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Irrigators' allocation will remain
at 48 per cent heading into 2010,
according to River Murray Minister
Ms Maywald said that inflows
for November were insufficient
to allocate any more water to ir-
5 Years ago
Year to end on 48 per
cent water allocation
10 Years ago
While the Riverland West escaped
the fooding rains experienced at both
Mannum and Murray Bridge recently,
it failed to escape pockets of damage
in the area.
A freak storm ripped through
narrow strips at Ramco, bringing
down trees, antennas and ripping the
roof of one shed.
The storm only lasted about
fve minutes, dumping up to 11mm
of rain, with reports of hailstones
damaging cars parked in the area.
Storm damage sweeps
across Riverland West
20 Years ago
At the KESAB Tidy Towns Award
presentations, Waikerie was
announced as one of the top 10
towns in the state.
The overall winner of the award
was Naracoorte, with the other
towns recognised being, Carrieton,
Donocans, Mount Gambier, Pinnaroo,
Port Broughton, Port Vincent, Roxby
Downs and Yacka.
Waikerie named among
top 10 tidiest in state
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THIS is the time when we have many end-of-
year-events to attend -- be they work, business
or school related.
It was a privilege for me to attend the Waik-
erie High School speech night last Monday
evening with all the other grandparents, par-
ents, relatives and friends of the students of
Congratulations and well done to the staff
and the students of the school for an impres-
Congratulations to all students who were
acknowledged and received awards.
We acknowledge and wish the class of 2014
the very best in their chosen career path. May
your life journeys be all you want them to be.
The address given by former student Emma
Chidlow was so inspiring, and the students can
see from her address that sometimes you may
have to make opportunities happen by first vol-
unteering. Then people will see your conscien-
tious attitude -- as they did for Emma, and that
opened doors for her future.
We congratulate Emma Chidlow upon
her successful career path in entertainment
management -- including the SA Australia Day
celebrations, WOMADelaide and arena events
at the Royal Adelaide Show -- and will watch
with interest other events that come her way.
The graduation night at the Waikerie
Lutheran Primary School was indeed a most
inspiring evening, and congratulations are due
to the students who will be leaving that school
to further their education.
Volunteers of the Waikerie Rotary Club Opp
Shop were guests of the Waikerie Rotary Club
at a luncheon at the Waikerie Hotel.
The volunteers thank the Rotary club for this
lunch each year, as they get to catch up with
the other volunteers who assist at the Rotary
The proceeds of the opp shop go back to the
community via Rotary club projects.
On Saturday evening it was a privilege to be
among the 60 for the up-close-and-personal
Carter & Carter evening of music and laughter,
and what a special evening it was for us all
Merelyn and David Carter write their own
music -- it is usually about an event or some-
thing that happens at home, or reflecting on
the childhood that inspires them to write.
For some residents at the evening, it was
a new experience to enjoy the live music of
the Carters, and we thank them for the gift
that they have and telling their story, particu-
larly since the horrific fires in Victoria and New
Merelyn and David are regular artists at the
country music festivals, particularly Tamworth.
They are known as Australia's most awarded
independent country act.
As much as they love country music, they
also have gospel discs. Both are ambassadors
for World Vision and spend time in Africa help-
ing the children there.
Waikerie is a special place for Merelyn and
David, and we thank them for coming here
A reminder to all the locals take your visitors
to the Waikerie Rain Moth Gallery.
You will be surprised at the excellent display
by the men of Waikerie in The Man Cave exhibi-
tion, which is on until February.
The Rain Moth Gallery also has an extensive
range of gifts for sale. Take the time to call in.
Congratulations to Suzie Parsons upon her
recent life membership to the Waikerie Horse
and Pony Club.
Suzie has given 38 years of service to the
club. Well done, Suzie.
We also thank and congratulate Bev
Nitschke for her commitment and dedication
in helping students.
She has done this in all her years as a teach-
er, and since her retirement she has continued
Thank you, Bev. You are a most worthy
We congratulate Scott Souter, who is a
member of our Waikerie paramedic team for
his recent national medal for service to the
Country Fire Service and SA Ambulance Service.
Waikerie residents appreciate and acknowl-
edge the work that Karen Dutton has done with
residents throughout the year.
We wish her well in her new position.
Thought for the week... When we take the
time, we are creating room for the memories
that cement lifetime friendships. But we have
to make room for the memories, disciplining
ourselves to put aside the urgent in favour of
the truly important.
Leaving a bad impression on visitors
I FULLY concur with the letter from 'name and
address supplied' (Letters to the editor, 10/12/14)
on the backpackers topic.
