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Irrigators' allocations have
doubled to 10 per cent, according
to River Murray minister Karlene
Mrs Maywald said the increase
was possibly due to improved
inﬂows in August.
“River Murray system inﬂows for
August 2009 are now expected to
exceed 390GL, which is 150GL more
than the previous minimum ﬂow
estmate for that month, “ she said.
5 Years ago
Allocations double to
10 per cent
10 Years ago
The SA Junior Country Soccer
Championship was held at Waikerie
on September 4 and 5, with 49
teams nominated for the round
The Waikerie Community Sports
Centre hosted the major event, with
seven pitches in place to cater for
the 800 players ready to contest the
Local organiser Richard Law
told The River News that family and
friends had travelled into town for
the event, leaving the area “booked
800 soccer players here
on the weekend
20 Years ago
A history book with a diﬀerence,
School Days, compiled by Jan
Penrose, was officially launched
by former Waikerie High School
teacher Colin Jackson, of Adelaide,
at the Waikerie Day Care Centre on
Mrs Penrose said that many
of our older residents associated
with School Days had been looking
forward to the launch.
Former high school
teacher launches book
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The Cocklebiddy cockatoo
BEFORE large business interests
purchased the Cocklebiddy Roadhouse
on Eyre Highway, it was a very hospitable
outpost owned by the MacDonalds.
Very much a pioneering family, they had
taken up the 130,000ha Cocklebiddy lease
some years ago, and ran a few sheep there.
However, their main operaton was
travelling the capital city shows – making
and selling fairy ﬂoss, waﬄes and toﬀee
apples -- along with running the roadhouse
and modest motel at Cocklebiddy.
It was certainly a very diverse operaton.
I had spent quite a bit of tme at
Cocklebiddy one way or another, and this
account was related to me by the 'young'
Billy MacDonald, when I called in one day.
I asked him how things had been, as you
ofen do when you haven’t seen someone
for a long tme.
Billy wasn't one to rush into anything,
and this included answering questons
like that. It just isn’t his way, and he will
probably never die of a coronary.
“Not bad,” he said, “but we had a funny
one the other day."
Knowing Billy, I waited patently while he
savoured the memory.
It appeared that he had been in bed
on Sunday morning when a customer had
pressed the bell buton under the sign
advertsing a 24-hour service for petrol.
Cursing the person for his cheek, Billy
turned over in bed and tried to get back to
But it was not to be.
Afer a while, the man (as it turned out
to be) became tred of pressing the bell
and wandered around the back of the
roadhouse, where there was an aviary.
The occupants of this aviary was an aloof
kestrel and a very mean and disgruntled
The cockatoo was mean and disgruntled
because for years interstate tourists had
been poking stcks at it and generally giving
it a hard tme.
What occurred took place just outside
Billy’s window, so he heard it all, half-asleep
as he was.
The customer – as we shall hereafer
refer to the gentleman in queston – started
making the usual insane comments to the
cockatoo, such as ‘prety cocky’, ‘cocky want
a scratch' and all the rest.
The cockatoo sidled along his broomstck
perch and, his head inclined to one side,
listened atentvely to the customer.
For all intents and purposes, he seemed
as though he was enjoying every word of
the one-way conversaton.
The kestrel sat impassively at the back of
the cage, taking no part in the proceedings.
He didn’t believe in fraternising with
homo sapiens. Afer all, look where it got
I have neglected to menton that the
cage was constructed of fowl netng, not
bird wire. This is relevant.
Billy told me the one-sided conversaton
has gone on for some tme when suddenly
he was fully awakened in a horrible manner
by a blood-curdling scream.
CONTINUED IN NEXT WEEK'S RIVER NEWS
Ryneisha Bol ard - Opin o
Be part of the soluton, not the problem
EVERYBODY wants to rule world, according to
the popular 1980s song by Tears for Fears.
But are we all up to the task?
On a local level, being the Loxton Waikerie
mayor or a councillor involves a lot of time
management, dedicaton and, let’s face it, a fair
amount of patence for ratepayers’ concerns.
It is easy to accuse an elected member
of a poor performance or criticise council’s
operatons from afar.
If you think you can do a beter job, why not
nominate yourself for this year’s electons?
At the 2010 District Council of Loxton Waikerie
electons, most of the candidates from this area
We currently have two councillors from
Waikerie, one from Ramco and another from
However, only a few other locals put their
hand up, with the rest of the candidates being
from the Loxton area.
A bit of healthy competton would do this
district a lot of good, and would provide the
opportunity for an engaging debate on how we
can improve our community and the services
There is also the argument going around
that Waikerie needs better recognition and
representaton on a local government level, and
an extra councillor or two from the area could
help achieve this.
Let’s at least show that we’re willing to do
more than just complain about a problem.
Let’s be part of the soluton.
Nominate for council —it’s worth a try.
December 16, 1971
Premier opens swimming pool
PRESIDENT of the Waikerie Rotary Club, Mark Kent, was not out of his depth when
lowered into the paddler's pool by fellow Rotarians Bill Pollitt and Gus Palmer.
Chamber supports caravan park
RIVERLAND West Chamber of
Commerce committee members are
extremely concerned about the current
state of uncertainty regarding the presence
of a caravan park in Waikerie beyond June
As of June 30 next year, Waikerie is set
to have no caravan park.
We urge all parties involved to work
expediently towards an outcome to have a
river front caravan park in the town.
We also encourage local business owners
and managers to contact the District Council
of Loxton Waikerie and their local council
representatives to voice their concern, and
for clarification of rumours etc. so they
better understand the issue at hand.
This is far more than just a State
Government issue, and looks like it could
well be a quite long, drawn-out process.
While the situation is a complicated one,
it is important to try to understand what
is going on and that we should not only be
petitioning at a State Government level but
at a local level as well.
Riverland West Chamber of Commerce
Morgan craft shop going strong
AFTER a successful first year of trading,
the Old Wharf Craft Shop is still growing
and becoming more and more popular both
with locals and tourists.
It has been noticeable how the station
complex has come to life over the past 12
The caravanners especially are amazed
at the variation of local crafts and produce,
and comment on the "very clever people of
Many visitors have commented on our
lovely town and especially the river front,
which a lot of them did not know was there.
Our first year of trading has produced
a turnover of $24,759, which includes
souvenir sales for local groups such as the
ps Canally, Morgan Museum, St John's opp
shop, Legacy and the day activity centre.
More than 5600 visitors have passed
through the doors between July 2013 and
June 2014 and, according to the comments in
the visitors' book, all have been pleasantly
surprised by our new venture and the
quality of crafts and souvenirs we offer.
We would like to sincerely thank all the
'crafty' people who bring in their goods -- all
of which are of high quality and offer a lot
of variety -- for sale.
It has given a lot of people an outlet and
the encouragement to show off their skills.
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