Home' The Loxton News : January 13th 2016 Contents 8 – The Loxton News, Wednesday, January 13, 2016
B.S. & L.D. VENNING
PHONE 8584 5327
0428 778 124
LICENSED CASH BUYERS
Loxton: Wednesdays 9am-2pm
Pinnaroo: Fridays 10am-2pm
For private buying or
N Raft, Waffle and Strip Footings N Sheds
N Driveways N Patios and Paths
N Brick Paving N Pattern Pave
Also Bobcat Hire and Trench Digger
BIG OR SMALL WE DO IT ALL’
Call Ricki for a free quote
Phone/Fax 8584 1222
Mobile 0418 839 741
your business in the
business in the
For feature page advertising, call Wendy
Whether it be carpet, vinyl
or timber, Riverland Floor
Centre are the complete
flooring specialists for the
Riverland and Mallee.
The Loxton-based business
also specialises in sanding and
polishing, floating floors, tiles
and cork, and stock a wide
selection of high-quality rugs in
various prints and colours.
Riverland Floor Centre
offers installation of any floor
coverings and can remove
existing flooring, as well as
being licensed builders who are
qualified to carry out any repair
In addition, staff can provide
sound advice about the best
flooring option to customers
who are building or renovating
Business owners Peter Carter
and Louise Dolphin are happy
to provide free, no obligation
quotes and offer guidance
to customers to help them
navigate their extensive range.
Coverings for all floor types
6 Bookpurnong Terrace, Loxton (Opposite Football Oval)
PHONE 8584 4660
CARPET & VINYL
LOOSE LAY VINYL
Concrete grinding ser vice also available
SANDING AND POLISHING
Signs of life begin to sprout at Billiatt
by Stephanie Thompson
Exactly two years after a
bushfire ravaged the Billiatt
Conservation Park, signs of
life are sprouting in the
area, with a number of flora
and fauna species returning.
About 95 per cent of the con-
servation park was burnt during
the 2014 bushfires and Natural
Resources South Australia
Murray Darling-Basin fire and
threatened Mallee bird ecologist
Chris Hedger said the park should
“fully recover” within 15 years.
During these early stages of
post fire regeneration, generalist
species such as kangaroos and
post-fire specialist species, such
as native silky mice or yellow fire
pea will do well,” he said.
“As vegetation height continues
to grow and expand, other species
will begin to become more numer-
ous, until the habitat reaches its
“Plant species are generally
more resilient than animals, par-
ticularly in fires of this size, so it
is expected that most plant spe-
cies present before the fire will
However, Mr Hedger said fau-
na was often reliant on “unburnt
islands” to survive.
“Although there are a number
of unburnt islands in the park,
these don’t always have appro-
priate habitat in them for habitat
specialists,” he said.
“Species such as red-lored
whistler, western whipbird and
striated grasswren will likely need
additional support to recolonise
over the coming years.”
Mr Hedger said the conserva-
tion park’s recovery would be
reliant on weather conditions in
coming months and years.
“Billiatt Wilderness Area has
received some good rainfall events
since this fire, including approx-
imately 40mm across the park
in November, which has enabled
good regeneration of a wide vari-
ety of plant species,” he said.
“However, with the El Nino
weather bringing hotter and drier
conditions, it is not known if the
previous rainfall will be enough
to carry a good diversity of plants
through the summer.
“If a good number of the more
susceptible plant species survive
this summer and can establish
themselves over the next few
years, the wider park should fully
recover to a much healthier more
rigorous system, than it was prior
to the fire.
“These healthier and more
diverse habitats can support more
diverse and numerous fauna, par-
ticularly habitat specialist species
such as threatened mallee birds.”
Katarapko Island was also
affected by a bushfire in January,
Loxton News reader Suzanne Coombs snapped this photo of the wildflowers
growing at the Billiatt Conservation Park last year. The park was ravaged by
a bushfire in January, 2014.
MIDSUMMER SALE: The Rotary Club of Loxton Opportunity Shop is celebrating the
start of 2016 with a midsummer sale to clear stock. The ‘opp shop’ now has its own
dedicated telephone service and can be reached on 0455 893 380. Money raised
from the ‘opp shop’ goes towards a variety of community and international projects.
Loxton girl Grace Pluckhahn has
put her hand up as a Mardi Gras
junior ambassador and says she is
“looking forward” to the challenge.
The 13-year-old said she was “excited”
for the February event, with preparations in
“I thought it would be an entertaining, fun
and also a great memory to have,” she said.
Grace is one of a number of junior Mardi
Gras ambassador entrants and said she took
on the role to learn more about herself.
“I will hopefully gain some understanding
about leadership (and) the town,” she said.
Grace has taken part in a Loxton Mardi
Gras previously, enjoying time on a float
when she was younger and said she was
looking forward to that aspect again.
“I thought it was fun,” she said.
In her spare time, Grace enjoys swimming,
art, playing the guitar and video games.
Grace up for the challenge
Grace Pluckhahn is looking forward to next
month’s Loxton Mardi Gras.
Links Archive December 23rd 2015 January 20th 2016 Navigation Previous Page Next Page