IIssue Is s ue No. 25 257 â€“ T Th Thursday, hu urrs urs rsd sday da da ay y, November 29, 2012
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Festive appeal Hundreds of motorcyclists will ride through Riverland streets on Sunday full of Christmas spirit. â– COLLECTING: Phoebe and Kaitlyn Rodden, of Renmark, prepare for the toy run on Sunday as Ulysses Club Mallee Branch members Trevor Brine (left) and Graeme Rule are ready to ride. Photo: BRAD PERRY
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NO SNAKE CATCHERS RIVERLAND councils and pest controllers are being inundated with phone calls about snake concerns due to an urgent lack of licensed catchers in the region. Currently there are no licensed snake catchers in the Riverland with two people endorsed to handle level 3 venomous snakes, not renewing their permits to date.
BRAD PERRY With temperatures forecasted to tip more than 40 degrees across the region today, locals are being warned to be on the look out for the active reptile. Residents have already
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reported seeing snakes up to six feet long as the weather warms. Renmark Paringa, Berri Barmera and Loxton Waikerie councils have all confirmed consistent communication from the public regarding where to find a snake catcher.
Like many others in the region, local pest controller Ben McPhee said he has been receiving two to three phone calls per week regarding snake catching services but is only able to offer advice. A Department for Environment, Water and Natu-
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■ From Page 1 “Members of the public have always been allowed to deal with snakes if required. “Under the Act, the only snake catchers who have to be trained and licensed are those who wish to conduct commercial snake removal businesses.” The spokesperson said snakes should be left alone and children and pets should be kept well away. “A snake will usually move on, especially if it is in an area without a food source,” they said. “For this reason, keeping yards clean to discourage rats and mice is very important.” A spokesperson for the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board said snake sightings may continue to rise due to increased breeding. “With the high rainfall of 2010 and 2011, coming after almost a decade of low rainfall years and drought, there has been an increase in breeding
THE State Government has advised the Riverland Weekly that there are no licensed snake catchers currently in the region. Given the reports I have heard about sightings, snakes are more than active and will no doubt be spotted even in town
activity and a perceived bounce in the numbers of many species, including frogs and rabbits,” they said. “Small animals such as these are important prey items for snakes, so it would seem plausible that as prey items have increased in abundance, snakes have also bred well and have increased in number. “We must also remember that spring and summer, on hot days, are the most common times to see snakes as they are most active. “If we leave them be, we can appreciate their importance in the ecosystem and keep safe at the same time.”
TWO major Riverland events have featured amongst the top placings at the 2012 South Australian Tourism Awards. The Loxton Christmas Lights Festival was awarded silver in the Festivals and Events Category, while in the same category the Renmark Rose Festival received bronze on the weekend. After winning the tourism award in 2006, 2008 and 2009 and receiving a silver acknowledgement last year, Loxton Christmas Lights Festival president Peter Mangelsdorf said the volunteers were honoured to have their efforts recognised. “It’s good to be acknowledged on a state level and people know who we are and they hear about us at the tourism awards
It’s snake season
■ A photo of a big brown snake recently caught in the Riverland.
centres as today’s weather peaks at 44 degrees. So what is being done to fix this problem? Who do we call if we need a snake removal? At this stage these are open ended questions. The State Government suggested we phone a metropolitan snake catcher but that idea seems un-
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likely given the amount of time it will take them to get here and the cost of the service. It becomes dangerous to think it is up to the residents to deal with a snake that is threatening. That’s a task we want to avoid at all costs but sometimes we may have no other options.
and they know we are Loxton Christmas Lights,” he said. “It’s a great attraction drawing people to the town and visitors from outside the area.” The awards come after media personality Lisa McCaskill visited Loxton last month as part of the judging process for the South Australian Tourism Awards. During her visit she inspected the Loxton Christmas Lights and Santa’s Workshop to see what goes on in the town for the Christmas Lights Festival, which began on the weekend. Lisa also visited The Renmark Rose Festival during the trip. Pictured is Lisa McCaskill with Loxton Christmas Lights secretary Pat West (left) during
Renmark pageant’s float call ORGANISERS of the Renmark Christmas Pageant are calling on local businesses and community groups to enter more floats for the parade. With just 15 committed to participating so far, committee spokesperson Darren Letton said he hopes to have about 30 floats entering this year’s pageant on December 7. The committee has also filled the role of
Father Christmas with a Barmera identity offering his time to be present at Santa’s Cave, which will open near the town fountain, on December 7 at 5.30pm. “We are still putting it out there for Renmark and to anyone really to bring a float because we want more floats,” Mr Letton said. “The more the better.”
