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MDBA total stor-
age decreased by
105GL this week,
with the active stor-
age now 5752GL
(68 per cent capac-
ity). At Dartmouth
Reservoir, the stor-
age volume decreased 40GL to 3418GL
(89 per cent capacity). The release is
steady at 7000ML/day as water is trans-
ferred downstream to Hume Reservoir.
Storage at Hume Reservoir decreased
40GL this week to 1969GL (66 per cent
On the Edward River system, the
combined flow through the Edward and
Gulpa offtakes is steady at 1900ML/day.
Diversions to the Wakool Main Canal
are currently 600ML/day. The flow
downstream of Stevens Weir is steady at
2650ML/day with the addition of water
from the Edward escape.
At Menindee Lakes, the storage vol-
ume has decreased 12GL to 234GL (14
per cent capacity).
At Wentworth Weir, the release has been
steady at 9100ML/day but is expected to
rise over the coming week to just over
10,000ML/day. Lock 9 is being held at
around 20 cm above FSL (27.4m AHD),
whilst the Lock 8 weir pool is targeting
40 cm above FSL (24.6m AHD).
At Lake Victoria, the storage volume
decreased 14GL to 559GL (83 per cent
capacity). The flow to South Australia
has been targeting 10,000ML/day over
the past week, which has incorporated
entitlement flows together with environ-
mental water from the Goulburn River,
Campaspe River, Broken Creek and
return flows from Hattah Lakes.
The flow to South Australia will be
reduced in the coming week to 9750ML/
day as the volume of environmental water
to be delivered reduces.
The flow over Lock 1 averaged
8800ML/day this week and, at the Lower
Lakes, the five-day average water level
in Lake Alexandrina is 0.69m AHD.
The barrage releases continue to target
Berri 200EC units, Morgan 350,
Mannum 340, Milang 720.
Growers who lodged expressions of interest (EOIs)
in October for funding under the SARMS Program
round two should have received advice of their suc-
cess or otherwise last week.
Those deemed to comply with the guidelines and
to have made competitive bids have been invited to
proceed to stage two and to prepare detailed applica-
tions by 5pm on Friday, January 9, 2015.
This closing date has been extended from Friday,
December 19, in response to requests from applicants
and service providers assisting with the details, and
to ensure adequate due diligence has been under-
taken to mitigate against future withdrawals.
The SARMS regional support officers (RSOs) are
very aware that applicants whose EOIs have been
deemed unsuccessful may be disappointed.
The outcomes of these assessments are outlined
in letters to applicants from Primary Industries and
An RSO will contact each of the unsuccessful appli-
cants to provide further clarification on the EOI
However, the RSOs’ independence from the assess-
ment process means they will be unable to provide
any additional specific information relating to indi-
vidual assessment decisions.
In other SARMS developments, the project man-
agement team has also advised that, as a result of
the withdrawal of a number of Round 1 applicants,
some of the (disappointed) applicants on the Round
1 reserves list were called up and offers have been
extended with funding from the Round 1 allocation.
As a footnote, the Community and Industry
Engagement Reference Group (CIERG) convened for
the first time yesterday.
This group will provide insight and intelligence on
community and industry reaction to the delivery of
strategic direction of SARMS programs.
Riverland Wine members are urged to provide
SARMS feedback to this organisation regarding any
aspect of the SARMS program to ensure CIERG and
PIRSA management are well positioned to assess
progress and make adjustments to this once-in-a-life-
time funding opportunity for the region.
ROADSHOW FOR WAP DRAFT
Water Allocation Plans (WAPs) are a dry topic.
Most of the community roll their eyes, look the
other way and hope someone else will give the plan
the third degree, iron out the wrinkles and declare it
is good to go and everyone’s a winner.
Unfortunately, that is not quite the way it goes or
It is difficult to find winners. Water is a diminishing
resource in this part of the planet, where popula-
tions are sneaking up, environments are demanding
protection and food, wine, and fibre production are
considered (by most) to be the essential elements of
a good life.
