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Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Voting deadline looms for local government election
“Clean and safe to drink”
water returned to local taps
on Monday after a burst
water main cut supply on
The Luther Road main ruptured
earlier that afternoon, calling SA
Water crews to the site.
An SA Water spokesperson
said crews worked “as quickly
and safely as possible” throughout
Sunday night to repair the main
break, with works delayed to allow
locals to use water during the eve-
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Only a few days remain for locals to
have their say in the council election,
with voting to close at 5pm on Friday.
As of 4pm yesterday, 37.03 per cent of Loxton
Waikerie voting packs had been received, with
5135 of the 8155 ballot papers sent out yet to
Electoral commissioner Mick Sherry urged
locals to make a difference by casting their
“I encourage all electors to complete and
send their vote without delay, so that we can
achieve a higher turnout rate for this election,”
With the close of voting approaching, Mr
Sherry encouraged locals to deliver their vot-
ing papers in person instead of posting them to
ensure the vote is received and counted.
“A last-minute option for those electors who
miss the post is to drop their completed voting
pack into the ballot box at their local council
office,” he said.
“Votes will not be accepted if they are
received after 5pm on Friday.”
Received ballot papers are being checked
daily by electoral officers to determine if they
meet all the requirements to be accepted.
Envelopes will be rejected if the declarations
are unsigned or signed by an unauthorised
person, the declaration flaps are missing, bal-
lot papers are returned outside the ballot paper
envelope, or they are duplicates of envelopes
All envelopes are stored securely until the
start of the count, which will begin at 9am on
TAKING FLIGHT: Loxton High School year 9 student Tahlia Arnold, 15, took part in the Riverland Drone Challenge at the Loxton Research Centre on Monday. Local and fellow
Riverland students flew drones over a citrus orchard to identify a simulated phytophthora outbreak, before offering a possible control solution. The real-world simulation enabled the
students to consider possible STEM career pathways.
PHOTO: Samantha Thomas
by Samantha Thomas
The faint hum of drones
surrounded the Loxton Research
Centre on Monday as local students
were challenged to consider the
technology’s real-world horticultural
Year 9 students from the region’s four
high schools took part in the Riverland
Drone Challenge – a competition requiring
students to fly drones to search for a simu-
lated disease outbreak in a citrus orchard
before completing a report and presentation
on their findings.
Run by SARDI, PIRSA and STEM
Nation, the students were also encouraged
to contemplate possible STEM career path-
ways and develop personal skills.
SARDI research scientist Mark Skewes
said the students searched the research cen-
tre’s orchards for artificial disease markers.
“The disease we’ve chosen to simulate is
phytophthora, which is a root-rotting dis-
ease, which we do have in the Riverland,”
“It’s something that you want to control
because it spreads through the orchard and
kills trees eventually and slowly.
erty owner, and then provided some
“The kids, by doing some research on the
disease, might be able to offer some sugges-
tions and that’s bonus points for doing that.”
With technology usage on the rise in the
industry, Mr Skewes said the program gave
students the chance to consider horticultural
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Up, up and away
“In the meantime,
it reduces production
and reduces the quality
of the fruit.
“You want to be monitoring it, treat-
ing it and trying to get on top of it.”
Mr Skewes said students had to
tackle the challenge as if they were
working in the industry.
“This was a simulation of provid-
ing a service to a grower to come and
identify where phytophthora is, how
bad it is within the orchard, give a map
or GPS locations of the trees that are
affected,” he said.
“That’s delivered to us, as the prop-
erty owner, and then provided some
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