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In reply to the Loxton Mardi Gras
Committee's letter to the editor (The Loxton
News, November 12), it saddens me that the
Mardi Gras is still struggling.
Whilst one must commend those people
who stepped forward and saved the event from
going under seven or so years ago, one must
question the viability of having those same
people still running the event.
As with all community events and organisa-
tions, those that seem to do the best are those
that have constant change in leadership.
This prevents two things from happening:
one, we don't end up with a committee that
becomes stale, and secondly, we avoid the
possibility of committee 'ownership' where
committee members forget that regardless of
how or why they come to be on the commit-
tee, that they do not govern, instead are really,
but trusted servants to the community to which
they purport to serve.
Having served on the committee in 2011/12
and based on prior experience, I personally
believe that both of these things have occurred
to the Mardi Gras.
Unfortunately, we are running out of time as
if the Mardi Gras was to falter yet again, then
I feel it may not be savable.
I know that there are plenty of ideas out
there to rejuvenate the whole of Mardi Gras,
but nothing will change until the committee is
able to take a whole soul search into its method
This would have to include a look at the con-
stitution that basically makes it impossible to
effect change, at least while the committee still
refuses to correctly advertise their AGM.
Finally, this is not just about the Mardi Gras.
Far too many groups and organisations in this
district are suffering a similar problem.
Sometimes staleness even prevents others
from having a go, as they feel that should they
put their hands up, then they may get stuck
with a job for years.
Remember, a definition of insanity is, 'to
keep doing what you have always done and
expect a different outcome'.
Let's hope that together as a community we
can save this iconic event.
Digital versus paper
In this digital age it is wonderful to still be
able to relax with a cuppa and read and feel
our local newspapers.
I hope we never lose them altogether. They
are more personal and you feel part of the
people and stories in them.
Robyn McIntosh does a fabulous country
music column (in The Murray Pioneer), keep-
ing everyone up to date.
It is very much appreciated, as is all the hard
work by everyone who contributes to the local
papers. I hope you all continue for a long time
to come. There is nothing better than getting
up close and personal with you local paper.
Iwould like to thank Loxton High School for
nominating me for the 2014 Steve McFarlane
Junior Sports Star of the Year Award.
It was an honour to be a finalist amongst
great talent in the Riverland.
Thank you to all the sponsors and volunteers
who support the awards and congratulations to
all nominees, finalists and the overall winners.
It was an enjoyable evening and very inter-
esting listening to the five inductees into the
'Riverland Legends of Sport'. Jesse Will
2014 finalist basketball/volleyball/football
Facing Christmas without a loved one is one
of life's hardest challenges.
With this in mind, the Loxton Uniting Church
is holding a candle lighting remembrance ser-
vice on Sunday, December 7, at 6pm.
People are invited to come to this short,
gentle and reflective service and light a candle
in memory of their loved one.
As residents of a strong and caring com-
munity, each death touches us all in some way.
The Uniting Church extends their hand of hope
and encouragement to those in grief.
Whether your loved one died recently or
some time ago, all are welcome to attend -- to
pause to reflect, to remember. Lillian Mattner
REMBERING LOVED ONES: PAGE *
Last fortnight I witnessed a scrub and
grass fire that ignited at Paisley, near
The Country Fire Service (CFS) volunteers
in attendance were not only dealing with
temperatures in excess of 35 degrees, but they
were also dealing with the intense heat from
flames and embers.
These dedicated CFS volunteers make an
enormous contribution to protecting lives,
property and the environment across the
Riverland and Mallee.
With bushfire season in the region beginning
last fortnight, I believe it is an important time
to thank the CFS volunteers in the region for
their hard work.
These volunteers put their lives on the line
for the safety of the community and the com-
mitment and efforts of our local CFS volun-
teers should not be understated.Tim Whetstone
Member for Chaffey
For around 16 years I have been involved
with the Moorook Animal Shelter.
It all started after I read the paper and saw
Lola was having issues with the council.
Mum and I went down to the shelter and
talked to Lola about doing a cattery for her.
We started fundraising and with the help
of my Mum and Dad, Belinda and a friend,
myself and my husband Gordon (who built
the shed), the cattery was made.
It wasn't five-star, but it was clean and
had lots of bedding and an outdoor area with
garden benches (so when people came to get
a cat or kitten they could sit and bond with
Belinda and myself would go down every
weekend and clean the cattery and take heaps
of food to feed the cats, everything seemed to
be going well.
