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More climate change
IN response to a discus-
sion in your newspaper
(‘Climate change gather-
ing at Banrock’, 19/11/14)
around the action of locals
in showing they care about
climate change regardless
of inaction at the federal
level, let us make a simple
It is true that Australia
only makes up 1.5 per cent
of global emissions, but our
population is around 0.3 per
cent of the global total.
That means we pollute a
lot more than our fair share.
There are around 20
countries whose emissions
are between 1 per cent and
5 per cent of global emis-
sions, and together they
make up around 40 per cent.
Australia is part of this
group – alongside Germany,
the UK, France, Italy, Korea,
Japan and others.
These countries all have
a larger population than
Australia, but we pollute
more per person than any
If Australia does not take
strong action on climate
change, we cannot expect
other countries to do the
The Government has
turned Australia from a
leader on climate change
into a laggard.
The carbon price, which
has been abolished, was
working as intended – by re-
ducing the pollution caused
by generating electricity.
According to the Austra-
lian National University, in
just two years it helped to
reduce pollution from our
electricity sector by 17 mil-
The good news is that
everyday Australians are
taking up the climate chal-
lenge where the Govern-
ment is taking its hands off
The line that comes to
mind here is from American
Mead, who said: “Never
doubt that a small group of
thoughtful, committed citi-
zens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing
that ever has.”
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Waikerie locals can hold their
heads high following their win
at the 2009 KESAB Sustainable
Waikerie was awarded the Best
Community in the Murray Region
for the second year in a row, after
sharing the accolade with Loxton in
the 2008 awards.
5 Years ago
Waikerie wins again
10 Years ago
It has been three decades since
Waikerie limestone was mined at
Taylorville, and even longer since
the stone was widely used for major
buildings in both Adelaide and
That is all about to change with the
reopening of the quarry at D’Onsie’s
property on the northern side of the
river near Waikerie.
Waikerie stone quarry
to reopen at D’Onsie’s
20 Years ago
Waikerie’s history book, Gateway
to the Riverland, written as part of
the town’s centenary celebrations,
was officially launched by Peter
Arnold, the former long-standing
Member for Chaffey and descendant
of a pioneering river family.
The book was written by Jean
Nunn and features many of the town
and district’s pioneers and their
families. There is constant reference
to the people who helped build
the settlement of Waikerie from its
humble beginnings in 1984.
History book launched
in time for Christmas
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I ALMOST feel like I want to sing It’s
beginning to look a lot like Christmas with
all the decorations, lights and the Christmas
accessories on the tables at the lunches and
dinners that begin at this time of the year.
The Warrawee residents and friends
enjoyed their Christmas dinner at the Waikerie
Hotel, then some of them attended Rain Moth
Gallery’s official opening of The Man Cave
exhibition by Dr Ian Gartley.
Dr Gartley commented on the fact that many
men do not look after their bodies as well as
He commended the many organisations
bringing those concerns to people with publicity
like the Movember and R U OK Day campaigns.
Beyondblue tries to make a difference,
and also we can look after our friends, as the
Waikerie Men’s Shed is doing now.
This current exhibition of works by Riverland
men is quite interesting as it displays many
forms of art, and many of them were sold at the
Are you going to help at the Waikerie Public
Library from 11am until 1pm on Tuesday,
It will be the start of our 5000 red poppies
that will be displayed in the council foyer
leading up to the Anzac Centenary in April 2015.
All knitters and crochet craft residents and
friends are needed to make this a reality.
Bring along your needles and crochet hooks.
Wool and patterns are supplied.
Ask a friend to come with you and then you
will have the opportunity to have a knitting get-
together next year as we make our poppies for
the Anzac Centenary.
The Waikerie community extends sincere
sympathy to the family of Mrs Eva Greenhalgh,
who passed away recently.
Eva was always ready to help others, and
always had a funny story to tell if you called in
to say ‘hello’.
She will be missed by her family and many
friends, especially those at Warrawee.
