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AUGUST 1 to 31
August is art month in Loxton. Over
20 local businesses will become a
progressive gallery on the August art
trail. Further details including a list
of exhibiting artist and participating
bussinesses is available at (visitloxton.
AUGUST 5 to 12
The Loxton District Bowling Club,
Bookpurnong Terrace, is hosting the
Loxton 5000 inviation mixed bowls
classic. This prestigious competition
is restricted to 28 enteries of four per
team. Play commences at 9.30am
SUNDAY, AUGUST 13
Arts on Terrace, East Terrace, Loxton,
10am to 3pm. Loxton becomes
a vibrant gallery of creativity,
conversation and commerce with
creative workshops within various
stores throughout East Terrace. See
feature, page 8 for workshop times.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19
Riverland Ballroom Dancing, Loxton
Peace Hall, Bookpurnong Terrace,
7.30pm to 11.30pm. Enjoy an evening
of ballroom dancing. Music by Ann
and Geoff. Please bring a plate of
supper to share.
HIGH SCHOOL CANTEEN ROSTER
(Starting time is 10.15am)
Mon, Aug 14: K. Bentley
Tues, Aug 15: L. Bright
Wed, Aug 16: J. Day
Thurs, Aug 17: J. Hogg
Fri, Aug 18: H. Badran
SEE CATALOGUE INSIDE
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Putting Shovels out
Has the whole world gone com-
Is bureaucracy completely out of con-
trol? Or am I just getting old and grumpy?
For example, a few weeks ago, our dear
Dr Rajesh Vohra became an Australian
citizen. Congratulations (I think).
He had been working happily for us
since 2014. But, without notice, his
licence to practice medicine in Australia,
granted under his working visa arrange-
ment, was immediately revoked.
He/we were informed he must stop
consulting forthwith and reapply for medi-
cal registration as an Australian citizen.
Good news though – registration was
“only a formality” and so the application/
approval process “should only take a few
So, sorry to all of those people who
have had their appointments cancelled or
have languished on one of the ballooning
late lists. Apologies also to our staff who
had to quickly change the rosters and
deal with the odd disgruntled patient.
Thanks to the doctors who have had
to pick up extra shifts and cancel other
arrangements at short notice. But, most
of all, sympathy to Rajesh (who must feel
like he is being penalised rather than
rewarded after serving faithfully for three
years and committing to Australian citi-
zenship), and his family (who have had to
make do without his income).
Meanwhile, this week I had to complete
four applications. One for my annual
medical registration and three separate
police checks. One for working with kids,
one for geriatrics and one presumably
for everyone in between, each of which
asked if I had been a criminal or abused
anyone in the last year or so. I said, “no”,
of course – it will take them years to gath-
er the evidence against me anyway and
I’ll be living in the Ecuadorian Embassy by
then with my mate Julian.
The process cost me over a 1000
bucks and wasted the equivalent of one
full working day. Apparently this makes
you all safer now. Surely, one blanket
search of my forensic history and fitness
to practice would be enough. I can’t help
but wonder if I would still be certified safe
to care for children if I confessed, on a
the aged care application, to the serial
murder of octogenarians.
And don’t get me started about myaged-
care, mental health services or Country
I remember getting excited once (more
than once actually but that’s another
story) about how efficient everything was
bound to be when we installed computers
and connected to the internet. Why, we
would be running a paperless office in no
time. By my calculations, that was about
800,000,000 acres of rainforest ago.
Which reminds me – on April 22, 1990,
tens of thousands of Americans turned
out at New York’s Central Park for Earth
Day, to listen to conservationist speakers
and express their support for environmen-
tal programs. When the crowd dispersed
after the rally, council workers collected
1543 tons of litter from the park.
Okay, I’m feeling a little better already.
Now, where did I leave those happy pills?
Bureaucracy makes me sick
ON LOCAL HEALTH
Bureaucracy makes me sick
with Dr Peter Hamilton
The gift of warmth this winter
by Stephanie Thompson
Keen local knitters are
being urged to put their
best needles forward
for a worthy cause.
The Guardian Pharmacy
Loxton is taking part in
this year’s Angels Knitting
Program, which aims to give
the gift of warmth this win-
Pharmacy retail manager
Tracy Norman urged locals
to knit items such as scarves,
gloves and beanies.
“It goes to disadvantaged
or homeless people,” she
“Everyone knows what it
is like to feel the cold, but
to be stuck out there... this
is one way to help people
Guardian has partnered
with St Vincent de Paul
Society for the program,
with 105,000 Australians
living on the streets this win-
The campaign will finish
on Thursday, August 31.
For more information or
for a knitting book, visit
Guardian Pharmacy Loxton
on Anzac Crescent.
Arts on Terrace this Sunday
Loxton will celebrate local artists
this Sunday as part of Arts on Terrace.
Clear skies and a maximum of 23C are
forecast for Sunday, when East Terrace
comes alive with art workshops, work-
ing artists and the Junk Art Sculpture
Shops will trade on Sunday as part of the
ARTS ON TERRACE FEATURE:
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