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The Loxton News, Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Disappointed river goer
We visited Milich’s Landing on
Australia Day because we thought
it would be a nice way to celebrate the
wonderful river that we have on our
However, we were very shocked and
saddened to see what this area has become.
The designated area for car parking has
been taken over with heavy machinery and
the road access is a hazard to the area. Trees
have been torn out of the ground to make
way for a huge pipeline (story page 7).
There is also a huge pump (station) that
has been installed and is an eyesore. I don’t
see how this can be good for our environ-
ment. Milich’s Landing has a lot of history
and is a popular boating destination for
families, it is very sad to see that this area
has been spoiled in this manner.
Iam involved with the McFarlane
History Project and I would like to
include recollections of Andrew Archibald
McFarlane and his deceased children and
spouses, to add to stories of their Victorian
cousins, for a family story to be completed
This includes Tom Wilson, Doug Bannear,
Eric Sard, Richard Caddy, Harding Burton
etc. of Berri, Barmera and Cobdogla area.
Please contact me (03 5428 4032 or
Back to school butterflies
Istill get butterflies in my stomach when I
think of my first day at school.
The anticipation of seeing friends, and a
few people I’d rather not face, finding out
who my teachers would be, all that home-
work, study and exams. Ok, perhaps they
were knots in my stomach.
But those nerves weren’t all bad, they
were also about excitement and anticipa-
tion for the year ahead.
For over 3.6 million students across
Australia heading to primary and secondary
school over the next few weeks there will
no doubt be plenty of butterflies.
While some students seemingly cruise
through the whole thing, whether they’re
starting school for the first time, moving
to a new school, starting high school or
heading back for a new class, some young
people find it a very challenging time.
And let’s face it, it can be tough for us as
For some children it’s particularly diffi-
cult as they face extra pressures like getting
the best grades, or dealing with bullying,
and others may be dealing with mental
health issues like anxiety or depression.
If you are a young person with something
going on, or a parent with concerns about
your child, you don’t have to handle things
headspace, the national youth mental
health foundation, provides support for
young people aged 12 to 25 who are strug-
gling with their mental well-being.
General mental health and well-be-
ing resources can be found at
Wishing you and your families a happy
and healthy school year ahead – may those
butterflies in your stomach be gentle, kind
and full of promise.
Chief executive officer
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There are an unusual number of new faces
at the medical centre and so forgive me
if I use my first column this year to introduce
I am reminded of the words of one of my
favourite philosophers – Dorothy from the
Wizard of Oz – who said, “My. People come
and go so quickly around here”. (She also
said “There’s no place like home,” although I
don’t think that was an original and “If I ever
go looking for my hearts desire again, I won’t
look further than my own back yard,” but this
is all beside the point).
We are sad to say goodbye to our two reg-
istrars, Dr Divyadarshin Murugiah (Divya) and
Dr Yip Thum who were with us for 12 and six
months, respectively. I’m sure that the many
of you who saw them would agree they are
outstanding young doctors, and we will miss
them greatly. We wish them all the best with
the remainder of their training and are very
confident that they will make great GPs. We
and you should feel proud that we have con-
tributed to their development.
For those of you who struggle with who’s
who and what’s what, a ‘registrar’ is a fully
qualified doctor who is in training to pass an
exam to become a specialist GP and either a
Fellow of the Royal Australian College of GPs
(FRACGP) or a Fellow of the Australian College
of Rural and Remote Medicine (FACRRM),
depending on which training stream they
choose to study under.
We have three new registrars arriving. They
have all impressed us with their resumes and
references and I am confident you will receive
and support them well.
Dr Jessie Myatt is from the Barossa. Her
dad, Dr. Bernie Myatt is married to Aileen
(nee Proud) so she is virtually a local.
The other two are a husband and wife
team of Sri Lankan heritage – Dr Kalaivani
Ekambaram and Dr Saravanan Kamiappan.
We also have two new Flinders University
Parallel Rural Community Curriculum (PRCC)
students, replacing Matt and Luke, who will
be with us until their major (virtually final)
exams in November.
Their names are Ashlee Rigby and Nadine
Rooke and they have already impressed us
with their enthusiasm and professionalism. Of
course they have a lot to learn, but with your
help I am sure they will acquit themselves
The PRCC students are in the third year of
their four-year post graduate medical degree.
This means that they are not doctors yet,
but they have already completed a university
course and have often worked in another
field. Usually this is paramedical. This year,
for example, Nadine is an occupational thera-
pist and Ashlee is a qualified psychologist.
In addition, we say “thankyou and farewell”
to Dr Dale Ashby, the visiting cardiologist, who
has provided an outstanding service to this
community for many years. Family and profes-
sional responsibilities have made it impossi-
ble for him to continue to make the monthly
trip but he has graciously helped us to secure
an alternative visiting service.