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Town centre’s revitalisation RENMARK’S town centre is set to be revitalised with a milliondollar project aimed at giving the local economy a major boost. The Renmark Paringa Council has released concept plans for public consultation as it seeks almost $400,000 from the third round of the Regional Development Australia Fund for the project. Initially council looked at upgrading the Renmark Avenue toilet block, as well as another project to review the future use of Murray Avenue. Renmark Paringa Council chief executive officer Tony Siviour said council decided to incorporate a larger project including bollarding Murray Avenue, paving an outdoor dining precinct and adding healthy spaces. “We hope the overall project encourages new retail and tourism activities,” he said.
“The community has been through a difficult period and we just think the timing’s right, you’ve had the Futures money allocated, we’ve got water back in the river and hopefully the community is feeling better about themselves.
Mr Siviour met with representatives from the Renmark Hotel and Renmark Club on Monday night and he said discussions were positive. “They are really supportive of it and hopefully they might want to be involved,” he said.
We hope the overall project encourages new retail and tourism activities. “We think it is a good opportunity to upgrade a major asset in our town which we’ve identified needs upgrading, which is the toilets, which sort of drag the town centre down a little bit. ‘We thought we would try and incorporate some other stuff around that instead of just building a toilet block.”
“We’re are just trying to create a bit of an outdoor dining precinct. “Hopefully it will work in with the plans that the Renmark Club has for the upgrading of its club and the hotel is looking at upgrading its dining facilities upstairs and some outdoor dining as well. “It’s just adding to the atmo-
sphere of that precinct.” The costings for the project are broken down into $420,840 for boat mooring facilities, $406,400 for solar lighting, recycling stations, a new toilet block and dual lane access to parking on Renmark Avenue, $39,000 to art and signage, $30,000 to walkway access and bollarding of Murray Avenue, $25,000 on paving the outdoor precinct and $28,3000 on healthy spaces such as community Wi-Fi point, bike racks, dog litter bags, water fountains and trees. Mr Siviour said a town square concept could be a potential long term option. “It may be something that if the community grows it is something that we look at in the future, it is not something we can look at in the short term,” he said. Public consultation for the project ends on December 22.
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Advertisers show interest in tyre THE chosen advertisers on the historic Yamba tyre may have to foot the bill for a new coat of paint. The Riverland Tourism Association has had high amounts of interest to advertise on the back and front of the Riverland icon and chairman Peter Freeman said discussions are continuing. “We’ve had interest from tourism orientated bodies in advertising on both sides of the tyre and because of the cost of it, we want to find out whether the advertisers are prepared to share the cost of re-
painting it in lieu of an annual fee,” he said. “As I understand it, the update would be a fresh coat of paint and sign writing plus checking the structural soundness of it at the same time.’ Mr Freeman said the advertising interest has come from individual tourism businesses and said there is a big opportunity to promote the Riverland on the tyre. Progress is expected to be made on the tyre at the RTA’s committee meeting next month.
Renmark Paringa Council chief executive officer Tony Siviour said council had little response to advertising on the tyre. “We’ve been working with a media company in Adelaide about some opportunities for the Yamba tyre and they’ve explored many and at this stage there doesn’t appear to be a lot of interest,” he said. “We are wanting to go back to RTA, who are the owners of the asset, and have a discussion with them as to where they want to go from here.”
