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Tim Whetstone MP
Tim Whetstone MP
Member for Chaffey
phone: (08) 8582 4230
fax: (08) 8582 4231
PO Box 959 Berri SA 5343
Excitement builds for Riverland Field Days
I am looking forward to the opportunity to speak
with a number of constituents and businesses about
issues in the electorate at the Riverland Field Days
on September 19 and 20. Along with myself, the
Cha ey Electorate O ce team will be on hand at
the Field Days site near Barmera for the two day
event. e build-up to the annual tourist a raction
for 2014 has been exciting with the Field Days
being held on Friday and Saturday for the rst time.
I will see you at site 526!
Send a message on ESL rise
A signi cant rise in the Emergency Services Levy
is beginning to hit homeowners and businesses
across the Riverland and Mallee. With the removal
of a rebate on the levy announced in the 2014/15
State Budget, the ESL will rise by more than 150
per cent for many properties and even up to 400
per cent in some cases. e rises are on top of
South Australia's highest taxes in the nation and
skyrocketing utility bills. I am urging people of the
Riverland and Mallee concerned about the massive
increase in their ESL to write or email the State
Our rural ambassador
Congratulations to the Riverland's Courtney
Ramsey, who was named the 2014 Australasian
Rural Ambassador at a Federal Council of
Agricultural Societies presentation last month.
Courtney, who works in my electorate o ce
at Berri, is a valuable asset to the region and is
particularly passionate about encouraging young
people to become involved in agriculture.
Active Club grants open
Round 38 of the Active Club program is open
and I am once again encouraging eligible sport and
recreation organisations within the Riverland and
Mallee to apply. Up to $5000 is on o er for program
and equipment projects. e Wendy Ey Memorial
Scholarship Program providing assistance to
females in, or aspiring to elite sport or recreation
coaching and o ciating is also available. Eligible
applicants will have the opportunity to access up
to $2,500 for costs associated with training and up-
skilling, professional development and resources.
e closing date for both programs is 13 October,
2014. For further information, contact (08) 7424
7708 or visit www.ors.sa.gov.au.
PC Donation program
e Smart State PC Donation Program gives
not-for-pro t organisations the opportunity to
access recycled PCs. e Program was created to
assist South Australian community based, not-for-
pro t organisations to access personal computer
equipment from surplus government stocks. e
current round closes on 26 September 2014. For
further information, contact (08) 8226 2815
or visit h p://dpc.sa.gov.au/smart-state-pc-
Chance to pick up a rural grant
Young rural South Australians who want to excel
in agriculture may be eligible to receive a grant from
the Agricultural Bureau of South Australia through
the Spirit of Excellence Awards. e Peter Olsen
Fellowship for Young Farmers, the Rural Youth
Bursary and the Service to Primary Production
Award are all open until 31 August, 2014. For more
information visit www.agbureau.com.au/awards.
Grant applications are also open for the 2015
Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in
Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Up to $22,000
to fund an innovative research project that will
bene t Australia's primary industries is available
for those aged between 18 and 35. For more
information visit www.da .gov.au/scienceawards.
Applications close 3 October 2014.
SINCE meeting nearly 70
years ago, Nildottie's Lionel
and Joyce McLean always
knew they would feature in
each other's lives.
Now the McLeans are
getting ready to celebrate their
60th wedding anniversary.
The pair married in the
Methodist church at Ashton
on September 11, 1954.
Known to many as Clarrie,
Mr McLean said he was often
travelling for work and met
his future wife through his
parents, who moved into a
cottage on her parents' land.
"Back then you had to
follow the work," he said.
"I moved around a lot, and
met Joyce when I was back in
"I was about 16 at the time,
and Joyce would have been
The pair kept in contact
while Mr McLean travelled
around the state to work on
different outback stations.
Mrs McLean said they used
to write to each other and
caught up when he returned
"After we first met, Clarrie
kept travelling for work, so we
kept in touch," she said.
blossomed when we got a bit
The couple married in
Ashton, where Mrs McLean
was born and raised.
Mrs McLean's friend Betty
Breynard was matron of
honour and her sister Laurel
was included in her bridal
party, while Mr McLean had
no family around at the time
of the wedding.
Instead he had his wife's
two brothers, Richard and
Coran Trezise, as groomsmen.
The McLeans spent their
honeymoon at the Barmera
They laterreturned to the
hotel to celebrate their 50th
"We went back to the
Barmera Hotel, and we still had
the receipt from when we came
here for our honeymoon," Mr
"They really looked after
"It was nice to go back and
celebrate our 50th anniversary
The pair have three children
-- Kathleen, Bernard and Roger
-- along with six grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren.
Mr McLean retired as
a grader driver with the
Karoonda East Murray Council
in 1992 before the couple built a
house in Nildottie, on land they
purchased from a neighbour.
Now aged in their 80s, the
couple volunteer for different
community groups around
Nildottie and Swan Reach.
Mrs McLean said they had
both been involved in many
different groups throughout
"We have always been
community minded," she said.
"Clarrie has been involved
with the Country Fire Service
and school committees, while
I was on the church guild
and the Country Women's
"Clarrie and myself are
both life members of the Swan
Reach Senior Citizens Club,
and I am a life member of
the East Murray Area School
Mr McLean was the
president of the Nildottie
Progress Association for
about 15 years, and the two are
current members of the group.
When asked for the secret to
a long marriage, Mrs McLean
said it took hard work.
"You need to be able to talk
to each other and have the
love for the person you marry,
or you may as well not get
married," she said.
"Every couple has their
good and bad times.
"Honesty is also very
important, (and) to be able to
be open with them."
The McLeans will celebrate
their anniversary with family
and friends at the Nildottie
Hall this Saturday.
NILDOTTIE couple Lionel and Joyce McLean will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends on Saturday.
PHOTO: Jayme Koch
LIONEL and Joyce McLean on their wedding day on September
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