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WAIKERIE man Jack Kay has missed out
on winning the Vocational Student of the
Year at the Australian Training Awards held
in Adelaide on Friday.
Mr Kay won the Proteus Leadership Centres
Vocational Student of the Year at the South
Australian Training Awards in September.
This put him in the running for a national
However, Rachel Dudok, of Queensland, won
the category at last week’s awards ceremony.
No national nod
THE Country Fire Service attended to flooding at
McKay’s Auto Centre last Thursday.
PHOTO: Ryneisha Bollard
Downpour of 23mm
HEAVY rains and wind
caused flood damage to many
local homes and businesses last
A Waikerie Country Fire Service
(CFS) crew was called to McKay’s
Auto Centre after water flooded half
of its showroom, offices and work-
Co-owner Linda McKay said the
damage was extensive.
“The ceilings are stained with
water,” she said. “It just gushed
through our building.
“Two of the pits had water in
them and right through the work-
shop and spare parts.”
According to the Bureau of Meteo-
rology, 23.2mm of rain was recorded
at Morgan in the 24 hours before 9am
Mid Murray CFS group officer
Graeme Ward said crews were called
out to a number of local homes.
“The gutters just couldn’t handle
the amount of water,” he said.
“There was a bit of flood damage
around, but it was not serious.”
COUNTRY Fire Service crews are
continuing to monitor a scrub fire that
ignited at Paisley on Thursday, November
Mid Murray CFS group officer Graeme
Ward said crews from Waikerie, Cadell and
Blanchetown were again called to the scene last
“There were trees that were still burning
that were falling over in the wind,” he said.
“That caused a bit of work and Blanchet-
own haven’t had the rain Waikerie had recent-
ly, so a few trees were still burning.
“There is nobody on scene all the time, but
we are monitoring it.”
Paisley fire continues
WAIKERIE Primary School library support officer Cheryl Seabrook with more than 1000 water-damaged books. PHOTO: Jayme Koch
Rain ruins more than 1000 books
MORE than a 1000 books
have been damaged at the
Waikerie Primary School
library after the building’s
gutters overflowed during
a recent storm.
According to the Bureau
of Meteorology, 30mm of
rain was recorded at Glue-
pot Reserve before 9am on
Sunday, November 16. Library
school support officer Cheryl
Seabrook said the incident
left younger students without
books to borrow.
“Many of the books that
were affected were picture
and early fictional books, so
many students in reception to
year two have limited options
of books to borrow,” she said.
“We are going through the
process now to try and claim
the books through insurance.
“It’s really disappointing
to see these books damaged,
and most books won’t be able
to be used again.
“The rain came in so heav-
ily the gutters overflowed and
leaked through the roof.”
The school is hoping to
have the books replaced by
early next year, and anyone
interested in helping to cover
the replaced books is encour-
aged to contact the school.
Downpour of 23mm
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