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A LACK of equal
on the Moorook
Association is having
little impact, despite
according to its
told The River News
members from each
town, but allows for
uneven numbers when
At an annual general
meeting in August,
only one Kingston-
nominated for a
who lives halfway
between the two towns
was elected, while the
six other spots were
all filled by Moorook
Mr Norton is
also a Kingston-On-
Murray resident, but
he is required to be
independent from the
He said some of
the fellow locals who
served on the committee
had moved out of the
region, adding to the
other constraints on
"We advertised the
positions a fair bit,"
"It's probably more
of a fact that Kingston's
smaller than Moorook."
Mr Norton said all
were aware of their
duty to represent both
towns, which continued
to share a strong link.
He said many
residents helped out
with the annual
Australia Day breakfast
in their town, with
Moorook locals also
"People are probably
more keen on being
involved in a project
than being on the
committee," he said.
Mr Norton said the
association had run
open meetings in the
past, and got together
every two months to
come up with projects.
While Moorook is
currently receiving a
river front development
via the local council, Mr
Norton said Kingston-
boasted a range of
diminish what's being
done here in Kingston,"
he said. "It's all about
enhancing both of them
and remaining linked."
Mr Norton said
future projects in both
towns could include
walking trails and
information boards at
local toilet blocks.
"We've got to be sort
of fair in spreading
things out across the
district," he said.
just got to wait your
turn, but if there's
small things we can
do along the way, then
that's what we want."
Locals wishing to
get involved with the
Association are asked
to contact Mr Norton
via email (trevor@
THE promise of affordable
broadband internet attracted more
than 20 locals to a community meeting
at Ramco last Thursday night.
Most attendees came from Waikerie's
surrounding districts, and voiced their
frustrations with their current internet
service -- either via their mobile phone
'hotspot' or a portable broadband device.
Both options offer limited coverage, and
the data allowance is only a small portion
of what is on offer to those who have access
to the asymmetric digital subscriber line
Even ADSL subscribers have no
guarantee of high-quality performance,
according to Adelaide-based business Uniti
The company is offering a solution to
the problem in the form of a fixed wireless
broadband service that can be transmitted
to local homes and businesses.
On the invitation of Ramco locals Kathy
Elliott and James Lochert, Uniti co-founders
Sasha Baranikov and Che Metcalfe attended
last week's community consultation to
discuss local needs and what their service
Mr Metcalfe said Uniti could offer
download and upload speeds comparable
to what the National Broadband Network
(NBN) is expected to provide once complete.
As the first national, wholesale-only
broadband service, the NBN will provide
access speeds to telephone and internet
service providers who then deliver these
services to customers.
However, Mr Metcalfe said Uniti's service
would be independent from the NBN, thus
offering a more immediate start and less
congestion on the network.
He said about 50 expressions of interest
would be enough for Uniti to trial its service
in the area.
"Project planning and implementation
can happen pretty much as soon as we have
an interest," Mr Metcalfe said.
"We're capable of solving this problem,
we just need to know that there's enough of
Waikerie man Barry Wallace, owner of
local internet service provider Outback
Online, was among the meeting's attendees.
Mr Wallace began his own fixed wireless
broadband internet service earlier this
year and is currently offering it to northern
Waikerie and Sunlands/Ramco.
According to the website, Outback Online
aims to expand into locations including
Golden Heights, Morgan, Murbko and
Blanchetown in the coming months.
However, Uniti Wireless is promising to
offer more data and faster speeds for a lower
price than its local competitor.
Mr Metcalfe said he was optimistic about
the areas of coverage Uniti could achieve
in the Riverland West, where the landscape
appeared to have less interruptions to
wireless radio transmissions than Adelaide.
"We should be able to get much longer
links here than we get in the city," he said.
Ms Baranikov said Uniti hoped to use
the Waikerie area as a pilot project for
expanding its reach to regional areas across
"This is just the first step," she said.
"Obviously this is not everyone here that
has an interest -- we have just scratched the
To register your interest, or for more
information, visit: www.unitiwireless.com
Meanwhile Member for Chaffey Tim
Whetstone, who was unable to attend last
week's meeting, said he would be watching
the project's development with interest.
"Over the past couple of years, I've been
pursuing internet issues down at Waikerie,"
"The schools, in particular, are having
trouble with it...
"In today's world, it's not an advantage,
it's a necessity to have access to a digital
network. That's one of the biggest issues
that people come to me with."
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RAMCO locals James Lochert (left) and Kathy Elliott invited Uniti Wireless founders Sasha
Baranikov and Che Metcalfe to a community consultation on local internet needs at the Ramco
Community Hall last week.
PHOTO: Ryneisha Bollard
We're working on wireless
MOOROOK Kingston-On-Murray Community
Association members Jeff Drogemuller and David
Kloeden at the free Australia Day breakfast held at
the Kingston-On-Murray river front earlier this year.
RIVERLAND West residents
are being encouraged to show
their support for a regional
initiative targeting support for
The Made in the Riverland
program has been developed
based on feedback from the State
Government's Community Cabinet
visit earlier this year.
It aims to help identify the most
effective and relevant ways of
supporting existing small businesses
and potential endeavours.
Workshops will be held at
Renmark from next week onwards.
All sessions will be held in
the old Target Country building
on the corner of Ral Ral and
Renmark avenues, and start at 5pm
on Thursday, October 23, Friday,
November 7, and Friday, November
14. Visit madeinriverland.
eventbrite.com.au to register.
Inquiries can be made via email
'Made in the Riverland' workshops
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