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Cat comments response
Itake exception to Sally Goode's accu-
sations ('Cat questions continued', The
Loxton News, December 24).
She appears to have missed the list of ref-
erences at the end of my paper.
I refer to Federal Environment Minister
Greg Hunt in my paper. In The Australian
(January 1, 2014) he called for research into
a virus to eradicate feral cats: that is where
the '75 million native species killed daily' is
A well-attended feral cat workshop at
Cambrai in August was an eye-opener to me
and it is where the information on various
control devices emanated. My paper was
attached to minutes of the Riverland Local
Government Advisory Board. That body
has had several discussions on the control of
cats, both urban and feral.
Ms Goode is wrong too, regarding what
she describes as "promulgating person-
al strongly held views". A Council Cat
Management Working Party was set up and
met in June, 2014. I am one of seven people
who attended that meeting, four being elect-
It was the report in The Loxton News
regarding drowned cats found in the river
(June 4, 2014) that prompted my interest
and concerns. The various statistics are not
mine, but taken from the various reputable
In this letter I would also seek to allay the
fears of an obviously outraged anonymous
member of the public who wrote to me
under the wrong impression that I had per-
sonally come up with what he or she termed
It is in everyone's interest to educate
the community to the obvious benefits of
responsible cat ownership and the terrible
toll cats take on our native wild life.
Importance of education
Regarding the article on cat control and
eradication reported in The Loxton
News, December 17, 2014.
Point one: anecdotal reports are just that
and lack substance.
Mr Kimber, whilst being a member of
Loxton Waikerie Council, stressed the opin-
ions stated were his own and this was duly
As a fundraising committee member sup-
porting the Moorook Animal Shelter, we
accept that feral cats can be a problem
(caused by humans) and therefore question
the logic in the Loxton Waikerie Council's
decision to cease the allowance of cats to
be taken in and rehomed after desexing by
Mr Kimber's suggestions are both ques-
tionable and disgusting.
Education is noted last on his list and
should be first as cats have no say in the mat-
ter, only irresponsible human beings along
with irresponsible suggestions. Pam Bell
Friends of the Moorook Animal Shelter
Horrified by story
Iwrite in response to the front page ar-
ticle in The Loxton News (Wednesday,
December 17) regarding Loxton Waikerie
councillor David Kimber's feral cat control
I was horrified and sickened. To have in
black and white the ways to kill cats was not
called for and now will give people ideas.
There are many cat owners who have had
their pet cats desexed and micro-chipped,
but have then seen them vanish.
So what is the point of doing the right
thing if your beloved cat is murdered and
disposed of? No closure.
Maybe the newspapers need to talk to a
Loxton woman I know and her family. Their
beautiful cat was poisoned with 1080. The
woman's young granddaughter was so trau-
matised that she needed counselling because
the cat died a slow, shocking death.
Also, if a cat is poisoned and laying dead
somewhere, birds and wildlife will eat from
it and die too.
Another case was all the dead cats near
the Loxton Aquatic Club along the riverbank
-- the smell was shocking.
I should have left them there because
we had heaps of canoeists there soon after.
Would have been a good tourist attraction
Thank you for speaking out
Thank you Sally Goode for your won-
derful letter (December 24) regarding
the 'Call for cat death cells' article in The
Loxton News the previous week.
Sally, you are a well respected lady and
thank you for having the guts to put pen
So many people talk about it, but don't
like their name mentioned, which doesn't
help the cats.
The day that newspaper came out Lola,
from the Moorook Animal Shelter, had 80
phone calls -- all from people who were
disgusted. Whenever I am up the street I get
bailed up by very concerned people.
A big thank you to my true friend Cherise
for all her amazing help the past few weeks.
Your love and devotion for animals I really
Iwould like to say a very big thank you
to the Loxton Waikerie Mayor Leon
Stasinowsky and his merry helpers for the
wonderful 'do' organised for the volunteers
of Loxton on December 16, 2014.
It was very much appreciated and
Also, congratulations to Colbey Lueth for
your wonderful effort on December 18. Not
many would have the intestinal fortitude.
Colbey, you look 'cool'..
Now a complaint. Why is it that of recent
times Drabsch Street is being used as the
It is no big deal to carry a bag and clean
up after your pet.
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FROM OUR FILES
50 years ago
Thursday, January 14, 1965
Orchards along the Upper Murray may suffer se-
rious consequences due to record low river levels
and high salt content of the water as the river slowly
fills to normal levels between the various locks.
Members of the Loxton Swimming Club had their
first win in pennant swimming on Saturday night.
40 years ago
Wednesday, January 8, 1975
Loxton residents donated more than $2000
in cash, 30 tons of oranges and about five tons
of clothing, toys and food to the Darwin cyclone
The Loxton Police Station and the Orana
Sheltered Workshop were defaced by paintbrush
wielding vandals on New Year's Eve.
30 years ago
Wednesday, January 9, 1985
Design plans are to be prepared for the devel-
opment of the Bookpurnong Terrace median strip,
from the fire station to the rail crossing.
The Loxton Visitor Information Centre has re-
ported that visitors appeared to have spent more
time in Loxton this year than previous years.
20 years ago
Wednesday, January 11, 1995
The Loxton district escaped major damage during
thunderstorms that hit the Riverland.
More than 400 Loxton children enrolled in the
10 years ago
Wednesday, January 12, 2015
McGuigan Simeon Wines is set to announce it
will not renew contracts with its Riverland wine-
Local Scout leader Peter Hartley was awarded
the Wood Badge recently, regarded as one of
the highest training awards available to a Scout
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Loxton's Brookbern Cannery (left foreground), circa 1960. Construction of this 'igloo
aircraft hanger' 154mx46m wide, began in April, 1950. The shed, containing 10 work-
bays, steam boilers and other equipment, formed the basis for the factory which
that December opened for the irrigation settlement's first apricot and peach harvest.
Brookbern, a collaboration by Brooker (Australia) Ltd and Robern Dried Fruit Co in
an arrangement brokered by then Premier Sir Thomas Playford, operated on 8 ¼
acres (3.3ha) on the corner of what is now Badcoe Road (Taplan Road) and Trenerry
Avenue, just past the present recycling business. Water was supplied by an existing 8
inch (203mm) main which was to service the growing number of enterprises in Loxton's
'new industrial sector'. The factory was taken over in May, 1963, by the innovative
Roberns who, with 70 seasonal-employees, produced specialised canned and glacé
fruit. In 1968, the works ceased and the company's receiver manager transferred the
hangar to the Riverland Cannery in Berri where it is now again up for sale. It would be
an asset for Loxton's Museum of Agricultural Technology.
-- Tickle family photo
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