Teachers accept three per cent rise STUDENTS and their parents can look forward the start of the new school year without industrial action with Australian Education Union (AEU) members giving the State Government’s offer a resounding thumbs-up. AEU SA president Correna Haythorpe said yesterday teachers would receive a three per cent wage rise over the next three years. “We consider it to be a done deal,” Ms Haythorpe said. “We have had a 96 per cent vote in support of the offer.” Importantly the deal also offered school and pre-schools a funding commitment for its staff and human
resources budgets for that time. “It gives schools certainty because they know what is to happen for the next three years.” Despite being the government’s first offer to the AEU it had followed “eight months of intense negations”. “We are in the very unusual situation of the first offer being the best offer,” she said. Previous wage agreements had been lengthy, with the 2008/2009 school years being marred by rallies and stop work meetings. However, while Ms Haythorpe believed the premier and education minister had been “much more respectful” in their attitude towards
teachers this time around, the AEU plans to make the need for more permanent teachers an election issue in 2013. “We have to have some contract positions to backfill people on leave,” she said. However, while the numbers of permanent teachers had risen from 79 to 82 per cent in the past year, the AEU said more was needed, and it was still under the target of 85 per cent. She said there were some teachers who had been unable to gain a permanent position in 20 years – and as such were forced to live with uncertainty from contract to contract.
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Kerbside Waste Collection Update This is the sixth article of a fortnightly update regarding the implementation of the new waste collection system to start in January 2013. When will the bins arrive? The bins will be delivered over the next two weeks commencing on Monday the 3rd of December and ﬁnishing on Friday the 14th of December, 2012. When do I start using the new bins? The ﬁrst collection will be the week commencing the 31st December, 2012, with recycling and general waste.
■ LABEL: Glenview Poultry Farm’s Darren Letton with his new egg code this week. Photo: BRAD PERRY
LOCAL egg producer Darren Letton believes regulations introduced this week will give consumers greater confidence that they are buying the highest quality eggs. From last Monday all eggs entering the food supply chain must be stamped with a producer or processor’s unique identification markings as part of new national standards. Mr Letton, who owns Glenview Poultry Farm at Paringa, said it was one of only two South Australian companies using specific logos to brand eggs. Other companies have
been given a number to identify their farm. Mr Letton said the new regulations would help improve quality assurance. “It stops people from taking a second hand car-
ing audited and following all of these processes. “All they want to do is make sure everyone is doing it correctly. “I’m not against people selling eggs, as long as they
I’m not against people selling eggs, as long as they are doing it right. ton and having a little stall on the side of the road and selling them,” he said. “A lot of people sell dirty and cracked eggs. “A professional farmer has to do lots of things, we have audit systems, we spend lots of money on be-
are doing it right.” Mr Letton already brands his eggs with a quirky message and now has his own egg cup logo unique to his business. “Rather than just having the number on there, I still wanted to have my
messages on the eggs, so I came up with this little logo,” he said. South Australian Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Gail Gago said producers would be required to remove any cracked or dirty eggs from sale to ensure eggs did not become infected by salmonella. “Egg stamping will ensure that any eggs that need to be traced back to the farm can be done quickly and easily,” she said. “Under the scheme, producers must be accredited if they have more than 50 laying birds and sell eggs.”
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Why start over the Christmas and New Year period? It is a time of increased paper, glass and cardboard that can be recycled, so with the two bins you will have greater capacity and bins will not overﬂow. What happens about cans and bottles that usually go to the local recyclers? You can still redeem these with the local recyclers who are not changing their businesses. When does the Monash Waste Facility change to a Waste Transfer Station? Waste cannot be buried at the site after Saturday the 15th of December, 2012. Is there any assistance for churches and charities before conditions change? Local churches and charities will be able to take hard waste to the Monash facility free of charge up until the changes on Saturday the 15th of December, 2012. Will I get more information? Yes, a calendar giving details about what goes in each bin and what week of the month and day the different bins need to be put out will be delivered to each household.
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■ STORMY: Loud cracks of thunder and visible fork lightning swept across the Riverland on Monday night causing widespread power cuts. Photographers Grant Schwartzkopff and Waikerie’s Lachlan Cain braved the weather to take some spectacular shots.
Riverland riders to rollup for Tucker and Toy Run UP TO 350 motorcyclists will take to Riverland streets this weekend collecting donations as part of the 2012 Tucker and Toy Run. Supporting the Riverland Christmas Appeal, the annual event provides a large number of donations to help the less fortunate at Christmas. The Ulysses Club Mallee Branch is hosting the event and organiser Graeme Rule is calling on the community to donate items for the cause. “We are anticipating a very supportive haul of
donations of all kinds, soft toys, non perishable food and cash donations,” he said. “People come out on the streets and have a look at it and it fits in with in the Loxton Lights Festival and the Christmas functions the various towns are having. “I think Christmas is a very important time of the year where families can be together and enjoy the festive season and it is really sad if somebody misses out, so we want everybody to win and people who are
less fortunate, we give them a hand up.” The Tucker and Toy Run will begin from each end of the Riverland on Sunday, starting in Renmark at 9.15am and in Waikerie at 8.45am and finish at the Barmera Markets. Vans travelling with the bikes will accept gifts or donations during the run. Meanwhile, organisers of the Riverland Christmas Appeal are urging those who wish to apply to do so by the cut off date tomorrow. Organiser Cheryle Tay-
lor said she expected the number of hampers to be “on a par to last year”. “There’s been more toys donated than food so far,” she said.
