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District Council of Loxton Waikerie
TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE
The District Council of Loxton Waikerie hereby
exercises the power pursuant to Section 33 of
the Road Traffc Act, 1961 and Clause “F” of the
Instrument of General Approval of the Minister
dated 12 March 2001 to:-
(1)Pursuant to section 33 (1) of the Road Traffc
Act 1961, hereby make an order directing
that the following schedule of roads be
closed to traffc between 5.30pm and 11.00pm
on Friday 28 November 2014 for the 2014
Waikerie Lions Club Christmas Pageant;
(2)McCoy Street between the Northern and
Southern roundabouts. The southern
carriageway of White Street from McCoy Street
to Crush Terrace. Civic Avenue from Dowling
Street to Crush Terrace. Crush Terrace from
White Street to the Southern roundabout.
Portion of the Southern roundabout including
access from Campbell Terrace, Strangman
Road and Lawrie Terrace.
(3)Note: Only McCoy Street will remain closed til
11pm. All other closures will be opened from
(4)Pursuant to Section 33 (1)(b) of the Road
Traffc Act 1961, hereby make an order
directing that persons taking part in the Event
be exempted (in relation to the roads) from
the duty to observe Australian Road Rules
230 and 238
For further information contact
Tim Tol 8584 8000
Chief Executive Offcer
PAYMENT OF WATER BILLS
CIT wishes to remind our customers that the second
quarter water bills are due for payment by Friday 28
Customers can pay either:
· by using BPay, just make the appropriate
arrangements at your Bank.
· by posting your payment to the Central Irrigation
Trust, PO Box 34, Barmera 5345. Postal payments
must be received by 5.00pm on 28 November
2014 to avoid interest. PLEASE POST A FEW
DAYS EARLIER TO ENSURE YOUR PAYMENT
ARRIVES BY THIS TIME.
· in person at the Central Irrigation Trust Offce at 4
Fowles Street, Barmera.
· by EFTPOS
Bills not paid by 28 November 2014 will incur interest
If you are unable to make payment by the 28
November 2014, please telephone
8580 7100 to make an arrangement otherwise supply
may be withheld.
OF LOXTON WAIKERIE
REQUEST FOR QUOTE
Cleaning of the Waikerie Council
Office & Library
The District Council of Loxton Waikerie is seeking
request for quotes for the contract of cleaning of the
Waikerie Council buildings which include:
Quotations will be received up until 5pm Friday 12th
Further information is available from:
www.loxtonwaikerie.sa.gov.au or by contacting
Debbie Branson on 8584 8000 or
Waikerie Council office
Waikerie Community Library
The Chief Executive Officer
PO Box 409
LOXTON SA 5333
Not so long ago, it was
common for growers and wine-
makers to express frustration at
the challenge of high exchange
rates and relatively few free trade
These circumstances were real
impediments to our competitive-
ness in international markets.
However, that landscape is
The exchange rate continues to
move slowly into more favourable
With the signing of the Chinese
FTA last week, the region's inter-
national competitiveness has had
a real boost.
Minister Andrew Robb and
his team, including our own local
member Tony Pasin, have done
great work this year.
The FTA with China, added to
those signed earlier this year with
South Korea and Japan, give real
encouragement to those with the
unenviable challenge of selling and
exporting millions upon millions
more litres of wine.
This column has often re-
marked that there is no single
'silver bullet' that will resolve the
wine industry's challenges.
Winemakers Federation chief
Paul Evans said the same thing
last week when commenting about
the FTA with China.
"These announcements are
timely, but there's no silver bullet;
there's going to be a lot of heavy
lifting by industry and in partner-
ship with government," he said.
With reference to the China
agreement, local MP Tony Pasin
said it was "an outstanding agree-
ment which will translate into
greater economic growth, more
jobs, and higher living standards
for local households and busi-
Riverland Wine members have
been doing their own share of
As was revealed recently, this
region has been prudent in terms
of its vineyard expansion, with an
increase in planted area of 3144ha
over the past 15 years.
This contrasts sharply with the
increase of plantings across other
South Australian regions, where
an additional 18,257ha have been
planted during the same period.
The Riverland is the only SA
region to have decreased its
grower population (by 200 growers)
during that period, while other SA
regions have increased the grower
population by more than 1000.
Admittedly, it is 'horses for
There may well be local jus-
tification for those increases in
hectares and vineyard enterprises.
It is not the case for this region.
To achieve high levels of com-
petitiveness through productivity
and efficiency improvements, it is
well recognised and amply demon-
strated that enterprise scale is a
critical factor for most, with some
outstanding exceptions where
producers have established niche
markets, particularly in the area of
Riverland Viticultural Technical
Group (RVTG) members met last
week to plan a number of projects
or workshops for the 2015/16
Several of last year's projects
will be continued, including trials
of new clones and root stocks and
finding the vineyard solution for the
growing gazania problem.
The RVTG, however, is keen for
growers and winemakers to have
some input around the topics and
content of extension programs that
will provide Riverland growers with
a competitive edge.
The group also considered the
most appropriate setting or format
for these extension tutorials and
There was a shared view that
shed meetings, with some key
theory and information presenta-
tions, followed by the opportunity
for some open forum and infor-
mal discussion around a barbe-
cue with a few Riverland wines,
might be a format worth trying.
The RVTG is keen to attract more
members to make the whole pro-
gram more worthwhile and to
reach more of the grower popula-
tion.An extra meeting of the RVTG
has been scheduled for December
to finalise, prioritise and prepare
the funding application.
