Home' The Loxton News : February 11th 2015 Contents The Loxton News, Wednesday, February 11, 2015 – 3
by Emma Walter
It is ‘back to business’
for Ron Gray as he steps
back into his crash repair
workshop, following seven
months of rehabilitation
after suffering a stroke.
This time he is joined by his
son, Daniel who, after complet-
ing a Bachelor of Engineering –
Petroleum at the end of last year,
has decided to undertake a panel
beating apprenticeship and an
automotive refinishing tech-
nician apprenticeship to assist
Ron in getting his business up
and running again.
“When dad was in hospital,
there were a few unfinished jobs
in the shed, which he was able
to instruct me on how to com-
plete,” he said.
“I enjoyed the work and
knowing how much dad’s busi-
ness means to him, I decided
to start working with him once
his recovery reached the point
where he was happy to work
“I’ve really enjoyed being
back in the Riverland again. It’s
a great place and I’ve missed
Proud father Ron said he was
“very lucky” to have Daniel
helping out with the business.
“He’s so keen and comes up
with really good ideas – already
he has made some significant
improvements to my work-
shop,” he said.
“Painting can be the hardest
part of the trade, but he’s picked
very talented craftsman and a
real problem solver, so he is
going to be a great asset.”
Ron suffered from a stroke
in July last year, spending two
weeks in the Royal Adelaide
Hospital, eight weeks at the
Riverland Regional Hospital’s
new rehabilitation centre and
a further three weeks at the
It has been Daniel’s support
that has allowed Ron to ease his
way back into the business.
“I’m back on my feet now –
quite literally, now that I am out
of the wheelchair,” he said.
“I’m really lucky to be at the
stage that I’m at. There’s a video
of me going through my physio
rehabilitation where I am really
struggling to stand up, let alone
“I’ve come a long way since
then – and that’s all thanks to
my family – eldest son Jordan,
who returned home from Spain
to work on the fruit property,
middle son Ryan, who has done
so much physiotherapy with me,
youngest son Daniel, for getting
me back to work, and my wife
Alison who has supported me
all the way.”
Ron also thanked his friends,
the staff from the Berri
Rehabilitation Centre, the
Loxton North Football Club, his
customers and the wider com-
munity for their support over the
past seven months.
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“Barossa, Light, Gawler, Mallala – Working Together”
Ron Gray (centre) is happy to be back in the Ron Gray Crash Repairs workshop. He is pictured
with son Daniel, who has joined him in the business, and Independent Senator Nick Xenophon.
It’s back to business for Ron
Locals are set to swelter
this week, with maximum
temperatures above 36 forcasted
with no cool change in sight.
Temperatures have been predicted for
over 40 degrees in parts of the region
today, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
for the first time since January 7.
January’s maximum temperatures
were 1.2 degrees lower than the
average as recorded by the Loxton
The region experienced a warm
weekend, with 39.9 degrees recorded
in Loxton on Saturday, with 0.4mm of
rainfall also recorded.
The wettest February on record
was last year, with 100mm falling in
Loxton on February 14 and 15.
WEATHER FORECAST: PAGE 2
Two teenagers have been arrested for
marking graffiti at a number of locations
in the area last month.
A 17-year-old and a 14-year-old were arrested
after a police investigation into the graffiti on
several buildings in the Loxton area between
3pm on January 21 and 1pm, January 22.
The teenagers were bailed to appear in court
on March 11.
Cooling off at the Loxton Swimming Pool on Monday were brothers Bradley
(left), 9, and Josh Rudiger, 11.
Graffiti duo nabbed
Local roads are expected to benefit
from a $2.8 million project upgrade, with
works beginning this week.
Alawoona to Paruna Road, Loxton to Pinnaroo
Road, Loxton to Murray Bridge Road and
Angaston to Loxton Road are expected to benefit
from the upgrade.
State Transport and Infrastructure Minister
Stephen Mullighan said 23 sites had been identi-
fied for resurfacing works.
“About 40 kilometres of regional roads will be
resurfaced through this project which will make
for a safer, smoother drive, while also extending
the life of these roads,” Mr Mullighan said.
“These road improvement projects will benefit
local communities, commuters, businesses, farm-
ers and tourists across these regions.”
The Alawoona to Paruna Road will have about
600 metres resurfaced, while the Loxton to
Pinnaroo Road will have about 2.2km reworked
about 22km south of Loxton. About 6km of road
will be resurfaced 3km west of Wanbi.
for local roads
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