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Exhibition by Renmark artist Joan Hodgson at the
Loxton Terrace Gallery, housed within the Loxton
Visitor Information Centre. Opening hours are
9am-5pm weekdays, 9am-4pm Saturdays and
Friday, February 27
A free screening of Meet The Robinsons will take
place at the Loxton Soldiers Memorial Rotunda
in East Terrace, from 7pm. BYO chair/blanket
Saturday, February 28
The 58th annual Mardi Gras will take place, with
activities beginning at 10am. Parade of cars and
floats will start at 10.55am. For more information,
call 0418 808 296.
Saturday, March 7
Woodleigh Loxton District Children’s Centre will
hold a garage sale from 8am to 12.30pm at 11
Tobruk Terrace. Proceeds to go towards shade
sails for the centre. To book your own stall, or for
more information, call 8584 6501.
Diary Dates is a free service and is not to be used
for advertising committee meetings or group agms
High School Canteen Roster
Starting time is 10am
Mon, Mar 2: D. Williams
Tues, Mar 3: H. Drake
Wed, Mar 4: R. Schaefer
Thurs, Mar 5: T. Reichelt
Fri, Mar 6: STUDENT FREE DAY
The Loxton News had a successful
night at the 2014 Country Press SA
Awards in the Barossa on Friday.
The newspaper received second place in
the Best Advertising Feature category for
its three-page spread in the lead up to the
Brown’s Well centenary of towns celebra-
Judge Frank Reed praised the “effective
and interesting spread”.
“This well supported coverage of the
small communities around Loxton, showed
just how important the local newspaper is in
bringing relevant news and information to
the region,” he said.
“Advertisers also saw the opportunity to
target readers (and customers) in those small
towns and promote in what was a specific
interest feature with regional appeal. The
editorial was well written, informative and
provided enough interesting details covering
the original idea behind the event, through to
conception as well as some local history.”
Journalist Stephanie Gropler placed third
in the Best Sports Story category for her
coverage of the East Murray Football Club’s
Judge Ian Shuttleworth said the article
was “well written” and documented a sig-
nificant moment in the sporting community.
He said the emotional subject was present-
ed in a “respectful and professional manner”.
“It shows the value of a journalist and
a newspaper investing time in developing
relationships with key contacts and in this
instance forging a strong bond with local
administrators,” he said.
Meanwhile, The Loxton News’ Wendy
Forbes was awarded the inaugural
title of Most Outstanding Advertising
Ms Forbes has worked for The Taylor
Group since 1977. In 2014 she booked her
Taylor Group of Newspapers managing
director Ben Taylor said Ms Forbes’ “pas-
sion for the product and genuine excitement
at the end result... is as strong today as it was
20 years ago”.
“Wendy utilises her excellent advertising
and marketing knowledge to enable retailers to
achieve their sales objectives,” Mr Taylor said.
Loxton resident and Murray Pioneer
journalist Pamela Perre won the Young
Journalist of the Year award.
Former Loxton News editor Paul Mitchell
finished runner-up in the Editorial Writing
Award, while Murray Pioneer photographer
Will Slee placed third in the Best News
Photograph category for his running of the
Waikerie-based The River News finished
third in the Best Supplement award for its
Mighty Morgan liftout.
Everyone, yours truly included, feels weary
and achy at times.
However, for some people, tiredness – with
joint or muscle pain – is persistent and severe.
Often these symptoms are associated with
changes in mood and it can be very hard to
determine whether depression is the ‘chicken
or the egg’, if you get my drift.
A massive and mind boggling list of medical
conditions can present with these symptoms,
so this presents one of the great challenges
Sometimes, through a series of well
researched, valid and reliable tests we find
an underlying defined illness which we can
all get our teeth into but, more commonly, all
the tests come back negative leaving us none
Understandably, at this point sufferers might
start clutching at straws and unfortunately,
some fall prey to unscrupulous shysters
who see desperate people as a business
So what is really going on here?
Various ideas have been put forward
and research continues. When no other
explanation can be found the label of chronic
fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia is attached.
In my view, although I do not doubt that
there is something unpleasant going on, these
diagnoses are more or less saying, “You are
tired and achy and miserable and I don’t know
It is very likely that there is no single
explanation. Some are probably ‘post-viral’.
We know that Ross River Virus can cause
aching off-and-on for at least months after an
Perhaps other common viruses also cause
prolonged effects we cannot yet measure.
Some may be due to lifestyle factors.
