Issue No. 268 – Thursday, February 21, 2013
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■ PREPARING: Berri’s Stephen and Joy Riley will jump on their bike in April and ride to Queensland and back, with a goal to raise $10,000 towards finding a cure for cancer. Photo: BRAD PERRY
After missing out on first two rounds, local projects hope to have...
RDA FUND BOOST A NUMBER of Riverland and Mallee projects have proceeded to full application stage for rounds three and four of the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF). Riverland and Mallee councils are hopeful projects will be successful after no funding was awarded to the region in the first two rounds. Round three of the fund is worth $50 million and will provide grants of between $50,000
BRAD PERRY and $500,000 for projects located in towns with a population of 30,000 or less. Round four will allocate $175 million through grants of between $500,000 and $15 million for priority regional
infrastructure projects. Renmark Paringa Council’s Renmark town centre revitalisation project, the Waikerie sports precinct stage two development, Swan Reach town hall redevelopment and the Pinnaroo wetlands walking trails and recreation open space are all projects that have progressed in round three. A Karoonda East Murray Council project, Mindarie Connect, has pushed to the next stage of the
round four fund. RDA Murraylands and Riverland chair Neil Martinson said there were some hard decisions and the projects that meet clearly identified regional priorities were selected. “We received a number of high quality project proposals and it was difficult to choose those that will proceed to the final stage of the application process,” Mr Martinson said.
“The projects chosen took into the account the priorities of our regional plan and other identified community priorities and address the needs of the region. “The projects are backed by a strong level of community support and are ready to proceed. “They will each have a positive long-term impact on our region and neighbouring regions.” ■ Continued Page 5
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COBDOGLAâ€™S Lee-Anne Marsic was the lucky winner of the Riverland Weeklyâ€™s Clipsal 500 competition drawn this week. â€œIâ€™ve always wanted to go to the Clipsal but because my son has just turned 21 and just got engaged, I thought it would be nice to give it to them,â€? she said. She is pictured being presented with the passes by Riverland Weekly general manager Adrian Hughes.
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Scholarship boost SCHOLARSHIPS have been offered to 190 allied health professionalsm, including two Riverlanders, wanting to complete postgraduate study this year â€“ more than double the number offered last year â€“ in the latest round announced by Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH). Offers were recently sent to qualified allied health professionals including eight paramedics, whose profession was added to the postgraduate scholarships program for the first time this year. Others include those working in physiotherapy, social work, dietetics and nutrition, pharmacy, sonography and speech therapy. Two graduates in the Riverland were offered the postgraduate study courses, one in Berri and one in Loxton. SARRAH CEO Rod Wellington said $3.6 million in Commonwealth funding was available for those taking up study places in 2013. The 190 scholarships offered this year compares with 85 offers
made last year. â€œThese scholarships have been hugely popular with allied health professionals who not only benefit, but bring a higher standard of care to patients in rural and remote Australia,â€? Mr Wellington said. â€œThese scholars are having a huge impact on rural patients in crucial areas of need such as aged health care, mental health, early intervention and Aboriginal health.â€? Loxton social worker Kylie Stephens recently finished a two year Graduate Diploma in Perinatal and Infant Medical Health as part of the scholarship program. She said the SARRAH scholarship was worth $15,000 and helped to pay for fees, books and twice yearly study blocks in Sydney. â€œThousands apply for these scholarships every year and not many are granted so I was extremely fortunate to get one,â€? Mrs Stephens said. â€œThe scholarships are only granted to those people living and working in rural areas.
â– STUDY: Loxton social worker Kylie Stephens. â€œThis has added to my current qualifications (Bachelor of Social Work) and has expanded my practice skills and knowledge on supporting infants right through from pregnancy to age five in my role at CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health) as an Early Intervention Clinical Therapist.â€?
Mrs Stephens said the scholarship enabled her to develop important skills. â€œThe pregnancy and early infancy is a crucial period of time for the development of the infant and pathways are set up for future successes in all areas including physical, emotional and cognitive development,â€? she said. â€œThe field of infant mental health focusses on the emotional, social and psychological needs of the infant and provides a knowledge base on how to best support the infant and his family, so that the infant will have the best chance possible to develop into a healthy child. â€œHealthy, well developed children are able to cope better with the rollercoasters we all experience in life such as school, friendships, grief and trauma, and future successes such as careers, and relationships etc. â€œWhen we are able to address mental health issues in infants they are less likely to develop into serious mental health conditions throughout the lifespan including depression and anxiety.â€?
Desexing and adoption to reduce cat euthanasia DUE to the high number of kittens that are presented to the clinic for euthanasia over the spring period, the Riverland Veterinary Hospital, in partnership with a dedicated nurse at the practice, are offering a Kitten Adoption Program. Kittens are desexed, vaccinated and microchipped prior to being adopted out to loving homes. This program has been really well received by the community, with a high number of kittens being adopted. EDITORIAL BY
BRAD PERRY THE â€˜no washâ€™ zone debate is one which is going to be discussed for some time. While project coordinators have been quoted as saying they would like to have the 28 zones along the River Murray running by the end of the year, I
However, due to the large number of kittens presented to the clinic every year only a small number make it into the program justifying a need for the Riverland Veterinary Hospital to run a community cat desexing program. The Riverland Veterinary Hospital have recently identified an increase in the stray population of cats and its team of veterinary surgeons are looking to provide discounted desexing program to all cat owners to address the loss of cats
being euthanised. This desexing program will run from the Berri based clinic and also the Waikerie Veterinary Clinic. It does not require a vaccination history and is done at a discounted price because the clinic has also identified the local economic hardship the Riverland community are facing. The Riverland Veterinary Hospital strives for a high quality of care and your cat will receive proper treatment and care in accordance with
accredited veterinary procedures within this managed program. â€œIt is important that cat owners understand and take complete responsibility for their cats re-producing,â€? a spokesperson said. â€œDesexing is such an important part of responsible pet ownership. â€œA cat can start to produce kittens from as young as six months of age and are capable of having three litters a year with an average of four kittens per litter. â€œIt doesnâ€™t take long
to get out of control.â€? The Riverland Veterinary Hospital will also be extending this program to the Pinnaroo and Lameroo areas over the coming months. Helping the community reduce its feral cat population in all surrounding areas is something the clinic feels strongly about. If you have any queries in regards to the community cat desexing program or the kitten adoption program, please give the clinic a call on 8582 1222.
Consultation needed on â€˜no washâ€™ zones believe it is unlikely this will happen. The River Murray Eco Action Campaign aims to create zones where speed limits are potentially reduced to help stop riverbank erosion. From all accounts, the community wants public consultation on this matter, given the divided opinions being ex-
pressed by locals. I feel this project needs much patience.
Signing off AFTER more than four years and 216 editions, I am signing off as editor of the Riverland Weekly. Since being em-
ployed by the newspaper after completing university, there has been many highlights and challenges. From writing about the plight of farmers during the drought to profiling some inspirational characters, the Riverland has been an exceptional place to be an editor and a journalist.
Iâ€™d like to thank readers, the staff, those people I have worked with and those who have had faith in me and supported me over the years. Hopefully, I will see you all around the Riverland in my new role. Good luck to the Riverland Weeklyâ€™s new editor Bev Story.
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