet enterprise agreement requirements and we have recently recruited to fill a number of ongoing vacancies.”
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Very hot summer to heighten fire risk WITH predictions of the hottest summer in at least three years, Riverland residents are being urged to prepare and practice a bushfire action plan. The Weather Channel is forecasting an increase in bushfires, temperature and heatwaves across Australia during the severe weather season from October to April. “There is a heightened risk of bushfires this season for most of the country compared to the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons,” The Weather Channel chief meteorologist Dick Whitaker said. The unrelenting rain from two consecutive La Nina years has now cleared and in its place Australia’s warm and dry weather returns with the hotter outlook a result of the weak El Nino combined with abnormal Indian Ocean temperatures. Country Fire Serivce regional community ed-
Senior citizens lose Loxton bus service LOXTON senior citizens are being isolated from the community and cannot afford to leave their homes after they were told they could no longer be picked up by a State Government bus service. The bus was believed to be picking up residents and dropping them off at selected locations for a minimal fee. However, it is understood a change in regulations means the citizens can no longer use the bus service. Loxton Waikerie Council Deputy Mayor Mark Ward raised the issue during a council meeting and met to discuss the issue with the Loxton Health Advisory Committee on Tuesday night. Mr Ward said he believes it is a community bus service funded by Country Health SA and may have been transporting senior citizens. He said the service is now only able to accommodate Country Health SA service clients only. “They were doing their little bits and pieces for the community by picking up people and bringing them to meetings and doctors’ appointments and for some unknown reason there has been a few of them that have been isolated or not able to use the bus service due to being outside of the criteria they have laid down,” Mr Ward said. “It all comes down to funding and some of them have been paying for the service but they’ve only been paying a minimal amount of money.” Mr Ward said he has been told of at least eight people who were using the service but have been told they no longer fit the criteria. “Unfortunately unless we have that sort of service for these people they are going to be isolated in their houses and they’ll either have to take a taxi, which they can’t really afford, or walk there and a lot of them can’t do that either,” he said.
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ucation officer Ross Fairbank said local residents must be prepared in case of a bushfire. “The risks are we need to make sure that our blocks are cleared of any vegetation that could burn,” he said. “We need to make sure that when we are out on the river and we are out in the open, that we are aware of the risks when we are camping, that we know what those risks around us might be. “If you’ve got blocks, now is the time to be cleaning up these blocks because fire season is coming in November.” n hot: A map released by The Weather Channel showing the rising temperatures across Australia between October and April.
Chowilla floodplain would benefit from big drink CHOWILLA Station owner James Robertson (pictured) believes the floodplain would benefit from a big drink from River Murray flows coming into South Australia. Currently flows are being restricted into the state so work will not stall again on the construction of the Chowilla environmental regulator. This week flows topped the 45,000 megalitre per day mark, almost seven times the average for this time of year. “I think we all realise how important getting the regulator built is but it is disappointing that we’re knocking back a natural flooding event in order to achieve it,”
Mr Robertson said. While Mr Robertson supports the concept of the regulator, he said the Murray Darling Basin Authority and state and federal governments need to take advantage of the high flows and release water from storages. Mr Robertston said the Chowilla Floodplain is in top condition coming into summer. “The floodplains looking fantastic but it would have been just marvellous to get an overbank flow,” he said. “It really would have kicked the floodplains into gear but having said that, it is looking the best it has looked for 15 or so years.”
Local wineries amongst winners at prestigious awards n From Page 1 “Even though we didn’t have a huge amount of gold, roughly 40 per cent of all entries got some form of medal which was quite good. “The 2011 reds showed that it was a difficult vintage but there is some great wines from
2012 and the whites from 2011 and 2012 were pretty good too. “The strongest classes were the fortified classes but that makes sense in a warm climate like ours.” Wines from over the border dominated most classes of judging with Best Wine in
Show going to the 2008 De Bortoli Wines Botrytis Semillon, the Most Successful Exhibitor went to Rutherglen based Pfeiffer Wines, Best Dry Red was won by De Bortoli 2010 Deen Durif and the Best White Wine went to Lindeman’s 2012 bin 95 Sauvignon Blanc. Of the locals to take out
major awards, Angoves Family Winemakers’ Rare Tawny won the Best Fortified Red category and Accolade Wines Rare Muscat was top of the Best Fortified White Wine class. About 130 people attended a gala dinner and public tasting at Ruston’s Roses in Renmark last night.