■ RUN: Tucker and Toy Run organisers Trevor Brine (left) and Graeme Rule with Phoebe and Kaitlyn Rodden, of Renmark.
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Schoolâ€™s history lives on THE history of Lyrup Primary School, dating back almost 100 years, will live on following the schoolâ€™s closure on December 14. The Governing Council and the School Closure Advisory Group identified 10 items of memorabilia that it wanted displayed in a public place, as it planned for the schoolâ€™s closure. Lyrup Primary School principal John Trobbiani said the items held great historic value to the community and were taken to Lyrup Club on Tuesday. â€œWeâ€™ve identified things that are of significant sentimental value and weâ€™ve identified that they should be displayed for the public to see and kept together to respect and honour the past scholars, present and future members of Lyrupâ€™s community,â€? he said. â€œWe identified the Club as the best of the venues weâ€™ve got available to us at the moment and theyâ€™ve accepted the responsibility of looking after them and keeping them on display in memory of Lyrup Primary School.
â– HISTORY: With the Lyrup Primary Schoolâ€™s memorabilia at the Lyrup Club are (from left) principal John Trobbiani, Tony Smith and Club manager Emma Kruger with students Breanna, Hayden and Bryce Schultz, (back) Jesse Hill and Shannon Slugget. Photo: BRAD PERRY â€œItâ€™s (the memorabilia) a faboulous memory of those people and the school and it should be kept together as much as we can.â€?
Lyrup Club manager Emma Kruger said the community would now be able to regularly view the historic items. â€œItâ€™s just great that we can take
it on to keep it in the community so it is not forgotten,â€? she said. Items now at the Club included the Lyrup Primary School honour board, an honour roll for previous scholars who fought in World War One, a framed 1934 school photo and a framed river scape by Tony Smith. A number of the items created plenty of interest at the â€˜Come Back to Lyrup Primaryâ€™ Day on November 18 attended by more than 400 people. The future of the school building and property itself is still undecided, according to Mr Trobbiani. â€œThere is not a definite decision made yet,â€? he said. â€œThere is a clear process thatâ€™s followed, it will be offered to government departments and if the government departments are interested theyâ€™ll put forward a case to buy it. â€œIf that is not taken up it will be offered to Renmark Paringa Council and if they donâ€™t elect to take it over, it will be put up for sale by private tender.â€?
riaâ€™s horticulture industry. Mr Walsh said there were more than 100 outbreaks in Victoria currently and an additional $10 million had been spent to fight fruit fly in the past two years. On the day of the Victorian Governmentâ€™s announcement to reinstate fruit fly measures, Biosecurity South Australia released a reminder to travellers to be aware of the strict bans on bringing fuit and vegetables into
South Australia. It has stepped up its summer campaign against fruit fly. Biosecurity SAâ€™s compliance manager Mark Langman warned that people who attempted to bring fruit or fruiting vegetables into the state could face a hefty fine for ignoring quarantine restrictions. â€œWe have the capacity to run random roadblocks at any time, in any part of the state â€“ but especially to protect the Fruit
Fly Free Exclusion Zone in our Riverland,â€? he said. â€œWeâ€™ve recently issued 33 expiations to people who thought they didnâ€™t need to worry about our plant health laws. Each will now receive a fine of $375.â€? Mr Langman said further random roadblocks were scheduled as part of increased vigilance to protect angainst fruit fly coming into South Australia from the eastern states or Western Australia.
