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Locals have one
more week to have
their say on the
plan, with public
The 2015-20 draft
plan was developed by
the Loxton Recreation
Grounds Committee and
aims to identify projects
and activities that will
improve the amenity and
character of the Loxton
Council director of
Tim Tol urged mem-
bers of the community
to have their say, with a
number of projects iden-
tified in the plan.
"Loxton is renowned
as the garden city of the
Riverland and it is just
about building on that,"
"The plan is focusing
on those smaller proj-
ects like your entrance
statements, street tree
planting and things like
that. We want people
of Loxton, if they are
interested, to look at the
Included in the draft
is the street tree plant-
ing plan, Mill Corner
upgrade and identifi-
cation of walking and
Areas included in
the street tree plant-
ing program include
between Mill Corner
and the roundabout and
between the council
depot and roundabout on
The detailed plan
includes a design for the
Paruna Road entrance
wall, which will poten-
tially look at involving
local service groups and
schools in the construc-
According to the plan,
the Paruna Road entrance
wall will be "unique"
and "complement the
character and amenity of
the township entrance".
"That (the Paruna
Road entrance wall) is
their first priority and
once that one is done,
they might look at some-
thing for the Berri end
coming in," he said.
The plan states that
the implementation of
the plan will rely on
broader council priori-
ties and budget restrains.
Other projects includ-
ed in the draft plan
include landscaping of
Tobruk Terrace dam,
rehabilitation of reveg-
etation of western side
of McMillan Street and
Centenary Park revege-
A copy of the beautifi-
cation Plan can be found
via council's website
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Local community groups are being
encouraged to attend an information
session at Berri next week to find out how
to access a range of State Government
The session will provide information about the
range of grants, eligibility criteria and guidelines
and will be held on Wednesday, March 25 from
1.30pm to 4pm at the Berri Town Hall.
Communities and Social Inclusion Minister
Zoe Bettison said the State Government's grant
programs help to foster strong and connected
"Local organisations do wonderful work
throughout South Australia, helping those who are
vulnerable and making a big difference in their
lives," Ms Bettison said.
"The State Government wants to help these
organisations to support local communities."
Grants can be used for community programs,
the purchase of equipment or to host an event.
The information session at Berri will be present-
ed by staff from the Department for Communities
and Social Inclusion, in partnership with other
It will cover grants across the youth, multicultur-
al and volunteer sectors, with a specific workshop
about Community Benefit SA grants.
"It will provide important information about the
range of grants, how to find the right grant for your
organisation, and the application and assessment
processes," she said.
"I strongly encourage organisations who are
interested in applying for grants to attend."
"Community Benefit SA grants are used by
organisations to implement local projects which
improve the quality of life for those who are dis-
advantaged," Ms Bettison said.
"These one-off grants average $10,000 with a
maximum of $50,000, and are designed to develop
and strengthen communities in metropolitan and
regional South Australia."
For more information or to register for the infor-
mation session, call 8415 4327 or visit the website
Loxton Home Timber and Hardware
received top honours at the 2015 Home
Timber and Hardware Group National
Conference earlier this month, winning
the SA/NT Store of the Year (under
Loxton Home Timber and Hardware's
Debbie Holmes said the award win was a
"We got warned that we were in the running
and I said, 'there is no way we would get
that because there is so many other stores out
there'," she said. "We have to thank customers
for the award, because we wouldn't have won
it if it wasn't for their support."
Mrs Holmes said the judging took into
account sale figures and stock availability.
The national conference was held at the Gold
Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Close shave as Jeff braves the clippers
Making a town entrance
For local man Jeff
Hill, braving the
clippers for the World's
Greatest Shave on
Saturday was an
for a "worthy cause".
Mr Hill shaved his head
and beard in front of a
crowd of 20 of his friends
and family outside Loxton
He has already raised over
$1500 for the Leaukaemia
Foundation, saying he was
inspired to particpate by his
brother Robert, who suffers
from the disease.
"There are still a few
donations filtering in, so I
think it will be close to -- if
not over -- the $2000 mark,"
"My sister had the idea
of running a raffle and that
alone raised around $700.
"The public have been
very good. The support
shown from businesses and
people has been amazing.
"I never expected to raise
contribute anything to this
cause -- but the fact that
I've got to nearly $2000 just
Mr Hill said he planned
to "take a year off" from
shaving in 2016 and was
hoping to brave the shave
again in 2017.
"I'd encouraged oth-
er people to get involved.
It's fun and it's for a good
cause," he said.
"I'm hoping to support
one of my friends in the
shave next year, and then
I'll shave again the year
"I really think more peo-
ple should do it. It's some-
thing relatively small that
you can do which can mean
A town entrance wall has been included in the 2015-20 draft Loxton town beautification plan, which is
currently available for public consultation. INSET: Plans for the entrance wall.
Loxton Home Timber and Hardware's Brenton and Debbie Holmes received the
SA/NT Store of the Year award (under 1000m²) at the 2015 Home Timber and
Hardware Group National Conference.
-- Stephanie Gropler photo
Jeff Hill, pictured at the Loxton Community Men's Shed, was inspired
to participate in the Leukaemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave
by his brother Robert. INSET: Mr Hill sporting a close-cropped 'do'
following Saturday's shave.
-- Emma Walter photos
up for grabs
Local farmers are set to benefit from
the South Australian Government's soil
improvement program, following results
from the trial sites.
This season's trial sites across the state saw pro-
ductivity increases of up to 100 per cent.
The New Horizons program was launched in
2013 and local farmers will have the opportunity
to meet the research team at the Karoonda Farm
Fair on March 27 and 28 to discuss the program
and the benefits.
Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Leon
Bignell said he was excited by the initial trial
"The results show increases between 50 and 100
per cent in yield have been achieved in soil modifi-
cation field trials at sites in the Mallee, on the Eyre
Peninsula, and Upper South East," he said.
Mr Bignell said the best yield results were
achieved by deep incorporation of clay, fertilisers
and organic matter, however almost any soil
modification still resulted in some degree of yield
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