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Cops catch local hoons
A 20-year-old Waikerie man was reported
for misuse of a motor vehicle after doing a
burnout in Leonard Norman Drive last week.
His vehicle was impounded for 28 days and he
will face court at a later date.
A second man was reported for driving un-
licensed after police pulled him over on Holder
Top Road in Waikerie.
The 28-year-old Mildura man has never held
a licence and also had his car impounded for
28 days. He will appear in court at a later date.
Swan Reach drug bust
A 77-year-old man will face court over can-
nabis plants found at his Swan Reach home
At 1.30pm last Tuesday, police attended the
man's home and located 10 cannabis plants
being grown hydroponically. Two pipes were
also located and seized.
The man was reported for cultivating can-
nabis and will appear in the Berri Magistrates
Court at a later date.
Operation River Safe in town
Police focused on the River Murray between
Mannum and Morgan over the long weekend
as part of Operation River Safe.
Over the long weekend police conducted
37 breath tests and 36 drug tests, from which
there was one positive result for cannabis.
Water Operations police also issued 12
expiation notices or cautions for a range of
offences including boat drivers not having a
licence, and not wearing a life jacket.
MID Murray Council is continuing
to work with the Waikerie Medical
Centre to boost health services in
Morgan and Cadell after the closure
of GP services in Cadell.
Chief executive officer Russell Peate,
Mayor Dave Burgess and councillors
Kevin Myers and Brenton Schmitt met
with Waikerie Medical Centre's Dr Alan
Miller, Dr Ken Wanguhu and practice
manager Marilyn Hahn, to discuss the
closure of GP services at Cadell and the
current services at Morgan.
Mr Burgess said council wanted to
continue communicating with the medi-
cal centre to work on building better
services for Morgan and Cadell.
"It was good to communicate with the
clinic to see how services are going in
Morgan," he said.
"The Cadell facilities are quite poor
and aren't up to scratch to see patients or
for medical centre staff to work in.
"We discussed the logic behind closing
Mr Burgess said options existed for
people in Cadell to help them attend ap-
pointments in Morgan.
"There will still be a block of appoint-
ments saved for Cadell patients," he said.
"There is also a community car in
Morgan that can pick patients up from
Cadell and bring them over.
"We want to be able to help provide
the best service we can for Morgan and
"A major thing we got out of the
meeting today was to (try to) regain the
community nurse that was previously
offered at the clinic.
"I think this will benefit people more
than a once-a-month service at Cadell.
"We will be looking at lobbying the
State Government to get this service
Mr Myers agreed that the commu-
nity nurse would be a valuable service
"This was a great service," he said.
"The community nurse was like a
middle man for patients and doctors.
"They can take blood pressure and
can ensure patients are following up with
An SA Health spokesperson said the
Riverland Community Health Service
provided a community nurse service to
the Waikerie Medical Centre prior to 2008.
However, this service underwent some
changes in 2008 which saw a shift from
the provision of services at a GP clinic
to being delivered within people's homes.
"The community nurse continues
to visit clients in Morgan, Cadell and
Blanchetown," she said.
"The nurse can also work closely with
general practitioners at local practices,
as well as other health service provid-
ers to help manage the health of mutual
Community nurse the answer?
MID Murray Council elected members Brenton Schmitt, Kevin Myers and Mayor Dave
Burgess met with representatives from the Waikerie Medical Centre recently to disuses
health services in Morgan and Cadell.
PHOTO: Jayme Koch
Year's Eve at
A LOCAL MP has
Paringa Council Mayor
Neil Martinson on his
reappointment as chair
of the Murraylands
and Riverland Regional
Member for Barker Tony
Pasin said he looked for-
ward to continuing working
with Mayor Martinson.
Boards provide a crucial
link between government
and business," said Mr
"By having someone
who understands that
crucial relationship, like
Mayor Martinson, as chair
will help drive future eco-
nomic development in the
"The Federal Govern-
ment is always searching
to boost local prosperity
because it enables our com-
munity to enjoy a higher
standard of living and give
hope to our young people."
Mr Pasin said Regional
Development Boards helped
develop local solutions to
"They build partner-
ships to deliver strategies
and sustainable infrastruc-
ture and services to their
regions," he said.
"These roles obviously
require a chairman who
can harness the talent and
potential of local communi-
ties that want to develop a
strong economic future and
I am confident Mayor Mar-
tinson is uniquely suited
for given his experience
Neil back in RDA chair
RIVERLAND police caught
three local men allegedly
breaking the road rules on the
Sturt Highway over the Australia
Day long weekend.
The first incident occurred in
Blanchetown at about 11.50am on
Friday, when a patrol arrested a
39-year-old Gerard man for driving
with a disqualified licence.
The man, who was bailed, alleg-
edly previously had his licence dis-
qualified until 2017.
A police spokesperson said the
second report occurred near Waik-
erie later that day at 7.35pm.
"A 26-year-old man from Menindee
was detected travelling at 105km/h
in an 80km/h zone," said the spokes-
"Further enquiries revealed the
man has never held a driver's li-
The spokesperson said the man
was reported for exceeding the speed
limit and driving unlicensed.
FORECAST MIN/MAX FROST RISK
UPPER LEVEL LOWER LEVEL FLOW SALINITY
RIVERLAND WEATHER SIX DAY OUTLOOK
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RIVER MURRAY DAILY DATA WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28TH
Data courtesy of SA Water - Berri Operations Unit
Wednesday January 28
Thursday January 29
Friday January 30
Saturday January 31
Sunday February 1
Monday February 2
Lock Three (Overland Corner) 9.81
Lock Two (Taylorville)
Lock One (Blanchetown)
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