Issue No. 63 â€“ Thursday, February 19, 2009
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Allocation Status quo PAGE 3
Taking on the pros
WETLANDS RETURN PAGE 7
INSIDE YOUR FREE RIVERLAND WEEKLY THIS WEEK ...
Generous support for victims By LES PEARSON
â– PROUD MUM: Karina Tschirpig is proud of her children Courtney and Judd for donating some of their toys to children affected by the bushfires in Victoria.
ITâ€™S strange how the worst natural disaster in Australiaâ€™s history that has torn lives apart, destroyed communities and decimated homes has rebuilt a nationâ€™s spirit. The economy, drought, even Australiaâ€™s poor showing in the cricket of late have all been put aside. We forgot all of our own problems, after all, in comparison to those suffering the effects of the Victorian infernos, we all felt our whims were somewhat insignificant. Locally, our community has fought the hard battle for the last few years, yet thousands across the region dug deeply into their pockets to assist in any way possible. Touching on some examples, 15 members of the Evening Star Quilters bandied together at Paringa on Sunday to do what they do best, make quilts. â– Continued Pages 4 & 5
SPENDING URGE Photo: JANE WILSON
Schools told to use funding or lose it
By LES PEARSON SCHOOLS in the Riverland and Mallee are in a great position to spend funding from the Federal Governmentâ€™s financial stimulus package, according to Department of Education and Childrenâ€™s Services district director Brian Featherston. A meeting called by the State Gov-
ernment on Tuesday drew principals and members of school governing councils from around the state together to hear a message of urgency in spending the money. â€œWith around $1 billion flowing to schools across South Australia, this is the biggest single school infrastructure investment we have seen in decades,â€? Premier Mike Rann said.
â€œWe must have projects that are quick to start and complete so our schools donâ€™t miss out on a share of the investment.â€? Mr Featherston agreed with Premier Rannâ€™s sentiments. â€œThis is the greatest investment to education facilities for a lifetime, itâ€™s massive,â€? he said. â– Continued Page 3
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Outside the square
This week in the Riverland Riverland Weekly journalist Brad Perry spent part of last Friday evening with AFL legend Kevin Sheedy. He tells the story of a star struck fan meeting a footy icon. - Full report, Page 6
Just the sense of giving and helping others was what we were aiming for.
LOXTON woman Donna Langford recently visited Mexico to help with a charity organisation that supports people with eye issues. â€“ Full report, Page 9
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Word of the week
Grape prices are too low and I canâ€™t warrant purchasing any more water.
APPEAL (noun): An earnest or urgent request, entreaty, or supplication. A resort to a higher authority or greater power for a decision.
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There is a high expectation and the bar is set quite high. ~ Luke Saville
February 19 â€“ 0197 - Lucius Septimius Severusâ€™ army beats Clodius Albinus at Lyon. February 20 â€“ 1968 - John Cleese married Connie Booth. February 21 â€“ 1966 - Indonesiaâ€™s president Sukarno fires General Nasution. February 22 â€“ 1958 - Australian swimmer Jon Konrads sets six world records in two days. February 23 â€“ 1905 - Rotary Club International formed. February 24 â€“ 1821 - Mexico gains independence from Spain. pogrom
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communities. McLEAN Without someone thinking outside of the square, we might never have had the mechanical harvester or, looking further back in time, the stump jump plough. This weekâ€™s news that the water allocations would be staying at 18 per cent is bad news, no doubt. However, over the past 100 years, this region has shown resilience and while times are tough, we will survive and continue to fight on. It could well be something totally different to what we are doing now. Providing our region with the tools to survive and, more importantly, thrive in the future, will defintely come from someone thinking outside of the square.
This week in history
~ Peter Harman
FOOTBALL legend Kevin Sheedy was in the Riverland last Friday night and left a mark among those who attended his presentation at the Chaffey Theatre. Having seen â€˜Sheedsâ€™ speak live in the past, it was no surprise to hear that he had the audience in raptures. While the eveningâ€™s theme was about bringing smiles to the faces of locals, the master coach also brought a number of messages to the table. One that stood out to me was about â€œlooking outside the squareâ€?. It is a term thrown about regularly. But how often do we look outside the square to provide a solution to our own problems? It is only by thinking outside the square that we are able to move ahead in life, as individuals or
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Troops to Afghanistan
RENMARKâ€™S Lions Club will host the annual visit to the region by the SA Blind Cricket Club this weekend. The annual match was first held in 1980 and will be played at the Paringa Oval from 10am. Spectators are invited to attend the match, which will be a 40 over a side contest for the Hage Shield.
THE State Government is sitting on a report which recommends building a centrally located sports stadium for up to 100,000 people, adelaidenow reports. The report, commissioned by Sports Minister Michael Wright in 2006, is believed to have gone to the Cabinet without any subsequent action being taken.
A firefighter killed when a tree crushed him near the Victorian town of Marysville was within hours of returning home after battling bushfires for four days, The Age reports. The 58-year-old professional firefighter was due to join 101 of his mates on a bus trip home to Canberra early yesterday morning.
PRESIDENT Barack Obama has authorised the deployment of up to 17,000 extra US troops to Afghanistan, saying they are to â€œmeet urgent security needsâ€?, the BBC reports. This first major troop deployment under Mr Obama comes as his administration reviews US policy in Afghanistan.
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