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RIVERLAND Sportsperson of the Year Hannah Lehmann (fourth from right) with local supporters (from left) Lauren Oswald, Leah Michalanney, Corrin Bald, Wes Bald (Sportsperson of
the Year nominee), Troy Lehmann, Tim Bevan (fellow nominee) and Shayne Stevens (Coach of the Year nominee) at the Berri awards ceremony on Friday night. PHOTO: Paul Mitchell
WAIKERIE netball and basketball star
Hannah Lehmann won her first Riverland
Sportsperson of the Year Award on Friday
The 36-year-old claimed the award after win-
ning the Riverland division one women’s basket-
ball and A1 netball best and fairests this year.
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APRIL 15, 2015
River rise upsets locals
RAISED water levels on
the River Murray are causing
safety concerns and damage
to properties at Paisley Island,
near Blanchetown, according
The Department of Environ-
ment, Water and Natural Resourc-
es (DEWNR) recently increased
the pool level between Lock 1 and
Lock 2 by 50cm.
DEWNR spokesperson Glenn
Schimmin said the move, assisted
by state environmental water,
aimed to boost the health of wet-
lands in the area.
“The weir pool level has been
raised to mimic the more natural
variable water levels, which oc-
curred prior to river regulation,
to promote a range of ecological
benefits,” Mr Schimmin said.
“Earlier investigations showed
that raising Lock 1 and 2 up to
50cm would achieve good ecologi-
cal outcomes, without damaging
buildings and roads.
“This event will produce many
positive outcomes for the commu-
nity and visitors to the region.
“The inundation will result in
healthier and more vigorous river
bank and wetland vegetation,
making it more resilient during
future dry periods.”
DEWNR last week began de-
creasing the levels by about two
centimetres per day, and they
should be back to normal by De-
However, shack owners and
locals including Bob Raynor argue
that the raised levels have been
damaging their properties and cre-
ating safety risks for river users.
Mr Raynor said he had dealt
with similar issues from natural
causes on his property, which was
one of about 30 in the area.
“Three years ago the water was
15m up the concrete wall in front
of my house,” he said.
“That was a natural flood... but
this is just a man-made flood.”
Mr Raynor said the current
flooding had engulfed about one
metre of river front on his prop-
erty, which includes land up to
pool level, and would likely lead to
erosion and other damage.
“My jetty’s been underwater for
a little while now – you can’t see
it,” he said.
“The wave action goes under
the jetties and lifts all the planks.”
Mr Raynor’s neighbours, Jane
and George Zalewski, share his
Mrs Zalewski said between
15 and 20 planks had washed off
their jetty in recent months.
“We’re going to have to rebuild
it because it’s not safe any more,”
she said. “The erosion on our
property is unbelievable. We’ve
lost two to three metres of bank.
“All of our lawn that was there
has died, and when the level does
drop it’s going to be a great breed-
ing ground for mosquitoes.”
Mrs Zalewski said the raised
river levels and regular water
activities in the area were causing
debris to float around, leading to
“It is washing a lot of big logs
off the banks,” she said.
“We’ve already hauled out two
onto our property.”
Mr Zalewski said he felt that
the flooding amounted to trespass-
ing on his property.
“I don’t think it’s fair, just or
reasonable,” he said.
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