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The Loxton News, Thursday, January 28, 2016
A community focus
For many years the Loxton Gum Tree has
provided social and sporting activities
for people with an intellectual disability.
This year we are sponsoring one of our
members, Tom Jones, in the Mardi Gras
This is a tremendous opportunity for
Tom to learn new skills and mix with
members of the community, as well as
raise some money for the Gum Tree and the
On Saturday, February 6, we are holding
a Garage Sale as one of Tom’s fundrais-
ers. It will be held in the Loxton Uniting
Church Hall, Martha Street, Loxton.
We are seeking donations of suit-
able items to be sold in the garage sale.
Donations can be left at the church hall on
Friday, February 5.
We would really appreciate any support
that can be given to this worthy cause.
President, Loxton Gum Tree
Know any footy stars?
Iam seeking contributions from the South
Australian country football public for
inclusion in my next book, The South
Australian Country Football Digest –
I am need of photographs of premiership
teams and country born and bred SANFL
and AFL footballers. I am also asking for
people to nominate past and present foot-
ballers for me to write player profiles on.
If you have a relative (father, grand-
father, brother, or uncle etc.) who has a
story behind their involvement in country
football that needs to be told, please let me
know about it.
All photographs and contributions can
be emailed to me (email@example.com)
tograph it can be sent to me at 46 Lincoln
Highway, Cowell SA, 5602.
I am hoping to release volume II by the
end of the year, so will be accepting contri-
butions up to the end of September 2016.
Cowell, Eyre Peninsula
The year that was
Another year has passed and as we look
to 2016, I’d like to reflect on the won-
derful year it has been in the Riverland and
While we have faced, and continue to
face, a number of serious challenges, the
positive and resilient attitude of the people
in the region never ceases to amaze me.
With the manufacturing industry weak-
ened and mining struggling through low
commodity prices, the reliance on the
Riverland and Mallee, as a major food
bowl of South Australia, continues to grow.
Australia’s free trade agreements with
Japan, China and Korea have opened up a
number of doors for our exporters and the
demand for products from the Riverland
and Mallee’s clean, green environment will
only get stronger.
It was pleasing to see the Loxton
Research Centre awarded Commonwealth
funding. This is such a vital facility for
the state when it comes to horticultural
and agricultural research and to meet the
needs of those on the land continually
adopting new technology and practices.
Likewise, I pitched the concept for the
Almond Board of Australia for an Almond
Centre of Excellence in the Riverland to
numerous ministers over the years, and
while we almost lost this opportunity to
Victoria, progress of this facility is now
well under way in Loxton.
I have been extremely impressed by the
way the community has embraced educa-
tion around the drug ‘ice’. Increased aware-
ness has led to a large number of offenders
being caught by local police. Hundreds of
people attended forums in Renmark and
Lameroo to learn more about the dangers
of this potentially lethal drug.
The region has seen some great infra-
structure projects occurring from the Berri
Bowling Club’s new facility to the won-
derful Loxton Pioneer Playground and the
list goes on. We’ve also seen a number of
businesses open or move to larger premises
which is encouraging.
Our young sport starts have shone, with
Riverland and Mallee athletes representing
the country and state in a number of sports
including hockey, AFL and basketball to
name a few.
In the Mallee, a portion of the Lameroo
Regional Community School was rebuilt
after a devastating fire and the complete
structure is impressive. The school is a
leader in the agricultural education field
and this is an area I believe that we can
continue to build on. While the Mallee rail
lines have ceased operation, the extra truck
movements on the already deteriorating
highways have given us an opportunity to
finally get funding to those much neglect-
ed roads. Much more needs to be done in
this area and I will continue to advocate
Throughout 2015 I have enjoyed working
with a wide range of community groups,
service and sporting clubs and representing
the people of Chaffey in Parliament.
I would like to take this opportunity to
thank the people of the region for their sup-
port in 2015 and I look forward to working
with you again in 2016.
Member for Chaffey
About same-sex marriage
If same-sex-marriage gets legally rec-
ognised in Australia, watch the tempo of
anti-Catholic intimidation accelerate.
Canada is a bit further down the gurgler
than we are. Observe their tactics.