A recent visitor who returned for a couple
of weeks to Waikerie was former resident Colin
Jettner, who has been a resident of Darwin for
I was pleased to chat briefly with Colin,
thanks to Robert McClean, and have a coffee at
Recently a coach of Waikerie residents
and friends attended the Chaffey Theatre to
share in the most inspiring morning of Spirit of
Members of the Gaslight Theatre Company
were celebrating 30 years of performing
through regional Australia with their concerts
to bring happiness via music to thousands of
For some attending, it was a pleasant
surprise to see that former Young Talent Time
artist Philip Gould was among the entertainers
at the Spirit of Christmas event.
It is moments like that bring memories
flooding back, and when we met Philip after
the performance I was able to ask him if he
remembered the night that all the Young Talent
Time team members came to Waikerie in 1971
for an outdoor concert at the high school.
Prior to the concert, we had arranged a
welcome at Cyrilton Cellars, hosted by Jack
It was a most memorable time for some
when the Young Talent Time team came to our
family home after the concert that night.
Warrawee residents are appreciative of
the support they received from the Waikerie
Men’s Shed members who assisted in hanging
the Christmas lights on some of the units at
Thought for the week... Christmas tree
baubles only become valuable when they are
veterans, fetched down every year from a box in
the shed, a little more worse for wear each year
but worth their weight in memories.
With Gwen Webber
Backpackers working without pay
AS a local of many years living in a rural
area, it has come to my attention that some
young overseas backpackers appear to be being
taken advantage of.
They are picked up, taken out of town and
provided with free accommodation and food,
but are required to pick fruit for no pay.
The quarters provided are very small and
basic, and house up to nine people.
As someone who is very proud of our town
and community, I am concerned about the im-
pression these vulnerable youngsters are get-
ting of our lovely town.
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Time to take action and be positive
“IT always seems impossible until it’s done.”
As Nan Mackereth says (Letters to the editor,
3/12/14), there are a lot of ideas we can use to
promote Waikerie and surrounds.
The ‘Roo’ statue will be done. Make your
plans for Waikerie happen.
A lot more positivity in the town would be a
great start, and put your ideas into action.
Waikerie needs every bit of support it can
get, so let’s all work together and promote our
Do we want a river or a drain?
THE lead article (‘River rise upsets locals’)
in The River News on November 19 indicates
in no uncertain terms that there are factors
inside the state of South Australia threatening
the health of the River Murray – that is, shack
When the Olsen Government, in its wisdom,
allowed the freeholding of shacks south of
Morgan, it did so on the proviso that all floor
levels and infrastructure would be built to re-
spect 1956 flood lines.
Perhaps the council could enlighten the read-
ers on this matter.
So, since then, these wetlands below Lock
2 came second to the to the rights of individu-
als, who have chosen to get rid of the original
‘shacks’ (that were used to the occasional flood,
and almost blended into the environment) and
have built very expensive suburban-style dwell-
ings in their place.
The old adage applies that if you do not like
the air traffic noise, then don’t build next to an
If you are after a ‘make believe’ river situa-
tion, go and live at West Lakes.
So the situation is that the future health of
the Murray, which relies on periodic flooding
of its wetlands, is compromised by a selfish
I am not implying that all land owners south
of Morgan have this attitude – on the contrary
but you only need a few.
It is rare, and may be rarer in the future,
for there to be enough environmental water to
be available for the locks to be raised, and we
cannot afford not to take advantage of it.
After the high river levels of a couple of
years ago, there is good growth of river vegeta-
tion – in particular river red gum, black box,
and cooba. Without some artificial flooding,
much of this will be lost.
If we want to have a sustainable Murray
River system into the future, greed and indi-
vidual ‘rights’ have to be put to one side.
We have the choice. A ‘living’ Murray River
system, including healthy wetlands, or a sterile
It is as simple as that.
Grateful for generosity of heart
I GRATEFULLY thank all those wonderful
people attending Dr De Pasquale’s clinic at the
Berri hospital on Wednesday, December 3, for al-
lowing my husband to ‘jump the queue’ because
of his frailty.
He had been up nearly all night with a bad
bilious attack and had been declined admittance
to our local hospital at 2am as his condition was
not an emergency – a decision we accepted.
Your generosity of heart is greatly appreci-
Bless you all.
KERYN Gorman, of Waikerie, with Loxton Waikerie councillor
Trevor Norton at a climate change gathering held at Banrock
Station Wine and Wetland Centre last month.
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