Following months of preparation with key stake-
holder groups and the River Murray Advisory
Committee, and following an internal departmental
review, the SAMDB NRM Board released the draft
WAP for the River Murray Prescribed Watercourse for
community consultation on Tuesday, November 25.
The board is urging all stakeholders to familiarise
themselves with the WAP and provide feedback in the
form of written submissions.
For those who are unaware, the River Murray
Prescribed Watercourse is the River Murray from the
Victorian border, encompassing Lakes Alexandrina
and Albert, portions of Currency Creek and the
Finniss, Angas and Bremer rivers.
If you are still awake and reading this, you will
likely agree that it is a dry topic. So, who is going to
read the WAP, do the analysis and write a submission
to the board? We’ll see.
To make it easy, the board is taking the WAP on a
If you are keen to see it, be at the Berri Bowling
Club on Riverview Drive on Tuesday, December 9, at
The roadshow will kick off with a barbecue.
Riverland Wine members are key stakeholders, so
make a date to be there.
The presentation will be repeated the following day
at Murray Bridge and again at Goolwa on Thursday,
For those who are keen, do some homework before
the event. Drum up on the WAP and check the fact
QUAD BIKE RESEARCH
Do you work in agriculture in South Australia and
ride a quad bike for work purposes?
If the answer is ‘yes’, the Centre for Automotive
Safety Research (CARS) at the University of Adelaide
will appreciate your assistance, and your input may
save a life or crippling injury.
Quad bikes play an important role in agriculture,
but in recent years the number of deaths and injuries
associated with their use has increased.
CARS is conducting a research project into the use
of quad bikes in South Australia, and would like to talk
to you about your experiences riding a quad bike as
part of the study.
This will involve a short interview at a place that is
convenient for you. CARS is happy to visit your prop-
erty for the interview.
For more details, download the information sheet
If you would like to participate in this important
study or would like further details, contact the Centre
for Automotive Safety Research at the University of
Adelaide via phone (1800 043678, toll free) or email
week ending Wednesday, November 26
TERM FOUR, WEEK SEVEN
On Wednesday we went down to the
The birds we saw were corellas, cockatoos,
purple swamp hens, welcome swallows
The turbidity this week was 50NTU, which
is 10NTU higher than last week's reading.
The salinity this week was 176ECU, which
is 3ECU higher than last week's reading.
Our principal joined us on our walk to
the river. It was great that she could
experience what we do each week.
by Kasey, year 3
Melanie's a fine wine winner
by Stephanie Gropler
Local winemaker Melanie
Kargas has had a string of
success recently, picking up
a range of awards and medals
in competitions across the
The Salena Estate senior wine-
maker recently won blue gold
awards at the Sydney International
Wine Show for the 2013 Ink Series
Nero d'Avola and 2013 Ink Series
In addition, the 2013 Ink Series
Nero d'Avola was awarded a gold
medal at the Australian Alternative
Wine Show in Mildura recently
and a silver medal at the Adelaide
"I couldn't do any of what I do
without our fabulous growers and
the passion and dedication they
put into their vineyards," she said.
"You can't make good wines
from bad fruit."
Ms Kargas said after nine years
of being a winemaker at Salena
Estate, she was beginning to
recognise her style.
"I don't listen to how other wine-
makers make wine," she said.
"It has probably been nine years
of trial and error. Just working out
what works and what doesn't.
"My biggest thing has been to
not try and manipulate the fruit
too much. Let the fruit do what the
fruit wants to do.
"I think that is why we have had
so much success."
Ms Kargas said winning the
blue gold awards for the nero
d'avola and vermentino in Sydney
recently was "really exciting".
"It is a three stage process," she
"Firstly, the wines are all tasted
on their own and they basically
eliminate a fair few and the ones
that advance through to round two
are then judged alongside food.
"Which is what our ink series
range is all about. It is all about
wines to be enjoyed with food."
From there, Ms Kargas said
judges decided which wines would
"Out of 2000 wines, I think there
is only 300 that make it through to
the second round of judging and
then basically the judges work out
their top 100," she said.
"So to have two wines both go
through is great."