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A LOCAL service has expressed concern over the arrests of six people in the Riverland for assaults on their partners on the weekend. Centacare Murraylands Domestic Violence Service has re-emphasised the point that no domestic violence should be tolerated in the community. In the six separate incidents over the weekend that led to arrests, a 28-year-old Berri man allegedly threatened to kill his ex-partner, a 42-year-old Renmark man was arrested after threatening, grabbing and then shaking his female partner and a Barmera man allegedly pushed his female partner against a wall. Currently the local domestic violence service is dealing with 127 people. “We are concerned by one assault and this weekend there have been several,” Centacare Murraylands Domestic Violence Service’s Ele Wilde said. “However it is not unusual for us to receive multiple referrals after a weekend.
“Domestic violence should not be tolerated in our community at all.” Ms Wilde said domestic violence is not a one off event. “It occurs regularly over a period of time and does not have to be physical assault,” she said. “Domestic violence takes many forms including financial, social, spiritual, unwanted communications and sexual abuse. “It is a community responsibility to care for our family, friends and neighbours.” The number of people who are ignoring domestic violence is also concerning, according to Ms Wilde. “If someone hears or witnesses domestic violence they should do all they can to stop it,” she said. “Not by trying to stop a physical assault but make a phone call, talk privately to the victim and say that the abusive behaviour is against the law and it hurts children too. “After all if an incident occurs in the street people become concerned and do what they can.
“So why is it different if the abuse is occurring between couples? “A phone call could save someone’s life and children should not bear the burden of violence/abuse at home.” Ms Wilde said many women in a violent or abusive relationship refuse help for fear of retribution. “It is a scary act to leave someone who has so much power but there is always someone who will help,” she said. “Laws affecting domestic violence changed recently and police have added options to use including immediate removal of perpetrators from a property and immediate Intervention Orders. “Police and community services in the Riverland are all working together in collaboration against domestic violence.” If women require help they can call the Domestic Violence Gateway (1800 800 098) or the National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service (1800RESPECT) on 1800 737 732.
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Oversupply hurts citrus growers RIVERLAND growers are removing acres of citrus trees with a continued oversupply of juice fruit and high exchange rates. Fruit is being left on trees because there is no market for it and growers and industry bodies are calling on Citrus Australia to hold an emergency meeting to discuss the direction of growing oranges in the region. Citrus Growers of South Australia chairman Mark Chown said he has personally seen fruit dumped in recent months. “The returns are disgustingly low, fruit quality and size is to be wanted but with the high exchange rate and higher crop loads than we can handle, things are more than ordinary,” he said. “I know of growers who have left quantities of navels on the trees and I’ve also seen a very large number of fruit dumped as the demand for juice has all but diminished. “Obviously juice factories are preferring to buy imports over local product again.” Mr Chown said the industry’s national body needs to find a solution to the problem. “It is just not sustainable and I think the industry needs to have a big think tank of where it is going with oranges in the next five to 10 years,” he said.
“Last year’s low returns were the lowest I can remember and this year’s are even less, so I can’t imagine people are going to continue growing non-profitable varieties. “By the time you do your picking, freight, handling and levies, there is little, or anything, left to grow the crop. “There is no assistance forth coming and markets overseas are certainly full of other country’s fruit.” Loxton North citrus grower Mark Pickering has been in the industry for two decades but he plans to remove a large portion of his orange trees and replant winegrapes. “Rumours are that some of the packing sheds have had up to $60 per tonne to freight it around the place and we’ve got nothing,” he said. “So far it has been a shocking season and still continuing on, even though it is good quality fruit. “We’ll probably switch off another third to a half of our citrus this year.” Mr Pickering, who is also a horticultural consultant, said he feels stuck and that there is nowhere to go. “I know that the last half of the season as far as juice goes, we’ve got nothing for it,” he said.
