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WHERE ARE THE WOMEN?
I was looking through the candidate listings
for all councils in the Riverland and it’s – sadly
no surprise that the ratio of women to men is
out of whack.
There’s a reason why local councils across the
country get a reputation as being ‘boys’ clubs’.
Across the three Riverland councils, there are
six females vying for a seat from a field of 32.
In my eight years of reporting at various
Riverland council meetings, I used to be stunned
by the lack of women in the chambers; now it’s
just become a fact.
I am worried that it is this perception and ac-
ceptance which is stopping our female residents
from putting their hand up.
There’s been a lot said on the ‘women on
boards’ debate. I don’t believe anyone – no mat-
ter what sex, race or religion – should be given
a position merely to meet an imposed quota. It
should be based on merit. Performance should
be the equal and fair system.
However, I’m interested to know what’s stop-
ping women from standing up and throwing their
hat in the ring.
I want to know why female candidate figures
have dwindled over the years.
In the case of Loxton Waikerie Council – where
meetings are held during working hours – is it
simply because more men are self-employed
and retired and can therefore take on the role?
The Loxton district has a proud history of
strong female council representatives, including
former Mayors Leatrice Pfitzner and Jan Cass.
Let’s see that continue.
Come join Gum Tree
On Friday, October 31, the Loxton Gum
Tree will be celebrating its 30th birth-
Formed in 1984 to provide social and
recreational activities for residents with
an intellectual disability, it continues to
run with a small but dedicated band of
volunteers. Over the years the Loxton Gum
Tree Committee has had many wonderful
This letter is an open and warm invitation
to past committee members, parents and
interested persons to come and celebrate
Those wishing to attend please contact
me on 85847061 for further details.
Volunteers from the Loxton Historical
Village recently read this poem to
residents at the Loxton Lutheran Riverview
Rest Home and we wanted to share it.
No doubt it will bring back some memo-
ries for Loxton News readers.
Unfortunately we don’t remember who
wrote it, just that it caught our attention.
I remember the cheese of my childhood,
And the bread that we cut with the knife.
When the children helped with the house-
And the men went to work – not the wife.
The cheese never needed an ice chest,
And the bread was crusty and hot.
And the children were seldom unhappy,
And the wife was contented with her lot.
I remember the milk from the billy,
And the yummy cream on top.
Our dinner came hot from the oven,
And not from the fridge in the shop.
The kids were a lot more contented,
They didn’t need money for kicks.
Just a game with our mates in the pad-
And sometimes the Saturday flicks.
I remember the shop on the corner,
Where a penny’s worth of lollies was
Do you think I am a bit too nostalgic,
Or is it I am just getting old?
I remember when the loo was a dunny,
And the pan man came in the night.
It wasn’t the least bit funny,
Going out back with no light.
The interesting items we perused,
From the newspapers cut into squares,
And hung on a peg in the outhouse.
It took little to keep us amused.
The closes were boiled in a copper,
With plenty of rich, foamy suds.
But the ironing seemed never-ending,
As mum pressed everyone’s duds.
I remember the slap on my backside,
And the taste of soap as I swore.
Annorexia and diets weren’t heard of,
And we hadn’t much choice what we
Do you think that bruised our ego,
Or our initiative was destroyed?
We ate what was put on the table,
And I think life was better enjoyed.
Loxton Historical Village volunteers
When I first raised the alarm about a
planned increase to the Emergency
Services Levy (ESL), the South Australian
Government tried to downplay it as just a
little rise of around $150 per year for the
average home owner.
But what many people have come to
realise, especially our regional produc-
ers and businesses, is that this figure was
simply a smoke and mirror trick aimed at
camouflaging a huge tax hike.
My office has been inundated with callers
in the past month who have now received
their ESL bills and who have come to the
realisation they have been duped.
Farmers in particular have been hit hard
with some complaining of a levy rise of
around 1000 per cent.
Many of those farmers are now wonder-
ing if they can afford to allow workers the
time off to attend Country Fire Service
call-outs – one of the very services meant
to “benefit” from the hike.
Family First will continue to lobby the
Weatherill Government about this unfair
tax hike, which it was never given a man-
date to implement.
When Labor was returned to office by
the skin of its teeth, the Premier made a
promise that he would finally pay attention
to the regions.
Yet, as we watch the latest instalment of
Labor’s economic mismanagement unfold,
it is easy to see the same old Government
whose promises still only pay lip service to
those living in the heart of this great state.
Rob Brokenshire MLC
Family First Party
The ABC of diplomacy
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation
(ABC) has for years had a leftist social-
ist slant to its editorials, policy and journal-
ists, even though it is taxpayer funded and
meant to have a neutral bias in politics.
With the recent explosion in Islamic
extremism around Australia and the world,
one wonders whose side they are really
Recently Andrew Bolt wrote in a column
stating, “It is lethally irresponsible for the
ABC to pump out lunatic propaganda that
could incite Muslim extremists... It is hard
to believe the country’s biggest media
empire could be so reckless”.
Hear, hear Mr Bolt. Just what are they
up to? Q&A, The 7.30 Report and Lateline
have all recently been shown to be sym-
pathising with a side, that is out to cause us
harm and it is almost a treasonous act.
