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No tender opportunity
Irefer to the article in the January 14 edition
of The Loxton News, which mentions the
Riverview Lutheran Rest Home's upgrades that
are about to commence. This upgrade is sure
to benefit the residents of the facility for many
years to come. I would however like to respond
to the statement that "No local builders put in a
tender for the program".
Expressions of interest were requested last
year and I know of a couple of Riverland build-
ers that noted their interest. Of those, I am not
aware of any that were given the opportunity to
even view the plans or submit a tender.
There are building companies within Loxton
and the broader Riverland that can deliver
multi-million dollar projects. They use our base
of local tradespeople and suppliers, as well as
support our local community organisations and
sporting groups. The fact they were not given
the opportunity is disappointing.
Jamie Knowling, Loxton
The lucky country
Thank you to the Loxton Waikerie Council,
Rotarians and other volunteers for the
splendid Australia Day breakfast.
It was a delightful way to celebrate.
Living in a beautiful country town with
a strong community spirit, surrounded by a
picturesque landscape, makes every day an
Australia Day. Even after 43 years we marvel at
how privileged and blessed we are to have made
Loxton our home. Lillian Mattner, Loxton
River crash inevitable
In the Riverland we have some of the best
backwaters you'll find anywhere.
Every year thousands of locals and visitors
enjoy slowly paddling or motoring their way
along our narrow winding creeks. It's one of the
best features of living here or visiting.
Unfortunately a small minority of jet-skiers
and power-boaters are showing complete disre-
gard for the safety of others.
Recently someone powered around Nelbuck
Creek at full speed. If the two boys who had
recently landed their kayak had been on the
water just a few minutes later, quite simply they
would have been killed or maimed.
The father signalled for the boat to stop, but
it continued at full speed through the rest of
the creek (he could have been warning them of
more craft on the creek).
I suppose the boat driver didn't want to slow
down enough for his registration to be iden-
tified. Disturbingly, I've heard several other
All motorised vessels have a speed limit of 4
knots (approximately 8km/h) within 50m of an
unpowered craft or a person in the water.
In our narrow, windy creeks (e.g. Nelbuck
and sections of Bulyong and Kylie creeks),
forward visibility is well below 50m and boats
must therefore keep to the 4 knot speed limit.
If you can't see more than 50m ahead, you
have to assume that someone could be in the
water around the corner (low speed is also best
for enjoying the scenery).
The people I have talked to on the manage-
ment team of the Riverland Dinghy Club have
been great in following up our concerns. They
do their best to have policies to make things as
safe as possible and make sure their members
Our water safety laws -- that all people with a
boat licence must adhere to -- are also clear and
enforced by our water safety officers.
But they can't do anything about people who
ignore the laws or safety policies unless others
who see dangerous behaviour report it to them.
Please make it your responsibility to report
any unsafe boating behaviour to our local
Marine and Harbours officers on 0407 713 178.
Quoting a boat registration is ideal, but if that
is not possible they will appreciate hearing the
time and place as soon as possible. Reporting
someone will actually be doing them a service.
They may get a substantial fine and lose their
licence, but that is far better than the charges
they'll face for causing death or serious injury.
As things currently stand, a serious accident
is not a matter or 'if' but 'when'.
When it happens it will probably spell the end
of the Dinghy Derby (a great local event) and
the negative publicity will impact hugely on our
tourism. Please do what you can to prevent this
happening and make our wonderful waterways
safe for everyone.
Kym Werner, Canoe Adventures Riverland
Iwrite to inform young people of the
Riverland and Mallee about a great youth
leadership program on offer through the
YMCA to which applications are currently
open until March 13.
The YMCA SA Youth Parliament personal
development program is for 15-24 year olds
and offers training in parliamentary process
and etiquette, public speaking, speech writing,
researching, debating and Bill development.
You can apply to participate as an individual
or enter a team of up to eight people. Developed
Bills are then debated during Parliament Week
in Parliament House, and any passed are sent on
to the South Australian Government.
The program begins in May, 2015, and
includes a training weekend and a week-long
residential camp in July.
Youth Parliament is a unique forum, rein-
forcing the importance of the voice of youth
throughout South Australia at a parliamentary
MP mentoring is provided, and there is fund-
ing is available for regional participants to assist
with costs of travel to Adelaide.
To find out more, go to the website (sa.ymca.
org.au) or visit the Facebook page (facebook.
Tim Whetstone, Member for Chaffey
Council amalgamation pressure
Hardly a month goes by without some call
being made for council amalgamations.
