Home' The Loxton News : September 24th 2014 Contents The Loxton News, Wednesday, September 24, 2014 – 3
by Stephanie Gropler
After six and a half years at
St Albert’s Catholic School,
principal Jason Mittiga will
farewell the region this
week as he relocates back to
Mr Mittiga said it was a “diffi-
cult” decision to make and that the
move was “bittersweet”.
“I have absolutely, thoroughly
enjoyed my time up here, but I feel
I am leaving the school in a very
strong position,” he said.
“Our enrolments are good, there
is a great teaching staff and we
have great facilities.
“I will always hold St Albert’s
dear to my heart. It was my first
principal job and I came as a
deputy principal from Adelaide to
a principal here and I have learnt
Mr Mittiga’s last day at St
Albert’s Catholic School will be
this Friday. He will begin in his
new role at St Catherine’s School,
in Stirling, next term.
“I am obviously very excited
about going to Adelaide because
my family is there and I am a
grandfather now,” he said.
Mr Mittiga said there had been
“many” highlights throughout
his time at St Albert’s Catholic
“We’ve refurbished classrooms,
we have had excellent NAPLAN
results, bought a school bus, which
has been great,” he said.
“We have introduced school
values, laptops and tablets, shel-
ters for the playground and eating
areas and the new library.
“The school board has made my
time here enjoyable and the chil-
dren are second to none and they
just have a love for learning.”
Mr Mittiga said he would “defi-
nitely” miss the Loxton commu-
“We have a very unique town
and I would like to thank all the
local businesses for their sup-
port over the years, especially
with the annual Auction With A
Difference,” he said.
“One thing that I have really
found about Loxton is that every-
body supports each other. If there
is something to be done, or some-
one in need, people always chip in
and help each other.”
Mr Mittiga said he was looking
forward to his “next challenge”.
“The new school has 230 stu-
dents, so nine classes, where as St
Albert’s has four classes.”
Mr Mittiga will return to Loxton
for the school graduation at the end
of the year and will also visit the
students on their camp next term.
Current deputy principal Raelene
Edwards will be acting principal
for term 4, while a new principal
will begin next year.
Goodbye for now
Mittiga (centre) will
farewell the school
on Friday and will
return to Adelaide
to be closer with
his family. He
is pictured with
students (from left)
The Loxton News,
May 7, 2008.
Main streets to
The main streets of Riverland
towns will be reinvigorated
with a $200,000 pilot program
to encourage new shops to
open for business.
Planning Minister John Rau said
following the recent Community
Cabinet held in Loxton, Renewal
SA would deliver the program in
Renmark called Made in SA.
“The Made in SA program is
about supporting small business
and activating the main streets,” he
After visiting Loxton and other
Riverland towns in June for the
Community Cabinet, Minister Rau
said it was “clear” that filling empty
shops to renew main streets was a
“critical issue” for Riverland coun-
cils and the region.
“That is why the State Government
in partnership with Hub Australia
is setting up a pilot program in
Renmark that aims to help revitalise
the main street.” he said.
“Through the Made in SA pro-
gram, the Government, councils and
landlords will work together to fill
empty shops, helping to revitalise
the Riverland and create jobs.”
The Made in SA pilot program
is designed to support new vendors
that could help reactivate the main
The program will include a pop-
up hub, which offers business pro-
grams and networking in the main
street of Renmark.
The program is expected to
encourage small business growth
and increased employment.
The program will connect entre-
preneurs from the Riverland with
successful business people in
Adelaide and interstate, providing
local entrepreneurs with advice and
support to help them succeed, and
keeping local talent in the region.
A series of public workshops will
be hosted in Renmark from 5pm
to 7pm on Friday, October 17 and
Friday, November 7, and Friday
If successful, the pilot program
will be rolled out to other South
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