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A RISING GENERATION UNDER A RISING SUN
by Stephanie Thompson
Tourism services in the
area are up for review, with
residents urged to have their
say on the future of the local
The District Council of Loxton
Waikerie (DCLW) released a
survey recently, asking locals
to help shape the future tourism
DCLW director of corporate
and community services John
Hausler said it was important
for local community members to
have their say on local tourism.
“Before we even think about
changing anything, which will be
part of the process, we actually
want to understand what the com-
munity wants,” he said.
“There will be future stages
in terms of what happens with
this review, but the first stage is
understanding what the commu-
“Council is strongly conscious
of making sure it is hearing from
Mr Hausler said it was import-
ant that locals from varying ages
and backgrounds respond to the
“(There are) different genera-
tions of visitors, who have dif-
ferent preferences on how they
receive services,” he said.
“If we are going to change any-
thing significant, we need to make
sure we are really well informed.”
Loxton Visitor Information
Centre manager Tracy Bye said
the survey asked questions about
which services are important,
along with which ones are utilised
“It is looking at customer ser-
vice, opening hours, facilities,”
“It is a great discussion.
“I think it is going to be really
exciting to have a look and see
what the community’s feedback
Mrs Bye said while tourism
patterns were beginning to change
due to technology, it was still
important to maintain some origi-
“With the introduction of online
facilities and the mobile traveller
now, there is still a huge role for
face-to-face customer service,”
“That one-on-one customer ser-
vice is vital I think and our busi-
nesses also do that exceptionally
The survey is available at the
Loxton Public Library, Loxton
Council Chambers, Loxton Visitor
Information Centre and council’s
Completed surveys are due on
Wednesday, February 10.
Loxton tourism services up for review
by Stephanie Thompson
The District Council of
Loxton Waikerie (DCLW)
has taken action to stop little
corellas from causing havoc
on the town’s river front.
Council has contracted pilots
and aircrafts to disturb the birds
throughout the past week, along
with a range of other measures,
which were enforced after a report
was presented to councillors in
DCLW manager of regulatory ser-
vices Daniel Brown said little corel-
las were continuing to be a problem
in the area, with “numerous” com-
“(The little corellas) strip the trees
of the foliage. They also pull up all
the lawn,” he said.
“We have actually had a com-
plaint of someone’s tennis court
being pulled apart as well.”
Mr Brown said the little corellas
were also sparking noise complaints.
He said council was also using gas
guns to deter the birds from roosting
in local parks and gardens.
“They are that accustomed to the
noise, they are not moving at all,”
Last week, aeroplanes were used
to flush the birds away from the
river front, along with scare-tactics
such as Bird Frite cartridges.
Bird Frite is non-lethal, two stage
pyrotechnic shell, which is fired
from a 12 gauge shotgun and pro-
duces two ‘bangs’.
The first ‘bang’ is a muffled
pop, while the second is louder
and occurs several seconds after
the trigger has been pulled and is
accompanied by a flash and puff of
Mr Brown said some birds were
also culled last week to assist pilots.
“Because (the little corellas) get
scared of the plane as well, they stay
in the trees. Shooting the birds will
then lift them (out of the trees and
into the air),” he said.
“We have people on the ground to
try and get the birds into the air so
the plane can disturb them.”
Little corellas are a native bird.
However, they are listed as unpro-
tected species. Mr Brown said the
aim of the aeroplanes was to drive
the birds out of the region.
“Best case scenario is we push
them away from people and where
there is built up areas because of the
noise and disturbance,” he said.
“Ideally, we want to get them
as far away as possible and it all
depends on the birds themselves.
“Worst case scenario, we are hop-
ing to scare them away and stop
them from congregating in one area
and destroying one area.”
Aeroplanes have been used in the
area to deter birds away from almond
crops throughout the district.
The aeroplane method is expected
to occur at the Loxton river front
again in coming weeks, with little
corellas causing most issues during
the warmer months.
“Our main aim is to disturb them
from roosting in that one area,” Mr
“If you don’t do it continually,
they will just get complacent again.”
DCLW has been liasing with other
Riverland councils about the man-
agement of little corellas.
by Pamela Perre
Community stalwart and
passionate ‘Loxtonian’ Bill
Ebert was “gobsmacked”
when he was told he was
chosen to receive an Order
of Australia Medal (OAM).
Mr Ebert was included in the
Australia Day 2016 Honours
List, which was released by
Governor-General and Chancellor
of the Order of Australia Peter
Cosgrove on Tuesday.
Mr Ebert said he was “over-
whelmed” to receive the national
“This is an individual award,
and I’m more of a committee or a
team player,” he said.
“You can’t get these things
without any help from the com-
munity. It’s a great honour, but it’s
a testament to the community and
Loxton is my life.”
Mr Ebert’s list of achievements
are vast and varied, and include
his long service on the Loxton
Hospital Complex fundraising
committee, serving for both the
Loxton and Loxton North foot-
ball clubs and the Rotary Club of
A former Loxton Citizen of
the Year recipient, Mr Ebert also
helped carry out projects for the
disadvantaged in Papua New
Guinea, and has worked on The
Pines Loxton’s Historic House
and Gardens Committee.
“The support I’ve had is amaz-
ing,” Mr Ebert said.
“I’m even tangled up with the
Kindergym, because I’ve got little
grandchildren and I visit people
at Mealeuca House, they love you
being there and giving them the
time of day.
“So I work with the young at
the kindergym to those in the old
Mr Ebert said he “lives and
“A lot of people now are com-
ing to Loxton to live. Everyone
who I know is new to the town
them to welcome them to the
town,” he said.
“Some of the things that I’ve
done, I’ve forgotten I’ve done
them. You just do it, and you don’t
expect to get any sort of recogni-
tion for it.
“I couldn’t have done it without
said this year’s honours list rec-
ognised a diverse range of con-
tributions and service across all
“To all recipients, I offer my
warmest congratulations and
express my sincere gratitude for
your contribution to our nation,”
“We are fortunate as a commu-
nity to have so many outstanding
people willing to dedicate them-
selves to the betterment of our
nation and it is only fitting that
they have today been recognised
through the Australian Honours
Mr Ebert was one of 604 to
receive an OAM for contributions
and service to fellow citizens in
Australia and internationally.
Bill’s OAM honour
Loxton’s Bill Ebert (front, left) will receive an Order of Australia Medal for extensive volunteer service to
his local community. He is pictured at the Loxton Hospital Complex nursing home, Melaleuca House,
with some of the residents he visits daily, Fred Mabey and Vern Hallam.
PHOTO: Pamela Perre
Corella chase on
used to flush little
corellas out of the
trees along the
Loxton river front
last week, with
the birds causing
damage to the
area. INSET: Little
trees of their
leaves near the
Loxton river front.
The University of South Australia
is conducting a local citizen science
project about little corellas, with locals
encouraged to take part.
The project aims to focus on prob-
lematic areas and understand factors
that lead to particular sites being
flocked with the species.
Locals can complete a 20-minute
survey on the issue, while a number of
workshops across South Australia are
being held, including at Milang today.
The university is running the project
in collaboration with the Department
of Environment, Water and Natural
Resources, the Local Government
Association (LGA), Flinders University,
Michigan State University.
For more information, or to take part
in the survey, visit the website (discov-
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