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Waikerie tourism credentials
were given a boost, thanks to a
major Adelaide radio station.
Mix 102.3 broadcast its popular
breakfast show from the decks of
the Murray River Queen, informing
its large Adelaide audience of the
River Murray's good health in the
5 Years ago
Boat hits the airwaves
10 Years ago
After the past two attempts, the
Morgan/Cadell Football Club has
failed to hold an AGM.
Despite a town letter drop, the
last meeting attracted only six mem-
bers of the previous committee.
Club president Sally Nadebaum
asked the Morgan and Cadell com-
munities for their support.
"It is not just a case of forming a
committee, but also gaining volun-
teers to serve in positions," she said.
and netball clubs in
20 Years ago
Two Morgan district councillors,
Heather Knipe and Kym Willing, were
sacked recently after failing to lodge
an Ordinary Return by the due date.
Council's chief executive officer
Allistair Martin said the requirement
under the Local Government Act
is to have those forms returned by
Two Cadell councillors
sacked from Morgan
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THANKS to all who have sent messages to
me. It is great to be back home.
Driving into Waikerie recently, I was in awe
of the jacaranda trees and how beautiful they
were in the local streets. It made me think --
we should have a jacaranda festival weekend.
Recently I was able to give details of an
exhibition of former Waikerie resident Neil
Well, I am pleased to say the exhibition at
the Torrens Parade Combined Ex Servicemen's
Mess earlier this month was a success. Neil
sold five paintings and 70 calendars.
Since then, Neil has sold another 70 calen-
Local residents will be interested to know
that Neil and his wife Angie will be in Waikerie
on Saturday, December 20, at Viewpoint Cafe
from 10.30am until 12 noon to meet and chat
with the locals.
Neil will have the 2015 Vietnam Series cal-
endars for sale to those who would like to see
the project he embarked upon, with proceeds
going to one of his charity projects.
Thanks to all who attended the closing
event for the Temporary Art Gallery recently,
following the month of local interest with a
diverse range of art co-ordinated by Paul Gaz-
zola and Nadia Cusimano.
From the comments given to me, it must
have been an interesting and entertaining
Well done, Waikerie residents, for your
Being home again, I can sense a feeling of
optimism within the community.
This week it is the Waikerie Lions Commu-
nity Christmas Pageant.
We thank those dedicated members for
their ongoing commitment to co-ordinate this
very popular event leading up to the Christ-
mas season, and we thank those community
members and businesses who enter the
colourful floats that create the magic of it all.
Yes, the Waikerie Lions Community
Christmas Pageant heralds the opening of the
Waikerie Santa's Cave display, and what more
can I say about that than: "Yes!"
Christmas has come to the Riverland now
that Santa is in residence until Christmas Eve
for this most remarkable, award-winning
event -- the Waikerie Santa's Cave, which
so many years ago was started by so few
residents. They created an event that is almost
We acknowledge the commitment to the
members and support teams of the present
committee and thank them for this ongoing
event in our Riverland region.
Family, friends and the community to-
gether celebrated with thanks for the life of
Betty Andrew, who passed away recently.
Like many families within our community,
our family had the privilege of Betty teaching
two generations of students during her teach-
ing life at the Waikerie High School.
As the year 12 students have completed
their studies and exams, our thoughts are with
them as they await the all important results
and ponder their future.
We trust that their chosen careers are now
on the pathways for their journey, and that
each find inspiration, satisfaction and fulfil-
As we celebrate the festive season with
end-of-year lunches, dinners and activities,
our thoughts are with those who are not
having the best of health, and we send our
best wishes to them.
Thought for the week... We might ask our-
selves: "What kind of vessel am I?."
Maybe the pot that holds a plant, its roots
growing deep in the soil that produces the
beauty above in a flowering bloom.
Or a cup to hold the tea of friendship.
Or a pitcher from which flows the words of
wisdom and encouragement.
Not what Mandela had in mind
The River News article ('Roo statue commit-
tee formed', 19/12/14) -- in which Bob Utber, of
Mildura, supports the erection of a bronze statue
of Mark Ricciuto -- raises some interesting issues.
While Mark is a local man with outstanding
football skills, and a good man who has helped
put Waikerie on the map, I wonder if he may feel
a little embarrassed at this proposition, especially
in view of the economic situation here in Waikerie
The estimated cost of $140,000 -- which Mr Utber
feels confident could be provided by corporate/
external funding (and the donors would no doubt
require some recognition) -- could surely be used
in a more practical way to support our community.
For example, upgrading our aged swimming
pool which supports health, fitness and enjoyment
for both young and old. Or a hydrotherapy pool,
town promotion, etc.
Why not an annual jacaranda festival to display
the beauty of our area at this time of the year?
It is my understanding that there would be no
financial input from council.
We are "Waikerie, the gateway to the Riverland"
and we need tourists and visitors to our area, but I
don't think Waikerie will turn into Mecca and have
tourists flocking off the highway to see a statue.
The Loxton Waikerie Council's upgrading of
the town centre will help.
Our best promotion is each one of us selling
the town -- our environment, being two hours from
Adelaide, our beautiful river front and the friendly,
helpful business people -- and ensuring that we are
featured in all tourism material.
The Loxton Waikerie Council is committed to
the establishment of a caravan park, and has un-
dertaken to secure the tenure of the land, which
will support the development.
Waikerie is well known by 'grey nomads', many
of whom plan return visits to our area.
Having canvassed this proposal with at least
30 members of the community, both local and
business, the response has unanimously been one
of incredulity, and total lack of support, for this
I would suggest that when the chairman of the
steering committee is elected, that the committee
undertakes a survey to gauge if there is local sup-
port for a project which, in a few years' time, will
have little significance for the general public.
Mr Utber, in summarising his argument against
community criticism of the project, quotes Nelson
Mandela: "It always seems impossible until it's
I think this great man did not have in mind the
erection of a football-linked statue when he penned
Nan Mackereth, Waikerie
Lions' right to refuse auction items
WE would like to advise our Lions auction
customers that, because of the large quantity of
unsaleable goods being delivered, we now reserve
the right to refuse to accept any goods we con-
sider to be unsaleable.
Ray Duffield, Secretary, Waikerie Lions Club
Remembrance Day thanks from RSL
THE committee of the Waikerie RSL would like
to take this opportunity to thank our members and
guests for their attendance at the Remembrance
Day service on Tuesday, November 11.
Although numbers were down on previous
years, the ceremony was well received.
Special thanks should go to the following
groups for their support: the Army Cadets, Legacy
Ladies, Bingo Ladies, Waikerie primary and high
schools and the Lutheran school.
Ray Truscott, President, Waikerie RSL
Where's the Mildura Weekly?
OVER the past five or six weeks, it is not possi-
ble to get a copy of the Mildura Weekly in Waikerie.
The paper has information on things that are
happening in Mildura, and had about four pages
of Riverland news. People that I have spoken to are
also disappointed that the paper is not available.
On asking around, I have found out the only
reason it is not in Waikerie is because they will
not come here to deliver. The last delivery point
Why should we, the people who live in Waikerie,
be penalised? It is only about 40-odd kilometres
from Barmera to here.
Shame on those who made that decision.
Kevin Datson, Waikerie
April 20, 1972
Queen's badge winners
ANNE Westlake and Robyn Smith were named Queen's Guides. The girls were set to
receive their certificates at a special ceremony at Government House in Adelaide.
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