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Let down and embarrassed
ONLY a short time ago, Australia was
leading the way in the world when it came to
addressing the reduction of carbon pollution.
Now we are being left behind and giving
other countries excuses to do nothing.
I feel extremely let down and embarrassed
by the backward approach from our politicians
on this critical issue.
Here in South Australia's arid conditions,
the two most important challenges we face are
climate change and water security, and they
are both intrinsically linked.
If climate change is not addressed, it will
cost us dearly -- economically, socially and
I wonder what the personal views of our
politicians are. Do they care about the young
people in their lives and the legacy they are
We need leadership from our politicians
so that we can build on our clean energy tech-
nologies, and we require a price on carbon. It
is the only way forward.
The Liberal Party may have won the previ-
ous federal election based on axing a tax, but I
predict that the next federal party to be elected
will win because of what they are doing to pro-
tect ours and our children's future.
I urge them to put climate change on their
agenda. It is firmly on mine (#OnMyAgenda).
Good Hope Landing
Waikerie over 50s news
MEMBERS are reminded to get their names
down ASAP for the Christmas dinner to be
held at the Senior Citizens Hall on Tuesday,
Those attending are to be at the hall by
11.30am for carol singing until the Christmas
dinner is delivered by the Waikerie Cafe.
We all look forward to this delicious meal.
On the third Tuesday of each month we
have a fun bingo with sweets, etc. as prizes.
The other Tuesdays are normal games of
cards, carpet bowls and pool.
There are other board games and darts that
can be played.
Some like to just sit and have a chat, and
one member brings along her knitting.
There are no rules as to what you can do.
So, if you are over 50, why not come along
and enjoy others' company.
Games start at 1.30pm, and the hall is open
from around 1pm.
We would love to see you there, and you are
all most welcome.
Please note there is no meeting of the
senior citizens if the forecast temperature is
38C or over.
The Waikerie over 50s wish all a very merry
Christmas and a safe and happy new year.
CWA branch update
AT the meeting held on Friday, November
14, new member Margaret Hand was welcomed.
We hope you will enjoy the Country Wom-
en's Association (CWA).
It was decided to close the drop-in day on
Wednesday, December 17, and begin again on
The drop-in days have been a great success,
with quite a few ladies coming along each
week, bringing their lunch and staying all day
while others just come from 10am and go home
There is always coffee and tea available
with something to eat for a gold-coin donation
for the day.
We hope to see you all again next year.
Members have accepted the kind invita-
tion of the Cadell members to join them at the
Cadell Club on Wednesday, December 10, for a
Christmas evening meal.
There are three cars available for trans-
port. We are to leave the Waikerie CWA Hall
Members are busy organising a float for
this year's Christmas pageant.
Members received the SACWA calendars
they had ordered on Friday with the photo of
the Riverland group taken at Glen and Marga-
ret Hampel's property earlier this year.
It is a calendar for 2015/2016, with the Riv-
erland photo on August 2016.
The Waikerie branch of the SACWA wishes
all a very merry Christmas and a safe and
happy new year.
BANROCK Wine and
Wetland Centre hosted
an event as part of the
#OnMyAgenda global climate
campaign last Thursday.
With the support of the Aus-
tralian Conservation Foundation,
attendees called on the Federal
Government to put climate change
action on their agenda.
Local supporter Liz Frankel
said that, leading up to the G20
talks (November 15-16) in Bris-
bane, hundreds of community
groups and thousands of individu-
als across the country had sent
their personal messages empha-
sising that the world is moving
forward and the Government is
not doing its fair share.
Mrs Frankel, of Good Hope
Landing, said communities, in-
stitutions and businesses across
Australia had already shown
leadership in addressing this
challenge and would continue to
do so in spite of inaction.
"We asked Riverland people
who are concerned about climate
change to attend an informal
gathering at Banrock Station on
Thursday afternoon," she said.
"We got together and discussed
our concerns, and we viewed a
short film from the Climate Real-
"The response to this gathering
has been really quite amazing.
"We were really pleased with
the roll-up, and we had an addi-
tional 90 local people apologise
for not being able to be there, but
they offered encouragement and
have expressed a desire to be kept
informed about this important
"The unanimous consensus
from the group was that world
leaders owe it to families, local
farmers and businesses to priori-
tise cutting pollution and harness-
ing clean energy.
"As global citizens, climate
change is clearly on our agenda.
"We're calling on our political
leaders to put it on theirs."
Climate change gathering at Banrock
ATTENDEES of a climate change action event at Banrock Station last Thursday included (from left) Elizabeth
Lescheid, of Mundic Creek, Nicole Jachmann from Regional Development Australia Murraylands and Riverland,
Nicole Hahn, of Waikerie, Peter Freeman, of Kingston-On-Murray, Karen Bishop from Riverland West Landcare,
Jan Freeman, of Kingston-On-Murray, Loxton Waikerie councillor Trevor Norton, Keryn Gorman, of Waikerie,
Lorraine Marter, of Renmark, Berri Barmera councillor Lincoln Gore, Deb Morley, of Waikerie, and Terry Marter,
A LARGE crowd of people gathered
at the Waikerie Memorial Gardens for a
Remembrance Day service on Tuesday,
The service, conducted by Waikerie Returned
and Services League (RSL) sub-branch vice presi-
dent Bill Robinson, honoured soldiers who have
lost their lives or suffered from the effects of war.
Mr Robinson said it was important for locals to
commemorate fallen soldiers.
"Days like this can be very emotional," he said.
"It it a special day to honour those who have
lost their lives in war.
"It was great to see so many school children
involved in the service."
Wreaths were laid by students from the Waik-
erie primary and Lutheran schools, along with
representatives from the RSL, Legacy, Korean
South East Asia Forces Association, army cadets
and the Red Cross.
NUMBERS were strong at the Remembrance Day service at the Waikerie Memorial Gardens recently. PHOTO: Jayme Koch
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