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Farming innovator and
community stalwart Allen Buckley
has been named the 2009 Waikerie
Citizen of the Year.
All 2009 award recipients were
announced at a District Council of
Loxton Waikerie Mayoral reception
5 Years ago
Allen's our man
10 Years ago
Last Friday marked the end of an
era for Waikerie High School deputy
principal Peter Haines when he
officially retired from teaching after
38 years in the profession.
For this "chalky", retirement
means more time dedicated to
his family, community groups and
"I won't feel guilty if I sit down
and watch TV every night," he
said."I'm really looking forward to
reading a book too."
Peter calls it a day
20 Years ago
Heather Knipe and Kym Willing
were reinstated to the Morgan
District Council afer a court hearing.
The two councillors from Cadell
were dismissed after they failed
to lodge an ordinary return by the
The two elected members and
council’s executve oﬃcer appeared
in the Berri Magistrates Court
regarding the decision, which was
reinstated at Morgan
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FORMER residents of Waikerie, Neil and
Angie Griﬀen, welcomed those who went to
meet them on Saturday at Viewpoint Cafe to
hear Neil's story of his successful venture into
art and paintng.
Neil Griﬀen served in the RAASC 85 & 86
transport platoons in Vietnam in 1971.
Neil worked in the Riverland as a vineyard
hand for more than 20 years, and followed this
with 11 years as a truck driver/labourer with
the City of Port Adelaide Enﬁeld.
It was only in late 2007 after much
encouragement by his wife Angie that he
undertook a WEA course in acrylic paintng for
beginners. This was a turning point in his life.
Having begun paintng, the ‘bug’ bit, and he
has not stopped since then.
Neil retred in 2010 and has contnued with
his passion, but moved from acrylics to oils.
Neil’s moto is “I don’t know what I can’t
do untl I have tried it” – therefore the depth
and breadth of his work contnues to expand
Proﬁts from the producton and sale of
his calendars and artworks will help fund the
work of the South Australian Vietnam Charity
The group supports and assists orphans and
the impoverished in Vietnam.
Congratulations and thanks to Neil for
being able to capture glimpses of the land
and its people in everyday life and actvites
We acknowledge the recent passing of Irene
Channon, and our thoughts are with all of her
family and loved ones, especially her devoted
The local 5000 Poppies project is up, and
knitng is happening like never before.
An enthusiastc group atended the ﬁrst
get-together at the Waikerie library last
Tuesday, December 16, when we were given
instructons and wool.
There are several groups knitng. If you
have not yet become involved, there will be
an afernoon get-together at the Warrawee
community hub, where all are welcome on
Thursday, January 15, at 1.30pm.
Make a date in your 2015 diary now. The
poppies will be all out together for feature wall
hangings to celebrate 100 years of our Anzacs,
as this will be our tribute.
Knitng and crochet paterns are available.
Contact Gwen 0408 609 304 if you would like
to get busy afer Christmas.
May I take this opportunity to wish you all
a very blessed Christmas with love and peace
with your loved ones, and may 2015 be a year
of positvity and creatve developments within
our community and local businesses.
Thought for the week... At this special tme
of the year, follow the children. Hear the joy in
their laughter. See the love in their eyes. Feel
the hope in their touch.
Tinsel on trees a nice touch
OUR main street looks excellent -- full marks
to whoever thought of wrapping our plane trees
It gives the street and surrounds a real life, as
does the Santa's Cave.
Each year I think each display is the best I've
seen, but rearrangement really has made this one
Congratulations to Cheryl Mortimer and the
volunteers, helpers, 'crafters' and decorators, and
also the businesses supporting the raffles.
The cave brings in so many visitors to our town.
It is very good news that our caravan park on
the river should become a reality.
Thanks must go to Dean Grosse for getting a
petition up that was well supported.
Thanks also to Tim Whetstone MP for presenting
it to Parliament.
I also support the view of Allen King, who
proposes a scholarship in Mark Ricciuto's name
to provide an opportunity for talented young
footballers from our club.
On suggestions of a jacaranda festival --
which I remember Allen Bennett had previously
mentioned as well as Gwen Webber -- I think it is
a good idea, as is having an advertising slogan to
the east and west of Waikerie so we can attract
people to take a detour to our town. To quote "a
new resident and pom to boot" who always puts
Waikerie first, it should be given support.
