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Tim Whetstone MP
Tim Whetstone MP
Member for Chaffey
phone: (08) 8582 4230
fax: (08) 8582 4231
PO Box 959 Berri SA 5343
Hats o to local re ghters
Riverland Country Fire Service volunteers
should be praised for their sel ess e orts to assist
during the devastating bush res near Adelaide.
Local CFS crews including Monash, Glossop,
Lyrup, Moorook, Barmera, Cadell and Waikerie
joined MFS and emergency services personnel
to help protect people's homes and livelihoods
as the blaze burnt out of control. I would like
to extend my deepest gratitude to all those who
have helped during these challenging times and
particularly the volunteer re ghters, emergency
services workers and community members from
the region who gave up their time to help those
under threat and those who have lost property. It
was great to see the local community rally in such
a time of need.
Our top citizens announced
Outstanding e orts from individuals and
community groups in our region have been
recognised as part of the 2015 Citizen of the
Year Awards. Congratulations to the award
winners and I look forward to the recipients
being further acknowledged at Australia Day
events across the Riverland and Mallee. In
the Berri Barmera Council area, well done to
Barbara Manning (Citizen of the Year), Jess Press
(Young Citizen of the Year), the Monash and
Lone Gum Community Association for Event of
the Year and the Berri Lions Club for receiving
the Building a Be er Community Award. In
Renmark Paringa, congratulations to Alan
McLean (Citizen of the Year), Jason Wickham
(Young Citizen of the Year) and the team behind
the 150th Chowilla Station celebrations (Event
of the Year). It was great to see former mayor Jan
Cass named Loxton's Citizen of the Year, while
further outstanding e orts were acknowledged
by Young Citizen of the Year Cambell Lawrence
and the Loxton Kart Club, which won Event of
the Year for its e orts to host the Australian Dirt
Kart Titles. In Waikerie, Carole Walker (Citizen
of the Year), Dylan Ellis (Young Citizen of the
Year) and those behind the Waikerie and District
Community Flower Show (Event of the Year)
are to be congratulated on their community
Domestic Violence service recognised at
e important work undertaken by a local
domestic violence service to improve the
welfare of women and children was deservedly
recognised at an inaugural awards ceremony last
month. e Murraylands Domestic Violence
Service was awarded for its outstanding
achievement and Manager Ele Wilde was
honoured with the individual Premier's Award at
the Flame of Change Unifying Support Awards
in Adelaide. Well done to Ele and her dedicated
sta who o er a highly valuable service and
are making an important di erence within our
Children's school sport vouchers
With registrations now open for sports clubs
and associations to be involved in the $50 sports
voucher program, I am encouraging eligible local
groups to apply. e annual $50 vouchers for
primary school-age children will be valid for 12
months, and can be used for one annual payment
of enrolment fees for sports which are played for at
least 10 weeks at eligible clubs. If you are a sports
club or association that would like to be involved
in the program, visit www.sportsvouchers.sa.gov.
au or for further information or contact the
Cha ey Electorate O ce on 8582 4230.
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RECIPIENTS of Waikerie's Keep
South Australia Beautiful (KESAB)
were "shocked" and "surprised" to
take home their respective awards.
Jan Heppner was announced as having
the best overall garden over 12 months at
a mayoral reception last month.
Mrs Heppner said being one of two
main KESAB committee members made
it difficult for her colleague Margaret
Thiel to hide it from her.
"It was a great surprise," she said.
"I am very delighted that people like
the look of my garden.
"I've set my garden so I only have to
work on it every now and then.
"I have an automated watering system,
which is a great help when I go away, plus
my neighbour has been a great help in
"My late husband also enjoyed working
on the garden, and he would love to have
shared this award.
"I am absolutely delighted to win."
Joining Mrs Heppner was Havenhand
Chocolates, which won the best overall
premises for the past 12 months.
