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Major wineries harvesting
chardonnay grapes in the Riverland
will be ﬁnding it tough to get their
grapes into the wineries this year.
Those who can sell their crops
are stll unwaware of what prices
they will get.
It has been said thousands of
tonnes of chardonnay have already
gone onto the ground.
5 Years ago
Grim outlook for wine
10 Years ago
Popular television program the
The Great Outdoors had a ﬁlm crew
in Waikerie and Loxton and if their
enthusiasm for what they saw is any
indicaton, then the area is sure to
gain a much higher tourist proﬁle
afer the program goes to air.
Andrew Daddo was the on-
camera host for the eight-day
sojourn into the Riverland and
although they ﬁlmed three major
stories here, Andrew commented
they would have liked to have
compiled a few more stories to put
into a library for future use.
Great Outdoors to feature
Waikerie and Loxton
20 Years ago
With the Waikerie centenary
celebrations less than a month
away, a complaint has been received
about the squaters permanently
camped on the town’s river front.
The man who rang The River
News wants to remain anonymous
because of fear of reprisals, but
says that, in view of the fact the
Waikerie river front will be a feature
of the centenary celebratons, these
squaters should be moved.
Complaint about river
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Ryneisha Bol ard - Editor al
Wake up, Waikerie
'WAKE up, Waikerie' has
been going through my mind for
some time and, with the closure
of three shops in recent weeks/
months, I feel it is high time I
put my thoughts on paper.
business having to close its doors
through lack of patronage, and a
great loss to Waikerie residents
There are ample residents
in and around Waikerie and
surrounding districts to have
kept these businesses from
closing their doors, and it is a
sad reflection on the people.
It is much easier to keep a
business going than to try and
stir up new business to replace
what has been there.
Let's make 2014 a year to
support our local area. Every
sale is a boost to business that
has far-reaching effects.
I am also aware that there
are other businesses that are
Are you the person who could
give that business a little boost
by shopping in town?
Okay, so there are more shops
in Berri, Renmark and in the
city, but take into account the
time, petrol, wear and tear on
your vehicle and the money
spent on other things (i.e. a cup
of coffee or lunch) and you have
not saved. It is false economy.
Do we want Waikerie to
become a ghost town? Of course
not, as this affects every one
I moved to Waikerie only
three years ago, so I am relatively
a newcomer, but since living
here I have tried to support local
business as much as possible.
Also, I would like to thank
all those willing workers that
planned and worked for so many
months to give us Santa's Cave.
This is a splendid and
exquisite display of magical
excitement for young and old,
and this year's show was a sight
Keep up the good work. I
for one, a child at heart, look
forward to the display in the
lead-up to next Christmas.
Sky's the limit for RV
A REPORT provided to the District
Council of Loxton Waikerie by the
Campervan and Motorhome Club of
Australia reveals a number of potental
benefits to Waikerie from offering a
short-term parking area for recreatonal
The report help informed council’s
decision to pursue an RV park, and it is
easy to see why.
According to the CMCA, drive-in
tourism, including via RVs, is a huge
industry that was worth $7 billion to the
Australian economy in 2012.
The figure includes the initial
purchase of vehicles and accessories,
along with the support of regional
communities through ongoing travel
and consumpton of goods and services.
Let’s hope Waikerie can have its ‘slice
of the pie’ soon, with the RV park set for
completon this year.
Letter of the week
Fire assistance 'thank you'
WE would like to take
this opportunity to thank
the wonderfully dedicated
CFS crews, police, ambulance
service, Lindner family,
Steven Neal and various other
volunteers who attended the
bushfire on our property last
We are very fortunate to
have these generous, hard-
working people in our
community. The Reid family
to take the
shape of a
set to reach
Water tower taking shape
March 20, 1975
Congratulations to local skipper
I CONGRATULATE Mr John
Hunter for achieving his river boat
captaincy situation ('Skipper helps
preserve paddle steamer history',
The River News, 8/1/14).
This achievement was reached,
no doubt, after considerable study,
but also drawing upon his long-
standing experience of working
upon several of the larger historic
river craft, serving to make Captain
Hunter more than suitable for his
Limited knowledge of river
matters does not prevent me from
realising that to navigate many of
the potentially dangerous reaches
of the River Murray in upper South
Australia (i.e. below Lock 2 being
a prime example) is a most skilful
process, hence this letter.
It only remains for my wife,
Wendy (herself from the 1894
pioneer Starr family, originally
settling for a short while at Gillen),
and myself to wish John well
in his endeavours to 'preserve
paddle steamer history', as the
headline runs in the January 8,
2014, publication of The River News.
Captain Hunter joins a long line
of river boat skippers (Randell,
Cadell et al) who have carried
this practice into proportions that
remain desirable and valid to this
Senior citizens update
HAPPY New Year to all.
Some members have not been
back since the Christmas break.
Those who have attended
meetings have been enjoying each
other's company and a few games
of cards, pool and bowls.
It has been decided by the
committee there will be no Waikerie
Senior Citizens meeting if the
forecast temperature is to be 38C or
over as it is too hot for members to be
out, plus the airconditioners cannot
cope to keep the hall cool.
Members are very pleased to see
the council has replaced the old,
leaky gutter. A big 'thank you' to
those responsible .
Please remember if you are over
50 and would like some company,
come along to the Senior Citizens
Hall on Sicbler Street any Tuesday
At any time after 1pm, you will be
most welcome to join in with a game
or just to sit and talk, as some of our
Waikerie Senior Citizens
WORDS are inadequate as we say
‘thank you’ to the emergency services
of CFS, MFS, SES and others who are
the heroes of the past week as they
came from all states of Australia to
fight the raging fires in such high
Residents of the Riverland region
have again showed their compassion
and support to the many families
throughout the state as they faced
the several severe bushﬁres blazing
across the land.
Show your thanks and support
to the ‘firies’. Tie a yellow balloon
on your home’s gate or leter box,
or display one in the window of your
We all have friends or family in
some of the aﬀected areas that were
burning. We give thanks that no lives
were lost and we extend our concerns
and compassion to those who have
lost homes, sheds, and stock or crops
from the ﬁres.
As we listened to the radio and the
feelings of those who were packed
up with their belongings and pets in
their cars as they were evacuated, it
brought home the reality to everyone
as to what is important and made us
question what we would do if ever
faced with those decisions.
This week, following those
terrifying ﬁres, we give thanks for living
in such a wonderful country as we lead
into Australia Day and the celebratons
that will be held throughout the land,
from small country towns to big cites,
along with our own Riverland region
and its district council areas.
Fly proudly our Australian Flag on
your car or at your home.
Sunday is the celebration of a
naton. There will be many Australia
Day breakfasts, with Warrawee and
Karingal residents and friends will
welcoming the day at a flag raising
ceremony from 8.15am.
The Australia Day celebrations
at the Waikerie football oval have in
previous years been a highlight of the
Many former residents come back
to Waikerie to share with family and
We are appreciatve of those who
co-ordinate this event, and that we
are then able to, as a community,
publicly congratulate our Citizen of
the Year Jan Centofanti and Young
Citzen of the Year Zac Caudo, along
with the organising committee of
Waikerie Primary School’s centenary
celebratons for winning Community
Event of the Year.
This week, some of our students
are leaving Waikerie to further their
Some have accepted places at
universities, others are accepting
careers in the Australian army.
There are some students who will
continue their studies at Adelaide
colleges, while others will be atending
high school for the ﬁrst tme.
These young people will be our
future leaders, and we wish them well.
Thought for the week... Educaton
is the power to think clearly, the power
to act well in the world’s work and the
power to appreciate life.
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