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Tim Whetstone MP
Tim Whetstone MP
Member for Chaffey
phone: (08) 8582 4230
fax: (08) 8582 4231
PO Box 959 Berri SA 5343
Well done Waikerie!
It was another great e ort by the Waikerie
and surrounding community at this year's
KESAB Sustainable Communities Awards.
e town took home Best Community in the
Murray region and the Recyclers Award. ese
fantastic awards recognise the community's
commitment to projects within the town
including the RV dump point and rest area,
Pioneer Park and the shared shed facility. I also
note the judges' comments on the impressive
programs and facilities at schools in the town.
Well done to all involved!
Riverland and Mallee shines at regional awards
Congratulations to the winners of the 2014
South Australian Regional Awards for the
Murraylands and Riverland region held at
the Waikerie Hotel Motel recently. It was a
pleasure to present an award on the night
and to also see the infectious enthusiasm and
drive of those acknowledged. Well done to the
Riverland Youth eatre, Glenview Poultry
Farm, Almondco Australia, Gwen Webber
OAM, 919 Wines and Meg Gillespie, who
all won awards on the night. ere were also
a number of deserving nalists amongst the
record 383 nominations.
Excelling in language and culture
Nominations are open for the Award
for Excellence in Languages and Culture,
recognising commitment to a multicultural
Australia and a high degree of competence
in more than one language and culture.
Nominations close on Friday, 28
November 2014 and forms are available
at the Cha ey Electorate O ce in Berri.
For more information about the awards,
contact the Australia Day Council o ce on
(08) 8463 5436.
Celebrating the contribution of women in
An award to acknowledge the outstanding
contribution of women in the community is
open for nominations until 5 December 2014.
Forms are available at the Cha ey Electorate
O ce in Berri. For more information about
the awards, contact the Australia Day Council
o ce on (08) 8463 5436.
Road safety a top priority
Riverland and Mallee residents are being
encouraged to apply to the Residents Win road
safety grants program which aims to support
local road safety projects in partnership with
schools, councils and community groups.
e evaluation criteria will prioritise projects
that t the following objectives: delivers road
safety outcomes, reduces tra c volumes,
reduces vehicle speeds and reduces dangerous
and inappropriate behaviour. For further
information or to submit an Expression of
Interest via the online application form visit
Regional business growth
Businesses in the Riverland and Mallee
are invited to a end Business SA's Regional
Connection event series to be held at the
Loxton Hotel from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on 12
November 2014. Business SA CEO Nigel
McBride will be present to speak of the issues
and opportunities for the regional business
community. For more information about
this free event or to register online, visit
ERROL MATSCHOSS MOTORS
Errol Matschoss Motors
10 Ian Oliver Drive, Waikerie PH: 8541 2055
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"I was really impressed by
the first-class quality of the
accommodation we saw," he
Mr Sharley said his
organisation would be
amending its tourism strategy
to incorporate shack rentals as
one of its focuses.
"We didn't know there was
an inventory like the one Dave
and Wendy have," he said.
"When you've got a single
organisation that's managing
that, I think it's much easier
for the consumer to actually
find something that's tailored
to their needs.
"This provides more
consistency in the way in
which that type of holiday
experience is provided."
Mr Sharley said he was
glad to hear that the Hartleys
planned on ramping up their
marketing efforts in the near
future, as this could bring in
more tourism to the region.
Over the past eight years,
River Shack Rentals has
managed more than 5000
bookings, bringing more than
20,000 visitors to the Murray
River in South Australia.
Mr Hartley said the past
couple of years had "gone
nuts", with more and more
shack owners approaching
the business to rent out their
holiday homes for them.
"A lot of people are starting
to want to get returns on their
properties," he said.
"We've got some real basic
shacks... right up to absolute
For more information,
com.au or phone Wendy
Hartley on 0447 263 549.
Tourism reps visit best of Riverland West shack rentals
is securing its place as
the Riverland's newest
functions destination after
proving it has the facilities
to cater for hundreds of
Brand SA's South
Australian Regional Awards
on Tuesday, October 21, saw
most of the venue booked out
to accommodate an audience
of more than 200 people.
Hotel manager Andrew
Tyson said he hoped the
various "movers and shakers"
who attended the presentation
dinner would help spread
the word about the venue's
Mr Tyson said the night
had been a showcase of South
Australian products, including
Caudo Sangria and desserts
by Sammi-Jo Sweet Creations
using Riverland almonds and
"It was well catered for,"
"We had nothing but rave
reviews from people who were
just absolutely amazed by it
Mr Tyson said the awards
night had been the largest
function held at the hotel
since the completion of its
refurbishment in December
"We've had large billings,
but not as large as this," he
"The staff were all very
excited about the event...
"The feedback on the
staff service was absolutely
Mr Tyson said eight kitchen
staff and eight waitresses
had 210 meals out in just 28
minutes, while another four
staff members manned the bar
and served drinks to tables.
"The planning of this had
been six months out," he said.
"Brand SA was over
the moon with the way the
"We made their life easier
Mr Tyson said the hotel's
next big function would
be a dinner for about 200
participants of the Novita
Children's Services Mighty
River Run (November 16-21) on
Tuesday, November 18 -- along
with a breakfast the following
d a y.He said a local woman had
also booked the venue for her
"I've always known that
we've had to go down this
track," Mr Tyson said.
"It's all about
professionalism and being
able to service large events."
Mr Tyson said further
bookings -- including
conferences and Christmas
functions -- would mean
more money coming into the
"The hotel is performing
very well financially," he said.
"We have a top-of-the line
product at this stage."
Hotel's function frenzy
ABOVE: Tables set up for the South Australian Regional Awards
held on Tuesday, October 21. BELOW: Riverlander Georgette
Berry performed on the night, which included presentations via
audio and visual equipment supplied by the hotel.
KITCHEN staff catering for more than 200 guests at the Waikerie Hotel last month included (from left) Greg Hoffmann, Psan Dias,
Steven Shiers, Nandun Gamage, Chris Bruno and Kirsten Perry.
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