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Kaitlyn Opie - Editor al
Less than smooth move
IT was one of those moments that my journal-
istic colleagues like to reminisce about: arriving
in a new town, to take up a new job, generally on
a public holiday -- and something, or everything,
I arrived in Waikerie from Mildura on Australia
Day, late afternoon, to find the power was not con-
nected when it was supposed to be.
Witches of Eastwick thing going on with candles
and solar lights.
I waited from 8.30am to 10.30pm on Tuesday
for the SA Power Network guy to arrive.
Finally, he did and I had light and a much
needed cup of tea -- but no hot water.
Just like the Witches of Eastwick found out, we
can't have everything.
WAIKERIE people will support bushfire af-
fected Adelaide Hills residents at a Waikerie Mar-
kets fundraiser on Saturday. All proceeds raised
through the day's barbecue will be donated to a
Waikerie Garden Club news
Waikerie and District Garden Club will recom-
mence the new year with a meeting at the Ramco
Institute on Tuesday, February 10, at 7.30pm.
Lyn Lochert is the guest speaker for the evening
and will share her wide knowledge on all you need
to know about growing salvias.
There will also be the usual raffle and the
flower of the month competition and a cuppa to
finish off the evening.
All members and friends are welcome.
The garden club is organising a bus trip to
Strathalbyn to visit former Waikerie residents
Graham and Cynthia Nicholson's lovely gardens
at the end of March.
This should be a popular trip and more details
will be revealed next month.
Waikerie Garden Club
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THANKS to the organising committee of
Waikerie's Australia Day Spectacular for an
outstanding event, with the popular Flaming
Sambucos entertaining all.
Congratulations to all who received awards
on the night, they were very well deserved, and
may I say that it was a much clearer PA system
enabling more patrons to hear the formalities.
It was pleasing to meet former residents
who came back for the evening, chatting with
visitors who had come for the first time and also
meeting visitors who have been coming for sev-
eral years as they enjoy our excellent river front.
To all the stall holders who catered for the
multitude, you did well. The food was tasty and
enjoyable, as were the doughnuts and cappuc-
The fireworks spectacle was, as it is each
year, better than before!
Waikerie Neighbourhood Watch group
welcomes residents to the next meeting at the
Waikerie Senior Citizens clubrooms on February
9 from 1.30 pm.
The guest speaker for this meeting will be
Senior Constable Peter Santella, with afternoon
tea to follow the meeting.
As we are all aware this year there will be
many events to commemorate the Anzacs.
A local committee which includes Lynette
Nitschke are planning to present a display at
Waikerie RSL Clubrooms.
They are asking if residents would consider
loaning any family mementoes from any of the
wars for the display.
Waikerie RSL has a high security system so all
items would be safe.
Contact Lynette on 0428 475 618 with
photos or memorabilia to scan or copy for the
Just a reminder to all the poppy knitters, we
will be collecting them soon.
If you need any more wool, please give me a
call on 0408 609 304.
On Friday the Riverland and Mallee Voca-
tional Awards will be at Berri Resort Hotel from
6.30pm. Congratulations to all the finalists ac-
knowledged in last week's River News.
Waikerie residents extend sincere sympathy
to Glen Heinrich and family Sherilyn, Leanne,
Lester, and grandchildren Alyce, Brianna, and
Matthew upon the recent passing of Audrey.
Audrey will be sadly missed by her many
friends, especially those at Warrawee.
We acknowledge the recent passing of a
special woman, Carol Bristow, many Riverland
people have had the pleasure of meeting Carol
socially or as a guest speaker in her role as a
police officer. Our thoughts are with her hus-
band and children and her work colleagues.
We acknowledge the passing of former resi-
dent Elsie Berndt at Port Pirie and our thoughts
are with her daughter Maisie Hedley. Elsie
Berndt was the last living sibling of my mother
This will be one of the final weeks of the
Man Cave exhibition at the Rainmoth Gallery, so
if you haven't been able to see it allow yourself
some 'me' time. There is an extensive display
of items suitable for that special gift or simply
Congratulations to Mary Kelton upon her
recent 90th birthday celebrated with family.
