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by Stephanie Gropler
The Loxton Squash Club has
been targeted by thieves for the
fourth time in 18 months, despite
increased security measures.
The thief entered the Railway Terrace
premises about 11.30pm last Monday
night, just minutes after squash play-
ers left the building after their Monday
Loxton Squash Club president
Steve Emery said the break-ins were
thief stealing about $30 from the club
“They are not taking much money,
but they are doing a lot of damage,”
The thief broke in through the front
door and jemmied open a second
locked door, with the damage esti-
mated at $2500.
Mr Emery said the squash club had
increased security recently.
However, it was only to the club’s
“All the extra security measures are
doing is making them do more dam-
age. It is costing us more to get it
fixed,” he said.
“We had a television stolen the sec-
ond time because there was no cash in
the premises at all, so they ransacked
the place and took our television.
“The other two times it has just been
a reasonable amount of cash stolen...
That is why we don’t keep much
money there anymore.
“The first few times, we were work-
ing on our security and it was very
easy to get in. They just put a card in
the lock and opened it basically. But,
at least they weren’t doing any dam-
Four security cameras were recently
placed on site and Mr Emery said
police were now analysing the footage
of last Monday night’s break-in.
“It is frustrating because we have
had plans in place to make the front
door more secure, so hopefully it
doesn’t happen again,” he said.
Mr Emery said there were probably
a few reasons the club was being tar-
geted by thieves.
“I suspect they think it is pretty easy
to get in and it was initially,” he said.
“Plus, there is no houses around, that
is the trouble.”
Mr Emery said “frustrated” ade-
quately summed up his feelings about
the fourth break-in.
“There is a lot of people that use the
courts. The local schools use it, it is
a good place and a lot of people play
socially,” he said.
Anyone with information about
the break-in is urged to call BankSA
Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Loxton North Primary
School and Kindergarten
launched KidsMatter on
Friday, a children’s mental
health and wellbeing
Principal Mary Shannon said
it was a “great” day, with all
children actively involved in a
range of events to encourage
“It was a spectacular day of
bringing our community togeth-
er, which is what we were trying
to do and to connect with local
agencies with our community
members as well,” she said.
“Kids Matter is Australian
Primary School’s mental health
initiative and is based around
student health and wellbeing.”
“It is supported by the pri-
mary principals association,
beyond blue and the Australian
Ms Shannon said represen-
tatives from the Department
of Education, AC.Care and
KidsMatter were present at the
“We had an excellent turn out
of people visiting,” she said
“There are four components
to KidsMatter and basically if
you think about the model of
successful schools, they start
with healthy minds.”
As part of the day, a mural
of the KidsMatter logo was
unveiled at the school and a
balloon release in the shape of
a butterfly took place.
Loxton North student Rory
Gillard won the KidsMatter
poster competition earlier this
Rory chose to design a poster
of a school bus taking chil-
dren to school, with both the
KidsMatter logo and phrase
“every face has a place”.
As part of the KidsMatter
celebrations at Loxton North
Primary School on Friday,
Rory was presented a mug,
printed with her winning poster
Rory Gillard was presented
with a mug, which was printed
with her winning KidsMatter
Loxton North Primary School and Loxton North Kindergarten students, along with parents and
friends of the school, took part in a balloon release in the formation of a butterfly for the KidsMatter
launch on Friday.
Stephanie Gropler photo
A Loxton North
man who tied up his
former partner and
shot at her friend in
Adelaide last year
has been sentenced
to a minimum of six
years in prison.
Jason Leslie Griffiths,
43, drove to Adelaide in
March last year, armed
with three guns, to a
house where his former
partner was staying.
Griffiths fired shots at
a man living at the house,
missed, and then hit the
man in the head with the
butt of his shotgun, ren-
dering him unconscious.
He then found his for-
mer partner hiding in the
house and tied her up
with duct tape.
When the man got
up from the floor and
rushed at Griffiths, the
pair struggled before the
offender left the house
dressed only in under-
He then hijacked a
vehicle before aban-
doning the car and was
arrested by police.
In the District Court
this week, Judge Barrett
sentenced Griffiths to
10 years’ imprisonment
with a non-parole period
of six years.
He faced 10 charges
including assault, caus-
ing harm, serious crimi-
nal trespass and endan-
Judge Barrett said in
sentencing that Griffiths’
actions were a “premedi-
tated, persistent and vio-
lent course of conduct”.
He will also be barred
from obtaining a fire-
arms licence until fur-
Locals concerned about the
large rise in the Emergency
Services Levy (ESL) will have
a chance to send a message at
the Riverland Field Days.
Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone
is urging Riverland and Mallee resi-
dents to sign a postcard outlining con-
cerns about the rise in the Emergency
“Many community groups, business-
es and individuals have approached
me with their concerns about the huge
rise in their Emergency Services Levy
bill,” he said.
“Riverland and Mallee households
are already feeling the pressure from
increasing cost of living and simply
cannot afford another tax. I’m giving
people the opportunity to send a strong
message and to make a stand, calling
on the State Government to reinstate
the Emergency Services Levy rebate.”
Mr Whetstone said property own-
ers have received their Emergency
Services Levy bill outlining an increase
of more than 150 percent.
People are encouraged to visit
the local member’s site (526) at the
Riverland Field Days, or contact the
Chaffey Electorate Office at Berri on
Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone
will hand out these postcards to
locals at the Riverland Field Days.
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