Whetstone applauds historic water agreement but wants answers
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$265 million,â€? he said. â€œWhen are we going to achieve the other 40 or 45 gigalitres? â€œI heard the water minister (Paul Caica) say, â€œthatâ€™s okay, weâ€™ll tip in 20 gigalitresâ€?. â€œWhere are we going to find the other 20 or 25 gigalitres?â€? South Australian Senator Anne Ruston said the support given to the Murray Darling Basin Plan by the Coalition was a great result for irrigators and the environment.
â€œFor over a century we have been treating the rivers in the Murray Darling Basin as though they ended at state borders,â€? Senator McEwen said. â€œRivers simply donâ€™t work like that and across the Basin we have seen over allocation leading to environmental degradation.â€? â€œThis is a huge achievement for everyone involved; an unparalleled opportunity to ensure a sustainable future for Basin communities.â€?
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MEMBER for Chaffey Tim Whetstone has labelled the decision to table the Murray Darling Basin Plan in Parliament as â€œa day to remember for the Murray River in South Australia and the entire Murray-Darling Basinâ€?. During a speech in Parliament this week following progress on the Murray Darling Basin Plan, Mr Whetstone said he is pleased the document has moved forward. â€œWe no longer have a guide to the draft of the basin plan and we no longer have the final draft of the basin plan,â€? he said. â€œIt is (a) 2750 gigalitre plan for water to be put back into the river system and the environment for the health and sustainability of the river and for me it is a great day.â€? With the plan in Parliament it must now wait 15 days from when it was tabled before it can potentially become law. Mr Whetstone said there was still a lot of hard work to be done. â€œWe still have to achieve about 1200 gigalitres of water and of that South Australia has to contribute around 83 gigalitres; so that is where the hard work really does start,â€? he said. Mr Whetstone questioned the State Government about where the remaining 83 gigalitres will come from. â€œThe Water Industry Alliance is going to be critically important to the regional communities on the river, to my community for the 40 gigalitres that needs to be achieved, with a funding package of around
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Loxton Light Up Day
■ SMILE: Michelle and Georgia, 5, of Loxton clowning around on Loxton Light Up Day.
■ VISIT: Mildura visitors Drew and Ali Franklin with baby Emma during the event.
■ RAFFLE: Loxton’s Rosemary French, Kerrie-Anne Hughes selling raffle tickets for a new playground at Loxton Light up Day.
■ BUBBLES: Lauren, 11, and Grace, 13, trying out the bubble makers.
■ VISIT: Jamaine and Casey Cochrane at Loxton Light Up Day.
■ ART: Bailey Dawson, 8, Clarrissa, 8, and Braiden Bagguley, 7 participating in street art.
■ LEFT: (Front row from left) Christina Glekas, 12, Michaila Forgan, 13, Dana Teschner, 12, Brianna Glakas, 13, (back row from left) Adele Geyer, 12, Olivia Geyer, 18, and Brian Forgan. FEATURE
■ FUN: (From left) Renmark’s Jenny Cochrane, Chris Dixon, Corey Valente, 10, Allison and Lionel, 4.
■ CHRISTMAS: Kynan, 4, Tara, Ayden, 2, and Alyra, 5, all from Queensland enjoying the Christmas event at Loxton, while (left) the fireworks display was quite spectacular.
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WAIKERIE CHRISTMAS PAGEANT
Waikerie’s colourful pageant to fill the streets tomorrow
AIKERIE’S main street will come alive tomorrow night with the much anticipated Lions Waikerie Christmas Pageant. From an array of floats, vintage cars, musical entertainment, colourful flower displays, scrumptious food and a variety of stalls, there promises to be something for everyone at this year’s pageant. The Riverland Vintage and Classic Car Club will complete two laps of the pageant circuit from 6.15pm before making way for the colourful floats from local businesses and organisations. At 6.30pm the pageant will begin from the Civic Centre, going down Crush Terrace, along White Street, up McCoy Street and to the top of the round-a-bout, completing two rounds of the circuit. One of the highlights of the pageant will be the South
Australian Police Band, which will lead the floats showing off their talents through their instruments. Santa will arrive on his float at the end of the pageant and his entrance to the town signals the opening of Santa’s Cave at the Waikerie Institute. Prizes for best floats over a number of categories will be awarded during the pageant. Up to 35 floats are expected for this year’s event, according to pageant co-ordinator Jan Heppner. “There’s four categories of floats, so there is always competition there,” she said. It is expected there will be no shortage of entertainment at the event with one of the highlights being chalk art for children, decorating the streets before the pageant begins. A 10 metre high rock climbing wall is likely to be
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popular amongst children, while sideshow alley is always a hit with the youth. Delicious food stalls will be available in the Civic Centre and several local bands will be playing in the streets of Waikerie. Mrs Heppner said the pageant is a time for the community to gather and socialise in a family friendly atmosphere. “The wonderful thing is that everybody gets out for the Christmas pageant, they all come and meet their friends and neighbours and people they haven’t seen since the last pageant,” she said. “It seems to be a nice community gathering, as well as the spectacular we can put on with the pageant. “Santa arrives on pageant night and the cave is officially opened on pageant night, so it is generally a busy time for Santa, I think he is run off his feet.”
