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Organisers of the Ramco
centenary weekend are delighted
with the success of all functions held.
The ‘back to school’ event on
Saturday was attended by a crowd
of more than 700 people, and among
them were many former teachers,
including Lyall Fricker, who was a
junior teacher at the school in 1940.
He went on to become the
director general of TAFE in South
Australia and retired in 1988.
5 Years ago
10 Years ago
People willing to volunteer their
services to a local museum and
historical society have been turned
away after a recent annual general
meeting in what is claimed to be a
power struggle for control.
The Port of Morgan Historical
Museum and Heritage Society has
been offered the assistance of 37
volunteers, but their memberships
were refused by the current
Power struggle for
20 Years ago
Ticket sales are off to a good
start for Waikerie’s only Riverland
Following last year ’s success,
Havenhand Chocolates’ Music on
the Deck will once again feature in
this year ’s Renaissance.
comes to Waikerie
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Last Thursday, October 2, Loxton Waikerie Mayor
Leon Stasinowsky welcomed Waikerie seniors to the
Waikerie Bowling Club for afternoon tea.
It was the introduction to Seniors Month and the
Every Generation Festival, in partnership with the
Warrawee residents committee.
The festival is held throughout Australia each year
during the month of October.
Mayor Stasinowsky thanked all seniors for their
commitment to the organisations that they support
in our community.
Thanks are owed to Rex Marks for the melodies
throughout the afternoon on the keyboard, and to Pat
de Lucy for bringing back the old wartime favourites
for a sing-along.
The recent holiday weekend could be renamed
Harley Heaven Weekend at Waikerie.
Wow, were they popular with the locals and the
visitors to our town.
The excitement from those at the markets on
Saturday, as they drove through the streets, was
echoed by all who met the riders during the weekend.
The visitors were happy to chat with the locals, and
were very appreciative of the time they spent with
the local groups that looked after them throughout
the weekend with their meals and accommodation.
The riders were from all states of Australia. Most
had never been here before, and fell in love with our
town and will be back another time.
There were close to 300 Harleys in town.
The H.O.G. stands for Harley Owners Group, and
the T-shirts read ‘Ride the Southern Road to Waikerie’.
That is great advertising for our town.
You may have seen some of our locals on TV
Kay and Ralph Ohlmeyer, together with Maryanne
and Snow Thomson, were part of a group looking for
the small blue-tongued lizard in the Burra area.
This was seen on the Landline program and, from
chatting with Kay, it was quite a special experience.
It had been thought that the blue-tongued lizard
was becoming extinct, but this expedition proved they
were still in that area.
Linda McKay was recently asked to be interviewed
on ABC News with Robert Utber, and together they
were able to present the proposed idea of the statue
of Mark Ricciuto and the benefits it would bring to
The Waikerie and Districts Machinery Preservation
Society advises all interested that the museum will be
open this Saturday, October 11, from 10am until 4pm,
with admission by gold-coin entry.
There will be much to see, and most engines will
be working, including an old binder.
Also among the attractions will be farm machinery,
vintage tractors, collectables, a packing shed, old wool
press and much more.
For further details, contact Rex on 8541 3907 or
Graham on 8541 3767.
The Waikerie community extends sincere
sympathy to the family and friends of Graham ‘Polly’
Pollard – especially Sue, Jayne, Michael and Chris.
Polly was a great mate and friend to many. He will
be sadly missed.
Nomination forms are now available for the
Australia Day awards (Citizen of the Year, Junior Citizen
of the Year and the Event of the Year).
Please give your thoughts by nominating a
member of our community for the commitment and
effort that they have given over many years. Let them
be acknowledged and thanked.
Thought for the week... There are only two ways
to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
With Gwen Webber
Concern over closures
I FEEL compelled to provide
commentary on the topic of the demise
of the business district in Waikerie.
I have only been a resident in Waikerie
for 12 months. However, during this time,
half a dozen or so businesses have closed.
Not being privy to the reasons, one
can only postulate that it is due to
minimal patronage, high rental costs,
unsustainable profit margins, retirement
or a mixture of all four.
I have often witnessed locals stating
that it is not isolated to Waikerie, as
it is also happening elsewhere in the
Riverland region. This may be the case,
but that in itself is no reason to just sit
back and let it happen.
In fact, it should start alarm bells
ringing and strategies devised to counter
From my observations, Waikerie has
the added disadvantage of being off the
highway, with nothing extraordinary to
Only the locals and regular ‘die hard’
visitors appreciate that the town has a
beautifully presented river front that is
screaming out for development.
The caravan park, for example, is
prime real estate that -- although needing
some upgrading -- is in an idyllic setting
just waiting for a visionary entrepreneur.
What exactly is holding back the
development? Who, collectively or
singularly, is the anti-developer?
It would appear that losing the
caravan site would be the death knell
for the town.
The caravan park is just one example.
How many residents are aware
that Waikerie is the only town in the
Riverland region that doesn’t yet have
4G mobile internet capabilities? Even
Morgan has 4G.
Telstra has indicated that it is in the
throes of upgrading the exchange. That
was three months ago. Still no 4G.
Why is Waikerie the poor cousin?
Internet availability is another area
where Waikerie plays second fiddle to
everywhere else in the region.
Thankfully, a couple of proactive
residents have started to explore
I like this town and its people. I want
to see it thrive and flourish.
I know tourism is a double-edged
sword, but without it the town will not
Put yourselves in the tourist’s
shoes: Apart from the river, what would
encourage you to visit Waikerie?
What would make you come back?
What is unique or quirky about the town?
No doubt many of you would have
been tourists in other areas.
What made you go there in the first
place? More importantly, what made
you go back or encourage other people
The town looks tired. A lot of the
empty shops/buildings in the business
district look drab and dilapidated.
A fresh coat of paint to the exteriors
would lift the general ambience of the
town. New signage on or above shops
would also improve the overall ambience.
Has anyone noticed that, when coming
into town from Peake Terrace, the sign
at the roundabout for the recently
constructed RV dump point is actually
pointing to the Woolworths car park?
It may appear trivial, but attention
to detail is everything when promoting
Waikerie has the advantage of
proximity to Adelaide. Let us start to
exploit that fact and encourage the
relevant people to push for rebranding
our town and everything it can offer.
Ryneisha Bollard - Opinion
Telcos converge on our Wild West
RIVERLAND West residents look set to finally have
a bigger and better internet service available to them.
Local business Outback Online is already offering
fixed wireless broadband to homes and businesses
via an antenna, and Telstra has committed to doing
the same before Christmas.
Meanwhile a community consultation at Ramco
tonight will hear what sort of internet service Uniti
Wireless hopes to provide to the area.
More than 200 new ports available on the ADSL2+
should already boost locals’ access to broadband
internet, while the completion of National Broadband
Network infrastructure is also set to offer speeds this
region has never seen before.
While the Federal Government is installing the
infrastructure, it will be up to service providers
like Outback Online, Telstra and (potentially) Uniti
Wireless to link locals into the new technology.
Perhaps other telecommunications companies, or
‘telcos’, will also want their piece of the pie.
All of this should be good news to locals seeking
access to faster, more affordable internet, as a little
healthy competition can go a long way.
February 23, 1968
Chief scout visits Waikerie
CHIEF Scout Sir Charles Maclean adjusts the woggle for Cub Tim Kleemann when he carried
out an inspection during his visit. Pictured in the background is Lady Cubmaster Audrey Morley
and SA field commissioner Bill Mugge.
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