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CONSULTING FROM WAIKERIE WEDNESDAYS AND THURSDAYS
A DECISION made by council
to close the Waikerie Fauna Park –
currently subject to an internal review
has forced the community to work
towards saving the enclosure.
The Waikerie District Ratepayers’ and
Residents’ Association (WDRRA) requested
an internal review on the decision and is
also looking at ways to keep the enclosure
as a community asset.
WDRRA spokesperson Paul Croft said
members felt the park had social and eco-
nomic benefits that it brings to the town.
“The Waikerie Fauna Park could bring
Waikerie additional benefits through re-
development or expansion of the facility,
while addressing the future welfare of the
animals,” Mr Croft said.
“The closure decision saw significant
community concern as evidenced on social
media, and the WDRRA is now seeking
community input for ideas and assistance
in upgrading the enclosure to present to the
District Council of Loxton Waikerie.
“We would like to hear from businesses
and community members that can offer
ideas or material support.
“Some support has flowed through al-
ready but more ideas for beautification or
upgrades and the like are required.
The Edwards group, owners of the Waik-
erie Holiday Park and the Waikerie Life-
style Village, believe if the Waikerie Fauna
Park had significant upgrades it could be
part of a tourism plan to attract more visi-
tors to the town.
Edwards Group chief executive Stephen
Edwards said a significant majority of the
group’s customers come from outside of
Waikerie and the wider Riverland region.
“This is quite a unique aspect of our
business, but what it means is that our suc-
cess is tied directly to how many visitors we
can attract to Waikerie,” Mr Edwards said.
“Given that our guests are from outside
of Waikerie, any money they spend in
town is additional money that flows into
“The more guests that we can attract to
our park, the more money that will be spent
in the town, which will lead to business
growth and more employment opportuni-
“To be a true tourism attraction for
Waikerie, the fauna park needs not only a
significant investment to upgrade the entire
facility, it needs to be part of a wider tour-
ism plan that will promote the area and that
will bring new visitors to the town.
“As with any initiative or potential at-
traction, where there is a business case that
supports investment that will result in more
visitors to Waikerie, the Edwards Group is
supportive of it.”
Businesses, service groups, clubs and
individuals with ideas or input for help in
saving the Waikerie Fauna Park can contact
Paul Croft on mobile 0418 277 710 or email
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District Council of
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and lodging with council.
A nominations portal
is also being launched on
the ECSA website which
will allow potential can-
didates to electronically
enter their nomination
details before printing
and lodging with council.
As part of the nomina-
tion process, candidates
must submit with their
nomination, a profile of
up to 150 words, to be in-
cluded with ballot packs
sent by post to electors
between October 22 and
er, Mick Sherry, recom-
mends that intending can-
didates nominate early.
“If intending candi-
dates lodge at the last
minute, they run the
risk of not being able to
complete their nomina-
tion correctly, which may
result in their nomina-
tion being rejected,” Mr
will be nominating in 230
potential elections across
67 South Australian coun-
cils, for 689 positions.
about the nomination pro-
cess and the portal can be
found at ecsa.sa.gov.au.
Nominations close at
12 noon, Tuesday, Septem-
Support needed to save local fauna park
THE Waikerie District Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association asks Waikerie community
members to put their heads together to find ideas to help save the town’s fauna park.
PHOTO: Sonia Fowler
A CAR carrying two occupants
left the Sturt Highway and went
through the roadside scrub before
stopping on Monday.
Emergency services attended the
scene at the Sturt Highway/Noble
Road intersection, where the car
had been travelling towards Waik-
erie before veering off the road for
The two occupants received non-
life threatening injuries.
Waikerie Country Fire Service
(CFS), SA Ambulance and police
officers attended the scene to slow
and divert traffic and clear the car
from the area.
CFS officers were also able to
rescue two pet budgies that escaped
from the car during the accident and
hid in a nearby tree.
A car ran off the Sturt Highway near Waikerie on Monday carrying two
occupants, who were unharmed in the accident.
PHOTO: Erin Williams
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