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A major technical error has
forced the Loxton Waikerie
Council to reissue this financial
year's first quarter rates to all its
Councillors decided on the course
of action at a special meeting last
Wednesday, after it was identified that
436 notices were issued incorrectly in
early August due to defective software.
Council investigated the extent of the
error through an external auditor.
"The software issue resulted in some
rateable properties not being rated,
some receiving doubled up charges and
some service charges not being levied,"
said a council spokesperson.
"To rectify the errors, council has
met and amended its rates declara-
tion to ensure all properties are rated
according to legislative requirements,
resulting in a slight decrease in the
previously adopted differential rates
in the dollar across all land uses, with
the natural resources management
levy's rate in the dollar also decreas-
In a report to council the following
issues with the rates generation process
Total Rates not raised that should
have been: $100,023 on 97 properties
(of which $18,795 was to be rebated).
Total rates raised in error: $31,010 on
Total CWMS (community waste
water management scheme) not raised
that should have been: $45,900 on 85
properties. Total NRM levy not raised
that should have been: $2503 on 146
Total waste management charges not
raised that should have been: $14,559
on 76 properties.
Council chief executive officer Peter
Ackland said rectifying the error would
not increase the total amount of rate
revenue council is budgeting to collect.
"It merely ensures that every rateable
property contributes," he said.
"Overall the budgeted increase in
total rate revenue and the services
charges remain at 2.9 per cent, which is
consistent with the annual movement in
the consumer price index.
"And kerbside waste collection ser-
vice charge increases by 4 per cent, all
of which were advised during the pub-
lic consultation on the Annual Business
Plan undertaken in July."
Mr Ackland said the vast majority of
ratepayers whose initial notices were
correctly calculated -- though with an
incorrect rate in the dollar -- would
receive a slight decrease when notices
are reissued in the coming weeks.
"Those people that received a rate
notice with a zero balance, or whose
notices contained errors will see great-
er changes when notices are reissued,
depending upon the nature of the initial
error applicable to their assessment,"
"The reissued first-quarter rate notic-
es will contain revised due dates for
payment, allowing the required time
For those ratepayers who have already
made a payment, that payment will be
accounted for on the reissued notice.
"Any ratepayer who has already paid
their rate account in full and the amend-
ed notice creates a credit balance can
seek a refund of that balance."
Mr Ackland apologised on behalf
of council for the need to reissue first
quarter rate notices and "the possible
inconvenience and confusion this may
"We encourage anyone who has a
query to contact either our Loxton
or Waikerie offices to talk the matter
though with our staff," he said.
Council also resolved to review its
corporate software package prior to the
end of the financial year.
Centre comes to life
continued from page 1
Mr Noble said he was hopeful
that other types of organisations
would utilise the centre.
"We've already experienced
collaboration and we have only
been here for a couple of days,"
"Chris Byrne (from
Riverland Winegrape Grower's
Association) and I have already
had conversations about things
that we may look towards."
A Primary Industries and
Regions SA (PIRSA) spokes-
person told The Loxton News
that local industry stakeholders
indicated "considerable" enthu-
siasm in being involved in the
centre's future and in produc-
ing a positive outcome for the
"PIRSA is happy to wel-
come new tenants to the Loxton
Research Centre, and we are all
looking forward to realising our
vision of a vibrant new centre
for innovative research and col-
laboration in the Riverland," a
PIRSA spokesperson said.
"As part of the SouthAustralian
River Murray Sustainability
Program, PIRSA last year inves-
tigated options for potential
future occupants of the Loxton
Research Centre, including iden-
tifying preliminary interest from
industry and the community for
the use of the site.
"The project, under the
National Partnership Agreement
on South Australian River
Murray Sustainability (SARMS)
Program, will support regional
development from the border
to the mouth, creating new syn-
ergies and promoting stronger
The State Government
announced the $7.5 million
redevelopment of the Loxton
Research Centre in August 2013
and work is expected to begin
after the design and approval
process is completed.
Riverland Winegrape Growers
Association has been based out
of the Loxton Research Centre
for seven years and executive
officer Chris Byrne said they
welcomed the new tenants to
"These new businesses are
both complementary to our
industry," Mr Byrne said.
"We've already begun talking
about how we might be able to
work together to devise projects
that will provide opportunities
and benefit for winegrowers in
Works committee tours region
The Parliament of South
Australia's Public Works
Committee (PWC) will tour
the region on Tuesday and
Wednesday next week.
Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone,
who is a member of the bi-partisan
committee, has welcomed PWC's visit
to the region. During the visit, the com-
mittee will tour major projects, includ-
ing aspects of the Riverine Recovery
Project, as well as meeting with local
"I think it is a great opportunity
for the committee to look at some
major projects in the Riverland," Mr
Here it is
The State Government
unveiled its vision for the
Loxton Research Centre this
Detailed drawings of the $7.5 mil-
lion redevelopment were released on
Monday afternoon and include the
construction of a second building
alongside the existing centre.
The announcement coincided with
a three-day tour of the region by state
ministers, which concluded yesterday.
Premier Jay Weatherill said the
revamped centre would be a vital
asset for the Riverland community
and wider South Australia.
"This is the dividend of us all
sticking together and fighting
for a greater outcome for South
Australia," he said. "We needed to
go up the technological food chain
to try and find the solutions for a
future for our communities and that
is what this represents."
continued page 3 The State Government this week unveiled floor
ns and detailed drawings of the Loxton Research Centre
nt. The existing centre will be
hile a second building will be constructed alongside.
Growsmart training co-ordinator Ian White (left), GrowSmart administration and finance manager
Peter Brown, Growsmart manager Trevor Noble, Riverland Winegrape Growers Association
executive officer Chris Byrne and PIRSA regional manager Tim Smyth. The group are happy to see
a new lease of life at the Loxton Research Centre and are taking advantage of the premises.
Front page of The Loxton News, June 25, 2014.
Happy snaps taken from around the district... PAGE 8
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