Home' The Loxton News : March 18th 2015 Contents 4 -- The Loxton News, Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Where are the locals?
Regarding The Loxton News article pub-
lished on March 12, on the Lutheran
Rest Home redevelopment, wouldn't it
have been great to see the residents wear-
ing hats with a local builder's name on
I have yet to see an explanation of why
local builders were excluded from the
tender process. Given the funding they
received from the Riverland Futures Fund,
I don't think I would be the only person
outraged that the lion's share of that money
is leaving the Riverland. Peter Henderson
Free trade agreement details
It was easy to sense some relief when
the Federal Government announced new
criteria regarding foreign ownership of our
Foreigners would now have to be
approved by the Foreign Investment
Review Board (FIRB) if they planned to
buy farmland worth more than $15 million.
This figure was reduced from the pre-
vious trigger value of more than $200
million. But what are the exceptions to the
The Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)
which are sought after by so many, do not
simply deal with the trade of commodities
between countries, as I am sure most peo-
For some reason the terms of the FTAs
embrace things much more extensive. They
contain clauses about buying our farms.
The Real Estate Institute of Victoria
has discovered that our FTA involvement
with USA, New Zealand, Chile (and in the
future China) means those countries only
need FIRB approval to buy farms worth
more than $1094 million.
Investors from Singapore and Thailand
need approval if their purchases exceed
Why bother to set a trigger of $15m
when there are so many exemptions?
The foreigners wish to buy our farms, so
they can produce food and fibre to send to
their homeland. Our farmers prefer to grow
the produce and export it to those same
people, rather than sell their land. When
will the Government get the message?
Why do FTAs involve such matters as the
sale of properties?
Do any of the MPs or their legal advisers
read the clauses of deals and discover wid-
Will the next deal, known as the Trans
Pacific Partnership, be explored and details
revealed prior to signing? Ken Grundy
FROM OUR FILES
50 years ago
Thursday, March 18, 1965
Councillor Sam Loxton said he was concerned
at the lack of available housing in Loxton and said
housing is the greatest need in the district.
Loxton Gold and Loxton Green will meet in the
first semi-final in A grade Upper Murray tennis.
40 years ago
Wednesday, March 19, 1975
Women from across the state gathered in Loxton
for the Australian Local Government Women's
Association (SA branch) seminar, aiming to get
women more involved in local councils.
A dog catcher will be appointed by Loxton
Council following numerous complains regarding
the number of dogs roaming the streets.
30 years ago
Wednesday, March 13, 1985
A helipad was constructed in the Loxton Hospital
grounds last week by local Rotary Club members.
Local school principals have voiced mixed re-
actions to the four term school year, which will be
introduced in South Australia from 1987.
20 years ago
Wednesday, March 15, 1995
Loxton Wildcats clawed their way back from a
six-run first innings deficit to defeat Renmark in
Friday night's baseball grand final.
Wunkar branch members of he Women's
Agricultural Bureau discussed the future of the
branch at their last meeting.
10 years ago
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Senior government and police officials will meet
with the Loxton Waikerie Council to discuss the re-
location of Loxton's police station and local police
About 3000 people attended the inaugural Hand
Picked music festival held in Loxton.
FROM THE BIBLE...
An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind
word cheers him up. -- Proverbs 12:25 (NIV Bible)
the years go by...
by Peter and
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Solution to No. 637
5. Public reserves
8. Medical body
34. Rotary files
35. Beaver creation
1. Taurine animals
2. Spaghetti e.g.
3. Foot part
4. Long skirt
6. Lease again
12. Follows orders
14. Hawaiian taro dish
15. One of the senses
17. Not native
19. Prized gem
22. Place of learning
24. Sawn timber
26. UK money
27. Burning liquids
29. Mournful song
30. Medicinal amounts
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It was only a very few centuries ago that the
western world began to understand the rela-
tionship between breathing, oxygenation of
blood, circulation via the heart to vital organs
and the importance of this for sustaining life.
