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Riverland Irrigators are being
urged to join a major legal batle
for government compensaton for
mismanaging the Murray-Darling
High Court proceedings have
already commenced between
grower group Murray Valley United
(MVU) and the Victorian and
South Australia's 25 per cent
allocaton has been labelled “grossly
unfair" by the Citrus Growers of
South Australia (CGSA).
5 Years ago
Irrigators in Water Court
10 Years ago
After more than six months of
negotatons, Coca-Cola Amatl has
signed an agreement to purchase
successful Ramco fruit juice company,
Crusta Fruit Juices Pty Ltd, and
Quenchy Crusta Sales Pty Ltd.
The completion of the sale is
expected to take place soon, subject
to ﬁnalisaton of a number of related
Crusta sold to Coca-Cola
20 Years ago
The Waikerie Ladies Probus Club
hosted an annual Probus Friendship
Day at the high school's assembly hall.
More than 200 ladies,
representng eight clubs from Mildura
and the Riverland, enjoyed a day of
friendship and entertainment by the
Ladies Probus clubs
meet at Waikerie
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THERE is an excitement in the air as this week
the Waikerie and Districts Community Flower
Show is held at the Waikerie Memorial Insttute.
Gardeners are busy picking out their
best blooms to exhibit, students from the
schools will also be entering their designs
and, for photographic enthusiasts, the ﬂowers
photographed will again be a feature of the
This year the planted boot and shoe display
will be eye catching.
The opening tmes to visit the ﬂower show
are 10.30am to 5pm on Friday, with the oﬃcial
opening at 10.30am, and 10am to 2pm on
An event like this does not just appear -- it
takes good planning with commited helpers,
and the community is thankful for this dedicated
group of residents who make it happen
With the Flower Show and the Renmark Rose
Festval opening, several Waikerie residents have
their gardens available for viewing.
One is Ken and Deb Morley's on Dunstan
Road, Waikerie, where you will be able to
leisurely wander through the delightul garden,
and then tour the seed potato nursery at 11am
and 2pm each day the garden is open.
The opening tmes are 10am untl 4pm on
Saturday, October 18, Sunday, October 19,
Wednesday, October 22, Saturday, October 25,
and Sunday, October 26.
Plants will be available for sale, and entry
All proceeds will go to the Fred Hollows
Foundaton and Medicins sans Fronteres
(Doctors Without Borders) for their work relatng
to the Ebola virus.
It was a pleasant surprise to receive an
invitaton to the launch and oﬃcial opening of
the Vietnam Series Calendar – all artstc work
by former Waikerie resident Neil Griﬃn – on
Saturday, November 8, at the Combined Ex
Services’ Mess (Torrens Parade Ground, ﬁrst
The oﬃcial launch will be at 11.30am by ABC
891 presenter and Sunday Mail columnist Peter
Griﬃn travelled to Vietnam in 2013 and this
year, and was inspired to work on a series of
paintngs that reﬂect everyday life in Vietnam.
From these originals, a calendar for 2015
The cost will be $20, with proceeds going to
The exhibiton of Griﬃn’s work will be
on display at the Torrens Parade Ground on
Saturday, November 8, and Sunday, November 9,
from 11am untl 4pm each day.
This invitaton is for all interested persons.
I am available for any further details about the
event via phone (0408 609 304).
It seems that we are getng our ﬁll of art
exhibitons and the beauty of ﬂowers this week,
but we do enjoy those pleasures.
Now it is a reminder about the current
exhibiton of students’ artwork, which has been
an outstanding success.
Locals and visitors to Waikerie have lef many
positve comments about the variety and quality
of the work, not to menton the talents of our
If you are yet to visit this exhibiton, please
do so soon as it is closing at the end of the
The students' art is for sale at a minimal cost.
Rain Moth Gallery is serviced by volunteer,
and the commitee and friends of the gallery
are endeavouring to have the gallery open extra
hours during the rose festval, as it is included in
the brochure for visitors to see.
Thought for the week... Conﬁdence does not
come from having all the answers; it comes from
being open to all the questons.
Missing dog deliberately harmed
LAST Wednesday morning I placed an
advertisement in The River News about Stella,
my jack russell, having gone missing.
Later that very same day, a neighbour
and myself found a long trail of blood in the
carport between my house and a neighbour's.
