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Kaitlyn Opie - Editorial
Learning the ropes of Waikerie
THE smallest things always make settling in to
a new place that much easier.
Whether that is the best place to get coffee, or
something nice for lunch.
Even trying to find a handyman willing to cut
My former colleague Megan Frankel-Vaughan,
a Waikerie girl, gave me a piece of advice I haven’t
Apparently a great place to buy fruit is the
Who would have thought?
So far, I have been out walking my little fluff
ball of a dog, trying to familiarise myself with
At least now we can find our way home with-
out too much trouble.
Thanks to all those who have given advice or a
Do you have any tips or advice to offer on life
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Tafe spends big on
Waikerie High School is set to
benefit from $4.6 million injection
of funds to TAFE SA and Riverland
The funding announced last
week will primarily be used to
upgrade facilities at the TAFE SA
Berri Campus, while Waikerie
High School will receive about
$120,000 to upgrade one of its
Brave four-year-old Millie
(Emiliah) Wood saved her two-
year-old brother Tasman from a
potential snake attack.
Both children had been play-
ing in their grandmother ’s back-
yard (Sandra Lochert), when Millie
spotted a snake on the footpath.
She said, “I saw a snake – it
had a red neck and a brown
body.” The snake was 60cm and
blocking the entrance to the back
On January 30, 1995, a
determined and concerted effort
came to a successful conclusion.
It was on this day Dr Brice
Douglas, chairman of Port of
Morgan Historical Museum and
Heritage Society, met with the
Department of Environment and
Natural Resources to sign accep-
tance of a National Estate Project
Grant from the Commonwealth
of Australia, specially to retain
and protect the remaining section
of the Morgan Wharf.
Grant to retain
Brave Millie saves little
brother from snake bite
April 3, 1980
Michelle sets new record
Outback Service Stations
LIKE outback pubs, outback service sta-
tions often do a lot more for the travelling
public (and locals) than dispense fuel.
One of the best examples I know is Hawker
Motors in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges.
It was originally operated by Fred Teague,
one of the ‘old school bush men.’
Prior to that he had many bush jobs, in-
cluding driving the Birdsville Mail.
His welcome would never vary.
As well as giving excellent service, he
had a wealth of information on the Flinders
Fred died a few years back, and his son
John took over the running of it, with wife
John is a chip off the old block, and the
same helpful friendly service applies.
When the periodic grasshopper plagues
strike, he would be out cleaning people’s
windscreens, with his special remedy. A rare
service these days.
Last year I injured my back, and my mate
had to stand by the open door of my OKA
(high vehicle), while I clamoured on to his
back, before sliding slowly to the ground.
John was watching with an amused look
on his face, before joking that he could ‘give
me a rub down’.
That gave me an idea, so we set something
up for the next trip in a week’s time.
A week later, on my way back to Hawker,
I had been singing the praises of Hawker
When we pulled up (my back was still a bit
stiff) I did the sliding off my mate’s back bit,
and as I hit the ground, Johnny Teague walks
up saying, “Come over here Rex, and I’ll give
you a rub down.”
I walked over to a wheelie bin, half drop-
ping my strides as I hung over it.
John pulled my shirt up, took out some
liniment, and began a back massage, being
quite serious about the process.
My party were pretty impressed, and I just
told them that any good outback servo would
do the same!
During a recent heatwave, a Kiwi tourist
pulled up in a Toyota Yaris.
He had just changed a flat tyre, and his
wheel was on its way off, as he hadn’t tight-
ened the wheel nuts when the vehicle was
lowered off the jack.
John noticed the bloke was acting strange-
ly, and recognised that he probably had a
‘touch of the sun’.
He didn’t have the particular tyre required,
but could get it by the next morning.
He suggested to the bloke that he book into
a motel with air conditioning on, and take it
The bloke was doing it cheap, sleeping in
his car, and said he couldn’t afford the motel.
Then he said he needed fuel, took his petrol
vehicle to the diesel pump and filled it up!
John had to drain it out (his cost).
After that the Kiwi took off for Port Au-
gusta without a spare wheel.
Wasn’t a lot more John could do for him,
but it wasn’t through lack of trying.
Cut through the tape?
The District Council of Loxton Waikerie
(DCLW) has publicly acknowledged the valu-
able contributions of volunteers within the
Recently, an organisation, with its own
personal injury and public liability insur-
ance cover, offered volunteer labour to assist
the building of a public playground.
However, reportedly a DCLW representa-
tive instructed the volunteers of the require-
ment to adhere to stringent conditions, such
as being fully clothed from feet to hands,
wearing of high visibility vests, steel-toed
safety boots, safety glasses etc.
Consequently, the volunteering did not
proceed that day.
Maybe I was naive in believing DCLW
would be actively encouraging and assisting
volunteering? Perhaps some may perceive
that the imposition of bureaucratic red tape
is stifling volunteering?
Tom Loffler, Waikerie
I would like to thank all those involved in
helping with the barbecue at the Waikerie
Markets on Saturday, February 7.
We raised $405.65 for the bushfire appeal.
This money was banked at Bank SA Waik-
erie. Thanks to staff for their help. I would
like to thank Dave, Ellen, Sandy, John, Leon-
nie, Marion, Michelle and Trevor for their
support and help on the day.
Beryl Loffler, Waikerie
Recently you may have received a news
release from Robert Brokenshire MLC titled
CFS Volunteers told no to meeting with
In that statement, there is an assertion
that I have refused to meet with the Country
Fire Service Volunteer Association.
This accusation is incorrect, has no
substance behind it and is nothing more
than political grandstanding from Mr Bro-
I am meeting with the CFS VA on Febru-
ary 23, 2015, along with the other members
of the reference group who are helping
guide the reform of the Emergency Services.
After the Government approved the over-
all structure of the new sector, it was agreed
by all members of the reference group that
any discussions about the refor m would
happen in these meeting’s to ensure an open
and transparent process.
I want to honour that agreement. In fact,
if I was to hold side meetings with other par-
ties, the CFS VA would be the first to accuse
me of side deals.
I am more than happy to meet with any
volunteer or paid member of the sector and
discuss the reform – and I have made that
commitment openly – but to meet with the
VA separately from the other parties would
go against a process they agreed too.
Having said this, I am more than happy to
meet with the VA on any other matter about
the sector and have recently written to them
to assure them as such.
State Emergency Services Minister
MICHELLE Gallard flies up and over the bar in the under 13 girls high jump setting a new
school record of 1.33m. Waikerie High School sports day was held in perfect conditions and
the running track was in the best condition for some 10 years. The standard of the competition
was encouraging with a number of records broken on the day.
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