Home' The Loxton News : December 10th 2014 Contents 6 – The Loxton News, Wednesday, December 10, 2014
CHANGING FACE OF FOOTY
Monday night’s announcement that East
Murray Football Club has been forced to fold
while sad – is an unfortunate sign of the
Coinciding with Blanchetown-Swan Reach’s
decision to go into recess for the 2015 sea-
son, it’s grim news for local football.
For a long time the sustainability of two foot-
ball competitions (the RFL and Independents)
has been under scrutiny, especially given
that clubs on both sides of the fence have
struggled to field players in the past.
The loss of two teams to an already
stretched competition may indeed be the writ-
ing on the wall and give even more creedence
to the oft-raised ‘solution’ of merging with the
RFL B grade.
And while no doubt there will be people
quick to say “I told you so”, let us not forget
that this point has been made via the exit of
two proud clubs.
Not an easy decision to make, the decision
to fold and draw an era of sporting history to
a close is hard and should be no reflection on
the tireless efforts made by those committee
members who have fought tooth and nail until
now to secure its future.
The Tigers are an unfortunate victim in the
general shift of population.
Thanks for the roaring good times East
A night to remember
As a year 12 student I wanted my year 12
formal to be one to remember.
Last week’s Loxton High School Prom
lived up to all expectations and everyone had
an amazing time.
On behalf of students who attended, I
would like to thank the Loxton Waikerie
Council for making the grounds look picture
The Loxton Sporting Club also deserve
thanks for allowing us to use their wonderful
facility, which looked beautiful and set the
scene for a memorable night.
Brok Bates and his team of helpers ensured
we were well fed and the meals were of a
Everyone agreed it was one of the best
proms ever, especially because the weather
was kind to us.
PROM PHOTOS: PAGES 8 & 9
Where will the cats go?
Since the ruling that no more cats will be
allowed at the Moorook Animal Shelter,
can you please tell me where are the stray
cats and dumped litters of kittens will go?
Can you tell me the council’s plan to
address this problem and how the funding
they receive is going to be used to care and
protect the animals of our community?
Since these rulings have gone through, I
feel sick to my stomach because it will be
the cats that will suffer.
Please stand up and be a leading example
for other councils. Please help.
Cherise and Jan Stocker
Novita fundraiser thanks
On Saturday, November 29, the Loxton
Berri Auxiliary of Novita Children’s
Services held a most successful ‘high tea’ at
The Country Bakehouse.
Tim and Julie Vivian once again very
generously gave of their time and expertise
to host this event as part of Loxton Light
Forty-two fortunate members of the
Loxton community were able to enjoy a
glass of champagne/apple cider whilst feast-
ing on delicious ribbon sandwiches and
a selection of tortes, tarts and spectacular
cakes plus coffee/tea. At this event we also
finalised our Light Up raffle and announced
the five prize winners.
I would sincerely like to thank the Loxton
community for so generously supporting
this fundraising event.
It was quite humbling and amazing to
receive donations in lieu of raffle tickets in
the four days we spent outside Woolworths
store at Loxton.
A special thank you to Loxton Woolworths
manager Rose for her support.
As a result of the raffle and high tea,
Novita has benefited by more that $2400.
This money will allow Novita to continue
to support young people in our area as well
as there country regions throughout South
Once again, I’d like to thank all those who
made this fundraising so successful and
Loxton Berri Auxliary
Novita Children’s Services
More money, not less
State Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis (The
Loxton News, December 3) has stated
that the Federal Government has cut $898
million from our state’s health and education
budget over the next four years, 2014-15 to
Does this mean South Australia will be
getting less federal money for health and
education in 2014-15 onwards than in 2013-
14? According to Warren Truss, Minister for
Infrastructure and Regional Development,
it does not.
Mr Truss states in a press release on
October 9, 2014, that federal funding to our
state’s health budget will increase by $333
million and education will increase by $275
million from 2014-15 to 2017-18.
That’s increases of 34 per cent and 27 per
cent respectively from 2013-14 levels.
These figures have been calculated from
the 2014-15 Federal Budget papers. Are
these figures to be trusted?
Where does Mr Koutsantonis calculate
his figure of $898 million from? Did he
compare the 2013-14 Federal Budget papers
with the 2014-15 Federal Budget papers?
As a layman to analysing budget papers, I
find it hard to arrive anywhere near a cut of
More clarification from Mr Koutsantonis
would be greatly appreciated as to how he
calculated these cuts. Nevertheless, our state
will have more money to spend on health
and education, not less.
It just won’t be as much as what the previ-
ous federal Labor Government wanted to
give our state over the forward estimates.
The increase however in federal health and
education funding is apparently not enough
for our State Government to efficiently run
our hospitals and schools.
Not even enough to stop the threats of
hospital closures and the doubling of elec-
tive surgery waiting times. They want more
money and they want us to pay for it through
increasing our payment of the ESL.
With a 2013-14 federal deficit of $48.5
billion, the Federal Government deemed the
funding to health and education budgeted
by the previous federal government was
South Australia’s deficit for the 2013-14
year was $1.23 billion – the largest deficit in
South Australia’s history.
Our federal and state government spend
more than they earn and now our state gov-
ernment want the taxpayers of this state to
pay more, not to decrease debt but to contin-
ue to increase health and education spending
that appears sustainably unrealistic.
