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A Christmas Message
THE CLAUS, CLAWS AND
CAUSE OF CHRISTMAS
Mr Claus is a bearer of gifts, a modern
instrument for indulgence.
He can bring happiness in a box, but
rarely contentment in the heart.
But the jovial generosity Mr Claus repre-
sents does not always win the day.
Christmas is a time of high stress and
tension for many.
There are deadlines to be upheld, repu-
tations to be maintained and expectations
to be met.
When the wheels start to come off, the
claws can come out.
Relationships become strained and the
spirit of the season can turn dour and
Angels are silenced. Shepherds are
scorned. Good news falls on deaf ears.
The nativity is rewritten.
The cause of Christmas – timeless and
infinite divine love – does not belittle our
He does not downplay our frailty.
The infant housed in a manger became
the dwelling for all the infirmity of the hu-
Warts and all, Christ embraced our hu-
manity. He enters our darkness.
The sinless son becomes the sun for sin-
ners. His generosity is of a higher order.
His gift is the only essential one.
In the midst of chaos, he is peace. In the
face of death, he is life.
The joy of Christmas is often overshad-
owed by complication and frustration.
The business and drama of the season
can take on a life of its own.
Perhaps some downsizing should be on
Would our celebration of Christmas be
more meaningful if it was ‘de-clawed’ or
‘de-Claused’? Regardless, the cause of
Christmas, Christ’s seeking and redeem-
ing love is never disheartened.
May your lives be filled with this love the
whole year through.
– Pastor Darrin Kohrt,
Concordia and outlying
Disturbing, but necessary
Further to the rather emotive headline re
feral cats in the last issue of The Loxton
News, (‘Call for cat death cells’, 17/12/14),
it is worth pointing out that the estimated
15 to 18 million feral cats in Australia aver-
age five kills per day/night.
That’s a minimum 75 million kills every
day. Urban cats average 32 kills per annum
and may roam up to 1.25km nightly.
People are right to advocate responsible
cat ownership. That could include cat runs,
microchipping and desexing.
A real problem for any council is the cost
associated with effective cat control.
Cats breed at least twice a year. Roaming
cats beget feral cats. Seventy-five million
kills daily has a huge impact on our native
The cat conversation may be disturbing,
but it’s necessary.
Cat questions continued
Ihave downloaded councillor David
Kimber’s so-called ‘paper’ on feral cats
(The Loxton News, 17/12/2014) and believe
it is full of gratuitous cruelty and provoca-
tive and inflammatory statements, which
are entirely unreferenced, so it is impossi-
ble to know whether they are factual or the
product of his imagination. These include:
Semi-owned (cats) – fed by do-good-
ers (statistically 36 to 65 years of age
women with no children.)
The average cat owner waits three
days before starting a search for their miss-
Feral cats kill on average five times
daily – that’s 75 million kills per day!
In advocating a 'death cell' using carbon
dioxide or carbon monoxide, as a cheaper
option than using a vet, who does he sug-
gest will carry this out – or is he volun-
teering to undertake this task? Does the
Australian Veterinary Association have an
opinion on this?
Did he have permission from the owner
of the house in Third Street which is pic-
tured in his 'paper' with cats on its roof?
His implication is that these cats are ferals,
but as he supplies no evidence of this,
the suggestion is that the domestic mog-
gie is also in his sights. Is Council able
to verify Cr Kimber’s “anecdotal” reports
of residents trapping 40 cats each in their
backyards during 2014?
Did the 145 residents who voted for
David Kimber have any idea of his enthu-
siasm for a ‘final solution’ for cats which
includes a fatal virus?
What is concerning is that councillors are
using their privileged roles to promulgate
their personal strongly held views in selec-
tive arenas, such as community group meet-
ings which they attend as council representa-
tives. These extreme, untested opinions then
become legitimised by being incorporated
into minutes that appear in council records.
If councillors believe there is a need to
bring about a change in council activities
they should bring their concerns to the
council chamber, where they can be debat-
ed in an orderly and intelligent process,
with impartial expert input in an open and
transparent manner. They should certainly
not be using their councillor status to lobby
for their own personal agendas.
Grateful Christmas greetings
Iwould like to publicly thank those re-
sponsible for the lovely gardens at the
winery, it is a nice introduction to Loxton.
Thank you to the volunteers at the
Historical Village who are restoring an
old Fordson tractor which was used by my
late father to pull railway trucks along to
fill them from the Wunkar silo. The tractor
would have been last used about 50 years
A very big thank you to Ron Lee who
finished a project my late husband started
ten years ago: the building of the Titanic.
This was a special offer in The Advertiser
with over 100 small pieces and books. John
started it, left it for a while for various
reasons, then sadly passed away. It sat on a
cupboard for five years collecting dust until
a chance remark to Bill Ebert saw it go to
Ron Lee for completion.
It is an absolute credit to him the detail
is intricate to say the least and his patience
and dedication was amazing. Credit must
go to Lorraine too.
