Issue No. 255 – Thursday, November 15, 2012
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Bin abuse leads to removal in national parks RUBBISH bins will be removed from national parks and reserves in the Riverland next month following continued dumping of household waste by residents. Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Riverland district ranger Phil Strachan said there has been a rise in rubbish dumping at local reserves over the past 12 months. “With the current pressures on rubbish removal around the Riverland, we are finding 50 per cent of our rubbish put in our parks is household rubbish,” he said. “We are finding that our bins, most of them are about half a tonne
BRAD PERRY capacity, are being filled up overnight. “It’s actually an offence under the national parks and wildlife act to leave rubbish in a park and on frequent occasions we actually go through rubbish left at parks and if we find details we expiate people for that. “Some of the stuff that gets dumped in our parks is quite weird, we’ve even had (vehicle) engines.” As of December 15, rubbish cages and bins will be removed from Riverland parks and reserves with users encouraged to be re-
sponsible for their own waste management. The bins will be removed from the Moorook Game Reserve, Murray River National Park and Danggali Conservation Park and Wilderness Protection Area. Currently the National Parks code guidelines state that users must take rubbish with them. Mr Strachan said the current dumping of household goods at reserves is not only unsightly but is also attracting native and feral wildlife. “It’s very difficult from an animal management perspective because animals do get in there and scatter it,” Mr Strachan said.
n rubbish: Bins will be removed from local national parks and reserves next month following an increase of household rubbish being dumped at those sites. Pictured is overflowing rubbish at the Moorook Game Reserve.
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out of action World’s only running Humphrey Pump to be static display
THE State Government has withdrawn its support for the operation of the iconic Humphrey Pump based at the Cobdogla Irrigation and Steam Museum and it is now likely to become a static display. An SA Water spokesperson said SafeWork SA has completed an investigation into the pump following a gas leak earlier this year. “The investigation is now complete and SafeWork SA is satisfied with SA Water’s actions to date,”
they said. “After reviewing all options for the pump and with safety being the top priority, it has been decided to no longer run the pump. “The Humphrey Pump will remain the centrepiece of the museum as a static display. “An interactive display with video footage will continue to show the Humphrey Pump in operation. “There may be opportunities for a third party other than SA Water to
operate the pump in the future.” However, Cobdogla Steam Friends Society president Neil Gow said he was “surprised” to hear that SA Water has decided to stop the pump from operating. “We’re still investigating what actually caused the leak and we are still doing testing on the pump and it surprises me that they would say the investigation is complete,” he said. “The cause has not been fully established, it seems to me
that SA Water is wiping their hands and putting it in the too hard basket.” Mr Gow said having the Humphrey Pump as a static display would mean the museum loses it as a major drawcard, with the icon running four times annually. “The running of the Humphrey Pump is very important to the museum, it’s classed as the only working Humphrey Pump in the world,” he said. “If it is not a working pump, it
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just becomes a static display, which might be interesting but it is certainly not what we would be aiming for. “We would be aiming to get the thing back in action.” Without conclusive proof that it is unsafe, Mr Gow said the Humphrey Pump should not be ruled out of action. “If they just say we can’t run it because of the Safework SA concerns, we will then look at other avenues and options,” he said.
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AUTHOR Doctor Glen Edwards will release his new book titled Beyond Dark Clouds in the Riverland tonight with the sequel containing a local war veteran. Beyond Dark Clouds follows the highly acclaimed Vietnam: The War Within and will be launched at the Berri Library from 7pm tonight. Riverland Vietnam Veterans’ Association member Trevor Richardson, whose brother Peter is referred to in the book, said he is looking forward to the launch. “He (Glen Edwards) has been involved in the story of my brother Peter Richardson at Renmark who passed away early this year, he was a Vietnam veteran,” Mr Richardson said. “I think it’s great that
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Brad Perry WHILE driving down country roads, people will sometimes give you a wave. It is different to being in the city where a wave or a ‘hello’ from a stranger would seem wrong. In the country it just seems friendly. So is it still okay to
he’s in it and I can’t wait to read what he’s put in his second book.” The latest book is described as a “compilation of honest, thought provoking, raw life stories by veterans and their families who continue to suffer immeasurably and by those who have successfully met head on the many challenges associated with the long term consequences of trauma”. The stories in the book span two generations and three countries. “He’s interviewed 38 veterans, some male, some female, in Australia, New Zealand and America and delved into their history before they went to Vietnam, their Vietnam experience and postVietnam experience,” Mr
Richardson said. “Now with his second book he’s gone one step further and interviewed their spouses or wives and that’s put another aspect in the whole story.” Dr Edwards, who is also a Vietnam veteran, frequently visited the Riverland when he was chief executive officer of the Vietnam Veterans’ Counselling Service in Adelaide. “He used to come up and talk to the lads and help when they were having a few problems,” Mr Richardson said. “He was a regular visitor up here in the 1980s and we were involved in 1992 when he had his first book launched. “He’s keen to visit the schools and spread the word amongst the young kids as well.”
Is it polite to wave? give a passing stranger a wave in the Riverland? For example, driving on the road between Swan Reach and Loxton, often people raise their hand to give an acknowledgement. Yet, walking down the streets of Riverland towns, a courteous wave can get you strange looks. This is not always
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the case but is it wrong to say ‘hello’ or wave to people as you pass by on a walk or in the car? Maybe for some people the acknowledgement to someone as you go past is something for the old fashioned. If you ask me, I think a polite wave or a ‘hello’ is just another little thing to add to why I enjoy living in the country.
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“It is concerning because it is a big job for us, an expensive job, and the simple fact that some of the things that come into our bins like weeds and vegetation clippings dumped in our hard bins from people’s yards, increases the risk of bringing introduced species into the reserves. “We often have fox or bird problems around these bins as well because they get into them and scatter the stuff. “It’s a national park, it’s a pristine area, there shouldn’t be any rubbish in it at all.” Mr Strachan said the project to remove the bins has been a work in progress for the past 18 months with a management plan completed to assess the feasibility of removing the bins. “Most people think
that it’s completely unacceptable to leave rubbish around in parks anyway, so around the state it’s usually really well respected and understood by the community,” he said. “A national park is something you should take your rubbish out with you when you leave. “The bins will simply be removed and signs are already up informing people that rubbish bins are going to be removed and if necessary we’ll be pointing people in the direction of modern waste management facilities which kick in at the same time. “At the end of the day we’ve decided that the conservation value of our Riverland parks and the fact that these places are becoming very high visitor use areas, having any rubbish in that park conmprimises the integrity of that area.”
