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A PROGRAM seeking to support existing
and potential new small businesses will hold
a session at the Waikerie this Friday.
The Made in the Riverland workshops began
in Renmark on Thursday, October 23, and will
continue at the old Target Country store tomorrow
However, after a lack of Waikerie attendees
at last month's gathering, organisers Renewal
SA have agreed to visit the town and provide a
shortened version of the program.
District Council of Loxton Waikerie chief
executive officer Peter Ackland was at the recent
workshop and said it attracted a "fantastic" turnout
of more than 80 Riverlanders.
Mr Ackland said the energy in the room was
"unbelievable", and businesspeople were already
working together on new projects.
"It's a real opportunity for the region to get
firsthand linkages with other people," he said.
"There was a good cross section of business
owners and potential business owners."
Renewal SA representatives are on hand to
provide industry knowledge and other resources
throughout each gathering.
Mr Ackland encouraged locals to attend both
tomorrow's session and the Friday workshop, as
the Renmark gatherings provided the full benefit.
"Friday is an opportunity for Waikerie to hear
firsthand from one of the key presenters," he said.
"It will hopefully encourage businesspeople to
be part of the facilitated workshops.
"You don't have to attend the first one to attend
the other ones."
Mr Ackland said council may even provide
transport from Waikerie to the final session at
Renmark on Friday, November 14, at 5pm.
"It really depends on the level of interest that
can be shown by the community," he said.
Illalangi's Keryn Gorman said she was
disappointed that she was one of only two Waikerie
business owners at last month's workshop.
Ms Gorman said she had appreciated the chance
to share ideas with like-minded Riverlanders.
"It was great to be around some very positive
people and talk about opportunities," she said.
"Everyone talked about challenges, of course,
but it was about identifying those challenges and
facing them head on."
Ms Gorman encouraged fellow locals to attend
tomorrow's workshop at Renmark, along with the
condensed version at the Waikerie Hotel this Friday
"We are mad as businesses if we don't look at
seeing what's out there," she said.
For more information, visit the website (www.
Alternatively, find Made in the Riverland on
Facebook or contact the Riverland West Chamber
of Commerce on 0499 097 240.
FIVE Country Fire Service
(CFS) crews fought a blaze that
burned 90ha of scrub between
Taylorville and Overland
Lightning strikes ignited the fire
on Sunday, October 26.
Mid Murray CFS group officer
Graeme Ward said the blaze caused
"Crews were out all afternoon
and night fighting the fire," he said.
"Monday morning was quite
cool, so the fire wasn't noticed until
about lunch time.
"The local landowners were
helpful in assisting with the fire, and
allowed us to use their machinery."
Crews from Waikerie, Cadell,
Barmera, Monash and Glossop
assisted with the blaze, along with
firefighters from the Department of
Environment, Water and Natural
Mr Ward said locals should begin
preparations for the fire danger
season, which starts on Saturday,
"I would firstly encourage
people to be aware of their
surroundings," he said. "People
need to do the right thing at home
and (be) ready for an emergency.
"To be safe this fire danger
season, people should be aware
of where they are and what is
happening around them, because it
is very easy to get caught in a fire."
ABOVE: Country Fire Service (CFS) crews, with assistance
from a bulldozer, gain entry to the site of a 90ha scrub fire near
Overland Corner last month. LEFT: A CFS volunteer attends
to a controlled burnoff conducted at a property on Blake Road,
Waikerie, on Sunday.
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