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Tired, sore, bruised and batered
-- all in the name of charity.
Members of the Great Australian
Bike Ride travelled through Waikerie
yesterday as part of their 17,800km
trip to raise money for the Australian
Rotary Health Fund.
Waikerie Rotary president Grant
Hall said there were some “very tred
bodies" among the riders.
5 Years ago
Waikerie launches the
ﬁnal leg of bike ride
10 Years ago
More than 300 people turned out
in support of retenton of Waikerie
Hospital's clinical services recently.
The meetng — called to review
the draft report from Professor
Carol Gaston on the future delivery
of clinical services to the Riverland
region — reached two important
The ﬁrst was unanimous support
to the doctors, hospital board
and staff in gaining the best in
health services for Waikerie and
300 attend public forum
20 Years ago
Minister for Correctional
Services Wayne Matthew visited
Waikerie and Cadell to meet with
staﬀ of the Cadell Training Centre.
He also met with representatves
of the Morgan and Waikerie district
councils and answered questons at
a public meetng.
No guarantee on Cadell
Training Centre’s future
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SENIOR residents are welcome to atend
the launch of Seniors Month actvites — part
of the Every Generaton Festval, promoted by
the Council of the Ageing — by Loxton Waikerie
Mayor Leon Stasinowsky at the Waikerie Bowling
Club at 2pm tomorrow.
Elected members from the District Council
of Loxton Waikerie will be in atendance, so
come and enjoy an afernoon tea with the other
seniors of our community.
Congratulatons and well done to the
members of the Rain Moth Gallery commitee
upon the completon of the new entrance.
Nature's Corridor presents a strong statement
that embraces all of the features of our
community, heritage and the River Murray.
This Sunday, October 5, members of the
community are invited to atend the oﬃcial
opening of the artscape.
They can share with the commitee an
afernoon of fellowship together from 2pm,
and see the excellent display of works by the
students of our local primary schools.
Well done to Mike, Sharee and the team at
Mitre 10 for hostng a very successful Saturday
morning with stars from The Block Glasshouse,
Chris and Jenna.
Many enthusiastc supporters from the
community were all wantng to ask questons of
the two stars, who were happy to meet so many
fans of the show.
A documentary, The Ride, will be shown at
the Waikerie Hotel functon room on Thursday,
Tickets are available online at www.
theridemovie.org, or you can take a chance that
there will be tckets for sale at the door.
The documentary is about a group of four
mates who have shown such determinaton,
true grit, and positve attude afer becoming
paraplegics and quadraplegics.
Not always is this because of their own fault,
but this documentary shows strength, belief and
so much more.
This weekend there are many actvites that
are taking place, as it is the last holiday weekend
before the Christmas break.
The Mantung Railway Centenary Celebratons
are on Saturday and Sunday, with the popular
Peter Goers atending as guest for the event.
This event includes Mercunda and Maggea,
and there will be many who make tracks to
Mantung to relive the early days and the history
of those communites.
We acknowledge the recent passing of
Erwin Kleemann, who had been a resident at
Sincere sympathy is also extended to the
family and friends of Gavin Mudge, who passed
Gavin will be sadly missed by many, especially
friends at Riversgate Hostel.
The Waikerie community also extends sincere
sympathy to the family and friends of Jack
Wiersma, especially his wife Grietje, their son
Jan, daughter Pythia and families.
Congratulatons to my son Kym Webber, who
competed at the inaugural Steel Challenge at the
Adelaide Pistol Club event on the weekend.
There were 52 compettors competng in
ﬁve divisions, and Kym won ﬁrst place in the .22
Kym was representng the Cadell Pistol Club,
and this was his ﬁrst competton in his ﬁrst year
of membership of the club.
The annual general meetng of Warrawee
Community Senior Citzens Homes Inc. will be
held on Tuesday, October 7, at the Warrawee
Community Hub at 6pm.
Thanks to the many friends who have
contacted me over the past weeks — plans are
deferred untl November.
Thought for the week... If you don't know
where you are going, then any road will take you
Extend the kangaroo enclosure
I REFER to Raelene and Roger Schmitke's
letter to The River News (Letters to the editor,
24/9/14), when they questioned advantages
(or some possible disadvantages) to the
existing caravan park being relocated to the
They also asked if talk of upgrading the
kangaroo enclosure would be a "downsized
No, it should not have to be.
If they do build a new caravan park on the
river front, and still leave the existing one near
the oval, why cannot the size of the kangaroo
enclosure be built larger to extend over onto
the grassed area?
A few huts could be built there and, after
a lot of heavy rain, the kangaroos and emus
could go out of their huts onto clean grass
-- depending on what area of the enclosure
some of them were in during the heavy rain,
That seat near the enclosure would, of
course, be unbolted and moved back a bit
closer to the extension.
The enclosure could come to within about
20 or 25 feet or so, near to the closest caravan
park power outlet.
Think of all the extra millions of tourism
dollars coming into Waikerie during the
Christmas, New Year and Easter long
weekend, if the river front caravan park
project does go ahead and the existing one
next to the oval remains in operation.
If one or two power outlets had to be
removed to make way for extensions to the
kangaroo enclosure (which I don't think would
need to happen, but if it did), with all the extra
tens of thousands of dollars going back to
the park management, the removal of one or
two power outlets is, well, about one quarter
As I wrote in this paper before, those
animals should have maybe a small pool in
their enclosure, at least about 12sq m in area
and about two-and-a-half feet deep, probably
made of stone and maybe the same as their
On very hot days, they could walk down a
small ramp or step down into their pool, crouch
down a bit and wade about to cool off.
That structure of a slippery dip, and other
items inside their enclosure, is useless to them.
The things I have just suggested, they may
find a bit more pleasant. Vernon Morris
We're proud of our country press
YOUR invitation for comment ('We need
your opinions') in a recent edition of The River
News (Country Press advertisement, 3/9/14)
caught my eye.
As I am not connected to the internet
system, and hence not able to resort to the
'online survey', this response has to be sent
by 'snail mail'.
Indeed, country newspapers are truly
valued by rural and remote communities, as
I have learned over the past 20 years, since
transferring from a city and Adelaide Hills
lifestyle to the Riverland.
The River News is no exception to this
situation, providing excellent coverage of
local events, plus persons involved, for our
information and interest.
Being married to a Waikerie-born lady of
the pioneer Starr family is equally relevant,
and extends the value of your weekly
Wendy readily helps me to fully appreciate
the historical background to many items and
Not only is the value in item contents, but
also in the presentation (practical and easy to
digest), often with much-appreciated pictorial
support that enables readers to connect many
local identities with the 'good works' that
they perform (and fully deserve recognition
for doing so).
It is by no means an exaggeration to say
that each Wednesday is eagerly awaited.
February 2, 1968
Storm damage hits Waikerie
HIGH winds uprooted a tree and swept it into the main street during a storm in Waikerie. Pictured
is a man inspecting fallen trees outside John Fulwood and Co Dry Cleaners on McCoy Street.
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