■ PARADE: Local organisations join in the Waikerie Christmas Pageant last year.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Have your say about the issues that affect you.
Political will needed AT A MEETING earlier this year Central Irrigation Trust officers prepared a graph that separated out the substantial carbon tax component of the Trust’s electricity costs. You may remember the Federal Government’s promotional spin that only big users would pay but, of course, that tax had had to be factored into, and had increased significantly, Riverland irrigators’ water charges. There was a huge component in the electricity supplier’s pricing graph that the Trust said was nonnegotiable. Infrastructure has to be maintained but further reading alleges that when government sold public utilities to foreign investors they generously made them a guarantee of profit. The lucky and the strong may enjoy airconditioned comfort during heat waves but financially challenged Australians such as pensioners and the working poor will have to turn off their airconditioners. The result is many vulnerable people will die of the heat. In the February 2009 heat wave that preceded the Black Saturday bushfires, 374 mainly elderly Victorians died as a consequence of blackouts and brown outs in Melbourne’s privatised power infrastructure. The shut downs of energy intensive industries may ease demand and the need for new infrastructure but the collapsing physical economy’s job losses mean more people under employed on welfare. The Federal Government’s proposal to protect those vulnerable people from the power rises with
smart meters sounds like a scam. Vulnerable consumers’ ability to shift usage patterns in response to pricing signals won’t help while power suppliers are driving prices like they are and no help at all once their power is disconnected and they are surviving on food vouchers. People were promised cheaper power - not poverty and persecution by power providers. Australia has the world’s cheapest and largest resources of coal, natural gas and oil, and could produce the cheapest electricity in the world if only Australia governments would return to national banking and finance public electricity infrastructure at one to two per cent interest over 20 to 30 years. Then real price control and employment could begin again. The outright profiteering by foreign owners of Australia’s utilities is corporate thievery and should be illegal. Government sold the utilities - they could fix their monumental mistake by compulsorily acquiring
them back and nationalising them. Only governments can reduce the cost of electricity, (and water), for Australian producers and households, but have they the political will? Jeanette Staehr, Barmera.
Basin diversification THE ENSHRINING of the final Murray Darling Basin Plan into law this week was an historic moment for Basin communities; a minority Federal Labor Government has succeeded where previous governments have failed. The final plan will not only create a sustainable river system that supports communities, irrigators and the river itself, it will also ensure the long-term viability of the region. By supporting economic diversification in the Murray Darling Basin region, the Federal Government is enabling communities to build
on their local knowledge and local solutions to transform their comparative advantage into competitive advantage. The Basin communities understand the importance of learning how to live in a water-constrained environment. I have travelled the regions and seen first-hand the work Basin communities and industries have been doing to develop creative, long term solutions that support the move towards a more sustainable future. This funding will build on this commitment and on the existing work Basin communities have been undertaking in partnership with the Federal Government and the Murraylands and Riverland Regional Development Australia (RDA) committee since last November to identify potential projects that will diversify their skills and economic base. It is about working with the Murraylands and Riverland RDAs and communities to join the dots and achieve practical solutions that stack up. Partnerships are key to ensuring Basin communities continue to thrive now and into the future. I look forward to partnering with the South Australian Government, Basin communities and RDA committees on these important projects and to working together to restore the river system to health. Simon Crean, Regional Development Minister.
