Home' The Loxton News : February 11th 2015 Contents 4 – The Loxton News, Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Volunteering ‘tape’ explained
We refer to Mr Tom Loffler’s letter to
the editor ‘Cut through the tape’ pub-
lished in last week’s Loxton News.
Following a phone call to Mr Loffler
we were advised the incident he refers
to involved the Loxton Men’s Shed
volunteering to assist in the construction of
the Loxton Pioneer Playground.
Firstly, we want to correct the record
that, contrary to the letter, the Men’s
Shed volunteering did proceed, and
the ‘Shedders’ are very proud of their
contribution to the playground.
Secondly, times have changed and
volunteers now need to be given – and
follow – instruction for their safety and
council has a legal requirement to make
volunteers aware of these things when they
volunteer on council managed land.
We are trying to make this a common
sense and as easy as possible, whilst
complying with our obligations and
This is not always an easy balance to
In terms of the Loxton Men’s Shed
and council’s volunteering relationship,
we have both signed a memorandum of
understanding covering off on this and
other matters, and it is an accepted way for
both our organisations working together.
Volunteers, and their contribution to the
community, form the basis of the many
community facilities we take for granted
and council is very keen to encourage safe
volunteering in a way that does not expose
our ratepayers or those who work with us
Loxton Men’s Shed chairman
Loxton Waikerie Council CEO
Time zone change
Iheard an advocate of time change, basing
his argument on the fact that the whole of
China works on one time zone.
I would be in favour of Australia doing
the same, provided that the time zone cho-
sen was to be central standard time, based
on the meridian that runs down the centre
of Australia and South Australia.
CFS comment incorrect
Recently you may have read a news
release from the Honourable Robert
Brokenshire MLC titled ‘CFS volunteers
told no to meeting with Minister’.
In that statement, there is an asser-
tion that I have refused to meet with
the Country Fire Service Volunteer
Association. This accusation is incorrect,
has no substance behind it and is nothing
more than political grandstanding from
I am meeting with the CFS VA on
February 23, along with the other mem-
bers of the reference group who are help-
ing guide the reform of the emergency
After the Government approved the
overall structure of the new sector, it
was agreed by all members of the refer-
ence group that any discussions about the
reform would happen in these meeting’s
to ensure an open and transparent process.
I want to honour that agreement. In fact,
if I was to hold side meetings with other
parties, the CFS VA would be the first to
accuse me of side deals.
I am more than happy to meet with any
volunteer or paid member of the sector
and discuss the reform – and I have made
that commitment openly – but to meet
with the VA separately from the other
parties would go against a process they
Having said this, I am more than happy
to meet with the VA on any other matter
about the sector and have recently written
to them to assure them as such.
Emergency Services Minister
FROM OUR FILES
50 years ago
Thursday, February 11, 1965
Loxton High School’s Pamela Semmens, Lance
Gladigau, Jeanette Clemens, Jeff Hartshorne
and Lorraine Hastwell have been awarded
Commonwealth Secondary Scholarships, which
will see them granted $100 for expenditure on com-
pulsory tuition fees and text books for further study.
40 years ago
Wednesday, February 12, 1975
A fire which began just over the Victorian border
from Taplan burnt between 10,000 and 12,000
acres on the property of Sunset Pastoral Co. Ltd.
30 years ago
Wednesday, February 6, 1985
The juice processing factory of Moore Bros.
established in Loxton in 1969, has been sold to
20 years ago
Wednesday, February 8, 1995
Loxton North Blue suffered their first defeat for
the season in Loxton district tennis on Saturday, go-
ing down narrowly to club mates Loxton North Red.
10 years ago
Wednesday, February 9, 2005
Last week’s dose of rain and unseasonable
cool weather has impacted on the region’s table
grape harvest, with growers estimating about 25
per cent of their menindee seedless variety has
FROM THE BIBLE...
In the same way, let your light shine before men,
that they may see your good deeds and praise your
feather in heaven.
– Matthew 5:16 (NIV Bible)
WHAT the article comments (The Loxton
News, February 4) by the winemaker
regarding the quality of the 2015 harvest
failed to mention was that Loxton
independent grape growers are receiving
prices less than 1987 prices from some
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by Peter and
Two Chrysler Royals in front of the former Magpie Cafe, 16 East Terrace, in 1963.
After WWII, this cafe was operated successively by Toddy Thompson (1946-47), OW
and Roy Pfitzner (1948-1959), Harold and Mary Bartsch (1960-1962) and Rudy and
Eric Nitschke (1963). Doug Trantalis then took over the business, renaming it ‘Loxton
Tourist Cafe’. Around 1974, Wayne and Chris Row purchased the cafe before selling
it to the Kefas family in about 1977. In the 1980s, Glynn Kelly, and then John and
Lorraine Formby, ran the cafe. From 1990 to 1993, Dennis and Shelly Walker operated
a video shop from the site until Ian Haigh purchased the business in 1994. In the
mid to late 1990s, Ian sold to the Loxton Pizza Bar who transferred the business
to its present site at 7 East Terrace. From around then, Jan Manual and Lorraine
Fielke operated Vivienne’s Lingerie at the former cafe site before, in 2000, Madden’s
Sporting World moved in from 43A Bookpurnong Terrace. Today the site houses
Sportspower Loxton. Old cars like these Chryslers will be on show at the Mardi Gras
Parade on Saturday, February 28.
