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Regatta packs river
About 300 Sea Scouts packed
the Waikerie river front for a mas-
sive regatta on Saturday.
With roads blocked and local
shops full, Riverland Scouts dis-
trict commissioner Kevin Myers
said the day was a great success.
The new Waikerie Assembly
of God Church received a boost
on the weekend when 12 helpers
chipped in to assist contractors
erect internal walls.
Pastor Enzo Tirimacco said
local members and helpers from
other AOG congregations at-
tended the working bee to put
up gyprock walls in the interior
of the new 480 square metre
Alan Hillier, after successfully
steering the Waikerie Co-op
Producers into a stand alone
co-op and then to a successful
privatisation, will step down as
chairman of Waikerie Producers
Limited from April 1 this year.
Mr Hillier will take on the full
time role as the company's first
Alan Hillier to step
down as chairman of
Many hands make light
Letters of the week
I WRITE in response to Bruce Armstrong's
letter to the editor regarding safety on the
Waikerie ferry (River News, February 25, 2015).
The department has spent nearly $1 million
refurbishing this ferry to improve safety for
the operator and the general public.
The carrying capacity is the same as all
30-metre ferries which is 90 tonnes total and
the distance between the kerbs on the ferry is
consistent on all the 30-metre ferries.
The refurbished ferry has the same engine
modules and drive gear as the previous ferry.
Testing during commissioning of the ferry
confirmed the speed of the crossing was the
same as the previous ferry.
The Waikerie ferry is the only crossing that
provides access for B-double combinations up
to 62.5 tonnes via a permit arrangement that
has specific operational conditions.
Given the weight of the B-double trucks
they are loaded down the centreline of the
ferry to ensure increased stability of the ferry.
The ferry can carry all other general access
With the upgrade of this ferry a removable
fence has been added to the operator-side kerb
to provide delineation between the operator
and pedestrians to improve safety between
people and vehicles.
It is safer for people to remain in their cars
during the transit across the river.
The fence panels are easily removable, so
that in the event of an emergency the panels
can be quickly removed to allow people to step
out of their cars.
The landing hook bars are also the same
distance apart as the previous ferry.
Weight restrictions were placed on the
Cadell and Mannum ferries to maintain the
safe operation of these services.
The restrictions are a temporary measure
until new steel-hulled ferries are commis-
sioned and will ensure the current vessels con-
tinue to safely deliver vital services to people
and businesses along the river.
Two steel-hulled ferries are currently being
constructed and will be commissioned over the
next 18 months with the first ferry expected by
the end of 2015 and second in 2016.
Andrew Excell, traffic operations
acting manager, Department of Planning,
Transport and Infrastructure.
THE Riverland was the
destination of choice for
hundreds of visitors during the
long weekend together with
locals enjoying many planned
Well done to Ramco Football
and Netball clubs who ran a
well promoted and organised
Riverland West Fisherama with
Congratulations to all in the
winners circle, to others we say
better luck next time and thanks
for taking part, we are sure every-
one had a great day with family
Waikerie Markets were well
attended and many visitors
commented on how pleased they
were to attend and buy fresh
Groups relaxed and caught
up over a coffee and cake, or
breakfast which Waikerie Men's
Shed capably cooked.
We extend sincere sympathy
to the family and friends of Phyl
Phyl was a very special lady
who will be missed by her many
friends, especially those at
Sincere sympathy is extended
to the family and friends of
Mimie Magain upon her passing,
she will be sadly missed by her
family and friends.
The innovative idea of wrap-
ping our Tree of Knowledge with
poppies has certainly caught the
attention of locals and visitors.
We have been able to tell
them about In Flanders Fields,
the current exhibition at Rain
Moth Gallery, so should you be
chatting to a visitor, tell them
about it and encourage them to
visit.It is concerning for gallery vol-
unteers to hear comments from
visitors that they are amazed at
what Waikerie has to offer.
Most visitors have suggested
more signs to welcome them to
our river front and parks.
It has been a few years since I
went to WOMADelaide, but after
enjoying my Sunday there, I know
it will be on the must do list again
WOMADelaide is one of
Australia's most loved annual cel-
ebrations of music, arts, dance,
ideas and food from around the
It is about freedom, peace,
meeting former friends, meeting
new friends as you share special
places on the lawn by a shady
tree that you put the blanket,
chair and yourself on.
To be able to share the music
with thousands of people with
seven stages throughout the
Botanical Gardens, and an added
surprise for me, as I took the
walker for reassurance, I was able
to use special ramped areas.
A great viewing platform.
I recently met former
Riverland residents Derek and
Doris Thompson who have been
travelling Australia for the past
10 years and have come back to
the region to see family before
heading off again.
They are soon going to rest
and make a home base as they
are missing family and friends.