Man in critical condition following crash A MAN in his 30s is in a critical condition at the Royal Adelaide Hospital after an accident between his ute and a semi-trailer at Lowbank, Waikerie. After being trapped in his car, the man was airlifted to hospital late yesterday. Motorists on the Sturt Highway were held up for several hours and SA Country Fire Service, Ambulance and Police crews were all called to the scene just after 5.30pm. Due to the serious nature of the accident, the area of the Sturt Highway near Lowbank, Waikerie, was closed. MedSTAR emergency crews were also flown in.
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Councils invite Governor to region GOVERNOR of South Australia Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce will visit the Riverland next week on the request of the three local councils. The Governor, who was last in the region in July this year, is expected to tour various areas of the region with the Loxton Waikerie, Berri Barmera and Renmark Paringa council representatives next on Tuesday. Berri Barmera Council chief executive officer David Beaton said
council plans to show the Governor the Riverland Regional Hospital upgrades, the Bonney Theatre, stormwater work and JMA Engineering. "The idea is heâ€™s been invited up by us (three councils) just to have a look at whatâ€™s going on in the Riverland," Mr Beaton said. "I think itâ€™s good to have the Governor in our area.â€? Mr Scarce said he is excited about the trip to the Riverland. â€œI am looking forward to catching
up with the mayors of the Riverland and being updated on community issues and regional development,â€? he said. â€œThis is also a good opportunity to visit local businesses and community groups and to hear from them.â€?
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Alternative drops claim gold THE Riverland's growing reputation as a top producer of alternative winegrape varieties has been given a boost following success at the weekend's Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show in Mildura. The launch of the Riverland Vine Improvement Committee's (RVIC) Cirami Estates label saw immediate success with the drop winning gold with its 2012 lagrein in the Italian Red Varietal category. Winning three gold with two in the montepulciano range, one silver and two bronze medals from the show, the not-forprofit organisation was ecstatic about the awards. "We just started off growing these new varities and decided to make a few wines to try and
promote them in the Riverland and to win these awards, people start to take notice," RVIC depot manager Mick Sewell said. Barmera based Bassham Wines also won gold with its 2012 lagrein and a trophy for best certified organic wine at the show. RVIC cellar hand Craig Gower said production of particular alternative varieties continues to increase. "We are only a small producer in regards to what we are doing with wine and this year we did about 22,000 tonnes and for me itâ€™s exciting to work with alternative varities because Iâ€™ve only had other experience with the more run-of-the-mill varieties," he said. "Itâ€™s been exciting to work with a good winemaker (Alex
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Mr Sharley said current visa arrangements work well for the region. â€œIt provides the region with the labour resource and for backpackers to be able to qualify for a second year of a working visa, they have to have worked 88 days in a regional area,â€? he said. â€œThe region gets a labour resource and that's very important with some of the crops, especially citrus in this region, and once they've completed their 88 days, they can apply for a second year and that is less stringent on how many days they have to work, so it means that some of the money they've earned, they can spend it.â€? Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone believes the increase in visa fees is unlikely to have an impact on the Riverland due to the unique lifestyle and working balance it offers. â€œI really think it is a positive for us as a region as they will target a little more stringently where
they are going to come,â€? he said. â€œTo come to the Riverland is an ideal opportunity for hard work but also it is a fantastic experience with the river and what it has to offer. â€œI would like to think it would have a minimal impact on a region like ours because we offer a package to the backpacker workforce. â€œWe offer them a good list of horticulture work but it's the package, we also offer them something more than the work and that is a world class experience.â€? There is a reliance on skilled international workers in the Riverland and Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland chief executive officer Brenton Lewis hopes the changes to working holiday visas will have minimal impact on the region. â€œWhat has happened over time in the Riverland and Murraylands is there has been a steady influx of migrants and more than
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Concern over holiday visa fee rise THE Riverland's peak tourism body is concerned about an increase of the working holiday visa from $280 to $360 from January 1 but remains hopeful there will be little impact on the region. Destination Riverland chief executive Tony Sharley said the increase may mean international tourists choose to travel to regional areas that are closer. â€œThe reason for backpackers coming to Australia in the first instance is because a visa is obviously reasonably priced,â€? he said. â€œI'm just surprised that we are putting at risk a market that are willing to not only come to Australia but spend dollars in Australia. â€œWhat we have to remember is we are competing with other countries to bring backpackers here to Australia, we want to provide as much incentive as we possibly can. â€œThe issue for me is, does this make it more attractive to choose another country as your backpacking destination?â€?
10 per cent of our population, on ĂĽ broad population basis, that come from another country in recent times who are more than willing to take up the work that is on offer such as fruit picking, working in vineyards, working in processing and production,â€? he said. â€œWithout those people coming into our region what we would see is a vacuum...of people being available, ready and willing and able to work at a time when they are required.â€? Mr Lewis said if less backpackers and skilled migrant workers come to the region, it may be hard to fill jobs. â€œWe'd love to see those youth get attracted to some of these manufacturing, processing, agricultural, primary industry driven jobs but that's what we'd love to see but to get it to happen is not necessarily easy and there is a lot of money spent on training and retraining but we are not necessarily always getting the outcome,â€? he said.
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Interest in Berri development SIGNIFICANT interest has already been shown from the Riverland and outside the area by developers potentially looking to take advantage of the soon to be available Berri riverfront land. With the bowling club relocating to Glassey Park, the Berri Barmera Council is opening up rare riverfront space for the possibility of two or three story buildings for retail outlets or residential living. Currently the parcel of land has been referred
to Renewal SA, as council looks to speed up the planning approval stages of the project. “It’s taken years, hopefully we are in the final straight,” Berri Barmera Council chief executive officer David Beaton said. “If we get the approvals from the government, we’ll act upon them within two months.” Mr Beaton said council has received interest about the riverfront land from developers both in the area and outside.
