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Five local schools will share
more than $4 million from round
three of the Federal Government's
Primary Schools for the 21st Century
Waikerie Primary School is the
area's major recipent, with $2.5
million for a new multpurpose hall
and library extensions.
5 Years ago
Local schools share in
more than $4 million
10 Years ago
Two Adelaide men in their mid-
20s will face legal action over the
alleged illegal clearance of trees
from their Brenda Park shack site
Tim Fraser, an officer with the
Department of Enviroment and
Heritage, said that a court order had
been made against the two Adelaide
men and that the case would be
heard in the Berri Magistrates Court
at a later date.
Men to face court over
20 Years ago
The Waikerie Hotel Motel is
being sold freehold to its lessees, the
Waikerie Hotel Ltd, by SA Brewing
Co. Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary
of Lion Nathan Ltd.
The hotel is one of 105 owned by
SA Brewing Co. Ltd, and will be sold
to lessees over the next ﬁve years.
Former high school
teacher launches book
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The Cocklebiddy cockatoo
CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK
AS one would imagine, he didn’t ﬂy out of bed to
investgate. Not immediately. It just wasn’t his way.
He thought for a while and remarked to me that the
scream just kept on without the customer seeming to
Billy seemed fascinated by this. So much so, in fact,
that he decided to go and have a look.
He ﬁnally put on a pair of moth-eaten slippers and
an old blue dressing gown and walked outside.
The sight that presented itself was certainly worthy
of his atenton.
The cockatoo had darted its head through the
fowl netng, with the speed of a striking death adder,
and fastened its powerful bill around the customer 's
'Cocky' had his wings outstretched against the
cage. Billy said he reckoned he was trying to drag the
unfortunate wretch into the cage with him.
The customer, for his part, had his hands outstretched
against the cage and was pulling back to avoid just that
There were twin jets of blood shootng from his nose.
Billy remarked that it was a bit like wondering how
to break up a pair of fornicatng dogs. He decided on a
bucket of water.
"You know that tank out the back there, the one with
the crook tap?," he said.
“Well, I got a bucket there. But it took an age to
Meanwhile the scream kept on unabated, though
there had been several breaks for breath.
Cocky had tasted blood afer all these years, and
wasn't going to let go without a very good reason.
Billy ﬁnally judged he had suﬃcient water in the
bucket and, walking up to acton, he drenched the
partcipants, who both sprang back from the wire.
According to Billy, the customer now appeared to
have four nostrils and looked a proper mess.
Before the unfortunate bloke could uter anything,
Billy asked him: "Wadder you want mate, super or
With this the poor wretch staggered oﬀ around to
his car, jumped in and took oﬀ at high speed.
“It just went to prove that the bloke didn’t need
petrol anyway," Billy said.
Some months later I returned to Cocklebiddy and
found the MacDonalds had sold the roadhouse and
moved to a hut north of the highway.
What interested me most, though, was the
cockatoo's new residence. He was living on his own in
the broken-down Volkswagen Kombi next to the hut.
He was perched on the steering wheel, peering out
through the chook netng, which had replaced the
Billy told me he was much happier now that he had
moved oﬀ the highway.
Ryneisha Bol ard - Opin o
Caravan park conundrum contnues
JUST how important is it that Waikerie has a
caravan park on the river front?
Yes, Waikerie is the only Riverland town to have
a caravan park located oﬀ the river front.
However, where is the proof that this is
aﬀectng its tourism industry?
The current facility has been located away from
the river front for many years, and has stll received
its fair share of patrons.
Perhaps the caravan park debate needs to be
broadened to include more discussion with those
who visit Waikerie and use its caravan park.
Victorian man John Gillman may have told
The River News last week that river frontage
was less important than other features
when it comes to caravan parks, but how many
other 'grey nomads' share his views?
The current State Government petton has
collected about 1700 signatures so far, and it would
be safe to say that most of these are from locals.
Perhaps a survey of current and potential
visitors to the area needs to be conducted if we
wish to add strength to the argument that any
new caravan park development must be lcoated
on the river front.
Otherwise a lack of further evidence could
jeopardise locals’ eﬀorts.
Men’s Shed reﬂects on ﬁrst year
I WISH to bring to the public's attention
a summary of the Waikerie Men's Shed for
the last year.
The beneficial effect of the Men's Shed
activities on men's mental health and well-
being, along with community volunteering,
was acknowledged at the recent official
Many difficulties had to be overcome in
order for the Men's Shed to continue.
The old shed in the Elders building was
sold, and it was feared that the new shed
would not be available.
The council assisted by allowing The
Men's Shed entry into the new shed before
the allotted date.
The Men's Shed personnel provided
financial resources, and a prodigious input
of labour, in fitting out the shed and the
community meeting room.
A conservative estimate of hours worked
is 3000 hours.