It was pleasing to read in last
week's Boomer pages in The Ad-
vertiser a full page story of former
Waikerie resident Ruth Potter and
her early years of teaching in the
1940s in remote areas of SA.
Ruth and Moss Potter have
many friends in Waikerie and the
Thought for the week: "Kind
words are like jewels that live in
the heart and remain as warm
memories long after they are
Kaitlyn Opie - Editor al
Art of life
FROM what I've heard, Waikerie people are not
necessarily 'into' art.
Which is fine, everyone is different and each
one of us has our own interests and pursuits.
But what I don't understand is people who
don't grasp the concept of art.
In April 2013 I was fortunate to travel with a
team of four others -- a teacher, a paramedic, an
engineer and an economic development officer
-- to the United States on a Rotary Group Study
We were privileged to be exposed to many as-
pects of American culture including the newspaper
industry, an ice hockey match, the Baseball Hall of
Fame, a biker bar, high schools and art galleries.
But while the engineer was polite to our hosts,
he later admitted that he just "didn't get" art.
What I didn't understand was 'why?'
I don't profess to know anything about engi-
neering, but the industry has so many parts to it
and each area has its own creative needs.
Isn't that all 'art' boils down to: finding a cre-
ative solution to a problem and then refining that
process or skill?
Sport and the arts are so often in opposition
to each other in Australia, fighting for the right to
exist and challenging each other for often limited
But what we forget is there is an art to every-
Footy players have probably stopped reading,
if indeed they were ever reading at all.
But you can't tell me that football is not an art,
that there is no knack to booting a leather Sherrin,
or being in the right position at the right time to
mark a ball as it wings its way across the oval.
You can't tell me that the football field's unique
combination of grass and mud and sweat and
the crowd atmosphere doesn't have an aesthetic
appeal to it.
Otherwise, why would we go back for more?
Art is not just dusty pictures hanging in a
It is all around us.
Wake up, and take the time listen to a song,
enjoy a cup of coffee, or teach a young person the
art of kicking a Sherrin.
I APPLAUD anybody with
enough gumption to set up
a new business, but I am
alarmed at the idea of re-
stricting public access to the
I thought the river was
supposed to be accessible to
What is the next step to
prevent skiers from using
the section near the pon-
I can remember the Lions
Club many years ago, donat-
ing time, labour and money
to build a wharf, for house-
boats to 'stop and shop' to
bring money into the town.
The wharf is also a big
attraction for young people
enjoying themselves in the
This 'pontoon', I imagine,
is the thing which has ap-
peared alongside the wharf.
To restrict public access
to this also means restricted
access to the wharf.
This may all be legal, but
to me it's totally immoral
that a public facility is sud-
denly under the control of a
Therefore I would like to
express my strong opposi-
tion to the proposed agree-
Jan Duffield, Waikerie
DURING the past 12
months, 70 Waikerie Men's
Shed members have record-
ed more than 9000 hours of
activities, with a significant
portion involving volun-
teering with community
With District Council of
Loxton Waikerie's provision
of a shed, funded in part
through caravan park sale
proceeds, our members have
contributed in excess of
$50,000 of in-kind labour to
build and fit out the commu-
nity use room, toilets, office
and workshop area, together
with about $9000 of expendi-
ture for materials.
Currently, we are build-
ing and funding an enclosed
kitchen and combined activ-
ities leisure area.
We hope to obtain council
approval to further enhance
men's shed activities, such
as metalwork, with the build-
ing of an additional shed
to be erected at no cost to
Waikerie Men's Shed ex-
tends an invitation for men
to 'drop in' for a cuppa and/
or activities on Tuesdays
and Thursdays between 9am
Terry Crispe, Waikerie
Men's Shed secretary.
Good prices gone
IT seems like the good times are over for the
price of unleaded petrol at Waikerie.
How can they possibly justify price hikes over
On Sunday, 112.9, Monday, 119.9, Tuesday morn-
ing 119.9, Tuesday afternoon 125.9, or a rise of 13
cents a litre.
Even when the cost of petrol was $1 a litre in
Adelaide we were paying $1.12 here.
To me, it is pure greed.
It's like what is lost in sales in the supermarkets
is made by pushing up the price of petrol.
RAA senior analyst Chris West says: "we are
concerned that motorists in regional areas have
not benefited from savings in the wholesale price,
relative to motorists in metropolitan areas".
We really need to look at how service stations-
support the Waikerie community. Yes, they support
us by giving local people jobs and that is great, but
Many organisations host events and run raf-
fles and do wonderful things for the people of
Businesses jump on board when asked to help
with donations and prizes for these raffles and
So therein lies my question: What do Riverland
service stations do? Keep watching the big signs, I
am sure there are more price rises coming.
Kevin Datson, Waikerie.
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