“It’s zoned tourism and residential, so both could be utilized in there,” he said. “Until we’ve actually got something finalised it is too far away to give people certainty. “People want certainty before they invest but I think that once we can supply that certainty it will be good.” Mr Beaton said the area may be used to combine both retail and residential, similar to Holdfast Shores, in Adelaide.
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More importantly, Caroline has vowed to support her daughters as they pursue their musical passions. “I’m giving them the opportunity to fulfil their dreams if they want to do it,” she said. “When they were five and six, when I was singing at Barmera for one of our showcases, I got them up to sing with me on stage and they loved it, they took to it like a duck to water. “I sang at Berri Merri Christmas and I then got them up to have a sing on each side. “Every opportunity that I can I get them up (on stage) with me.” Caroline was also previously invited to perform at Tamworth but was unable to do so due to a commitment to sing the national anthem at the Riverland Football League grand final in 2009. “I’m planning to go with the kids to Tamworth to play in January next year,” Caroline said. All three entered a music contest in Port Pirie recently with each receiving plenty of praise from judges. Talia received an encouragement award for song writing, Karrisa finished third in the gospel category and Caroline was third in the best female vocals, while Talia and Karrisa finished second in the duo category, competing against adults. The sisters said being able to perform with each other, as well as their mother, is inspirational. “It is very, very exciting because I get to sing with my family and everyone else gets to see how we sing,” Karrisa said. “Singing by myself I get more nervous but if you have family with you they kind of know the song, so if you forget the words they start singing with you,” Talia added.
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New Riverland and Mallee Coorong director based in Berri brings...
Fresh health perspective THE Riverlandâ€™s new regional health director Wayne Champion believes the broadening of the role will not negatively impact local health services and will instead result in positive changes. Mr Champion, who begins next month after the retirement of Tom Neilson, will cover the Riverland and Mallee Coorong region in his new role based at the Riverland Regional Hospital in Berri. With Mr Champion comes vast experience in health and finance and a strong record of management, including managing the health system response to the devastating 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Beginning the new job on December 3, Mr Champion said he is looking forward to moving to the Riverland and working amongst the people. â€œIn almost all health services what youâ€™ve got is a whole lot of passionate people who want to make a difference and who want
to improve the health and well being of people in their population,â€? he said. â€œWhat Iâ€™m looking forward to is meeting the people, working with them and helping them achieve that objective.
The responsibilities are the same, there is a different geographic mix.
â€œThere are challenges that are common across all of South Australia and there are challenges specific to the Riverland and I havenâ€™t lived in the Riverland before so some of those challenges I wonâ€™t know until I get there and meet the peo-
ple and understand from people what their issues and concerns are.â€? Mr Champion admitted there will be a lot of traveling across the large Riverland and Mallee Coorong cluster in his new role and he said overall there will be many positives. â€œHopefully it will mean better co-ordination of health services between the two areas but essentially as far as health services go, it should just mean business as usual with the health services continuing to be provided to local populations of each of the communities as done in the past,â€? he said. â€œYou have to travel and meet people to understand individual communityâ€™s needs, to understand issues and concerns that are occurring in each of the hospitals and being able to respond to them. â€œThe responsibilities are the same, there is a different geographic mix.â€?
There are some immediate health issues in the cluster area that Mr Champion will address. â€œSome of the challenges Iâ€™m aware of is the changing role of Berri Hospital, the redevelopment of Berri, the interaction between Berri and other hospitals in the region,â€? he said. â€œAlso in terms of the new structure, how we work with other hospitals in the area such as Murray Bridge and Mannum and what opportunities there are to learn off things that theyâ€™ve done well and what opportunities there are for them to learn from things that have been done well in the hospitals in the Riverland.â€? Mr Champion said he will also have a second in-charge employee to assist him. â€œIn some ways there is still the same level of leadership available, just a different structure in terms of a more co-ordinated approach,â€? he said.
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Boats take to the water for River Run MORE than 100 participants on 30 boats will cruise through the Riverland next week as part of the 2012 Mighty River Run. The fundraising event in aid of children living with disability and other special needs begins at Blanchetown on Sunday, heading through Waikerie, Cobdogla, Kingston-onMurray, Loxton, Berri and Renmark before finishing at Chowilla Station next Friday. The flotilla is hoping to raise about $200,000 after successfully raising $158,000 for Novita Childrenâ€™s Services from last yearâ€™s River Run. Novita fundraising manager Jason Clark said the community is encouraged to come and support the 30 boats and a crew of 140, the largest number of people ever taken on the River Run. â€œVery few of our crew members have done that part of the river and itâ€™s a fabulous part of the Murray River,â€? he said. â€œWhatâ€™s been pleasing is the number of ladies that are coming along this year which are up around the 34 ladies, which is a significant increase from past years. â€œOverall we are just looking forward to coming up into the Riverland and hope the Riverland community will stop and say hello to us as we go
Kerbside Waste Collection Update This is the ďŹ fth article of a fortnightly update regarding the implementation of the new waste collection system to start in January 2013. What is Green (Organic) Waste? Green or organic waste is generally what is excess from your garden. â– BOATS: The Mighty River Run flotilla will cruise through the region from Monday. through the various towns.â€? Jason â€˜Snowyâ€™ Carter and John Riddell will join the flotilla but cannot participate in the entire event due to work commitments. However, the likes of Russell Ebert, Channel Seven reporter Mark Soderstrom and Sunday Mail journalist Ben Hook will be on board. â€œThis year the River Run crews were asked to try and raise $200,000 which will go towards Novitaâ€™s hy-
drotherapy pool complex, which we are going to rebuild at Regency Park,â€? Mr Clark said. â€œThatâ€™s a specialised pool for people with a wide range of disabilities but mainly it comes down to the fact this pool is heated to 30 degrees which is very important for childrenâ€™s mobility.â€? You can support the crews by going to novita.org.au/riverrun and make a donation.
