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Free trade ‘winner’
by Paul Mitchell
The Riverland – in
particular its wine industry
is a “massive winner”
from this week’s free trade
agreement (FTA) with
The historic deal has sparked
hope of spectacular market
growth for Riverland wine, and
a return to prosperous times for
struggling local growers.
Under the agreement, tariffs on
wine exports to China will be cut
by 14-20 per cent over the next
four years, making Australian
wines price-competitive with
product from New Zealand and
Chile, which already enjoy FTA
deals with China.
Australia’s FTA was wel-
comed by Member for Barker
Tony Pasin, who said Chile was
seeing the benefits of increased
access to China, with a “seven
fold increase in (wine) exports
since concluding its free trade
“The China free trade agree-
ment is the biggest thing to hap-
pen to Australian agriculture
since Federation,” Mr Pasin
Riverland Wine chief execu-
tive Chris Byrne said the FTA
was “great news for many of this
“Certainly it is good news for
our winegrowers and wine mak-
ers,” Mr Byrne said.
“We are confident these new
trading arrangements will gener-
ate sustainable and substantial
pull through for our wines.
“We congratulate the Federal
Government for this latest free
trade agreement and we look for-
ward to building trade relations
and partnerships with Chinese
Mr Byrne said the FTA follows
years of work from Riverland
growers to make their indus-
try more sustainable, including
improving farm management
practices, rehabilitating irriga-
tion infrastructure, improving
processing, and working closer
with industry bodies and govern-
“We have excellent access
to markets and a strategic plan
that identifies market growth for
Riverland wine as one of the key
pathways back to prosperity,”
Mr Pasin said the FTA would
add billions of dollars to the
Australian economy and create
“tens of thousands of jobs in
He said his electorate would
be among the major beneficia-
ries of the agreement.
“Barker is a massive winner
from the China FTA with beef,
sheep meat, dairy, wine, hor-
ticulture and seafood all set to
enjoy the substantial benefits of
this deal,” he said.
“More than 85 per cent of
Australian goods exports (by
value) will be tariff free upon
commencement of the agree-
ment, rising to 93 per cent within
“I welcome the historic China
free trade agreement and look
forward to seeing producers in
my electorate share in the ben-
efits of increased access to the
of Australia president Tony
D’Aloisio said the agreement
was a significant and welcome
Pine trees in Loxton’s Heritage
Park are undergoing a facelift
via artistic carvings.
Local artist Tim Baulderstone has
started transforming the trees on
Bookpurnong Terrace, which will fea-
ture designs by Loxton High School
Mr Baulderstone said the students
were asked to produce designs around
the theme of local fauna and flora.
“They did a great job designing
them,” he said.
The tree sculpturing idea was put
forward by the Loxton Recreation
Grounds earlier this year to transform
the 18 pine trees into a piece of art and
point of interest for tourists.
“Each of the students were assigned
a particular tree and they had to design
a carving for it,” Mr Baulderstone
“They did a lot of research on tree
carving and they came up with some
The year 9 students each produced
a drawing and then a model in clay,
which Mr Baulderstone is using to
help him carve the designs.
“I basically draw what is on the
model. Draw it on the tree with chalk
roughly and then just carve away,” he
“It is quite similar to limestone. You
take the main chunks out with the
chainsaw and then you get in with an
angle grinder and smooth it away.
“I try and get the shape of what I
am doing established very early and
then it is just smoothing the edges and
Mr Baulderstone is hoping to fin-
ish the wood carvings by Christmas
if weather permits and said it was a
“great community effort”.
“I think the students are really excit-
ed about something they are doing at
school is actually going to exist in the
town forever,” he said.
“There is a real sense of ownership.
Locals and tourists will appreciate it
because it genuinely came from the
Loxton High School year nine art students designed tree carving concepts for
local artist, Tim Baulderstone to use in transforming the Heritage Park pine
trees on Bookpurning Terrace. Pictured are (clockwise, from top left) Connor
Heinrich, Bridgette Walmesley-Cotham, Kaleb Muller and Jesse Kent.
‘Guilty’ neglect plea
Shelter owner Lola
McLachlan has been
convicted for failing
to provide animals
between January and
March in 2013.
Mrs McLachlan, 66,
pleaded guilty in the
Court on Monday to a
general charge of failing
to provide appropriate
living conditions for the
animals, after the initial
seven charges of ill treat-
ment of an animal were
dropped under a deal
between the prosecution
and her lawyer.
Mrs McLachlan was
placed on a two-year
$500 good behaviour
bond and will be allowed
to continue operating the
The court heard condi-
tions at the shelter dete-
riorated after the death of
Mrs McLachlan’s partner
The Moorook Animal
Shelter was first charged
in March last year, after
a raid was carried out by
During the raid,
eight dogs and a kitten
were removed and Mrs
McLachlan was given a
timeline to make changes
to the site.
The raid resulted in
statewide media cover-
age and a surge of sup-
port for Mrs McLachlan.
Outside the court on
Monday, about 50 sup-
porters praised the work
of Mrs McLachlan, with
many holding placards.
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