In some cases we underestimate the power
of the mind to create physical symptoms and
the underlying issue is really stress, anxiety or
Accumulation of various toxins and
environmental exposures have been
implicated (from fluoride in the water to wind
turbines) but here the evidence is very flimsy.
I am certain it is not lyme disease – the
scientific community have caught and
examined millions of tics in Australia over the
last decade and have never isolated the lyme
disease causing germ found in some parts of
Europe and America.
The sad truth is that sometimes we just
have to admit we do not know the answer and
concentrate on ways of relieving the symptoms
rather than providing the cure – with the aim
of maximising comfort and function while
minimising side effects and costs to the patient
and their community.
We are often surprised, confused and
disappointed to hear that some Loxton
residents go elsewhere for certain medical
services because, “I didn’t think they still did
that in Loxton”.
I am pleased to report that, despite reviews,
rumours and budget cuts, the Loxton Medical
Practice and Loxton Hospital Complex
continue to provide, more or less, the same
services they did when I arrived here over 23
years ago (only better).
We have had to fight for that at times on
your behalf, and we are proud of it.
Yes, there have been a few changes and
some services have been rationalised and
centralised – general and gynaecological
surgery, for example, are no longer performed
However, we continue to provide accident
and emergency care 24/7.
Our x-ray facility was finally upgraded and
most of our doctors can take plain x-rays again.
Our obstetric service remains very robust and
the new skin clinic is proving very popular. So,
as the old saying goes, “use it or lose it”.
ON LOCAL HEALTH
with Dr Peter Hamilton
Are you tired and aching?
Briers Road is set
for a makeover, with
Loxton Waikerie Council
endorsing the removal
of about 50 casuarina
trees and reducing the
remaining trees by a third.
In a report to council last
year, it was noted that the icon-
ic Loxton North trees were
showing signs of distress due
to lack of water, with casuarina
trees naturally occurring along
water courses on banks above
In December, 2014, council-
lors agreed to seek a quote to
coppice the trees to a height
of 2-3 metres and remove cut-
tings to encourage the trees to
However, at the Loxton
Waikerie Council meeting on
Friday, councillors received
two quotes, with cutting back
the casuarina trees estimated at
The second quote gave coun-
cillors an alternative option and
suggested that council remove
about 50 casuarina trees,
including all dead and dying
The alternative and recom-
mended option has been esti-
mated at $74,250 and suggest-
ed reducing all remaining trees
by a third, grinding stumps
and smoothing over waste,
with large timber taken to the
Loxton Waste Transfer Station.
However, council are current-
ly investigating other options
for the removal of the timber,
which would reduce costs by
up to $30,000.
Council agreed to the rec-
ommended option to total-
ly remove 50 casuarinas and
reduce remaining trees by a
Loxton Waikerie Council
director of infrastructure ser-
vices Tim Tol acknowledged
the trees history and said the
trees were planted many years
ago, when different irrigation
methods were in practise.
“These trees (casurarinas)
were planted all over the dis-
trict and of course, that is in
the time when they were doing
flood irrigation,” he said.
“These trees were really use-
ful for soaking up all that water.
The report stated that the
cost of the removal of the trees
would be considered as part of
the 2015/16 annual business
Briers Road set to receive makeover
Award placings for Loxton News
Those locals studying at university are
urged to lodge their Rotary Vocational
Scholarship applications soon as the
deadline draws close.
The two-year $10,000 scholarship initiative was
announced earlier this year.
Applicants will need to be from the Loxton/
Brown’s Well district, have achieved an ATAR of
85 or above, demonstrated a community and voca-
tional commitment to regional South Australia and
been accepted in a degree course for the 2015 year.
An expert committee, made up of community
leaders, would convene to assess applications on
their eligibility and merit. Consideration will also
be made on the degree’s regional relevance.
The scholarship application, along with a list of
eligibility criteria, can be downloaded from the
Rotary Club’s website (loxton.rotaryclub.org.au).
Applications for the scholarship close at 5pm
on Friday, March 6. Applicants who have been
granted an interview will be notified by March 16.
The successful scholarship recipient will be
announced by April 15.
For more information, contact Mr Pocock on
0428 473 455.
The Brown’s Well centenary of town celebrations feature received second place for
Best Advertising Feature at the 2014 Country Press awards on Friday night, while
The Loxton News’ advertising consultant Wendy Forbes (right) received the Most
Outstanding Advertising Representative Award.
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