Before that, people wrote some amazingly
strange articles and books about how they
thought the body worked.
Fortunately, some clinicians were insightful
enough to test the theories in well-designed
experiments. When they found them to be
completely bogus, they abandoned them, but
used what they had learnt to develop new and
more accurate ideas based on their observations.
They tested these and eventually the truth
was discovered. This is science -- and I love it.
When we worked in Papua New Guinea, scientific
method had barely reached the rural hospital we
were based in, let alone the villages.
Some bizarre medical practices had been
perpetuated by observations. The neonatal death
rate, even in our hospital was 7 per cent when
we arrived and was much higher in the villages.
By adopting a simple stimulation and ventilation
approach to baby resuscitation we reduced this
to 1 per cent virtually overnight and presumably
reduced the incidence of brain damaged infants
So what has this to do with the internet?
These days many parents share their experiences
on the net and this is largely a good thing.
We can learn a lot from each other and the
vibe is generally reassuring and supportive.
But sometimes, someone's experience can be
perpetuated, when good science would suggest
an alternative reality. I was recently reading a
trail of Facebook communications about the
management of croup.
Many of the comments described what
parents had tried and how the croup had
subsequently resolved. One might be tempted to
attribute the resolution of the symptoms to the
treatment given (and I must say that none of the
treatments I read were silly or harmful) but croup
is a viral, self limiting condition.
While it sounds awful and is frightening to
hear and see, it very, very rarely causes life-
threatening illness and resolves spontaneously in
a few days of it's own accord.
Antibiotics and none of the treatments I read
about on Facebook have been shown to be
helpful in well conducted experiments. Keeping
your child's room warm does make a difference,
but even the old steamy bathroom/vapourizer
treatment has been shown to add nothing to the
relief of symptoms.
Of course, if your child is distressed and
particularly if they have noisy breathing and are
blue, they do need hospital management. And
we are happy to see them, any time, day or night,
and treatment with extra oxygen or steroids
might be helpful to reduce distress or speed
recovery. Very rarely, more serious conditions
can look like croup initially -- so do not hesitate to
call for advice.
Registrars are newly graduated qualified doc-
tors who have chosen a career in general
practice and are doing their training in this field
of medicine with a view to sitting their GP spe-
Loxton usually has one or two registrars
working (and learning) at the medical centre and
their contribution to our workforce is valuable.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank
those many people who support our registrars
by agreeing to be their patients and/or making
them feel at home in our community. We hope
that their experience here helps them to not only
pass their exams, but also to develop a passion
for rural living and medical practice.
We recently said goodbye to our very popular
registrar Ashleigh, who had been with us for a
year, and has gone to Kapunda to complete her
training. She greatly enjoyed her time here and
wishes for me to thank you all. Her replacement
is Dr Divyadarshin Murugiah who is settling in
nicely and already seems to be well respected by
her clients and peers. Please make her welcome.
ON LOCAL HEALTH
with Dr Peter Hamilton
Science, mythology, the internet and croup
Emblem for the opening of the Riverview
Cottages, 1973. In 1954, Wally Traeger
and Ern Kaesler planned a rest home
for the aged in Loxton. In January,
1963, the 'Riverview' homestead built
by pioneer Auggie Thiele in 1908 with
an excellent river view, was demolished
to clear the site. The foundation stone
was laid in July, 1964, and Sir Thomas
Playford officially opened the home on
February 21, 1965. The next step was
to build four self-contained cottages
-- three single units and one for a
married couple. The cottages would
cost $40,179. The architect was CW
Pudney and the builder AP Crambrook.
On Sunday, July 1, 1973, Rev LW Loffler
dedicated the new cottages before The
Right Honourable Senator Sir Condor
Laucke was handed the key to officially
open the cottage door that afternoon.
After inspecting the buildings, the official
guests moved to the dining room of the
rest home next door to enjoy afternoon
tea. And in recent weeks the latest
development at the rest home is under
-- Merv Koch photo
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