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At the close of nominations at 12 noon Tuesday 16 September
2014, the following people have been accepted as candidates
and are listed below in the order in which they will appear on
the ballot papers, should an election be required.
1 Vacancy -- Mayor
8 Vacancies -- Area Councillor
MADDOCKS, Allan Peter
TURTON, Frank James
The election will be conducted by post. Ballot papers and
pre-paid envelopes for each entitlement will be mailed out
between Monday 20 and Friday 24 October 2014 to every
person, body corporate and group listed on the voters roll at
roll close on Friday 8 August 2014. Voting is voluntary.
A person who has not received voting material by Friday
24 October 2014 and believes they are entitled to vote should
contact the Deputy Returning Of cer on 08 8276 3048.
Completed voting material must be returned to reach the
Returning Of cer by 5pm Friday 7 November 2014.
A ballot box will be provided at the Council of ce/s for
electors wishing to hand deliver their completed voting
material during of ce hours.
Vote Counting Location
The scrutiny and count will take place at Community and Civic
Centre, 61 Eighteenth Street, Renmark from 9am on Saturday
8 November 2014. A provisional declaration will be made at
the conclusion of each election count.
Campaign Donations Return
Candidates must forward a Campaign Donations Return
to the Council Chief Executive Of cer
within 30 days after the conclusion
of the election.
Close of Voting
5pm Friday 7 November 2014
School hosts ﬁrst science debate
WAIKERIE High year 10
students competed against each
other in the school's inaugural
global warming debate on
Friday, September 12.
Global warming is the increase
of the earth's average surface
temperatures and, depending on
which side you take, could be one
of the largest problems facing this
Scientific facts show that
the earth's average surface
temperature rose by about 0.7C in
the 20th century.
The question is, why? This is
what the debate was all about.
The two teams, run by Donna
Haynes (homeroom 1027) and Erin
Nettelbeck (1037), each had five
teams of two delegates who were to
argue their points on whether they
believe that humans have caused
global warming (1037) or that
global warming is natural (1027).
Each team of delegates
represented either a person or
an organisation, and had to make
their reasoning reflect on that
person or organisation's views.
Speakers from homeroom 1037
included Madi Colbert, Andrew
Platten, Georgia Sheehan,
Mobaraka Mohammadi, Renee
Bell, Sam Haese, Mantaj Sing,
Jemma Ziegler, Barry Cavanagh
and Paige Collins.
They argued that humans have
-- by deforestation and burning
fossil fuels that release carbon
dioxide -- induced the melting of
the polar icecaps and caused the
earth to retain more and more heat.
Homeroom 1027 speakers
included Joseph Whitehead, Jess
Leigh, Rachael Smith, Clayton
Hollamby, Tolan Frahm, Charley
Wallace, Charles Temple, Brad
Smyth, Brad Howell and Jesse
They argued that global
warming is a natural occurrence,
with volcanoes causing an increase
in carbon dioxide emissions -- not
Before the summit began, some
of the delegates were interviewed
about how they believed the day
would go and what points of their
argument would help them to
defeat the other team.
When asked if his class (1037)
could win the summit, Barry
"Yes, because we have scientific
evidence backing our facts, and
because there is more evidence in
favour of us than the other class."
Fellow classmate Jemma
Ziegler said global warming
was something to worry about
because "scientists have estimated
[from previous temperatures and
weather patterns] that by the
year 2030, the average surface
temperature will rise by another
1C, making the earth warmer yet
Their opposition, Jessica Leigh,
"(Our) evidence is too
complicated to argue against but
easy enough (for the audience) to
Her classmate, Tolan Frahm,
said his class would win because
his argument "has peanut butter
in it", with his analogy proving to
During the debate, both teams'
arguments were strong, with class
1037 making a stand at the end of
its rebuttal with all of its delegates
speaking the final line in unison.
Judge Paul Tripodi said both
classes put in an "amazing" effort
and their research was thorough,
but class 1037 tended to repeat
Fellow judge Rebecca Smitran
said she was "impressed with the
preparation and communication
of the presentations, (but) the
visual aids and the conclusions
needed to be stronger".
Even though her class lost, Mrs
Nettelbeck said she was happy
with its performance.
"Both sides put in lots of effort
into making the day happen," she
"It went brilliantly, especially
since we were the first group to try
to do a geology debate."
Mrs Haynes said she was pleased
that her team won the debate.
"I'm very proud of everyone
who participated," she said.
"Hopefully (the summit)
will become a bi-yearly event
to coincide with the geology
topic, and bring awareness to the
students of topics that will affect
them in their lives."
WAIKERIE High School students participating in the school's first science debate are (back, from left) Tolan,
Jesse, Charles, Clayton and Brad. FRONT: Chloe, Katie, Rachael, Joseph, Jess, Skye and teacher Donna Haynes.
Students' surnames have been omitted.
PHOTOS: Jayme Koch
WHS student Renee delivers her argument in the school's science debate
to Clayton and Rachael.
Rivmics Dance to celebrate 40th
RIVMICS Dance students will
celebrate the school's 40-year history
at an annual concert in November.
The dance school was formerly known
as the Waikerie Calisthenics Club and was
founded by local woman Carole Walker,
who is still teaching students.
From humble beginnings and three
generations of girls and boys, Rivmics
Dance has gone from strength to strength
by adding ballet, tap and hip hop classes.
Over the years Ms Walker has taught
many local children -- some for fun and
a love of dance, and others persuing it as
Most recently, four students achieved
their Certificate III in Dance, won talent
contests and received scholarships to
further their personal development.
Students have also passed formal ballet
exams, with more in November.
Ms Walker said the 40 years had gone
by "very fast", and the rewards had been
"I am so proud of my students and what
they have achieved," she said.
"Their confidence, style and sense
of team work shines through, and it is
evident in the community."
The Rivmics Dance Annual Concert
will include an 'all jazzed up' performance
of The Nutcracker at the Waikerie High
School Hall on Sunday, November 9, at
An afternoon tea and a chance to
reminisce about the past 40 years will
"It would be wonderful to see past
students and have them join in the
festivities and the cake cutting," Ms
A second concert, followed by award
presentations, will be held at Renmark's
Chaffey Theatre on Saturday, November
15, at 4pm.
Ms Walker is compiling a slideshow of
the past 40 years to be shown at the end-of-
"Our photo albums have a few gaps,
and it would be wonderful to complete the
history," she said.
Anyone with photographs of Rivmics
Dance students before 2003 is asked to
contact Ms Walker via phone (0417 414
102) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
THIS year's annual Rivmics Dance concert will celebrate the school's 40th anniversary. Pictured at last year's concert are the Wizard
of Oz senior cast members (back, from left) Krystyn Joseph (Aunty Em), Charley Wallace (farmer), Samantha Whittington-Arnold
(farmer), Kira Mader (Dorothy), Georgia Pogorecki (farmer), Michelle Twigden (farmer) and Keisha Barrow (Uncle Henry). FRONT: Tori
Kay (farmer), Boston Schwartz (Toto) and Abby Neideck (farmer).
PHOTO: Elise Fantin
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