This long trail of blood continued through
to the footpath and into my side gate, ending
about eight or nine feet inside my backyard.
This was about the area where the night
before two neighbours heard Stella making
a loud howling or screaming noise as if she
was in pain.
One neighbour described it as if she was
being beaten. When they had told me this, it
would have been dark for about half an hour
or more, and I had just returned home after
searching other streets in the area, constantly
calling her name.
The following morning two local women,
having read about Stella in the paper, came to
my home to ask more about what happened.
When I showed them the blood stains they
were convinced, as I was, that this horrible
thing done to my dog was deliberate.
I was advised to call the police, which I did.
There are a lot of good people in Waikerie,
and many over the years have helped me out
during a few rough times, but sadly it seems
we have someone among us with very serious
A final word of advice -- if any of you know
someone who, for no sensible reason, seems to
have some dislike towards you or even a dog
or cat you own, please keep your gates locked
from the inside as we may have a very sick
person among us.
Have your say in council elections
NEXT week, local government voting
papers will be sent to all eligible members of
Please take the time to have your say.
The District Council of Loxton Waikerie
has 11 nominations for 10 vacant positions.
To make your vote count, please number
your ballot paper in the order of your
preference from one through to 10.
I am seeking re-election and would
appreciate your continued support.
Shed members' shared values
I AM pleased to advise that the Waikerie
Men's Shed has adopted an ethos as a
document that represents the values of the
It clearly illustrates what the ideals of the
Men's Shed are. It is also a demonstration of
the activities of the Men's Shed.
Men's Shed ethos
The Men's Shed is a disparate group of men
who congregate in a shed.
reliever of boredom, of loneliness, it offers
companionship. It offers a step outside the
It is an ethos. There are no compulsions to
do anything. This non-compulsion is its great
strength, for it is rare. There are no 'put downs'.
If some men want to chat, so be it. If some
men want to watch others making, shaping,
improving or restoring, so be it.
Some men want to be productive in
anything under the sun -- woodwork, metal
work, restoration, etc. -- so be it.
Expertise in general life is often hard to
access -- not in the Men's Shed.
The Men's Shed has a kaleidoscope of
expertise. It is phenomenal.
Men's Shed men are teaching Men's Shed
men. There is no seniority.
Everything is voluntary. It is a partnership
of co-operation and good will.
It is a unique window, twice a week, to step
aside from the world and just be, without any
The Men's Shed community is very special
and, because it is special, it is of real benefit
to the wider community.
Waikerie Men's Shed
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Community meetng on caravan park?
MEDIA coverage of Waikerie Caravan Park's
pending closure, along with the issues faced by
its owners in undertaking a multi-million-dollar
river front redevelopment, has been prevalent and
For a tme, the issue featured on the front page
of The River News every other week, and the ABC
is to be commended for keeping an eye on the
mater as well.
The State Government, District Council of Loxton
Waikerie and the Edwards Group of Hotels Pty Ltd
have all done their part in trying to explain what is a
complicated and mult-faceted dilemma.
However, it seems there are stll locals out there
who are either unaware of the situaton or feel that
they are unable to fully understand it.
As the saying goes, a well-informed public is the
key to a strong democracy. So, what more can we
do to engage locals on this mater?
A community meetng on the mater could be a
good start, but would depend on local atendance
and the right people making presentatons.
We could also cast a wider net -- as this issue
concerns Adelaide-based holidaymakers, it is
surprising that the metropolitan media is yet to pick
We also need to present a united front, rather
than letng our disagreements regarding the ﬁner
details prevent any acton being taken.
Surely some sort of caravan park is beter than
Wherever we stand on the mater, we must all
remember that it is the squeaky wheel that gets
We need to take this conversaton beyond the
sidewalk gossip and ‘armchair politcs’ and force it
into a more public domain.
It cannot be assumed that outsiders will
understand our need. We must be creatve in how
we convince them to care as much as we do.
September 16, 1971
Waikerie ready for a close grand ﬁnal
THE Waikerie A grade Football
team is ready to contest the
grand final against Loxton, with
all players reported as being in
top physical condition for the
big game. Pictured is A grade
captain/coach Don Guerin
leading his team in the victory
song after defeating Berri.
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