Topics on the list for consider-
ation so far include:
Trellising and canopy man-
agement for optimum yields
Calibration for optimum
results and chemical cost man-
Robots, drones and preci-
Building a 'heavy user' base
of KY# exponents
Introducing more growers to
'webinars' and podcasts
Crop forecasting technology
Objective measures to en-
courage best practice in vineyards
(and bury decades-old objections
to the concept)
The importance of rootstock
selection for soils, climate, phyl-
loxera, nematodes and superior
If there are topics that you
would like to add to this list, please
au or phone 8584 5816.
Citrus Australia - SA Regional Wrap
NEW BOARD MEMBER
Former Australian parliamentary speaker,
Nuffield Scholar and South Australian grower
Neil Andrew will join the Citrus Australia board
after he was appointed at the company's annual
general meeting (AGM) on November 6.
Neil will complement the current board with
more than 40 years' experience in the citrus in-
dustry and extensive experience working across
both sides of government.
Speaking at the Citrus Australia AGM in Bris-
bane, Neil said he was honoured to be elected
director of Citrus Australia, and would use his
government experience to help further progress
the industry in key areas -- such as biosecurity,
market access and food labelling.
"I'm delighted to be elected a director of
Citrus Australia," he said.
"I hope to further strengthen relationships
with key influencers on both sides of parliament
and add value to key issues that are important
to the citrus industry.
"It's important to me that we continue to
provide the industry with one voice and work to
represent the best interests of all growers.
"I believe the Australian industry has a
unique offering to consumers in the Asian mar-
kets: high-quality and safe fruit.
"That's our point of difference. We can't
compete on cost, but we can compete on qual-
ity."Following the AGM, the board re-elected
Tania Chapman as Citrus Australia's chair.
Tania welcomed and congratulated Neil on
"We look forward to working with Neil in rep-
resenting the interests of our grower members
and ensuring a closer relationship at govern-
ment level," she said.
"I would also like to thank outgoing directors
Neil Offner and Michele Phillips for their tremen-
dous input and guidance over many years."
CASAR congratulates Neil on his appoint-
ment to the board and now, along with Ben Cant
(SA), has two representative board members.
We look forward to working closely with Neil
and Ben going forward.
CHINA TRADE AGREEMENT
Citrus Australia has welcomed the long-
awaited China Australia free trade agreement,
which will progressively remove tariffs on Aus-
tralian citrus. Australian Prime Minister Tony
Abbott joined with his Chinese counterpart Xi
Jingping on Monday, November 17, to announce
China has agreed to eliminate all citrus tar-
iffs over eight years. Orange tariffs are currently
11 per cent and mandarin tariffs 12 per cent.
Citrus Australia CEO Judith Damiani said
the new agreement was good news for citrus
"Though the timeframes are a little long, this
is a great outcome for Australian citrus," she
said. "China is our fastest growing and highest
valued export market, reaching $30 million to
She said Australian citrus exports to China
had grown significantly over the past four years.
That trend is now set to continue. Citrus
juice tariffs are also set to tumble.
Unfrozen orange juice tariffs will reduce to
zero from 30 per cent over seven years.
"While there is very little export of Australian
juice to China, this result makes future trade
more likely, particularly with the recent success
of fresh Australian milk," Ms Damiani said.
"I would like to sincerely thank trade minis-
ter Andrew Robb and Prime Minister Tony Abbott
for their focus and determination to bring this to
a positive conclusion."
FRUIT FLY FREE STATUS
A special South Australian mission was in
China to promote our state's enviable fruit fly
free status earlier this month.
Primary Industries and Regions South Aus-
tralia (PIRSA) is leading the mission to conduct
training workshops on biosecurity, food safety,
and pest management issues, along with South
Australia's fruit fly programs, to key personnel
in the Shandong Agricultural Department and
Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
Leon Bignell has told State Parliament that
South Australia's status as being fruit fly free
gave us a huge advantage when seeking new
markets for our premium products.
"The State Government spends around $5
million a year in disease and pest prevention
and biosecurity measures to ensure we remain
Australia's only mainland state that's fruit fly
free," he said.
"We have an international reputation for
protecting our marine and land industries and
environment from pests and diseases.
"This mission is aimed at sharing our bios-
ecurity expertise with our Shandong colleagues,
as well as spreading the word about South Aus-
tralia's clean and safe management systems."
The benefits to South Australia's citrus
industry offered by the fruit fly quarantine zone
will be highlighted during the mission through
the newly launched Citrus in South Australia
Mr Bignell said citrus fruit was South Aus-
tralia's largest horticultural export, with the
Riverland our major production region.
"South Australian premium citrus is in-
creasingly being exported around the world,
with $65.7 million worth of citrus exported in
2013-14, compared to $54.4 million in 2011-
12," he said.
"However, some export markets don't rec-
ognise our fruit fly free status and impose ad-
ditional quarantine processes and costs.
"Developed in conjunction with Citrus
Australia SA Region, Citrus in South Australia
promotes the state's citrus industry and rein-
forces our fruit fly free status in these key export
Citrus in South Australia has been devel-
oped as part of the China Agribusiness Initiative
and Action Plan -- a strategic vision for achieving
collaboration, trade and research with China
and Hong Kong.
CASAR thank the minister and PIRSA in
completing this document, which will also act as
an important trade tool for the South Australian
NATURAL CITRUS GROWERS'
LEVY 2014 BALLOT
A reminder to all citrus growers that the
ballot will remain open until this Friday, No-
CASAR urges everyone to vote on the poll
and have your say on the future of the national
This is the first chance in many years for
growers to have an opportunity to vote on the
level of the R&D levy, and we encourage every-
one to take advantage of this opportunity.
If you have questions about anything in this
week's column or an issue that you would like
discussed, please contact the chair, Con Poulos
(firstname.lastname@example.org), or Sam
Rogers (at email@example.com
or on 0477 110 933).
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