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PS Oscar W & PS Industry one hour river cruises
Hourly from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Book now or on the day
Adults $20, Conc $15, Child 5-13yrs $10, Family $50 (2 Adults, 2 Children)
Chowilla Woolshed Sheep Shearing
Chowilla Woolshed Blade Shearing Demonstration
Explore around the property, levy banks, shearer quarters & woolshed
Guided 1 hour station bus tours
- Adults $15, Conc $12, Child 5-13yrs $7.50,
Child Under 5 years free, Family $37.50 (2 Adults, 2 Children).
Departing 10am, 11.15am, 12.30pm, 1.45pm & 3pm.
Book now or on the day
James & Kerrie Robertson
Food stalls & bar facilities
Wooden boats & paddle steamers on display
, including the PS Marion from
Mannum & the PS Ruby from Wentworth & many other wooden boats
Proceeds to participating not for profit organisations and paddle
steamers involved in organisation of event.
South Australia 5341
T/F: 08 8595 8048
10.00am - 4.30pm -
Gold Coin Donation
Entry - Fun for the
'One of Australia's oldest
Station Tours, Sheep
Steamers & Wooden Boats
Only 30 minutes from
Performance by the SA
Detachment of the Royal
Australian Navy Band
Paddle Steamer Cruises
& Bus Tour Bookings &
Renmark Visitor Information
T: 1300 661 704
Jenny at the Mannum Dock
T: (08) 8569 2733 or
Only 30 minutes from Renmark,
Chowilla's 150th Grand Flotilla Cruise 3.30pm
Stephens returns home
The Australian contingent at the China Nose wildfire in British Columbia, which local man Brett Stephens
assisted in fighting.
Local man Brett Stephens
has returned home, after
being deployed to help
combat wildfires in Canada
Mr Stephens and one other
South Australian from the
Department of Environment,
Water and Natural Resources
(DEWNR) were among 80
Australians, which travelled to
British Columbia to help fight
the fires last month.
DEWNR regional fire manage-
ment officer Mr Stephens said
the four week trip was a "big
learning opportunity and a big
knowledge sharing opportunity".
"I had been over to the US and
Canada before for a study tour,
but not to British Columbia," he
"Certainly the terrain and the
vegetation was different to our
country and the way they fight
fires is a little bit different.
"People and the personali-
ties was what I remember of
Canadians though -- they are fan-
Mr Stephens said Australia
fought fires "a lot more direct-
"We get in and get it done. They
consider us a lot more aggressive
than they are... We certainly take
a bit more of a direct approach to
fire-fighting," he said.
"Underline principals are most-
ly the same. Obviously safety is
"Safety for the firefighters and
safety for the community."
Over 330,000ha of land has
been burnt in British Columbia
and Mr Stephens said it was
"an honour" to be able to pro-
vide experience and assist, while
learning along the way.
"The dust layer was probably
around 30 to 40 cm deep, so you
might not see anything, but it is
actually burning underneath the
dust layer," he said.
"It was just smouldering along
and then when the wind picks up
it takes off again.
"That was probably one of the
biggest things that I have not
been exposed to before."
Nominations for candidates
standing for the local council
election are now open.
Local Government Association
(LGA) chief executive officer
Wendy Campana said prospective
candidates have until September 16
to get their nominations in.
"While there will be a lot of cur-
rent mayors and councillors asking
their communities to return them to
office, we are anticipating that there
will also be a lot of new faces," she
"In 2010 there were more than
1250 nominees -- a record 1.8 can-
didates for every position."
Ms Campana said the LGA had
produced a suite of documents
aimed at informing prospective
councillors about the expectations
and responsibilities of the job.
"We are also encouraging women,
indigenous people and people of
different ethnic origin to put their
names forward to be a voice for
their community," she said.
Ms Campana said LGA provides
education and training courses to
support members, while seasoned
councillors and staff were "a great
Generally, anyone over 18 years
old, an Australian citizen and on the
voting roll can stand as a candidate
in local government elections.
According to the LGA website, a
councillor's role includes attending
and participating in council meet-
ings, understanding reports, includ-
ing financial, environmental and
It includes presenting arguments
and keeping in touch with locals.
Nominations opened on
September 2 and will close at noon
on September 16.
Nomination forms are available
from the Loxton Waikerie Council
chambers or via the website (lga.
Chowilla s birthday celebrations
Historic river boats from
Mildura to the River Murray
mouth will converge to
Chowilla Station as part
of its 150th anniversary
celebrations on September
The river trade was an integral
part of Chowilla's pastoral opera-
tion both to enable the transpor-
tation of wool to port and for
the Robertson family to receive
A grand flotilla cruise is sched-
uled for 3.30pm on Sunday,
September 21, led by the ps
Industry of Renmark.
"To see all of these steamers
and wooden boats on the river
at the one time will be an amaz-
ing spectacle," current Chowilla
Station owner James Robertson
"It is an opportunity that does
not occur very often and I am
so pleased that Chowilla has
brought all these special vessels
Chowilla's 150th celebra-
tions will be held on Sunday,
September 21, with a gold coin
There will be live entertain-
ment with the SA Detachment
of the Royal Australian Navy
Band, steam powered cruises,
food stalls and Chowilla's com-
memorative photographic collec-
tion and memorabilia on display.
There will also be black-
smith demonstrations, blade and
machine shearing and bus tours
of the property.
council now open
GRAND FINAL SMILES: Celebrating after the Riverland Independent
A grade grand final on Saturday were youngsters Jonte (left) and
Mason (right) with dad and Moorook-Kingston star player Daniel
-- Grant Schwartzkopff photo
DEWNR regional fire
management officer Brett
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