Home' The Loxton News : April 15th 2015 Contents The Loxton News, Wednesday, April 15, 2015 – 5
After 29 years
of serving the
Boehm says it is
time to “hang up the
Mr Boehm, who will
retire later this month
after joining the Loxton
Service (MFS) in 1986,
said he enjoyed his time
with the service, espe-
cially the teamwork.
“It’s like a big family,”
he said. “I’ll miss all the
blokes – they’re a pretty
“Back when I joined,
I went to school and
played football with all
the guys in the MFS.
“I’ll probably go and
visit some of the other
blokes who have retired
and left the district.”
Mr Boehm has
responded to thousands
of call-outs during his
service, including a pet-
rol truck explosion in
Loxton in 2002.
“You go about you
normal life when the
pager goes off and you
come roaring down here
(to the station) and jump
into the truck,” he said.
“I remember just down
the road there was a huge
petrol tank fire.
“I started work early
that morning when the
driver came around the
corner and tipped the
truck on its side.
“We finished pretty
late and to top it off we
had a grass fire at the
back of a winery on the
Mr Boehm said he was
“proud” to watch the sta-
tion evolve and become
“The tourist office was
our original station,”
he said. “Years ago we
always had to have one
person back in the station
to take messages, where
now it’s all done from
the radio on the truck.
“We’ve received heaps
of awards for practice
Mr Boehm said while
he had “mixed feel-
ings” about leaving, he
was looking forward
to spending more time
with his family.
“I have a daughter in
Adelaide,” he said. “I’ll
be able to enjoy time
with the family without
the pager going off and
being dragged away for
a fire call.
“I won’t miss being
woken up at 2am in the
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Loxton Hotel, 45 East Terrace, Loxton
Local recreational fishers are
invited to cast a line and help
the State Government gather
scientific data about Murray
cod in Moorook next month.
Fishers will be asked to fish from
land or boat at Moorook on Saturday,
May 9, with registrations open from
Minister for Agriculture, Food and
Fisheries Leon Bignell said informa-
tion gathered at the event – which is
the first of a series to be held in South
Australia – would contribute to a
“greater understanding of Murray cod
stocks in the River Murray”.
“The State Government wants to
improve Murray cod stocks,” he said.
“As part of this process it’s import-
ant we have up to date baseline infor-
mation on the current wild popula-
“Community participation is vital
and we encourage interested fishers
to register to participate and contrib-
ute their knowledge and skills.
“The fishing events follow a com-
munity forum held in Berri earlier
this month to provide details about the
State Government funded project.”
The Murray cod fishery is currently
open for a limited catch and release
season until July 31.
During this time it is illegal to lift
any size Murray cod out of the water
in South Australia, and fishers must
carefully extract or release the hook
with the fish still submerged. These
rules will apply during the event.
Cast a line for
Speakers at next month’s Loxton’s History Sure Ain’t Boring night include
(clockwise, from left) Derry Proud, Jan Cass, Merridee Seiboth and Helen
Aggeletos will give presentations on their topics of choice.
History night tickets
currently on sale
for next month’s
Sure Ain’t Boring
The event will see
the speakers give a 20
minute talk on a select-
ed topic of interest.
The 2015 topics
are: the contribution
of the Proud family to
the Loxton communi-
ty, the Loxton District
Council, the Loxton
Hospital, and a Greek
experience settling in
Tickets for the May 5
event are now available
at the Loxton Visitor
Information Centre at
$5 for adults and $2 for
Bridge ‘beyond repair’
by Laura Eckert
Locals may need to find
alternative walking routes
along the Loxton riverfront,
after ongoing vandalism
attacks have destroyed a
popular footbridge “beyond
Over the past five months van-
dals have targeted the bridge –
which is located across the road
from the Loxton boat ramp – dam-
aging the handrails and dislodging
the timber slats.
Loxton Rotary Club member
Tom Shannon said it was “dis-
heartening” to see the bridge in an
“unusable” state, particularly after
the club carried out maintenance
on it last year.
“A lot of people use it to walk
from the river to the caravan park,
but it can’t be used anymore,” he
said. “When walking their dogs
amd so forth, they’ll have to take
another direction to get to the
In conjunction with the Loxton
Waikerie Council, the Loxton
Rotary Club upgraded the foot-
bridge last year by installing hand-
rails on both sides of the bridge .
“It was certainly in a better state
than what it was, but over the
Christmas period the vandalism
was terrible,” Mr Shannon said.
“This bridge was a bit of a
prototype and we were going to
strengthen it, but obviously that
can’t be done now.
“With the damage of late,
together with building regulations,
we just can’t do anything.”
Mr Shannon said the council
will consider removing the bridge
“It will be something similar to
Snake Island in Loxton, but with
smaller pipes and there won’t be
any unique ability to walk over
the bridge in a curved state,” he
Loxton Waikerie Council will
discuss the future of the footbridge
at its meeting this Friday.
Graham hangs up his helmet
attacks over the
past five months
have destroyed the
footbridge on the
across from the
Loxton Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) firefighter Graham Boehm will retire
later this month, after joining the service in 1986.
Laura Eckert photo
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