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Plague locust numbers con-
tinue to escalate with the de-
structive pest now spreading
throughout the Riverland.
PIRSA and the Australian
Plague Locust Commission began
surveying key regions of the
state, including the Riverland, to
gain an accurate mapping of the
locust “hot spots”.
While numbers of entries may
have been down for the Riverland
Regional Masters Games on the
weekend all who participated had
a wonderful time.
The swimming and athletics
held in relaxed and social atmo-
sphere in Waikerie were both
completed in one day instead of
the scheduled two days set aside
The much beleaguered Cadell
Training Centre, already under
threat of closure, was dealt
another body blow on Sunday
when Kingfisher dormitory at the
facility was gutted by fire.
CFS crews from Cadell,
Waikerie and Morgan attended
the scene at about 1.45pm when
the fire was detected in the
$300,000 damage in
Regional Masters down
on numbers – up on fun
With Gwen Webber
Waikerie Senior Citizens News
ATTENDANCES have been down lately as some
members are away on holidays and there has been
We all wish lnge Newman a speedy recovery
from her illness – lnge is always at our gatherings
and is much missed.
Members are looking forward to a street stall on
May 8, with a raffle and groceries as prizes.
But we are worried we may not have many flow-
ers, as our chrysanthemums have not come into
bud as they usually do at this time of year.
If any one has any flowers they are willing to
donate we would be most grateful, as this is our
only fundraiser for the year.
Members will be busy before the stall baking
cakes, pies and lots more for sale.
Fun Bingo will run on April 21, or the third
Tuesday of the month, with chocolates as prizes.
All those 50 years and older are invited to come
along to Waikerie Senior Citizens Hall between-
1pm and 1.30pm on a Tuesday afternoon.
You would be most welcome.
Billboard for Waikerie?
I FULLY agree with Vernon Morris’ suggestion
in the April edition of the River News.
A billboard with ‘Waikerie, the birth place of
the legendary footballer Mark Ricciuto’ would
certainly draw people into town to have a look.
My partner and I do a lot of travelling and we
often go for a look when there is a sign stating ‘this
is the birth place of...’ some noted person.
As Vernon stated, the billboards would cost a lot
less than a statue that could be vandalised.
I would suggest another option is to build a
toilet at the look out on the Sturt Highway on the
east entrance to our town and name it the Mark
Ricciuto Look Out, with a plaque explaining who
Mark is for those from other areas of the world.
Lavina Trezise, Waikerie
New Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows
the Abbott Government’s attack on renewable
energy has cost the country 2500 jobs since 2011-12.
The findings put the Government’s track record
on job creation in the spotlight.
Some will now view Prime Minister Abbott’s
2013 election promise to create two million new
jobs as empty rhetoric.
If the Coalition was serious about jobs in Aus-
tralia they would start supporting the renewable
energy industry instead of attacking it.
It’s time for the Abbott Government to come to
an agreement on the Renewable Energy Target.
failure to do so will result in more jobs losses and
further damage to our economy.
Friends of the Earth
I ENJOYED the John Farnham
and Oliva Newton-John Two
Strong Hearts concert in Adelaide
recently and it was great to see
other Waikerie residents enjoying
The professionalism of the
Celtic Illusion team at Chaffey
Theatre last week was also amaz-
ing. It is almost impossible to
describe just how talented these
In the lead up to Anzac Day
this weekend, Australian families,
groups and friends will meet
in cities and towns, at private
properties and public gardens to
acknowledge, give thanks and
remember this important event
in our nation’s history: the cente-
nary of Anzac Day.
Waikerie Rainmoth Gallery’s
In Flanders Fields exhibition will
close at the end of April.
Take the time to visit our
Anzac displays this month
at Waikerie RSL, Rainmoth
Gallery, Waikerie Public Library,
Waikerie’s Tree of Knowledge and
the local businesses who have
decorated their windows.
