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Congratulations to Rosemary French,
her committee, the Loxton Waikerie
Council and the many other helpers, for the
great playground we now have in Loxton.
We are so lucky in this town to have
wonderful energetic people such as the play-
It was a pleasure to attend the opening on
Saturday, February 21.
After the Mayor Leon Stasinowsky cut the
ribbon, the sight of children running in all
directions, immediately climbing and doing
all the various activities was overwhelming.
Living nearby, we hear the children play-
ing every day -- it's a lovely sound. We feel
very proud and privileged to live in Loxton.
Genevieve and Stan Lehmann
What a great weekend
What a great weekend we had for the
58th Loxton Mardi Gras, warm for the
parade, cool for the appreciation service, but
just right for the family film night.
We congratulate the committee not only
for organising another spectacular event, but
also for this new innovation of an outdoor
As usual, Loxton has the perfect setting,
sitting on the lawns below the rotunda
watching one of those new big screens was
Being an older couple, we wondered how
you could watch an outdoor movie at 7pm,
acknowledging it's a great timeslot for fam-
ilies -- especially given the big day ahead
-- but what about the light?
Surprise. Owing to the wonders of new
technology and LED screens, it was perfect.
The film choice was also good, fitting in
with the 'Back to The Future' theme with a
similar storyline to the 'original' movie from
years back. So well done to the Mardi Gras
team and we hope you add this feature to in
We understand the film event was largely
enabled by the very generous donation of
the screen from Scouts SA who also took
part in the parade on Saturday.
Thanks from a grateful community to a
wonderful organisation who came up from
Adelaide to bless us.
Congratulations also to the official flag
bearers for 2015, Rob and Joy Ziersch. It
was great to be at the Mardi Gras apprecia-
tion service on Sunday morning where they
received their award and Rob spoke about
their long involvement with the CFS.
How apt, because as a community, we
really do appreciate them and all their fellow
firefighters as they work and train so hard to
keep us safe.
Even with the thousands of volunteer
hours they put in every year Rob said they
"still find time to rescue the occasional cat
(or galah) from a tree".
Carolyn and Richard Wood
May I take this opportunity to congrat-
ulate the Mardi Gras Committee for
once again convening a spectacular event
for our town.
I congratulate all of the entrants and
thank all who gave their support in any way
which contributed to the success of the 58th
Loxton Mardi Gras.
As a Senior Ambassador, sponsored by
the Loxton Uniting Church, it was an amaz-
ing effort from a small group and we fully
acknowledge the suport given to us by the
wider community, which helped us raise the
$7006. Thank you all. David LeCornu
2015 Senior Mardi Gras Ambassador
The blinds are rattling at the windows,
branches are rustling in the trees.
Magpies cawing on the rooftops, musical
sounds of summer breeze.
Waking up with early sunlight, kookabur-
ras laughing far away.
It makes you glad to be alive, on this sun-
ny summer's day.
Croydon South, Victoria
Our blessed hospital
As I have previously said, I am very
lucky. On February 18 I had cause to go
to our beautiful hospital.
Gemma and Stewart were the ambulance
officers who attended and then hospitalised
me. I do not know the name of the nurse who
attended to me in the emergency department,
but she was caring and considerate. Next was
Dr Thomas, she was wonderful too.
She asked me what I wanted to do and
gave me time to consider my situation. Our
joint decision was that I be admitted. Once
that was done it was difficult to tell whether
I was a patient, or a friend or colleague.
Tracey and Danika were on afternoon
shift, then Melissa on day shift.
I am positive no one could have received
better care then me -- nursing, medical and
Anna -- I think was the name of the 'food
services' lady -- she also would take some
beating. Gloria left a notice in my room,
stating that she had prepared it.
Like the rest of the hospital, it was spotless.
Lily was the lady in reception and she told
me that I was treated/considered royalty at
St Albert's Catholic School. She is right, but
she did the same.
The books and the beautiful meals the
hospital provides; it was absolutely wonder-
ful. We are truly blessed with our wonderful
hospital. Thank you everyone. Lou Hunt
Premier Jay Weatherill's Royal
Commission into the nuclear industry in
South Australia has failed to clear the first
and most basic hurdle of independence by
excluding a full investigation of the state's
existing role in the nuclear sector.