Adelaide Crows supporters are advised there
will be a free barbecue at Cobdogla Club on Feb-
ruary 22 from 11.30am. Memberships can be
renewed on that day and we may have a special
guest speaker. Membership is $20 per person
and we welcome all interested supporters.
This year we have a get away weekend, day
trip to Adelaide Oval and sports night dinner
To assist with catering call Gwen on
0408 609 304 before February 13.
Yoga classes have resumed at Warrawee
Community, the beginners group are on 1st,
2nd,3rd and 5th Tuesdays of each month at 9.30
am and people can call 0408 609 304 for more
Thought for the week: "Not every home can
be 'house beautiful', but every home can be
filled with the spirit of loveliness -- the spirit of
warmth and caring."
I WANT to acknowledge that the South
Australian CFS makes a huge contribution
to our State. That is why from the outset of
the reform process I made it clear that on the
ground, the MFS, CFS and SES will remain as
separate identities and enjoy the operational
independence they have at the moment.
The conceptual model approved by govern-
ment incorporates three individual opera-
tional streams. The CFS operational stream
from the operational head through to the fire-
fighter will be made up of CFS personnel who
operate as they do today: the same uniform,
the same standard operating procedures and
most importantly the same incident manage-
However, above the operational head posi-
tion, I do want a flatter management structure;
I do want to remove duplication and bureau-
cracy. Most importantly, I want to realise
savings that can be redirected to frontline
services ensuring that our emergency service
personnel -- both paid and volunteer -- are
better resourced based on equity and the risk
profile of their communities.
Currently, the SAFECOM coard sits above
the CFS chief officer (and the MFS and SES
chief officers). It is proposed to remove the
board and replace it with the commissioner
for emergency services.
I also want to dispel other myths circulat-
ing about the proposed reform.
I want to strongly emphasise that the tried
and tested processes our emergency services
use -- including the Australasian Inter-service
Incident Management System -- will remain
to ensure our community remains safe. There
has never been any intention to change these.
In fact, I have demanded that the new commis-
sioner be appointed on the understanding that
these processes remain unconditionally.
There have been calls for a business case or
plan. To have prepared a business case before
the consultation had occurred would have
been predetermining the outcome of the en-
gagement process. I want to build a new sector
together with its members and the community.
A business plan and work schedule is now
being developed in consultation with a refer-
ence group made up of emergency service
stakeholders including representatives from
volunteers in the sector.
I have travelled the state for six months
talking to both volunteers and paid staff and
the process has not been rushed. I'd ask any
emergency service personnel who want to
discuss the reform to contact my office.
The reform process is just commencing
and there is still ample opportunity for all
emergency service members to have an input
in the design and implementation of the new
State Emergency Services Minister
Three local schools have
received a significant cash
injection from the State and
Member for Chaffey Karlene
Maywald was present at Waikerie
Primary School's first assembly
for the new year last week.
In front of students, teachers
and staff, Mrs Maywald pre-
sented a cheque for $92,000 from
School Pride Asset Program for
The spectacular electrical
storm that passed over Waikerie
recently also left the township in
According to a spokesperson
for ETSA Utilities a lightning strike
on the main transmission line at
North West Bend caused the in-
terruption to power supply.
The power was cut at 8.57pm
and was 80 per cent restored
at 1.07am and fully restored at
A truck driver's innocent stop-
over with friends at Morgan for a
few hours sparked a major scare
in the town.
The truck carrying chemi-
cal pesticides was found to be
leaking P15 Phenoxy pesticide
(DACONIT) when it stopped over
The discovery sparked an
investigation at Morgan and as a
result approximately 60 people
were evacuated from homes
around Second Street.
60 people evacuated
in Morgan chemical
Lightning strike leaves
region in the dark
March 20, 1980
Cowland wins SA 1 title
SA 1 title at
went into the
of his nearest
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