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"Barossa, Light, Gawler, Mallala -- Working Together"
Banrock Station wetland manager Christophe Tourenq was recently in
Queensland for the rivers to reef turtles project, an initiative between the
Banrock Station Environment Trust and World Wildlife Fund Australia.
Tourenq's turtle tour
Banrock Station wetland
manager Christophe Tourenq
recently returned from
Queensland, after taking part in
a major turtle research project,
aiming to restore wildlife on
the Great Barrier Reef.
The rivers to reef turtles project,
which aims to help preserve the
Great Barrier Reef and its wild-
life, is a partnership between World
Wildlife Fund Australia (WWF-
Australia) and the Banrock Station
Mr Tourenq said he was "encour-
aged" by the progress the research
project had made.
"Our partnership provides us with
an incredibly rewarding opportuni-
ty to support WWF-Australia in an
effort to understand the threats to one
of the most iconic Australian ecosys-
tems and its native marine wildlife,
and help to find solutions to protect
it," he said.
The project has seen more than
700 green turtles caught, tagged and
measured so far, with the Banrock
Station Environmental Trust set to
contribute about $750,000 to the four
"The world heritage listed Great
Barrier Reef has lost nearly half of
its coral cover since 1985, and pol-
lution has been a major driver of this
decline," Mr Tourenq said.
"This research project is helping
the team at WWF-Australia better
understand the links between water
quality and green turtle health in the
Great Barrier Reef and inform base-
line data for turtle health to ultimate-
ly improve efforts to manage run-off
into the reef."
To date the Banrock Station
Environmental Trust has donated
approximately $6 million to more
than 130 projects in 13 countries.
The program sees researchers
catching the turtles and taking sam-
ples of blood, shell and stomach con-
tents, using techniques to minimise
stress for the animals.
It is hoped the samples will help
scientists gain an insight into expo-
sure to contaminants.
RIVER CRUISE: Over 10 wooden boats and their owners converged on the Loxton riverfront last
month, as they made their way downstream as part of the Great Australian Inland Cruise. The
group departed Echuca on November 22 and are expected to arrive in Goolwa on February 21.
Work on the Loxton Primary School
playground has begun, with construction
starting on the weekend.
Planning for the middle/upper primary play-
ground began in 2010, after students saw a need
for extra equipment.
The playground will be installed behind the
library near Pflaum Terrace.
The playground will feature climbing frames,
swings and a rubber 'soft fall' surface for safety.
Students at the primary school started plan-
ning and drawing 3D designs four years ago
and have had input into the project, with a say
in both equipment choices and range.
Mardi Gras Ambassador Eleisha Taylor (right) and Charity Ambassador Nicole Tate (second from right)
with several of grant recipients (from left) Loxton Pioneer Playground Working Group members Rosemary
French, Andrew Caire and Dianna Schulz, of Loxton Primary School, St Albert's Primary School teacher
Joanne Hondow, Loxton Christmas Lights Committee secretary Pat West, Loxton Horse Riding Club
representative Charmaine Quinn, Loxton A&H Society president Barry Mangelsdorf, Loxton Golf Club
president Steve Patching and Jacinta Kaesler, from St Peter's Lutheran Church.
-- Tanya Fielke photo
A Mardi Gras show of support
Locals are being urged to
show their support for this
year's Loxton Mardi Gras
Ambassador entrants, with
their fundraising efforts
ultimately benefiting the
Organising committee chair-
man Peter Magarey said this
month's parade and crowning of
the title-earning entrants would be
the culmination of a "huge effort"
by community members.
"Last year we were very pleased
to have a record amount of mon-
ey contributed via the impres-
sive fundraising efforts of the
Ambassadors via our generous
community," he said.
"As we look towards this year's
event, it serves as an opportunity
to reflect on the past efforts -- and
current efforts -- of those people
who are working hard to fund
community projects through the
Mardi Gras Community Grants
The 2013-14 Mardi Gras fund-
raising quest resulted in $16,000
worth of grants towards 13 dif-
ferent organisations and projects.
The successful 2014 grant
bids were -- St Albert's Catholic
School play equipment: $400;
Loxton Primary School centena-
ry history mural: $500; Loxton
Lutheran School Early Learning
Centre play area: $800; Loxton
Pioneer Playground: $2000;
Loxton Primary School play-
ground: $3000; Loxton Horse
Riding Club refrigerator: $450;
St Peter's Lutheran Church youth
room air conditioner: $1000;
Loxton A&H Society signage:
$870; Loxton Christmas Lights
replacement lights: $1000;
Christmas Wonderland cac-
tus lights: $1000; Loxton Golf
Club entrance upgrade: $1500;
Brown's Well Towns Centenary
Committee disabled toilet hire:
$1200; Hospital Men's Shed heat-
Mr Magarey praised the hard
work of last year's field of
entrants and their support teams
in achieving this feat.
He said current entrants were
busily holding their final events
and urged locals to throw their
support behind them.
"We look forward to your sup-
port in this year's 58th Mardi
Gras, with the theme 'Back to the
Future' for the parade to be held
on February 28 and an apprecia-
tion service on March 1," he said.
"Now's the time to start think-
ing about your float entries, buy-
ing your last minute raffle tick-
ets and attending the last bingo
nights, because time is creeping
Work on the new Loxton Primary School playground
began on the weekend.
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