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by Stephanie Gropler
Reserve wetlands received
up to 25 megalitres of water
this month, with local wildlife
already reaping the benefits.
The Water for Nature program is
an initiative of Nature Foundation SA
and saw the Loxton West stormwater
catchment dam filled to capacity, with
overflow seeping into the surrounding
Nature Foundation SA chief execu-
tive officer Ian Atkinson said the proj-
ect would provide “endless” benefits.
“We have filled up the wetlands
and I have been told that frogs well
and truly went berserk with the extra
water,” he said.
Mr Atkinson said the additional
water would give the tree seedlings
that germinated in the 2011/12 high
river event “a good drink”.
“There will be a combination of
vegetation benefits, along with ben-
efits to water birds, frogs and other
critters,” he said.
Nature Foundation currently has
a long-term agreement with the
Commonwealth Environmental Water
Holder to assist in the rehabilitation
of wetlands and floodplains along the
South Australian section of the River
“The water we are using now belongs
to the Commonwealth Environmental
Water Holder,” Mr Atkinson said.
“But it was bought off South
Australian irrigators as part of the
Murray Darling Basin reform.”
Mr Atkinson said it was likely
that the Loxton Riverfront Reserve
wetlands would receive water again
towards the end of next year.
Loxton Waikerie councillor Trevor
Norton said it was “fantastic” that
there was existing infrastructure in
place to enable the project.
“(The Loxton West stormwater
catchment dam) was originally put
there to manage stormwater as part of
the drought and now we are able to
use it, not just for stormwater, but for
an environmental benefit to the area,”
“That is the biggest plus. The fact
that the Commonwealth has water and
we happen to have infrastructure here
by Alexandra Lokan
Council is now facing
a half a million dollar
deficit for this financial
year after initially
planning for a modest
An independent land and
building valuation – required
by law every few years – has
seen a jump in council’s
asset value and therefore an
increase in asset deprecia-
tion of $432,000.
That change has seen a
$57,000 surplus reduce to
a $515,000 deficit for the
2014/15 financial year.
The changes were present-
ed to council last week at its
regular monthly meeting as
part of a budget review.
Council chief executive
Peter Ackland said it was
a key focus of both council
and its asset committee to
minimise the impact of the
unavoidable increases on
council’s operating result.
“Depreciation has a nega-
tive impact on our operations
so while we had a small sur-
plus planned, we now have a
larger deficit predominately
off the back of the larger
depreciation,” he said.
“So we’ll be looking at
that for the remainder of this
current financial year to try
to minimise the impact of
the increased depreciation.
“That’s the nature of those
“That’s done independent-
ly so you know the valuation
is true and correct, but we
don’t know until that’s pro-
vided to us what the impact
on assets has been.
“To make a small impact
into that cost would make a
big change into the operat-
ing result. It’s a key focus.
“We’re going to chip
away at it, it’s going to take
us more than six months,
but if we keep chipping
away we can try to bring
Other changes to the
2014/15 budget include a
saving in electricity thanks
to the repeal of the carbon
“Our electricity provider
has told us we’ve got a 15.5
per cent saving in electricity
costs,” Mr Ackland said.
“Given that it’s a smaller
amount of money, to disperse
to each of our ratepayers
would be a minimal amount.
So we’re looking to make
those adjustments in the next
budget for 2015/16.”
A handy $30,000 award-
ed to Loxton Netball Club
after entering the State
Government’s Fund My
Idea initiative to improve
the Loxton stadium precinct
has now been added to the
“That’s very handy and
to the Loxton Netball Club,
we’re very grateful they
took the initiative to go and
get that funding.”
Watching water fill the dry wetlands as it overflowed from the Loxton West stormwater catchment dam earlier this
month were (from left) Loxton Waikerie councillor Trevor Norton, Loxton to Bookpurnong Local Action Planning
Committee project manager Craig Ferber, Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder local engagement officer
Michelle Campbell and Nature Foundation SA chief executive officer Ian Atkinson.
Stephanie Gropler photo
turns council’s surplus
Drunk driver busted
A 48-year-old Loxton man was reported by
police on Sunday, December 21, for drink driving
after being stopped for a mobile driver screening
test on Hayward Terrace about 8.15pm.
The man allegedly registered a blood alcohol level of
0.142 and was issued with an instant loss of licence for six
months. His vehicle was also impounded for 28 days and he
will be summonsed to appear in court at a later date.
Loxton woman Pauline Weirda received
an early Christmas gift of a new car last
Pauline’s key successfully opened the Toyota Yaris,
first prize in Riverland Radio’s annual Meet Every
The prize draw was conducted at the Renmark
Club, where 60 key holders – drawn from a Riverland
shopping promotion conducted in the weeks leading
up to Christmas – gathered to see who was holding
the winning key.
Pauline was the 13th person to try her luck and was
clearly overwhelmed to claim the major prize.
“Pauline was so happy,” a Riverland Radio spokes-
person said. “She just couldn’t believe it when the
key opened the door of the new Yaris.
“Pauline said afterwards that she desperately need-
ed a new car, so we’re glad the car is going to be
Meet Every Listener was a joint promotion between
Riverland Radio and Big River Toyota, in Berri.
Lucky 13 an early Christmas gift for Pauline
Pauline Weirda reacts after her key opened the door to a
new Toyota Yaris at the Meet Every Listener Riverland Radio
promotion at the Renmark Club last Thursday night.
Will Slee photo
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