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A large crowd packed the Alawoona Institute on Sunday for a special thanksgiving service.
-- Leanne Kaesler photo
by Emma Walter
A crowd of around
700 locals, ex-residents
and relatives attended
the Brown's Well
Towns Centenary on
The celebrations featured
events at surrounding set-
tlements, including a time
capsule lifting at Meribah
and obelisk unveiling at
Butchers Soak, both of
which attracted around 300
A thanksgiving service,
held on Sunday at the
Alawoona Institute, was
attended by 200.
More than two years in the
planning, organising com-
mittee members said they
"couldn't be more pleased"
with how the weekend
"I was blown away by
the amount of people that
helped celebrate the mile-
stone. It was a great big
hurrah for our area of the
Mallee and it was great to
see some old and familiar
faces -- plus some new --
turn-out for the occasion,"
said Jody Flavel.
"There were lots of high-
lights from the weekend but
I think the stand-out would
be Saturday night's inter-
views on stage with past
and present residents. It was
really engaging and brought
a lot of memories flooding
back," said Deb Petch.
The duo said there had
been "nothing but positive
feedback" from attendees
and that the comprehensive
display of local memora-
bilia and photos in the gym
was a "favourite".
Another feature of the
weekend's program of
events was the launch of the
district's historical account,
Rail, Post and Water. The
book, compiled by local
historians Peter and Carla
Magarey, details the three
main services that linked in
with the Mallee region's set-
tlement -- rail freight, water
supply and mail.
Mrs Petch and Mr Flavel
thanked fellow committee
members for their "tireless"
efforts in planning the event.
"Something like this
might not be seen again in
the Paruna district, so it is
a credit to the hard work of
many that the weekend was
such a hit," Mr Flavel said.
Anyone wishing to pur-
chase books and souvenirs,
can still do so by calling Mrs
Petch on 0448 250 368.
by Stephanie Gropler
Loxton Waikerie Council is looking
to better prioritise projects, with the
aim of completing works on time
under an amended process.
Loxton Waikerie Council chief executive
officer Peter Ackland said council currently
had a number of projects 'on the go' and would
need to amend its current reporting arrange-
ments to include prioritisation.
"Part of the frustration I am hearing from
elected members and when I talk to the com-
munity is that council says, 'we are going to
do this' and -- in many cases we do -- but there
are a few cases where we don't deliver in the
timeframes that people expect and that causes
frustration," he said.
"...Not just for people who expect these things
to happen, but also frustration for our staff as
they're under pressure to deliver things."
With a new council elected next month, Mr
Ackland said it was time to "really refocus".
"It is about refocusing on what the commu-
nity want us to do and what the community can
afford to pay," he said.
Mr Ackland said council needed a process to
take into account new requirements and new
interests from the community.
"If something new comes along, we need
a process to say this new thing has come in,
where does it rank with all these other things
we said we are going to do," he said.
"We are already flat-out and fully occupied,
if you put more stuff in with no new resources,
well that is a recipe for failure."
Mr Ackland said it was also about making
sure council has the capacity in both staff and
finance to deliver the projects.
"What we are trying to do is take a step
back, see what we have promised the commu-
nity and rank that across our finance and our
resources and make sure if we have to adjust
time frames, that we adjust them," he said.
"It comes down to making sure if we say we
are going to do something, we get it done and
we don't try and do too much."
Mr Ackland said many projects, such as the
East Terrace Revitalisation, Loxton stadium
precinct upgrade, Loxton Pioneer Playground
and Loxton riverfront plan had all been pub-
licly consulted upon.
"If we say in a plan that we need to consult
on it and say to the community that we are
going to do it... that becomes a promise we
need to keep," he said. "We need to find a way
because we have made promises within them,
to extract those promises out and put them into
some type of priority."
In last month's council meeting, Mr Ackland
expressed concerns for staff members who
were under pressure.
"Our staff are running and when we run, we
trip," he said.
In addition, a report will be provided in
October and March of each financial year to
give councillors and the community informa-
tion about the status of projects.
The policy will be actioned for the 2015/16
Searching for Loxton s top citizens
Residents can now
minded locals for the
Citizen of the Year
Nominations for the
Loxton awards opened on
Friday and include three cat-
egories: Citizen of the Year,
Young Citizen of the Year
and Community Event of the
The awards, run by the
Loxton Waikerie Council in
conjunction with the Australia
Day Council of SA, aim to
reward individuals and organ-
isations that have made a
noteworthy contribution dur-
ing the current year and have
given outstanding service over
a number of years over and
above normal employment
community service includes
areas like education, health,
fund-raising, charitable and
voluntary services, business,
sport, arts, the environment,
or any other area that contrib-
utes to the advancement and
well-being of a community.
Award winners will be
announced at the Loxton may-
oral reception in December.
The winners will then be
publicly recognised for their
achievements at the Loxton
Australia Day Breakfast on
Monday, January 26, 2015.
Last year's Loxton Citizen
of the Year award was pre-
sented to Pat West, Event of
the Year went to the Loxton
Agricultural and Horticultural
Society and a Commendation
Award for Outstanding Service
to the Community went to
Theo and Delphine Kaesler.
Nomination forms are avail-
able at the council office and
must be made in writing on
the appropriate form and close
on Friday, November 21.
Hotel hosts doco
An award-winning documentary about
four Australian men who swap their
wheelchairs for quad bikes and travel
through the outback will be screened at
the Loxton Hotel on Monday.
The film follows Jim, Anton, Terry and Craig
on a 5000km adventure as they return to the crash
sites where their lives changed forever.
Producer and director Sandra Cook said she was
"intrigued and inspired" by the concept of four
'broken' men making an ambitious trek.
The screening will take place at the Loxton
Hotel on Monday at 7pm. Tickets are $5 or via
gold coin donation for students.
It is about refocusing on what
the community want us to
do and what the community
can afford to pay...
ABOVE: Enjoying a 'cuppa' at the Brown's Well Clubrooms on Saturday
were former Meribah residents (from left) Murray Appledore, John Dart
and Richard Donhardt.
RIGHT: Mallee-born actor/comedian Anthony 'Lehmo' Lehmann
returned home for the celebrations. He is pictured with Brown's Well
Towns Centenary Committee members John Gladigau and Deb Petch.
Loxton Waikerie Mayor Leon Stasinowsky (left) and Brown's Well Towns
Centenary Committee member Adrian Wright unveil the commemorative
obelisk at the Paruna Memorial Plantation on Saturday.
Brown's Well Towns Centenary Committee chairperson Jody Flavel
(left) launching the Rail, Post and Water book with local historians and
contributors Carla and Peter Magarey.
-- Leanne Kaesler photo
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