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fireworks display was a
major attraction at this
year's Morgan Christmas
Pageant on Saturday.
The event was hosted by
the Morgan Community De-
velopment and Tourism As-
sociation (MCDTA) and in-
cluded more than 30 floats in
a parade around the town's
MCDTA media liaison Di
Hausler said the fireworks
display was a highlight of the
"I think many people were
impressed by the fireworks,"
"It was an amazing display
that was ignited from a pon-
toon in the middle of the river.
"It was by far the best and
most amazing display seen in
"The whole evening was
an outstanding success, and
the whole committee was
Ms Hausler thanked the
community for its support.
"On behalf of the MCDTA
we would like to thank all
local business and community
members and clubs for their
support," she said.
"Also to all the helpers
before, during and after the
day, because this event could
not be held without your help.
"Also a special thanks to
our judges and guests."
Children were given chalk
before the event to decorate
the parade pathway.
The large crowd of spec-
tators was entertained by a
variety of floats, bikes and
walkers, with judges having
the tough task of choosing
After the parade the festivi-
ties continued at the Morgan
river front precinct lawns,
with more than 200 children
visiting Father Christmas and
receiving a bag full of goodies
The event also included an
array of food stalls, side shows
and music provided by The
Dally Roos and Dr Zot.
Best business float: Morgan
Best family float: Humphries
Best community float: Bed-
rock Ski Club
Best business light display:
Morgan Post office
Best residential light display:
Wilksch and Johnston families
Colouring competition win-
ners: Kirah Baddack (pre-
school), Cooper Hoban (recep-
tion to year 1), James Kroschel
(year 2/3), Tamika Searle (year
4/5), Dayna Johnston (year
6/7), Ella Stevens (special
Raffle valued at $400: Ian
Faces (and sky) light up at Christmas pageant
MORGAN CHRISTMAS PAGEANT 2014
CANBERRA man Les
Sullivan has returned
to the fundraising trip he
postponed at Waikerie last
Mr Sullivan is travelling via
a traditional row boat to the
Murray Mouth as a fundraiser
for the Westmead Medical Re-
However, he recently had to
delay his trip while he underwent
a surgical procedure.
Mr Sullivan arrived in Waik-
erie on Tuesday, November 11,
before finding a place to store
his boat and starting his road
trip to Sydney the following day.
He was back on the river at
Waikerie by Friday, November
21, when he set off towards
For more information about
Mr Sullivan's trip, visit the blog
blogspot.com.au). To make a
donation, visit: https://give.
Fundraising rower back on river after operation
LES Sullivan, of Canberra, recently visited Waikerie as part of his fundraising row down the River Murray
for the Westmead Medical Research Foundation.
PHOTO: Jayme Koch
THE Mid Murray and Loxton Waikerie
councils are set to provide in-kind support
only for next year's True Grit obstacle
challenge at Caudo Vineyard.
While the location is less than 10km from
Cadell, it is also only 20km from Waikerie, where
a number of participants tend to stay, hence both
council areas are set to benefit from the national
The District Council of Loxton Waikerie
(DCLW) provided $4000 in funding to this year's
event, up from $2000 in 2013, but has allocated no
monetary contribution in its 2014/15 budget.
In a report to Monday's general council
meeting, DCLW director of corporate and
community services Ruth Firstbrook said next
year's True Grit was set to receive in-kind support
"A draft agreement presented to both councils
recently is unclear as to the commitment required
from both councils," she said.
"Discussions are continuing with Mid Murray
Council and True Grit Concepts Pty Ltd prior to
signing a 2015 agreement for the event."
Ms Firstbrook said Mid Murray Council was
reviewing the wording of the agreement, which
would be provided for consideration in the near
"We recognise the benefit of True Grit," said
Mid Murray Council chief executive officer
"We also recognise that it is a commercial
event, not a community or not-for-profit event."
Ms Firstbrook said the in-kind support was
"based on evaluation of attendance and economic
returns to the district".
Council last year requested more information
from the event's organisers on its benefits to the
Ms Firstbrook said council was this year
provided with results from a 10-question survey
of 588 -- out of more than 4000 -- True Grit
The survey, conducted at this year's event,
indicated that more than half of respondents had
planned on staying between one (23.64 per cent)
and four (1 per cent) additional nights in the area
because of their participation in True Grit.
Out of the 588 respondents, 236 skipped a
question about the style of accommodation they
were using, if not there for a day trip.
Among those who did respond, 26 per cent
indicated they were camping, 18 per cent said
they were staying at a caravan park, and the same
proportion was using motel accommodation.
Nearly 8 per cent stayed on a houseboat, and a
further 23 per cent listed their accommodation as
In terms of where they were staying, if not on a
day trip, only 346 answered the question.
Waikerie was the most popular choice, with
35 per cent, followed by 'other', Cadell, Morgan,
Loxton and Hogwash Bend.
All answered a question about their
expenditure during their visit to the region, with
about 35 per cent saying they expected to spend
between $50 and $100.
A further 23 per cent said they would spend $100
to $200, 17 per cent would spend $200 to $300, 10 per
cent estimated $300 to $400, 7 per cent thought $400
to $600 and the remaining respondents (about 8 per
cent) expected to spend between $600 and $1000.
'15 True Grit
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