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The Loxton News, Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Re-look at bowls heat policy
Playing sport in extreme heat can have a
devastating outcome no matter what the
age of the participant.
Almost exactly 34 years ago to the day,
my father-in-law suffered a fatal heart
attack after playing bowls in excessive
heat. He was only in his mid sixties.
Surely re-programming for play to com-
mence earlier or later on these very hot
days would avoid another tragedy.
Thanks for your teachings
Thank you to the patients and friends of
the Loxton Medical Centre and Hospital for
allowing me the opportunity to learn from
your stories during my medical school
placement in Loxton this January.
You welcomed me with open hearts and
I appreciate your kindness more than I can
Successful year for crafts
The Loxton Arts and Crafts shop would
like thank all volunteers and the com-
munity for supporting the shop in 2015.
It has been a very successful first year for
the shop and we are looking forward to an
even better one in 2016.
The Arts and Crafts Shop Committee is
proud to report a successful 2015.
Loxton Lights Up day was very success-
ful with many new faces coming in the see
our handmade goods and the shop doing
over $700 in sales.
The Arts and Craft shop members are
continuously bringing in fresh fruit, baked
goods, plants and the many hand-crafted
items. The goods are also constantly being
changed around in the shop to keep the
shop looking fresh and easy to browse
Loxton Arts and Crafts Incorporated
The theme for Australia Day this year is,
Whether you’re in a city or regional
area it is important to come together to
celebrate what is so great about being
Australian. I am proud to be the Australian
Day Ambassador in Taree. Country towns
are excellent places to travel to on this
special day, as they really celebrate what it
means to be Australian and so many come
together in celebration.
I am reminded of a comment made by
our patron and previous Governor General
Sir William Deane many years ago, “we as
a nation will be judged by the way we treat
our most vulnerable”, and we have many
vulnerable who are forgotten and isolated.
Australia, at its best, is how we come
together at times of tragedy and loss. This
year we have already witnessed the dam-
aging effect of bushfires ravaging across
Australia, destroying more than a hundred
homes and claiming the lives of several
These are times that test the spirit and
strength of a nation, and every time,
Australians have pulled together to make
a difference and help those that have been
affected by these disasters. We have seen
people in Australia putting the well-being
of other Australians before their own, we
have seen victims helping other victims,
and we have seen people with very little
giving to assist others who have lost loved
ones and their homes.
We have also witnessed our courageous
fire-fighters who year after year put them-
selves at risk and our police officers who
are the line between the good and criminal
elements. And then there are groups such
as Lions Clubs, Rotary Clubs, Country
Women’s League, Catholic Women’s’
League and so many others groups and
individuals who make great contributions
to the community.
It is the generous commitment of all of
these individuals that make me proud to be
a part of this country.
This Australia Day, I encourage you to
spare a moment for the people that have
given their lives and donated their time to
fighting the recent bushfires and to think
about what being Australian is about.
Father Chris Riley
Youth Off The Streets
Scam victims feel awful when they real-
ise they’ve been duped.
The scamming that occurred at the recent
Paris Climate Conference is a case in point.
I’m talking about renewable energy.
While I support renewable energy when
it is cost-competitive with other energy
sources, it is not only economically foolish
but also total immoral to subsidise renew-
able energy – or even worse, force people
to buy it. Those who cannot afford to put
solar panels on their roofs get stuck with
higher power bills in order to subsidise
those who can. Such economic folly has
not only destroyed industries worldwide
but, has created severe hardship for pen-
sioners and low-income families alike.
Just look at what is happening in Europe.
The European Union (EU) wants to cut its
carbon emissions by 80 per cent (of 1990
levels) by 2050, including 40 per cent by
2030. Countries like Germany and Denmark
are celebrated for their wind and solar
uptake but just look at what has happened in
those countries. They still need total backup
power for when the wind is not blowing or
the sun is not shining. Germany still needs
coal fired power and has actually been
forced to expand domestic coal mining.
European demand for Russian gas has risen
45 per cent in just five years. Coal and gas
supply five times more power than wind
and solar can in the EU, even after tens of
billions of renewable subsidies.
During heatwaves in South Australia,
electricity is essential – it is not a luxury.
