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Loxton Waikerie Council parks and gardens supervisor John Sylvia (left), Loxton Waikerie Council director of infrastructure services
Tim Tol and Loxton Recreation Grounds Committee member Kent Spangenberg with the newly planted trees at the former Mill
Corner rail land site. The site will be transformed into a wetland/public park utlising captured stormwater.
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"There's a set plan and time-
line we have put in for the devel-
opment of this land," said Mr
"Going back to when the
centenary feature site was first
selected, the concept always
was, here is an area of bare land
at the entrance to Loxton -- we
want to beautify that land and
make a significant statement.
"It will tie in the facilities that
are here -- the centenary feature,
skate park, oval... create some
public space that people will be
able to utilise and enjoy."
The wetland component of
the plan will integrate council's
stormwater catchment plans for
"We've had the concept of a
wetland for a couple of years
now. When (Loxton Waikerie
Council director of infrastructure
services Tim Tol) put forward a
proposal for stormwater capture,
it became very obvious that the
two projects could work hand-
in-hand," said Mr Spangenberg.
"The added advantage in that
may well be that we can source
additional funding, because the
development of this land is tar-
geting a number of aspects."
Mr Tol said major on-site
works would not start until next
financial year due to funding
limitations. However, there was
"a small budget to work with this
year" to undertake tree planting
and basic beautification.
"We are aiming that certain-
ly by the end of this calendar
year, we'll have the proposal
all stitched up so we can pres-
ent it for the budgeting process
and hopefully it gets priority,"
"Given that we know the Mill
Corner dam overflows... we can
try to take some pressure off that
via this plan with the wetlands.
But for us to do any of the storm-
water retention/wetland works,
it will involve earthworks."
An initial concept design
includes a "concrete toilet",
which can be used by those
at the nearby skate park, and
will also accommodate overflow
parking during events.
It will "capture railway his-
tory", with the space's suggest-
ed name being the Mill Corner
Investigations are also being
made to incorporate a memo-
rial to local returned services
The existing boundary fence,
separating the rail land from
may be relocated under the
Mr Tol said council had sent
a letter to the State Department
of Planning, Transport and
Infrastructure, requesting to
acquire the section of road
reserve -- the former section of
Bookpurnong Road that was the
While council already owns a
majority of the site, the original
road route is still under the own-
ership of the department.
Mr Tol said he was confident
he would receive a response on
the matter, allowing the project
to continue ahead.
Local hairdresser Sophie Butston is
taking the industry by storm, being named
an Australian Young Talent finalist in this
year's Wella Trend Vision.
The Jarahs Hair employee received the news
on Friday, only days after arriving home from
being backstage at the Natural Fibres parade at
the Royal Queensland Show.
Jarahs Hair co-owner Maria Vaughan said it
was "great" news for the third year apprentice.
"It is pretty incredible for a young girl to get
into the top 12 in Australia for young talent," Mrs
Miss Butson will travel to Melbourne in October
where she will recreate her original piece.
"It gets judged on the total look as well, so its
not just hair. It is the way the make up and the
outfit go together," Mrs Vaughan said.
Jarahs Hair employees have had great success
at the Wella Trend Vision awards previously, with
Jesse Simons taking out the apprentice of the year
at the awards last year.
Meanwhile, Miss Butson said being back stage
at fashion parades at the Royal Queensland Show
was an "amazing experience".
"It was full on and took me out my comfort
zone," Miss Butson said. "I had 10 minutes or
something ridiculous to do the hair for each
model and it had to last 70 outfit changes."
Miss Butson said she was hoping to apply many
of the techniques and styles she learnt from the
fashion parades in Loxton.
While in Brisbane, she took the opportunity to
fit in work experience at renowned salon, Papas
Loxton pool repairs
Loxton Waikerie Council is now seeking
a project plan and a detailed budget for the
repair of the Loxton Public Swimming Pool
after a report was presented to council at
this month's meeting.
A report into the structural assessment of local
pools was presented to Loxton Waikerie Council,
which found works to the pool would need to be car-
ried out to ensure its viability for future swimming
Director of corporate and community services
Ruth Firstbrook said council would now consider
budgeting for the repair to both Loxton and Waikerie
Public swimming pools, which has been estimated at
"Many councils are facing this with public swim-
ming pools, particularly ones that were built in the
1960s," Mrs Firstbrook said.
"We have active swimming clubs in both commu-
nities and council is really keen to ensure we have
good pool facilities.
"It just needs to be carefully thought about and
considered by council in terms of the money alloca-
Loxton Waikerie Council has allocated $20,000
to the immediate repair of the Waikerie Public
Swimming Pool due to significant water loss.
WATCH THIS SPACE
Locals are reminded to retune their
digital televisions, set-top boxes or digital
television recorders today, after channels
changed frequencies this morning.
From 5am today, viewers who received their signal
from the Loxton tower will need to retune to ensure
they can view free-to-air channels.
The Federal Government has warned that viewers
potentially face a two-day black-out immediately
after the retune.
For most systems, viewers should press the 'menu'
button on the remote, look for settings such as 'chan-
nels' or 'auto-tuning', then follow the prompts to
Viewers can find information about how to retune
and any scheduled retune outages by visiting the
Kindy s main
Loxton North Kindergarten held their
21st birthday on Thursday morning,
celebrating the occasion with a party in
The celebration in the main street resembled the
kindergarten's history, as they first held street ses-
sions to help gain publicity.
Loxton North Kindergarten director Joy Klein
said the event was a "huge success", with over 60
people attending the celebrations.
"We had such a successful morning, it has been
really good," Mrs Klein said.
"It is all about celebrating being a kindy and
letting everyone know we are out there at Loxton
There was plenty to do for the children who took
part in the session, including a range of craft activi-
ties, games and songs.
The celebrations were completed with the stu-
dents singing Happy Birthday to the kindergarten
and counting to 21.
Local youngsters (from left) Tamara Music, William King, both 4, and
Loxton North Kindergarten director Joy Klein celebrated the kindy's 21st
birthday in East Terrace on Thursday.
At Loxton North Kindergarten's birthday celebrations on Thursday
were (from left) Shirley Harris, Lara, 5 months, and Renae Harman. Joshua, 9 months, and Rachel Klose enjoyed a
morning of celebration in East Terrace.
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