Bonney Theatreâ€™s final inspection as it comes closer to reopening THE Bonney Theatre in Barmera will have a final inspection tomorrow following major upgrades and if given the green light, is just weeks away from reopening. With carpets installed last week, Berri Barmera Council chief executive officer David Beaton said the final inspection will take place tomorrow. â€œLast time I had a look at the facility it looked really good,â€? he said. â€œTheyâ€™ve done a really good job of the toilets, the fire safety upgrades, although you might not be able to see much for it, itâ€™s all up-to-date and the inside has been painted.â€? The project, which totals more than
$500,000, began in April with an expected completion date of August but delays mean the project has continued on longer than anticipated. With the internal works completed, Mr Beaton said paving outside the area, as well as some minor works on the roof, can now go ahead. Mr Beaton said the completion of the upgrades to the theatre are set to benefit a number of local groups who use the facility. â€œIt just means we keep using the facility now and into the future,â€? he said. â€œThe fact that it has got mens toilets in it as well it will be better for the Riverland Musical Society events and things like that.â€?
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The South Australian Parliament has passed laws to allow an R18+ classification of computer games. The laws are the result of 10 years of negotiations between the Commonwealth, States and Territories and follow a comprehensive consultation period. “The R18+ classification brings Australia into line with the classification systems in many overseas countries,” Attorney General John Rau said.
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Riverland groups have unclaimed money DEFUNCT community, sporting and business groups and individuals across the Riverland have thousands of dollars of sitting in government accounts as part of $1.4 million of unclaimed funds in the South East area. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is attempting to reunite locals with their lost money considering there are 3302 individuals or businesses in the region with unclaimed funds. ASIC’s MoneySmart senior executive Robert Drake told the Riverland Weekly that there are several groups across the Riverland with unclaimed money. “We do everything we can to try and reunite people with their money,” he said. “We try and contact people
if we can but if people have moved house and they’ve got a common name then it’s hard to track people down. “We do a big promotional campaign every year to try and reunite people with their money but unfortunately there is slightly more coming in each year than we are able to give back to people.” Unclaimed money may occur if you have moved without leaving a forwarding address, haven’t made a transaction on your cheque or savings account for over seven years, stopped making payments on a life insurance policy, have noticed that regular dividend or interest cheques have stopped coming or were executor of a deceased estate. Mr Drake said a quick search
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%change from 2011
549,242 196,879 166,274 67,556 43,740 15,887 13,670 13,670 85,191
$271,235,859 $142,525,547 $75,986,934 $53,411,935 $24,350,907 $10,935,940 $6,578,211 $6,404,681 $85,900,934
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$591 $724 $654 $791 $557 $668 $670 $469 $1008
■ FIGURES: This graph shows a state-by-state breakdown of how much unclaimed money and the average amounts. reveals businesses in Loxton, Waikerie and Barmera, as well as regional sporting groups, have money that my be accessed. To see if you have missing money visit www.moneysmart.
gov.au If you find some money that you think might be yours, you will need to prove the money belongs to you or that you are the beneficiary.
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FEDERAL legislation drafted to deliver up to 450 additional gigalitres of water to the Murray-Darling system may end up devastating South Australian river communities, according to Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for the River Murray Tim Whetstone. Mr Whetstone said a Senate inquiry has revealed the legislation had nothing
to prevent the entire 450 gigalitres being obtained through buybacks “There is nothing in the legislation that even prevents all of that water being obtained from South Australia’s irrigated food producers,” Mr Whetstone said. “Premier Weatherill has signed South Australia up to this legislation
sight unseen. “He was so desperate to be seen as a champion achieving a win for the river that he didn’t bother with the details. “The Premier didn’t even bother to attend the Senate inquiry into the very legislation he claimed was a win for South Australia. “The government was scheduled to ap-
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A UNIQUE memorial will be unveiled on Sunday to celebrate the contribution of one of Loxton’s pioneering families. After researching her family history, Denise Van Oostveen stumbled upon Milich’s Landing in Loxton and decided to dig a little deeper. “I have been chasing my mum’s family history and I came to a stand still and said ‘let’s have a go at doing the Milich family’,” she said. “I didn’t know any Milich family over there, I knew of them but I hadn’t met any. “When I went over there last, Milich’s Landing was called Daisy Bates Reserve. “I went with my dad later on and it had changed back to Milchs landing.” The name change prompted
Mrs Van Oostveen into action. “I tried to hunt around to see who changed it and I thought it might have been a family member but to my surprise it was not a family member who instigated the change, it was a Loxton man,” she said. “There is nothing down there to explain why it was Milich’s Landing and I said ‘why don’t we put a monument up here and a plaque’.” Mrs Van Oostveen began to organise fundraising efforts to erect the monument earlier this year and has had outstanding support. “They all say we should have done it years ago,” she said. “I think it just took that one person to take that first step and everyone in the family has rallied around.
“All the funds we’ve raised have come from family and we are still hoping to raise a bit more because there is a lot of costs to host a reunion too. “We feel that if we’ve got the monument there that people can understand in future generations why the monument was put there and why it’s called Milich’s Landing.” The unveiling will coincide with a family reunion with people to travel from across the state for Sunday’s event. Registration is being held at Milich’s Landing in Pyap at 10am with the official unveiling ceremony to take place at 11am. For more information contact Lyn Schmaal on 8584 7719 (after hours) or Denise Van Oostveen on 8582 3609.
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Lion Ted’s community spirit ■ PRIDE: Berri Lions Club member Ted Laffin with his Melvin Jones Fellowship.
