Home' The Loxton News : October 29th 2014 Contents 6 -- The Loxton News, Wednesday, October 29, 2014
At the risk of sounding like a broken re-
cord, what's happened to our local sporting
In March this year, via this editorial opin-
ion column, I voiced my concerns that
at least three sporting organisations had
faced the prospect of folding -- all in the
space of eight months.
Fast forward nearly another eight months
and here we are again.
While its heartening that East Murray's
netball competition is looking healthy, the
Tigers are still not out of the woods.
Looking through the displays at the recent
centenary celebrations of the Brown's Well
towns and Mantung, there's one common
thread -- the sporting associations that
linked the Mallee settlements.
Time has changed and no one is say-
ing that things will ever go 'back to how
they once were' -- populations have shifted
and small towns are now even smaller.
Sometimes there just aren't the people to
support a team.
However, in the case of East Murray,
which has a school, ample facilities and a
strong sense of community. It would be a
crying shame to see the Tigers leave the
RFL Independent line-up.
If there are enough players found for two
netball teams -- considering the number of
clubs in our district -- surely we can rally
behind East Murray to field a footy side.
Iwould like to invite former Loxton
Primary (and area) School P&F ladies
to join me for morning tea at the primary
school this coming Saturday from 10am to
help celebrate 100 years of the school.
School council call
As a parent and former chairperson of
the Loxton Primary School Governing
Council, I am calling on all past members
of the Loxton Primary (and area) School
Council to join me at the primary school
this coming Saturday from 10am to help
celebrate 100 years of the school.
Christmas around the world
The Loxton Christmas Tree Festival
theme for 2014 is 'Christmas around
A new theme is chosen every year, giving
the many enthusiastic participants a new
The festival will be held in the CWA
Hall, Loxton, from Saturday, November 29,
until December 18.
Open daily from 11am until 6pm.
The Christmas Craft Fair will be held in
the Loxton RSL Hall, on Sunday, November
30, from 10am until 4pm (the day after
Loxton Lights Up).
Christmas Tree Festival Committee
As you are aware, I am currently under-
taking a reform process in the emer-
gency services sector. During the past six
months I have been travelling around the
state speaking with our emergency service
workers (paid and volunteer) to find out as
much about the sector as I could.
This engagement process was very
informative and had a significant influ-
ence in my thinking about a draft sector
model, comprising one emergency ser-
vices organisation, but still maintaining
three separate and distinct services, the
Country Fire Service, State Emergency
Service and the Metropolitan Fire Service
at ground level.
I want to make it very clear that I have
no intention to merge these services that
already serve the community so well.
One of the key principles of the reform
has always been the need to recognise the
importance of volunteers.
The final model for the Emergency
Service Sector will be designed to signifi-
cantly enhance the voice of volunteers and
the amount of resources dedicated towards
them, particularly in the regions. I recog-
nise the culture and history of these organ-
isations is critical and I have no intention
to change or dilute that culture.
The intent of the reform is to reduce
significant duplication, create opportuni-
ties for enhancing how the sector works
together, and ultimately investing savings
back into front line operational and volun-
While not everyone agrees with all
aspect of the proposed reform, the major-
ity of people I have spoken with, and the
majority of submissions received, support
various aspects of the reforms and the
need to ensure the sustainability of the
There are many improvements that can
be made to the administrative and execu-
tive levels of the sector that will benefit
the volunteers on the ground.
This has been made very clear to me by
volunteers all across the state.
In recent weeks, some you may have
read open letters in the media criticising
I encourage these volunteers to meet
with me to discuss their concerns rather
than providing general statements. I will
mention at this point that this is not a
'cost saving' exercise as indicated in these
Any savings will be re-invested back
into the sector, especially to help those
people who work on the ground.
I will be undertaking another regional
tour in early November and my office has
already started sending out invites and
details of where we can meet.
I can assure you I am still working
closely and extremely constructively with
the CFS and SES Volunteers Association
regarding the reforms and I am open to
further suggestions about the future of the
Finally, I emphasise that no reforms will
occur to the operational side of the sector
during the fire danger season and there
remains plenty of time to get the right
outcomes for the sector and the people of
Emergency Services Minister
The Australian Monarchist League sends
its condolences to the family of the late
Gough Whitlam AC QC, Australia's 21st
Although he supported a republic, he
never forgot the oath of allegiance that he
took to the King as an RAAF officer during
WWII and always required that the Queen
be treated with dignity and respect, even to
the extent of publicly pulling up those who
were derogatory of Her Majesty.
He never blamed the Queen for his dis-
missal, nor did he claim that the dismissal
His bitterness was against Sir John Kerr,
the Labor appointee whom he had person-
ally nominated as Governor-General.
It was Gough Whitlam who created the
title 'Queen of Australia' with his Royal
Styles and Titles Act of 1973.
He was also responsible for the creation
of the Order of Australia in 1975.
