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Age-old burning question
What a difference a day makes. As
'Shep' and I walked early Saturday
morning, Loxton looked in pristine condi-
tion with grass cut, decorations, etc about.
This Sunday morning in the Ford and
Kia car showing areas, bottles and empty
food containers could be seen and at the
roundabout, some of the candles displays
had been dislodged.
In East Terrace, there were empty drink
and food containers again. Why?
There are a number of rubbish bins in the
area. It must be heart breaking for those
who worked so hard.
Was it locals or visitors?
When I first arrived here in 2007, I com-
mented to a gent about the cleanliness and
lack of apparent damage in and around the
He told me that they emphasised to the
kids that it is their town, so it's up to them
to look after it. Is that now ignored?
Lowdown on ESL
Following the Federal Budget's $898
million cuts to health and education
over the next four years in South Australia,
the State Government was forced to make
The $90 million per year the State
Government used to fund the Emergency
Services Levy (ESL) general remission
(discount) was removed, with that funding
directed to cover just half of the federal
cuts to health.
These cuts are the equivalent of closing
an entire hospital or doubling elective sur-
gery waiting times.
With the removal of the general remis-
sion -- the ESL is now fully funded by levy
This is not something we as a Government
wanted to do, but had to do.
We will immediately return the gen-
eral remission to the ESL if Tony Abbott
overturns his $898 million cuts to South
The ESL will raise $255.4 million in
2014-15 and this money is specifically des-
ignated and must go to emergency services
organisations that keep our communities
It is also important to note that regional
areas still receive discounts on their ESL --
called regional area factors -- which means
people in regional areas pay less ESL on
their properties compared to properties of
the same value in the metropolitan area.
These regional area factors include:
• Regional area one -- regional cities and
towns -- 20 per cent discount on the ESL.
Areas of the cities and towns of Berri,
Goolwa, Kadina, Loxton, Millicent, Mt
Barker, Mt Gambier, Murray Bridge,
Naracoorte, Nuriootpa, Port Augusta, Port
Lincoln, Port Pirie, Renmark, Tanunda,
Victor Harbor and Whyalla.
• Regional area two -- country council
areas outside listed major towns -- 50 per
cent discount on the ESL.
That part of the state outside of regional
area four and regional area one, but still
within a council area.
• Regional area three -- outside council
areas -- 90 per cent discount on discount
on the ESL.
That part of the state not within a council
• Regional area four -- metropolitan
Adelaide -- no discount on ESL.
Land within any metropolitan council,
the Adelaide Hills Council, Corporation of
the Town of Gawler, City of Onkaparinga
or the City of Playford Tom Koutsantonis
State Government Treasurer
Chicken Little scenarios
What a conundrum. The Climate
Council and everyone's favourite
global warming alarmist, Professor Tim
Flannery, has forgotten to tell Australians
the real truth behind this scam of man made
global warming and climate change.
This is the same man, who warned us
five or six years ago that, "the rains that
fall will not be enough to fill our rivers and
Currently all major Australian dams in
the capital cities are at 80-plus per cent.
Too late for all of us taxpayers, who
have forked out billions in the construc-
tion of water desalination plants, thanks to
Flannery's advice to state governments.
Not to mention the billions wasted on
wind turbines and solar panels, that will
never be able to produce baseload power
for this country.
It seems Tim Flannery has been hiding
under a rock for the last 18 years. Here are
• There has been no global warming for
18 years, despite a rise in human produced
CO2 levels of about 20 per cent.
That is available for anyone to Google on
the global temperature satellites that have
been circumnavigating our skies for years.
• Human produced CO2 is only 3 per
cent of total CO2 output in the world's
atmosphere. Of that 3 per cent, Australia
produces only 1.6 per cent of the world's
CO2 -- a very insignificant amount.
We are chicken feed compared to the big
global economies of the world. So, no mat-
ter what we do, Australia cannot change
We have had recently Dr Patrick
Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace, touring
Australia, telling us that the climate change
hoax is just that -- a hoax.
