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Are you well connected in your community,
have strong leadership skills and a drive to
improve natural resources management in
your region? Do you want to become part
of a dynamic and strategic team?
Across South Australia eight regional
NRM boards established under the Natural
Resources Management Act 2004 have up
to nine community members, including a
Presiding Member, that are responsible for
taking an active role in natural resources
management, preparing and implementing
a natural resources management plan
for their region and connecting regional
communities to decision making on the
management of our natural resources.
For further information on board membership
or to obtain an application form please visit the
following website www.environment.sa.gov.au/
vacancies. Alternatively, you may contact
Mica Balela on telephone (08) 8463 6860 or
by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications close on Friday 5 December 2014.
Meet the Riverland NRM Group's newest
member---Mike Arnold, a recipient of the
Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM).
Mike is past chairman and life member of
Waikerie Agricultural Bureau, and present
chairman of Auscitrus, the importation
committee for new varieties of citrus
A citrus grower for 60 years, he and his family
also have a dryland farm running meat sheep.
Mike has led many overseas tour groups to world
citrus conferences, seeing most of the large citrus
growing areas of the world. He received the
Les Baker Award for service to the citrus industry
A volunteer fireman, Mike served on the SA
Country Fire Service Board for eight years, as
captain of Waikerie Brigade for 50 years, and is
currently group officer for Mid Murray Group.
He was officer in charge of the Berri Winery fire
in 1974, and was deployed to the Sydney fires in
2000 as a strike team leader.
The Arnold family have been members of the
Loxton Show Society for more than 30 years,
with Mike serving as convener of the citrus
section; Mike's son and grandchildren are now
involved. Mike's grandfather Captain JG Arnold
was the first life member. The Arnold family
are involved with the citrus section at the Royal
Adelaide Show and have won trophies over the
years. Mike is a member of the Riverland Vintage
and Classic car club and Waikerie and Districts
Machinery Preservation Society.
The Riverland Natural Resources Management
(NRM) Group assists community to become
involved in natural resources management
activities. The group also provides advice to
the SAMDB NRM Board about local NRM issues
Natural Resources Management
(NRM) is caring for our land, water,
plants and animals -- balancing
people's needs with those
Lynn Schmaal, Administration Officer
PO Box 1374, Berri SA 5343
Phone: (08) 8580 1801
Fax: (08) 8582 4488
THE local council has postponed
construction of a pedestrian crossing on
McCoy Street, Waikerie, ahead of a planned
central business district revitalisation.
The District Council of Loxton Waikerie
(DCLW) set aside $50,000 in its 2014/15 budget to
come up with a concept plan for the CBD project.
Grant funding is being sought for another
$50,000 to complete the plan, which is set to
be developed in consultation with the local
However, council had already committed to a
pedestrian crossing on Waikerie's main street as
part of its 2013/14 community access upgrades.
DCLW chief executive officer Peter Ackland
said the crossing had been postponed in case
the CBD revitalisation involved changes to the
"We've put it off, pending the CBD
revitalisation," he said.
Mr Ackland said the CBD project's
consultation had also been delayed while
council focused on the issues surrounding
Waikerie Caravan Park's expected closure in
June 2015, and the need to secure a replacement
"Early (next year) we'll be looking to advance
the discussion regarding the revitalisation," he
said. "Whatever comes out of or results from
the revitalisation plans that the community
will speak about may involve all or some of
"We've essentially said we don't want to go
ahead and spend money on a crossing that may
or may not be in that position (in) the plans."
of a pedestrian
the town's central
However, the latter
is also on hold.
CADELL landholders now
have more options after the
Mid Murray Council made
amendments to its development
Locals can use their property for
various horticultural purposes in
light of the recent amendments.
Mid Murray Council development
services manager Geoff Parsons
said the adjustment would benefit
"There were a few changes to
zoning that basically provides better
flexibility for land division and the
construction of dwellings," he said.
"The change in the plan will
allow people who have skills as a
plumber or other trades to have a
small worksite on the land."
Mr Parsons said the amendments
completed the Cadell Revitalisation
Project, which aimed to provide fur-
ther options for landholders.
"The main point of the project
was to try and get landholders to
understand their options," he said.
"That stage has finished, but
council will remain available for
people to discuss any development
they may possibly want to under-
"The initial stage of the project
was research by a horticultural
consultant on behalf of Regional
Development Australia to find out
what issues were facing Cadell."
Mr Parsons said several factors
contributed to the problems facing
"One of the major issues was
limited chances for growth in terms
of both horticultural opportunities
and residential/rural living develop-
ment," he said.
"The drought definitely contrib-
uted to this, along with restrictions
on water allocations.
"With the amendments to the de-
velopment plan and the revitalisation
project helped to provide landholders
"All landholders were heavily
restricted with what they could do
with their land.
"The new planning policies
have given opportunities to further
expand horticultural developments
or to construct dwellings.
"So really we just provided op-
portunities for landholders to expand
and grow and to realise their future
Landholders wishing to discuss
the development plan can contact
council's planning department on
8564 6020 or via email (postbox@mid-
Local cadets stay strong
army cadet program
is maintaining a
base, despite the
struggles faced by
the Riverland's only
The Berri Army
Cadets program had
to close recently after
facing a lack of volun-
teers, but recommenced
parading last month.
Cadets captain Sonia
Wyld said her unit was
going strong and cur-
rently had nine pro-
Mrs Wyld has been
a member for six years
-- ever since her daugh-
ter, Kaisha, decided to
Cadets is a premier
youth organisation in
the country," she said.
"We don't train child
soldiers, we teach skills
to youths that they will
use for the rest of their
"My eldest daughter
joined the cadets and
it has been fantastic
for her and gave her
a much-needed confi-
Mrs Wyld said her
group helped train staff
to revive the Berri unit.
The Waikerie unit
meets weekly on
Monday night at the
Waikerie Returned and
Services League (RSL)
clubrooms, and par-
ticipates in community
fundraisers and events.
"(It) is a safe pro-
gram, and children
learn leadership and
team building skills,"
"We have a zero tol-
erance of bullying...
"The future is huge
for kids who go through
"If they want to join
the army, it is totally
great avenue for youths
who want to have a
career in the defence
Mrs Wyld said the
unit was always wel-
coming of newcomers.
"We would certainly
love more members,"
she said. "We haven't
gone much below nine,
but more would be fan-
To be eligible to join
Waikerie Army Cadets,
children need to be
turning 13 in the calen-
For more informa-
tion, contact Sonia
Wyld on 0439 086 363.
WAIKERIE Army Cadets on a recent field exercise.
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