Co-owner Dean Grosse said he and
wife Janet were also surprised to win.
"We were really quite taken back by
it," he said.
"It was a big surprise, and we are
really proud to win.
"It is nice to be recognised by the town
that we love.
"We would like to acknowledge the
people that work hard to keep the town
"They do a great job."
Waikerie KESAB committee member
Margaret Thiel said Mrs Heppner and
Havenhand Chocolates were both worthy
"Jan's garden has so much lush green-
ery and it blends in very well," she said.
"Her garden is always neat and tidy,
and she puts in a lot of effort all year
"The Havenhand chocolate shop is also
neat and attractive both inside and out.
"It has a beautiful view overlooking
the river, and it's a great place to sit and
have a coffee."
Both winners will be acknowledged
for their awards at the Australia Day Ex-
travaganza on Saturday, January 24.
'Surprising' KESAB wins
WAIKERIE Keep South Australia Beautiful committee members Margaret Thiel (left) and
Jan Heppner present Dean Grosse, of Havenhand Chocolates, with a merit award for
Best Presented Garden and Property during a mayoral reception at the Waikerie Bowling
Club last month.
PHOTO: Ryneisha Bollard
DANNY McGurgan has
capped off a stellar 2014 by
being named Mid Murray
Council's Citizen of the
This is Mr McGurgan's
third major award for the year
after being awarded an Order
of Australia Medal (OAM) and
being named South Australia's
Police Officer of the Year.
Mr McGurgan is the chair-
person of the Cadell Commu-
nity and Tourist Association
and was nominated for his
work in campaigning to stop
the closure of the local ferry
service in 2012 and his work in
He said he was honoured to
be named Citizen of the Year.
"I am very happy to have
won this award," he said.
"It is different to the OAM
and the Police Officer of
the Year award because this
award is nominated by people
in the community," he said.
"It is really nice to be rec-
ognised by the community and
know that your work is being
"Sometimes it can be quite
stressful, managing differ-
ent events, but knowing that
the community benefits from
them and locals appreciate
your work makes it worth-
Mr McGurgan said many
locals were keen to help with
events in any way they could.
"Cadell is a small commu-
nity, but everyone helps out
where they can," he said.
"There are a lot of people
that work behind the scenes
that support me that should
also be recognised.
"I think some people prefer
to be in the background get-
ting the job done without
people knowing, but without
these people we wouldn't be
able to run the events that we
Mr McGurgan said his
family was supportive of his
roles and commitments.
"I often am out at meetings
or helping set up things, and
they allow me to do this," he
"The kids also help me and
get right on board.
"Council also support our
ideas, along with the media
who help promote our events.
Mr McGurgan also co-ordi-
nates the Murray River Giant
Pumpkin Competition, which
won the 2014 Mid Murray
Council Community Event of
The event is now in its
fifth year and has expanded
to include other giant veg-
etables, including gourds and
The event is run and organ-
ised by the Cadell Community
and Tourist Association and
is held every Easter Saturday.
Mr McGurgan said the
giant pumpkin competition
attracted a large amount of
people to Cadell.
"The pumpkin competition
has grown so much from the
first concept," he said.
"A lot of people I know that
travel from interstate come
back each year.
"Kevin Myers has been at
the forefront of the event.
"He works tirelessly to
ensure the event is a success."
Mr McGurgan said the
event was unique to the state.
"I think the pumpkin com-
petition is really unique be-
cause it offers something dif-
ferent and unusual," he said.
"There is something for
everyone, and now Cadell is
one of the two places in the
southern hemisphere where
people can officially weigh
their pumpkins for world
"We try to keep the event
cost neutral so it is a cheap
family day out.
"The whole community
gets involved, and we have so
many great volunteers that
help, and without them the
event wouldn't be able to run."
teenager Chad Westlake won
the 2014 Mid Murray Council
Young Citizen of the Year.
Cadell man named Mid Murray's top citizen
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