Home' The Loxton News : November 26th 2014 Contents The Loxton News, Wednesday, November 26, 2014 -- 5
MAYOR (1 vacancy)
HUNT, Peter R
AREA COUNCILLOR (8 vacancies)
Formal Ballot Papers - 2626
Quota - 292
Informal Ballot Papers -- 101
Result after Distribution
KASSEBAUM, Andrew James
WATERMAN, David William
EVANS, Margaret McLean
LYNCH, Stephen Mark
CENTOFANTI, Rhonda Louise
2014 Council Elections
DISTRICT COUNCIL OF
KAROONDA EAST MURRAY
MAYOR (1 vacancy)
BURDETT, Kevin John
AREA COUNCILLOR (6 vacancies)
Formal Ballot Papers - 524
Quota - 75
Informal Ballot Papers -- 12
Result after Distribution
WOOLDRIDGE, William John
LE GALLOU, Peter Michael
PHILLIPS, Caroline Anne
SPARKS, Daryl Keith
2014 Council Elections
Where's our invite?
Loxton Primary School students formed a guard of honour for cyclists taking part in the Ronald McDonald
House Charities Ride for Sick Kids SA, when the group stopped off in town on Monday.
Students cheer cyclists
Loxton Primary School
had some very special
visitors on Monday, as
cyclists taking part in the the
Ronald McDonald House
Charities Ride for Sick
Kids SA stopped by.
The riders were on their way
from Renmark to Waikerie
on Monday, as part of their
1000km journey to raise funds
for the Ronald McDonald House
During their time at Loxton
Primary School, the cyclists
spoke to students about bike
safety and the Ronald McDonald
The cyclists departed Mildura
on Saturday and will leave
Clare today, before travelling
to Nuriootpa and Hahndorf and
arriving in Adelaide on Friday.
Locals getting wet for wellness
The Get Wet for Wellness
program will return on
Tuesday and locals are
urged to head along and
explore the benefits for
The program is in its fifth year
and co-ordinator and physiother-
apist Sue George said it provided
a number of benefits.
"Water therapy is really highly
recommended for most arthritic
conditions and a lot of chronic
health conditions," she said.
The program is the joint ini-
tiative of the Loxton Waikerie
Council and the Loxton
Physiotherapy Service to encour-
age locals to use water and water
facilities as an exercise medium.
"The program is to expose
people that are not familiar with
swimming or being in a pool to
water as an exercise therapy or
as a recreational pursuit or fitness
strategy," Mrs George said.
"For a lot of older people, they
have never even learnt to swim or
never been in the water."
Mrs George said there were
"thousands of benefits" to exer-
cising in the water, with the pro-
gram aiming to improve fitness,
balance and help with rehabilita-
tion after illness, injury or sur-
"Water exercise is one of the
best strategies for people with
arthritis," she said.
"It is also good for people
with chronic health complaints
and people with chronic back
Mrs George said the program
was great for those that face a
number of barriers.
"It is good for people that are
looking for an exercise strategy,
but for whatever reason are find-
ing that walking is difficult or
they don't feel safe to ride a
bike," she said.
"Most people want to exercise
with somebody and some peo-
ple are not confident to exercise
Each session is run by Mrs
George, who monitors partici-
pants' techniques, and Chris Row,
who hosts the exercise compo-
nent of the program.
The program will take place
on Tuesday, December 2, and
Thursday, December 4, from
8.30am to 9.30am.
The cost is $20 per session,
plus $3 for non-members at the
Loxton Swimming Pool.
For more information, or to
join the program, call the Loxton
Physiotherapy Service on 8584
5040 or email (sandy@loxphys.
by Emma Walter
A local health leader claims
country hospitals have been
"forgotten" and there should
be more rural representation
at this Friday's Transforming
Health Summit in Adelaide.
The summit -- expected to be
attended by around 1000 people via
an invitation and ballot selection
-- will include talks on the State
Government's 'Transforming Health'
The paper has determined "quality
principles" for developing the state's
health system, with findings from
public consultation used to develop
metropolitan services and later used
as a basis for regional health.
Loxton and Districts Health
Advisory Council (HACS) presiding
member Sally Goode is concerned
country hospital representatives had
not been invited to the summit.
"I think we need country input now
to stop the fight we will have down
the track when someone says, 'well
these are the standards that everyone
agreed to'," she said.
"These standards, which are being
held up as the be-all and end-all,
may be wonderful for the city, but
they aren't appropriate for country
"You cannot say these are the stan-
dards we will apply across the board
willy-nilly without considering the
country. We will be signing our death
warrant, our local communities will
Ms Goode, one of 12 people on
the state presiding members panel,
said she only received a "generic
invitation" after filling out an online
She plans on attending the summit,
which will run from 9am until 5pm
"With all this hoopla about trans-
forming health, the fact they are hold-
ing this summit almost in secrecy as
far as community representatives are
concerned, is outrageous," she said.
"The whole thing is a farce. This
absolutely convinces me that they've
already got the answers they want
and this is now just a case of 'ticking
Consultation on the Transforming
Health paper closed last Friday and
"cannot be extended", according to
the website stipulations.
However, Loxton and Districts
Health Advisory Council presiding
member Sally Goode has requested
to Minister for Health Jack Snelling
for more time, so the HAC has time
to "properly consider" the points
made in the document and provide an
According to the Transforming
Health website (transforminghealth.
sa.gov.au/), following the summit the
State Government will "consider all
feedback to determine how to deliv-
er the quality standards proposed
by our health professionals and will
announce how this can be achieved".
A special visitor
Loxton had a very special visitor
recently, a young man by the name of
Lochston Botham-Clarke, 7, was named after
the town, as his parents Julie and Mark holi-
dayed in Loxton about 12 years ago.
"We had a lovely time here and liked the
town and then when I was pregnant, our oldest
son Rory, who was about three-and-a-half years
old at the time, was helping us with suggestions
of names because we knew we were going to
have a boy," Mrs Botham-Clark said.
"Rory actually said, 'how about you just call
him Loxton?' and we just thought we really like
that name, so we changed the spelling and he
came to be Lochston."
The recent trip was Lochston's first visit to
the town and said he "really liked" Loxton and
was quick to mention the tree of knowledge and
giant pelican as his favourite things.
The Melbourne family visited Loxton as their
last stop on their extended family holiday to
show Lochston and his siblings, Charlotte and
Rory, where their brother was named after.
Lochston's parents enjoyed two consecutive
summer breaks in the region and stayed at the
Loxton Riverfront Caravan Park, spending a
majority of their holiday on the water.
"We loved Loxton, it is beautiful. We have
warm feelings of Loxton," Mrs Botham-Clarke
Lochston Botham-Clark, 7, made a special visit to
Loxton recently, to see the town he was named after.
Links Archive November 19th 2014 December 3rd 2014 Navigation Previous Page Next Page