BERRI Lions Club life f member Ted Laffin has always given back to the communities he has lived in throughout his life. Serving across several branches for the past 37 years, Mr Laffin was recently rewarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship, the Lions Club’s highest international award. Born in Melbourne, Mr Laffin settled in South Australia in 1952 where he began his working career as an apprentice signwriter. After finishing the trade, Mr Laffin took the opportunity to join the police force and at a relatively young age, had first post at Mount Gambier. Following his marriage to Pat in 1959, Mr Laffin moved station’s to Radium Hill. His varying roles in the police force saw him cross to different stations several times in the following years from Laura, Port Pirie, Crystal Brook, Kadina and Coober Pedy as officer in charge, control sergeant and prosecutor. After extensive experience in the police force across the state, Mr Laffin moved to Berri where he fit into the role of divisional senior sergeant. Mr Laffin said he had a lot of pride and passion in his work for the local police. “I just enjoyed police work and administration,” he said. “My position was to keep all the manuals up to date, make amendments to them, issue major operations orders and to also put out, from time to time, what was called a specific policing objective. “Today’s criminal activity seems to be fairly heavy handed because when you read papers, no matter whether it is the state papers or the local paper, a lot of people are assaulting people more than what they used to.” Mr Laffin said one of the most eye opening experiences involved domestic violence in the 1980s before rules and regulations had changed to what
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duced the signs for the Alan Thurmer Walking Trail. Other highlights included annual events organised by the Berri Lions Club including the CARA camp, carers’ lunch and the pyjama drive. The former Lions Club president has also been involved in the community as a Berri councillor, was involved with a group to help the youth called Riv Skills and was chairman of the Riverland Tourism Association. While humbled to receive the fellowship, Mr Laffin said he has enjoyed his relationship with the group. “I’m well known for going to what is called a district cabinet meeting four times a year and I always get up and have a say and when they gave this to me, they said ‘we’ll let you have something to say’ and I said ‘well, words fail me’,” Mr Laffin laughed. “A lot of people think Lions is a fundraising organisation, we are not, what we are is a humanitarian organisation but we do raise funds to support those community services we provide. “You know that you are helping people and especially those who need assistance.” Cheryle Pedler, Willy Weidenhofer and Theresa Andrew also received awards at the District Governor Handover Dinner in the South East recently.
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Judges impressed Residents encouraged to sing LOXTON based Hand Built Homes was acknowledged at the 2012 Housing Industry Association Housing Awards which were held at the Adelaide Convention Centre last month. The awards were announced before a crowd of around 1100 industry leaders from across South Australia. Hand Built submitted two projects into this year’s awards with the Parilla farmhouse project winning the best Custom Built Home $500,001 - $750,000 category. The judges said “this third generation family home set on a sheep sta-
tion, surpasses all modern conveniences synonymous with today’s expectations. “The builder was able to overcome the severe site difficulties and tyranny of distance in creating a substantial self sufficient family home.” Hand Built managing director Mark Hand said he is extremely proud of the win. “As you are all aware, a great deal of effort goes into delivering the final product and it is not only a tribute to the hands on personnel but a complete team effort by all of the hard working staff and contractors at Hand Built,” he said.
SING Australia Riverland and Lameroo members are gearing up for two special community events to be held on Monday and Tuesday. Sing Australia is all about getting ordinary people back into singing, according to its national director Colin Slater who will be in Berri to run a special workshop on Monday at the Berri Public Library at 7pm. He will also run a workshop in the daycare room of the Lameroo District Hospital on Tuesday at 7.30pm. “Sing Australia is very
relaxed and non-threatening,” Mr Slater said. “Every voice is accepted, no matter what. “We urge people to give it a try. “They won’t regret it. “Our members have so much fun and are getting to know people from all around Australia.” The Sing Australia Riverland and Lameroo groups are keen to grow and especially welcome younger people. “There are no auditions, we just have fun,” Riverland Sing Australia leader Jacque Zagotsis said.
“Being a part of Sing Australia is very rewarding and opens up so many opportunities to those involved. “Don’t be afraid to come and find out if it suits you.” Sing Australia Lameroo leader Janet Flohr said “Colin will show you how easy it is to sing and how much fun is to be had if you want to give it a go with Sing Australia”. For more information about the Berri event, contact Jacque on 8583 5525 or for the Lameroo event, contact Janet on 8576 3074.
Barmera’s solar boat challenge awards BARMERA Primary School enjoyed success at the recent Solar Boat Challenge in Adelaide. Held at Pembroke School, the event was run by design and technology teachers association of South Australia. During the event, Barmera Primary School had 15 students participating with five boats entered into the six races. The children worked as teams to build their boats and completed some problem solving on the day. Barmera Primary School ended up with two awards, best boat made from recycled materials and the encouragement award.
Popular ventriloquist entertains Barmera ■ FUN: Natalie Miller’s special Year of Reading ventriloquist show at the Barmera Library saw 100 children, parents and teachers attend over two performances. Pictured (from left) is Brady Fulham, Emily Crossfield, Amelia Fulham and Jack Crossfield with ventriloquist star Natalie Miller. Photo: JANNETTE FULHAM
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Camp at Blanchetown BIG4 for a good cause BIG4 Blanchetown Riverside Holiday Park is encouraging locals to enjoy a night under the stars tomorrow for a nominal $20 site fee to be donated by the park to the Blanchetown Health and Aged Care Centre. Camp and Care with BIG4 encourages people to try camping for the first time and to explore a holiday destination close to home, while helping a worthy cause. All proceeds from the park will go to Blanchetown Health and Aged Care Centre, which provides support services to aged members of the community and those affected by disability. Park owner Jodie Bitmead said the event is a great opportunity to grab the kids or a group of friends and experience the thrill of camping in the name of charity. “You can relax on the edge of the mighty Murray River while the kids enjoy a treasure hunt and sausage sizzle on the Saturday,” she said.
“All you need is $20, your camping gear and a sense of adventure – we provide the rest.” With 100 BIG4 Holiday Parks participating in Camp and Care this year, Rachel Pugh, general manager of marketing at BIG4 Holiday Parks said the ninth annual camping event will appeal to all holiday makers wanting to try something new and make a difference. “Last year’s event was a great success, raising much needed funds for causes all over the country,” she said. “We’re looking forward to working with the people of Australia to make a small difference once again. Many parks will be hosting additional activities over the weekend to celebrate the event such as pancake breakfasts, face painting and BBQs to name just a few, so check out the list of participating parks online at BIG4.com.au/comecamp and explore a new, or familiar, area for a good cause.
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Moorook man calls for volunteers to process fruit crop to... POLICE NEWS Woman refuses to take test AFTER a 30-year-old Riverland woman was refused to take an alcotest in the early hours of yesterday morning, she was issued with an immediate loss of licence. She was stopped by police in Barmera where she allegedly refused to submit to the alcotest. The woman will appear in a court at a later date.
