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by Stephanie Gropler
Local farmer John
Gladigau has returned from
the US, after speaking at the
Association of Agricultural
(AAPEX) annual general
Mr Gladigau, who is the exec-
utive director of Bulla Burra,
gave a two-hour presentation in
Napa, California on collaborative
farming and said the four-day
event was a "great opportunity".
"As a networking opportunity,
there is certainly not much better
that you could hope for," he said.
"The conference was great
through the day, then to be able
to have dinner and sit around and
pick each others brains, there is
just so much learning that can
come from that.
"There are so many opportu-
nities that can open up from that
Mr Gladigau gave his talk
about Bulla Burra and the seven
principles of successful collabo-
rative farming during the second
day of the conference.
"I realised pretty soon that I
was probably one of the smallest
producers in the room," he said.
"Some of the businesses there
are turning over $100 billion a
year and I was sitting there think-
ing, 'what have I got to teach
However, Mr Gladigau said
there were many similarities
between small and large agricul-
"A lot of the principals we
have been through in putting
together Bulla Burra and what
we do with collaborative farm-
ing are similar. Size is irrelevant
to that," he said.
"It is really about good princi-
ples and values.
"A lot of our experiences from
our journey were very much
echoed by a lot of the other busi-
nesses who had been through a
similar type of journey."
Mr Gladigau said he dis-
cussed emotions and personali-
ties within his speech, which he
believed "struck a cord" with
many other farmers and busi-
"It is probably one of the
biggest threats to the business.
That is something that really
resonated with people from oth-
er businesses," he said. "I had
discussions with a lot of people
that came up to me after, asking
about it and how we dealt with
it."While Mr Gladigau said there
were many highlights from the
trip, something that was partic-
ularly special was when Tom
Morris, a professor of philos-
ophy at Notre Dame who has
two PhDs from Yale University,
quoted Mr Gladigau's speech
from the previous day.
"Tom Morris started reeling
off some of the things and some
of the principles that we have
implemented into Bulla Burra
and he actually reinforced back
to the crowd some of the things
I had spoken about the day
before," he said. "I took that as
the ultimate compliment."
In addition to collaborative
farming, the four-day conference
saw Mr Gladigau partake in dis-
cussions about the future of agri-
culture and climate change.
"There was a lot of discussion
about what the agricultural com-
munity is going to look like in 20
to 30 years time," he said.
"Being the token Australian
sitting in the room, that helped
me put a different view on things.
"We do have a different per-
spective, especially on things
like climate change.
"There is much greater accep-
tance for the need to deal with it
politically and socially than there
is in the US."
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The Loxton Hotel foyer is undergoing
a facelift, with works to be completed
in coming weeks.
Upgrades have been made to flooring and
the service desk, along with a fresh coat of
paint. Hotel manager Karen Kilsby said there
had been minimal disruption and feedback
had been "really positive".
"It is part of our ongoing process of keeping
with the times," she said.
"Unfortunately the tiles we had there were
starting to show their age. It is just part of
the process of continuing to be one of South
Australia's great country pubs."
Local farmer's US address
Hypnotist Isaac Lomman will perform at
the Loxton Hotel later this month.
Hypnotist to visit
After gracing the stage at the
Adelaide Fringe Festival, comedy
hypnotist Isaac Lomman will
perform in Loxton later this month.
The show is based on audience partic-
ipation, with volunteers from the crowd
becoming stars of the performance.
The event, which will take place in the
main bar at the Loxton Hotel, has been
shown across Australia and is a hit with
people of all ages.
Tickets are $25, with the performance
taking place at 7.30pm on Wednesday,
March 25. For more information, call the
Loxton Hotel on 8584 7266.
The Riverland Zonta Club will
hold a social lawn bowls fundraiser
this month, with proceeds going to
Locals are encouraged to enter a team of
four, while pairs and single entries are also
welcome. The event will be held at the Berri
Bowling Club on March 22 at 12.30pm.
The cost is $10 per person. To register
event, phone Elma Mason on 8583 2215 or
Josie Nelsson on 8583 5264.
Local farmer John Gladigau is pictured at Yosemite National Park in California. Mr Gladigau
addressed over 200 people at the Association of Agricultural Production Executives' (AAPEX)
annual general meeting in California last month.
Drug use and police
station opening hours
were in the spotlight when
Shadow Minister for Police,
Correctional Services and
Justice, John Gardner, was in
Loxton on Tuesday.
As part of a two-day tour, Mr
Gardner spoke with local business
owners and called into the local
Mr Gardner said there were eight
small police stations in Adelaide
being closed, which was concerning
for the viability country stations.
"In the metropolitan area, at least
there are other major stations open
nearby. Where as, in the Riverland,
most of the stations are smaller sta-
tions," he said. "The people I have
spoken to are very concerned that
those stations stay open because
they are one of the important focal
points in communities.
"We will be working with Member
for Chaffey Tim Whetstone to make
sure they do stay open."
Mr Gardner said it was important
for rural residents to have a police
"People like having a station they
can visit to talk to a police officer, to
report a crime or if they have issue.
Just having a phone service isn't
enough," he said.
"We know there is a positive
effect on crime just having that vis-
ible reminder of a police presence
in the community.
Police issues in the spotlight
Shadow Minister for Police, Correctional Services and Justice,
John Gardner (left), was in town on Tuesday. He is pictured
with officer in charge of the Loxton Police Station sergeant
Mark Howie and Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone.
War inspired works by Loxton
artists are on display in Waikerie
as part of the In Flanders Field
The official opening of the display, which
focuses on the social history of the war was
held last Sunday at the Rain Moth Gallery.
"The Loxton Art Group was asked to
exhibit paintings in the exhibition," said
group member Jen Griffiths.
"Three members Thelma Ryles, Bill
Wilson and myself had paintings on
Mrs Griffiths' work 'Hope' was painted
especially for the exhibition and -- if not
sold beforehand -- will be donated to the
Waikerie RSL Museum.
In addition to paintings, a group of
Waikerie knitters created hundreds of red
poppies for the event.
The exhibition will run until April 30.
Loxton Art group members Jen Griffiths (left) and Julie
Noble with the artwork 'Hope', which Mrs Griffiths painted
especially for the In Flanders Field exhibition at the Rain
-- photo supplied
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