Ms Kargas said it was "a good
feeling" to be able to showcase
Riverland wines and show her
passion for producing quality
"To have Riverland wines, that
are doing so well at capital city
base and international shows is
amazing," she said.
"To actually be getting golds
and trophies, alongside wines
from cool climates is really good.
"The vermentino picked up the
best of its class 2014 and pret-
ty much all of the other entries
that it was up against were from
McLaren Vale and Adelaide Hills.
"So to win that is pretty cool."
Salena Estate senior winemaker
Mel Kargas has had great success
recently, scooping a range of
awards and trophies.
The new Mallee Sustainable
Farming has welcomed a
familiar face to its board of
directors, with local man
Andrew Biele recently
The annual general meeting
recently saw Mr Biele join current
directors from Victoria, New South
Wales and South Australia.
Mr Biele is currently the farm
operations manager at Bulla
Mallee Sustainable Farming Inc
is a grower group which aims to
assist farmers to adopt even more
efficient and profitable farming
systems in the Mallee of South
Australia, Victoria and New South
Chairman Ian Hastings said the
new directors would have plenty of
work to do in coming months.
"Collaborative projects, which
are funded by the Grains Research
and Development Corporation
(GRDC) and partnerships with
CSIRO, DEPI Victoria and NR
SAMDB continue to produce
promising results that will benefit
Unfortunate sign of the times
saleyards have been
with up to three
quarters of pens
Golding said the yards
would be "well utilised"
in other regional areas.
"They weren't being
utilised here due to the
fact that we don't have
an off-shear sale any-
more or wooly lamb
sale," he said.
Mr Golding said it
was "sad to see them
"We used to have
massive sales here," he
"Apparently it is just
the sign of the times
Mr Golding said
cropping had "taken
over" the area.
"The people that have
stayed local to the meri-
nos and sheep industry
in general are getting
very good rewards at
the moment," he said.
Many local farm-
ers were now selling
over the hooks, which
means directly selling
to a processor.
"That way you know
what you are getting
for them," Mr Golding
In 2001, a record
breaking sale sheep sale
was held, with buyers
paying over $1 million
for the 20,500 sheep
and lambs yarded.
A number of local
saleyards have closed
in recent years, includ-
ing Karoonda and
The Loxton saleyards, on Robertson Avenue, pictured in early October, prior to being taken down.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2001
Extensions to the
will be opened
next Tuesday as
par t of the local
issued by the Bureau of Meteorology
Today: Early fog and frost
patches. Mild and mostly sunny
with light winds.
Thursday: Early fog and frost,
then a fine and mild day with
freshening northerly winds.
Friday: Rain developing. Fresh
to strong northerl y winds,
with the non-
payment of fees
A catchy name
has been given to
the new community
access centre to
be established at
Buyers paid over $1 million for the
20,500 sheep and lambs yarded at
the Loxton market on Monday.
The woolly lamb and off shears sale was
ly by Elders Limited and
manager for Elders,
arket was the
buyers and interested observers to attend this
annual market for many years.
They came f rom ma ny parts of Sout h
Australia and from Victoria, with some
enquiry also evident from New South Wales
Mr Lock said th at given t he seaso n
conditions in the Northern Mallee thi
lambs were "in p
"Consequently, a greater percentage of the
lambs were more attractive to graziers than to
the meat trade.
"However, with selective buying, the meat
t r a de was able to put together some
field Meat, from Warrnambool in
as the major trade buyer of lambs,
R Pastoral, of Murray Bridge,
Wesfarmers Landmark Loxton branch,
topped the market at $92, with that price paid
by a Crystal Brook purchaser.
Top prices paid for other categories
included $57 for wether lambs; $61 for ewe
lambs; $80.50 for young ewes; and $52 for
Mr Lock said a flock dispersal by M.E.L.
English and Son, of Waikerie, w have sold
h majority of their prop
Brian Lock (left) and Cameron Cooney call the bids during the record breaking sheep and lamb sale at Loxton on Monday.
Million dollar market
The Loxton News,
September 5, 2001
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