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A bumper crowd attended a
fundraising event that collected
$7000 towards the purchase of
new equipment for the Waikerie
Lutheran Primary School.
Principal Linda Warner said
about 750 people attended the
school’s 30th birthday celebratons.
“It was fantastc,” she said.
"Stallholders were very happy
with the sales they made, and we
were happy (with the fundraising)
5 Years ago
Big dollars from
10 Years ago
Waikerie High School launched its
gold-medal-winning wine, Wei Kari
hiraz, at an extravaganza featuring
local boutque wines.
Greg Cottle and his students
won a gold medal at the 2004
Schools’ Wine Show, and the High
School's Governing Council wanted
an opportunity to congratulate Mr
Cotle, his students and all involved.
Local wine launch
20 Years ago
Waikerie Hospital and Health
Services (WHHS) was invited to put in
a submission for funding of additonal
WHHS chief executive Andrew
Kernich told the River News the
submission had to be in the hands
of the Commonwealth Department
of Community Services and Health
Waikerie and Morgan
need more aged care
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THE Adelaide Crows Riverland Supporters Group
met for lunch and the annual general meetng at the
Cobdogla Club on the weekend, and we were pleased
to see the members who atended.
The silent aucton of photographs of our sponsored
players over the past years was interestng, and it was
easy to see who, out of the players that we as a group
had sponsored, were the most popular.
Yes, I had to give in to Vicki Jones afer it went well
over three ﬁgures for Richard Douglas.
This year the group is led by Grant Taylor, who
has accepted the chairman positon, with the two
Waikerie representatves being Kevin Datson (phone
8541 3229) and Gwen Webber (0408 609 304). They
will be happy to collect memberships, which have
remained at $20 per person.
A vote of thanks and acknowledgement was given
to Adrian Hughes and Sue Hank for their tme on the
commitee, and they did not seek re-electon.
Congratulatons to the District Council of Loxton
Waikerie for the announcement that Waikerie was
the recipient of the Regional Award for the Murray
region at the KESAB Sustainable Communites Awards
night held in Adelaide on Friday.
An award like this just doesn't happen -- it has
been a project that the dedicated commitee has
been working on from the previous year onwards,
and we thank that commitee for its commitment to
Members of the community who attended a
local screening of documentary The Ride, like me,
wondered why there were so few people there.
The publicity was everywhere, and it was a very
powerful and inspiring documentary.
We had the pleasure of meetng Sandra Cook, the
producer and director of The Ride, and Jim Cairns, one
of the four paraplegic and quadriplegic men whose
stories were told.
The film included a wedding near Ayers Rock
– from mud, sludge, and dust-covered clothing to
formal dinner suits, then oﬀ again into the bush.
With the strength that it took them to go back to
the places where their accidents happened, afer so
many years, the ﬁlm was quite emotonal.
The DVD is available online (theridemovie.org)
and is well worth having by organisatons, groups
More informaton is also available on the Facebook
Thinking back, it could be that reservatons were
to be made online. However, I had oﬀered to order
for those who did not have access to a computer.
Thank you to those who have sent messages to me
regarding the Brand SA night, which was held at the
Waikerie Hotel on the evening of Tuesday, October 21.
I congratulate and thank the Waikerie Hotel and
management for an excellent night, and thank my
family and friends who were there with me.
I dedicated my award to my family and the
community that I live in.
Waikerie is my life, and I am proud and privileged
to be living here.
The comments from many of those who were
representng other regional areas have said that, as
they had atended this event several tmes, they could
say the presentaton at Waikerie was one of the best.
It was a privilege to share Saturday with some
members of the Webber clan.
There was an enthusiastc group who returned to
share the day together, and many stories were told
of earlier days.
It was like a cousin reunion, and there were
the nieces and nephews of Doreen Oto and Keith
We were able to honour and share the day with
‘Aunte Doreen’ and ‘Uncle Keith’, both long-term
citzens of Waikerie. They are the children of Ern and
Hilda Webber, who came here for a beter life for their
family in 1915.
Ern Webber was a stonemason who built many of
the stll-standing buildings that were built with stone
from the renowned Waikerie quarries.
Thanks to Darrin and the team at Waikerie Meat
and Poultry for not only the great service but also the
quote for the day to read.
Have you stopped and read it? If not, do it today.
Take the time to call in at the Temporary Art
Gallery and have a chat to Paul and Nadia at the
former Retravision store.
They will be pleased to met you and tell you of
We have been sent our nominaton forms for
council elections. Take the time to reply to that
invitaton by ﬁlling out the forms and returning them
by the due date.
Thought for the week... Do not wait – the tme
will never be just right. Start where you stand, and
work with whatever you may have at your command,
and beter tools will be found as you go along.
Roo statue retaliation
IN reference to the story in The River
News ('Steering committee sought for Roo
statue', 22/10/14), I would like to express
my objection to the construction of the
Mark Ricciuto statue at Waikerie.
No, no, no. What a total waste of
Seriously, $140,000 wasted on a statue
that will not, in reality, generate anything
for the town -- now or in the future.
In a time when the shops are closing
down left right and centre, in my opinion,
the $140,000 would be better invested in
projects that help the region -- like the
Waikerie Caravan Park, the backbone of
the local economy.
In the past, when the Waikerie Caravan
Park was bursting at the seams, so was the
town of Waikerie.
Without the tourists walking past
the front doors of local businesses, local
businesses will not have a future, and will
close down one by one.
Rest in peace Retravision, Dean's
World Toys, the Waikerie video store,
Encore Secondhand, the Waikerie pizza
We really should not be wasting money
on individual achievements.
Personal milestones are achieved
and do not necessarily benefit the local
economy through the placing of an
There are much better projects that
will help the local economy well into the
In another 10 to 20 years, people will
be saying: "Mark who?"
But, in another 10 to 20 years, Waikerie
will be shaped by people who make smart
I have to ask the questions:
Why is it that a Mildura man is leading
the development of the Mark Ricciuto
statue in Waikerie?
And also, is it a coincidence that
the sculptor who did the Makybe Diva
statue's hometown is Port Lincoln (the
same town that Mark Ricciuto is now
Maybe put the Mark Ricciuto statue
in Port Lincoln and let them pay for it.
The idea of a Mark Ricciuto statue
does not benefit the most fundamental
industry of the Riverland -- the fruit
As a kid, I remember one of the main
attractions was to visit the 'big orange'.
What a great loss to the region that this
Riverland icon is not utilised.
If you can move a transportable house
for $20,000, I am sure you could move the
'big orange' for a similar cost to get it to
Waikerie. It could sell local produce and
all types of Waikerie souvenirs.
Do not get me wrong. All our local
sporting representatives need to be
recognised and remembered, but in
writing in the historical building's
Like most husbands, the above is a
representative of my own opinion, and
does not necessarily reflect the opinion
of my wife.
Well done, Waikerie
LAST week I was fortunate enough to
attend two brilliant functions in Waikerie,
of which we should all be proud.
The Brand SA regional Awards
presentation at the Waikerie Hotel, which
has a truly professional venue and staff.
Also Waikerie Lutheran Primary
School hosted its wine and food festival,
which was organised and catered for
completely by volunteers.
Well done to all involved with both
December 16, 1971
First glider ﬂight for Premier
SOUTH Australian Premier Don Dunstan with pilot Bob Martin ready to take off on a quick circuit of
Waikerie. The Premier said he enjoyed his first glider flight.
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