Home' The Loxton News : November 5th 2014 Contents The Loxton News, Wednesday, November 5, 2014 -- 5
Students' centenary present
by Emma Walter
After four years of
fundraising and planning,
Loxton Primary School
students will see their
Attendees at the weekend's
school centenary celebrations
were given a peek at initial
works for the new playground,
which is being installed
behind the library near Pflaum
Counsellor Andrew Caire
said the school's current -- and
only -- playground was not big
enough to accommodate all
An old permapine play-
ground on the 'little oval' was
pulled down several years
ago and while the school was
promised equipment from the
former Brown's Well Area
School, it is unsafe for instal-
lation after being cut for trans-
"The middle and upper pri-
mary students haven't had any-
thing for around seven years
now," he said.
"The students started plan-
ning (a new playground) back
in 2010. They had 3D designs
and models made up and pre-
"The children have had a
lot of input into the project
from the very start -- equip-
ment choices and range.
"From then on, we've been
fundraising. Each year we've
raised money towards it and
we're getting very close to the
total amount needed."
Coinciding with the school's
milestone year, the project
has been called the 'centenary
equipment will have climbing
frames, swings and a rubber
'soft fall' surface for safety.
The school has raised and
budgeted $80,000 so far
and looking to raise around
$30,000 more, according to
He said a dedicated team of
parents had been project man-
aging the playground, while
families had also "taken up the
cause" of supporting fundrais-
"We thank the community
for getting behind it and help-
ing push along our fundraising
over the past four years," Mr
"It's the next stage of the
school's development. We're
always moving forward and
why not have something like
this to mark the 100 years of
the school? It's something the
students can enjoy for many
years to come."
Donations towards the play-
ground can be made at the
Individuals, families or
groups donating $50 or more
will have their name engraved
on a plaque, which will be
installed at the playground
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An initial concept plan of the proposed middle/upper
primary playground. Equipment has been chosen with an
"upper body/climbing focus" aimed towards older students.
Members of the Loxton RSL are inviting
the public to come along to the Remembrance
Day service on Tuesday morning.
Locals are urged to assemble at 10.45am at the
Cross of Sacrifice in Tobruk Avenue.
The service will include the laying of the wreaths
and a minutes silence at 11am.
Loxton RSL vice-president Bill Button said he was
hopeful that a large crowd would join the service.
"It is not to celebrate war, it is to pay our respects
to those who did serve," he said.
Mr Button said it was important for people of all
ages to remember the sacrifices made.
Minister for Veterans' Affairs Michael Ronaldson
is urging locals to purchase and wear a red poppy in
support of the Poppy Day Appeal.
"Buying a poppy contributes significantly to the
fundraising work of the RSL," he said.
"The money raised helps provide financial and
medical assistance, advocacy and support services to
current and former serving members of the defence
force and their families."
Minister Ronaldson said wearing a red poppy
acknowledges the service and sacrifice of those
who have served, including more than 102,000
Australians who lost their lives in war, peacekeeping
and other operations.
"Red poppies have long been a symbol of
Remembrance Day. The red Flanders poppy was one
of the first plants to grow on the battlefields of the
Western Front," he said.
Loxton's service will be held at the Cross of
Sacrifice at 10.45am, followed by refreshments at
the RSL Hall.
Anyone with a wreath is urged to bring it along and
notify the secretary before Friday on 0418 851 270.
Health visitors tour hosptial
The Loxton Hospital
Complex and Loxton Health
Centre received a special
visit last Wednesday.
The president of the Australian
Medical Association (SA), Dr
Patricia Montanaro, along with
chief executive officer, Joe
Hooper, were in Loxton as part of
a special regional tour.
Dr Montanaro said the aim of
the visit was to meet with local
doctors in the region and discuss
"I believe that all South
Australians deserve a certain level
of access to health services," she
"The communities work very
hard for their health services and
we have just seen some fabu-
lous redevelopments here that the
community have funded by fund-
Dr Montanaro said Loxton was
fortunate to have doctors that were
part of the community.
"When doctor is a resident in a
place for a long time, they look at
their services and their communi-
ties needs," she said.
"When you are working in a
local area, you can very clearly
see the communities needs and
you are so close to the commu-
nity that they are going to tell you
what they need.
"The doctors here and I can
see from the hospital, they have
opened their hearts to the commu-
nity and they are there for them in
the good times and the challeng-
Loxton is a popular place for
medical students, Dr Montanaro
said this was due to the hard work
of many local doctors.
"The Riverland doctors have
worked really hard to be an
attractive place, which is helped
because the Riverland is so beau-
tiful," she said.
"They work right from the stu-
dent level to make sure people
can come and have a great experi-
"Lots of people who have come
as students or have come as a
trainee, have then come back to
give good service back to the
Visiting the Loxton Hospital Complex last Wednesday as part of a regional tour were Australian
Medical Association (SA) business development and relations Bernadette Liddy (left), president Patricia
Montanaro (centre) and chief executive officer Joe Hooper (right), with local doctor Peter Tait (second
from left) and Loxton Hospital Complex director of nursing and midwifery Merridee Seiboth.
Reports and results from around the district... PAGES 13-16
En route to revamp
Initial roadworks to upgrade
the Karoonda Highway have
Around 11 kilometres of shoulder
sealing and surface correction works
were undertaken between Karoonda
and Kulde, including Wynarka.
The project is part of stage one of
a $2.3 million pledge to upgrade the
Mallee section of road.
"The State Government listened to
the local community's concerns at the
Riverland Country Cabinet (held in
Loxton) in June this year, and com-
menced these works to significantly
improve safety for motorists using
this important road," said Transport
and Infrastructure Minister Stephen
"The 171km Karoonda Highway
provides a vital link between the
Murray River towns of Murray
Bridge and Loxton."
Minister Mullighan said work
would start on resurfacing 5.5km
"after the harvest season" and is slat-
ed for completion in March, 2015.
"The improvements include sealed
shoulders (approximately one metre
wide) and line marking," he said.
"This will significantly improve
safety for motorists by reducing the
risk of 'run-off road' type crashes."
Stage two of the highway's upgrade
will consist of around 9km of shoul-
der sealing, line marking and sur-
face correction between Wynarka
and Kulde, and is due to commence
The works form part of the State
Government's response to uncertain-
ty around the Mallee rail lines.
Although Genesee and Wyoming
and Viterra agreed to a 12-month
continuation of the lines in August,
the possibility of a future closure
The Department of Planning,
Transport and Infrastructure thanked
motorists for their patience while
works were carried out.
Around 11 kilometres of shoulder sealing and road surface correction
works on the Karoonda Highway have been completed in stage one of a
$2.3 million upgrade of the Mallee road.
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