I too am aware of many complaints from both
the public and backpackers themselves regarding
their exploitation. This is a disgusting picture
to display to the world, as these people are very
They talk to their friends and relatives all over
the world daily via the internet, and will either
praise or bag where they are and how they are
From there, the world knows what we offer to
our visitors, and less people will come here.
Exploitation for immediate profit is a self-
We need more people here to create more
income, more spending, more investment -- only
then will we grow.
Surely it is in the best interests of all employ-
ers across the whole district to get the best staff
All should be encouraging and promoting the
district for people to visit from other towns, other
states and from all over the world.
If you don't like it, get off the floodplain
I CANNOT believe some people's way of think-
ing, especially when reading such a blown-up story
on your front page ('River rise upsets locals', The
River News, 19/11/14) about the river rise, which
some argue is destructive and dangerous.
One simple solution is to get off the floodplain.
Some time back earlier in the year, something
the reporter failed to mention was that DEWNR
sent out a letter to residents and businesses stat-
ing this action of raising the pool level was going
Obviously these two people did not receive this
letter, or chose to ignore the fact the event was
going to happen.
Either way it has and that is life.
If they think they have it tough with water
encroaching onto their lawns, imagine those
who live below the weir when the wind blows
hard from the south and pushes the levels up to
150mm and creates far more erosion on those
One landowner has lost 15m of land from this
over the years.
So, I believe that the many benefits certainly
outweigh the few 'shackies' when it comes to the
Maybe some forget that human intervention
in mimicking slight rises to benefit backwaters,
rather than pumping water into these areas, is far
In ending, I need to pose one question: why
don't these people complain about the damage
wake boats and ski boating has on the banks?
These activities should be banned to certain
designated areas where erosion would be far less.
Name and address supplied
Santa's Cave committee thanks
I WOULD like to take this opportunity to say
thank you to the committee of Santa's Cave and
any other helpers who gave their time to complete
the display and shop while I was visiting family
I have always said "you can do it and it will
come together in the end", and look at it now.
Thanks also to the many people involved in
making crafts, etc. and for setting up the shop. It
is great to see so many new items in the shop this
The display is once again fantastic, and many
favourable comments have been said about it.
Thanks also go to the business houses who con-
tributed to the raffle and this year's and previous
Santa's Cave continues to attract more people,
including schools and groups from outside the
district, which is fantastic for the town, and some-
thing for us all to be proud of as many comments
say it is better than the 'caves' in Adelaide.
So once again thank you to all concerned in
Wishing everyone a merry and safe Christmas.
Santa's Cave committee
Proposed 'Roo' statue
MARK Ricciuto was de-
servedly recognised when
he was inducted into the
AFL Hall of Fame in 2011.
It is the ultimate acco-
lade for an AFL Player.
It is my view that Waik-
erie was chosen as a soft
target for commercial gain,
and my concern is the com-
mercial aspect of a project
costing $140,000 -- a signifi-
cant amount of money.
Who will benefit finan-
cially from the statue pro-
Increased tourist num-
bers are highly unlikely.
The Loxton Waikerie
Council has stated that it
will not contribute finan-
cially to this project.
However, the council
will, if the statue is placed
on public land, inherit the
maintenance of cleaning
bird droppings and graffiti
and conducting repairs.
If the statue has to be
re-sited any time in the
future, it will be council
who bears the cost.
I am well aware that it
is easy to criticise from
the sidelines. I offer the
If the Crows' propo-
nents wish to give further
recognition to Mark Ric-
ciuto, a much more positive
way would be to fund an
annual football scholarship
for young footballers.
I suggest that the Waik-
erie Football Club would
be the ideal organisation
to run such a scholarship.
It would perpetuate
Mark's name, and it would
be meaningful to the foot-
ball fraternity in Waikerie.
It would be something
the Waikerie community
would, in my opinion, be
proud of and, most impor-
tantly, would provide an
opportunity for talented
young footballers to per-
haps follow in Mark's foot-
This indeed would be at
no cost to the community,
and would put Waikerie on
I call on all interested
parties to give their sup-
port to such a scholarship.
Warning to irrigators
IF you have any prob-
lems with NRM levy invoic-
es (like I have had), you can
end up with a final notice
going back to 2011.
It is inconceivable that
I am the only victim of the
I have been at the same
residential address at
Nilkra for more than 40
years, and initially had a
postal address at Morgan
I've discounted Austra-
lia Post -- no other mail has
disappeared in these years
(top marks to Australia
I have a solution in
mind to solve this problem,
but I need others to back
me to get it implemented.
My story is far too long
(several pages) to publish
here, so please contact
me at Nilkra (PO Box 39,
Cadell SA 5321 or ring 8541
2317 and leave a message
on answering machine).
I thank you in anticipa-
tion and hopefully relief.
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