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A SECOND chicken farm
development in the Mid
Murray Council area is a step
closer to gaining approval after
its public notification period
was completed last week.
The development is set to in-
clude 16 sheds, two amenities
sheds, six 7500L gas tanks, 24 feed
silos and six water tanks and will
be set out on two farms in the dis-
trict at Swan Reach.
This development is the second
of its kind for council, after a $34
million chicken farm at Blanchet-
own was approved last year.
Mid Murray Council environ-
mental services acting director
Geoff Parsons said the develop-
ment application had been with
council for several months.
"It is at the stage where public
notification has commenced and
most of the referrals to govern-
ment agencies are currently under
way," he said.
"Once both the public notifica-
tion and government referrals are
complete our planning officer will
undertake the assessment of the
application and put it to our devel-
opment assessment panel."
Mr Parsons said the develop-
ment needed to be approved by
council's development panel and a
State Government commission for
it to go ahead.
"Before that approval can be
issued it needs to be sent to the
Development Assessment Com-
mission," he said.
"If council's panel approves the
development, the state board then
needs to concur for the project to
"I would expect a decision
would be made in May.
"Council is excited to see some
substantial primary production
projects going ahead in the dis-
If approval is granted, the
developer has 12 months to begin
residents travelling to
Adelaide will need to keep
an eye out for roadworks
east of Truro that started
The Department of Plan-
ning, Transport and Infra-
structure (DPTI) has advised
that shoulder sealing and
safety barrier replacement
will be taking place on the
Sturt Highway, over Anna
Creek near Three Chain Road,
as of this week.
Works will be undertak-
en between 7am and 5.30pm,
Monday to Friday, and are ex-
pected to be completed by June.
The road will remain open
to traiffic with minor lane re-
strictions and a 25km/h speed
limit will apply when workers
The works, worth $500,000,
are being carried out as part of
the Australian Government's
road maintenance funding to
WAIKERIE'S Santa's Cave has
had another bumper year with more
than 6000 people visiting the popular
local icon in 2014.
It held a preview night with a
record number of 75 guests and a
total of 6183 people visited the cave
during the Christmas and New Year
Santa's Cave Committee presi-
dent Cheryl Mortimer said members
received positive comments from
"New stock was sold in the shop
and the comments of the new set up
of the shop and the different types
of gifts available to buy was very
favourable," she said.
"Many favourable comments
were recorded in the visitors book,
with many visiting from around
Australia and Canada and the Neth-
"The children loved the scenes
from their favourite movies over
the past years and many loved the
"We try to put in something new
every year and this year it was the
dual light posts."
Twenty-seven buses visited San-
ta's Cave and many noted that the
larger signs on the highway were
helpful to locate the cave.
Mrs Mortimer said the cave was
a success because of the help from
many local community groups.
"I would like to thank every-
one who has helped in any way to
making 2014 Santa's Cave a success,"
"I'd especially like to thank the
Men's Shed, craft groups and in-
dividuals who made pieces for the
cave, volunteers, business, Waikerie
Rotary and Lions clubs and the Dis-
trict Council of Loxton Waikerie,"
"We are holding a barbecue on
Sunday, January 18, at the river front
to say thank you to whoever has
helped throughout the year."
Santa's Cave committee are look-
ing for people who would like to help
or give advice about how to improve
the displays and what to sell in the
They are encouraged to con-
tact Cheryl Mortimer by calling
8541 3007, 0431 355 604 or by email
Santa's Cave Committee's annual
general meeting will be held on
Monday, February 2, in the meet-
ing room of the council chambers
Second chicken farm on the way
Another huge festive season for Santa's Cave
LOXTON Waikerie Mayor Leon Stasinowsky and Santa's Cave committee vice president Carole Datson
pictured in front of the popular Madagascar display last year.
Highway widening starts MEMBER for Chaffey Tim
Whetstone has promised the
Opposition would scrap the
emegency services levy should
the SA Liberals be elected to
government in 2018.
"The State Liberals will scrap
Labor's massive increases to the
emergency services levy that were
introduced in last year's State
Budget if elected in 2018," he said.
"I've spoken extensively to in-
dividuals, families, businesses and
community and sporting groups
across the Riverland and Mallee
and it is clear the ESL rise is an-
other tax burden, another impost,
so this is a very important an-
"Scrapping Labor's ESL rise
will lessen the huge tax burden,
particularly on families and busi-
nesses. Local charities, schools,
multicultural groups, farmers and
homeowners have all been forced
to pay the increase and will wel-
come this announcement."
"I've seen ESL increases in
the region of up to 1000 per cent,
as well as hikes on motor vehicle
registrations and community and
"These increases just add to
the cost of living for households,
the tax burden on businesses and
are an insult to our emergency
"Particularly in regional areas,
we need to be creating jobs and
reducing cost of living pressures,
instead of increasing taxes and de-
creasing the likelihood of further
Whetstone promises emergency levy cut
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