– Barry Schmidt photo
All tissues gradually wear out and
become less efficient with age and the
heart is no exception.
We can delay the deterioration with a
healthy diet, lifestyle and management of
high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabe-
tes, but eventually even healthy individuals
may experience heart troubles.
One of the heart problems associated
with old age is atrial fibrillation and, as
the average age of the population rises,
this condition is becoming more common.
Indeed, the social and economic cost of this
condition is soaring. So what is it?
The heart has four chambers with mus-
cular walls – two atria and two ventricles.
The job of the right and left atrium is
to receive blood from the body and lungs
respectively and then regularly contract,
pushing this blood through large valves
into the two ventricles, filling them. The
right and left ventricle then contract pow-
erfully, just after the atria, and push the
blood through another set of valves to the
lungs and body respectively.
This whole co-ordinated process, which
occurs entirely automatically about 5000
million times in our life, is controlled by an
electrical impulse which begins in the right
atrium and spreads from there.
Atrial fibrillation occurs when the ori-
gin and spread of this electricity in the
atria goes awry. This causes the atrium to
fibrillate or flutter, rather than contract in a
One consequence of this is that the ventri-
cles do not fill properly and do not receive a
regular coordinated electrical trigger from
the atria, so the heart pumping action is
inefficient, the pulse becomes irregular and
often fast, the body and brain get less blood
than they should causing tiredness or diz-
ziness, and back pressure effects lead to
swelling of the ankles or fluid on the lungs.
This is called heart failure. This sounds bad,
but is usually manageable.
What scares us more is the risk that a
blood clot will form in the fibrillating atri-
um and fly off to the brain causing a stroke.
Preventing this is, of course, a high priority.
Until recently the best drug we had for
this was Warfarin, which also comes under
the trade names Coumadin and Marevan.
The dose required to make the blood
just thin enough to prevent a stroke varies
greatly between individuals and in the same
person over time. Too much blood thinner
can cause abnormal bleeding, which can
be difficult to control and very dangerous
indeed. So people on Warfarin had to have a
regular blood test, called an INR, to monitor
the ‘thinness’ of their blood.
However, new drugs have been devel-
oped (e.g. Brilinta, Eliquis, Pradaxa and
Xarelto) which are just as effective as
Warfarin for preventing stroke in simple
atrial fibrillation, but have a much more
predictable relationship between dose and
effect – making regular INR testing unnec-
Confused? It is really all a lot more com-
plicated than this, but the take home mes-
sages are these – if your heart is beating
fast and irregularly, see your doctor to
exclude atrial fibrillation.
If you have atrial fibrillation and are
taking Warfarin, ask your doctor to discuss
with you the pros and cons of swapping to
one of the newer medications.
You may be aware that the Loxton Medical
Practice applied for and received a fed-
eral grant to assist us to upgrade primary
health care facilities in our town.
While the grant covered only a small part
of the total cost, I think you will all agree
that the Health Centre redevelopment has
turned out well.
What you might not know is that the
grant submission included a plan to rede-
velop the administration area of the Loxton
Hospital Complex to allow the doctor on
call to work from rooms there.
This work is complete and the Loxton
doctor on call will soon begin consulting
from these rooms.
This will take some getting used to and
I’m sure there will be some teething prob-
We respectfully request your patience
during the transition period. I am confi-
dent that when it is up and running we
will all appreciate the benefits with less
crowding of the health centre treatment
areas, a reduction in double handling and
ambulance transfers for patients needing
admission after consultation at the surgery,
and more rapid response times for hospital
in-patients needing urgent attention from
the doctor on call.
There will be more formal advertising
of this change closer to the starting date,
which is yet to be finalised.
ON LOCAL HEALTH
with Dr Peter Hamilton
From the heart & funding boost
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be included for verification. The deadline for letters is 5pm on Monday.
Saturday, February 14
Garage sale fundraiser for Loxton Mardi Gras
Senior Ambassador entrant David LeCornu at
the Uniting Church Hall from 8am-noon.
Sashing of the 2015 Loxton Mardi Gras
Ambassador entrants at the Loxton Uniting
Church Hall from 10am.
Sunday, February 15
A gospel concert will be held at the Loxton
Uniting Church from 2pm to 4pm. Afternoon tea
included, admission by donation. For more infor-
mation call 8584 7622.
Friday, February 27
Loxton Quilters will present a display in the
Uniting Church Hall from 10.30am to 4pm. Gold
Saturday, February 28
Loxton Quilters will present a display in the
Uniting Church Hall from 9am to 4pm (closed
during the Mardi Gras procession). Gold coin
Loxton’s annual Mardi Gras will be held in East
Terrace. Highlights include a pageant of floats,
bands and the crowning of ambassadors.
For more information, visit the website
Nippy’s Loxton Gift at the Loxton oval. Races
will take place from 5pm to 10pm.
Saturday, March 7
Woodleigh Loxton District Children’s Centre will
be holding a garage sale from 8am to 12.30pm
at 11 Tobruk Terrace. A sausage sizzle will be
available. For more information, or to organise a
stall, call 8584 6501.
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