Home' The Loxton News : November 19th 2014 Contents The Loxton News, Wednesday, November 19, 2014 – 5
by Emma Walter
Locals have been urged to have
their say on community health
services, with consultation on a
state discussion paper closing this
Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone
is encouraging residents to make a
submission on the State Government’s
‘Transforming Health’ discussion paper,
which has determined “quality princi-
ples” for developing the state’s health
Findings from the consultation will be
used to develop metropolitan services.
However, in last week’s Loxton News,
Loxton District Health Advisory Council
presiding member Sally Goode raised
concern that proposed standards would
not translate to rural hospitals.
Mr Whetstone last week echoed those
concerns and urged Riverlanders and
Mallee residents to “make their voice
“For me, it’s code for centralising
health services,” he said.
“The Minister for Health (Jack
Snelling), through question time (in
Parliament) has not ruled out hospital
closure, so that is ringing alarm bells.
“We have to watch the outcomes of
this Transforming Health discussion
paper very carefully, because country
hospitals are vulnerable.
“Every community deserves to have
adequate health services within a reason-
able radius of their town. I don’t want to
see anyone having to travel considerable
miles because the Government deem it
to be okay.”
Mr Whetstone described local health
services – like the Loxton Hospital
Complex – as “part of our community
He said part of this was the “vital” role
played by volunteers on health advisory
“They are a vital sounding board for
giving information and more important-
ly, for recognising where the deficiencies
or shortcomings are in their hospital,”
“They are the eyes and ears of their
hospitals and are vital for the relevance
and continuation of healthcare in region-
Consultation on the Transforming
Health discussion paper closes this
Friday, November 21.
A health summit will be held later this
year where the process of Transforming
Health will be further discussed.
For more information, or to take part
in the consultation process, visit the
Hats off to bowls volunteers
Over 60 people gathered at the
Loxton District Bowling Club for a
volunteer appreciation morning tea on
The morning tea was to recognise and bring
together bowlers from across the Riverland
and thank them for their time and support.
Bowls SA’s commercial business manager
Daniel Lawlor said volunteers played an
important role in bowling clubs, sport and in
“Bowls SA welcomes the opportunity to
visit the District Council of Loxton Waikerie
to showcase the sport and recognise the
efforts and dedication of volunteers across the
Riverland,” he said.
Athlete Welfare and Corporate Development
identity Stewart McCully was a guest speaker
at the event, and spoke about the importance
The morning tea was held in addition to
a Senior Supa Series, which was held at the
Waikerie Bowling Club on Friday.
Enjoying morning tea on Thursday were (from left), back: Beth Huppatz, Bernie Mattner
and Sue Coombs. Front: Graeme Huppatz, Bert Mattner and Ross Coombs.
by Stephanie Gropler
The Loxton High School
debating teams had great
success at the interschool
taking home all three
Year 8, 9 and 10 students trav-
elled to Renmark High School
for the inaugural competition and
English teacher and coach Cyrus
Weir said he was “extremely
proud” of the Loxton High
“It was a stellar performance
from all three of the teams and
I am really glad they managed
to bring it home, especially
because this was the inaugural
event,” he said.
Each year 9 and 10 team
required each speaker to deliver
a five minute argument, while
year 8s debated for four minutes
The Loxton High School stu-
dents practised for almost 15
weeks and Mr Weir said their
efforts had “certainly paid off”.
Students speak up
Locals are encouraged to submit
their addresses for a Loxton
Christmas lights register, to be
published throughout the festive
season in The Loxton News.
A collaboration between the Loxton
Lights Festival committee and The
Loxton News, the listing will provide
location details for festive displays in
Committee secretary Pat West said it
was an opportunity to draw attention
to the “spectacular” displays around
the whole Loxton district – not just
the town’s Santa’s Walk/suggested tour
“It was raised at our callback meeting
that a listing would be great for Loxton,
knowing that there are a number of
brilliant displays not on the tour route,”
“If people go to the effort of putting
up a lovely display, I’m sure they would
want to share it.
“There could be the added benefit that
this listing will encourage more people
to put up displays this year too. You do
it for other people as much as you do it
Loxton News editor Emma Walter said
the listing would also be a handy ‘go-to’
guide for locals and visitors.
The lights display listing will be print-
ed – and added to – in every edition of
the newspaper until Christmas Day.
“Many people are already familiar
with Christmas Wonderland and the
Loxton town streets listed on the sug-
gested tour route,” Ms Walter said.
“We now want to hear about our area’s
‘ hidden gem’ displays – the festive
transformations of front yards across
Loxton North, Moorook, Kingston-on-
Murray and everywhere in between.”
People can submit their addresses by
email (firstname.lastname@example.org), by
phoning 8584 7271 or by calling by the
East Terrace office.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: PAGE 4
Nicola Badran (left), Bridgette Walmesley-Cotham and Allysha
Hargreaves won the year 9 debating shield.
Chantelle Kaesler (left), Zoe Battams and Alex Seiboth triumphed
in the interschool debating competition held at Renmark High
Year 8 students Ben Waechter (left), Domenic McInerney and Ella
Schultz took out the year 8 interschool debating shield recently.
List your festive display Festival a soaking success
Wild weather failed to put
a dampener on the Moorook
Riverstock music festival over
Organisers considered halting the
event on Saturday night, due to heavy
rain, but it ultimately progressed as
scheduled, committee spokesperson
Trevor Norton said.
“Yeah, the weather wasn’t ideal,
but despite a heavy downpour that
threatened to cancel Saturday night’s
music, it was overcome and the show
went on,” he said.
“The message is, rain or shine,
Riverstock just kept going.”
Mr Norton said despute the weath-
er conditions, overall crowd numbers
for the three days remained solid.
He said adjacent camping grounds
were ‘chockers” all weekend.
Saturday night’s headline act,
Swanee, was “outstanding”, while
the Riverland’s Kelly Menhennett
was also well received.
Crowd favourite Swanee had locals up and dancing
Grant Schwartzkopff photo
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