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by Pamela Perre
Former local woman
Cheryl Pearce was rubbing
shoulders with royalty in
Sydney late last year, when
she hosted the Duchess of
Ms Pearce, the head of the Royal
Australian Corps of Military
Police, invited Camilla, Duchess
of Cornwall, to visit Australian
military police officers and sol-
diers, when the royal was in the
country last November.
Camilla was visiting Australia
with Prince Charles, and holds
the honorary position of Colonel-
In-Chief for the Royal Australian
Corps of Military Police.
Ms Pearce said she was “for-
tunate to secure an hour” of
“A reception was organised at
Victoria Barrack in Sydney with
the Duchess and approximately 45
corps members,” she said.
“I met her on arrival and was
her escort during the visit. The
reception involved a short speech
by myself and the Duchess, then
a meet and greet with the soldiers
prior to the cake cutting and an
Ms Pearce described the
Duchess as “lovely” and “very
down to earth”.
“We talked about her busy
schedule and grandchildren as
well as updates on how the Corps
was progressing,” she said.
“I was initially very nervous,
however the Duchess was very
personable and – as we had
rehearsed the visit – I quickly
relaxed and enjoyed the occasion.”
Ms Pearce said the values she
learnt growing up in Loxton
helped shape her into the person
she was today.
“Army’s values of courage,
initiative, respect and teamwork
were very similar to the values I
grew up with at home and (that
were) expected of me through
my schooling in Loxton,” she
“The belief my family and
friends had in me to chal-
lenge myself and to be the best
I can be provided me with the
confidence to pursue a career in
“I couldn’t be more proud of
my background and the grounding
that growing up in Loxton provid-
ed me with.”
Ms Pearce said she was looking
forward to her next appointment,
this year as the commander of
Forces in Afghanistan.
Cheryl’s royal appointment
Former Loxton woman and head of the Royal Australian Corps of Military
Police Cheryl Pearce (second from left) hosted Camilla (third from left),
Duchess of Cornwall, at the Victoria barracks in Sydney recently. INSET: Ms
Pearce is pictured next to the Duchess at the cake-cutting ceremony.
PHOTOS: Stephen Cooper, The Daily Telegraph
A number of
are being installed
and upgraded along
the River Murray,
including one at
Work began on the
new pumping station in
2015 and is expected to
be completed in coming
of Loxton Waikerie
(DCLW) director of
Timothy Tol said the
pumping station is being
built by a private devel-
“I believe it will be to
supply water to some of
the landowners around
there,” he said.
It is believed the
pump sheds are to
accommodate a number
of new horticultural
plantings near Pyap.
The boat ramp at
Milich’s Landing is
still accessible for river
DCLW is currently
seeking funding from
the South Australian
Advisory Committee to
upgrade the boat ramp at
Milich’s Landing, sim-
ilar to the structure at
Rilli’s Reserve, which
was completed in late
The works to a new pump shed at Milich’s Landing are expected to be
completed in coming months.
by Pamela Perre
District Council of Loxton
Waikerie’s (DCLW) elected
members hope to raise the
speed limit on two Riverland
stretches of road from
100km/h to 110km/h.
In DCLW’s January monthly
meeting, councillors supported the
speed limit increase for Billiatt
Road, in Alawoona, and Maggea
Road, near Waikerie.
The State Government con-
ducted a review into all major
roads in 2013, and proposed speed
limits be reduced from 110km/h
to 100km/h to increase safety,
according to a report written by
DCLW director infrastructure ser-
vices Timothy Tol.
However, local councillors
resolved a higher focus on educa-
tion and road maintenance would
increase safety more effectively.
Mr Tol said many locals used
the roads in question to travel from
their farms into town daily, some
even travelling more than 100km
per day. He said a reduction in the
speed limit would increase the time
these drivers spent on the road.
“If two cars hit each other driv-
ing at 110km/h there’s always
going to be a greater risk for inju-
ry,” Mr Tol said.
“Our stance is that travelling at
110km/h is not the cause of acci-
dents, it’s the other factors like
driving while fatigued, or under
“Maggea Road and Billiatt Road
should be both 110km/h roads
(they) have recently been sealed,
are in excellent condition and have
appropriate width and geometry to
be suitable for a 110km/h speed
not the answer
Work on Milich’s Landing
pump nears completion
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