“It looks like the valencias are going to be as bad, if not worse than the navels.” There is 100 years of citrus growing in the Fulwood family but Waikerie’s Anthony Fulwood admits that this year’s citrus crops are providing very little in returns. “Anybody who is growing citrus would like to have a better option this year,” he said. “It doesn’t look good for future generations. “There is no silver bullet at present.” The industry is resilient, according to Member for Chaffey and citrus grower Tim Whetstone. “The industry is resilient but growers are hurting,” he said. “They are going through a really tough time at the moment but the development of good, strong key export markets, a strong domestic climate and the Australian dollar are key players in the viability of the citrus industry. “What we are seeing is a generational change at the moment.” Former Citrus Industry Development Board chief executive officer Andrew Green said there is concern from growers in the industry about funds for research and information.
“We’ve had drought and we were optimistic when we started to get our water back but we’ve had two years when the exchange rate has been right up and we’ve had some marketing decisions in some of our export markets, which I believe, have really hurt the industry,” he said. “Growers are really concerned where they are going to get their information from, their market updates, their crop estimates and all the rest. “Without that information it is going to be really difficult to market produce in a sensible manner.” Citrus Australia chair Tania Chapman was unavailable for comment.
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RIVERVIEW CORPORATE n citrus or grapes?: Loxton North grower Mark Pickering is removing citrus trees to replace them with winegrapes and (inset) a tree full of fruit that has been left to die due to oversupply in the markets.
Tourism group’s website proposal THE Riverland Tourism Association will seek external funding for a project to create a regional website after it was unsuccessful in its application to the $20 million Riverland Sustainable Futures Fund. The group applied for $42,000 for Riverland Website Creation with online booking, links to members’ websites and booking systems, online/SMS notification of internet enquiries to tourism op-
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“We felt that there has been no website in the Riverland that has offered all of these features.” Mr Freeman said he believes the website is necessary for the region and further details on the project will be discussed at the group’s next meeting in October. “We are hoping to make a start on the website despite the fact that we’ve got no website and despite the fact we’ve got no external funding,” he said.
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Convention appeals to Witnesses FOR a number of decades Loxton father and son Sam and Craig Crisp have been attending the annual threeday Jehovah’s Witness Convention in Adelaide. Along with about 120 Riverland and Mallee residents from Loxton, Renmark and Pinnaroo, the Crisp family will travel to the event beginning tomorrow to “keep us focused on what God’s going to do for the future”. “A lot of people feel that God is not so interested in what’s happening but we feel that he certainly is and through his Kingdom, which we pray for through the Lord’s Prayer, there will be a big change on the Earth itself,” Craig, an elder for the past 11 years, said. “In the past, we talk about the end of the world but when we talk about the end of the world, it’s not the end of the Earth but the end
of wicked people. “Obviously we can’t judge that as humans and if we believe in an all powerful God, he is the one that can judge. “We believe there is going to be a time when people are brought back from the dead to the Earth and the Earth will be a paradise, it won’t be like it is today with all the wars and conflicts that are going on.” The theme for this year’s convention is ‘Safeguard your Heart’ and the subjects spoken about will include ‘What is true love?’ and ‘The former things will not come up into the heart’, which is intended to explore the time ahead when people will no longer have the need to carry the legacy of a difficult past. Loxton Jehovah’s Witness Sam Crisp ended a football career in Naracoorte and became a Jehovah’s Witness in
his young adult years. “I loved the game and I loved the popularity to a point too but I could see that really meant nothing and once you are finished you are a nobody again and that’s the way life is,” Sam said. Sam said he became a Jehovah’s Witness for the future of his children. “I was always concerned for my children because even then the world had its bad points and I worried what the future would be for my kids,” Sam said. “When I was shown from the Bible itself what the future holds, that was a hope for me to be able to help them get a better life and a better life for everyone. “To see there is something better for everybody and to live in peace with no more war, no more sickness, no more death, that was what really appealed to me.”
■ TRUTH: Loxton Jehovah’s Witnesses (Back from left) Jessica and Sylvia Gagliardi, Bernie McKewon and (front) father and son Sam and Craig Crisp will be in attendance at this year’s annual conference in Adelaide beginning on Friday.