Cultivating cannabis arrest A 46-year-old man from Pinnaroo was reported on Tuesday for cultivating cannabis after police allegedly located seven small cannabis plants in his back yard. He will appear in a court at a later date.
Suspicious fire in Loxton LOCAL police are investigating a fire that appears to have been deliberately lit in the early hours of yesterday morning. At about 12.30am police were called to a house on Acacia Avenue, Loxton, where a fire had been lit at the front porch area of the house. Damage was caused to some walls, a door and the lawn area. No-one was injured as a result of the fire. Police are calling for any witnesses or any information about this fire to 131 444 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or online on www.sa.crimestoppers.com.au
Driving a stolen car A 39-year-old Paringa man was arrested on Monday for theft and traffic offences after police allegedly located him driving in Renmark in a van that was identified as being stolen from interstate. He will appear in a court at a later date.
Waikerie man’s trespass A 28-year-old man from Waikerie was arrested last Friday for serious criminal trespass and theft after he allegedly broke into a house at Barmera earlier this month and stole a laptop computer and camera. He was also charged with carrying an offensive weapon after items, including a tyre iron and a knuckle duster, were allegedly located during his arrest. He will appear in court at a later date.
Help those in need FOR Moorook man Lou Moss, raising money and volunteering in other parts of the world is an important part of his life. After purchasing his current property with a number of apricot trees in 2008, Mr Moss decided to donate money from his harvests to aid communities in places such as Tonga, Cambodia and Papua New Guinea. While last season’s crop was well down on previous years with only about $3000 raised, that did not deter Mr Moss from continuing his aid work, recently heading to Kudjip in the Papua New Guinea Highlands to donate the money to a hospital. “The rewarding thing is working together with other folk and seeing it all done and seeing the funds go to where we want them to go,” he said. “Now that I’ve been a few times it’s not so much of an eye opener because I know what to expect but it’s always good to be able to help and feel that you are being useful somewhere.” Since beginning his fundraising through the local church, Mr Moss has totaled more than $17,500 over three seasons with volunteers helping to pick and dry the apricots. Of those funds, about $8000 was given to the Mango Tree Rehabilitation Centre in Tonga, $7500 to Lutheran food aid programs in Cambodia and the latest money went to a hospital near Papua New Guinea. While Mr Moss hopes to continue the positive work in the coming season, due to young people moving out of the region, he is short on volunteers. Unfortunately, unless enough volunteers come forward, the fruit will remain on the trees. “I think we proved we can do it and get some worthwhile funding from it,” Mr Moss said. “If we can get some younger folks on board again they will see it is worthwhile in getting
involved,” he said. “There are no material rewards but it is about being part of achieving something somewhere in the world.” If you are interested in volunteering, contact Mr Moss on 8583 9117 in the evening.
■ HELPING: A young child being comforted in hospital during Moorook man Lou Moss’ aid trip to Kudjip, Papua New Guinea, and (below) the stunning landscape. (Left) Lou working hard to build facilities for those in need.
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“The boost of traditional trades is also needed because conditions in the housing sector are set to improve into 2014 and 2015. “This will see the demand for construction skills grow again and it is important that we start training Australians in those skills now. “These reforms ensure we deliver the right skills, in the right areas, at the right time.” The reforms also provide greater incentives for employers to hire employees on a full time basis. The Government will further reform the system to: ■ Balance the incentives paid to part-time and casual trainees in non-shortage occupations as a proportion of the incentive paid for a fulltime trainee. ■ Maintain support for trainees doing diplomas in the skills needs areas of aged care, child care and nursing, while supporting other Diploma students through access to HECS style loans and the industrydriven National Workforce Development Fund.
■ Simplify and better target support for employers of adult apprentices (aged 25 years and over) by replacing weekly payments of $150 to employers in the first year of an adult apprenticeship and $100 in the second year with a one-off bonus payment of $4000. Where employees aged 25 years and over are paid under the National Minimum Wage, they will continue to receive $13,000 in additional direct support over two years. “By targeting our training investment to the areas where we know there will be strong demand for workers, we will ensure the demands of industry are met and that Australians are first in line for jobs, while also making sure these incentives are sustainable for the long term,” Senator Evans said. “These reforms will help address the growing demand for skills more efficiently and is the next step in the Government’s long-term skills reform agenda.”
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Waikerie man’s automotive award
WAIKERIE business owner Kym Webber was recently given a prestigious honour at the inaugural Motor Traders’ Association (MTA) Membership Merit Award. The MTA presented the inaugural award at the Presidents Invitation Member function on October 24. The winner, Waikerie Crash owner Mr Webber (pictured), was surprised when he received the prestigious award and thanked the MTA for the honour. The award, which recognises ‘a significant contribution to South Australia’s leading automotive industry association’ is the only award of its kind handed out in South Australia. “People don’t do things for the recognition but it is an absolute honour to be acknowledged by your peers in the industry,’ Mr Webber said. “I am really surprised and winning this award is quite unexpected.” Mr Webber wasn’t planning on attending the night as his son had been in hospital during the week. Mr Webber’s wife Rose, however, was notified of the award earlier and convinced her husband to attend on the night. Mr Webber has been involved in the MTA for over a decade, and has been the MTA Riverland zone chairman for 14 years. The Riverland MTA meet quarterly with local motor trade businesses, including crash repair businesses, new vehicle and motor cycle dealerships, mechanics and auto recyclers. The meetings are an opportunity for businesses to learn about new industry policies and raise any issues they may have with MTA staff. A number of MTA members also received 25 year membership awards on the night. The event, which was held at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide, was attended by key motor industry members including Clipsal 500 chief executive officer Mark Warren and commercial manager Nathan Cayzer.
