Issue No. 87 – Thursday, August 6, 2009
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Recent money raised through the coffee hut has been put towards purchasing a community school bus
By BRAD PERRY THE hundreds of Riverlanders ﬂocking through the doors of the volunteer based Vine Coffee Hut Lounge have left a lasting footprint on the community. Recent money raised through the coffee hut has been put towards purchasing a community school bus to help transport children to and from schools in the region. Manager Karen Knight said she has seen a rise in customers over past months as the dollar becomes tighter and people are looking for cheaper options. “We have actually gone from targeting the young people to the elderly,” she said. “They just can’t stretch their money but still need to socialise.” The Vine Coffee Hut Lounge, which is a branch of the Vine Community Church, has acquired the services of two volunteer waitresses recently to keep up with the rush. ■ Continued Page 4
■ SERVICE: Vine Coffee Hut Lounge manager Karen Knight serves up a delicious hamburger to customers Monica Hawker and Elyssa McCreanor. Photo: JANE WILSON
END TOWN RIVALRY Business leader’s big warning
By BRAD PERRY A LEADING business ﬁgure believes continued parochialism is having a damaging effect on the Riverland and linking the region as one will help sustain the future of the small business sector. The State Government’s Business Development Council visited the region this week to gain a further un-
derstanding of the challenges and opportunities currently facing small businesses. Chair Phil Sims said many issues were raised during a meeting in Berri on Tuesday, including an idea to end the “ﬁerce rivalry” between Riverland towns. “There are ﬁve major towns in the Riverland, all of similar sizes and there is sort of the ﬁerce rivalry amongst those ﬁve towns,” he said.
“Whereas to grow and move forward you have got to try and develop a culture where you are working together, rather than working apart.” The role of the Business Development Council is to make recommendations to the Small Business Minister Paul Holloway on ways to strengthen local industry. ■ Continued Page 5
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THIS weekâ€™s Hot Question for Riverland Weekly readers is â€œare we too parochialâ€?? It is something I have questioned over the nearly 12 years I have lived in this region. Iâ€™ve watched great events go unsupported by other sections of the community because in other peopleâ€™s words â€œitâ€™s a Loxton eventâ€?, or â€œitâ€™s a Renmark showâ€?. The head of the State Governmentâ€™s Business Devel-
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opment Council Phil Sims has reiterated those thoughts about our regionâ€™s parochialism. While predicting a bright future for our traders, despite the current bleak times, Mr Sims suggested that our parochialism is preventing us from developing further. More developments might occur in our region if we worked together, rather than bickered about which town
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deserves the opportunity. We would also see some big events, that would not only entertain us but bring more visitors into the region and give us a larger state profile, if only we supported each other more. Sure, we live in austere times where we could resort to thinking about ourselves but that will only be to the detriment of our whole community.
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