The Men's Shed gives its heartfelt thanks
to local businesses and the community for
the sterling assistance and contributions
Mention must be made of Riverland
Sheds for the generous donation of
materials to line the Men's Shed working
Particular thanks go to Ross and Betty
Sutton. Their generosity in providing the
Elders building shed free of charge was
a wonderful boost to the Men's Shed's
Rotary and Apex, I understand, have
indicated they will provide for upgrades to
the community meeting room, and for the
continuous maintenance of such upgrades.
Waikerie Men's Shed is committed to
its values of men's health and community
It has yet to reach its full potential, and
I can confidently affirm it will go from
strength to strength and prove to be an asset
that Waikerie will be proud of. Allen King
Waikerie Men's Shed
'Thank you' from trial organisers
ON the last two weekends of August, the
state and national retrieving trials were
held in the Waikerie area.
Competitors travelled from all states ---
including Western Australia, Queensland
and Tasmania --- to take part, and 44 of
the top retrieving gun dogs in the country
On behalf of the organising committee,
I would like to express our thanks to the
Waikerie community for the hospitality
shown to all those involved in the trials.
In particular, our thanks go to Tim
Brooke, John Mortimer, Chris DeVito and
Craig Hahn for the use of their properties;
to Dr Leigh Truelove who carried out the
vetting duties; to Paul White who was the
official photographer; to Sue Miller and
the Waikerie Football Club for hosting our
social events; to Troy James and Christine
for their superb on-site catering; and to the
Waikerie Caravan Park staff, whose warm
welcome was appreciated by the many
competitors who stayed there.
Both trials were won by Victorians, but I
am sure that they are not the only ones that
will have fond memories of the Riverland.
Thank you, Waikerie. Lynne Webster
The Waikerie Senior Citzens Club
was the venue when Arthur Crowhurst
last week launched the recently
published book of his family history
The book gives accurate details
of the many years of business in the
moving of fresh fruit to markets,
especially what Arthur was able to
achieve in Darwin.
Mr Crowhurst's company was the
ﬁrst to oﬀer a weekly service of produce
and goods to the Northern Territory.
There are serious setbacks and
tragedies noted in the book, along
with how they were overcome, but
there are also light-hearted moments
of country living.
This story of the Crowhurst family
in Waikerie provides us all with the
realisaton that we must record all of
our stories so that future generatons
will have the knowledge to build on in
Our thoughts and prayers are with
the Horne family and Nanna Muriel
upon the sad passing of Russell.
We also extend sympathy to the
family and friends of Harvinder Kaur
upon her recent accidental death.
Sincere sympathy is extended
to the family and friends of June
Mackereth upon her recent passing.
To the family and friends of Ian
Kruesler, please accept our sympathy,.
He will be sadly missed.
Family and close friends gathered
to share the passing of John Sanders,
former woodwork teacher at Waikerie
We extend sincere sympathy to
Shannon Jones and family upon the
recent passing of Alby, a sincere friend
to many who will be sadly missed,
especially by his grandchildren.
Well done, Dean Grosse, for the
eﬀort you presented via the petton
to have a much-needed caravan park
reinstated by the river.
Thanks to all who supported the
recent Riverland Crows Supporters
Group fundraiser. Jamie Pfeiler won the
raﬄe’s ﬁrst and third prize, including
the Adelaide Crows Guernsey, and I
won second prize (a Sherrin football
signed by the captain and coach).
Well done to Chelsea Wilson and her
supporters for the fundraising eﬀort in
support of the Leukaemia Foundaton.
To the Kuchel family, thank you for
the opportunity for the community to
give support in memory of Kyle with
beautful purple balloons last week.
Would you like to learn and enjoy
the beneﬁts of yoga?
You can on the ﬁrst, second and
third Tuesday of the month from
9.30am to 10.30am.
We meet at the community hub at
Warrawee, adjacent to the oﬃce.
This group is for beginners, who are
already seeing the beneﬁt of regular
If you want further details, contact
Doreen on 8541 2192, or come to the
hub next Tuesday at 9.30 am.
The Waikerie community and
visitors have, during the past few years,
appreciated the excellent and friendly
service given by Gill McIness at her
McCoy Street antque shop Encore
During this tme, Gill has met many
special people who have become
friends and share the knowledge of
antques and beautful furniture and
home making ideas.
Thank you, Gill and Graham.
With the excitement at this year 's
Royal Adelaide Show having its 175th
birthday, many Riverland residents have
contnued their contributon in many
of the judging events --- be it produce,
cakes, chocolates, wines or livestock.
It has been pleasing to hear many
of the interviews throughout the week.
During that tme we have heard
former Waikerie resident Linda
Bertram, who has this year been
elected state president of the Country
Mrs Bertram was speaking on
behalf of the association, which is
currently celebratng 85 years.
Another of the interesting
features at the Royal Adelaide Show
is the Cobdogla Steam and Irrigaton
Museum's engine, which is on
display as a working feature with
many volunteers atending from the
Thought for the week... Kindness
is more important than wisdom, and
the recogniton of this is the beginning
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