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Step closer for walking trail
LOCAL residents were asked to
share their opinions on the proposed
Murraylands River Recreation Trail
following the release of a feasibility
Public consultation is currently under
way on the preliminary design for the
walking and cycling trail, which will span
400km from Morgan to Murray Bridge and
end at Salt Creek.
Work on the project began in 2013, with
funding from the Office for Recreation and
Sport, the Obesity Prevention and Lifestyle
Program (OPAL), the Mid Murray and
Coorong District councils and the Rural City
of Murray Bridge.
A preliminary route along the river
has been developed, and maps of the route
within each council district can be accessed
Mid Murray Council chief executive
officer Russell Peate said the consultation
process was vital to the project's success.
"This trail project supports all three
councils in their commitment to creating
environments which support physical
activity," he said.
"It also promotes the rich beauty of the
River Murray and Coorong region.
"However, the only way a project of
such magnitude will succeed is to ensure
we gather local knowledge to help form a
consensus on a preferred trail alignment
and give it local ownership."
Coorong District Council CEO Vincent
Cammell said the final plan would be
finalised next year.
"We want to ensure all community
members have had their chance to input
into the route during the consultation
period," he said.
"This way we can hit the ground running
as soon as the final report is delivered next
year, and we can begin to source funding for
potential construction activities."
Rural City of Murray Bridge CEO
Peter Bond said the trail concept was a
collaborative effort between the councils.
"This is a long-term project which, once
complete, will attract local, state, national
and international interest to our region,"
"It is vitally important that we capture
local knowledge in the initial stages of the
Feedback on the study closed on Monday.
'Seedy' dealings for
local pumpkin comp
NOW is the time
to plant seeds for
entries into the fifth
annual Murray River
Competition, to be
held as part of next
year's Cadell Harvest
the world record for
heaviest pumpkin last
month, taking it from
the US with a gourd of
With the right
Cadell Harvest Festival
entrants could stand a
chance at beating this
Free seeds are
curently available at
various regional outlets
-- including the River
News office on Peake
Terrace, Waikerie, along
with Think Water, Cadell
Hardware, the Morgan
service station, the
Sedan post office and
Walker Flat General
source their own seeds,
but we like to give
everyone a chance to see
these amazing giants
take shape in their
backyards," said Cadell
Community and Tourist
Seeds can also be
sourced through event
Myers on 0428 518 944.
"Planting your seed
in a disposable cup or
similar is a good way to
start off your seed and
monitor the seedling,"
Mr Myers said. "It's
essential you plant the
young seedling into the
ground when it has four
leaves --- don't leave it
any longer to plant."
This year's pumpkin
competition winner --
first-time grower Ashley
Beal, of Cooltong -- had
an entry weighing
The heaviest entry
was Damien Oliver's
394kg gourd in 2011.
The 2015 Cadell
Harvest Festival and
Murray River Giant
will be held on Easter
Saturday at the Cadell
information, visit: www.
as part of
Third time around for Bowey
AFTER losing more than 70kg
two years ago, Cadell man Brian
Bowey is now preparing to ride in
his third Bupa Challenge Tour to
raise money for the Cancer Council.
Mr Bowey has raised more
than $9000 in the past two years of
participating in the ride, which sees
cyclists travel the same route as the
Tour Down Under.
Mr Bowey said the ride helped him
change his life.
"I decided I needed to do something
for myself," he said.
"I needed to get my life back on
"I decided this would be something
I wanted to do, so I went to register and
realised I had a choice to do it for the
Mr Bowey, 49, said the community
has supported him with his
"The community has been fantastic,"
"This will be my third race, and I
am hoping to keep going until I am 60."
Mr Bowey is also a Cancer Council
ambassador and attends public events
to spread the charity's message.
To prepare for the ride, Mr Bowey
trains six days and rides between 280km
to 300km a week.
He said he wanted to continue raising
awareness and money to support people
who had been affected by cancer.
"The main reason I began
fundraising was to encourage people
to realise how lucky they are," he said.
"I've lost friends and I've seen
friends lose friends to cancer, and I want
to encourage people to to stay positive."
Mr Bowey has started
fundraising for next year's ride, and
locals can donate online (http://
BrianBowey2015) or in person.
Donation tins and raffle books
are located at Waikerie Garden and
Landscape Centre, McCoy Menswear,
Walk on Water, Waikerie Hotel bottle
shop, Waikerie Meat and Poultry, Cave
of Wonders, Lochert Bros and the River
Raffle prizes include a houseboat
'fun day', vintage car tour and a black-
and-white park framed print.
Mr Bowey is also celebrating his
50th birthday at the Waikerie Club on
Saturday and, in lieu of presents, he
is encouraging attendees to make a
donation to his cause.
He will ride the 151km from Glenelg
to Mount Barker with his brother
Jeffrey in January.
CADELL cyclist Brian Bowey is preparing to ride in his third Bupa
Challenge Tour to raise money for the Cancer Council in January.
PHOTO: Kyla Goodfellow
Ferry will be closed
today from 9am to 12
The Department of
(DPTI) advises the
interruption will allow
it to conduct routine
maintenance on the
Murray crossings are
Upstream at the
Cadell Ferry (about
12km from Morgan).
the Blanchetown Bridge
(about 40km from
DPTI has notified
and a spokesperson
thanked ferry users for
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