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Have a warming cup of "Bella Lavender'
European coffee on site!
by Stephanie Gropler
Loxton will welcome over 80 vehicles
and 300 people as it becomes the finish
line for the SA Variety Bash next year.
The event will begin in Adelaide on August 8,
before finishing in Loxton on August 15, with the
official route yet to be decided.
SA Variety Bash incoming chairman Brenton
Ramsey said the decision to have the bash finish in
Loxton next year was an "easy" one to make.
"Loxton is a vibrant community. It has good
accommodation options and, coupled with the sup-
port we traditionally get out of that region, I thought
it would be a good thing to repay the favour," Mr
"We have a lot of support for Variety in the
Riverland and we do have support for bashers out of
Loxton and we haven't finished there before."
Mr Ramsey said Loxton was "in for a treat" with
the final parade of cars through the town, while
locals will have the opportunity to mix with the
bashers and inspect the cars.
"Kids and adults alike love it... We have our final
night dinner in Loxton," he said.
"The last day is a real celebration of Variety and
hopefully the community will get behind it."
Mr Ramsey said the bash is Variety SA's major
fundraiser, with $2.14 million raised this year.
"The bash raises money all year for children with
sickness, disadvantages and have special needs,"
Loxton tourism manager Tracy Bye said the SA
Variety Bash would provide continuous benefits for
"We are always very excited when large groups
of people, such as the Variety Club Bash, choose to
stay in the district," she said.
"It's a wonderful opportunity for participants to
discover and experience first hand our wonderful
natural surrounds and thriving commercial district.
"We hope their brief visit will encourage them to
return again for a holiday with family and friends.
Loxton Riverfront Caravan Park manager and
annual SA Variety Bash participant Bob Furbow
said the news was announced at the end of this
year's bash in Cessnock last Saturday night.
The announcement was made in front of 350 bash
participants for this year's final night.
After being involved with the variety bash for the
past 23 years, Mr Furbow said the final night of the
Variety Bash was always "huge".
"The finish is always a big celebration," he said.
Registrations for the 2015 SA Variety Bash
are now open and Mr Ramsey said it would be
"fantastic" to have local teams taking part in the
For more information, visit the website (variety.
Loxton Waikerie Mayor Leon Stasinowsky planting a tree to commemorate 175 years of Lutheran schooling in SA with Lutheran
School captains (from left) Meg Schultz, Riley Battams, Brooke Kelly and Sam Koop.
-- Jannette Fulham photo
by Emma Walter
on Friday morning to
celebrate 175 years of
Lutheran schooling in
The Loxton Lutheran School
held a Grandparents and
Special Friends Day in honour
of the occasion, inviting locals
to share in the celebrations.
Around 70 people enjoyed a
cooked breakfast prior to a cha-
pel service, which was attended
by a large group of students,
staff, family and friends of the
school in the LIFE Centre.
This was followed by a dwarf
sugargum tree planting cer-
emony with Loxton Waikerie
Mayor Leon Stasinowsky and
the school captains.
Principal Terry Sawade said
the dwarf sugargum was select-
ed as it had "special signifi-
cance" to the Loxton Lutheran
"The initial school site -- when
it was first opened -- was around
Fourth Street, near Concordia
Church," he said.
"In the first year of opera-
tion, dwarf sugargums were
planted there. We thought it
would be nice to recognise our
own school's beginnings as we
recognise that of the Lutheran
schooling system in SA."
A time capsule containing
student's artwork, stories, a
sports shirt and other memora-
bilia was lowered.
The capsule will be opened in
25 years to mark the 200 year
Classrooms were also open
for the morning, with guests
invited to drop by and wit-
ness what students are currently
"All in all, it was a wonder-
ful morning -- we had fantastic
weather and everyone enjoyed
themselves," Mr Sawade said.
"I'd like to, on behalf of the
school, thank the Lutheran com-
munity and wider community
for their continued support."
School celebrates milestone
Tucking in to a tasty breakfast as part of the Loxton Lutheran School celebrations on Friday
were (from left) Brian, Dawn and Hudson Eckermann, with Joy, Cody and Pauline Hennig.
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