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LAZY AND STUPID
Illegal rubbish dumping is not a new
For years people have been using lo-
cal roadsides, riverbanks and parks as
their own free and convenient tip.
Growing up in Loxton, I've noticed
beaten up couches by abandoned
campsites, old fridges hidden in ditches
on back roads and flat pack furniture left
to collect dust amongst the lignums.
Being 'hard rubbish', I could almost
understand why people might be in-
clined to take the easy option out,
rather than take it to the dump.
But now, seeing that people are dump-
ing plastic bags of household waste
-- I'm left shaking my head.
I find it laughable that in some cases
-- where people are dumping rubbish on
Nangari Road -- they are driving right
past the Loxton landfill turn-off.
News that some of these people are
also leaving addressed mail in their
illegally dumped rubbish, makes me
realise that not only are people who do
this lazy, but they must also be stupid.
Our flag forever
Last Wednesday we commemorated the
day on which the Australian national
flag was first flown.
Australian National Flag Day is celebrated
on September 3. It is the anniversary of the
adoption of the design, selected from a com-
petition and has been flown since 1901.
It was great to see so many flying that
day. It is a beautiful and significant flag,
My generation honoured the flag each
school day and were impressed by this
short ceremony, in respect of our country.
I hope we will keep this our flag forever.
Active Club grants
As the Member for Chaffey and Shadow
Minister for Recreation, Sport and
Racing I would like to inform the com-
munity that round 38 of the Active Club
Program is open and I am encouraging
eligible organisations to apply.
The Active Club program provides assis-
tance to strengthen and sustain community
sport and active recreation organisations
through club development, programs and
equipment with grants.
Sport and active recreation clubs that
meet eligibility criteria can apply for up
to $5000 for program and equipment
grants towards sporting equipment, uni-
form, ground maintenance equipment, club
development planning/programs, medi-
cal training and equipment, coach/official
training and development, volunteer man-
agement and training, hardship subsidies
and club promotion.
Recreation and sporting clubs play a vital
role in the community and provide social,
health and lifestyle benefits.
I encourage all eligible sporting and rec-
reation clubs to apply to the program.
For further information visit the website
(ors.sa.gov.au) or contact 7424 7708 with
applications closing on Monday, October
Shadow Minister for Recreation and Sport
Shadow Minister for Racing
Member for Chaffey
letters to the editor Letters to the editor should be brief, preferably no more than 200 words, must be
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be included for verification. The deadline for letters is 5pm on Monday.
FROM OUR FILES
50 years ago
Thursday, September 10, 1964
The Tigers reinstated themselves as favourites
for the 1964 pennant when they annihilated the
Demons by 71 points.
40 years ago
Wednesday, September 11, 1974
The small Lutheran Church at Bookpurnong
was packed when a special service was held on
Sunday morning to commemorate its 50th an-
niversary. 30 years ago
Wednesday, September 12, 1984
Construction of toilets at the northern end of the
football clubrooms at the Loxton Oval have begun,
after a $251,977 Commonwealth Employment
20 years ago
Wednesday, September 14, 1994
Poker machines are being installed at the Loxton
Hotel this week, while the Loxton Club will also
have poker machines operating this month.
10 years ago
Wednesday, September 8, 2004
After many years of being nominated, Loxton
hockey star Billie-Jo Hammerstein has won the
5RM, Berri Resort Hotel and SGIC Riverland
Sportsperson of the Year Award.
FROM THE BIBLE...
Each one should use whatever gift he has re-
ceived to serve others, faithfully administering
God's grace in its various form.
-- 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV Bible)
the years go by...
by Peter and Carla Magarey
This old stripper was the first bought by Taplan's Auggie Zacher to harvest his wheat in
1920. Auggie had come to Taplan the previous year and, by hand, cleared the native
scrub to open up a Mallee-farm. Soon, using local materials, he built a wood hut (evident
in the background). The machine stripped the heads from the crop but winnowing
the grain from the heads was a separate job. Auggie used it for just one season.
He harvested the wheat and piled it on the ground waiting for a contractor to do the
threshing but, before that could happen, a thunderstorm badly damaged the exposed
wheat. As a result, in 1921, Auggie purchased a machine with 'improved technology'.
It was a 'Robinson Big E' harvester which he used to reap his crops until 1950. This
both harvested the heads of wheat and winnowed the grain, a major improvement.
Similar progressions in agricultural machinery and technology are to be preserved and
presented by the newly-formed Loxton Museum of Agricultural Technology which is due
to be officially launched at Kaesler's farm on Wednesday, September 24.
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LOXTON HIGH SCHOOL NOTICEBOARD
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Earlier this term, students in year
10 and year 11 attended course
counselling days. Possible career
choices were discussed in the lead
up to these days and from there
individual subjects were selected,
in order of preference. Last week
Lorraine Dambergs and I were in
Geelong formulating our timetable
for 2015 based on the choices
made by students. The amount of
work that goes into this process
is phenomenal and it is a very
complex task to meet everyone's
This follows on from a very busy
week where the musical Footloose
played to large crowds every night
and was highly successful.
The maths faculty hosted
a numeracy training and
development day in which all
faculties were involved and proved
very worthwhile. A number of
organisations have recently visited
the school presenting items
across the various year levels
-- Motivational Media, Poetry in
Action, to name a few.
To top off last week, the Ride/
Walk for CF and Heart Research
was a resounding success, with a
whopping $1695 raised overall.
I am constantly amazed at the
amount of energy a school like
Loxton High generates and the
sense of community which prevails.
