Home' The Loxton News : March 4th 2015 Contents 6 -- The Loxton News, Wednesday, March 4, 2015
The winner receives the latest Wiggles CD
Entries close 3pm Friday 13th March 2015 -
Drop entries to Renmark Office or post to
The Murray Pioneer, Box 832, Renmark SA 5341.
Winners will be published in The Murray Pioneer 16th March,
The Loxton News 17th March and The River News 17th March.
Disaster response simply magnificent
The Riverland grape growing community
were shocked recently to hear the news of
a fire that destroyed a state-of-the-art grape
Proud Harvesting, on behalf of Linton and
Glenys Proud and Sherwood Estates, would
like to sincerely thank the many people who
offered assistance and encouragement follow-
ing the destruction of their grape harvester on
"The immediate support provided by the
local police and MFS was exceptional," Brett
"The efficient assessment by MGA Insurance
was also testimony to the benefits of dealing
with local businesses."
The Proud families have expressed appreci-
ation for the support from the Riverland com-
munity that also included the offer of grape
harvesters to meet their immediate harvesting
Local contractors; Kym Butson, Dan Dalzell
and Peter Harman, Dudley Jachmann, David
King and Joel Koch all increased their sig-
nificant workloads to enable all harvesting
bookings to be met.
Brett added: "Accolade Wines, The Wine
Group and Treasury Wine Estates along with
Wishart Contractors have been magnificent
in dealing with the forced cancellations of
bookings and the subsequent re-scheduling
Leda Ag from Mildura worked quickly to
hire and commission a new Leda harvester for
the Prouds to use for the rest of this vintage.
"To all of the people who have offered or
helped in any way during the past week,
please accept this as our sincere thank you
for your kindness and generosity," Brett con-
Cheeseman in the chair
Andrew Cheeseman, former chief execu-
tive of Wine Australia, has been appointed
to chair the Riverland Wine Marketing and
Public Relations Delivery Group in line with
the structure outlined in the Riverland Wine
Strategic Plan 2014-2019.
The group has met with Andrew several
In recent months he has travelled widely to
meet with the 16 Riverland wine producers
from the largest corporation to the smallest
family operated enterprise. These meetings
helped inform the marketing group as they
develop a robust action plan to support the
key strategic initiative: market growth.
The objective of the one-on-one meetings
was to listen to the ideas and aspirations of
those who invest in and believe in Riverland
Wines and to develop initiatives that will sup-
• Sustainable ongoing growth in sales and
enduring partnerships with key customers
• Improvement in grape prices to profitable
• Restoration of value in underlying assets
• Assist restoration of community pride
Andrew said: "There is no single magic bul-
let to achieve these outcomes.
Spreading the investment and trying to do
too many things will be ineffective. However,
we are now in a position to formulate a spe-
cific and coherent set of recommendations
for the management committee to review and
Keep an eye on this column for more about
growing the market for Riverland Wine world-
Celebrating 50 years of the wine cask
In 1965, Renmark's Tom Angove created
the first cask wine with a patent issued to the
company on April 20, 1965.
The invention was titled 'Improved
container and pack for liquids'.
This year is the 50th anniversary of that
Australian icon and the wine industry cele-
brated this milestone with an event in Sydney
on Tuesday evening this week.
Key speakers at the function provided
insight into the history of the wine cask, before
looking to the future to outline how hitting
the refresh button will infuse new life into the
familiar bag-in-box format.
One of the speakers was John Angove who
recalled his father's initial tinkering with the
first wine in a box concept (and the connection
to prehistoric goatskins), how the design came
together and how the Australian invention is
now adopted all over the world.
This was followed by a panel discussion
with winemakers and industry representa-
tives on 'where to next' for the cask wine
Riverland Wine's Andrew Weeks, another
of Renmark's favourite sons, flew to Sydney to
join the celebrations and support the rejuve-
nation of the icon. Andrew said this is a great
opportunity to encourage all wine consumers
to acknowledge the cask's attributes as an
environmentally sound modern package that
enables wine buffs to enjoy premium wines
by the glass.
The 'Ask for Cask' campaign was also
launched at the event including a specially
created video, which highlights the unique
place cask wine has had in Australia over the
past 50 years.
Event a flipping success
tucked into a meal of
the shade of the Loxton
Anglican Church last
The church's Pancake
Night for Shrove Tuesday
was a "huge success",
Attendees were treated
to a range of sweet and
savoury toppings at the
Organisers said it was
"wonderful" to see the
community support the
event once again.
Among those who attended last month's Pancake Night were (from left)
Dean and Pam Kerley, Daphne Dack, Anglican Parish Priest Father Paul
Devenport, Mikayla, 10, Jakodi, 7, and Rob Lehmann, and Fiona Kupke.
(left), 6, and
Blake Ward, 3.
A large crowd gathered at the Loxton Anglican Church last month for Shrove
Skiing for men's health
by Stephanie Gropler
Locals are being urged
to support a 500km water-
skiing fundraiser, which
will arrive in Loxton on
Saturday evening and aims
to highlight the tragedy of
Ski for Life is an initia-
tive of Men's Health SA and
the Menswatch program, and
will see 50 people leaving
Wellington today, stopping at
communities along the way to
Renmark, to raise awareness of
male suicide and depression.
Organiser Bill Stockman said
the fundraiser, which is in its
third year, had been a "huge"
success in the past.
"The event seems to be snow-
balling and it is a good fami-
ly event, raising awareness for
depression and suicide," he said.
"It is all about raising aware-
ness and getting people talking
about men's health and wellbe-
ing, as it is something that not
many people talk about."
The group will be staying at
the Loxton Riverfront Holiday
Park on Saturday night and Mr
Stockman urged locals to get
behind the event.
"Locals can come down and
see us, walk in and have a chat.
We will all have blue shirts on,
so we will stand out," he said.
Mr Stockman said it was
important to get a message of
support out there, with one
in every six men affected by
The five-day fundraiser will
see skiers travel 500km.
"You just load your boat up
with skiers and people go for as
long as they can," Mr Stockman
"We always have someone
skiing behind the boat the
whole way. Sometimes we have
three or four skiers all at once."
The contingent of skiers are
expected to arrive in Moorook
at 2pm on Saturday and in
Loxton after 5pm.
To donate or for more infor-
mation, visit (aimhs.com.
Loxton North Primary
School held its Student
inductions this month.
Pictured, (from left)
back: principal Mary
Cody Brand, Bradley
Dubrich, Claire Cusack
and leader Jasmaine
Finch. Front: Shayden
Ross, Imogen May,
Bethany Taylor, Ryan
Gray, Cooper Petch
and Rory Gillard.
-- photo supplied
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