The year 1997 saw the biggest change in
South Australia when 119 statewide councils
were reduced to 68. Since that occasion, the
main thrust for mergers has been upon met-
ropolitan councils where 19 councils exist
between Gawler and Onkaparinga.
However, a new group is working to achieve
amalgamations in country areas too.
The Advertiser (December 31, 2014) report-
ed the formation of "the Industry Coalition
Advocating Council Reform" which consists
of trade unions, the Hotels Association, motor
trades, the Real Estate Institute, the Housing
Industry Association and others.
The "reform" group will be promoting amal-
gamation at all levels to create a climate where
the public will presumably be more accepting
The usual red tape, duplication etcetera caus-
ing higher costs to ratepayers are used to sup-
port their argument.
To a very large extent, councils operate under
State Government requirements.
It is Government rules about planning, health
regulations, occupational health and safety, and
similar matters which cause the red tape and
Reducing councils will have no effect on
council compliance with state demands.
No mention is made of the illusory benefits
expected from the last round of amalgamations.
Would there be a ratepayer in one council in
South Australia who can claim any sustained
drop in rates or increased services since 1997?
Claims of greater efficiency with less employ-
ees delivering cost savings are at best, short-
lived. Frequently, new positions are needed
and they are often in senior management ranks
commanding substantial salaries.
Local Government Minister Geoff Brock has
pledged a review of laws governing councils.
One wonders, with considerable doubt,
whether the ratepayers will get the chance
to decide the amalgamation issue or will the
Government demonstrate that it knows best?
It would be wise for concerned voters to con-
tact their councillors and state MP, before the
"reform" program gains momentum.
In addition, I would encourage those who feel
strongly about their council, to form an active
group to keep Local Government local.
Ken Grundy, Naracoorte
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FROM OUR FILES
50 years ago
Thursday, January 28, 1965
It was an outstanding match for Loxton North
White medium pace bowler Graham Hosking,
who took nine wickets against Loxton North Blue
in the Loxton district cricket match.
40 years ago
Wednesday, January 29, 1975
Work on Loxton's effluent scheme has begun,
with a trench digger starting work in Coral Street.
30 years ago
Wednesday, January 23, 1985
Most Riverland citrus processors have been
happy with the quality of valencias from the 1984-
85 season so far.
20 years ago
Wednesday, January 25, 1995
The Loxton Hospital Board has agreed to
hand over more land to the Loxton Council so
additional retirement units can be built as part of
Peter Jackson Court.
10 years ago
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Staff at Loxton's McGuigan Simeon winery
were evacuated following a bomb threat.
FROM THE BIBLE...
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do
good to all people, especially to those who be-
long to the family of believers.
-- Galatians 6:10 (NIV Bible)
Jan Cass, as Mayor of Loxton, at the opening of the "bridge to Loxton" in July, 1997. The
Loxton Waikerie District Council began its 'Citizen of the Year' Awards at a ceremony at
the hotel in 1982 when Frank Henschke became inaugural winner. Subsequent 'Citizens'
were Bronte Rayson, Colin Jackson, John Krix, Coral Castle and Bert Christie. In 1988,
Australia's Bicentennial Year, the event amalgamated with Australia Day celebrations at the
rotunda. The awards reward and recognise individuals and organisations making noteworthy
contribution to a local community over and above normal employment duties, either during
the current year and/or giving outstanding service over a number of years. Winners since
1988 were Fanny Busbridge, Ian McInnes, Laura Harrington, Jeff Eager, Ruth Scadden, Lew
Proud, Peter Jackson, Erwin Thiele, Norma Stasinowsky, Vic Altmann, Elvio Demichelis,
Connie Kelly, Christine Smith, May Jackson, Janet Fraser, and in 2003, Aub Mattner. Then
came Allan Hucks, Bill Ebert, Gill Snodgrass and, in Loxton's 100th year in 2007, Ken
Hondow. Robert Fielke followed in 2008, then came Peter Magarey, Lynn Schmaal, Shirley
Gibbs, Kent Spangenberg, Richard Fogden, Pat West and in 2015, former Mayor Jan Cass.
the years go by...
by Peter and
Solution to No. 630
1. Pasta sauce
9. High society
10. Cutlery item
12. The things here
21. Genius society
28. Late UK
30. Natural aptitude
31. Little Eleanor
33. Assemble (3,2)
1. Curtain fold
6. Puts away
7. Clear (of weather)
13. From this time
19. Sewing aid
21. Sponge (3,2)
24. Valued fur
25. Security boxes
27. Razor belt
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