Ron displayed it in the Loxton Show but
it was difficult moving it, but it would be
nice if it could be displayed somewhere for
a while so his work could be appreciated.
I often wonder if any one else took this
offer – in this area.
Thanks to a good friend who drove me, I
saw the light displays. It looked so good to
see them so many do so much, particularly
Counting the cost
What is the financial cost to ratepay-
ers of the District Council of Loxton
Waikerie’s (DCLW) involvement in re-es-
tablishing the “old/overflow” park site for
a privately operated caravan park?
How much are the planning/legal costs?
How much did DCLW acquiring land
For what items and at how much cost will
DCLW provide assistance to the developer
due to the reported $1 million shortfall in
funding needed to ensure project viability?
The Independent Commission Against
Corruption (ICAC) has previously report-
edly expressed concerns as to local gov-
ernment declaring information/meetings
as being “commercial confidence” such
that transparency and public accountabil-
ity appear to be lacking. What may ICAC
actions be, if any, regarding the Waikerie
Caravan Park scenario?
Seasons greetings from Tim
The festive spirit in the Riverland and
Mallee is well and truly alive with
Christmas and the New Year just around
This region is a fantastic place to be at
Christmas time with plenty of colour and
excitement as we have seen at a number of
festive events, including town pageants and
With summer beginning, the festive season
also means warmer weather, opportunities to
take advantage of the mighty River Murray
and catch up with family and friends.
We are blessed to live in such a beautiful
part of the world and I feel extremely thank-
ful to be able to call this region home.
It was an honour and privilege to have
been re-elected as the Member for Chaffey
this year and I once again look forward
to working with the people of Chaffey in
In many ways it has been a challenging
year, battling fruit fly outbreaks to bushfires,
but we have seen continued resilience from
our communities, which have found ways to
be even more innovative and grow stronger.
While there are always going to be chal-
lenges and it is important that politicians
like myself continue to provide robust
debate regarding services and facilities that
the region lacks – we must reflect on the
positives in our communities and be thank-
ful for what we have.
It has been a pleasure to be involved with
many presentations and award ceremonies
throughout the year where local businesses,
individuals and community groups have
been recognised. Once again I would like
to emphasise the importance of shopping
locally, not only at Christmas, but through-
out the year to ensure our businesses thrive
and create jobs.
At Christmas, we must also thank our
volunteers, involved in charities, service
clubs and organisations, who bring joy,
hope and assistance to less fortunate fami-
lies during the festive season.
Finally, I would like to wish you all a
Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous
Member for Chaffey
Give generously this season
As the festive season approaches and as
we reach the end of our centenary year,
I am reminded of the wonderful work of
our Red Cross volunteers.
Each year our volunteers give hundreds
of hours of their time to help people in
crisis, not only in our local community, but
right around the world.
I am also constantly humbled by the
generous public support we receive for our
Your regular donations to Red Cross help
provide a healthy breakfast for kids who
might otherwise go to school hungry, allow
us to make a phone call every day to check
that elderly or isolated people are okay, and
help ensure remote communities in the Asia-
Pacific have access to clean drinking water.
Despite our best efforts, however, there
are always new families that need our help
each year, new communities that find them-
selves in crisis, and a growing number of
lonely, elderly people who find themselves
cut off from friends and family.
At this time of the year, when the generos-
ity of all Australians shines through I would
like to urge everyone to put a little some-
thing aside for people and families in crisis.
To give to the Red Cross Festive Appeal,
go to the website (redcross.org.au) or phone
1800 811 700.
Your tax-deductible gift to the Red Cross
Festive Appeal in our centenary year will
make a real difference.
Executive director for SA
Australian Red Cross
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FROM OUR FILES
10 years ago
Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Bill Ebert is Loxton’s Citizen of the Year for 2005.
Mr Ebert has been one of the driving forces behind
a major fundraiser for the Loxton District Hospital.
FROM THE BIBLE...
The angel answered, the Holy Spirit will come
upon you, and the power of the most high will
overshadow you, so the holy one to be born will
be called the Son of God.
Luke 1:35 (NIV Bible)
the years go by...
by Peter and Carla Magarey
Alawoona Christmas Tree event, 2012. Betty Munchenberg and Helen Smith
helped plan this Christmas event held on a December Sunday evening between
6-10pm. They recall that the farmers were reluctant to stop harvesting to attend
this annual event but their children were keen! To entertain the excited children
‘and to keep them in the Hall’, games such as musical chairs and ‘pass the
parcel’ were played after the evening meal. Says Betty: ‘We sent out 25 or so
notes, inviting regional families to come along and suggesting which salad or
dessert they might wish to contribute to the ‘pooled’ meal’. After the grace and
thanksgiving, the crowd of 60-80 enjoyed the meal and fellowship. After the meal
and the games, each child received a gift then enjoyed ice cream cones, topping
off a great night. A donation was collected during the event to pay for the meat (a
leg of ham), the ice creams and various lollies and balloons for the children. Over
the years, many town Institutes in the Murray Mallee have held similar community
celebrations at Christmas.
Helen Singh photo
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