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AN difficult weekend in the
Riverland West saw a house and a car
gutted by fire in separate incidents.
Country Fire Service (CFS) crews were
called to a Swan Reach house just before
8.30pm on Friday, February 25.
A fire had started from an unknown
source and spread rapidly through the
Waikerie CFS captain Shaun Arnold said
while no one was hurt, the house itself was
“I would say it only took minutes for the
fire to spread to the whole house,” he said.
“A Swan Reach CFS crew attended
the scene, but had to battle the fire from
upwind because they don’t have breathing
apparatus, which is why (a Waikerie crew)
was called in.
“A man and his children who lived in the
house got out in time, and no one else was
Investigators are still looking into the
cause of the fire.
Meanwhile, a car caught fire on Playford
Road at Sunlands the next day at about
The fire was caused when the driver
stopped the car to pump up a tyre with an
air compressor, hooked up to a battery in
the back seat.
“Something shorted out while he was
pumping air back into the tyre, and the fire
started inside the car,” Mr Arnold said.
“It spread quickly, gutted the car, and
started a grassfire around the vehicle.
“The CFS officers who arrived on the
scene were able to put out the grass fires
before they spread too far.”
A car was destroyed when it caught fire while the driver pumped up a tyre.
A Swan Reach house was gutted by a fire last Friday.
A driver was injured recently in a one-car crash at Burra Creek, Morgan. She was the
only occupant of the vehicle.
WAIKERIE police are
investigating recent reports
of graffiti and theft in the
township, and asking anyone
with information to come
Sometime between February
16 and 19, the Memorial Gardens
public toilet on Lawrie Terrace,
Waikerie, was tagged with blue
and black spray paint and per-
Meanwhile, car parts were
stolen from a block on the Sturt
Highway near Waikerie some-
time between February 17 and
19: a vehicle radiator from a
Commer truck, a chrome metal
Chevrolet bonnet badge from a
1948 vehicle, and a yellow Weed
Eater blower vac were stolen
from the site.
A storage shed at Waikerie
Primary School was broken into
between 6pm on February 19 and
7.45am the next day.
Two whiteboards and two
Acer data/video projectors
(to suit the whiteboards) were
A Ramco man driving with
an expired licence was booked
by police last week.
Patrols stopped the man as
he was driving on Ramco Road
about 9.45am on Tuesday, Febru-
Further checks revealed the
52-year-old was wanted on a war-
rant for a driving disqualified
offence dating back to 2016.
He was issued with an on-the-
spot fine for driving unlicensed
and has been bailed to appear in
the Waikerie Magistrates Court
at a later date in relation to the
Crime spree hits Waikerie
THE Riverland West Chamber of
Commerce (RWCC) is preparing for its
annual general meeting (AGM) set for
Tuesday, March 20.
Chair of the RWCC Kevin Myers in-
vited all businesses in the Riverland West to
attend the event held at the Waikerie Hotel
from 6pm for a 6.30pm start.
“I encourage businesses in the region
to come along and find out what the RWCC
plan outline is for this year,” Mr Myers said.
“We have discussed changing the way we
do things at the RWCC, including opening
up a section of our meetings as a forum for
members to come along and have their say.
“Holding breakfast meetings, instead
of night-time meetings, is another option
“A range of sub-committees is another
idea to discuss this year to help assist mem-
bers and deliver more as a group.”
In addition to the formal proceedings,
the AGM will showcase business owners
from the region, including Mike Wills from
Waikerie Mitre 10, and Stephen Edwards
from the Waikerie Holiday Park.
The guest speakers will discuss their
individual businesses, what works and
what doesn’t, while an executive member
of the Loxton Chamber of Commerce will
talk about how its group operates and its
Two RWCC members per business can
attend the meeting free of charge, and the
non-member fee is $15 per person, or by
joining the RWCC on the night, can attend
Those intending to attend are required
to RSVP for catering by Friday, March 16
via firstname.lastname@example.org or 0499 097 240.
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