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End of an era
for local band Arafura C this
weekend, as they take to the
stage at the Loxton Club for
the last time.
Lead singer Brenton Thiele said
the band, which first packed local
venues in the 1980s, will be using
Friday night's performance as a
fundraiser for band member, Tony
"Due to geographical locations
and the unfortunate ill health of
bass player/song writer Tony Mills,
we have decided this to be an appro-
priate time to call it a day as Arafura
C" he said.
"Despite being thousands of kilo-
metres apart, we still have managed
to keep in touch to write and record
a lot of new material over the past
As part of Friday night's Rock
For Life event at the Loxton Club,
Snitzel Pak and the Door Snakes
will also take to the stage.
The fundraiser performance will
be held at the Loxton Club this
Friday, with doors open at 8pm.
Holidays at The Village
by Stephanie Gropler
The Loxton Historical
Village was a hive of activity
last Wednesday, as over 300
people flocked through the
gates for the annual 'Kids'
The event, which has been held
in the October school holidays for
the past three years, is aimed at
children to young teenagers.
Loxton tourism manager Tracy
Bye said there were 189 children
who participated in activities such
as damper and butter making, arts
and craft activities and a treasure
"For the programs that we are
running, that is a really good
number because we have time to
talk to all the kids and really get
them involved," she said.
"The children had a great time.
I think the cooking side of it is
always really popular, but the art
ladies were flat out in the institute
with the painting as well."
Mrs Bye said there were a num-
ber of reasons children enjoyed
the 'Kids' Day Out'.
"It is just about getting their
hands dirty and having flour on
their hands and things like that,"
However, Mrs Bye said it was
not just children who were enter-
tained on the day.
"We had some grandparents
who were more determined than
the children to finish the treasure
hunt," she said.
"The adults and grandparents
managed to find plenty to keep
themselves entertained as well."
Mrs Bye said numbers were
"significantly" up on last year's
event, with last week's weather
"It was a beautiful day and the
numbers really reflect that," she
Mrs Bye said the day saw "a
good mix" of locals and tour-
ists visit The Village, with many
visitors from Adelaide and other
"We had a lot of people who
were visiting the region who came
across for the day and it was very
much a lot visitors," she said.
"It was really busy in the shop
and we have introduced some new
lines as well and we had quite
good sales on the day.
"That is really good to be able
to promote local produce and
This year saw the addition of a
photo booth to the kids day, where
visitors to the village were able to
have a photograph of themselves
dressed in historic clothing.
Mrs Bye said the event was
made successful by the many
volunteers, which consist of pri-
mary school students through to
Dressing up for the photo booth at the Kids' Day Out at the Loxton
Historical Village last Wednesday were Naomi Mee (left) with
children, William, 1, Evana, 7, and Micah, 10, of Waikerie.
Showing off their art and craft skills last Wednesday were
Kaylee Campbell, 8, of Wigley Flat, Molly, 5, and Nevaeh
Smith, 7, both of Cobdogla.
Enjoying a day out at the Loxton Historical
Village last Wednesday were Kate Hobson
(front, left), 7, of Adelaide, Lily, 10, and
Brady Gunn, 8, of Loxton.
A car boot fundraiser for
the Wunkar Hall and CFS
will take place on Saturday
and locals are being
reminded that 'one man's
trash is another man's
The car boot sale fundraiser
will coincide with the Wunkar
CFS open day, and will begin at
10am until 2.30pm.
Tools, furniture and household
goods are just some of the items
that will be on sale.
The CFS shed will be open for
the public to wander through and
the firetruck in action.
Entry for the boot sale is $10,
with tables to hire for $5.
However, places are limited
and people are urged to register
their entry by tomorrow by call-
ing 0438 603 901.
Locals are being
encouraged to head along
to workshops later this
month, as part of the Made
in Riverland program.
The program is designed to
help identify the most effec-
tive way to support small and
After visiting Loxton and
other Riverland towns in June
for the Community Cabinet,
Planning Minister John Rau
said it was "clear" that filling
empty shops to renew main
streets was a "critical issue"
for Riverland councils and the
"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 program, the
government, councils and land-
lords will work together to fill
empty shops, helping to revi-
talise the Riverland and create
The sessions are designed to
be interactive and people will
be able to share their opinions
The first workshop will
be held at 5pm on Thursday,
October 23 at the corner of
Renmark Avenue and Ral Ral
Avenue (Old Target Country
Other workshops will be help
on Friday, November 7, and
Friday, November 14, at 5pm.
To register for the event, visit
the website (madeinriverland.
Shaping main streets
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