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LOCAL woman Sharon Casey took this photograph of the ps Proud Mary as it cruised through Loxton last month.
Acrylic and Water Colour, an exhibition by local
artist Bill Wilson, will feature in the Terrace
Gallery, housed in the Loxton Visitor Information
Centre. Opening hours 9am--5pm weekdays,
9am--4pm Saturdays and 10am--4pm Sundays.
Tai chi classes at the Loxton CWA Hall from
11am until noon and 2pm until 3pm. $2 per
session. For more information call 8584 7823.
Tai chi classes at the Loxton CWA Hall from 7pm
until 8pm. $2 per session. For more information
call 8584 7823.
Charity For All Bingo at the Loxton Club. Eyes
down at 7.30pm. For more info call 8584 7353.
Monday, January 26
A free community breakfast to celebrate Australia
Day will be held at the Loxton Rotunda, East
Terrace from 7am to 9am. The event will feature
Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year,
Event of the Year and KESAB awards. For more
information, call 8584 8000.
Saturday, March 28
A fundraising dinner to celebrate Riverview
Lutheran Rest Home's 50th anniversary will
be held at the Loxton Lutheran Peace Hall at
6.30pm. Three course meal and entertainment.
Tickets are $30 and available from Totally
Exposed or by calling 8584 7524.
Diary Dates is a free service and is not to be used
for advertising committee meetings or group agms
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Bookpurnong Road, Loxton
Phone 8584 6124
Recent weather conditions
stirred memories for local
woman Doris Phelps, who
recalls a dust storm that
"smothered" Loxton in the
Mrs Phelps took these photographs
at noon on February 8, 1983, showing
the "thick clouds" of dirt that covered
They are juxtaposed with photo-
graphs she took from the same spots
the following day.
"Another similar dust storm came
a week later on Ash Wednesday
(February 16, 1983)," Mrs Phelps
Doris' dust storm memories
Local woman Doris Phelps took these photographs of a dust storm in 1983.
Riverland Petrol prices might be at a
five-year low, but a local politician has still
welcomed last week's announcement by
the Australian Competition and Consumer
Commission (ACCC) to investigate petrol
prices in regional areas.
Petrol dipped to as low as $1.14 per litre across
the region last week. However, Member for
Chaffey Tim Whetstone said Riverland drivers
were paying an "average of 18 cents a litre more"
for petrol than Adelaide motorists.
"I'm pleased the consumer watchdog ACCC
has launched a formal investigation into why
rural and regional areas are not seeing compara-
tive reductions in petrol prices with metropolitan
areas," he said.
"In December, the ACCC was given new pow-
ers from Minister for Small Business Bruce
Billson to monitor unleaded petrol prices, costs
As part of these directions, the ACCC announced
last week that it would investigate factors that
drive petrol prices in regional areas.
ACCC chairman Rod Sims said the studies
would look at the cost of fuel in the nearest port,
transport and storage costs, and wholesale, dis-
tribution and retail costs, to explain prices and
where money is being made.
The regional location will be announced in
March, with the reports to be delivered throughout
Mr Sims said although the studies would target
three specific regional areas, the impact would be
"After three market studies in particular regional
regions, we will be able to draw lessons of wider
relevance to other regional markets," he said.
"We may find consumers and local authorities
in all regional areas will have a better ability to
understand what drives their fuel prices."
Mr Sims said while "lags" were to be expected
in regional areas, the difference between metro-
politan and regional petrol prices was increasing.
"In July, 2014, the monthly average retail price
of petrol across regional locations in Australia
was 5.7 cents per litre higher than prices in the
five largest cities," he said.
"By December 2014, this difference had
increased to 17.6 cents per litre.
"While 'lags' are expected, as older stocks
take longer to run down in regional locations, we
would expected the falls to be passed on reason-
by Stephanie Gropler
Watch members have warned
locals "not to be complacent"
and ensure their homes and
vehicles are secure.
The call comes after a spate of
break-ins in the Loxton township last
Loxton Neighbourhood Watch co-
ordinator Leith McDonald said the
recent break-ins served as a "timely"
"The days of thinking, 'She'll be
right', and 'We are safe here in the
country' are gone," he said.
"It is the sort of society now that
everyone has got to be alert -- just
lock everything up.
"If you are out in the backyard or
in the garden, just lock your house to
make sure that nothing is accessible."
Mr McDonald said it was "so
important" to remain vigilant.
"There are people prowling around
all the time," he said.
"It is common sense and is publi-
cised all the time by police and every-
one -- make sure you lock things up.
"I have heard some of these peo-
ple didn't have their cars locked in
the recent break-ins and even though
their vehicles weren't stolen, there is
Mr McDonald urged residents to
ensure all doors and windows were
locked and to put valuables out of
"It is one thing if burglars break a
window and get in the house and do
something. It is pretty hard to stop
that," he said.
"But, when they can just walk in the
back laundry door or though a win-
dow, that (is the result of) people's
'Just lock it up'
The next bite?
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Planning Minister John Rau said the co-ordina-
tor-general's role was expanded to unlock potential
for development and projects tied up in red tape and
"We are committed to ensuring roadblocks to
development are removed," he said.
"These changes will help make it easier for people
to invest in projects, boosting jobs and our state's
"The Department of Planning, Transport and
Infrastructure have undertaken preliminary consulta-
tion with all affected councils and they will also be
involved in the DAC assessment process of these 15
On The Run stores."
Mr Rau said the Peregrine Group was a "signifi-
cant" investor in the state, operating 112 On The Run
stores across South Australia and employing more
than 2000 people.
Mr Rau said the co-ordinator-general has the
regulatory capacity to declare projects valued over
$3 million to be of economic significance and to be
assessed by the independent DAC.
Other On The Run store locations to be assessed
by the DAC include Tanunda, Kapunda, Kadina,
Aldinga, Port Pirie and Port Augusta.
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