Dr Andrew Markwick will begin visiting in
February. He is very well credentialed and
we are very pleased to welcome him to our
team. He has connections with a couple of
private hospitals in Adelaide and public beds
at Flinders Medical Centre.
To wrap up todays column I would like
to reiterate my thanks to the community of
Loxton for your amazing support of our medi-
cal trainees and visitors.
The Loxton Medical Practice feels that it is
extremely important for the long-term sustain-
ability of the rural medical workforce, to be
able to offer students and young doctors an
opportunity to experience good country work
and living. We could not do this without you
and, although we have not had students or
registrars return to us specifically, we know
that many of our trainees have gone on to
make valuable contributions in other rural
areas and we have received doctors who have
been given opportunities elsewhere.
My daughter Sophie who is just beginning
her second year of medical studies at the
Australian National University in Canberra was
here recently doing a John Flynn Scholarship
work experience attachment. She was full of
praise for your supportive attitude. She said,
in Canberra, many patients would be either
very dismissive of students or request not to
have a trainee at their consultation. Whereas
in Loxton this was a rarity (although you
should still feel perfectly comfortable to ask
that a student not be present if your issue is
Similarly, I have mentored a number of oth-
er medical students over the years including
graduates of Loxton High School, including
Shaun Evans and Edward James, who have
greatly appreciated your acceptance.
Which brings me back to Dorothy who said,
“Now I know we’re not in Kansas.”
They come and go so quickly
FROM OUR FILES
50 years ago
Thursday, February 3, 1966
With only five matches remaining in the minor
round, it seems promising that Taldra, undefeated
leaders in the Loxton District A grade tennis com-
petition, could complete the season without a loss.
40 years ago
Wednesday, January 28, 1976
There was a disappointing attendance at a rodeo
held at Loxton North, to raise money for two Loxton
Lions Club quest entrants.
30 years ago
Wednesday, February 5, 1986
All Riverland and Mallee centres had low rainfall
gaugings for January, with 7mm of rain at Paruna
the highest recording. Renmark and Morgan failed
to record any rain during January.
20 years ago
Wednesday, January 31, 1996
New South Wales based fruit juice group
Mountain Maid has bought the Golden Choice
processing factory in Loxton.
10 years ago
Wednesday, February 1, 2006
A bumper crowd of over 1000 people attend-
ed Loxton’s Australia Day celebrations in East
FROM THE BIBLE
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying
the truth so that you have sincere love for each
other, love one another deeply, from the heart.
– 1 Peter 1:22 (NIV Bible)
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
We can learn from Ayla
When 16-year-old Ayla Reid (story, page 5)
sat down to speak with The Loxton News last
week, she presented herself in a respectable
and positive manner.
She has been living with cystic fibrosis, but
it was evident she failed to let that define her
personality or her life.
Ayla spoke very well, and spared no
moment to thank the Make-A-Wish Foundation
members responsible for granting her wish for
her and her family.
If The Loxton News readers could have seen
the look on Ayla’s face when she spoke about
her trip, they would know it was more than just
a holiday to the Reid family.
She’s now on a mission to pass that goodwill
onto other seriously ill children, and hopes to
hold her own fundraiser for the foundation and
to put some of the money toward research for
Plenty of adults could learn from Ayla’s high
spirits and pay-it-forward attitude.
The minute problems that people get
caught up with every single day can turn quite
insignificant when faced with a bigger-picture
look at things.
Ayla reminds us of the importance of being
grateful, and the benefits of remaining positive.
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THE YEARS GO BY
by PETER AND
DOSE OF DORIN
ON LOCAL HEALTH
They come and go so quickly
They come and go so quickly
ON LOCAL HEALTH
with Dr Peter Hamilton
Kingsley Hicks, community man. Kingsley died twenty
years ago on January 28, 1996, aged 50. His funeral
was held three days later at St Peter’s Lutheran Church.
Born October 5, 1945, in Barmera, Kingsley lived most
of his life in Loxton. After completing his secondary
schooling, in 1962 he began as an apprentice to
George and Erica Gunther’s electrical retail business in
East Terrace where the Sunbake Bakery is now located.
In 1974, Kingsley, with his wife Lyn, and Trevor and Jan
Bedson formed a business partnership establishing
Hicks and Bedson which bought out the Gunthers.
On July 1, 1986, Hicks and Bedson established an
electrical store in Vaughan Court, Berri, opening in the
former Watson’s Furniture Centre. With his integrity,
quiet humour and courtesy, Kingsley was widely
respected and liked by his many friends and business
acquaintances. He worked to revitalise the Loxton
Chamber of Commerce and was a major contributor to
the erection of the public address system still used in
East Terrace. Kingsley was a long-time player, coach
and life member of the Loxton Zebras Basketball Club.
His legacy lives on.
PHOTO: Betty Munchenberg
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