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MAYOR (1 vacancy)
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AREA COUNCILLOR (8 vacancies)
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MADDOCKS, Allan Peter
TURTON, Frank James
2014 Council Elections
Helping transform East Terrace in preparation for Light Up Day last week were volunteers (from left)
Connie Kelly, Pat Saunders, Maureen Krollig and Delphie Biele.
-- Stephanie Gropler photo
to light up
Loxton is ready to
light up this weekend,
as East Terrace received
its annual festive
makeover last week.
Riverland High Works
helped transform East
Terrace last Wednesday,
putting up a range of lights,
garlands and displays
throughout the township.
The decorations have
been put in place as part of
the annual Loxton Lights
The festive transforma-
tion was in time for this
year's Light Up Day, which
will take place this Saturday
and features a full day of
The multi-award win-
ning festival is expected to
bring plenty of people to the
region again this year, with
a number of events taking
place in the next month.
Vowles named new Deputy Mayor
Local famer and Loxton
Michael Vowles has been
elected Deputy Mayor.
Mr Vowles, along with fellow
newly elected councillors were
officially sworn in on Friday.
The 10 councillors -- Deb
Thiele, Michael Vowles, Mark
Ward, Margaret Malthouse,
Kym Webber, Jody Flavel,
Travor Norton, Trevor Quast,
David Kimber and Michael
Zeppel -- read an oath and
signed a declaration.
Cr Vowles was elected over
fellow nominated candidate and
former Deputy Mayor Cr Ward.
Loxton Waikerie Mayor Leon
Stasinowsky was elected unop-
Councillors voted to keep the
current meeting time format
-- the third Friday of the month
at 9am, alternating between the
Loxton and Waikerie cham-
Next month's meeting date
has been changed to Monday,
December 15, and will be held at
the Waikerie Council Chambers
• 5411 Karoonda
• 6 William Street.
• 54 Colin Street.
• 22 First Street.
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Where will they go?
by Stacey Roberts
Local dumpings of unwanted
and injured animals could
spike following court-enforced
restrictions imposed on the
Riverland's only shelter, it has
In the Adelaide Magistrates Court
last week operator of Moorook Animal
Shelter Lola McLachlan pleaded guilty
to one count of failing to provide appro-
priate living conditions for animals,
following a raid on the shelter by the
RSPCA early last year.
Ms McLachlan was originally charged
with seven counts of ill treatment of an
animal, but those were withdrawn.
She was placed on a good behaviour
bond of two years and instructed to
have no more than 60 animals at the
shelter at any one time.
However, the shelter has already
received a number of phone calls this
week from locals looking to drop off
unwanted cats and kittens.
Ms McLachlan's daughter, Karen
Roberts, said the shelter had to turn the
"One (call) specifically I overheard,
and the guy said, 'Oh bugger, we'll just
have to go back to dumping them down
at the river'," she said.
Mrs Roberts said rejecting animals
from the shelter leaves her mother "in
"Seeing my mum get upset, it breaks
my heart," she said.
Mrs Roberts said the shelter now has
six months to reduce its numbers to a
total of 60 animals.
"By February she has to be down to
60 dogs and three months on from that,
60 animals (in total)," she said.
An exemption to the limit of 60 ani-
mals would apply for council requests,
in which case the shelter would be
allowed to care for up to 10 additional
dogs for a maximum period of 28
Mrs Roberts said Riverlanders would
need to find alternative options for
unwanted animals so that the shelter did
not exceed its new restrictions.
"If Mum's not there, people just dump
them at her front gate," she said.
"No one is going to say, 'Oh I bet
Lola's at her limit of 60 animals, I bet-
ter rethink whether I should leave my
"What are they going to do now?"
Mrs Roberts said the restrictions
would also have implications for the
Riverland's feral cat population, as the
shelter would no longer be able to de-
sex and vaccinate cats.
"If she can't have cats there, she can't
help with transporting cats around (and)
she can't help control the feral animal
population," she said.
Mrs Roberts was grateful to the sup-
porters and volunteers who assisted her
mother along the way, but said the court
case had taken its toll.
"Mum is empty, the only word is
empty," she said.
"My concern all the way through this
is how much can Mum's poor heart
The new conditions take effect from
February 17, and the shelter is looking
to quickly rehome many of its animals,
particularly cats, to reduce numbers.
Ms McLachlan said she was looking
for Riverlanders to foster cats and dogs
until permanent homes could be found
and that, despite the conviction, she
would continue running the shelter.
"My love for the animals is there,"
"If I can help in any way, I will."
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: PAGE 6
Visitors flock for festival launch
people are expected
to flock to Loxton
for Light Up Day
The annual event sees
tourists and locals gath-
er for a wide range of
entertainment, food and
This year's event is
expected to be bigger
than ever, with Mick
Kelly returning to the
stage, while there will
be glow stick costume-
making to keep tchil-
The fireworks are
expected to be a major
draw card this year, with
Loxton's display one of
the biggest in regional
Father Christmas will
be in his cave on Saturday
at various times.
More details about
can be found inside
the souvenir liftout in
today's Loxton News.
Headed for animal dumping spike...
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