Potato business grows
A WAIKERIE company is on track to becoming a key hub of the state’s multi-million potato industry after improving its breeding and growing facilities following a Riverland Sustainable Futures Fund grant. Solan recently completed a new nursery complex to help provide a secure source of high quality, disease free seed potatoes for South Australian growers. Solan director Ken Morley said the company celebrated the opening of the new nursery complex yesterday with a launch for customers and supporters. “As one of only seven ac-
credited seed potato (mini-tuber) producers in Australia, this expansion has given us greater opportunities to grow and promote our premium product not only in South Australia, but nationally and internationally,” Mr Morley said.
tion has increased by around 30 to 40 per cent this year.” Minister for Regional Development and Agriculture Gail Gago said the company received $106,500 from the $20 million Riverland Sustainable Futures Fund in May this year for the
The funding has enabled us to meet the increasing demand for our product. “The funding has enabled us to meet the increasing demand for our product and improve efficiency, plant health and quality and we estimate the produc-
expansion, which has seen production increase by more than 30 per cent. “The potato industry generates about $400 million in
revenue each year to the state’s economy and this funding has enabled Solan to upgrade its capabilities and increase efficiency to better support the industry. “The company has upgraded its tissue culture laboratory and constructed a purpose built nursery which has improved the supply of premium, disease free early generation plant material for the potato industry. “This project has already seen the employment of two additional staff members, with a new nursery worker and new specialist position in the tissue culture laboratory.
Local medical workforce takes a break THE Riverland’s medical workforce recently took a break from their hard work in general practice to engage in a weekend of learning and networking opportunities. RDGP’s Learning and Lifestyle Weekend was held in Loxton recently and included a range of sessions allowing local doctors, nurses and general practice staff to learn and mingle in a relaxed and family friendly environment. “Our medical workforce is so busy that they rarely get the chance to spend some time getting to know each other and their families, which is so important in a rural community like the Riverland,” Riverland Division of General Practice CEO Bron Marie said. “We live in a close knit community and therefore any opportunity to strengthen re-
lationships between members of our medical workforce is encouraged by RDGP.” Sessions offered at the event included customer service, business planning, body balance and photography, as well as outdoor sports, old style games and mosaic making for the children. Two accredited education sessions were also conducted, upskilling local GPs in the areas of cardiology and working with young people. RDGP Project Officer Yalonda Flack said the high calibre of guest speakers presenting during the event was of great benefit to both those who attended and the wider community. “To have professionals from all over the state presenting the latest developments as leaders in their field was fan-
tastic,” she Flack said. “Our medical workforce has definitely benefitted from access to these sessions and is now able to offer better care as a result.”
n welcome: Making the new general practioners (second from left) Dr Channa Fernando, Waikerie Medical Clinic and (second from right) Dr Ignatius Oyugbo, Loxton Health Centre feel welcome were Dr Andrew Searles, Bron Marie and Dr Ian Gartley.
Lantern making artist to hold free workshops in Loxton prior to ever popular Light Up Day THIS Saturday and Sunday, residents are being offered a great way to get involved in this year’s magic at Loxton Light Up Day on November 24 by creating your own illuminated paper lantern. The lanterns will
be displayed at Light Up Day and then, as the sun sets it will light them all together to form a dazzling procession through the crowd to launch this year’s fireworks. The Loxton Chamber of Commerce, together
with Riverland Youth Theatre, were successful in receiving a grant from Country Arts SA to bring lantern making artist Paula Gallagher to the Riverland to conduct two days of workshops this weekend. Paula has been work-
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The workshops are free and will be held in the ‘Blue Shop’ next to IGA between 10am and 4pm on both days. To register yourself or your school, contact the Riverland Youth Theatre on 8586 3437 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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HOW do you treat a sick lizard and what is the best way to prevent illness in pet rats? Unusual pet expert Doctor Brendan Carmel said with increasing urbanisation, ownership of lizards and snakes and other unusual pets is on the rise in Australia. “These types of pets are perfect for apartment living, in particular reptiles and rodents as they don’t take up much room and require little exercise,” he said. Dr Carmel also said common mouse and rat diseases include respiratory disease and mammary tumours. “It’s important for owners to know that these unusual pets need to be checked regularly by their local vet as they get sick like other pets,” he said. “Your vet will be happy to give you advice on preventative care which includes proper diet and housing.” According to the Australian Companion Animal Council (2006) every week approximately 200 reptiles, including turtles, lizards and snakes are sold throughout Australia.
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Have your say about the issues that affect you.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Does the council consider the future of the area or are they more concerned with their own gain?
On the road to recovery RECENTLY I had an unfortunate accident and sadly for me I came off second best. Having just spent three and a half weeks in hospital has made me realize what a caring community I live in. I have been completely blown away by the messages of support and encouragement, the flowers, the hospital visits, phone calls, cards etc. To my close family, thank you so much for your love and support. Many thanks also to the ambulance people and the doctors and staff of the Berri, Flinders Private and Renmark hospitals for your care. What a wonderful lot of people you are! I’ve got a fair way to go yet to get back on my feet but I am getting there slowly. The “old chook” will be back soon to see my friends at the Riverland Farmers’ Market. It really makes me proud to be a member of the Riverland community. Once again my heartfelt thanks. Kaylene Letton, Paringa.
Gordon Williams, Barmera.
Committed to reform
Interstate contractor? I HAVE read your article referring to the waste collection (Waste giant’s eigh year contract, November 1) and am very concerned over the handing of the contract to an
interstate contractor. Over $800,000 will leave our district and if you include other expenses that are bound to occur, the figure could well exceed $1 million. This is ratepayer money and should remain in our district.
IT WAS interesting to read Senate Nationals candidate James Stacey’s opinion on the Murray Darling Basin in the Riverland Weekly recently. The Gillard Government will not wait until the next drought to act. We are not prepared to stand idly by while the basin system enters the next drought already in a poor state of health. That is why the Government is committed to Murray Darling Basin reform which achieves three key outcomes; healthy rivers, strong communities and sustainable food production. The Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Water Minister Tony Burke recently announced that the Government will deliver an additional 450GL to achieve better environmental outcomes for the Basin, on top of the 2750GL of water per year
be returned as recommended by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. The additional environmental water will benefit major wetlands across the Basin and the lower lakes in South Australia and help ensure the system never again goes into a period of drought lacking the resilience it needs to survive. Mr Stacey calls for all Federal South Australian politicians to get behind the MDBA Plan. I remind readers that every South Australian Labor MP has already committed to the plan – the question is whether all Liberal and National MPs will be supporting it too? Senator Anne McEwen, Senator for South Australia, Chief Government Whip in the Senate. NOTE: The above cartoon by George Aldridge was produced in 1992 when he was a cartoonist-in-residence with the Riverland Horticultural Council, assisted by the Australia Council, the Federal Governments’ Art Funding and Advisory body and the Regional Cultural Council of SA.