Last week, Alberta province’s education
minister announced that by late March all
schools – government, Catholic or what-
ever — must conform with an agenda that
Each student defining his/her own gender
identity – and his/her own pronouns (those
individuals not feeling included by ‘he’ or
‘she’ may use alternatives like ‘ze’, ‘zir’,
Staff, students and family members
having access to toilets, showers and
change rooms ‘congruent to their gender
Alberta’s Catholic bishop issued a pas-
toral letter condemning all this (calgary-
But with Canada’s Catholic schools being
funded by the government, the bureaucrats
don’t care what the bishop thinks.
Australia’s first saint, Mary MacKillop,
never allowed her order’s schools to accept
any government money.
If Catholic schools can’t run without
government interfering with teaching of
faith and morals, should they not be
Are our bishops ready to forthrightly
condemn anti-Catholic government regula-
tions? And parish priests to back them up
by means of sermons, handouts etc.?
Islam may well threaten Christianity’s
existence in Australia sometime down the
Our immediate danger, however, is our-
selves. Do we lack the fortitude to confront
and name evil?
Nichols Point, VIC
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FROM OUR FILES
50 years ago
Thursday, January 27, 1966
Displays of the new notes and coins to be used
after February 14, are on view in all banks in
40 years ago
Wednesday, January 21, 1976
The Loxton Council’s garbage collection service
may be extended to cover Moorook, Kingston-On-
Murray and some of the Loxton North area.
30 years ago
Wednesday, January 22, 1986
Loxton Blue continued on its winning way with
a comfortable victory over Berri in Riverland first
division men’s bowls on Saturday.
20 years ago
Wednesday, January 17, 1996
The Waikerie and Loxton councils met to discuss
the possible merger of the two councils.
10 years ago
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Local Jordan Gray has been awarded Adelaide
University’s prestigious Andy Thomas Scholarship,
worth about $100,000.
FROM THE BIBLE
See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has
a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the
living god, but encourage one another daily as long
as it is called “today” so that none of you may be
hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
Hebrews 3:12-13 (NIV Bible)
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Break-ins, not cool
It seemed almost weekly, for a while
there, that The Loxton News staff were
receiving police reports that more local
sporting organisations were being broken into
Each time it was more and more disheartening
Now sporting clubs are being forced to
add security or, in the case where security is
already in place, bolster their measures.
These are clubs that have to raise money,
and rely on members and sponsorship to keep
their clubs afloat.
Yet now, they are using that money to not
build up their club, and their community, but put
in security cameras and systems (which don’t
Not to mention the cost that comes with
cleaning up each individual break-in.
It’s not just the cost of replacing the stock,
which according to reports is usually alcohol.
But the door, or the window, or the latch that
they break when attempting to get to the stock.
It’s a shame that these security measures
are a neccesity.
There is no other way to look at it, these
senseless break-ins are simply not cool.
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THE YEARS GO BY
The Moore Brothers. Dick, John and Bill were sons of Anglican minister William, and
entrepreneurial wife Myrtle. In 1933, during the depression, Myrtle (widowed in 1946)
purchased a fruit-block at Moorook to provide work for the boys. By 1949 they had
established a small citrus pack-house and a fruit-transport business, to markets
in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney (across dirt roads on the Hay Plains). In 1959,
recognising there was better potential in Loxton, they built a packing-shed at Loxton
North, however that year was a disaster when severe frosts destroyed “most of the citrus
in Loxton. Barely one case of oranges was packed.” Undeterred, the Moores persevered,
working long hours to build their business. In 1969, struggling to dispose of their “over-
run” fruit, they constructed their own juice plant on land formerly owned by the Robern
Dried Fruits Company adjacent to the former Loxton Brookbern Cannery. The Moores then
began selling juice under the name ‘Loxmor’. In early 1976, they sold this business to
Golden Choice to focus on producing citrus concentrates and later, pelleted stock feed
from the dehydrated surplus peel.
PHOTO: Niel Kruschel
by PETER AND
DOSE OF DORIN
I HOPE the hydrotherapy pool brings more
money into Loxton. It’s an exciting thing
to have in such a small regional town like
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