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Sunday - 21 September
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.
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10.00am - 4.30pm -
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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
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Jenny at the Mannum Dock
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Only 30 minutes from Renmark,
Chowilla’s 150th Grand Flotilla Cruise 3.30pm
Rachel’s flower power show
Local florist Rachel Schulz won over
the public at the Royal Adelaide Show
last week, taking first place in the floristry
pedestal competition, along with the
people’s choice award.
The 19-year-old said she was “surprised” to find
out she had won the awards.
“I was pretty excited when I found out and the
opportunity to do it was pretty cool,” she said.
The competition required the pedestal arrange-
ment to be up to 90cm in height and could by of
“I chose to do mine something related to the
show... I chose to do a scarecrow and pumpkin and
that type of thing,” she said.
“My pumpkin was a real pumpkin and I spray
painted it. It was a Queensland blue, but I painted
“The students at the Riverland Special School
actually grew the pumpkin... I looked everywhere
for a huge pumpkin.”
The Evolve on Terrace florist was up against
seven other florists in the competition.
“They were all from Adelaide, I was the only one
from outer Adelaide,” she said.
Miss Schulz recently completed her certificate III
in floristry and said she used a mixture of flowers
to achieve the overall look.
“You could chose whatever you wanted. There
were a lot of natives because natives are long lasting
to live out the length of the show,” she said.
“There was roses, sunflowers, orchids and just a
“My lecture (at TAFE) gave me the opportunity
and asked if I wanted to do it. It was a great oppor-
Miss Schulz was presented with a blue ribbon,
certificate and a voucher to go towards wholesale
flowers to help her with her studies.
Local florist Rachel Schulz won first place and the people’s choice award for
the floristry pedestal competition at the Royal Adelaide Show last week.
Club hosted another
very successful open
competition at the Loxton
Club last weekend.
Bridge Club president Pat
Luitjes said the 48 bridge enthu-
siasts taking part in the com-
petition came from Adelaide,
Mount Gambier, Mildura and
Mrs Luitjes said leading
South Australian bridge play-
ers were among the partici-
The tournament director,
David Anderson, introduced
a Swiss pairs event for the
Saturday, followed by a four
member team competition on
David Lusk, who was the
director for the Riverland
club’s three previous weekend
competitions, was a successful
participant this year, finishing
second in the pairs event with
Those two were also part of
the winning team on Sunday.
Mr Lusk has qualified, with
another partner, to play in the
Australian pair’s champion-
State representatives, Paul
Hudson and Justin Williams,
won the pairs competition.
The best results by local
players were achieved by Peter
Miller and Sue Britton.
Mrs Luitjes said the week-
end was very successful, with
the visitors obviously enjoying
She said many of the visitors
have played in previous events
at Loxton and have encouraged
others to enter.
The Riverland Bridge Club
plays at the Loxton Club each
Thursday morning and new
players are always welcome.
Mrs Luitjes said club mem-
bers are very appreciative of
the Loxton Club’s generous
support, not only for the week-
end event, but also for the
weekly club competitions.
by Alexandra Lokan
The Berri Magistrates Court will
continue to operate on a daily basis,
despite media reports suggesting it could
be cut back to run just once a month.
The Advertiser reported on Saturday that the
Berri court could potentially become a monthly
circuit court, similar to those running in Ceduna
and Coober Pedy.
The court currently sits each day from Monday
to Friday and also runs District Court sittings
A spokesperson for the State Courts
Administration Council said on Monday that
the recent media reports concerning the Berri
Courthouse were “not correct”.
“There are no changes whatsoever, planned or
proposed, for the Berri Courthouse,” the spokes-
“The situation remains as is.”
The Honourable Chris Kourakis, chairman
of the State Courts Administration Council and
Chief Justice of South Australia, also released
a statement on Monday afternoon saying that
while restructures were planned for other courts
including Tanunda and Mount Barker, Berri
would be unaffected by the changes.
Bridge event again a popular drawcard
Riverland Bridge Club president Pat Luitjes (centre) with Kevin and Althea LeLeu (left) of Magill, and
Julie and Malcolm Knowles, of Athelstone, who were among the prizewinners in the teams event.
The LeLeus lived in Loxton from 1970 to 1978 when Mr LeLeu was a high school teacher here.
Results from around the district...
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Second round of 3IP grants
The second round of grants
under the $240 million South
Australian River Murray
Sustainability Irrigation Industry
Improvement Program (3IP)
will open on Monday.
Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
Minister Leon Bignell said the pro-
gram was “one of the biggest ever”
Government investments in a South
“The Australian and South
Australian Governments investment in
the Riverland would return vital water
to the River Murray,” he said.
“$100 million of funding was offered
in round one, which would deliver an
expected return of 20 gigalitres of
water to the river. More than $100 mil-
lion would be available in round two.”
Minister Brock said the first round
saw a diverse mix of projects, includ-
ing improvements to irrigation, along
with redeveloping vacant land to grow
dried fruit and almonds.
“Some of these projects would return
big volumes of water back to the River
Murray due to the water and business
efficiencies they would realise as a
result of the funding,” he said.
The Federally-funded South
Australian River Murray Sustainability
(SARMS) program was conceived
through the Water Industry Alliance’s
River Murray Improvements Program
proposal, and was negotiated as part of
the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.
It includes the $240 million 3IP ini-
tiative, and the $25 million Regional
Economic Development program.
An information session will be held
at the Loxton Sporting Club next
Thursday, September 25, from 11am-
1pm and 3pm-5pm. Register via the
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