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Forget footy, donate blood FOOTBALL fans are being urged to give blood in the Riverland during the finals series in a bid to maintain blood stocks. The Australian Red Cross Blood Service is concerned that donor numbers might drop as fans are preoccupied with the football finals. The Blood service will visit Renmark, Loxton, Berri and Waikerie over the next week. Blood Service spokeswoman Emma Schreiber is reminding locals to book their appointment to donate in the Riverland during September and October. “With one in three of us needing blood in our lifetime it’s essential that people don’t forget about blood donation this footy finals series,” Ms Schreiber said. “The good news is, the community can donate near their home ground at Renmark, Loxton, Berri and Waikerie. “Donate leading up to and following the finals and you won’t miss a minute of the game.” Ms Schreiber said blood would help give other footy fans a chance to see their team succeed. “Thousands of Australians need blood every day and that need never stops,” she said. “They are cancer patients, unborn babies, road trauma and burns victims, people undergoing renal dialysis and people undergoing emergency surgery. “These patients are also footy fans just like you, so support both your team and your fellow Australians by making an appointment to give blood.” The Blood service is visiting the Renmark Greek Orthodox Community Hall on Monday (1 to 6pm) and Tuesday (12.30 to 8pm) and at the Loxton Community Recreation and Sporting Club on September 26 (12 to 6.15pm), September 27 (12.30 to 8pm) and September 28 (8am to 1pm). The service will also visit the Berri Senior Citizens Hall on October 2 (1.30 to 6.30pm), October 3 (10.30am to 6pm), October 4 (12.30 to 8pm), October 5 (8am to 1pm) and at the Waikerie Health Service on October 2 (12 to 6.30pm), October 3 (11am to 8pm) and October 4 (8.30am to 2pm).
New plan for kangaroo harvesting A NEW management plan governing the commercial harvest of kangaroos is available for public comment. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Kangaroo Ecologist Peter Stokes said the plan had been designed to replace the SA Kangaroo Conservation and Management Plan 2008-12,
which was due to expire at the end of the year. “Commercial harvest of kangaroos is permitted in South Australia under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972,” Peter said. “The management plan regulates the harvest, covering issues such as quotas, licensing and where kangaroos can legally be taken.”
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Olympic support thanks MANY thanks to the Riverland public for your hero messages, cards, phone calls and small gifts during my Olympic journey. The support from the Riverland has been overwhelming. Thank you also to the Riverland Weekly and sponsors. Hayden Stoeckel, Berri Swimming Club member.
The price of life WITH regards to the articles in the Riverland Weekly on August 30 and the letter to the editor the previous week on the issue of the bins, may I add a few more pertinent points. According to my sources this is all the fault of the EPA coming into the Riverland and closing all of the landfill dumps, telling councils that they must recycle. Not one council had the intestinal fortitude to stand up and say no. That being the case, then councils do not represent the ratepayers’ interests as they should. If they did, they would have put this out for public debate, not kept it under wraps. Having had the opportunity to voice my concerns for myself and other low income earners struggling to cover ever increasing costs, I was met with blank stares when I asked ‘If I now have to pay again for three bins plus the collection, what am I paying rates for already?’ I don’t have a need for extra bins. As for carting waste out of the district, no-one wants to tell me where it is going. Several locations have been
muted, one as far as 200 kilometres away. If there is any substance to that, what kind of person thinks that is economical or environmentally sound? Just think of the pollution spewing out of trucks each day, the very thing the EPA is supposed to be preventing. Make no mistake folks, this has nothing to do, whatsoever, about the environment but everything to do with money. Leave it go and just like the STEDS scheme, the cost will blow out of all proportion and when you can’t pay you will lose everything. The same thing is happening in the land of the free, known as the good old United States of America. Everybody can see exactly what is happening here. We do all the work for the coucnils, sorting everything into the bins that we pay for and then we pay for it to be picked up and councils get all the ‘gravy’. T. Plumb, Berri.
Concern over dumped dog TO THE heartless scumbag who dumped the long haired tan terrier a few weeks ago, you will be happy to know it is dead. I tried so hard to rescue the little dog but it was so terrified of everything it bolted every time. My worst fear was it would get run over if I continued. The little dog was in poor shape, could have had a broken foot and was starving, eating a dead kangaroo on the side of the road. No animal has to be dumped or made to starve, there is help available.