Big River Supermarket in Loxton was kind
enough to let me put a donation bin in the
shop and another one was put in Barmera Big
River, which are still in the shops now.
The shelter was getting more animals
dumped and we could see Lola needed more
My mum and myself started fundraising,
holding bingo, street stalls, raffles which we
donated and money tins. We did that for many
I also run around seven days a week collect-
ing food. We are also grateful to have some
great outlets in Loxton, Waikerie, Barmera,
Pinnaroo, Lameroo, Berri.
Okay, life wasn't always perfect. Lola and I
had our ups and downs. Lola could be abrupt
and yes the place was messy, but at the end of
the day it wasn't about Lola, but the animals.
Why is Lola abrupt?
Because she has animals dumped that are
starving, abused and have broken bones. And
she gets abused, so yes, she is a little angry.
People say it is her choice to take in ani-
mals, but it's a choice she cannot ignore.
One of the reasons we helped Lola was
because it was a 'non-kill' shelter.
Some said animals that were there too long
should be put down, but how could you look
at a beautiful animal and have it destroyed?
That is why it is a shelter and a safe haven
for these animals. Then I had so many people
complaining how messy and dirty the shelter
I know now it is cleaned up (but when you
are dealing with so many animals, you start
to clean out the pens and no sooner have you
finished the animals do their business again).
Lola wanted to get all animals desexed,
especially to control the cat and kitten popu-
lation. Lola has had thousands and thousands
of cats and dogs desexed and re-homed at her
expense. It has also cost my husband and I
mega dollars and time.
Now we have a huge problem. Someone
has said no more cats and kittens can go to
the Moorook Animal Shelter.
Where is their common sense?
Lola had 17 phone calls in one day of
people wanting to bring down kittens and
cats. When she said she couldn't, she was
abused and told by these people they will put
them in the river or leave them there. What a
Whoever made this decision about the shel-
ter is not an animal lover.
I am also dealing with heaps of kittens and
cats in Loxton that need re-homing. Now my
hands are tied because Lola was going to help
me. So we have a huge crisis.
It's about time the three councils worked
together. They have had it good for 20 years.
Over the years the Riverland Councils
should have given the shelter funding each
year for the desexing of animals.
A big thank you to the shelter's loyal vol-
unteers and to all the wonderful people in the
Riverland and the Mallee who have donated
and supported the shelter. I hope you will still
continue to do so.
We are not giving up. Martina Roberts
letters to the editor
Letters to the editor should be brief, preferably no more than 200 words, must be
signed and include name and address for publication. A telephone number must
be included for verification. The deadline for letters is 5pm on Monday.
FROM THE BIBLE...
Because of the Lord's great love we are not
consumed, for his compassions never fail.
-- Lementations 3:22,23 (NIV Bible)
the years go by...
by Peter and Carla Magarey
Teusner's blacksmith, Railway Terrace, Taplan, 1923-24. A circa 1917 Model T Ford,
a wagon and a stripper stand outside the smithy's shop. Gustav Teusner, who settled
in Taplan in 1922, soon opened GH Teusner & Sons blacksmithing and wheel-right
business. The district progressed and work came by rail from as far away as Meribah
and Taldra. The blacksmith specialised in hardware and machinery but dealt with a
large array of agencies selling fencing, galvanised iron, timber, furniture, piping, troughs,
tanks and gates. It sold Clutterbuck Bros (Adelaide) Ltd products including Blackstone
and Clutterbuck oil engines, Fairbanks-Morse kerosene engines and home light plants.
They traded in Massey Harris, British-built farm machinery, Twine oil and Top and WML
superphosphates and they were agents of wheat, insurance and taxation. By November,
1925, the Teusners carried over £80 ($160) of Massey machinery parts for 'after sale
service'. In early 1923, Gustav's son Bert opened a grocery store in the main street. He
died in 1945 and the shop was sold to the Jaeschke family. Doug Harvey later owned this
store. The blacksmith shop closed in 1938.
-- Martin Obst photo
Solution to No. 623
1. Legal advisers
8. Sheltered side
10. About that time
22. Mark Twain
27. Surrogate (5-2)
30. Coniferous tree
34. Audio systems
1. Noosed ropes
2. Tropical fish
3. Encourage (3,2)
7. Divvies up
13. On one's toes
16. Actress, ... Gabor
18. Fairy-like creature
21. Tourist centres
22. Funny TV show
26. Pilots a vessel
28. Farm units
29. 40-all in tennis
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