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Tim Whetstone MP
Tim Whetstone MP
Member for Chaffey
phone: (08) 8582 4230
fax: (08) 8582 4231
PO Box 959 Berri SA 5343
Excitement builds for Riverland Field Days
I am looking forward to the opportunity to speak
with a number of constituents and businesses about
issues in the electorate at the Riverland Field Days
on September 19 and 20. Along with myself, the
Cha ey Electorate O ce team will be on hand at
the Field Days site near Barmera for the two day
event. e build-up to the annual tourist a raction
for 2014 has been exciting with the Field Days
being held on Friday and Saturday for the rst time.
I will see you at site 526!
Send a message on ESL rise
A signi cant rise in the Emergency Services Levy
is beginning to hit homeowners and businesses
across the Riverland and Mallee. With the removal
of a rebate on the levy announced in the 2014/15
State Budget, the ESL will rise by more than 150
per cent for many properties and even up to 400
per cent in some cases. e rises are on top of
South Australia's highest taxes in the nation and
skyrocketing utility bills. I am urging people of the
Riverland and Mallee concerned about the massive
increase in their ESL to write or email the State
Our rural ambassador
Congratulations to the Riverland's Courtney
Ramsey, who was named the 2014 Australasian
Rural Ambassador at a Federal Council of
Agricultural Societies presentation last month.
Courtney, who works in my electorate o ce
at Berri, is a valuable asset to the region and is
particularly passionate about encouraging young
people to become involved in agriculture.
Active Club grants open
Round 38 of the Active Club program is open
and I am once again encouraging eligible sport and
recreation organisations within the Riverland and
Mallee to apply. Up to $5000 is on o er for program
and equipment projects. e Wendy Ey Memorial
Scholarship Program providing assistance to
females in, or aspiring to elite sport or recreation
coaching and o ciating is also available. Eligible
applicants will have the opportunity to access up
to $2,500 for costs associated with training and up-
skilling, professional development and resources.
e closing date for both programs is 13 October,
2014. For further information, contact (08) 7424
7708 or visit www.ors.sa.gov.au.
PC Donation program
e Smart State PC Donation Program gives
not-for-pro t organisations the opportunity to
access recycled PCs. e Program was created to
assist South Australian community based, not-for-
pro t organisations to access personal computer
equipment from surplus government stocks. e
current round closes on 26 September 2014. For
further information, contact (08) 8226 2815
or visit h p://dpc.sa.gov.au/smart-state-pc-
Chance to pick up a rural grant
Young rural South Australians who want to excel
in agriculture may be eligible to receive a grant from
the Agricultural Bureau of South Australia through
the Spirit of Excellence Awards. e Peter Olsen
Fellowship for Young Farmers, the Rural Youth
Bursary and the Service to Primary Production
Award are all open until 31 August, 2014. For more
information visit www.agbureau.com.au/awards.
Grant applications are also open for the 2015
Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in
Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Up to $22,000
to fund an innovative research project that will
bene t Australia's primary industries is available
for those aged between 18 and 35. For more
information visit www.da .gov.au/scienceawards.
Applications close 3 October 2014.
Young science students on show
Ten local students are
off to the Royal Adelaide
Show, after being selected
as finalists in the PICSE
Loxton North's Amy
Stephens, Kirriley Wagner,
Calista Dubrich, Amber Wright,
Jasmaine Finch, Bella Laverty
and Drae Armstrong, along with
Loxton High School's Chloe
Weigall, Riley Thomson and
have progressed to the final
round, following the regional
judging in Loxton last month.
Loxton North teacher Janice
Sawade said students developed
a science report and then visu-
ally presented their answers
through a poster, which will be
displayed at the Royal Adelaide
Show on Monday.
"The students might do some-
thing like 'which sport will
raise the heart rate the highest?'
or somebody did 'will drinking
coke raise your heart rate?',"
"Some students also investi-
gated what would happen if you
water plants with salt water.
"It is just all sorts of science
questions and is about whatever
the children are interested in."
Mrs Sawade said the proj-
ect was "highly beneficial"
for students, as it included a
wide range of subjects and life
Member for Chaffey Tim
Whetstone was one of the panel
members at the regional judging.
"The students stood around
their board and the judges came
and talked the children about
it and asked what variables
did you have, etcetera," Mrs
"The judges just talk to the
students and suss out their
understanding of the science
Mrs Sawade said it was a
"very kind" type of competi-
tion, with many students having
the opportunity to have their
report on display at the Royal
Adelaide Show this month.
"Each school gets a pro-
portionate amount of finalists
according to how many entries
they put it," she said.
Local artists showcased
Works from seven local artists will be on
display at the Loxton Terrace Gallery this
The 2014 Emerging
opened on Saturday
and will be available
to view until October
artists are taking part
-- Bill Wilson, Julie
Wallis, Jane Wilson,
Jen Griffiths, Kellie
Copier and Sherrin
"It is a vibrant and varied exhibition well worth
seeing," said a gallery spokesperson.
The gallery, which is housed within the Loxton
Visitor Information Centre, is open from 9am-5pm
weekdays, 9am-4pm Saturdays and 10am-4pm
Sundays and public holidays.
A selection of Bill Wilson's works are among those
on display at the 2014 Emerging Artists Exhibition
at the Loxton Terrace Gallery this month.
LEFT: Loxton North Primary School students Amy Stephens (left) and Kirriley Wagner with their PICSE GrowSmart Science
Investigation entry at the regional judging recently. RIGHT: With their entry are students Calista Dubrich (left) and Amber Wright.
Countdown to Field Days
promised a "great package
of activities" for this
month's 2014 Riverland
Field Days, being held on
a Friday and Saturday for
the first time.
Field Days committee sec-
retary Tim Grieger said the
event catered for people of
"There's an opportunity to
look at a whole range of busi-
nesses in one spot at the one
time," he said.
"Although the horticulture/
farming aspect is still a big
part of the Field Days, as is
the transport industry and irri-
gation, over the last several
decades now, we've added a
lot more in relation to home
and garden, general personal
lifestyle, health, education and
A highlight of this year's
event will be the appearance of
celebrity chef Poh Ling Yeow,
The latest addition to the
Royal Flying Doctor Service
(RFDS) fleet is set to 'land' in
Barmera for the event.
The full-scale replica RFDS
aircraft will be on display for
the general public over both
The 2014 Riverland Field
Days will be held on September
19 and 20 at the designated
site on the Sturt Highway, near
SEMINAR GUESTS: Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone (left) opened
a recent seminar at the Waikerie Hotel organised by the Textile Rental
Laundry Association SA Inc in association with the Professional Dry
Cleaning Association of South Australia. He is pictured with guest
speaker John Gladigau (middle) and president Mario Marini.
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