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Hundreds of people lined local
streets to view and participate in
the 2009 Waikerie Lions Community
More than 100 people on 36
floats were cheered, and local
children were showered with lollies
as the town was engulfed in its
largest annual Christmas celebration.
5 Years ago
Party in the street
10 Years ago
At last week’s 41st annual general
meeting of the community hotel in
Waikerie, members resolved that
the board would investigate the
financial benefits, if any, of leasing
the premises to private enterprise.
The sometimes emotive meeting
was strong in its resolve to have the
board put out feelers to the market
and report back to a general meeting.
Chaiman Paul Wilson initially
ruled it out of order, but succumbed
to the mood of members, who
indicated they wanted to look at
other options for the town to benefit
Hotel to investigate
20 Years ago
Member for Chaffey Kent Andrew
said he had been advised that a
subsidy of $20,000 had been approved
to assist with the development of the
Rotary Club’s Waikerie/Holder Bend
walkway and lookout project.
Rotary clifftop walk
receives $20k funding
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WITH the Waikerie Lions Community
Christmas Pageant on Friday evening heralding
the coming 2014 Christmas festive season, our
community gives thanks to all who enabled
the pageant to be the success it was for all to
enjoy – the colourful floats, the children, the
music, the very popular SA Police Band leading
the parade and our town crier’s message to all
with the streets lined with family groups along
the way to welcome Santa.
Santa arrived at the Waikerie Institute,
where he will be in residence at the Waikerie
Santa’s Cave until Christmas Eve.
He is waiting to talk to all the children, to
listen to their stories and share a photo or
Thanks are owed to the Chemplus Phar-
macy staff who presented an interesting quiz
in the form of ‘Where’s Wally?’. An ingenious
idea – well done, team.
Family groups went on to the activities
at the civic centre, where the entertainment
Many stayed as it was a delightful balmy
evening without wind.
The baseball activities at the football oval
were entertaining, and others enjoyed late tea
or supper at Wok on Water.
It was a privilege to be at Waikerie High
School on Thursday evening, when the music
students showcased an evening of very tal-
We give thanks for those who mentor the
students throughout the year. Well done to all
who co-ordinated the evening.
This Friday, December 5, primary school
students will join together as they present
the Advent Pageant for this year, commencing
from the Waikerie Primary School at 10am.
The students will walk to McCoy Street
and then continue back to the primary school,
where a short program will be presented and
followed by morning tea.
Parents and friends are invited to partici-
pate and join with the students.
Congratulations to Don and Miriam Griffen,
of Griffens Marina at Blanchetown, who were
presented with a silver award in the Unique
Accommodation category of the 2014 South
Australian Tourism Awards held recently.
We congratulate Alma Helbig upon the
happy occasion of her 100th birthday on
Monday, December 1.
To Murray Ricciuto congratulations, best
wishes and cheers for your 70th birthday.
Best wishes and thanks to the Kuchel
family upon the recent participation at the
Tanunda Relay for Life during November with
the team of Kyle’s Kommandos, and on Friday
connecting again with the community by
taking part in the pageant. Well done, team.
The Rain Moth Gallery committee and
friends welcome all, especially the men of
our community, to the new exhibition The
Man Cave, which will be officially opened on
Sunday, December 7, at 2pm by Dr Ian Gartley.
This exhibition will feature artistic works by
the men in our community, and we welcome
all visitors to this event. If you have never
been to an opening, do come. You will be
welcomed and you will enjoy the event.
I mentioned earlier the Waikerie High
School students and their musical evening.
How many readers watched the New South
Wales Schools Spectacular on Channel Nine on
There were 3600 students from 400 NSW
Schools taking part, with a choir of 1300 in-
cluding an 80-piece symphony orchestra.
It was amazing. I do hope many readers
were able to enjoy this exciting event.
Thought for the week... The spirit of tradi-
tion is one way that knowledge is passed from
generation to generation. It has filled our lives
with many rare and beautiful treasures over
the years, and we have tried to pass those
treasures on to our children. We share and
celebrate our special ways of doing things,
of which many come from the traditions that
have shaped us.
