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Tim Whetstone MP
Tim Whetstone MP
Member for Chaffey
phone: (08) 8582 4230
fax: (08) 8582 4231
PO Box 959 Berri SA 5343
Christmas in Cha ey
Over the last few weeks, the hype to Christmas
has begun to pick up pace, kicking o with the
Berri Merri Christmas. Most recently I a ended
the Waikerie Christmas Pageant and Loxton
Lights Up and am looking forward to seeing
many of you at further celebrations across the
Riverland and Mallee as Christmas nears. e
Cha ey Electorate O ce will be closed from
December 22, 2014, and re-open on January 5,
2015 for the Christmas and New Year break. I
would like to take this opportunity to encourage
travellers to drive safely over the holiday period
and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year.
K7 Bluebird celebrations
It was both an honour and privilege in my role
as patron for the K7 Project Bluebird to take
part in a commemorative dinner and 'splash-a-
thon' to mark the 50th anniversary of Donald
Campbell's world water speed record a empt at
ousands of people a ended the anniversary
weekend and it was an opportune time to
speak with many of the people involved
in Donald Campbell's a empt some 50
I recently congratulated the commi ee and
everyone involved in organising the event
during a speech in Parliament and I would
like to once again extend my congratulations
for such a successful weekend. I will continue
to support the commi ee in their e orts to
establish a Donald Campbell museum in
Tourism spotlight on the region
e continued passion to adapt within the
ever changing tourism industry has seen three
Riverland businesses recognised as part of the
South Australian Tourism Awards. Well done
to BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park,
which won the 'Tourist and Caravan Parks'
category, e Frames at Paringa, which won the
'New Tourism Development' category and the
Loxton Christmas Lights, which won silver in
the 'Festival and Events' category. It is always
fantastic to see local businesses rewarded for
Almond exporter acknowledged
Renmark-based Almondco Australia was
recently recognised at the 2014 South Australian
Food Industry Program Awards in Adelaide.
e growing exporter picked up three awards
from 10 categories, capping o a fantastic year
in which it celebrated its 70th year in operation.
Well done also to the Renmark Club which
won the regional club of the year, most
improved club and best club operations at the
Clubs SA Awards recently.
Community bene t grants
e Community Bene t SA (CBSA)
grant provides one-o project funding to
incorporated, non-government, non-pro t,
charitable and social welfare organisations to
develop and strengthen communities across the
metropolitan, rural and remote regions of South
Australia. Grants aim to improve the community
participation, life management skills, well-being
and quality of life of disadvantaged individuals,
families and communities. Applications for
grants can be submi ed anytime throughout
the year. For further information, please contact
the Cha ey Electorate O ce on 8582 4230.
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Edo's Australian adventure
by Emma Walter
Italian visitor Edoardo 'Edo'
Gaudiomonte has thanked
the Loxton community for
making his stay in Australia
The 17-year-old has been staying
with the Taylor-Cass family for the
past five months, attending Loxton
High School and experiencing "all
For Edoardo, the change of life
from Turin -- which has a population
of over 900,000 people -- to a country
town was "really different".
"It's funny, because my first choice
for exchange was to go to New
Zealand and then I found out there are
more sheep than humans, so decided
to go to Australia and I end up staying
on a sheep farm," he said.
"I've really enjoyed my time here,
it's been amazing -- the family I'm
staying with, the school and Loxton
"I have made a lot of friends. It's
been very interesting learning all
about Aussie slang and all your say-
"When I talk with my family back
home, I must have picked up some of
it, because they don't always under-
There are many memories that will
stick in Edoardo's mind -- touring the
Riverland, seeing kangaroos, koalas
and emus among the highlights.
However, the same cannot be said
for an Australian favourite food.
"One of the first things I did when
I arrived in the country was try
Vegemite and I am sorry, but I don't
like it at all," Edoardo said.
"My first experience (eating it from
a spoon) was bad. It's very salty."
In addition to plenty of photographs
and souvenirs, Edoardo said he will
take away many friendships -- of
schoolmates and his host family.
He gave a special thanks to his host
sister Jazmine Taylor for "making me
feel so welcome in your home".
"I can not thank the Cass family
enough. They are the main character
of this experience," he said.
For part of the duration of Eduardo's
stay, his host sister Jazmine was on a
student exchange herself.
She spent two months in
Christchurch, New Zealand.
An article on Jazmine's experi-
ences will be printed in The Loxton
News' Christmas Liftout, which will
be available on December 17.
Carols under the stars
Local residents will be
able to enjoy an evening
of entertainment under
the stars Sunday week, as
the Loxton Community
Christmas Carols take
place at the rotunda on
This year's carols will hap-
pen on Sunday, December
14, and Loxton Community
Carols Committee member
Merv Gladigau is urging
locals to head along.
"There will definitely be
some favourite carols on the
night," he said.
A number of traditional
and modern carols will be
performed by locals through-
out the evening, includ-
ing items from the Singing
Christmas Tree group, The
Barber Shop Boys, Renmark
Brass Band and local pri-
"There will be plenty
of items and this year's
guest singer will be Josie
Robertson," Mr Gladigau
Other guest singers include
Loxton High School choir,
while local Mark Skewes
will compare the event.
The Living Waters
Worship Team will enter-
tain the crowd prior to the
Over 350 people attend-
ed last year's Loxton
Carols and Mr Gladigau
said it was a good opportu-
nity for the community to
come together in the spirit of
"It is for families and at
the end of the night, there
will be treats for the chil-
dren," he said.
It is a gold coin donation
for the program and candles,
with the event hosted by a
combination of local church-
es. Attendees are encouraged
to bring their own chair.
The Loxton Community
Christmas Carols will be at
the rotunda on December 14
In the event of inclement
weather, the event will be
moved to the Loxton Peace
• 5411 Karoonda
• 6 William Street
• 54 Colin Street
• 22 First Street
• 15 Hilltop Drive
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Edoardo Gaudiomonte (pictured with his 'host sister' Jazmine Taylor) has been experiencing
life in Australia, attending Loxton High School and staying with the Taylor/Cass family.
Edoardo said one of his Australian stay highlights
was getting up close and personal with a koala
during a visit to Gorge Wildlife Park.
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