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Local residents have won a
battle to have a major section of
road officially renamed Ramco
The road had previously been
renamed Cadell Valley Road as
part of the District Council of
Loxton Waikerie Rural Property
Addressing project. The name
received widespread opposition
from the residents resulting in a
petition being forwarded to the
council seeking a change to the
‘traditionally used’ Ramco Road.
At its February meeting the
Mid Murray Council rescinded a
motion from its September 13,
2004 meeting that adopted the
Morgan ‘Lookout Site’ as the pre-
ferred site for the construction
of the proposed Morgan multi-
function community building.
Despite her reservations
about rescinding motions it was
moved by Deputy Heather Knipe
and seconded by Roger Lillecrapp
that council revisit the issue after
more bad publicity over the look-
out site in Adelaide media.
The State Minister for Hous-
ing, Local Government and Rec-
reation John Oswald was in Waik-
erie as part of a Riverland tour
inspecting Housing Trust stocks in
the area and meeting with local
government officials regarding
the amalgamation of Riverland
Housing Trust stocks
centre site motion
February 12, 1970
Claims world gliding record
MRS Sue Martin, a
member of Waikerie
established a new
Women’s Out and
Return world gliding
record, when she flew
a Libelle plane from
Waikerie to Balranald in
New South Wales and
back to Waikerie.
AFTER last week’s heat, to wake up with cool
breezes certainly puts a spring in our steps to
get going and do what we neglected last week.
As I am writing this I send cheers to all the
left handed people, it is ‘lefties’ celebration
day and we acknowledge that they are usually
Riverland Crows Supporters Group hosted a
successful membership renewal day at Cobdo-
gla Club on Sunday with a free barbecue lunch.
Adult membership is $20 each, or children, $5.
The committee has representatives from
all major towns and we welcome enquiries or
For many years we have sponsored players
from Adelaide Football Club, this enables our
committee to have lucky draws for our mem-
bers to attend AFL games at Adelaide Oval.
I am pleased that Waikerie residents were
winners at Sunday’s barbecue. Guest speaker
was Adelaide Football Club consumer business
manager Tom Rayner.
To become a member call Kevin Datson on
8541 3229 or Gwen on 0408 609 304.
Warrawee residents are taking a coach to
Bella Lavender Farm at Winkie next Thursday
for lunch. There are places still available. For
more information call Gwen on 0408 609 304
On Sunday the much anticipated exhibition
In Flanders Fields will officially open at Rain-
moth Gallery at 2pm.
The exhibition marks the centenary of the
First World War.
We encourage residents to attend this
exceptional display, it is the first of the Anzac
displays that will honour those brave men and
women that served in war so that we can be
The poppy project has been one of our com-
munity events that we must acknowledge as
In Flanders Fields will be on display during
March and April and people can call Karen
Richardson on 8541 2559 for more information.
Naomi Campbell at Waikerie Bank SA will
continue to accept poppies until the end of
March for the display she is co-ordinating.
I will accept poppies until then as well at
There will be another knitting and crochet-
ing poppy morning on Saturday at Waikerie
Library from 10am until noon. We would like to
record how many poppies are made so if you
could write the amount on the packet it will
save counting again. Thank you.
Thought for the week: “Imagine all the
people living life in peace, you may say I’m a
dreamer but I’m not the only one. I hope some
day you’ll join us and the world will be as one.”
With Gwen Webber
IT has been interesting reading the articles
about the sector reform of the South Australian
emergency services in various newspapers.
I note that the majority of the CFS personnel
who are apprehensive about this proposal are
the ones generally involved with management of
brigades, groups and deal with the administrative
positions in our HQ. These people have a true in-
sight into how things really function.
I am concerned that the public has been fed a
lot of spin by those driving this change process,
including Emergency Services Minister Tony Pic-
colo. One of the key issues is that of process.
Mr Piccolo released a discussion paper in 2014
and took it on a road show. This document had
little detail. Many questions were asked and each
meeting the goal posts changed and they are still
The Government has advertised to fill a new po-
sition of commissioner who will replace our cur-
rent chief officers and South Australian Fire and
Emergency Commission (SAFECOM) board. Only
now we have an Emergency Services Reform Office
(ESRO) established with three people gathering
information so they can design a new structure to
be given to the new commissioner.
On July 1, the new commissioner will take
control and will report to Mr Piccolo. The commis-
sioner also has the prerogative to throw out all or
any of the proposals from the ESRO.
