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Waikerie's river front
redevelopment plans could be
completed 12 months ahead
of schedule, if a major funding
applicaton is approved.
The District Council of Loxton
Waikerie agreed to apply for a
200,000 Places for People grant
at Friday’s council meetng, with a
result expected to be known before
5 Years ago
River front on fast track
10 Years ago
The Waikerie Calisthenic Dance
Club is celebrating its 30th year
with a weekend of celebratons and
Founded in 1975 by Carole Walker,
the Waikerie Calisthenic Club (as
known back then) was run out of the
Mrs Walker, a state calisthenic
member and state calisthenic teacher,
had only recently moved to Waikerie
after getting married, and saw an
opening to start classes.
Calisthenics turns 30
20 Years ago
Waikerie Hospital and many
is being threatened by the State
Government’s proposed restructng
of the state health system, according
to the Country Women’s Associaton.
Commentng on the atack, local
media representatve Linda Bertram
said members were appalled to learn
that the general public was not being
given the opportunity to comment
on the paper.
CWA calls for changes
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AN opening line could be "everything is
coming up roses”, and it really is.
Through the Waikerie and Districts
Community Flower Show — together with the
Renmark Rose Festval, including the many
open garden displays throughout the Riverland
region — we have been able to be immersed in
fowers, fragrances and innovatve gardens and
To all involved — whether it be exhibitors
at the fower show or those who have opened
their private gardens — thank you for sharing
your love of nature and design with others.
The Riverland Wine and Food Festval was
an outstanding success at the weekend, with
organisers already thinking next year they may
have to increase the size of the venue or have it
for longer, as it was to capacity — far more than
As you read about the many events held at
Renmark during Rose Week, which has been
sold out, you wonder just how many functons
you can atend in one week, with them all
At Waikerie on Saturday evening was
another sold-out event, this one being the
Waikerie Lutheran Primary School Food and
Wine Festval, with almost 200 enthusiastc
They were treated to a professionally
planned and presented event.
Congratulatons to the Parents and Friends
Commitee, under the leadership of Leanna
Bishop, for the litle extras that were given
to the patrons and the students for their
assistance as well.
Brenton Kroehn was emcee and kept the
evening fowing, especially during the spirited
I am sure that the proceeds from the
evening will enable further facilites and
teaching projects that will assist the students at
the school now and in the future.
It was interestng when having a
conversaton with some Renmark residents
at the rose festval on Sunday, when they
commented on the proposal for a statue of
Mark Ricciuto as an acknowledgement for his
commitment to the Riverland region, and they
were very supportve of the proposal.
It was mentoned that since the statue of
Mr David Ruston has been erected in the Jarret
Memorial Gardens — in acknowledgement of
his history with the rose industry through out
Australia — visitors have come to see that.
They have indicated it is a tourist atracton
in Renmark, and that a statue of Mark Ricciuto
would be most appropriate at Waikerie.
It was a pleasure to meet Nadia Cusimano
and Paul Gazzola, the two Adelaide artsts who
are in our community for the next few weeks.
Call into the former Retravision shop, now
freshly painted, to see the Temporary Art
Gallery and welcome them to Waikerie.
Nadia and Paul would like to meet the locals
and tell them of their plan to give the premises
a lif with interestng art.
Now we all know that art can mean many
things, and to one person it may be something,
and to another something else.
The plan is if you have an item that may be
old, maybe even very old, it may be something
that has a story to it. Bring it in if you can, or
arrange with Paul and it can be collected.
Have it displayed for the tme that the
Temporary Art Gallery is open, then take it
What you are doing is sharing with others
something of interest and that a story can be
There is another way to give your support
to this project — if you have something you can
donate to the project, it will be auctoned at
the close of the event, with donatons given to
a local charity. Nadia and Paul are interested in
meetng the locals and are interested to know if
you can volunteer at the gallery during the next
Next year their plan is to have a special
event here, so let’s give them support now.
This Sunday, October 26, the Adelaide Crows
Riverland Supporters Group commitee will
host a sausage sizzle lunch at the Cobdogla
Club from 12 noon for members and interested
Following lunch, the annual general meetng
will be held, and then followed by a silent
aucton to bid for Adelaide Crows players
These photos are of Adelaide Crows players
who have been sponsored by the supporters
group in previous years — including Nathan
Von Berlo, Richard Douglas, Brent Reilly and
For further details, contact Adrian Hughes
on 8541 3035.