The movie The Water Diviner
was shown at the Waikerie
Institute on April 18 with support
from the Waikerie Rotary Club to
assist Waikerie RSL. Those who
saw the film for the first time will
now have greater insight into
World War I and the Gallipoli
Special birthday wishes to
Karingal resident Bill Bowey who
last weekend celebrated his 90th
Congratulations to Paul
White who has recently had a
three-page feature in the national
Creative Artist magazine.
Riverland Crows Supporters
Group committee will hire a
larger coach for the ‘get away’
weekend on May 30.
If interested in attending
the round nine game at Adelaide
Oval, or attending the group’s
sports dinner night on June 12,
call Gwen ASAP on 0408 609 304.
Congratulations and best
wishes to Tahlia Wills and Drew
May who have purchased Evella
Skin and Body, we wish them well
in their new venture.
Thanks to previous owner
Tanya Starling and her staff who
have given exceptional service.
Earlier this month Paul Gazzo-
la and Nadia Cusimano returned
Many people met Paul and
Nadia during the Temporary Art
Gallery display last year. Although
brief, this was an excellent
If you have or you know
someone who may have a ‘collec-
tion’ then Paul and Nadia would
like to meet you. The project is
part of a larger Country Arts SA
work called This is a River.
Residents who met Paul and
Nadia last year will be pleased to
know that they recently became
happy and proud parents to twin
sons Oscar Lorenzo Gomez and
Romeo Joao Lucas Cusimano-
Gazzola and the babies will be
coming with them to Waikerie
later this year.
If you can help, call Paul
on 0403 959 716 or email paul.
Thought for the week: Do not
wait, the time will never be ‘just
right’. Start where you stand and
work with whatever you have at
your command and better tools
will be found as you go along.
Kaitlyn Opie - Editorial
Taking time to reflect on Anzac Day
AS we approach the 100th anniversary of Anzac
Day this weekend, it pays to take a moment to re-
flect on the futility of war.
Two Waikerie couples have already left the
country to travel to Gallipoli for the dawn service.
It is a once in a lifetime experience and I am
sure that they will come back and share their expe-
riences with our wider community.
As I write this, my brother Nicholas, 14, has also
packed his bags and is travelling to Melbourne and
then on to Turkey for the dawn service.
It is a journey that was taken 100 years before
(albeit in a slightly different way), by young men
just a few years older than him.
We can never repay what Australia’s servicemen
and women have done for us.
But we can reflect and resolve, if at all possible,
to never let it happen again.
We all know that war destroys lives, families
and spirits, that after World War II and after the
Vietnam War that people were war weary.
But what we don’t see is the impact on mental
health...at least not until further down the track.
Yes, there are things worth fighting for... but we
must ask ourselves, at what price?
Lest we forget.
April 5, 1979
116 walkers raise $2367
THE Walk Against Wants attracted 116 people and two dogs and raised $2367. The 18km
course through the Waikerie Irrigation areas was completed by most of the people and one of
the dogs, and was held in fine weather conditions. The 81-year-old eldest walker completed
3km, while the eldest walker to complete the whole course was Ern Ohlmeyer, at 79 years
of age. The youngest entrant was a five-year-old who managed to walk 8km, and the fastest
time was set by four students from Waikerie High School, D. Nitschke, D. Mattner, J. Gillespie
and S. Arnold, who jogged around the route in two hours and five minutes coming in about
five minutes ahead of Doug Upton. Waikerie Community Aid Abroad group, which organised
the Wakl in Waikerie, thanked participants sponsors and helpers.
I went down, on
To see the parade
for Anzac Day,
There were lots
of old soldiers, row
They were all
marching, come what
Look at their
They must have
been so brave,
To fight the enemy
with all their might,
And to bury
friends in an early
We see them now
as grey old folk,
Though they were
lads back then;
Some of those sol-
diers were just young
But they fought
with the hearts of
It's hard to imag-
ine the hell they saw
harsh, and vast;
So, at the very
least, we should
When they go
An Anzac day tribute
poem for centenary
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