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WAIKERIE’S iconic Norfolk pine tree
is receiving a facelift of thousands of
permanent LED lights and a coloured
star, to be installed this week, just in
time for Christmas.
The tree, located on the corner of Peake
Terrace and Goodchild Street, Waikerie, is a
well-known landmark in the town, and can
be seen for miles,
It will be dressed with 500m of lights in
the five-day installation program, under-
taken by three men onsite.
The Waikerie Christmas Decoration
Group has appointed a contractor/arborist
that specialises in the installation of perma-
nent LED fairy lights on trees.
The costs associated with the installation
have been covered by the District Council
of Loxton Waikerie and local service clubs
and groups, including the Rotary Club of
Waikerie, the Waikerie Lions Club, and the
Waikerie Apex Club.
The Waikerie Christmas tree light switch
will be officially flicked on at the 2018 Waik-
erie Lions Community Christmas Pageant
set for Friday, November 30.
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LACHY Ebert at the recent Rosie
JARVIS Ebert with the two medals
and trophy he was awarded at the
end-of-dance-year Rosie Clark
NOMINATIONS for the
Australia Day Citizen of
the Year (COTY) are now
open, ready to recognise
and reward individuals
and organisations that
have made a noteworthy
difference in their
community over the past
The COTY program is run in
partnership with the Australia
Day Council of SA. Three cat-
egories are open: citizen of the
year, young citizen of the year,
and event of the year.
Outstanding contribution and
community services includes
areas such as education, health,
fundraising, charitable and vol-
untary services, business, sport,
arts, the environment, or any
other area that contributed to
the advancement and well-being
of the community.
Loxton Waikerie council
award winners will be formally
recognised for their achieve-
ments at the 2019 Loxton Austra-
lia Day Breakfast and the Waik-
erie Australia Day Spectacular
on Saturday, January 26, 2019.
Last year’s Waikerie Citizen
of the Year was Maureen Sul-
livan, and the Event of the Year
award was presented to Waik-
erie Santa’s Cave.
Nomination forms are avail-
able at https://bit.ly/2NDVgBQ
or at council offices in Loxton
Nominations must be in
writing and will close 5pm on
Friday, November 16, 2018.
A PETITION has been launched
for the implementation of an MRI
machine in the Riverland, with 1215
signatures as of yesterday.
Member for Barker Tony Pasin
launched the petition in late September to
coincide with the Federal Government’s
announcement of 10 locations across
Australia to receive Medicare subsidised
MRIs, with a further 20 locations yet to be
Mr Pasin said he is fighting for the
Riverland to be included as one of those 20.
“Riverland residents currently have to
travel to Adelaide or Mildura to undergo
an MRI scan,” he said.
“I want to see this service available lo-
MRI is a diagnostic imaging scanning
procedure that uses strong magnets and
radiofrequency pulses to collect informa-
tion that is processed by a computer to
form images. It gives a detailed view of the
soft tissues of the body such as muscles,
ligaments, brain tissue, discs ad blood ves-
sels, and is used by doctors to diagnose a
number of different medical conditions.
The total of 30 sites to receive Medicare
subsidised MRIs will provide more than
400,000 Australians access to life-saving
scans, with a total $175 million investment
from the government.
“If successful in this campaign, an MRI
in the Riverland will see patients taking
3000 less trips to Adelaide or Mildura,” Mr
“It would be a great outcome for River-
The petition is available at www.
WAIKERIE’S iconic Norfolk pine tree is coming
to life as it receives a facelift of thousands of
permanent LED lights and a coloured star, in
time for the Christmas season.
PHOTO: Sonia Fowler
Petition for Riverland MRI
to have an
placed in the
Recognise a local remarkable person
WAIKERIE Santa’s Cave was awarded 2017 Community Event of the
Year. Pictured are Santa’s Cave committee members (from left) Sue
Schmitke, Sandra Davis, Anne Hall and Lizzie Platten.
PHOTO: Erin Williams
WAIKERIE’S Maureen Sullivan
was awarded the 2017 Citizen of
the Year. PHOTO: Sonia Fowler
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