Older Australians need air-conditioning
(and winter heating). Yet on the global
warming altar their discomfort or deaths
become just collateral damage. If that
sounds harsh, consider the alternative –
taxing so-called big emitters to subsidise
the energy bills of the poor. Who pays taxes
on business? We do, the consumers bear
South Australia’s economy is struggling
while we black-list affordable energy. Jobs
are disappearing at Leigh Creek, Whyalla
and Port Augusta. Politicians bemoan the
loss of manufacturing when their energy
policies kill jobs.
Why? Because carbon dioxide aka plant
food, is now supposedly evil, and we have
to pay for our carbon sins – individually
through our power bills, and collectively
as nations – to the doomsayers of global
All the while, the United States has
maintained its energy security via shale oil.
Scams usually end when the rip-off gets
so big the victim comes to their senses.
They start to question, then they turn off
the money tap.
It’s high time Australia did the same on
subsidised renewable energy.
Senator Bob Day
Family First Senator for South Australia
Kent Town, SA
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FROM OUR FILES
50 years ago
Thursday, January 20, 1966
Loxton North was the area worst hit by a freak
storm, with up to 350 points (123mm) of rain falling
throughout the region, which caused havoc to local
40 years ago
Wednesday, January 14, 1976
A cheque for $20,000 was presented to the
Loxton mayor by Community Centre representa-
tives. The money was raised for the new commu-
nity recreation centre at the showgrounds.
30 years ago
Wednesday, January 15, 1986
A pass rate of 71 per cent has been obtained by
Loxton High School students who sat for Senior
Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia
publicly examined subjects in 1985.
20 years ago
Wednesday, January 10, 1996
Loxton-based juice company Golden Choice Pty
Ltd will be advertised for sale nationally and over-
seas following the appointment of a receiver and
manager to the company.
10 years ago
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Last drinks at the Loxton Hotel’s main bar will be
called, with the ‘pig trough’ closing due to the bar
undergoing a $250,000 transformation.
FROM THE BIBLE
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it
does not boast, it is not proud.
– 1 Corinthians 13:4 (NIV Bible)
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
One thing that can be said for certain from
anyone witnessing the hydrotherapy pool
proposal pass in last week’s District Council of
Loxton Waikerie meeting: our councillors are
The councillors are passionate that the
ratepayers are heard, they are passionate that
they are heard, and they are passionate about
making the right decision when it comes to
The thing about council, or any type of
government really, is that decisions have to be
made and not everyone is going to be happy.
In this instance, most of the negative
feedback that The Loxton News received about
the proposal surrounded council’s decision
to pull the funds from the Loxton Retirement
Village – which has now been changed.
In the end, it showed that the decision
to undertake public consultation was well-
How lucky is this region? That we have
councillors passionate enough to stick their
heads out for their ratepayers.
Regardless of your position on the
hydrotherapy pool proposal, our councillors
should be commended for asking the questions
and displaying the passion on behalf of the
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THE YEARS GO BY
by PETER AND
DOSE OF DORIN
The Corona Cafe, East Terrace, Loxton. The manager of this popular cafe, Colin Gordon,
died in January 1966, fifty years ago this month. He was 64. Colin came to Loxton in 1925
and retired in 1963 having managed the cafe for thirty-five years. The cafe had operated
from one of two small shops at the front of the Corona Theatre (built by Bill Bartsch for
AWR Drabsch in 1922). The drive-in had opened in 1959 and competed strongly with
the theatre (by then, called The Avon). By Easter 1965, the theatre and shops were
demolished being purchased by King’s Bakery to make way for three modern shops. A
keen bowler, Colin Gordon had contributed much to our town – for ten years as a councillor
for Town Ward, serving for three years as deputy chairman. He was Lay Superintendant of
the Loxton District Hospital for six years and chairman of the Loxton Hotel, the Loxton Club
and the Loxton football and cycling clubs. He married Doris (née Kolosche), they had three
children. His funeral service was held in the Congregational (now the Uniting) Church.
PHOTO: Loxton Historical Collection
THE Loxton river front was packed with
tourists over the Christmas/New Year break.
I can only imagine that would be great for
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