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Riverland has asked
District Council of Loxton
Waikerie for a funding
increase of 11.9 per cent.
The organisation also
hopes to secure an increase
of three per cent each year
In a funding proposal
which went before council
on April 17, Destination Riv-
erland stated that council
currently committed $53,000
But Destination Riverland's
new agreement requested a
contribution of $59,329 for the
2015-16 financial year.
The proposal outlined a
contribution of $62,941 each
from Loxton Waikerie, Berri
Barmera and Renmark Parin-
It stated that Destination
Riverland hoped to receive
a total income of $291,382
from funding partners with
the three Riverland councils
contributing 66 per cent of
But councillor Trevor
Norton said Loxton Waikerie's
contribution should be "no
more than 50 per cent".
Councillors passed a
motion in support of the pro-
posed funding agreement, but
were keen to have discussions
with the other Riverland coun-
cils.Councillors felt that Des-
tination Riverland needed to
consider its long term plan-
ning strategies, with an in-
creased contribution from the
tourism industry and a reduc-
tion of the collective councils
contribution to be no more
than 50 per cent.
"To let them get this is
letting them off the hook,"
councillor Deb Thiele said.
It is expected that repre-
sentatives from each River-
land council will discuss the
proposal in order to provide a
recommended common posi-
tion for further consideration
of each council.
The proposed agreement
shows Destination Riverland
will receive 17 per cent of its
budget from the SA Tourism
Commission, five per cent
from Regional Development
Australia Murraylands and
Riverland and 10 per cent from
Riverland tourism businesses.
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At District Council of Loxton
Waikerie's April 17 meeting in Waikerie,
councillor Kym Webber received an
answer to a question with notice.
Cr Webber had asked 'what can coun-
cil do, if anything, to avoid the some-
times dangerous congestion of parked
east-bound traffic on the roadside near
the Waikerie Visitor Information Centre
business precinct, and is a request for
speed reduction warranted?'
Council's infrastructure services
director Tim Tol provided a written
response, stating that the issue was a
matter for the Department of Planning,
Transport and Infrastructure.
Mr Tol wrote that council staff had
previously investigated the matter and a
reduction in the speed limit along the of-
fending section of the highway was "not
But Member for Chaffey Tim Whet-
stone told the River News at the communi-
ty safety meeting that "we're looking at it
actually happening out there right now".
"The safety issues are magnified
during public holidays and long week-
ends," he said.
"We've got mothers' groups saying that
they don't want to come here for meetings
because it's too dangerous."
Mr Whetsone said Viewpoint Cafe
owners were also concerned about their
customers, as were other other businesses
along the highway including Waikerie
Visitor Information Centre and Illalangi
Mr Wingard said last week that it was
great to see the community come out and
voice its concerns.
"We're here today and we're more than
prepared to listen," he said.
"Speed is one safety concern, along
with viewing pedestrians crossing the
"From my perspective as the Shadow
Road Safety Minister, I will be asking for
Mr Whetstone said he would engage
with local government on the matter
along with relevant businesses and take
the issue to Minister for Transport Ste-
phen Mulligan and the Department of
Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.
Mrs Gartley said the new lobby group
was named Waikerie Highway Safety
She said to join the group, or receive
updates on the issue, people could email
email@example.com, call 0433 345
859, or email Mr Whetstone directly at
"We will be forwarding the communi-
ty's stories and views to Tim Whetstone,
and he, along with Corey Wingard will be
writing a letter to the department with
our concerns, asking that they review the
highway situation," Mrs Gartley added.
Tourism body wants boost Nominate region's
NOMINATIONS are now open for this
year's South Australian Regional Awards.
The awards give individuals, groups and
organisations the opportunity to be recognised
for their achievements and contributions to re-
gional South Australian communities.
Last year's program received more than 2000
nominations and about 650 entries across the
state and awarded 259 individuals, organisations
and businesses for their contributions to the
Long-term Waikerie resident Gwen Webber
was among last year's regional winners, taking
home the Seniors Card Community Individual
Brand South Australia chief executive Karen
Raffen said every day South Australians in re-
gional communities achieved incredible things,
in their personal lives, businesses and commu-
"But those achievements too often go unrec-
ognised," she said.
Individuals, groups and businesses living,
working or based in regional South Australia
can nominate themselves or another person.
Nominations can be made online at
will close on Friday.
Concerns raised about highway dangers
CONCERNED Waikerie residents met with Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone and Opposition Spokesman for Transport and Road
Safety Corey Wingard at Viewpoint Cafe to discuss road safety concerns along the Sturt Highway last week. PHOTO: Kaitlyn Opie
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