Mr Koutsantonis, why are the federal
increases to health and education not enough
that you need another $90 million a year
from the people of this state?
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FROM OUR FILES
50 years ago
Wednesday, December 10, 1964
Scoring the winning run from the last ball of
the day, Wanbi snatched victory from Loxton
North White in Saturday’s Loxton District Cricket
40 years ago
Wednesday, December 11, 1974
About 17 friends and neighbours combined re-
sources to harvest a large portion of Mervyn
Gladigau’s crop, as the local is in the Royal Adelaide
Hospital following an accident on his farm.
30 years ago
Wednesday, December 12, 1984
Loxton High School was described as a leader in
secondary education in SA, at the annual speech
night on Monday.
20 years ago
Wednesday, December 7, 1994
The makers of Two Dogs alcoholic lemonade
have announced a plan to brew the drink at the
Loxton winery of Australian Vintage Ltd over the
next 12 months.
10 years ago
Wednesday, December 8, 2004
Orana Incorporated hosted a dual celebration
for its 30th anniversary in the town, while Loxton
man John Krix was presented with life member-
ship of the organisation.
FROM THE BIBLE...
Delight yourself in the Lord; and he will give you the
desire of your heart.
– Psalm 37:4 (NRSV Bible)
the years go by...
by Peter and Carla Magarey
Brown’s Well District Area School, 2007. Fifty years ago, in 1964, the Speaker of
the House of Assembly, Mr TC Stott, received advice from the Minister of Education,
Sir Baden Pattinson, that he had approved the possible establishment of two area
secondary schools in the Mallee – one at Agincourt Bore (East Murray), near Wanbi,
and another at Paruna. To feed the new East Murray Area School, local schools at
Copeville, Mantung, Mercunda, Halidon, Mindarie and Wanbi were to close while for
the schools at Paruna, Meribah, Nadda, Peebinga and Alawoona and after June, 1967,
Taplan Primary Schools would close. In September, 1965, at a combined schools
sports day at Paruna, then Minister of Education the Hon RR Loveday announced
that the Area School at Paruna would proceed. On February 7, 1966, 115 students (94
primary and 21 secondary) commenced the new school in two former Paruna Primary
School buildings and the local institute. Mr Eric Howlett was the first headmaster. The
school’s official opening was held on September 29, 1967, with 300 in attendance. The
school closed on December 12, 2007.
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and keep cool
A number of people have
recently expressed concern
about this virus coming to
Australia and have enquired
about our risks in the
I am happy to reassure you
that this a definitely a case of
‘be alert, but not alarmed’.
There have now been about
6000 reported deaths due to
Ebola worldwide since the
current epidemic broke out.
Almost all of these have
been in the three small west
African nations of Guinea,
Sierra Leone and Liberia
– check the map, this is a very
small corner of the globe.
Only a very small handful of
cases have been confirmed in
the remainder of the world,
with most of these being
health workers returning
from Ebola treatment centres
and most of these have recov-
There have been no deaths
in Australia related to Ebola.
By comparison, about 3000
Australians die annually from
the complications of the flu
and over 1000 are killed each
year on our roads.
Worldwide, over 500,000
people die from Malaria. So
although Ebola is serious,
frightening and newsworthy,
it is a relatively small fish.
Nevertheless, here is what
to watch for and what to do
If you have been to one of
the three countries in ques-
tion in the last 21 days, or
have contacted someone who
has become ill after returning
from Guinea, Sierra Leone or
Liberia in the last three weeks
and you develop fever, head-
ache, muscle pain, vomiting,
diarrhoea or unusual bleed-
ing, stay at home in isolation
and call the Communicable
Disease Control Branch on
1300 232 272.
Meanwhile, please drive
carefully, have your annual
flu shot and ask your doctor
for antimalarial prophylaxis if
Beat The Heat
Hot weather also injures
people. I mentioned ‘slip,
slop, slap’ and skin clinics in
the last health column, but
the Department of Veterans
Affairs has just issued some
further useful advice, recog-
nising that there are a large
number of heat related hos-
pital presentations over sum-
mer, especially in the older
community. They say heat
related symptoms to watch
for include thirst, reduced
urine output or dark urine,
dizziness, excessive sweating,
headache, muscle cramps,
nausea and feeling faint or
Falls are also more common
in people affected by the heat.
Severe heat exhaustion can
cause confusion, palpitations,
vomiting and hot dry red skin.
They suggest keeping your
house cool – I know electric-
ity is expensive, but running
your air conditioner is not
going to break the bank, I
Beware the modern remote
controls, which need to be set
to cooling – usually indicated
by an icon vaguely resembling
a snowflake rather than a sun
– or they will not actually cool
the room to the temperature
you set on the thermostat.
Take your walk or water
your garden in the early
morning or late evening, keep
your fluids up and eat cold
food, rather than cook. The
department also suggests a
trip to the doctor to discuss
your medications as these
sometimes need to be adjust-
ed in the hot weather.
Blood pressure treatments,
fluid tablets, blood thinners
and some other medications
sometimes need to have
their doses modified in hot
with Dr Peter Hamilton
ON LOCAL HEALTH
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