Home' The Loxton News : October 9th 2014 Contents by Emma Walter
Monday was a successful
day all round for SA Yard
Dog Association president
Lee Mickan who celebrated
holding a successful state
titles meet – and a victory
in the yards too with his
The state titles were held for
the first time in Loxton over the
weekend, on the town oval in
conjunction with the show.
Competitors from across
South Australia and Victoria
showed off their skills in the
open, improvers, novice and
Mr Mickan said the competi-
tion ran “without hiccup” and
the Loxton setting was well
received by visitors.
“I’m very pleased with how
everything went. It ran very
smoothly and the helpers we
had were great at keeping things
running smoothly,” he said.
“Speaking with the triallers,
it sounds like everyone had a
“It’s a fair bit of an effort to
pull off, so we’re glad it went
well. It shows we could hold it
again here in the future.”
Mr Mickan said it was a “hard
fight” to win the state title and
acknowledged the “tough” com-
petition he faced in fellow dog
“After the first run, I didn’t
think I would do well at all. The
dog was working well, it was
the trainer that fell behind on the
day,” he said.
“But I made it up in the final
to catch up to Rob Macklin. It
ended up neck-and-neck so we
had a run-off for the title.”
In a “quirk” of interest,
Diesel’s competition who he
faced off against in the final
was his half brother Eulooka
A full list of results was not
posted by the time of print.
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Peter Barr, of Pinnaroo, competing in the SA Yard Dog State Titles at the Loxton Oval on Sunday
afternoon. It marked the first time the competition had been held in Loxton.
State titles success
Snakes out and about
Local roads will benefit from
a $3 million boost, as part of the
Roads to Recovery Program.
The announcement comes after the
Federal Government announced the
$47.8 million investment into road
infrastructure last week.
Loxton Waikerie Council direc-
tor of infrastructure services Tim Tol
said council was “happy” with the
“Certainly any announcement that
means we have a bit of additional
money to spend on our road network
is always welcome. We would always
love to have some more of course,”
he said. “The majority of that money
will be spent on our unsealed road
Member for Barker Tony Pasin
said the funds would make a “real
difference” in building roads, repair-
ing streets and creating better access
across the community.
“The Roads to Recovery Program
enables councils to prioritise roads
funding to invest in the infrastruc-
ture which keeps our drivers safe and
strengthens economic growth,” he
“The Roads to Recovery Program is
designed to give councils to power to
make road spending decisions based
on local needs, rather than having
decisions made for them by Canberra.
“The Abbott Government has
extended Roads to Recovery for anoth-
er five years to ensure councils all
over Australia receive the funding they
need to ensure local roads are safe, our
communities are well connected and
moving freight in and out of town is
The Roads to Recovery Program
ended in June this year, but legisla-
tion passed in Parliament last month,
extending the program to 2019.
Mr Pasin said the Loxton Waikerie
Council will initially receive $523,222
in 2014-15 to ensure local roads are
“Councils will also receive a share
of $18,480,000 provided to the South
Australian Government,” he said.
“The Abbott Government is dou-
bling Roads to Recovery payments to
councils next year (2015-16) to $700
million, which is a significant lift in
the investment in local road works.”
Mr Pasin said councils will also be
able to apply for funding from the
South Australian Local Government
Grants Commission, which will
receive $25.56 million over the next
SA Yard Dog Association president and state champion Lee
Mickan (centre) with Loxton Waikerie Mayor Leon Stasinowsky
(left) and Kelvin Westbrook, representing the two major sponsors
of the Yard Dog Championships.
Locals are being urged
to be mindful of snakes
when out-and-about as the
weather warms up.
Loxton News reader Lew
Westbrook snapped this photo-
graph (above) of a snake taking
on a bearded dragon at his Paruna
farm this week.
While Joan Gow discovered
this Murray River Carpet Python
(right) on her Pyap property
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