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by Alexandra Lokan
While some locals have
no doubt left their shopping
until today, Loxton
businesses have reported
steady trade in the weeks
leading up to Christmas.
Loxton Chamber of Commerce
chair and business owner Deb
Petch said she had heard posi-
tive comments from local traders
since the annual Loxton Lights
“Everybody had a really good
Lights Up night,” she said.
“I think it’s been starting to
get busier now but it seems like
things are going well.”
Extended weekend trading
hours – still a relatively new ini-
tiative in Loxton – have proved
to be worthwhile for business-
es which chose to open their
“If you’re shopping and you
know the shops are open over
the weekend, you’ve still got
time to do your shopping,” Mrs
“It was really up to the trad-
ers if they wanted to open after
Lights Up but on most Sundays
there’s been at least four or five
shops that have been open.
“We’ve had extended trading
until 2pm on Saturday too.
“I’m fairly certain that that has
Mrs Petch said Loxton’s trad-
ers were grateful for the support
they received from local shop-
pers making an effort to buy
local where they can.
“It’s great to see people get-
ting behind us,” she said.
“It keeps us around and it
keeps our town centre thriving.”
shop up a
Loxton Waikerie council staff were
evacuated from the Loxton office on
Thursday afternoon after an electrical
fault caused the building’s roof to fill
The MFS, police and ambulance service
attended the incident, which saw staff allowed
back into the building after several hours.
East Terrace was blocked off in front of the
building while emergency services were in
attendance for over an hour.
TALKING TAPLAN: Local historians Carla and Peter Magarey (pictured) launched
their new book Toil and Triumph – ‘Zachers’ of Taplan on Monday morning at the
East Terrace rotunda. Loxton Waikerie mayor Leon Stasinowsky officiated at the
ceremony which was attended by more than 50 people. The book is the sixth in a
series recounting the region’s rich history.
Stephanie Gropler photo
Locals returning to the Riverland or
expecting visitors during the summer
holidays are asked to remain vigilant
against the threat of fruit fly.
Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister
Leon Bignell said South Australia was the only
Australian mainland state to be fruit fly free.
“Keeping South Australia fruit fly free not only
protects the commercial production of our fruit
and vegetables, but also helps our horticultural
producers with access to lucrative export mar-
kets such as US, Japan and New Zealand, worth
approximately $120 million a year,” he said.
“It’s in every South Australian’s interest to
ensure we stay free of this pest.
“If you’re heading interstate for Christmas,
don’t bring fruit and vegetables back with you.
“If you have friends and relatives coming from
Adelaide for Christmas or from interstate, please
tell them not to bring fruit and vegetables with
“We will be operating random road blocks
throughout the Christmas and New Year period.
If you’re carrying fruit and vegetables, you will
Fruit fly summer
Council office evacuated
The MFS were called to the Loxton council office on Thursday.
Firefighters could be seen inspecting the
roof of the Loxton council office.
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