Tips to ensure you have a stress free Christmas By AMP Financial Planner Craig Rashleigh, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professional IT’S beginning to look a lot like Christmas, but are you able to enjoy the festive season without blowing a hole in your budget? As it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the season, we can sometimes go a little overboard with gifts for our family, friends and ourselves. While there’s nothing wrong
with spreading the Christmas cheer, it is wise to plan ahead so you don’t find yourself starting a new year with a major debt to pay off. The following tips could help you enjoy a happier Christmas and a debt-free New Year.
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until Christmas. It’s a good way of spreading the cost of purchases over the next month or so. And for people with young children, this can also help ensure gifts are not kept in the house where curious little ones might find them.
You can often find what you’re looking for online at a lower price, especially with the strength of the Aussie dollar. Price comparison websites will even do some of the hard work for you. Some online stores also offer free delivery at certain times, so it pays to do your homework. A bit of online research could save you plenty.
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Make your own gifts If you have a talent for craft or baking, you can put together inexpensive gifts such as homemade cakes, sweets and jams. If you can sew, knit or have some other skill, a personalised gift will be even more special.
Spread the cost By putting a few extra items in your trolley at the supermarket each week, you can stock up on many of the things you’ll need for Christmas lunch. You’ll also save money if you pick up items when they’re on special. For example, most retailers will have gift items such as boxed chocolates on sale at some point between now and Christmas.
You can set aside money each week to cover the cost of next Christmas. Many financial institutions offer special savings accounts for this purpose. Work out how much you think you’ll need and set the weekly total. You probably won’t notice such a small amount each week, but it will make a huge difference come December. We all look forward to Christmas and spending time with loved ones and if you do your financial homework now, you’ll be free to relax and enjoy the festive season without worrying about how you’re going to pay for it.
Watch your credit card Cards are convenient but it can be easy to get carried away in the lead-up to Christmas. Unless you have money set aside to pay off the bill, avoid using credit cards to buy Christmas gifts or you’ll be paying for Christmas well into the New Year.
Budget for postChristmas expenses Apart from the credit card, there
*[Craig Rashleigh] is an Authorised Representative of AMP Financial Planning Pty Ltd, ABN 89 051 208 327, AFS Licence No. 232706. Any advice given is general only and has not taken into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Because of this, before acting on any advice, you should consult a financial planner to consider how appropriate the advice is to your objectives, financial situation and needs.
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SA Water Berri Merri Christmas
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ERRI welcomes in the festive spirit with the SA Water Berri Merri Christmas kicking off the jolly season tomorrow night. Promising to be a night of entertainment for the whole family, the event begins at 6pm with a performance of Christmas carols from the Riverland Choral Group. Following the carols, children will be introduced to Kooka and Kiwi the clowns, as well as Princess Fairyfloss before talented locals Caroline Eichenberger and Georgette Berry entertain the crowd. After much anticipation, Santa is expected to arrive at 7pm with plans to head along the main streets, greeting children along the way. â€œHe will be visiting any stores that are open in the Berri central business district, which is good,â€? Business Riverland president Barry Phillips said. Santa will then become involved in a Rose Clark Dance Studio performance before the evening finishes off with a spectacular fireworks display over the Berri bridge at about 9pm. Mr Phillips said there will be plenty of free entertainment on offer for the whole family at the SA Water Berri Merri Christmas. There will be face painting by Blossom the Fairy, a jumping castle, amusement rides and much more. This all forms an amusement centre, which organisers hope to build on for next year. â€œWe are actually going to have them located down Wade Street,â€? Mr Phillips said. â€œThe thinking was to try and make Wade Street an amusement alley but it wonâ€™t be totally filled up but thatâ€™s our plan further down the track to predominantly use Wade Street for any amusements.â€?
There will also be a number of general stalls of bric-a-brac, jewellery, art, craft, scrapbooking, clothing, hair products, cakes and much more, as well as a large number of food options including ice cream, donuts and a selection of hot foods. With up to 1400 people expected to attend the main event, Mr Phillips said he is hoping even more people turn out to see the stunning fireworks display. â€œItâ€™s certainly the welcoming into the Christmas season and Berri historically has that honour of bringing together the community at Christmas time,â€? he said. â€œIt is a family orientated event... and itâ€™s about trying to bring together people in the community and have a nice time for the kids, particularly with Father Christmas here. â€œIt is a just an opportunity to show that within the Riverland, the Christmas spirit is alive and well and it culminates with the fireworks.â€?
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SA Water Berri Merri Christmas Berri traders to benefit from popular festive event
HE SA Water Berri Merri Christmas will be the first under the banner of Business Riverland. The local business group this year restructured from the previous name of the Berri District Business Association, which organises the festive event. Business Riverland president Barry Phillips said SA Water Berri Merri Christmas provides a boost for the local economy. “It is a feel good time of the year and certainly from our
business point of view, it is an opportunity for those businesses themselves,” he said. “Generally there is a good nucleus of local shops, particularly in that inner CBD area, that will be open. “Hopefully for our local traders it will be an opportunity to have people come through their door, it might simply be browsing but hopefully purchasing. “Our event is for the community, it’s for the children and importantly it’s for our local traders.
“It’s the first Christmas event for Business Riverland and certainly while it’s the same style of event, it is under a new organisation’s brand name.” Business Riverland has also worked closely with the Berri Barmera Council to make parking more accessible for tomorrow night’s event. “We’ve had a change in the road closures this year,” Mr Phillips said. “We are simply having Vaughan Terrace closed from the roundabout down, Wade Street will be closed and from
Vaughan Terrace back to William Street will be closed off. “Traditionally we’ve had Wilson and William Street closed off but they won’t be closed off this year so vehicles will be able to park closer and while there will be a slower speed restriction in that area, there will be the community event signs to lesson the interruption on parking.” n goodies: Santa will greet children as he moves around the streets of Berri.
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