Have your say about the issues that affect you. I made sure there was plenty of food and water put in a safe place so the dog would not wander looking for food. It had a few days of good food but was I informed the dog was dead somebody who had seen a car hit the dog, not even stopping to see if it was dead or alive. Thank you to the person who took the dog off the road, apparently it was killed instantly. If anybody has a dog and lives near a main road for goodness sake make sure you have proper fencing. I have heard of so many dogs being hit by cars and if you see a dog roaming, check your area to find the owners. Don’t pass the buck onto someone else, be responsible. Council was informed about the little dog and hoped a dog trap could be set up but it was too late. A very big thank you to my friend Cherise, you are always there to help me at anytime and you have a beautiful heart of gold. To the many people who left messages concerning the dog thank you. To the owner of the dog, “your day will come”.
hoped to do for a number of years but has been out of reach because of the cost. This is to completely renovate a bathroom at Hawdon House which is estimated to cost close to $30,000. We have also committed to have renovations made to the Hawdon House kitchen which will cost approximately $7000. It would not be possible without the generous support from our volunteers at the Opportunity Shop and the local community. We would appreciate any help of items for sale at our fete or your presence as a customer. We also invite any other interested stallholders who may wish to sell their own products on that day to phone our president Phyl Pfennig on 8588 2424 or our secretary Fay Partridge on 8582 1305. The cost to have a stall at the event will be $20.
Martina Roberts, Loxton.
I WOULD like to congratulate the Riverland Weekly over the last few weeks for promoting our area to encourage tourists to visit. This is something that our city counterparts are not doing, instead wherever they can putting us down. During the drought the city media painted stories that were far from the truth. The fruit sales like grapes and oranges were again false statements and then there was the Flood Watch, which saw people compare the River Murray with situations in Queensland.
Funds needed for Bonney Lodge upgrades THE Barmera Residential Care Auxiliary will be holding a fete on Sunday, October 14, in the grounds at Bonney Lodge between 9.30am and 3pm. The usual cake, plant, craft stalls will be available, as well as cooked sausages and hamburgers. Funds raised will help us finance a project which our auxiliary has
Joan Hoffmann, Barmera Residential Care Auxiliary.
The way these stories were portrayed, it did more harm than good. All we needed was the truth about our situation and not to stretch the truth to make a good story to sell their product. We, as Riverlanders, must put the true facts to the general public. We must sell our area as a good place to come and visit. This is what the Barmera National Trust is trying to promote by gathering local history of our district. We have so much history for the short period of occupation and development. Our irrigation system is the best in Australia for conserving water with drip irrigation and other techniques. Lake Bonney is a good, safe place for all water sports, so let’s not allow this Labor Government to ever close off our lake like they did several years ago. This sent many shockwaves through our area which was a complete waste of taxpayers’ money. People are now realising how good the lake is with more people coming to visit each year. Let’s continue to encourage them to come. The Barmera National Trust is also spending many hours collecting more information and artifacts for our Loveday Internment Camp dispaly at the Cobdogla Irrigation and Steam Museum. However, we cannot have an open day until the large concrete overhead tank is dismantled as it is a potential danger because of falling concrete. Max Scholz, Barmera.