John Tiver, principal
VERSUS FORMAL FAREWELL
The time has come to consider
whether a change is needed
regarding our school's social
calendar for 2015 and beyond. We
are seeking your opinion -- students
and parents -- in regards to the
nature of our end of year social
events for senior school students.
Historically, Loxton High School
has held a graduation dinner for
year 12s and a prom for year
11 and 12 students. One of the
reasons for including year 11s in
the prom was that there was a time
(before SACE) when a significant
number of students did not attempt
The opportunity to participate
in a formal social event was seen
as important, hence the reason for
a combined event. Today the SACE
means that virtually all students
attend school through to year 12.
Given the costs associated with
two major formal events it has
been suggested that a better way
would be to combine the prom and
grad dinner into one official 'formal
farewell' for year 12 students only.
The format of this new 2015
event would be determined by staff
and students combining the best of
both current events. Based on the
wishes of the school community
we will make a decision and keep
you informed through the school
newsletter. Please go to the link
and provide your input before the
end of term.
Jane Garrard, Prom Committee
Loxton's year 8, 9 and 10
students have made a cracking
start in English this semester.
Interclass debating was rampant
during the first couple of weeks
and the veritable debating 'fever'
has continued with the resurgence
of an Interschool Debating
Competition between Glossop,
Renmark and Loxton high schools.
This round-robin tournament has
pitted the best and brightest of all
three schools against each other.
Locked in a contest of wit,
general knowledge and persuasion,
our debating machines have
managed to take home five out of
We will once again take our
finely tuned debaters back into the
fray at Renmark High School, where
all three teams will be battling it
out to see who will be the reigning
champions for 2014. The event will
be open to the public, so if you
would like to show your support for
Loxton, you can join us at 6.45pm
on Wednesday, September 24, at
Renmark High School.
Supper will be provided, so
come along for a night full of fierce
intellectual repartee and delectable
nibbles. Cyrus Weir, English teacher
MASA QUIZ NIGHT
The social highlight of the Loxton
High School calendar was once
again fought out in good spirit.
With nearly 100 students, from
both Renmark and Loxton high
schools, crammed into the theatre
-- the competition was fierce with
pride and bragging rights on the
line for many students.
There is more to this night than
just Maths, with students' general
knowledge, ability to problem
solve and unscramble words also
being tested. Of course bribery and
corruption is also rife with students
researching well beforehand
teachers favourite treats in the
hope that they might get the clue
that enables them to solve a vital
This year presented a particularly
tough set of questions, but students
rose to the occasion and, with
a little prompting, were able to
complete many of them. Whilst
there have to be winners, I would
like to congratulate all students
who participated in this night.
Year 8 overall winners: Jonte
Reilly, Lucas Zimmerman, Jonty
Davis, Henry Rogers.
Junior section best maths:
Chantelle Kaesler, April Burdon,
Carina Theobalt, Brianna Smith.
Overall winners: Bridgette
Hansen, Emily Redman, Jacob
Best general knowledge: Brooke
Webb, Vanessa Vu, Stacey Bennett,
Senior section best maths: Jonah
Hansen, Jayden Galdigau, Joel
McDonough, Daniel Ablett.
Overall winners: Sid Kanizay,
Hannah Vowles, Molly O'Dea,
Best general knowledge: Laura
Zdanowicz, Matilda Bristow,
Natasha Ormay, Courtney
On Thursday, August 28, 64
students from years 8-10 travelled
to Renmark to participate in the
annual Riverland High Schools Five-
a-Side Soccer event.
We had two teams in each
competition -- year 8 boys and girls,
year 9 and 10 boys and girls.
Many of our students are not
soccer players and enjoyed the
opportunity of playing on a small
field in a competitive environment.
All teams were self-sufficient on
the day and managed totally by the
Each team managed to win a
game with some doing well in the
overall standings. Our year 8 girls
team two finished first and team
one finished second.
Congratulations to all of our
captains on the day who managed
their teams well and gave each
team member a fair go.
Thank you to the students who
were brave enough to umpire and
to Mrs Dahlitz for her help taking
photos and driving a bus.
Grant Fisher, sports co-ordinator
COMING EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER
• 10&11: Year 10 led steers
competition at Adelaide Show.
• 12: Casual day -- wear your
favourite footy colours.
• 15: Barbershop Boys local
excursion; finance meeting at
• 16: Beginners music workshop;
governing council meeting at
• 19: School closure for Riverland
• 20&21: Pedal prix at Murray
Loxton Senior Citizens
On Thursday, September 4, the Loxton Senior
Citizens were hosts for the 40th Riverland Zone
Senior Citizens Rally.
The rally is an event which gives the opportu-
nity for entertainment and fellowship for seniors
across the Riverland.
The rally was held in the Loxton Seniors Hall,
with 19 representatives from all the Riverland
clubs and guests attending.
The event was officially opened by Loxton
Waikerie Mayor Leon Stasinowsky, followed by
guest speaker Doris Phelps, who spoke about her
experiences as a block wife and a Legacy widow.
Jan McKay, from the Council Of The Aging
traveled from Adelaide to share the occasion.
In the afternoon a variety of entertainment was
provided by the clubs.
An enjoyable day concluded with afternoon tea.
A reminder to Loxton seniors that the AGM will
be held on Tuesday, September 23, at 1pm.
All committee positions will be declared
The club meets every Tuesday between 1pm-
4pm in the hall on Tobruk Terrace.
New members and visitors always welcome.
Contact Margaret Archer 0488 517 368 for infor-
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