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The sun is shining (hopefully) and the smell
of Deep Heat lingers in the air -- it must be
The 2014 winter sporting season has flown
past and here we find ourselves at the tail end
of the football/netball/hockey/soccer round.
I was at the Loxton netball courts on Saturday,
where the Riverland Netball Association pre-
liminary finals were being held.
Watching the 17 and 15 grade games, I was
impressed at how the young netballers held
themselves on the court.
At the end of each match I saw the losing
side walk up and congratulate the victors,
wishing them luck in the next week's grand
final. Compliments on goal shooting and de-
fence were swapped along with wide smiles.
Saturday's hot weather, combined with the
fact that it was a 'do or die' match to win didn't
phase these girls.
They had the right attitude; the reason why
we all play sport or take up a hobby in the first
place -- because we enjoy it.
Take the enjoyment out of sport and what
are you left with?
While it is nice to taste premiership victory,
it's important to take a leaf out of our junior
sporting stars' books.
Try not to lose sight of the real prize -- the
friendships, the laughs and the challenges.
Volunteers play an extremely important
role in communities in the Riverland
and Mallee and therefore should have as
much support provided as possible.
In fact, it is estimated that volunteers
contribute almost $5 billion a year to South
Australia's economy and those who donate
their time have a positive impact on the
lives of many others in the community.
I would like to use this opportunity to
encourage organisations to apply to the
2014 Volunteer Support Fund.
This program enables eligible commu-
nity organisations to apply for grants of
up to $3000 for initiatives to advance and
assist volunteers, expand participation and
promote the value of volunteering within
The closing date for applications is
Friday, October 24, 2014.
Further information is available at the
website (ofv.sa.gov.au/grants) or by phon-
ing 1300 014 712. Tim Whetstone MP
Member for Chaffey
Containing an epidemic of fear
The idea of a deadly and contagious vi-
rus with no cure is terrifying.
So imagine the courage it would take
to nurse a neighbour who is sick from the
Ebola virus, or bury your highly infectious
wife, husband, child, sister or brother.
That is exactly what 1800 Red Cross
volunteers are doing right now in West
They are going door-to-door to help
their communities survive an Ebola out-
break that has claimed over 1400 lives and
infected more than 2600 people in four
The number of deaths is growing by the
day and each death is entirely preventable.
Red Cross is educating millions of people
to prevent further infections.
Volunteers are helping their neighbours
to bury their loved ones safely.
Emergency hospitals are being set up in
towns where clinics are overflowing with
people sick from Ebola.
This is fast becoming more than a major
Due to the health crisis, many communi-
ties are having difficulty accessing essential
services, such as food and water.
We can all lend a hand to control this
I ask all Australians to please consid-
er donating to the Ebola Outbreak 2014
Appeal at the website (redcross.org.au).
Head of international programs
Australian Red Cross
Australia's renewable energy target
(RET) has been successful over the
last decade in bringing down the cost of
renewable energy such as solar and wind
power, as well as employing 21,000 people
across the country.
Millions of homes and thousands of
farms and other businesses have saved on
their power bills by installing solar panels
or solar hot water.
Thousands more farmers have drought-
proofed their properties by earning money
from hosting wind turbines. But all these
benefits are now under threat.
The RET is being reviewed by the
Federal Government, and recently it was
reported that Prime Minister Tony Abbott
wants to close down the policy -- even
though the Coalition said before and after
the election that it supported the scheme.
All major parties have backed the policy
for more than a decade after it was intro-
duced by John Howard in 2001.
Plenty of evidence shows that closing
down the RET will not save you on your
What it would do is cause the renewable
energy industry to grind to a halt and lead
to the loss of thousands of jobs in regional
areas. We will also need to produce more
of our electricity using fossil fuels such
as coal seam gas, which will actually
If we leave the RET alone, we will get
a further $15 billion of large-scale renew-
able energy investment, billions more in
household technologies such as solar and
thousands of local jobs.
It's hardly any wonder that Australians
want to see more renewable energy.
A recent Newspoll found that 88 per
cent of those surveyed were in favour of
governments supporting the development
of more renewable energy from the sun,
wind and waves.
If we close down the RET, the only
winners would be the owners of a handful
of old coal power plants that should have
been retired decades ago.
