Home' The Loxton News : October 1st 2014 Contents Mantung will be a
hive of activity this
weekend, as past
school friends and
gather to celebrate
The centenary cel-
ebrations, which include
Mercunda and Maggea,
will feature the opening
of a history walk and a
centenary towns trail on
Saturday, along with a
special visit from media
personality, Peter Goers.
Michael Evans said
organisers were expect-
ing over 300 people to
arrive for the event.
"All indications are
that there are a lot of
people talking about
coming," he said.
"Anybody is welcome
to come out and have a
look. They don't neces-
sarily need to have lived
in Mantung, Mercunda
The celebrations at the
Mantung Hall will kick
off with registrations
from 10am on Saturday,
while the opening of the
Mantung history walk
and the centenary towns
trail will take place from
"We really want for
people to catch up and
we thought if we organ-
ise too much, it makes it
hard for people to catch
up and talk and that is
what it is about," Mr
"There will be a lot of
people who haven't seen
one another for a long
The walk will be offi-
cially opened by Peter
Goers, while Peter Lines
will also launch his lat-
est book, The History
of Football in the East
"Probably later on in
the afternoon, depending
on how people feel, we
might open the micro-
phone up to anybody
that has a few stories of
the old days," Mr Evans
The Mantung cente-
nary walk will begin at
the hall and features the
school, tennis courts,
post office, general store,
railway and the Mantung
"We have put plaques
around where the rail-
way line was because
Mantung had a train a
day coming up back in
the 1930s taking wood
back to Adelaide," he
"It was a thriving com-
munity back then.
"The Mantung cen-
tenary walk is about
2.5km, but it is made
so we can drive around
it."In addition to the
walk, there is also a cen-
tenary towns trail.
"We have got a drive
from Galga, Mercumba,
Eastern Well, the old
footy oval, Maggea and
Mantung," he said.
A range of memora-
bilia will be on display,
while bar and catering
facilities will be avail-
able on both days.
The Mantung railway
will kick off from 10am
For more information,
call 8589 7041.
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by Stephanie Gropler
Plans for a performing arts
building at Loxton High School
have been called off, after the
final costings of the project
blew out to $900,000 earlier
The initial budget for the centre
was $750,000 and principal John
Tiver said despite a purpose built cen-
tre now being off the cards, the sub-
ject would be set for a cash boost.
"The general feeling is disappoint-
ment there will not be a new facility,
but it's fantastic because we are going
to have new instruments, equipment
and revamped rooms," he said.
"It was decided after finding out
more information, seeking advice
from staff, from the community,
the governing council that the cost
of the performing arts centre had
exceeded the expectations and the
ability for the us to be able to pay to
The school decided to self-fund the
building after they were denied a loan
from the Department of Education
and Child Development, with the ini-
tial cost estimated at $350,000.
Mr Tiver said he would meet with
performing art teachers to decide the
direction of investment.
He said the need for a performing
arts building was "long overdue",
made evident during the August pro-
duction of Footloose.
"It was such a disappointment to
have the potential for this new facility
next to our theatre, which is one of
the big issues," he said.
"They had issues with shifting sets
and costumes and normal music per-
formances that move to one side of
the school to the other."
Mr Tiver sought extra time from
the governing council to gain further
information into the cost increase.
"The architect went through and
could justify why the price had gone
up," he said.
"The school had to go through the
process to come to the right decision
and the right decision is the one that
we have arrived at.
"This is one that fits the school
and importantly will give us the best
outcomes for our students."
Mantung celebrates centenary
One of the collected memorabilia for the Mantung railway centenary is this
photo, taken at a local rodeo in the 1940s.
LOCAL YOUNGSTERS ON THE BALL: Showing off their team spirit
for Footy Colours Day at Woodleigh on Friday were (from left), back:
Ainslie Graetz, Grace Singh, 1, Jaylee Milich, Amelia Ginnelly, 1,
Georgie Peberdy and Mia Knight, 1. Front: Lucas Bass, 3, Zara Verco,
3, and Amber Schmidt.
-- Emma Walter photo
Celebrating the 75th birthday of the Loxton Red Cross branch at the Loxton Hotel on Monday were
(from left) Red Cross Riverland area co-ordinator Betty Beech, Murray Mallee zone co-ordinator Beryl
Loffler, Loxton Waikerie Mayor Leon Stasinowsky, Loxton Red Cross branch president Noeleen Milich
and Murray Mallee zone secretary Glenys Paschke.
-- Emma Walter photo
Around 50 people gathered
to celebrate the 75th birthday
of the Loxton Red Cross
branch on Monday.
A celebratory luncheon -- which
included guest speakers and a spe-
cial birthday cake -- was held at
the Loxton Hotel and was attend-
ed by Red Cross representatives
from across the region.
The Loxton Red Cross branch
was formed at a meeting in the
Loxton Institute on September 28,
The founding president was Mrs
A. M. Hillbig, while the treasurer
was Mrs L. Williams.
It has been a busy year for
Red Cross members, with the
Australian organisation marking
its 100th year in 2014.
Zone celebrations were also
recently held in Karoonda.
Branch s big birthday
Getting on the fruit fly front foot
A range of measures will be
implemented this summer,
aimed at preventing fruit fly
outbreaks in SA.
The Pinnaroo Quarantine
Station will open on November
1, a month earlier than usual, and
stay open until the end of May, a
month later than its normal clos-
In addition, an extra shift will
be introduced for the peak holiday
period between December 1 and
Other measures being intro-
duced include maintaining a
permanent 24/7 presence at the
Ceduna and Yamba Quarantine
Stations, increasing inspections
on all registered importers of pro-
duce from Victoria, along with
random roadblocks at high risk
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