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LOCAL woman Karen
Dutton is farewelling
Waikerie after growing
up here and working as a
physiotherapist in the area
for the past 15 years.
Ms Dutton's parents are
Roy (deceased) and Anne Mc-
Donald, who raised her and
her five younger siblings at
the family home on Ballantyne
Road, where Mrs McDonald
Ms Dutton attended a local
primary school and then
Waikerie High School before
leaving to study physiotherapy
She later married and
moved to Queensland, where
she had her children and
worked there for 10 years.
After the marriage ended,
she returned to Waikerie in
Ms Dutton's children at-
tended Waikerie Lutheran Pri-
mary School and then Waik-
erie High School.
The mother-of-three has
been involved in various com-
munity groups over the years,
including three years as presi-
dent of the Waikerie Netball
Club -- along with another
three years as the club's junior
co-ordinator and three years
as its River News correspon-
dent. She is now a life member.
Ms Dutton coached and
was a team manager for the
Waikerie Hockey Club, and
volunteered as an advisory
physiotherapist for the Waik-
erie Football Club for several
She was the Waikerie Little
Athletics Club secretary for
five years, and was on the
Waikerie Lutheran Primary
School's governing council for
At Waikerie High School,
Ms Dutton was a member of
the governing council for 10
years, secretary for seven and
a fundraising and uniform
committee member for several
In the Waikerie Catholic
Parish, Ms Dutton has been a
member of the parish group
committee and was involved
in music, liturgy and chil-
dren's activities. She was also
a member of the Waikerie
branch of the Catholic Wom-
Ms Dutton's children are
currently in their 20s -- Ca-
rissa is 27, Lauren is 23 and
Gerard is 22.
Her business, Heights
Physiotherapy, has been serv-
ing the local community for
the past 15 years.
Ms Dutton will be starting
her new job at the Hahndorf
and Districts Physiotherapy
Service next month.
In a letter to the editor
published in this week's River
News (see below), Ms Dutton
said the move would be an "ex-
citing opportunity" to further
her professional career.
"(It is also) a time for me to
pursue other social, personal
and family interests," she
"I would like to thank all of
you very much for your con-
tinued support, friendship and
clientele over the past 15 to 20
years, ever since my family
and I returned to Waikerie
"It has been much appreci-
ated, and I know I will miss all
of you very much."
after 15 years
WAIKERIE'S Karen Dutton, along with dog Roxy, is moving to Hahndorf next month. Ms Dutton has been working as a physiotherapist
in the town for the past 15 years.
PHOTO: Ryneisha Bollard
Goodbye, but please come and visit
THROUGH your paper I would like to take this op-
portunity to let the people of Waikerie and surrounds
know that, as of the end of December 2014, I will no
longer be practising physiotherapy in Waikerie.
I have decided to accept a position as a physio-
therapist with the Hahndorf and Districts Physio-
therapy Service, and will commence work there from
Monday, January 12, 2015.
This is an exciting opportunity for me to further
my professional career in some of my key interest
areas, as well as a time for me to pursue other social,
personal and family interests.
I would like to thank all of you very much for your
continued support, friendship and clientele over
the past 15 to 20 years, ever since my family and I
returned to Waikerie from Queensland.
It has been much appreciated, and I know I will
miss all of you very much.
It has been a real pleasure working with and serv-
ing you all both as a physiotherapist and in the vari-
ous community groups my family has been involved
with over the years.
I am looking forward to this new phase in my
life, and I hope that some of you will come and visit
from time to time in my new home in the Adelaide
Hills (only just a couple of hours' pleasant drive from
here). In fact, I will be disappointed if you don't.
Take care, God bless and wishing you all the very
best in the future.
Karen Dutton and family
NEW requests for public
housing in the Riverland
continue to outgrow supply,
according to Member for
Chaffey Tim Whetstone.
A Freedom of Information
(FOI) document has revealed
that, as of October 31 this year,
the number of new applications
where people were awaiting
housing placements in the
Riverland and Mallee was
518, while the number of new
applicants from the Riverland
and Mallee awaiting public
housing placements anywhere
in SA was 401.
The FOI document also
reveals that between the 2010/11
and 2013/14 financial years,
Housing SA sold 50 properties
in the Riverland and Mallee for
a total of almost $5 million.
In Waikerie, there have
been 11 sales of Housing SA
properties between 2010/11
and 2013/14 for a total of $1.261
million, along with three sales
Mr Whetstone said
homelessness was a major issue
in the region, and a shortage of
public housing was exacerbating
"The shortage of public
housing in the region is not
being addressed and the number
of people on the waiting list
continues to increase, with some
constituents told the wait would
be two years or more," he said.
"We've got a number of
families, including children,
sleeping rough without a roof
over their heads, and it is
concerning that from June to
October this year, the number of
new requests for housing within
the region rose by 13.
"This figure should be
reducing, not increasing...
"Increased requests for
assistance are leaving some of
our most vulnerable to fend for
Door closed on Riverland's public housing
RIVER anglers could soon have the
chance to fish for Murray cod following
the State Government's announcement of
a planned restocking program.
Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister
Leon Bignell announced last week that a State
Government-funded project was under way
to design a best practice stock enhancement
The program aims to improve the conser-
vation status of Murray cod and support a
sustainable recreational fishery in the lower
Fishing for Murray cod has remained under
restriction since 2008 due to stock concerns,
with the fishery closed to all activity in 2009 and
opened for a limited catch and release season
every year since 2011.
Mr Bignell said a successful stocking pro-
gram could deliver tourism and economic ben-
efits for Murray communities.
"Murray cod is an iconic and extremely im-
portant species to recreational fishers," he said.
"Enhancing populations of the species will
not only provide improved recreational fishing
opportunities, but also has the potential to at-
tract interstate and even international anglers."
Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock,
said the project was a "win-win" for both the
River Murray and the local economy.
"Healthy rivers mean more fish and more
fish means more anglers will be attracted to
the Riverland, providing a boost to the regional
economy and employment opportunities," he
Fishers could keep cod
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