With Gwen Webber
It’s the ferry saga all over again
I WISH to express concern at the decision made
to withdraw the medical services/consultations
previously offered at the Cadell Institute.
This decision has added to the disappointment
some people felt when it was cut back from a
weekly service to a fortnightly service.
It has been a wonderful service over many
years, especially for Cadell residents who have
limited or no personal means of transport.
As a community we are very grateful and thank
the Waikerie Medical Service for that.
The decision, published in The River News
(Public notices, 19/11/14) in a small article missed
by many but pointed out by one community
member, has brought such responses as “not an-
other thing taken from us” or “not the ferry saga
all over again”.
The reasons behind the decision have not been
publicly aired, and I believe that if they could be
shared, Cadell residents may feel more comfortable
with the decision, especially if there is anything
they/we can do to help reverse the decision.
Re: Withdrawal of medical services
THE withdrawal of the fortnightly medical
services provided to the little town of Cadell has
been noticed by the Cadell Country Women’s As-
sociation (CWA) ladies with great consternation.
It is of great concern to us with regards to the
welfare of the more disadvantaged women, chil-
dren and elderly people.
Many of these people have relied on this service
due to lack of/limited transport options for them
to Waikerie (or the alternative weekly/fortnightly
medical service visits in Morgan or Blanchetown)
to obtain medical assistance.
However, we would like to voice our heartfelt
appreciation to the private Waikerie doctors’
practice for standing in the gap (caused by a lack
of SA Health services in the Cadell/Morgan area)
so generously for so many years.
It is hoped that, in the not too distant future,
this matter could be revisited, in consultation
with the community, with a view to overcoming
the difficulties that have caused the necessity to
withdraw these services.
Cadell Morgan CWA
Well said, Nan Mackareth
I HAVE just read Nan Mackereth’s letter in The
River News (Letters to the Editor, 26/11/14) and
totally agree with everything she says.
Well said, Nan. What a waste of good money
when there are so many other more important
things that need this money.
There are so many Waikerie people who have
made good in sport, politics, community etc. over
Why not put statues up of them as well? Even
more money can then be wasted.
Surely there is enough written in the local
papers about our famous people if one really wants
to know about them.
Maybe a new road named after ‘Roo’ would
be more appropriate, as it has been with other
It would cost less and would not lumber the
ratepayers with the ongoing upkeep of it.
Perfect pageant owed to local support
THROUGH your paper I would like to congratu-
late everyone involved in Waikerie’s Christmas
pageant on Friday night.
It was excellent to see so many businesses and
sporting groups involved this year, as well as other
volunteer groups from the area.
We also saw the annual opening of Santa’s Cave
which, as usual, is a spectacular delight, thanks to
the dedicated volunteers.
port the businesses in Waikerie at all times.
Without our support, they may be unable to
sustain their donations to assist with the pageant
and Santa’s Cave, and all of the other things they
are called on to donate to during the year.
Best wishes to all for the festive season.
June 22, 1972
Leadership award for Wurst
who was the
for the RYLA
Support for festival
I NOTICE in Gwen
Webber’s column (‘People
& News About Town’,
26/11/14) in your news-
paper that a suggestion is
now being expressed to the
community at large that
Waikerie could well adopt a
title that gives full acknowl-
edgement of the attractive
display in most of our main
streets of jacaranda trees.
Some years ago I at-
tempted to ‘float’ a simi-
lar suggestion through the
media of The River News,
but this was not taken up
by any other correspondent.
As a new resident of the
town, and a ‘pom’ to boot,
I felt that further action
towards recognising these
beautiful trees by myself
was not appropriate.
However, Mrs Webber’s
suggestion no doubt will
gain support from many of
your readers upon this oc-
casion, to which I certainly
add my support.
Many towns in Australia
are adopting suitable names
to identify them to both
residents and tourists alike.
One can be sure Waik-
erie will be no exception.
Such an attraction
should encourage tourists
to come off the highway –
especially if an advertising
slogan was added to the al-
ready existing boards at the
east and west approaches
erected, on agreement with
the RSL. Hence it is in the
hope that many residents
will equally agree with
Mrs Webber’s current sug-
gestion that I forward this
letter to The River News.
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