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Developers turn away as five year clause on exited properties causes challenges
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ALLS to lift a five year moratorium on properties that became vacant under the Small Block Irrigators Exit Grant package have strengthened following enquiries from developers outside of the region. It is understood a number of developers have decided to enquire elsewhere after property they were interested in fell under the five year moratorium. The exit grants provided farmers up to $170,000 to leave the industry but under the agreement, the land could not be irrigated on for five years. Loxtonâ€™s Glen Arnold was one of hundreds of growers who decided to accept the grant and exit the winegrape industry. â€œIt wasnâ€™t all that emotional, it was fairly dispassionate because it was a business decision for us,â€? he said. â€œThe main reason we took it up was because we were losing money and we were getting close to retirement age, so it was a good opportunity to bail out.â€? Mr Arnold said the decision at the time to offer the package helped people leave the industry with dignity. â€œSome people were desperate for something like that, where their debts were way high compared to their assets and banks were starting to foreclose on people,â€? he said. For most growers who took the exit package, there is still the attachment there with council rates to be paid, maintenance required and regular government documents that
â– VACANT: A former irrigation block in Loxton that is no longer in use. Photo: BRAD PERRY need signing. He said at the time the exit grants were on offer, people accepted the five year clause. â€œIt was a condition of the package and we accepted it,â€? he said. â€œHowever, if somebody is prepared to put their money into developing that property with new infrastructure again and new plantings and they are prepared to risk their capital to do it, why shouldnâ€™t they.â€? Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone has called on Federal Water Minister Tony Burke to lift the five year moratorium and said he is looking for support from State Agriculture Minister Gail Gago and newly elected Senator Anne Ruston. â€œIt is about potential buyers who want to buy property, itâ€™s about people wanting to sell the property
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that they have made the decision to exit from for one reason or the other and it is now giving the opportunity for another purchaser to help stimulate our economy,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s good arable land with infrastructure in place and we need to get it back into production, so we can stimulate the regionâ€™s economy and get back on to the job we do best, using best practice irrigation with an invigorated economy. â€œI get people come into my office all the time with concerns about this issue.â€? Mr Whetstone said the five year clause is holding back neighbours from purchasing vacant blocks and expanding. â€œNeighbours should be able to upgrade their farm size to help with the economies of scale and I donâ€™t think the government should prevent a farmer from using the land with best efficiency irrigation practices in place,â€? he said. About 180 Central Irrigation Trust growers totalling up to 3000 hectares accepted the package and left the industry and vacant properties are scattered across the Riverland, unable to be irrigated. â€œInitially, in the short term, it
doesnâ€™t have an impact because there is a thing called a termination fee, so as those people leave they have to terminate their delivery shares and that allows us some breathing space until we can either readjust our systems or see what comes in,â€? Central Irrigation Trust chief executive officer Gavin McMahon said. â€œIf they stay out over the long run, that will have an impact on us. â€œAs a district we want to be attracting investment back into those areas, itâ€™s critical that developers get access to that because if they canâ€™t do it here, then they will look somewhere else. â€œThrough a number of channels, weâ€™ve tried to see if that could be reviewed but we keep hitting brick walls with it all the way around.â€? Mr McMahon said there may also be confusion as to when the five year moratorium ends on properties. â€œItâ€™s a confidential contract between the individual grower and the Commonwealth department, so we canâ€™t find that information out, weâ€™ve tried through a number of avenues to get that and we are unable to get that information,â€? he said.
erties) back in production that just creates the same problem as we had before.â€? However, with the option of purchasing temporary water, Family First MLC Robert Brokenshire said the vacant properties could be attractive to potential buyers. â€œNow there is a chance for people to buy temporary water, they could get back into, at least, annual crop production and stimulate the economy,â€? he said. As the Riverland continues to push for the five year moratorium to be lifted, in a statement to the Riverland Weekly, the State Government failed to say whether it is supportive of lifting the agreement. â€œI understand that this Federal Government scheme was designed to provide both a dignified pathway for non-viable irrigators to exit the industry and a mechanism for the Government to â€˜buy backâ€™ water allocations as part of the commitments to water reform,â€? State Agriculture Minister Gail Gago said. â€œThis emergency package enabled some irrigators who were significantly adversely affected by the drought to live in the community with some level of dignity.
As a district we want to be attracting investment back into those areas. â€œIn reality, nobody really knows when one is due back in, it really has got to be a discussion between the property owner and the purchaser.â€? CCW Co-operative chairman Jim Caddy said the exit grants helped the winegrape industry readjust to oversupply. â€œWe keep talking about reducing irrigation and there wonâ€™t be as much water available,â€? he said. â€œIf you put them (exited prop-
â€œThese measures were developed for a particularly difficult situation where significant hardship was being experienced in the Riverland and has assisted both the individuals and the community weather the drought. â€œThis has been a difficult period for the region (and) the Riverland community has demonstrated resilience and has started to show signs of growth and revitalised economic activity.â€?
Key to a sustainable future for family businesses RESEARCH shows that 60 per cent of family businesses are expected to change ownership (or exit) in the next five to seven years â€“ yet the 2009 Family Business Australia/ KPMG Survey found that only 18.4 per cent have a transition or succession plan in place. This obviously presents serious implications for the successful continuity of a large proportion of the Riverlandâ€™s family businesses and the economy as a whole, given that family businesses employ around 55 per cent of the private sector workforce.