Season of goodwill? AS WE approach the season of goodwill, it has come to my attention that there is a semi-privatised government entity which either
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doesn’t know what the word means or is under pressure from the Federal Government to produce more profits. I am usually a great customer of Australia Post at this time of year as I have a large family in England and Europe. They all look forward to their Christmas card and Australian calendar. Last year, to send a calendar and a card cost me just over $4; this was airmail as there is no sea mail except for parcels. With two recent price hikes in two weeks, the cost has skyrocketed to $6.20 for anything up to 500 grams. I am now in a financial position where I am going to have to disappoint my many relatives because my Christmas mail bill will be prohibitive. To say that I am disgusted is an understatement but what I don’t understand is why Australia Post would be going to such lengths to actually discourage business? I cannot help wondering whether Australia Post and paper mail will still be around in 10 years or will it be email only, couriers companies carrying parcels and B-Pay as the only option to pay accounts. In my opinion, anyone employed by Australia Post or with a franchise, should be very concerned indeed. Alex Hodges, Birdwood. 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.
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Keeping a short and sharp eye on what’s happening around the Riverland and Mallee
Elva is Nildottie’s garden queen FOR the past 20 years, 87-year-old Nildottie resident Elva Stengert has spent almost every day in Prosser Park in the main street of the town. During that time she has been planting, raking, weeding, watering and caring for this area for the enjoyment of locals and visitors to the town. As a result of her community efforts, the Mid Murray Council, in conjunction with the Nildottie Progress & Soldiers Memorial Hall
Association, recently unveiled a community seat with a plaque engraved with the inscription ‘Elva’s Garden’. During the unveiling at the park, Elva was presented with a framed certificate of appreciation. More than 50 people attended the presentation in the park then a luncheon in the local hall, including all of Elva’s five children and many of her 14 grandchildren (picutred). Elva regularly attends the Nildottie Progress
meetings, collects newspapers for recycling by the Mannum Lutheran Parish and has recently installed solar panels for her home. Rather than slowing down, she continues her community involvement and is a valued member of the small community. The next time you are travelling through Nildottie, call in at Prosser Park in the main street. Chances are, Elva will be there, looking after the plants and she loves a chat.
AND ANOTHER THING...
Waikerie man’s big Movember shave off WAIKERIE man Brian Oliver has been participating in Movember, raising money for Beyond Blue and prostate cancer, but it is now time to shave off his moustache. Brian (pictured) is one of several Waikerie residents participating in Movember and said he just wanted to do his bit to help. At the Waikerie Bowling Club at 1.30pm on Sunday, Brian is inviting members of the public to join him for the Big Shave Off. “Even though this has been fun and it is for a great cause, I will be glad to have a clean face again,” Brian said. If you would like to make a donation towards this great cause, go to http://au.movember. com, type in Brian Oliver in the search engine and click on the
view mo space button. Otherwise show your support by attending the event on Sunday. Brian said he would like to thank those who have donated thus far both online and with monetary donations.
Classmates together for high school reunion
■ REUNITE: Enjoying the dinner at the recent Loxton High School Year 8, 1962, reunion were Class 1c girls (from left) Glenys Cunningham (nee Kernich), Shirley Bland (nee Schilling), Pauling Schutz (nee King), Cynthia Mazzone (nee Goodrich), Marie Drewett (nee Jackson) and Lorraine Fielke (nee Thiele).
Local Riverlinx camp By Kingston-on-Murray Primary School year 4 student Tilly RECENTLY John Hartley Primary School (from Adelaide) came to our school for Riverlinx camp. They spent nearly three days here on site and we taught them about environmental issues and what we do about them at Kingston-on-Murray Primary School. The activities they participated in were ‘macro invertebrates’ at Banrock station with ranger Christophe, Loch Luna Cruises to spot bird life with Captain Carl, canoeing with Mr West, ‘Don’t be a Drip’ presentations telling them about what they can do to save water, ‘Worms’ showing them how to make a worm
farm, ‘Auzzie Mozzie’ educating the students on safety around mosquitos, ‘River Fish’ allowing them to learn about what is good for the river and bad for the river, ‘Water Watch Snapshot’ informing them of the testing we do with the Murray River water to help with its health and ‘Tidddalick’ telling the dreamtime story. Not only did we get to help the John Hartley students learn more about our river we made lots of new friends too.