Thanks to the readers who have contacted
me recently — I do appreciate your messages.
To Deano and Neil in Sydney, we know
you want to know what’s happening in your
hometown of Waikerie.
Thought for the week... People are like
stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine
when the sun is out but, when the darkness
sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if
there is a light from within.
Where is Stella's body?
I WRITE with regards to the letter I wrote
to this paper (letters to the editor, 15/10/14)
concerning my jack russell, Stella, who many
people -- myself included -- feel certain that she
was deliberately stabbed to death.
Through this paper, I would ask that whoever
did this to my dog, if you have any decency left
in you at all (which I doubt), at least contact the
River News office and tell them where her body
was dumped. Or, if someone else who knows me
has seen her laying in bushes somewhere in or
not far from the Waikerie township, contact River
News staff if you feel sure it might be her.
On the following Thursday or Friday after the
next edition of The River News comes out, I will
check with the staff at their office.
If information has been received, I will
arrange for a friend to drive me to where Stella
was dumped, then we will wrap her in a cloth
or something and drive her to some quiet place
near the river, so I can at least give Stella a decent
Finally, thank you to those people who filmed
some of the notices that I put up about Stella
around town, then downloaded them onto
I only hope the next letter I write to this paper
will be on a much happier subject.
Flower Show a success
ON behalf of the Waikerie and Districts
Community Flower Show Committee, I would like
to say 'thank you' to all the community members
who participated in the 2014 Flower Show, held on
the 17th and 18th of October.
It was wonderful to have Michael Keelan and
Tony Pasin MP to say a few words and to officially
open the show. Both agreed that the standard
of entries was very high, and the committee
members received many positive comments from
those who attended the show.
I would like to take this opportunity to
acknowledge the assistance provided by all the
wonderful volunteers to set up and run the show
--- including Waikerie's Apex and Rotary clubs,
Waikerie RSL, Waikerie Ladies Probus Club,
Waikerie National Trust, the Men's Shed, Rain
Moth Gallery and the Waikerie Garden Club.
This also includes our volunteer judges and
stewards, who guide us through the tricky task
of picking first and second place in each category.
We would also like to acknowledge members of
the Ramco Lutheran Church, Waikerie Catholic
Church, Lowbank Lutheran Church, Waikerie
Uniting Church, Salt Church and Waikerie Ladies
Probus, who all contributed incredible displays
for the enjoyment of the community.
The school displays from Ramco Primary
School, Lutheran Primary School, Waikerie
Children's Centre and WOOSHC were imaginative
and colourful, and complimented the floral
Thanks also goes to our sponsors who assist
us to put the show on and to provide prizes to
They include the District Council of Loxton
Waikerie, Agri Business Supplies, Neutrog,
the Waikerie Hotel Motel, the Waikerie Club,
Caudo Vineyard, our patron Allison Smith,
the Waikerie Garden Club and the Waikerie
I would finally like to thank the Flower Show
committee --- consisting of Lyn Lochert, Kylie
Leske, Marg Thiel and Penny Smith --- without
whom the show would not take place.
The show demonstrated what incredible
horticultural talent we have embedded in our
area, and the enjoyment that growing flowers
brings to all age groups.
It was very rewarding to be involved in an
event that was such a positive reflection of our
In closing, the committee is happy to receive
any comments or advice from the local community
regarding the show.
Feedback can be sent via email to
email@example.com or in writing
to PO Box 87, Ramco SA 5322.
We are also happy to hear from any volunteers
interested in assisting with the 2015 Waikerie and
Districts Community Flower Show.
Chairperson, Waikerie and Districts
Community Flower Show
'Hat Day' gratitude
ON Friday, October 10,
'Hat Day' was the day on
which the Rotary Club of
Waikerie ran two barbecues
in the main street of
Waikerie to raise money for
Australian Rotary Health,
and particularly mental
I would like to express
my thanks to the ANZ bank,
Foodland, Woolworths and
The River News for their
support in running this
The day was a great
success, and we look forward
to seeing more 'funny' hats
on the street next year.
If you were unable to
donate on the day and would
still like to, you can do so
by bank deposit -- account
name Australian Rotary
Health, BSB 082 330, account
number 027 300 054.
'Hat Day' co-ordinator
WAIKERIE Rotary Club members Colleen Andrew, Lyn Oliver and Maureen Phillips helped
serve up a 'hat day' barbecue fundraiser at Woolworths recently. PHOTO: Ryneisha Bollard
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