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Riverland wines on show
Riverland wine was showcased to
11 international visitors last week, as
part of Wine Australia's Europe trade
and media visit.
The tour, which saw the visitors travel to a
number of local wineries, was aimed at inde-
pendent retailers, sommeliers, key educators
and writers from the UK, Ireland, Norway,
Poland and Finland.
Riverland Wine chief executive officer
Chris Byrne said the tour was "very worth-
while" for both the visitors, local growers
"It was great to have so many people of
such influence and significance seeing the
region at its best," he said.
"It was a real eye opener for them.
"Many of the visitors had heard of the
Riverland, but were not aware of the diver-
sity and sheer beauty of the region."
As part of their ten-day tour to wine
regions in Victoria and South Australia, the
overseas guests visited Salena Estate and
tried wines from Whistling Kite Vineyard.
"They were very impressed with Salena
Estate winemaker, Melanie Kargas, who is
one of the really understated, but brilliant
young wine makers," he said.
"I think if we asked each of the 11 tourists
what was their strongest impression, they
each would have had a different one.
"Most of them seemed to be very fond of
the petit manseng, which is grown by Pam
and Tony Barich of Whistling Kite at New
Residence. That was a bit of a surprise I
On the tour was news and markets editor
of the wine magazine, Decanter, along with
the director of Wine Alliance, which is an
Ireland wine importing company.
"They went away with a very, very posi-
tive impression," Mr Byrne said.
"There were a lot of very positive com-
"A lot of the winemakers whose products
they were tasting and commenting on got
some really valuable feedback, so it was a
very good exercise."
International guests visited Selena Estate last week, as part of a UK and Europe trade
and media visit. Pictured are (from left), back: Maurice O'Mahony, Camilla Coste, Ilkka
Siren, Rachel Bradford, Rachel Bradford, Matthieu Longuere, Cathinca Dege and
Selena Estate winemaker Melanie Kargas. Front: Chris Mercer, Ram Chhetri, Hugh
Jones and Andrzej Daszkiewicz.
Ball rolling for
by Ryneisha Bollard
The ball is well and truly rolling on
a project to install a bronze statue of
former Adelaide Crows footballer Mark
'Roo' Ricciuto at Waikerie.
However, its co-ordinator is currently seeking
a local steering committee to help gain further
financial and in-kind support.
Mildura man Bob Ubter, whose grandson
Patrick Dangerfield currently wears Ricciuto's
number 32 guernsey, has led the developments
In a report to the District Council of Loxton
Waikerie on Friday, Mr Ubter said he had been
liasing with sculptor Ken Martin, who created
the Makybe Diva statue in his hometown of Port
Mr Ubter said Mr Martin had already donated a
model -- valued at $4000 -- of what the sculpture
could look like.
Now Mr Ubter is seeking locals to get on board
to help attract support from federal, state and
local government -- along with philanthropists
and national and state organisations, including
Mr Ubter said a life-sized bronze statue of
Ricciuto, who grew up in Waikerie and started his
career at the local football club, was estimated
to cost $110,000 -- plus up to $30,00 for works
including landscaping and mounting the plinth.
"Once funding has been achieved, a project
timetable will be prepared with the view to
completing the project by the end of December
2015," he said.
At Friday's general council meeting, elected
members agreed to help Mr Ubter collect expres-
sions of interest in forming a local steering com-
The motion noted that the committee would:
• Determine the level of community support for
• If supported, recommend a suitable location
for a statue, including reasons why.
• Secure finance for the project.
Councillors also authorised chief executive
officer Peter Ackland to offer initial support
including stationary, meeting rooms and photo-
copying "to assist in gauging the level of com-
munity support for the proposal, prior to making
any potential further commitment".
Mr Ackland said the 'Roo' statue could serve
as a pilot project for similar untertakings across
"It could be, as a tourist attraction, that if one
of these gets up, a number of these things could
happen," he told councillors on Friday.
Mr Ackland said community involvement
would be vital to the project's success, hence the
need to gauge local support.
"The simple reason is if the community don't
get behind it and do it... that's paramount before
we decide what to do," he added.
by Stacey Roberts
The South Australian Army Band will
visit Renmark for the first time this
month to hold a concert in support of
Music director Captain Nigel Davy said Legacy
Adelaide received a request from the Riverland
branch to perform a concert locally as many
members were unable to travel to Adelaide where
the concerts are usually held.
Captain Davy said the performance would be
the first country show by the band.
"We've got a few surprises in the concert, but I
can't say what," he said.
"But it's going to be a variety show so there
will be singers, soloists (and) instrumentalists,
plus some of the usual band type numbers that
people are used to.
"It's a variety of everything."
The band, made up of 30 Army Reserve
members from Adelaide, volunteer their time
to perform for Legacy members and the general
"Basically it's a thank you to the widows, it's
an afternoon concert for them to enjoy a day out,"
said Captain Davy.
The concert will be held at the Chaffey Theatre
on Sunday, October 26 at 1.30pm and is free to
Legacy windows and $15 for adults, with profits
going to Legacy.
Army Band to host
Local students were kept busy during the school holidays recently, taking part in a musical theatre workshop.
Over 30 Riverland
children were kept busy
during the school holidays
recently, taking part in a
musical theatre workshop
The four-day Light Up The
Stage workshop, which was held
by Music Alive, encouraged stu-
dents to use their imagination
and put together a performance
for their family and friends.
Music Alive director Karyn
Skewes said the workshops,
which are aimed at students in
years 3 to 11, were "highly ben-
"It gives them a change to step
out of their comfort zone and do
something really extraordinary,"
"I think it is better than sit-
ting at home watching televi-
sion all holidays and the par-
ents love it too because the
kids are here."
Children took part in a range
of singing, dancing and acting
workshops, along with stage
management, costume design
and a make-up session.
"They have made a lot of the
costumes themselves. We have
had a backstage crew of seven
children and some adults that
have done all of the backdrops,"
"The kids are running it them-
selves, even the stage managers
are kids. It is fantastic."
The children had 24 hours
over four days to learn 10 songs
from popular musicals such as
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate
Factory, Frozen, The Lion
King, The Little Mermaid and
"We are basically taking them
through five different worlds
-- the chocolate factory, the ice
and snow, the jungle, under the
water and then we have got
the magic carpet," Mrs Skewes
Alive with the sound of music
Market a hit
The second Revolving Wardrobe
market, held on Sunday, was a hit with
locals and visitors alike, with hundreds
of people coming through the doors.
Held at the Loxton Community Theatre,
the market featured more than 30 fashion and
accessory stalls and eight food stalls.
The event saw a flood of eager customers
throughout the morning, with many selling
a majority of their goods within the first few
Some of the unsold vintage and pre-owned
clothing was donated by stallholders to local
The next market will be held in the early
months of 2015.
Stall sites are already booking up, with
interested people urged to visit (facebook.com/
The Loxton Community Theatre was transformed for the second Revolving
Wardrobe fashion and accessories market on Sunday. The event attracted a large
crowd of locals and visitors to the town.
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