Why the imbalance? The low percentage of families who have (or are even in the process of developing) a succession plan highlights what Family Business Australia (FBA) knows anecdotally to be the issue. â€œAs one amorphous lump, succession planning seems such a huge task with so many emotional, technical and financial elements that families simply put it in the â€˜too hard basketâ€™,â€? Chairman of the South Australian Chapter of FBA Kent Aughey explained. â€œHowever, this is the road to disaster for both the family and the business and has potentially serious implications for the economy. â€œFamilies can be torn apart and businesses ruined through lack of communication and planning for retirement, illness or death but it doesnâ€™t need to be that way. â€œTransition/succession planning
can be a very positive experience if itâ€™s done properly.â€? There will be a unique opportunity to learn how the most successful family businesses ensure that they achieve a win-win outcome for their family and their business through the generations, with FBA bringing its Passing the Baton workshop to the Riverland region with support from The Department for Manufacturing Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy (DMITRE). DMITRE recognises the importance of family businesses to the economy, culture and community in regional areas of South Australia and is supporting a series of regional workshops. This half-day workshop, which will be held at the Berri Resort Hotel on Wednesday, October 10 from 1pm to 4.30pm, is the first of two inter-connected workshops. The second workshop in April 2013 will build on the knowledge gained during this session. This workshop provides valuable insights that will raise awareness of the issues pertinent to each generation and break everything down into digestible pieces. John Angove of Angove Family Winemakers would like to see all Riverland family businesses take advantage of this unique opportunity. â€œThe lifeblood of the Riverland is driven by family businesses, small medium and large, and the long term health of your business will ensure family prosperity,â€? he said.
â€œThe opportunity to hear from Family Business Australia on the vital issue of the problems and opportunities of â€˜passing the batonâ€™ should not be missed. â€œIf you think you have the issue resolved, or if you have not started to think about it, either way the session will get you thinking. Executive Officer of FBA SA Heather Dowling says the visionary entrepreneurial personality, formidable skill-set, creativity and flexibility that got incumbent family business owners to where they are today are also the key to inventing a creative exit plan that allows them to redirect their energies into other projects and passions while creating space for themselves, their family and the business to grow. â€œAnd the next generationâ€™s energy, education and adaptability to modern practices and technology is essential to business renewal and growth,â€? she said. â€œâ€˜Blue skyâ€™ thinking and being proactive is the key to successful continuity.â€? This workshop will provide clear insight to each generationâ€™s issues, which will help family members work together to effect a baton pass thatâ€™s rewarding for all. WHO SHOULD ATTEND? Family business owners, directors, leaders, Next Gen successors and others with a vested interest, including professional advisers to families in business. To register contact Heather Dowling on 8376 5598 or by email at email@example.com.
Thursday September 20, 2012 201 012 2 – Riverland Riv R Weekly • 9 Keeping a short and sharp eye on what’s happening around the Riverland and Mallee
$9000 raised for St Catherine’s
THIS month’s annual Petticoat Lane event raised $9000 for St Catherine’s aged care home in Berri. A cheque from the organising committee was handed over to St Catherine’s during a special
lunch recently. Petticoat Lane organiser Shirley Ingerson said the amount raised was higher than last year. “The community are just wonderful,” she said. “The Berri community
has always supported us terrifically.” The money raised will go towards the purchase of specialised wheelchairs, a quality care bed and the establishment of a retreat room.
to put out their own fires in witches hats under the supervision of the CFS. At 6.30pm the CFS will light a bonfire and at about 9pm, money raised from the event will be presented to Barmera CFS captain Mark Dowling. Entry into the park for locals is a gold coin donation and organisers are urging the community to attend and support the worthy cause to help raise funds for the men and women of the
local CFS. Money raised from the sausage sizzle, entry donations, tea/coffee and port sales will go towards the Barmera CFS with Discovery Holiday Parks matching the donation dollar for dollar. For those who do not want to miss the football, there will be coverage available of the preliminary final between Adelaide and Hawthorn. For further enquiries, contact 8588 2234.
