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About 2.2 per cent of irrigators and
other non-domestic water users are non-
compliant with metering requirements.
The Department of Environment, Water and
Natural Resources (DEWNR) monitored activi-
ty of more than 3200 licence holders in various
areas in 2013-14 and found 71 compliance
breaches across the 4693 meters targeted.
DEWNR compliance unit manager Adrian
Robb said most of the breaches were "minor".
"(Instances) such as licensees failing to main-
tain clear access to meters -- although there
were also some isolated cases of incorrect
meter installation and interference with the
operation of a meter," Mr Robb said.
"While any level of non-compliance requires
a response, overall the department is pleased
that the majority of licence holders are doing
the right thing.
"A small number of infringement notices and
formal warnings were issued and follow-up
investigations are continuing where required."
DEWNR water licensing program manager
Mike Fuller said water is a "finite resource" and
needs to be shared fairly and used sustain-
ably for the benefit of the community and the
"An entitlement to take water from pre-
scribed and non-prescribed sources such as
dams, bores, streams, rivers, and creeks must
come with certain responsibilities and obliga-
tions," Mr Fuller said.
"DEWNR puts a lot of effort into supporting
licence holders to understand their licence con-
ditions to encourage voluntary compliance.
"Monitoring programs such as this targeted
operation help us understand trends in compli-
More than $10.8 million worth of
developments have been approved
within the Loxton Waikerie Council
district over the past six months.
Regulatory services team co-ordinator Daniel
Brown said the total development cost value
for the 2014-15 financial year to January 5 was
$10,873,641 compared to $7,630,516 for the
same time last year.
Mr Brown highlighted the $3 million total
increase in a report to council at its recent
He also detailed the figures for December,
2014, saying that no development applications
had been refused or withdrawn over the month.
"Nineteen development applications, two
land divisions and 10 septic applications were
approved (in December)," Mr Brown wrote in
"The total value of development cost was
$1,015,469 in December, 2014, compared to
$1,381,315 for December, 2013."
Former Loxton High School teacher Rick Garrard's retirement officially began yesterday.
-- Stephanie Gropler photo
While school returned
for local teachers and
students on Tuesday, local
teacher Rick Garrard
enjoyed the first official
day of his retirement.
After 28 years at Loxton
High School and seven years at
Brown's Well Area School, the
physical education teacher said
while it felt "unusual" to not be
teaching, he said he felt it was
time to retire and was proud of
"My solace was always in a
classroom and doing extra cur-
ricular activities, whether I am
on a sports field or on the river
teaching outdoor education or
coaching volleyball," he said.
"What I will miss is undoubt-
edly all the relationships with
the PE staff and also the stu-
dents... the kids are just phe-
Mr Garrard said there was
"one thing in particular" that
set local students apart, which
was evident in all activities
from triathlons to the Australia
Volleyball Schools Cup.
"The thing I enjoyed most
without doubt in Loxton was
the positive relationships with
the students because they were
prepared to do so much in their
own time, before school and
after school and lunch times,"
"That is what sets us apart."
Mr Garrard, who has always
been part of the winning
Loxton High School team at
interschool said their fortune
was due to a "whole system
"My philosophy is very sim-
ply that effort always rules over
talent," he said.
"I am proud of the fact the
kids are so disciplined and
they really work so hard. It is
all about hard work and disci-
While painting the house and
making sure his beloved dog is
walked daily are on the list of
things to do during his retire-
ment, Mr Garrard has a chal-
lenge up his sleeve.
"Because I have paddled
Katarapko Creek as part of out-
door education many times, one
thing I am doing as part of my
retirement is I plan to try and
swim it," he said.
Mr Garrard intends to start at
the lock before swimming the
length of Katarapko Creek.
Despite feeling "bitter-
sweet" about his retirement,
Mr Garrard said he could "not
be prouder" of the physical
education staff at Loxton High
School and the faculty was in
"I am so confident that they
will do an amazing job. I am
really proud of them," he said.
"The spirit of the school is
astounding and it will definitely
Village's signs of the times
Ten new interactive historical display
signs will be erected at The Village as part
of a History SA Community Museums
A cheque for $11,800 was presented to volunteers
last Wednesday by Member for Chaffey Tim
The new signs are part of a roll-out of the new
information boards featuring QR codes.
One of the signs will be used for the 'flood tree',
which was on the riverbank near the town boat ramp
before it fell down during the high river of 2011.
Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone said The
Village was a "worthy recipient" of the grant and
praised volunteers for their continued efforts at the
"The grant will be used to complete fantastic
interactive information display boards which allows
a visitor to retrieve history about exhibitions through
a QR code"
"Since 1970, the Village has continued to expand
and grow with the technology available and I often
hear great comments from the community and
visitors about this great attraction representing the
town's early history"
Friends of The Village president Melvin Fielke (left) and Loxton Waikerie
Mayor Leon Stasinowsky (centre) accept the History SA Community
Museums Program Grant from Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone last week.
Xenophon talks business with locals
Senator Nick Xenophon
was in the region last
week, meeting with leaders
in the business and wine
grape industries, along
with local government
Senator Xenophon met
with members of the Loxton
Chamber of Commerce last
Thursday and discussed local
challenges and opportunities.
While in the region, Senator
Xenophon said the feedback he
received from local wine grape
growers about the industry was
"The growers are worried sick
about prices," he said.
"What we need to do is
urgently undertake a thorough
review of the code of conduct
between wine grape growers
"But, it's important that
there's cooperation not confron-
tation when it comes to negoti-
Senator Xenophon also met
with citrus growers and Business
Senator Xenophon was in the region last week and met with
members of the Loxton Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.
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