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Natural Resources South Australian
Murray-Darling Basin invites interested
community members to take part in bird
monitoring surveys at wetlands between
Loxton and Murray Bridge, and Noora and
Date: 6 - 7 December and 13 - 14 December
Cost: These events are FREE
To register or for further information
Southern Birding Services on mobile phone:
0409 763 172 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This project is supported by the South Australian Murray-Darling
Basin Natural Resources Management Board, through funding
from the Australian Government.
STURT HIGHWAY, WAIKERIE
PH: 8541 3888
Please note Berri Customer Service Centre will be
closed on 29 December and 1, 2 January.
During this period, alternative service options are
auspost.com.au or 13 76 78
Phone Service SA 13 10 84
Monday to Friday, 8am – 6pm throughout the
Christmas period, excluding public holidays and
Alternate Service SA Customer Service Centres
Man injured in
A VOLUNTEER firefighter was injured
while trying to extinguish a fire near
The fire started at Black Hill on Saturday,
November 29 and was completely extinguished
by Wednesday, December 3.
It is understood the man was tackling the
blaze from a farm fire unit.
The incident burned 60ha of scrub and grass
area, and was contained in just over an hour.
Country Fire Service appliances from
Palmer, Cambrai, Eden Valley, Keyneton, Sedan
and 20 farm fire units attended the scene, along
with the fire investigation unit.
Investigations are continuing as the fire has
been seemed suspicious, and anyone with infor-
mation is encouraged to contact Crimestoppers
on 1800 333 000.
Morgan hosts big bash
MORGAN is preparing for its
annual Christmas pageant, which
kicks off at 2pm this Saturday with
stalls and markets on the town’s river
Entertainment will also include music
from the Rockin’ Dally Roos and Dr Zot,
along with amusement rides, zorb water
balls and a jumping castle.
A Christmas-themed parade will start
at the lookout at 6pm and will be led by
an Adelaide-based army cadet brass band
with support from Waikerie cadets.
Father Christmas will also feature
in the parade before setting up on the
river front to pose for photographs with
Presented by the Morgan Community
Development and Tourist Association
(MCDTA), the night will culminate with
a fireworks display at 9.15pm, with music
and entertainment continuing until
MCDTA chairman Rod James said or-
ganisers had been working hard to make
this year’s event “the best yet”.
“The pageant and party afterwards
down on the river front is a highlight in
our tourism calendar,” he said.
“(It is) a time when family and friends
make their way back to Morgan before
Christmas for reunions and some country
Prizes for the best floats will be judged
by a special guest panel of judges for the
best family, business, community group,
walker, girl and boy bike and pram entry.
The judging panel will include Mid
Murray Mayor Dave Burgess, who said
he and wife Lyn enjoyed attending “one
of the best Christmas parties on the cal-
MCDTA member Lin Petros is helping
to organise floats and stalls this year, and
said entries were still being sought.
Ms Petros said she hoped to see more
than 100 floats, including newcomers,
registered for the pageant parade.
All parade participants need to be
lined up at the town lookout by 5.30pm.
Ms Petros said Father Christmas
would be giving out free “goodie bags” to
children aged under 12 after the parade.
However, she said only 250 bags would
be given out, meaning a “first in, best
dressed” policy would apply.
For more information about this year’s
pageant, phone Di Hausler on 0427 716
560 or the Morgan Internet and Resource
Centre on 8540 2643.
Float entries can be registered with
Lin on 0448 403 113, and stalls can be
booked via Heather on 0419 863 534.
THIS year’s Morgan Christmas Pageant is set to be bigger than ever. The parade begins
at 2pm this Saturday.
School holiday program out now for local students
and youth across the Mid
Murray community will be
treated to an array of free
activities as part of the
district’s bumper school
More than 12 community
services and not-for-profit
organisations have partnered
to develop the Summer Fun
for Kids calendar, which runs
from now until the end of next
Mid Murray Council mayor
Dave Burgess said he was “in-
credibly” proud of what the
local service providers, exter-
nal partners and council had
put together for local children
and families during summer.
“Our community services
team, including the OPAL
program, has been working
alongside various organisa-
tions to attract more services
to our community,” he said.
“This calendar of events is
proof that it’s paying off.
“In previous years, we have
had limited activities for fami-
lies to take part in across our
remote district, but these ini-
tiatives span all of our major
townships, with programs
focusing on children’s health
“Our community has been
calling out for a program
of activities like this for a
number of years now, and we
now have the leverage and
support to make it happen.
“When you include the
funding, resources and sup-
port contributed from all
agencies, including the Mid
Murray Council and OPAL, we
estimate that this calendar of
events is investing more than
$20,000 worth of initiatives in
our local community these
summer school holidays.”
Key partners involved in
supporting the calendar of
events are the Mannum Com-
munity Hub, Country Arts
SA, Mid Murray Council, Mid
Murray OPAL, ac.care’s Com-
munities for Children, Canoe
SA, Starclub, Murraylands
APEX, Reclink, Mental Illness
Fellowship of South Austra-
lia, Swan Reach Area School,
Morgan Community Library
and the Blanchetown Internet
The calendars will be dis-
tributed to all children across
the Mid Murray district
through school and kinder-
They will also be available
in local community centres
and general stores.
Alternatively you can view
the calendar via the council’s
School holiday activities
December 13: Community Christ-
mas fair, pageant and fireworks,
Morgan river front, 2pm.
December 16: Junior basketball
workshop, Swan Reach Area School
December 17: Create a play-
ground, Blanchetown Internet Cafe,
January 7: Canoeing for begin-
ners, Swan Reach, 9am-11am, Ca-
noeing for beginners, Blanchetown,
January 12: Kite making work-
shops, Morgan Library, 1-2pm,
January 14: Kite-making work-
shops, Blanchetown, 2pm-3.30pm.
January 15: Free swimming pool
entry, Cambrai Swimming Pool,
January 16: Snorkelling ses-
sion, Swan Reach Swimming pool,
January 19: Snorkelling session,
Cadell Swimming Pool 10.45am-
January 20: Snorkelling session,
Cambrai Swimming Pool, 10.45am-
January 20: Lantern making work-
shop, Nildottie, 10am-3pm.
January 21: Lantern making work-
shops, Morgan Sporting Complex,
January 22: Lantern making work-
shop, Palmer, 10am-3pm.
January 23: OPAL Maximum
Power show, Swan Reach Area
School gymnasium, 10am-11.30am.
January 26: Australia Day awards
and breakfast, Morgan.
January 26: Yabby competition,
POLICE have arrested a man after his
fingerprints were found at the scene of a
break-in at Waikerie in July.
Sometime between July 18 and 21, a business
was broken into and medication stolen.
The 38-year-old of no fixed address was
charged with serious criminal trespass, two
counts of theft and illegally interfering with a
Arrest over break-in
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