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by Pamela Perre
individuals are being
encouraged to share their
story by entering a float
into the 2016 Loxton
Mardi Gras parade.
The event’s committee
chairperson Peter Magarey
said this year’s theme ‘tell us
your story’ could lend itself
to some creative and unique
“Some people have told us
that they are going in it, but
they want to keep their story a
secret,” he said.
“Crowds also look forward
to what the Ladies Probus
Club come up with every year.
“To those wanting to enter
a float, we are very interested
in hearing from you as early
as possible – to give everyone
some time to get organised.”
Mr Magarey also encour-
aged service clubs and small
businesses to apply for a street
stall spot as soon as possible.
The 2016 Loxton Mardi
Gras is being held in East
Terrace on Saturday, February
27, however float entries must
be sent to the committee’s
pageant convenor Tanya
Fielke by Friday, February 19.
For more information or to
enter a float, visit the website
contact Mrs Fielke on 0429
838 127. To enter a street stall
for the event, contact the com-
mittee’s market stall convenor
Di Martin on 0417 812 973.
Mardi Gras: Tell us your story
Entries for floats into this year’s Loxton Mardi Gras pageant are now open.
by Stephanie Thompson
The Riverland Metropolitan Fire Service
(MFS) regional commander is warning
against the dangers of overfilling fuel tanks
this summer, with dry conditions leading to
an increased fire risk.
Regional commander Kevin Eckermann said over-
filling fuel tanks could cause “a number of issues”
and urged people to stop filling their tanks when the
fuel bowser ‘clicks’.
“Don’t overfill your tank because when you overfill
your tank and then put the cap on, nine times out of
ten it will overflow out of the top of the tank,” he said.
“It can lead to petrol in the gutter, petrol on the
ground, petrol in the boot of your car.
“Someone could walk past and throw a cigarette on
Mr Eckermann said incidents caused by overfilled
tanks were a “common occurrence” for the local MFS.
“People always want to fill their tank full because
of the fact that fuel costs so much money,” he said.
“If it is a cheap price at the time, we want to put as
much in there as we can.
“We attend (spills) all the time in the city and in
“Generally people advise us pretty quickly and we
get on to it as people can smell petrol.”
Mr Eckermann said it was common for these fuel
spills to occur in mainstreets, supermarket car parks
and driveways and garages.
“Quite often you find, with a lot of people, they fill
their car up and then go park at the shopping centre
and then go do their shopping,” he said.
“They haven’t had time to use any fuel.
It is not just motor vehicles that are the cause for
concern, according to Mr Eckermann locals should
also avoid overfilling fuel tanks in boats.
“A lot of boats have a plastic tank in them, if you fill
that plastic tank too full and you have a breather open
in the top, you can then have fuel coming out that is
going into the bottom of your boat,” he said.
“It is not ideal. We have seen it numerous times
where we have had fires in boats.
“A lot of them occur because there is fuel that has
either come out the tank or in an area where the tank is.”
Mr Eckermann also reminded locals to be vigilant
when operating machinery this summer.
“Reminder to people in the hot weather to be very
much aware of what is around them and what machin-
ery they use, where they drive their vehicles, across
paddocks and so forth,” he added.
Avoid fuel fires
Riverland Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) regional
commander Kevin Eckermann is urging locals to
avoid overfilling their fuel tanks this summer to
prevent potential fire risks.
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