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STEPPING DOWN SAMI chief turns focus to politics
By ROB McLEAN SOUTH Australian Murray Irrigators chairman Tim Whetstone has announced he will stand down from the position to focus on his political ambitions. Mr Whetstone, the Liberal candidate for the Chaffey electorate, will stand down from the chairmanâ€™s role he has held for two years at SAMIâ€™s annual meeting in October. The announcement comes as the countdown to next yearâ€™s state election begins. Mr Whetstone said he had decided to stand down from the role to â€œget on with his campaignâ€?. â€œItâ€™s at the point now where the AGM is the perfect time not to re-nominate and to hand the reins over,â€? he said. â€œI can concentrate on the politics of where Iâ€™m going. â€œItâ€™s been quite a task to represent SAMI and campaign for
Chaffey.â€? He said the decision removes any further ambiguity as to the role he is representing when making statements regarding irrigator issues. â€œItâ€™s definitely removing the confusion,â€? Mr Whetstone said. â€œIâ€™ve always had the irrigators as my priority and now I have the irrigators and people of Chaffey as my priority.â€? Mr Whetstone said he will now have more time to meet and talk to people within the electorate and hear their concerns. SAMI executive member Rob Smyth, of Cadell, said Mr Whetstone had been a wonderful asset to the organisation. â€œOften he has been the lone voice representing the rights of all irrigators,â€? Mr Smyth said.
Itâ€™s been quite a task to represent SAMI and campaign for Chaffey.
Putting squeeze on juice labelling INDEPENDENT Senator Nick Xenophon will be in the region today to discuss truth in labelling laws with citrus growers. Juice company Charlieâ€™s group operations manager
John Evans (pictured), is in the region to visit the companyâ€™s Renmark business and is backing Senator Xenophonâ€™s call for change.
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Footballâ€™s Centenary year set for big finish ALTHOUGH my team will not be involved in finals action this year, Iâ€™m looking forward to the major round of local football. In the Riverland Football Leagueâ€™s top flight, we have a juicy contest on our hands in the competitionâ€™s 100th year. Any of the four teams can take the prize, a rare situation in any sporting competition. Loxton and Waikerie have been on the winnerâ€™s podi-
um in recent times, while Barmera-Monash and Renmark have the longest running current premiership droughts in the RFL. In the Indepedents, Paringa has won through to the big one already. But of the most interest is whether Wunkar, another team with a very long wait between flags, can knock over the competitionâ€™s modern heavy-weight in Cobdogla.
Word of the Week: Labelling
Knowing the two clubs involved, there will be no holds barred this weekend. Donâ€™t write off the Eagles just yet. Also, donâ€™t forget the netball. Tomorrow nightâ€™s match between Renmark and Loxton is set to be a ripper between two sides who really throw it all out there. Good luck to all involved in the hunt for premierships.
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Quote of the Week Ricky Ponting has got my full support and I think heâ€™s the best man to be captain.
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The BURNING Question Will truth in labelling laws help produce a resurgence in the Riverlandâ€™s citrus industry?
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