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The winner receives the latest Wiggles CD
Entries close 3pm Friday 13th March 2015 -
Drop entries to Renmark Office or post to
The Murray Pioneer, Box 832, Renmark SA 5341.
Winners will be published in The Murray Pioneer 16th March,
The Loxton News 17th March and The River News 17th March.
MEMBER for Chaffey Tim
Whetstone has presented
Waikerie Rotary Club with
a South Australian flag -- a
fitting gesture from a former
state and national water skier.
Mr Whetstone was guest speak-
er at the club's February 18 meet-
ing and said he was proud of his
farming roots, with his journey
in life starting at Keith in SA's
His father Graham was a stock
agent who "spent all his time
either in the car, or on the phone,"
while mother Judy was a nurse.
The family later moved, run-
ning a Poll Hereford stud and a
120 head herd of dairy cows, but
Mr Whetstone was not a fan of the
He had a break from farming
life during his secondary school
years, attending Henley High
School in Adelaide along with
Premier Jay Weatherill and other
past and present day politicians.
"It was a school of politics and
I was one of those teenagers who
was a bit of a rebel," Mr Whet-
"Those were growing up days."
The Country Fire Service and
Meals on Wheels volunteer later
became a fitter and turner at
Holden, but was retrenched in
1982, observing that "politics gets
in the way of business".
He worked his way up to the
role of project manager in the
Moomba gas fields and then nur-
tured a love of muscle cars and
boats, building and restoring
"But I had to make money, I
couldn't just live on love and the
smell of an oily rag," he said.
Mr Whetstone moved to the
Riverland in 1989 as a citrus and
grape grower, with water becom-
ing another passion -- or perhaps
just building on his water skiing
"Water is why I got into politics
-- but the powers that be made me
spread my wings and I think that
was good for me," he said.
"(Overall, I have) represented
South Australia in water skiing
for 20 years and Australia for 12
"It has really opened my eyes
to the many different facets away
The MP's first Australian water
skiing title was in 1979 and his last
attempted title was 2002.
He has three children, Nic,
Charlotte and Eliza, who live in
"I do 100,000km a year, so I do
spend a lot of time on the road,"
Mr Whetstone said.
"You've got to be a jack of all
HOT off the heels of the
hugely successful arena
spectacular Big Show tour of
Australia, The Wiggles are
rocking into 2015 with Rock and
Roll Preschool, on CD, DVD, at
HOYTS cinema locations as well
as a national live tour.
The Rock and Roll Preschool CD
has rocketed straight to number
one on the iTunes children's album
chart since it was released early
last month, a sure sign The Wiggles
are as popular as ever. The CD and
DVD offer fun new tracks like That's
the Sound of Rock & Roll, Wake Up!,
Dance with Emma, and I Want a
The fab four of the under-fives
rock the Preschool CD, DVD and
live tour with their favourite friends
Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feath-
ersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the
To stay up-to-date with The Wig-
gles and keep up with all the fun visit
them at www.thewiggles.com.
Wiggles rockin' and rolling with new DVD
Youth sought for program
Feedback needed for retirement review
for Ageing Zoe
Bettison has called
for feedback on the
Ms Bettison, said a
new bill replacing the
1987 act, would provide
greater consumer pro-
"Since the original
act was implement-
ed, the industry has
"The development of
the bill has been guided
by the recommenda-
tions of the Parliamen-
tary Select Committee
on the retirement vil-
lage industry and the
State Government's re-
sponse to them."
Ms Bettison said the
bill clarified the rights
and responsibilities of
both operators and resi-
"This will enhance
tighter definitions and
improve consumer pro-
tections," she said.
"The changes will
also reflect contem-
porary practice of re-
tirement villages and
the needs of an ageing
South Australian popu-
Ms Bettison said
people could visit the
consultation for more
information, or to make
WAIKERIE Rotary Club
is calling for expressions of
interest for its Rotary Youth
Program of Enrichment
The Rotary International leader-
ship development program is open to
people aged 15 to 17 years.
This year, RYPEN will be in the
Adelaide Hills from April 10 to 12.
Waikerie Rotary Club New Gen-
erations co-ordinator Barb Gartley
said RYPEN was a fully paid program
and applications closed on March 24.
"As a RYPEN graduate you will
develop new skills in leadership,
team work, problem solving,
communication and public speaking,
motivation and goal setting," Mrs
She said people could visit the
website at http://ryla9520.org.
au/rypen/details/ or email club
secretary Maureen Phillips at
MEMBER for Chaffey Tim Whetstone (centre) presents Waikerie Rotary Club president Trevor Quast and Ted Angove with a South Australian flag.
PHOTO: Kaitlyn Opie
Whetstone's gift to Waikerie Rotary
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