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Brigette’s trip of a lifetime
Loxton High School
returned from Fiji, after
celebrating the centennial
jamboree of the Fiji Scouts
Bridgette was among over 60
Australians to take part in the
celebrations and said it was “an
opportunity of a lifetime”.
“Scouts Australia, especially
Scouts South Australia have a
good relationship with Fiji, so we
were invited along,” she said.
Bridgette said she was invited
to apply for the trip last year and
had her fingers crossed that she
would be accepted.
“In my application, I said the
trip would provide new opportu-
nities and ideas for myself, also
ideas I could bring back to my
troupe of scouts at Loxton and
that I could help teach the others
with my experiences and encour-
age them to go,” she said.
The centennial jamboree had
over 1000 Scouts and they were
encouraged to learn from each
other throughout the week.
“Each of the Fijian troop and
the Australian troop lined up
in Suva, their capital city, and
marched 2km,” Bridgette said.
“We went past one of the main
buildings where the president was
standing outside of. We saluted
him then we continued on.”
“The next day the president
came to the camp and we got to
shake his hand.”
Aside from official activities,
Bridgette said the trip provided
“plenty of opportunities.”
“There was other activities such
as a hike, an obstacle course,
water activities,” she said. “Every
night there was entertainment put
on by the sub camps, so we could
listen to them singing because the
Fijians are very big on singing.”
Bridgette said she was looking
forward to sharing her experi-
ences with her fellow Scouts in
Single head for
A discussion paper into the
reform of emergency services
was released on Tuesday,
outlining possible changes to
Minister for Emergency Services
Tony Piccolo said the draft model
integrates them into a single organisa-
tion at the higher level, led by a chief,
but would leave three services on the
“I have always stated that our fire
and emergency services are an integral
part of local communities and the three
services will continue to operate sepa-
rately and retain their separate identi-
ties on the ground,” he said.
“The Country Fire Service (CFS),
State Emergency Service (SES) and
Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) will
continue to exist on the frontlines as
they do today.
“Three services supported by a sin-
gle organisation will create greater
opportunities for the workers, both
volunteer and paid.”
Mr Piccolo said a key element of the
reform would be to strengthen front-
line services by having a “more flex-
ible” organisation, allowing resources
to be allocated on a community risk
basis. He said the aim is to improve
support arrangements for frontline ser-
vices by ensuring the new structure
delivers proper cooperation, collabora-
tion and improves governance.
Feedback from the engagement
process clearly showed there was an
opportunity to find efficiencies in the
sector with opportunities to improve
front line service delivery.
Mr Piccolo said the sector current-
ly maintains three registered training
organisations, triplicating efforts in
“The savings made by consolidating
training could be re-invested into equip-
ment and volunteer support,” he said.
“Any savings made through this pro-
cess will be re-invested into improved
The drive for this reform process
stems from the need to respond to the
Holloway Review, which made rec-
ommendations into the departmental
structure of the sector.
Comments on the discussion paper
close at 5pm on Friday, October 24.
The paper can be downloaded via
the website (safecom.sa.gov.au).
Grand cruise for anniversary
Over 45 historic
boats from Mildura
to the Murray
Mouth will converge
in Renmark this
Sunday to celebrate
The boats will take
part in a ‘Grand Flotilla
Cruise’ on Sunday,
September 21 at 3.30pm,
led by the ps Industry of
The Chowilla Lea,
originally built in 1920,
and the Lotus, originally
built in 1910, will join
the flotilla after being
restored by volunteers.
The boats belonged
to the Robertson fam-
ily, and will be joined
by other historic ves-
sels from towns around
the Murray including
Mildura, Red Cliffs,
James Robertson said he
was pleased the event
had brought historic ves-
“To see all of these
steamers and wooden
boats on the river at one
time will be an amazing
spectacle,” he said.
Along with the flo-
tilla, cruises will run on
Friday, September 19,
and Saturday, September
Chowilla Station will
hold anniversary cele-
brations on Sunday from
entertainment from the
SA Detachment of the
Royal Australian Navy
Band along with river
cruises, blacksmith dem-
onstrations, blade and
machine shearing, bus
tours of the property,
food stalls and historic
about the events is avail-
able from the Renmark
Bridgette Walmesley-Cotham (right) leads the way with the Scouts Australia flag during ceremonial
presentations at the Fiji Scouts Association’s centennial jamboree recently.
Bridgette Walmesley-Cotham (front, centre) was among over
60 Australian Scouts to join in with the Fiji Scouts centennial
Community craft shop comments sought
Locals are being urged to head along to
a public meeting tonight, to help develop a
community arts and craft shop in Loxton.
The meeting will be held at the Loxton CWA
hall at 7pm.
For more information, call Roselyn on 0408 803
Wool bales from Chowilla Station are loaded onto the ps Tarella. This photo
was taken in the late 1800s.
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