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The abattoir, operated by Kerridale International Trading, gained national media attention THE site of a controversial former for the wrong reasons two years abattoir at Waikerie has been ago when it was alleged to be ilsold, ending speculation it would legally slaughtering goats. This activity was believed to be reopened for its previous use. New owner Graeme Paschke, have caused the outbreak of Q who has lived in Waikerie for fever, tragically claiming the life more than 30 years, hopes to use of Waikerie grandmother Patricia the newly acquired property for Neideck and making at least four others sick, forchis electrical and airing the abattoir to conditioning busibe closed down. ness. A consultaWhile happy I was personally of tion conducted by with his purchase, the opinion to the Loxton WaikMr Paschke said he erie Council two was disappointed see it remain as months ago, rethe site would no an abattoir. vealed that more longer run as an abthan half of the attoir, providing jobs Waikerie commufor the community. nity welcomed a “I was personally reopening of the of the opinion to see abattoir. it remain as an abattoir,” he said. However, Brock Harcourts’ “It is very unfortunate, as it is one of the few industries our town real estate agent Rory Butterworth, had that was not reliant upon the who sold the property, said the Loxton Waikerie Council did not River Murray. “I am sad to see it gone with intend it to run as an abattoir ever the amount of employment it again. ■ Continued Page 5 brought to the town.” EXCLUSIVE By BRAD PERRY
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NEWS this week that the former Waikerie abattoir has been sold closes another sad chapter in local history. Local businessman Graeme Paschke has purchased the site for his busy electrical and air conditioning business. The property gained national notoriety in July 2007 when Waikerie grandmother Patricia Neideck died after contracting Q fever. Four other people contracted the illness,
ARTISTS impressions for improving Lake Bonney and surrounds have been released to give the community an idea of possibilities for upgrading the district. - Full report, Page 5 THE Loxton Golf Club’s battle to be included in plans for use of local waste water on its facilities continues, despite no assurances from council. – Full report, Page 6
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RIVERLAND students are among 51 South Australians who have received rural and regional scholarships. Loxton’s Ryan Gray and Karoonda’s Dannii Boughen received Country Health SA scholarships, while Berri’s Sam Keogh and Loxton’s Jason Hughes have gained SA Ambulance support.
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Real estate agent Rory Butterworth said the site could have sold many times over if the Loxton Waikerie Council had allowed that land to again be used an abattoir. No doubt, it would have been a coup for local employment. However, for the sake of those who were impacted by Q fever, we think council made the right decision.
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all living within the vicinity of the abattoir. It is alleged the presence of goats on the site prompted the fever’s outbreak. The abattoir eventually shut down. But the family of Mrs Neideck, and those who also suffered from Q fever, are still wondering how such a sickness could have been contracted. No one has taken responsibility for the situation.
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Region to host health delegates how do we support the health of our diverse communities because you canâ€™t treat everyone the same. â€œThe conference will challenge the delegates who come along to think about their practice and the way that we actually do things in a diverse environment.â€? Ms Boyd said primary health care is about preventing ill health, promoting good health and supporting communities and environments and realising it is not just physical things as such, but also about education, financial and social status, housing, access to services and a whole range of things that impact on a personâ€™s health. â€œAll those areas and more impact on peopleâ€™s health and wellbeing,â€? she said. While most of the participants in the conference will be health delegates, Ms Boyd said there will also be a number of representatives from local community groups taking part. â€œThe public would certainly find it interesting but I think it would mainly be engaging our non-health partners,â€? she said. These non-health partners include members of local arts, community services and education groups. â€œItâ€™s about understanding that health is everyoneâ€™s business, not just the health departmentâ€™s,â€? Ms Boyd said. The conference begins with a pre-conference workshop on Tuesday afternoon before the official opening ceremony on Wednesday morning. Adam Jamrozik PhD will be the first keynote guest speaker,
By LES PEARSON SOME 260 country health delegates will descend on the region next week to shape the future of primary health care in rural areas. The fifth biennial Country Primary Health Care Conference will be held in the Riverland for the first time and will include a variety of guest speakers, workshops and health presentations showcasing primary health practices from around the state. Conference co-ordinator Jenny Boyd said while it will be a great learning experience for local health workers and associates, the flow on benefits for the Riverland community will be invaluable. â€œCertainly, weâ€™re hoping not just to showcase things in regards to health but to showcase the Riverland as well and encouraging people to come back and visit the region,â€? she said. â€œWeâ€™re hoping it will be a good support mechanism for the area. â€œWeâ€™ve definitely got a lot to showcase.â€? Running under the theme, Weâ€™re all in This Together â€“ Building Stronger Communities, Ms Boyd said some major areas the conference will look at include coping with drought and working in diverse communities. â€œWeâ€™ll be looking at the water crisis that we have at the moment and how do we help with the resilience of our communities to deal with constantly changing environments and keep healthy,â€? she said. â€œWeâ€™re all one community but that â€˜allnessâ€™ is quite diverse and
â– GETTING READY: Conference administrator Shannette Hunter (left) and conference co-ordinator Jenny Boyd are gearing up for the huge health event. presenting his thoughts on embracing diversity. Ambassador for youth opportunity Gavin Wanganeen then follows, with his views on engaging young people. The afternoon is then filled with various showcase sessions and some hands-on activities including a drought workshop. Thursday morning has associate professor Anne Johnsonâ€™s breakfast session targeting the
power of community participation. Dana Shen then presents a session on Aboriginal health and leadership development, before Professor Margaret Alston winds up the keynote speaker presentations with observations on resilience in communities in changing climates. For a full schedule of events, visit the conference website at www.countryhealthsa.sa.gov.au and follow the event links.
Loxton riverfront claims conservation title By BRAD PERRY LOXTONâ€™s riverfront has turned a few heads at the annual Keep Australia Beautiful â€˜Clean Beach Awardâ€™ in Townsville by taking out an award for water conservation. Representing South Australia at the ceremony, the riverfront reserve competed against the likes of Whitehaven Beach, in Queensland, and Capel Sound Foreshores, in Victoria. Loxton Waikerie Council acting director of community services Des Schliebs said council was very proud with the riverfrontâ€™s achievements. â€œThis award is very special to
us, especially in the current climate,â€? he said. â€œIt is an award for the community and councilâ€™s efforts.â€? Mr Schliebs said the Loxton riverfront caused some discus-
mark by being nominated as an inland water way.â€? According to Australian Clean Beaches judge Chris Tola, Loxton has done well in the current drought conditions.
We have set a bit of a benchmark by being nominated as an inland water way. sion around the nation and had other nominees surprised that it had won the award and was not connected to the ocean. â€œIt is about creating a sustainable environment within our towns,â€? he said. â€œWe have set a bit of a bench-
â€œLong years of drought and reduced flow to the Murray could have easily decimated this township but the community, ably supported by the Loxton Waikerie Council and a dedicated commitment to keeping their town in the best shape possible,
has kept Loxton a busy and welcoming location,â€? he said. Loxton created history when it was the first to be nominated as a non-coastal beach and Mr Schliebs said that a category for inland waterways could be introduced next year. The winner of Australiaâ€™s cleanest beach was North Steyne Beach in Manly, New South Wales. Mr Schliebs said the community and council should be proud of the award and added it will not be forgotten any time soon. â€œIt has give South Australia and the Riverland (a) great promotion,â€? he said.
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