And co-founder of the Weather Channel,
John Coleman, of the USA, has also said its
a load of baloney, only last fortnight.
Our Earth has undergone many changes
over the last six billion years, and will con-
tinue to do with or without our help.
Stop the scaremongering, Mr Flannery,
and concentrate on the positive aspects of
life, not the same 'chicken little' scenarios
you are famous for.
Mount Sheridan, Queensland
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FROM OUR FILES
50 years ago
Wednesday, December 3, 1964
Leith McDonald has been nominated for the
Rural Youth Leader Award and for the Junior
Citizen of the Year Award for outstanding service to
the Loxton Rural Youth Club.
A huge propane gas storage vessel, which was
110 feet long, passed through Loxton.
40 years ago
Wednesday, December 4, 1974
The Orana sheltered workshop was officially
opened and was described by Mayor Leatrice
Pfitzner as "a bridge of hope and happiness."
Attempts by the District Council of Brown's Well
to seek an extentsion of telephone service hours
from 9am to 8am is unlikely to be passed by the
Director of Posts and Telegraphs for SA and NT.
30 years ago
Wednesday, December 5, 1984
The Member for Barker, James Porter, was re-
elected with a clear majority in the federal election.
Karoonda had the highest rainfall gauging in the
Riverland and Murray Mallee for November with a
total of 27mm.20 years ago
Wednesday, November 30, 1994
Loxton's new fire station on Bookpurnong Terace
The Loxton Hotel won the Marketing and Overall
Excellence in Tourism Awards at the Riverland
industry's night of nights.
10 years ago
Wednesday, December 1, 2004
Loxton placed in the top 10 tidiest towns in the
KESAB annual award program.
The Riverland Relay for Life, held at the Berri
Oval, raised around $23,000 for the Cancer
FROM THE BIBLE...
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful
in prayer. Share with God's people who are in
need. Practice hospitality.
-- Romans 12:12,13 (NIV Bible)
the years go by...
by Peter and Carla Magarey
The acclaimed Loxton Oratorio Choir performing The Messiah, at St Peter's Lutheran
Church in 1966. In the late-1950s, the Riverland towns were blessed with a vibrant
Gilbert and Sullivan Society in Berri and an excellent brass-band at Renmark (directed
by David Hopkins). In 1959, Loxton Congregational Minister, Rev Abbott, formed
a choir to sing Handel's Messiah. Upon his departure in 1960, the choir recessed
until 1962 when John Potter, Department of Agriculture soils conservationist, arrived
in town. He re-assembled the choir which included Brenda Dunstone (secretary),
Marjorie Denholm-Tucker pianist, and singers Erwin, Edna and Lou Thiele, Noel
Sims, Roy and Pat Coudre, Barry Ziersch, Lottie Bradtke and Mrs LW Loffler. Works
performed in 1963 were: Olivet to Calvary (Loxton) and Creation (Waikerie and
Loxton); 1964: The Crucifixion and St Nicholas (Loxton); and 1965: All Bach Concert
(Loxton) and Elijah (Renmark). In 1966, the choir assisted celebrations of the union of
the two Lutheran synods in Loxton, singing at a public event on the oval. In their final,
outstanding community performance in December that year, the 80-member choir
sang, The Messiah in St Peter's. Memories of this choir linger yet.
-- Information and photo from John Potter
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Solution to No. 624
6. Bomb failures
8. Fleshy plant
9. Jamboree blaze
10. Bullets etc.
16. Of the skin
29. Kitchen vessels
32. Preceding all
others in time
33. Concrete block
34. Flatten a fly
1. Boy's name
3. Boy's name
4. One who suffers
for their beliefs
7. Fire a gun
15. Convent teacher
19. Shout of approval
20. Furthest down
25. Type of melon
27. Tyre inflators
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