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Waikerie Easter visitor boom
WAIKERIE Caravan Park’s overflow
section – which was closed to campers
last year – will be almost fully booked
Riverland West Chamber of Commerce
committee member Linda McKay said it
was good news for Waikerie.
But she emphasised that businesses
needed to stay open to maximise the ser-
vices available to visitors.
“A lot of people are coming to town, so
the giftware shops, the clothing stores in
our main street need to stay open over the
Easter long weekend,” she said.
“The men want to go fishing and the
women want to go shopping, so don’t close
the doors at noon on Saturday and not
reopen until Tuesday – it’s really important
to make an impression.
“This could be a very positive Easter for
Edwards Group chief executive Stephen
Edwards, whose family runs the caravan
park, said Easter bookings for the overflow
park began coming in about a month ago.
“We have 80 overflow sites booked and
there’s a little over 100 sites available,” Mr
“There are also 100 people booked into
the caravan park, which means over Easter
there will be 300 additional people in town.
“We’re hoping all local traders support
that influx of visitors and show the best
that Waikerie has to offer.”
Mr Edwards said the number of visitors
in town meant more money within the com-
munity, which would in turn help Waikerie
grow and thrive.
“The more services we can offer to locals
and tourists, the better,” he said.
“I think Waikerie is really well known,
but tourism is not just about accommoda-
“We need to make sure we have facilities
and services available with things to do and
places to see.”
Waikerie Visitor Information Centre
manager Lucy Quintel has been fielding
calls from Adelaide and interstate from
people wanting to reserve a camping spot
“We also have a lot of retur n visitors and
I’m really happy that the markets are on
this year to give people something to do,”
Ms Quintel said.
“Caudo’s Winery is great and Banrock
Station also helps keep them in the region.”
The information centre will be closed on
Good Friday, but open 10am to 4pm between
Easter Saturday and Easter Monday.
Mr Edwards said people enjoying what
Waikerie had to offer would be the best
Easter present ever.
“If everyone who stays in our park has
a great time and wants to come back next
year, that will make for a great Easter,” he
FOLLOWING in her family’s
footsteps, Morgan’s Ashleigh
Lindner has embraced her pas-
sion for cooking and embarked
on a successful career as a chef.
Growing up on a sheep station the
20-year-old learnt to cook from her
mother Michelle and grandmother
She has spent the past year study-
ing at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu
hospitality and cooking school.
In her short time at the 120-year-
old school Ms Lindner was awarded
the dux of her class and also received
the Golden Whisk award for her out-
standing performance and passion
to succeed in her field of work, along
with a $5000 scholarship.
She completed her Certificate III
in Commercial Cookery and is cur-
rently working towards an Advanced
Diploma of Hospitality.
Ms Lindner started at the school
last January, studying on campus for
six months with a six-month place-
ment in Port Douglas.
She said he learnt a lot working in
a professional kitchen.
“I’ve always wanted to become a
chef,” she told The River News
“It was a great experience and I
learnt a lot while I was there.
“Ideally I would love to work over-
seas, especially in France.”
Ms Lindner went to Waikerie
High School and graduated in 2012,
with a gap year in 2013 before moving
“I worked three jobs during my
gap year to pay for the course,” she
“I live on a sheep station near
Morgan so I cooked for shearers with
my mum and grandma.
“My mum and grandma are great
cooks and I learnt a lot off of them
and they are really proud of what
Ms Lindner is due to complete her
studies in February next year.
To apply for the prestigious cook-
ing school Ms Lindner said the appli-
cation process was similar to other
“You have to have a minimum
ATAR score and have to prove that
you are interested in the course,”
The course includes cooking
demonstrations and practicals.
Ashleigh serves a winner
MORGAN’S Ashleigh Lindner, 20, received the dux and Golden Whisk award for her class at Le Cordon
Bleu cooking and hospitality school in Adelaide. PHOTO: Jayme Koch
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