The Federal Government need to pull
the ABC into line, start supporting our sol-
diers, police forces and intelligence agencies
instead of continually undermining them.
We are heading into unchartered territory
with these barbarians that are out to end
western civilisation as we know it, and we
need all the support we can get, especially
from our national broadcaster.
Mount Sheridan, Queensland
Standing up for Brock
Minister Geoff Brock has been the sub-
ject of an extraordinary and deeply
unfair attack following his decision to vote
against the Opposition Marine Sanctuaries
Far from ignoring the needs and concerns
of regional communities, Minister Brock
consulted widely and listened intently to
After careful consideration he ultimately
decided that the arguments in favour of the
Bill simply did not stack up.
For over a decade the SA community has
wrestled with how to balance the need to
protect our fish spawning grounds, our pre-
cious marine environment, jobs in regional
communities, the commercial fishing sec-
tor, and the lifestyle of tens of thousands of
After 15 years and $40 million of invest-
ment a compromise was reached and the
marine sanctuaries network was created.
That network enables 94 per cent of
the state’s waters to be open for fishing,
including pretty much all popular beaches
It will also mean that commercial fish-
ing industry has only been required to
voluntarily give up just 1.7 per cent of their
Marine sanctuaries also have a great
potential to drive significant high value
People may not have liked Minister
Brock’s decision, but no one can accuse
him of not taking the issue seriously.
If he was a selfish, career politician he
would have voted in favour of the Bill and
saved himself this angst.
The fact that he made a selfless and
courageous decision to treat the Bill on its
merits is only to his credit. If only there
were more politicians like him.
Chief executive officer
Conservation Council of South Australia
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FROM OUR FILES
50 years ago,
Thursday, October 8, 1964
This season, cricketers in the Loxton district
have decided to form their own association, to be
called the Loxton and District Cricket Association.
40 years ago
Wednesday, October 9, 1974
The weather pattern this year has brought about
a situation where fruitgrowers face the prospects
of coping with severe outbreaks of fungus dis-
30 years ago
Wednesday, October 10, 1984
Months of planning will come to fruition this
weekend when “back to” Meribah, Moonah Bore
and Nadda celebrations will be held.
20 years ago
Wednesday, October 12, 1994
About 700 people attended the Loxton Historical
Village working day on Sunday.
10 years ago
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
A petition requesting that surgery and birthing
services continue at the Loxton Hospital will be
circulated around the region this week.
FROM THE BIBLE...
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and
with all your heart and with all your soul and with
all your strength.
Deuteronomy 6:5 (NIV Bible)
the years go by...
the years go by...
by Peter and Carla Magarey
REIMANN BROTHERS DIE IN FIRE: On October 29, 1914 – 100 years ago, the
Reimann family of Myrlah were grief-struck when brothers (from left) Ernest ‘Ardy’
Adolph, 24, Theodor ‘Ben’ Bernhard, 23, and Wilhelm ‘Herb’ Herbert, 20, were
suffocated in a bushfire tragedy. They were caught in the fire while road-grubbing
for the Loxton District Council near Meribah 40 miles (64km) south of Loxton. A
memorial service was held on Sunday, November 8, 1914, at the Trinity Lutheran
Church, New Residence. Several newspapers around Australia reported the event.
They included The Kalgoorlie Miner (WA), The Adelaide Advertiser, The Register, The
Mail, The Chronicle, The Murray Pioneer, The Australian River Record, The Barrier
Miner (Broken Hill) and The Horsham Times (Vic). A remembrance service convened
by descendent Adrian Reimann will mark the 100th year of this event at the Meribah
Cemetery this Saturday at 11am as part of Brown’s Well’s centenary weekend. A
display at the Meribah Cemetery service will be transferred to the Paruna Community
Complex for viewing over the weekend.
– Adrian Reimann photos
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The Loxton Community Centre held its
annual general meeting on September 16.
Chairperson Martin Obst reported that the
bi-monthly meetings had been well attended.
In the past year, the information bays have
been refurbished, at a cost of $7700, and
allocations to seven local organisations were
made, totalling $30,764.50.
Since 2002, the Loxton Community Centre
has contributed $183,000 to various local
organisations and projects.
Before the election of office bearers, the
chairperson expressed his disappointment at
the lack of public attendance.
He also thanked Loxton Waikerie councillor
Michael Vowles for his attendance at meetings
and asked him to conduct the election of office
Martin Obst was elected as chairperson,
while Leith McDonald was elected as vice
chairperson. Dean Nicolson was re-elected as
Peter Mangelsdorf, Alan Ling, Connie Kelly,
Rick Moore and Margaret Chylinski were
elected as committee members.
Loxton Historical Village
President Melvin Fielke welcomed 10
members to the October meeting.
Members are waiting for further quotes for
erecting the historical river tree, and for re-
roofing the black-stone engine shed.
Members had a very successful visit and
display at the Riverview Rest Home.
Plans are under way to have a twilight
mini working day at The Village on Saturday,
December 7, 6-9pm.
The citrus wasp affected trees have been
pruned and sprayed.
It was decided to take four tractors to
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