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How can you make a difference?
You can influence what happens in your local community in two ways – by nominating for a position on
Council, or by voting for a candidate who represents your views.
Enrolment for the 2018 Council elections closes at 5pm on Friday 10 August 2018.
For more information about eligibility and to obtain a voter registration form for the supplementary
roll contact either the Local Government Association and/or your local Council:
• Local Government Association www.lga.sa.gov.au/councilelections
• Renmark Paringa Council 8580 3000 www.renmarkparinga.sa.gov.au/elections
• Berri Barmera Council 8582 1922 www.berribarmera.sa.gov.au/elections
• District Council of Loxton Waikerie 8584 8000 www.loxtonwaikerie.sa.gov.au/elections
Enrolling to vote.
Voting in Council elections is open to a broader range of people than State and Federal elections. Even if you
are not an Australian citizen, and/or not on the State Electoral Roll you can vote in a Council election, as long
as you are over 18 years of age and have lived in the Council area for more than one month. You can also vote
in a Council election if you own a rateable property in the area, regardless of whether you live in it.
Another important difference is that businesses and body-corporates can vote in Council elections.
For more information about eligibility and to obtain a voter registration form for the supplementary roll go to
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THE driver and sole
occupant of a car that
rolled over on the weekend
disappeared before emergency
services reached the scene of
Emergency services were
called to Taylorville Road just
after 7pm on Sunday, July 29, with
reports of a car rollover.
Waikerie Country Fire Service
(CFS) and ambulance officers
found the car about 2km north of
the Waikerie ferry on the side of
Taylorville Road, but no driver or
passengers in attendance.
Waikerie CFS captain Shaun
Arnold said he believed the driver
“found their own way” to the
“There wasn’t much for us to
do except clear the road,” he said.
“It looked like the driver had
taken a corner too sharp and the
car had rolled as a result.
“We’re not sure what the driv-
er’s status is as they had left their
car by the time we got there.”
my Neighbourhood Silo
Art Project is moving
forward with its behind-
the-scenes work, and
remains on track to have
the artwork installed
Spokesperson for the
project Liz Frankel said the
group had been exploring
the option of getting local
businesses on board that
might be prepared to spon-
sor the project.
“We have explored the
option of businesses offer-
ing things such as discount
paints or lighting, and also
to the artist/s for the proj-
ect,” Mrs Frankel said.
“We have received some
good responses, so will con-
firm details when things
are locked in.
“We are also organising
the planning of document-
ing the project via time-
lapse photography, and also
of the project.
“This should be really
valuable in doing ongo-
ing promoting of the proj-
ect and Waikerie, once the
painting of the silos is fin-
ished, particularly online
and on social media.
“The actual artist/s
have not been chosen yet,
and what will appear on
the silos still remains to be
seen, but we do know it will
be in the theme of Healthy
River Healthy Community.”
NOMINATIONS for council elections
open on Tuesday, September 4, and a
local information session will be held
in Waikerie for potential candidates to
find out more about nominating.
The District Council of Loxton Waikerie
(DCLW) has an information session avail-
able for community members eligible to vote
in local council elections, who may also be
eligible to stand for a position on council.
The information session is planned for
Tuesday, August 14, at 7.30pm at the Waik-
erie council offices on Strangman Road.
South Australian Local Government As-
sociation LGA(SA) and the Electoral Com-
mission of SA are also running a session at
the Berri Town Hall, 18 Wilson Street, Berri,
on Saturday, August 11, at 10.30am.
The LGA(SA) encourages those who con-
sider themselves to be invested in the future
of their community, are willing to learn and
participate, and prepared to contribute stra-
tegically to decision making processes that
benefit the broader community, to explore
what it takes to be a councillor.
The LGA says that “becoming a council-
lor presents the opportunity to influence
local directions and create long-term, posi-
tive outcomes within your community and
for fellow residents”.
The LGA also says “being a councillor
can be a rewarding challenge; one which
requires commitment, responsibility and
For anyone interested in representing
the people of the community on council,
the Electoral Commission of SA and the
LGA(SA) can also provide a range of re-
sources to help understand the role and
responsibilities of being a councillor.
For more information, contact Karen
Wetherall at DCLW on 8584 8000.
‘Driverless’ car rollover
EMERGENCY services attended the scene of a single car rollover
on Sunday night, but no driver or passengers were in attendance.
Waikerie silo mural ‘still on track’
RIVERLAND fruit growers could lose
up to $10,000 per hectare if Queensland
fruit fly (QFF) is found in the region.
Citrus Australia SA Region (CASAR)
says the pest has quickly established itself
interstate – from Mildura to Cobram – and
poses a genuine threat to South Australia.
CASAR says the Riverland has plenty to
learn from “interstate experience” and to
assist growers, a workshop will be held at
the Riverland Field Site exhibition centre
in Barmera this Thursday, from 9am.
“The workshop will identify strategies
to improve our systems and processes to
reduce the risk of QFF detections in our
region,” a CASAR spokesperson said yes-
Bookpurnong stone fruit grower Jason
Size says maintaining area freedom from
QFF is critical to the future of his busi-
He says his most profitable markets are
China and Thailand, but noted the “great
potential” in Vietnam, Japan and South
Korea – all of which recognise the River-
land’s pest free area (PFA) status for QFF.
Mr Size estimated his returns would be
cut by $8000 to $10,000 per hectare if QFF
was detected in the region.
“There are also extra costs in treating
the fruit once packed to be allowed entry
into countries that do not have QFF,” he
“There are significant costs for growers
to control QFF in their orchards.”
Speakers at the workshop will include
Swan Hill stone fruit grower Jolene Wil-
liams, who will stress how her region’s
apathy and lack of knowledge allowed QFF
She will also explain what action grow-
ers can take to prevent our region suffering
the same fate.
Queensland fruit grower Andrew Finlay
will speak about the habits of QFF, along
with orchard practices to prevent QFF
being established locally.
Bill Robinson, from Mildura Fruit
Company, along with citrus grower Darren
Minther will communicate the extra costs
to growers when controlling QFF.
“It is essential all stakeholders collabo-
rate closely to protect the Riverland PFA,
growers’ income and jobs at all costs,” the
CASAR spokesperson said.
For further information about the work-
shop phone Jason Size (0417 811 977).
$10,000 per hectare at risk
QFF now a genuine threat to Riverland growers...
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