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Locals are being encouraged to have
their say on improving access for heavy
vehicles and agricultural machinery
through an online survey.
The new project is expected to create greater
efficiencies and reduce transport costs for pri-
Locals have until Friday, November 21, to have
their say and Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
Minister Leon Bignell said transport costs were
a major issue for South Australia's primary
"Primary industries are a vital part of the
State's economy, and to remain globally compet-
itive our producers must be able to seize oppor-
tunities to increase productivity and decrease the
costs involved," he said.
"Road transport is critical in linking the differ-
ent parts of the supply chain. If we can remove
some of the current constraints we should be
able to see benefits across the industry."
Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone said it
was important for locals to have input into the
"Both the ministers have given the farmers, the
road users and the transport uses an opportunity
to express any deficiencies or any problems, lack
of maintenance," he said.
"We have the capacity to give the best feed-
back because we use the roads everyday."
Mr Whetstone said many locals were currently
having issues with permits.
"Now that we have a national heavy vehicle
regulator, it is taking far too much time to have
those permits issued," he said.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen
Mullighan said current road transport regulations
would be examined against the issues identified
to see where efficiencies could be created.
"The survey results will give us a clearer
picture of how regulations can be improved and
where minor capital and infrastructure works
can be done now to reduce time and cost fac-
tors without compromising community safety,"
"We are looking to identify where approved
routes for larger vehicles can be extended, and to
investigate the issue of accessing a facility which
is located just off an approved route."
The survey is available online via the website
(ppsa.org.au/roadtransportsurvey) and is open
for public comment until Friday, November 21.
Mr Whetstone urged anyone with concerns or
does not have access to internet to call into his
"I will be putting in a submission and I can
put their views in amongst that submission," he
Hotel's generous donation
by Stephanie Gropler
While Laneway Live
is done and dusted for
another year, the good will
of the event is continuing,
with the money raised
from the event now
The Loxton Hotel presented
the Loxton Hospital Complex
with a cheque for $3378.20,
after the Laneway Live event
saw over 550 people flock into
Pflaum Terrace last month.
Loxton and Districts Health
Advisory Council presiding
member Sally Goode said she
"was rapt" with the support
shown by locals and the hotel.
"We are just over the moon
about it," she said.
The good news does not
end there, as the Loxton Hotel
has decided to donate future
proceeds from Laneway Live
events to the local hospital.
"To get something like that
on a regular basis, we would
be over the moon," Mrs Goode
As part of the two organisa-
tions banding together, Loxton
Hotel manager Karen Kilsby
said over 30 hospital volun-
teers donated their time to this
year's Laneway Live event.
"It was great to have some
volunteers from the hospital. It
showed everybody that we are
working together," she said.
Hospital volunteers sold
tickets at the gate, along with
serving food and helping set
up the venue.
Ms Kilsby said it was reward-
ing to support the Loxton
Hospital Complex, which
assists patients from across the
Riverland and Mallee.
"It was one way of being
able to give back once again
to the community, but also to a
cause that everybody will use,"
"It is another example of
helping the community."
While it is unknown what
the donation will be directed
towards, Mrs Goode said some
of the bathrooms were high on
the priority list.
"We need to do something
about our last section of the
hospital as the bathrooms are
just not up to what we think
our community expects," she
"They have difficult access
and we want to bring them up
to the standard of the rest of
Preparations are already
under way for next year's
Laneway Live music festi-
val and Ms Kilsby said they
would look at fine tuning the
"Obviously we want to build
Laneway Live and therefore
build the donation to the hos-
pital," she added.
Over 200 locals enjoyed a German
feast on Saturday, as part of the
Longest Lutheran Lunch.
Pastor Mark Hansen said it was a "fan-
tastic" event, which was enjoyed under the
trees at St Peter's Lutheran Church.
"We had a beautiful weather for the
wonderful event. We were very blessed,"
The annual event has taken on a German
theme in recent years and Pastor Hansen
said it was "very well received".
"We had a roast lunch, then we had a
costume contest, a jumping castle, face
painting, gingerbread making contest for
the kids, we also had a German cake con-
test," he said.
Over 200 people gathered for at St Peter's Lutheran Church on the weekend, as part
of the Longest Lutheran Lunch celebrations.
Locals pay their respects
Over 100 locals
gathered for the
service at the Cross of
Sacrifice yesterday, to
honour the men and
women who lost their
lives in World War I.
local organisations, service
groups and schools attended
the service and laid wreaths
at the base of the cross.
Brigadier and for-
mer local Cheryl Pearce
addressed the crowd and
spoke about the origins of
The service started at
10.45am, with the address
and wreath laying, followed
by the last post, a one min-
ute's silence at 11am and
the national anthem.
Following the service, peo-
ple were invited back to the
RSL Hall for morning tea.
Over 370kg of Lions Christmas
cakes and puddings are expected
to be sold in Loxton during the
coming weeks, with the first cake
sold for the festive season on
Deliveries were made to selected busi-
nesses last week, while locals will also
have the opportunity to purchase a Lions
Christmas cake from a trading stall in East
Terrace throughout the festive season.
Loxton Lions Club president Karren
Durkin said the cakes and puddings were
a favourite among many families during
the Christmas period.
"They are quite tasty and they have 50
per cent fruit content," she said.
This year, the 1.5kg cake is available
for $16, while the 1kg cake and puddings
are $12 each.
Ms Durkin said individual cakes were
also being trialled this year.
The cakes are available to purchase
at Bank SA, Vaughan's Shoe Store and
Sewing Centre, Hygienic Meats, Home
Hardware and Schwarz Motor Repairs.
Proceeds from the sale of the cakes go
towards Lions Club projects.
Selling Lions Christmas cakes and
puddings in East Terrace recently were
(from left) Loxton Lions Club president
Karren Durkin and members Peter and
PLAYGROUND DONATION: The inaugural Kick Up Your Heels For The Kids
Ball raised $2100 for the Loxton Pioneer Playground. Event organiser Kylie
Loxton (second from right) and Elise Cameron (front), presented a cheque to
Loxton Pioneer Playground Working Group members Kerrie-anne Hughes (left)
and Rosemary French. They are pictured with event sponsor, Ryan Seaman, of
Loxton's poor fuel price form
to tenth place in
the RAA's regional
fuel star ratings for
The town ranked fifth for
August, before dropping to
eighth spot in September
and now its current position
sees Loxton with an overall
rating of 2.3 out of five.
RAA Senior Analyst
Chris West said regional
fuel retailers have failed to
pass on a 10 cents per litre
drop in crude oil prices.
"We're seeing 18-month
low prices in Adelaide at
$1.29 per litre, while in
the country they are being
charged $1.40-$1.60 per
litre," he said.
"If regional fuel retailers
had passed on the crude
oil drop as has happened in
Adelaide, country motorists
in most major towns would
be seeing ULP prices in the
high $1.30 range."
Most towns failed to reach
a 'fair' rating of three or
higher in October, with Port
Augusta the only exception
He said country towns
faced a further slide in rat-
ings if they failed to pass on
the 10 cents per litre crude
oil price drop to customers
in the coming weeks.
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