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'Super' team effort
by Laura Eckert
Despite the heat, hundreds of
locals participated in the 2014
Relay for Life event at Berri
Oval on the weekend.
More than 25 teams completed
countless laps from 2pm Saturday to
Sunday morning, and raised $68,000
for the Cancer Council's Riverland
Relay for Life organiser Anne
Yabsley said the hot weather failed to
deter participants, with more young
people turning out than ever before.
"It was exceptional, and everybody
loved it," she said.
"At 3am and 4am there were the
most walkers I'd ever seen out on
"There were so many young people
this year, as we had two high schools
join the event.
"It was very warm initially, but
everybody stayed sun smart and
remembered to put on sunscreen, wear
their hats and remained hydrated.
"The weather dramatically changed
and it got quite cool at night.
"We're lucky we just missed the
storm that came in later on Sunday."
Ms Yabsley said the money raised
from the 19-hour fundraiser walk will
support researchers and provide ser-
vices to Riverlanders living with and
affected by cancer.
"Our target was $65,000 this year,
so we managed to achieve that and
we still have donations coming in,"
"We won't have a final figure for
another two weeks, but we would love
to make the $70,000 mark.
"It is really important that we sup-
port the Cancer Council, because
when people in a rural area are diag-
nosed with cancer they have to go to
Adelaide for treatment.
"They will need accommodation
and the average person cannot afford
to put themselves up in a motel for
several months, so the council pro-
vides units to patients.
"Without the funding rural people
would be totally lost."
Ms Yansley has encouraged young
people from local schools and sport-
ing clubs to consider registering for
the 2015 Relay for Life.
Swim season under way
The gates at the
Pool will open on
Saturday for the
2014/15 season, with
many locals eager
to get back into the
Pool manager Chris
Row said she was look-
ing forward to another
"I think it will be a very
good season. I am look-
ing forward to it again
this year," she said.
"A lot of people are
looking forward to
the start of the season,
especially our morning
Mrs Row said the
swimming pool was a
great outing for fami-
"We try to encourage
people to come down
here and make an eve-
ning of it," she said.
"On Friday nights
or weekends if it is
extremely hot, people
get a pizza or bring their
"We are extremely
lucky with the amount of
shade we have... You can
sit under there and it is
The Bureau of
Meteorology has predict-
ed a warmer than normal
October, November and
December, while warm-
er than usual nights are
likely for most of the
This season, admission
for adults will be $3.60
and $2.60 for children,
students and concession.
Season tickets are
$75.60 for adults, $54.50
for children, students and
concession or $156 for a
family of five.
"It is very affordable,"
Mrs Row said.
"You can stay all day
or come twice a day if
you get a season ticket,"
"You can come and do
serious swimming in the
morning and then come
back with your kids in
The Loxton Swimming
Pool will be a hive of
activity this season, with
a number of coaching
clinics and courses com-
Chris Wigell will be hold-
ing coaching sessions at
the pool again this year,
while Swimming SA
will host a coaching and
development course on
In addition, Austswim
will hold a teacher of
swimming and water
safety course on
December 6 and 7.
The pool will be open
from 6am to 9.30am and
3.30pm to 8.30pm on
Monday to Friday during
the school term and 2pm
to 8.30pm on Saturday
During school holi-
days, the pool will open
from 6am to 9.30am and
reopen from 11.30am
to 8.30pm on weekdays
and 2pm to 8.30pm on
However, Mrs Row
said opening and clos-
ing times were subject to
"If the demand is there,
we stay open a bit lon-
ger," she added.
The gates to the Loxton Swimming Pool will open for another season on
Saturday and manager Chris Row is expecting a busy summer.
Year of highlights for local JPs
Highlights from the past
year were outlined at the
annual gathering of local
JPs (Justices of the Peace)
In his report, outgoing Riverland
Justices Group chairman Dennis
Wutke said a recent meeting with
the Mid North justices group -- at
the Morgan Hotel -- was among a
highlight, as was "sharing news,
ideas and generally networking
with other South Australian JPs".
Mr Wutke also reported that a
planned 'daily room' at the Berri
Library was yet to be established,
while Loxton was in the pro-
cess of looking into setting up a
similar room at the Loxton Public
Harry Ter Bogt, of Renmark,
was elected chairman at the
group's 2014 AGM.
Other office bearers were: Bruce
Lieven, of Barmera (vice chair-
man), Jacque Zagotsis, of Monash
(secretary), Wendy Jamieson, of
Monash (treasurer), David Ward,
Lorraine Fielke, both of Loxton,
and Glynn Slade, of Berri (com-
Mr Ter Bogt is the group's only
'special justice' and more are
being sought to do this work.
"Special justices are trained to
work closely with a magistrate,
taking pressure off that office with
minor court hearings and hearings
when a magistrate is unavailable,"
a group spokesperson said.
trainers are also needed as train-
ing for all justices is becoming a
must to keep up with the frequent
changes in laws and the many
and varied forms we witness the
Guest speaker at the AGM was
Berri tourism officer Ella Winnall,
who gave "an enlightening talk on
her work and promoting Berri and
the Riverland on the tourism cal-
endar". She also spoke on youth
and tourism in our area.
Any local JPs are urged to join
their local group, as training is
provided free of charge at regular
intervals throughout the year.
A full list of current justices
in the Riverland is printed in the
Riverland Link phone book for
easy access for community mem-
bers seeking a justice.
At the recent Riverland Justices Group annual general meeting were (from left) David Ward (committee
member), Jacque Zagotsis (secretary), Glynn Slade (committee member), Dennis Wutke (outgoing
chair), Bruce Lieven (vice chair), Harry Ter Bogt (incoming chair), Wendy Jamieson (treasurer) and Lori
Taking part in the Relay for Life event in Berri on the weekend were (from
left) Lucas Size, Lachie Hentschke, Brad Beswick, Tyler Wagner and Angus
Size. Front: Declan Size.
-- Deidre Graham photo
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