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Makeover for 'iconic' trees?
by Stephanie Gropler
Briers Road could soon
undergo a makeover, with
Loxton Waikerie Council
investigating the cost
to cut back the street's
'iconic' trees to improve
In a report to council, it was
noted that the Loxton North
trees are showing signs of dis-
tress due to lack of water, with
casuarina trees naturally occur-
ring along water courses on
banks above water level.
Loxton Waikerie Council
director of infrastructure ser-
vices Tim Tol said the trees
were planted many years ago,
when different irrigation meth-
ods were in practise.
"These trees (casurarinas)
were planted all over the dis-
trict and of course, that is in
the time when they were doing
flood irrigation," he said.
"These trees were really use-
ful for soaking up all that water.
What has happened is we have
gone through all these different
ways of improving our irriga-
"What we have now is a bunch
of trees that like to have a lot of
water, but are not getting it."
A quote is being sought to cut
the trees back to a height of 2 to
3m and the removal of cuttings
in an effort to encourage the
trees to regenerate.
"The trees do have a little bit
of historic significance because
they have been there for a long
time," Mr Tol said.
The report said that to rein-
state the trees to a canopy
density similar to those under
flood or sprinkler irrigation,
they would need substantial and
"To maintain a denser canopy
than they currently have, they
would initially need substantial
watering, then regular irrigation
during spring and summer," he
Loxton Waikerie Council is currently seeking a quote to cut back the trees along Briers Road to
a height of 2 to 3m in an effort to encourage the trees to regenerate.
ESL rise: MP
Loxton Waikerie Council is facing an
emergency services levy (ESL) hike of
almost 70 per cent, says Member for
Chaffey Tim Whetstone.
Mr Whetstone said the removal of a rebate on
the ESL had seen the levy rise up to 74 per cent
across the region.
The council's ESL bill has risen from $5900 to
$9900 -- an increase of 68 per cent.
"Not only are South Australian's being hit
directly through significant ESL increases on
their homes and motor vehicles, but also via
ESL costs indirectly passed on through school
fees, sporting club subscriptions and council
rates," Mr Whetstone said.
"Councils around the state have reported ESL
increases up to 269 per cent and relay that such
hikes are a major concern for future rate and
budget setting, and will leave them with little
choice but to fund the increase through rate rises
or the deduction of services and infrastructure.
"The last thing the region needs is for newly
elected councils to be forced to reduce services,
hold off on important works or raise rates just to
meet rising bills such as the ESL."
Local Country Fire
Service (CFS) members
were honoured for their
service to the Riverland
Nine people were awarded the
National Service Medal and ser-
vice clasps for their time spent
serving in the CFS.
The presentation was made to
each member by the CFS Region
3 Commander Richard Coombe
at the Chaffey Group base.
Chaffey CFS group officer Rob
Ziersch said the combined years
of dedicated service recognised
was in excess of 270 years.
"These recipients exemplify
the volunteer ethic and are very
dedicated to protecting their
respective communities in the
Riverland and Mallee," he said.
The National Service medal is
awarded as part of the Australian
system of honours and awards to
Australian service organisations
including the Australian defence
forces, police forces and fire
Local CFS National Medal and service clasp recipients Raoul Otto de Grancy, Anthony Wachtel, David
Gibbs, Trevor Pryse, Mark Dowling, Ron Jachmann, Dean Kerley, Paul Stribley and Peter Polst. Absent:
Our top firies honoured
Ex Member for
head the rebuilding
effort following the
Sampson Flat fire.
The former State
will work with the
the community to
help people "get
back on their feet".
will be based at
the Golden Grove
before a permanent
base is established
near the fire affect-
140 less CFS
Riverland Country Fire Service (CFS)
volunteer numbers have fallen by 140 people
since 2010, according to a document obtained
under the Freedom of Information Act.
Family First MLC Robert Brokenshire said the
document highlighted the loss of 1282 CFS volunteers
across the state in the same time frame.
He said increasing pressures and lack of support
deterred recruits, with the biggest losses shown in the
number of cadets and operational support staff.
"Cadet numbers have dropped from 1055 since
June 2010 to 774 in June, 2014, and operational sup-
port numbers have fallen from 2961 to 2038 in the
same period... more should be done to recruit, train
and support them," Mr Brokenshire said.
Emergency Service Minister Tony Piccolo acknowl-
edged the downward trend.
"For various reasons, some areas are struggling
with volunteer numbers, whilst others have waiting
lists. For that reason, the State Government has pro-
vided additional funding for the state response team
to support the recruitment of additional volunteers,"
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