This creates major concerns. How can the Gov-
ernment justify its claim of consultation when
the final structure will be implemented with the
approval of two people? All this will be completed
and we have not yet had a financial costing made
to see if it is affordable or workable. As for gov-
ernance, there must be an independent board to
manage the organisation to stop manipulation of
proper process for political purposes.
Please support us by signing the petition.
David Lindner, CFS Volunteer Association
Riverland branch president
Editor’s note: Mr Piccolo has since assured that
“the chief officer positions (will be) retained as
operational heads of their respective service.”
Letter of the week
I BELIEVE it to be the start of a continued
decline in the Waikerie economy.
In 2011 Waikerie Storage, now known as
Waikerie Self Storage, evolved with the inten-
tion to provide people from out of town a place
to store their boats when taking holidays here.
When the caravan park changed its rules on
the storage of caravans, people were left with
the dilemma of how to tow their boat and van
at the same time.
I have maintained low storage fees, half the
cost of elsewhere for the continued purpose of
tourism to our beautiful town.
With a recent complaint to council after
four years of having a sign on private property,
all advertising signs along the highway in the
State Government zone need to be removed by
Friday, February 27 or fines will be enforced.
Ninety per cent of my clients say that they
were aware of the facility due to the roadside
sign. Without the sign I have concerns regard-
ing the longevity of my business. Roadside
signs give tourists the opportunity to see what
a town has to offer and notify of upcoming
Council has said if I can find a place to
situate my sign in the 80km/h zone I can then
apply to council to re-erect the sign, but that is
unclear as I have been told that you cannot ad-
vertise your business on someone else’s land.
As I reside on Searle Road, advertising at
the front of my premises would not reach the
passing public. I fail to see if the sign is on the
highway still, what difference it makes to its
positioning. Surely a congestion of signs in a
80km/h zone would be more of a traffic hazard
then of those situated starting at the speedway
With the future removal of the Murray
River Queen I feel that there will be a huge
impact on our local economy.
I strongly believe that it is time that local
government review some of their policies with
the survival of country economy at risk.
Lee-Anne Ellis, Waikerie
Unsafe Waikerie Ferry
I WOULD like to bring to the attention of
ferry users that the Waikerie Ferry is unsafe.
When you drive on the downstream side
there is a rail fence that will not let you open
your door to get out.
If you are in a B-double or semi-trailer
your door will hit the roof, in a smaller truck
or car your door will hit the rail fence.
In the event of an emergency, what hap-
pens when you can’t get out?
This is a new ferry, but after 24 hours of
operation it broke down for one hour on a
hot afternoon. It is slower than the old ferry.
It appears to be narrower, it has a capac-
ity to carry 90 tonnes, but I have heard it
has been reduced to 60 tonnes. Years ago
you could put two semis on side by side, but
not now. If it was wider you could put two
B-doubles on empty, thus helping to reduce
traffic line up. The landing hook bars are
too narrow and should be further apart.
Why isn’t it designed to cope with modern
I write this letter as I know I will get more
response from the Department of Transport
and the public needs to know that it has oc-
cupational health and safety issues with the
I would also like to mention the weight re-
duction on Cadell Ferry – another ploy to try
to close it. The department needs to upgrade
Cadell Ferry now.
All registrations have gone up, road users
pay dearly for these services, as ferries are
part of road systems. I suggest that a bridge
be built at Waikerie to make a lot of frus-
trated ferry users happy.
Bruce Armstrong, Waikerie.
PPE for volunteers?
I HAVE been informed that when volun-
teers were initially given District Council of
Loxton Waikerie (DCLW) safety ‘induction’
directions that they left the Loxton Pioneer
The November 2013 DCLW meeting min-
utes record that volunteers are to be “issued
with the required personal protective equip-
ment (PPE) at council’s cost”.
Has DCLW provided the PPE, such as re-
quired footwear, clothing etc, to volunteers?
Volunteering activity requiring photo-
copying was previously able to be accessed
free via DCLW facilities. Now, volunteers
are required to pay full commercial rates for
DCLW mulches green waste and wood cut
offs onsite and the material is used as cap-
ping over closed landfill sites. Salvageable
wood, from DCLW Waikerie transfer station,
was previously able to be accessed and wood
cut-offs deposited without cost to volunteers.
Now, no salvaging is permitted and the
full disposal fee is payable for depositing
wood cut offs. It appears DCLW’s purported
support may be at variance to that which
Tom Loffler, Waikerie.
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