He had volunteered for the Royal
Australian Air Force in 1941 and reached
the rank of Flight Lieutenant.Philip Benwell
Australian Monarchist League
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FROM OUR FILES
50 years ago,
Thursday, November 5, 1964
Local bowlers were in great form during the
second series of the Loxton District Cricket match
on Saturday, with Loxton North White defeating
Loxton North Blue, while Loxton and Brown's Well
also had wins.
40 years ago
Wednesday, October 30, 1974
A new blacksmith's shop has been built at the
Loxton Historical Village and three other buildings
are under construction.
30 years ago
Wednesday, October 31, 1984
The Loxton Club celebrated its 50th birthday
with a dinner dance on Saturday night.
20 years ago
Wednesday, November 2, 1994
A four and a half foot long brown snake caused a
stir in LD's Discounts store last Tuesday.
10 years ago
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Smoking will be completely banned from the
Loxton Hotel saloon bar within weeks, following
the enforcement of new State Government laws.
FROM THE BIBLE...
Let your light shine before others, so that they may
see your good works and give glory to your Father
-- Matthew 5:16 (NIV Bible)
the years go by...
by Peter and Carla Magarey
Felix Drabsch (with Richard Wood, chairman on the School Council) unveiling a
plaque commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Loxton Primary School in June, 1989.
Mr Drabsch's father AWR Drabsch, the first chairman of the Loxton District Council,
was one of a small committee that lobbied the Government to establish a public school
in the town, and after the unplanned closure of the Lutheran School, to increase its
size. Felix and his sister Frieda transferred from the Lutheran School in 1915. At the
75th celebrations he was the oldest student attending. He and representatives of each
class planted an avenue of trees separating the big and little ovals. It was bad luck
that the avenue had to be removed when the sports stadium was built but good luck
that the tree Mr Drabsch planted was saved. Felix's son Warren Drabsch has been
asked to uphold the family tradition and this weekend will unveil a mural painted by
the students of 2014 to commemorate the school centenary.
LOXTON HIGH SCHOOL NOTICEBOARD
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Welcome to term four, and what
a busy one it will be:
• Week four -- year 12 exams
• Week five -- year 11 major
assessment week, Remembrance
Day (Tuesday, November 11) with
special guest Brigadier Cheryl
Pearce who is an old scholar of
• Week six -- student free
day (Monday, November 17)
when teachers will be working
in faculties preparing courses for
2015, last day for year 11 students
(Friday, November 21).
• Week seven -- presentation
night (Tuesday, November 25),
year 11 work experience.
• Week eight -- Prom night
(Thursday, December 4).
• Week nine -- Sovereign Hill
excursion, Melbourne volleyball
and Enrichment Activity Week.
Rick Garrard will be on leave
As is his nature, Rick has
volunteered to be at school
helping staff and students prepare
for the Melbourne Volleyball Trip.
Congratulations to Alistair
Williams in winning the assistant
principal position at Glossop High
School Senior Campus.
He has been a valued teacher
and leader at Loxton High for many
years and will be missed by staff
and students. We wish him well in
his new role.
This means we will be
advertising for a new maths/IT co-
ordinator during this term.
Congratulations to David
Vaughan who has won a position
at Nuriootpa High School.
He also is a valued teacher and
leader who will be hard to replace.
We wish him well in his new
Welcome to Leah Uren for term
four. She will be teaching HPE
We also welcome back Sandra
Blazinic from well-deserved leave
during terms two and three.
We will have three vacancies
advertised this term for next year:
technologies teacher, English
teacher and HASS/maths teacher.
John Tiver, principal
RACI NATIONAL CHEMISTRY QUIZ
The 2014 RACI Australian
National Chemistry Quiz,
conducted in week one of term
three, was sat by over 100000
students in Australia and 16 other
As with many of the quizzes,
the questions are multiple choice
and students draw from their
subject knowledge and use the
information provided to solve
Although the number of
participants from our school was
down this year, it was a star-
studded line up with two thirds
of our students receiving a merit
The degree of difficulty of the
Quiz this year is attested by the
results of our top two year 12
students, Todd and Laura, who
both answered 50 per cent of the
questions correctly and finished
in the top 6 per cent of students
Year 9 -- Distinction: Jesse
Wundenberg; Year 10 -- Distinction:
Tim Doecke, Daniel Eerden; Year
11 -- Credit: Brianna Webber; High
Distinction: Brianna Schaeffer,
Jonah Hansen, Joel McDonough,
Anabel van der Hoek; Year
12 -- Distinction: Molly O'Dea,
Natasha Ormay, Toby Skewes, Tim
Trewren; High Distinction: Andrew
Crambrook, Jason Geddie, Todd
Stehbens, Laura Zdanowicz.
chemistry quiz co-ordinator
EVENTS FOR THIS WEEK
• 29: Year 7/8 orientation day.
• 30: Year 9 movie Beneath Hill
60 at the Chaffey Theatre; Year 8
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