MTA named trainer of the year IN THE same year which the MTA Group Training Scheme celebrates its 30th birthday, the organisation has also been announced as the winner of the in-business Small Training Provider of the Year in the 2012 South Australian Training Awards. Motor Trade Association Chief Executive Officer John Chapman said that the announcement was a very proud moment for the organisation. “All of our staff, apprentices and trainees should be proud of this achievement, as they have all contributed to making the organisation the success that has been recognised,” Mr Chapman said. “It is fitting that we have been recognised in the same year that we turn 30, as it highlights to the community the longevity of the training we provide and also the continual quality and relevance to the industry. “We have over 650 students currently completing training through our Training and Employment Centre at Royal Park and of the almost 2600 that have previously undertaken our training, around 65 per cent have been successful in gaining their qualifications. “This is significantly higher than the national average of around 48 per cent completion and something we continue to work on improving.” The MTA considers the uniqueness of its training delivery as a significant factor to
meet again at the Waikerie Club at 10am on Tuesday. Facilitator Nan Mackereth said the meeting was a huge success. “I was absolutely gobsmacked by the support,” she said. “I’m really confident it will go ahead.”
While the group is yet to decide on a location for a facility, it has already received donations of equipment. In a touching gesture, the McKinnon family donated a special wood lathe, while a welder and grinder were also donated.
Berri gallery in a wool spin
Event to raise funds for Barmera CFS AN evening of family fun will be held on Saturday at the Discovery Holiday Park in Lake Bonney to raise money for the Barmera Country Fire Service. There will be plenty on for the whole family with activities beginning at 2pm including a jumping castle, fire truck rides and challenges and a friendly atmosphere. A sausage sizzle will be available at 6pm and following that kids will be able
Men’s shed support ABOUT 45 men attended a meeting at Waikerie on Tuesday to discuss the proposal to establish a men’s shed in the area. With inspirational guest speaker Rob Todd passing on his knowledge on the setup of men’s sheds, those in attendance have decided to
■ SUCCESS: (From left) Mary Mackillop Care South Australia chief executive David Ferrier, Petticoat Lane organiser Shirley Ingerson and St Catherine’s Berri site manager Cale Edwards during the cheque presentation.
AND ANOTHER THING...
■ WIN: (From left) MTA SA vice-president John Zulian, MTA CEO John Chapman and MTA president and MTA Group Training Scheme chariman Neville Gibbs celebrating MTA’s recent award win. being named as the SA Small Training Provider of the Year as well as the organisation’s continuing success. “While we take seriously the traditional side of teaching and training the skills necessary to be competent tradespeople, we also have a philosophy that we must give our students the opportunity to have an experience,” Mr Chapman said. “We have developed partnerships with all the major motorsports events in South Australia over the years, including the Grand Prix, the Clipsal 500 and the Classic Adelaide. “Through these events we enable some of our apprentices the opportunity to see a different side of the industry. The program has been very successful with around six apprentices gaining employment within the racing industry. “We have also recently completed a Monaro show
car which has been built from an empty shell by our apprentices and trainers,” Mr Chapmans said. “This project again offers our apprentices a unique opportunity to work on a high performance vehicle with specialised body work and paint work, something which they would not often get until well into their careers.” The MTA is also unique in that it a Registered Training Organisation, a Group Training Organisation and an Industry Association. “We are training and employing for the industry, but most importantly it is run by the industry,” Mr Chapman said. “This means that we are able to deliver the skills and training which industry requires and help meet the current and future demands of skilled automotive tradespeople.” The MTA is currently planning celebrations for its 30th birthday which will be held in November this year. “As part of our celebrations we want all current and previous apprentices and host employers to be involved,” Mr Chapman said. To register interest please go to our website www.mtasa. asn.au and follow the links. MTA Group Training Scheme is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Motor Trade Association of South Australia. The Motor Trade Association has been the peak body for the retail automotive industry for over 86 years.
MEMBERS of the Loxton Country Women’s Association (pictured) recently showed off their skills by ‘yarn bombing’ the River Lands Gallery in Berri.
15 years of service to festival
■ PROUD: At a review of the Riverland Primary Schools’ Music Festival, Lindsay Strong (left) presented certificates to (from left) Lynn Smith, Cindy Ridley and Mary Geddie for 15 years of service. Denise Melnyk was also awarded the same honour.
■ STARSTRUCK: After completing the City to Bay six kilometre walk on Sunday, Berri seven-year-old Abbie Cawse had her photo taken with Shannon Ponton from the Biggest Loser.
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