Australia deserves better.Kane Thornton
Acting chief executive
Clean Energy Council
United Kingdom will remain
The warning by republicans that a 'yes
for independence' vote in Scotland
would seriously undermine our own con-
stitution is, I'm afraid, wishful thinking by
followers of a movement that was rejected
by the Australian people at referendum and
is continuously being rejected in the polls.
The fact that our states agreed to unite:
"under the Crown of the United Kingdom
of Great Britain and Ireland" or that our
sovereignty shall extend to Queen Victoria's
"heirs and successors in the sovereignty of
the United Kingdom" does not mean that
our constitution is voided should the com-
position of the United Kingdom change.
Even if Scotland votes 'yes', which seems
to be highly unlikely, and leaves the Union,
the United Kingdom will still remain.
The departure of Ireland or Eire from the
United Kingdom in the last century did not
affect our constitution at the time.
In fact, the matter was debated following
the ratification in 1922 of the Anglo-Irish
Treaty, but it was decided that the change
would not impede or affect in any way the
validity of our Constitution.
An independent Scotland would join
the existing 16 realms, of which Australia
is one. However, I doubt whether people
both in Scotland and in England have yet
realised that Scotland would thereafter be
treated as a foreign power.
It would lose the pound sterling and
would need to establish its own currency.
Furthermore, Scottish citizens may find
themselves unable to enter England with-
out facing strict border, passport and immi-
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FROM OUR FILES
50 years ago
Thursday, September 3, 1964
A net profit of £10,063 was shown in the balance
sheet presented at the 28th annual meeting of the
Loxton Hotel last Monday night.
40 years ago
Wednesday, September 4, 1974
Loxton High School hockey team won both the
B grade and C grade Riverland women's hockey
premiership on the weekend.
30 years ago
Wednesday, September 5, 1984
The annual village fair at the Loxton Historical
Village attracted an excellent crowd, despite an
inconsistent weather pattern throughout the day.
20 years ago
Wednesday, September 7, 1994
Moorook-Kingston won the Independent A grade
football premiership on Saturday with a one-point
victory over East Murray.
10 years ago
Wednesday, September 1, 2004
Loxton's Grant Schubert was part of Australian
sporting history on Saturday morning when the
national men's hockey team won its first Olympic
Games gold medal.
FROM THE BIBLE...
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he
will do this; he will make your righteousness shine
like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the
-- Psalm 37:5-6 (NIV Bible)
the years go by...
by Peter and Carla Magarey
Brown's Well Councillors, in 1969 (from left) H. Furniss, L. Krollig, L. Mann, B. Field
(clerk), K. Griffiths (chairman), Norm Menz, A. Adams, A. Schubert and John Scholz.
The Brown's Well District Council (BWDC) was proclaimed on November 16, 1916.
The council office was based at Paruna and their first meeting was held in January,
1917. The council initially comprised the Hundreds of Allen, Kekwick and McGorrery,
and included the townships of Cobera, Alawoona, Malpas, Paruna, Meribah and
Veitch. In 1933, the Hundreds of Kingsford, Peebinga and Billiatt were split roughly in
half east to west with the northern halves being included in BWDC and the southern
portions in the Pinnaroo District Council. This remained the BWDC area until May 3,
1997, when 81 years after its establishment, the council amalgamated with the Loxton
and the Waikerie Councils to form the Loxton Waikerie District Council. Together, the
BWDC's minimal number of members oversighted a couple of thousand kilometres of
road maintenance. Jody Flavel was appointed to the BWDC in 1983 and continues to
be the 'Member for the Outback' in the Loxton Waikerie District Council.
-- Norm Menz photo
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The Australian Red
Cross Blood Service
in town today and
The mobile donation
centre will be set up
in the Loxton Sporting
Club for two days.
Today's session will
run from 2pm to 8pm,
while tomorrow the clin-
ic opens at 7.30am and
will close at 12.30pm.
Donors are encouraged
to book an appointment
by calling 13 95 96 or
by visiting the website
STUDENT LEADERS: Loxton North Primary School inducted its student leaders for term three
recently. Pictured with the SRC representatives is co-ordinator Heather Zimmermann (left),
principal Mary Shannon (right) and Loxton High School prefects Laura Zdanowicz and Hamish
Peberdy, who presented the students with their certificates at a special induction ceremony.
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