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ATTRACTING a growing
number of recreational vehicle
(RV) and caravan users will be
the aim of a short-term parking
area to be established on the
Waikerie Civic Centre lawns.
The District Council of Loxton
Waikerie (DCLW) recently held a
public consultation on the proposal,
with elected members agreeing to
proceed with the project at Friday's
Of the four written submissions
received, three supported the plans
while one raised concerns.
The Waikerie Rotary Club told
council it was "very happy" with
the proposal "as it can only be good
for the town".
"It will have no impact on the
(Waikerie Continental) Food Fair
at all and therefore you are wished
every success with this venture,"
the club's letter states.
A Waikerie couple referring to
themselves as 'motor homers' and
'grey nomads' commended council
for "taking the initiative in making
such an area available and inviting
public opinion and consultation.
"Due to the physical size
and manoeuvrability of some
of these (recreational) vehicles,
it is essential that easy access
(to) suitable parking is available
in close proximity to local
businesses," the letter states.
However, Dowling Street
residents Daphne and Jenni
Christiansen wanted more
information about the project,
including how council decided on
the number of vehicles it would
The Christiansens also
questioned whether signage would
be erected on the Sturt Highway
to encourage motorists to use
the facility, and what impact the
altered park area would have on
nearby houses such as theirs.
"The park is a beautiful area
that the community enjoys," the
"It should be kept the way it is."
Waikerie woman Ann Woolf
wrote in her letter to council that
the RV/caravan park was a "good
idea" but she was concerned about
traffic conditions in the area.
Ms Woolf said turning right
onto Civic Avenue from Dowling
Street was problematic because of
parked cars obstructing the view.
"If there is an RV park there
with a lot more traffic, there
could be a nasty accident at this
junction," she said.
DCLW chief executive officer
Peter Ackland told The River News
he had met with the Christiansens
to answer their queries.
"They appeared to be reasonably
satisfied, although they didn't
withdraw their complaint," he
said. "We're taking (their concerns)
seriously. (The park) is going to
be vegetated so that it looks less
Mr Ackland said the RV park
would require minimal works to
become functional, and council
would investigate a timeline for the
road sealing and establishment of
a dumping point.
"Essentially it's not much more
than a road and vegetation," he
said. "We're aiming to have it done
on this side of the financial year."
Mr Ackland said signage in the
vicinity of the RV park would direct
motorists to the site, and council
would notify the Campervan and
Motorhome Club of Australia of
"(The RV park) is one of a range
of projects that we're trying to
implement to help bring people
into Waikerie," he said.
Mr Ackland said private
initiatives including the caravan
park redevelopment, golf club
upgrades and hotel rebuild would
also contribute to a boost in visitor
"We want to make sure that
people enjoy their experience
here," he added.
PAGE 4 EDITORIAL
Revved up for RV park
CCW in ﬁnal
REGIONAL wine body CCW
Co-operative is among five local
businesses to share more than $2
million in grants from the final
round of the State Government's
Riverland Sustainable Futures Fund,
The organisation will put its $200,000
grant towards the development of a
grape and wine education and marketing
centre at Glossop, where up-to-date
training will be provided to CCW's
Other recipients included Loxton's
Riverview Lutheran Rest Home and P.
Costi and Sons, while Berri's Ingerson
Citrus and Renmark's Apricot Grove
also received funding.
Minister for Regional Development
Gail Gago said the successful projects
would generate employment, training,
grower support, production efficiency
and increased volumes across different
sectors in the Riverland region.
"The State Government is committed
to supporting regional South Australia
in driving their own futures," Ms Gago
"These five varied and exciting
projects all represent further investment
in existing businesses, and will assist
the region to diversify its economic
The $20 million Riverland Sustainable
Futures Fund was established to
assist with industry restructuring
and promote economic and social
development in the region.
Ms Gago said the final round of
projects to receive funding would create
a total of 231 jobs and was set to generate
about $48 million in investment.
She said another significant
Riverland project was under
consideration, which if successful
would mark the Riverland Sustainable
Futures Fund's closure.
attended a blaze at Nikalapko
Station, near Morgan, are
being praised for their efforts
against last week's sweltering
heat and wild winds.
Nikalapko joined dozens of
properties affected by bushfires
across South Australia when
lightning struck a tree and
sparked a blaze last Thursday.
About 300ha of mallee scrub
was blackened and kilometres of
power lines were damaged on the
private pastoral land.
The station's homestead was
unaffected as it was located far
from where the fire broke out.
Easing weather conditions
and the quick actions of Country
Fire Service (CFS) crews
helped more than 100 volunteer
firefighters bring the situation
under control on the weekend.
CFS Mid Murray group
officer Mike Arnold praised the
local Cadell, Morgan, Waikerie,
Blanchetown and Eastern
Districts brigades in attendance.
"It was terrible conditions out
there," he said.
"It was 49C on Friday
afternoon and the wind picked
up and we could barely see.
"A lot of locals got behind us
and helped where they could.
It was fantastic to have their
Mr Arnold said 12-hour shifts
and backburning were key in
controlling the fire.
"We fought it very hard in the
early stages to ensure it wouldn't
get out of hand," he said.
"We had to fight it on our own
as there were other fires across
"Backburning was essential
for when the wind changed,
so the fire had no chance of
"It could have been a lot worse
if we didn't get onto it straight
Mid Murray Council donated
a grader and driver to assist in
controlling the fire, while local
supermarkets Woolworths and
Foodland donated food and
A Cadell CFS volunteer
needed ambulance assistance
when foam burned his eye, but
no other injuries were sustained
during the firefighting efforts.
Nikalapko's Angus Reid told
The River News he was grateful
for the local response, which
helped protect more land and
the station's sheep from being
Mr Reid said he was impressed
with the local volunteers who
worked 12-hour day and night
shifts to extinguish the blaze.
"They did a really good job,"
The Reid family extended
their thanks in a letter published
in today's River News.
PAGE 4 LETTERS
CFS firefighters set up a base away from the fire, which took several
days to bring under control.
PHOTO: Sheri Schubert
and Jayme Koch
MORE than 100 volunteer firefighters attended a blaze at Nikalapko Station, near Morgan, after lightning set part of the property alight on
Thursday. INSET: A tree succumbs to the flames.
PHOTOS: Angus Reid
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