Have a happy and safe Christmas. Best wishes
Caravan park at what cost?
WHAT is the financial cost to ratepayers of the
District Council of Loxton and Waikerie (DCLW)
being involved in re-establishing the 'old/overflow
park' site for a privately operated caravan park?
How much planning/legal costs?
How much for DCLW acquiring land ownership?
For what items and at what cost will DCLW
provide assistance to the developer for the
reported $1 million shortfall in funding needed to
ensure the project's viability?
The Independent Commision Against
Corruption (ICAC) has reportedly expressed
concerns as to local government declaring
information/meetings as being in 'commercial
confidence' such that transparency and public
accountability appear to be lacking.
What may the ICAC's actions be, if any,
regarding the Waikerie Caravan Park scenario?
A Christmas with no end
IN a way, Christmas foreshadows a very
fantastic time in the near future when people of
all nations -- including those who at present are
enemies because of different political or religious
faith -- will shake hands and celebrate peace with
In Matthew 24, Verse 27-30, Jesus himself tells
us: "For as the lightning comes from the east, then
shines even to the west, so also shall the coming
of the son of man be, and they will see the son of
man coming in the clouds of heaven with power
and great glory."
See also Luke 21, Verse 27. So, what are these
two verses saying? In my opinion, it means that
as Christ approaches the earth, some atmosphere-
generated television, like the aurora lights, will
draw in signals from where Christ himself is
visually displaying them across the sky.
Whatever all that means, we are told in the
first chapter of Revelation that "every eye shall
see him". I believe that, during this new era, the
nature of even dangerous animals, even deadly and
poisonous creatures, will change.
Isaiah 11, Verse 6-9 says: "And the lion shall eat
straw like the ox, the nursing child shall play by
the cobra's hole and the weaned child shall put
his hand in the viper's den. They shall not hurt,
nor destroy... for the earth shall be full of the
knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea."
Will 2015 be the year Christ returns?
No one, of course, knows. But, with tensions
throughout the world as they are, let's hope it will
be, at most, some years away.
While we enjoy a few beers together for
Christmas and New Year's Eve, I think we should
all keep the above things in mind. Vernon Morris
Ryneisha Bol ard - Opin o
Plenty to be proud of this year
THE Riverland West has a lot to be proud of
when looking back on the year that was.
Waikerie residents recovered from July's
shock announcement that the river front caravan
park redevelopment had been put on hold.
They rallied behind the cause with a petton
that atracted nearly 1900 signatures, and the
local council and developers have been working
trelessly to make the project happen.
We now have positve news that council will
be purchasing the relevant Crown land from the
State Government, but there is stll a long road
ahead in making sure the project can be viable.
Developers of a free range chicken farm
at Blanchetown overcame a court case that
challenged the project’s implementaton.
Works are now under way, and the
development is set to bring a much-needed
economic boost to the town.
Cadell's Danny McGurgan had a very
successful year, earning himself an Order of
Australia Medal and the South Australian Police
Oﬃcer of the Year award.
The inaugural Morgan Living River event saw
hundred of put put boat enthusiasts gather on
the town's river front, and it will return in May
At Kingston-On-Murray, the Banrock Staton
Wine and Wetland Centre joined an exclusive
list of South Australian hosts to the endangered
spiny daisy shrub.
Swan Reach residents triumphed over a
controversial management proposal for Marks
Landing, where the lagoons would have been
subjected to wetng and drying cycles.
Cambrai showed true community spirit when
it held a fundraiser to thank the Country Fire
Service (CFS) crew members who helped save
their homes during the January bushﬁres.
The women of Sedan showed their respect for
bushﬁre safety by taking part in a CFS workshop
on the subject.
Farming businesses at Nildote and Walker
Flat received shares of $240 million in Federal
Government funding for irrigation projects,
with a $500,000 grant going to Forster Hill’s
mixed farming venture and Walker Flat Almonds
receiving $1.7 million towards its expansion.
These are just key examples of each town’s
accomplishments – there have been plenty
of other triumphs for community groups and
individuals across the Riverland West region
Perhaps we have set the bar high for 2015,
but our successes so far indicate that we will do
just as well in the new year.
FORMER Waikerie resident Neil Griffen
shared his success in art and painting
with locals at Viewpoint Cafe on Saturday.
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