The nuclear industry starts with uranium
and so should any genuine assessment of the
nuclear sector in South Australia.
Uranium mining is SA's point of connec-
tion with the international nuclear industry
and to seek to quarantine this from full con-
sideration is inconsistent with the Premier's
call for an "informed and mature" debate. To
ignore an evidence based cost-benefit analy-
sis of this sector is to move the Commission
away from the real world of industry perfor-
mance towards providing a publicly funded
platform for industry promises.
The Premier should re-visit this deeply
disappointing decision during the terms of
reference public consultation period in order
to ensure that Commission is an exercise in
genuine analysis, not atomic airbrushing.
Nuclear Free campaigner
Australian Conservation Foundation
FROM OUR FILES
50 years ago
Thursday, March 4, 1965
This year's Mardi Gras was a record-breaker with
over 4000 people attending the event.
History was made in the Loxton Bowling Club
on Saturday when three pennants were won by
Loxton teams in the South Australian Upper Murray
Bowling Association out of the four divisions in the
competition. 40 years ago
Wednesday, March 5, 1975
Members of the committee which will administer
the community complex being built at the show-
grounds held their first meeting.
Six men from Pennsylvania will arrive in Loxton
and spend four days as guests of the Rotary Club.
30 years ago
Wednesday, February 27, 1985
More volunteers, particularly men, are being
sought by the Loxton Orana Auxiliary.
Riverland cricket historians are checking record
books following the avalanche of runs scored at the
Loxton North oval on Saturday, with Loxton North
notching up 324.20 years ago
Wednesday, February March 1, 1995
Another step for Government funding for the build-
ing of a bridge over the Murray at Berri was taken,
with a memorandum of agreement signed.
The Loxton Newsagency has been named the
best in South Australia.
10 years ago
Wednesday, March 2, 2005
A bumper crowd and glowing praise from visitors
has further entrenched the Nippy's Loxton Gift
Carnival on the state's athletics calender.
The Moorook-Kingston Netball Club may fold un-
less enough people come forward to hold an annual
FROM THE BIBLE...
The Lord is gracious and compassionate; slow to
anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has
compassion on all he has made.
-- Psalm 145:8-9 (NIV Bible)
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letters to the editor
the years go by...
by Peter and
Sister Millie Dorsch, World War II
military nurse, circa 1941. Millie
was one of 14 nurses who are
commemorated in the names of
Loxton streets. Millie was from
a well-known Adelaide medical
family. Aunts Rea and Gertrude
served in World War I under trying
conditions. Diary notes from a
nursing sister of that time said,
"snow is about six inches (15cm)
deep everywhere. I'm on night-
duty... we get such a number of
stretcher cases in almost every
night. Some of them are almost
frozen with the cold. They do
enjoy a big mug of cocoa and
hot water bottles in their beds.
Some of the patients are given
a hot bath and they have a short
distance to walk before we can
get them into their bed. Their hair
is frozen stiff and their towel also.
We night sisters look just like a
lot of teddy bears getting around
in all our woolies. Our balaclava
caps are lovely and warm. To
keep fit, I go for a skate on the
ice before going to bed in the
morning. How we long for a good
old Australian sunning." Lest we
-- Joan Durdin photo
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The Loxton Mardi Gras has a proud tradition of
supporting the community -- a major part of this is
its grants program.
The reason many local projects and organisa-
tions have received these grants over the years is
thanks to the fundraising efforts of Ambassadors
Last year 10 people put their hands up for this
task -- six of whom were Junior Ambassador
In two to five months this group has collectively
raised a gross amount of $26,000.
While it's easy to compare the efforts of the
2015 Ambassadors to that of past years on pa-
per, what isn't easy is the sheer amount of time
and effort that was put in to achieve every dollar
The previous year there were 14 Ambassdor
entrants -- some of whom had over six months to
hold fundraiser events -- and collected a total of
$40,000. This effort was amazing.
But that doesn't mean this year's efforts should
be diminished in that light.
Regardless the amount raised, this is valuable
funding to support local initiatives.
Just have a look at our new playground.
Part of that is thanks to Mardi Gras.
LEADING THE WAY: Flag bearers Joy
(left) and Rob Ziersch lead Saturday's
58th annual Loxton Mardi Gras parade.
The local couple were selected for the
honour in recognition of their years of
service to the Country Fire Service.
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