Sarah proud to participate in Shave-For-A-Cure Before
EARLIER this year, Lameroo Regional Community School year 8 student Sarah Bullen participated in the Shave-ForA-Cure for the Leukaemia
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life disadvantages to connect with their community and help employers achieve their goals. Entrenched in the local community for more than 20 years, Interwork has forged strong partnerships with local employers and community partners. Employment Services Area Manager Shelley Mawdsley said, â€œInterwork will continue to work closely with individuals, their families and carers, employers, physicians and other members of the community to help people achieve sustainable employment with the ultimate aim of support-
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Tara Bassham & Jason Pipe Scott’s (groomsman at our wedding) houseboat for the holidays which is where we met and the relationship continued from there.
Ceremony location: Bert Dix Park, Paringa. Reception location: Renmark Club Number of guests: 75 Where did you meet: My family has a houseboat at Walker Flat, as does my aunty and uncle. Jason was up at my cousin
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Where and how did you get engaged: I pestered Jason one weekend to look at rings with me and he refused. This resulted in me getting upset and buying two new kittens instead. The next weekend I again pestered him to look at rings and his fear of what and how many animals I would go and buy if he refused again resulted in us becoming engaged that day. He officially gave me the ring in the car in the car park but I made him ask me again properly in the lounge room when we got home.
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Challenges: While planning the wedding, not being able to speak to suppliers face-to-face in Renmark, Berri and Loxton was a challenge as we come from Adelaide. In the end though it was made a lot easier by everyone whom I dealt with. Our celebrant Lori Fielke was amazing, replying to every email I sent no matter what, even when she was on holidays in Sydney! Our florist
from Berri was just as reliable, creating the flowers I wanted just from photos that I emailed. When I saw them for the first time on the day they were just like the pictures. Lyn at Renmark club was amazing, everything ran so smoothly and our guests made many comments on how lovely the staff were. The Renmark Hotel was fantastic and made everything so straight forward that accommodating our guests was a breeze. The biggest challenge by far was transporting a four tier cake from Adelaide. Unfortunately my cake had to come from Adelaide because bakers in the Riverland were booked out even 12 months prior to my wedding as it turns out there were a lot of weddings in the region on the 10/11/12. Luckily my amazing parents came to the rescue and transported the cake to Renmark for the three hour jouney on Thursday, November 8, with ice packed around the creation and a very nervous mother in the passenger seat.
Lyn at the Renmark Club kindly let us store the cake in their big fridge until the wedding. My parents then turned around and returned to Adelaide the same day to help with final preparations only to get up at 5am the following morning to return to Renmark to get the houseboat we hired. It had to go under the morning bridge lift at Paringa and be put in front of the Renmark Club so it was ready for the bridal party when they arrived.
Kisses that dad and I had talked about since I was a little girl. Wedding song: Le Anne Rimes - How Do I Live Without You Celebrant: Lori Fielke Unique aspect: We are now Mr and Mrs Bassham as Jason decide to take my surname.
Favourite moments: Seeing our little puppy all dressed up in his suit was a highlight. Spending not just an amazing day but an amazing weekend with all of our closest family and friends was also a highlight. We really are thankful to have so many people that care about us and were willing to make the journey from Adelaide to Renmark to spend our special day with us. One special favourite moment for me personally was the father and daughter dance to Butterfly
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F IT’S a great location you desire this home has it all! Situated in an ideal location whether you are starting up or slowing down, this family home is just a short walk to the Renmark Plaza and the town schools. The modern open plan kitchen boasts tiled floors and splashbacks, timber-look cabinetry, a large pantry and ample bench space creating the perfect combination for the master chef of the family. Three excellent sized bedrooms all have built-in robes and the roomy lounge has reverse cycle airconditioning to keep you comfortable all year. Out the back, the fully fenced yard will make a great place for the kids and pets to play and the large paved pergola is the ideal place for entertaining over the warm summer months. There is also a carport under the main roof plus a fantastic added extra is the 30’ x 20’ shed which has lined and insulated walls, reverse cycle airconditioning, a concrete floor and power, presenting the ultimate teenager’s retreat or great for the home handy man. A great place to call home!
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RENMARK Section 7 statements relating to the properties will be available for viewing at the office of the Agent 3 business days prior to the Auction and at the place of Auction 30 minutes prior to the Auction commencing.
5 Scarbrough Court Price $249,000 Inspect By Appointment RLA 147968
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