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LOCAL emergency services are
warning drivers to be vigilant of
wildlife on the road while driving at
night, following a roll-over on the Sturt
Highway on Monday.
Emergency services were called to the
scene near Good Hope Landing at about 5pm
on Monday, June 10, after the car swerved
to miss a kangaroo, resulting in a roll-over
that landed the car in a fence line bordering
a nearby paddock.
Ambulances attended the scene with a
passenger allegedly taken to the Waikerie
Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Mid Murray Country Fire Service group
officer Graeme Ward said that drivers
needed to be cautious.
“The amount of kangaroos scattered on
the side of the road is shocking, and every
one of them is probably another vehicle
damaged,” Mr Ward said.
“In this case, it happened around 5pm
when it’s starting to get dark and kangaroos
are starting to move around.
“Drivers need to be on the lookout.”
Annadale last Friday after a
campervan and a truck collided on
the Sturt Highway.
Four people were involved in the crash
which took place at the Diagonal Road
and Sturt Highway intersection at about
2.15pm on Friday, June 7.
The driver of the campervan, a 74-year-
old Riverland man, died at the scene, and
the passenger was airlifted to the Royal
Adelaide Hospital in a serious but stable
The two passengers of the truck were
Mid Murray Country Fire Service
(CFS) group officer Graeme Ward attended
the scene along with crews from across the
Mid Murray region.
“CFS crews were called out from
Truro, Sedan, Blanchetown, Morgan and
Waikerie and the ambulances, of course,
because there was four people involved,
so it got scaled up pretty quick,” Mr Ward
The driver was found unresponsive by
a nurse who was travelling on the highway
and tended to the scene before emergency
“A nurse travelling along the highway
stopped to render assistance and said the
driver showed no sign of life when she got
to him,” Mr Ward said.
The highway was closed for about five
hours as emergency services worked to
tend to passengers and clear the road.
POLICE DEFEND LONG WEEKEND
HIGHWAY TRAFFIC DIVERSION PAGE 12
POLICE PRAISE LONG WEEKEND
BEHAVIOUR PAGE 17
A MENTAL health
designed specifically for
people living in rural
communities will be held
in Waikerie next week.
The Rural Minds work-
shop, run by Rural and
Remote Mental Health,
will be held at the Waikerie
Hotel on Tuesday, June 18,
from 9am to 1.30pm.
Morning tea will be pro-
vided as speakers give infor-
mation on mental wellbeing
and resilience for individu-
als and their loved ones.
The free workshop com-
bines practical, cultural-
around mental health, look-
ing at risk factors, signs and
symptoms, prevention tips
and techniques, and where
and how to get support.
Rural minds workshop in Waikerie
A man died after a fatal crash near
Annadale involving a truck and a
campervan on Friday, June 7. INSET:
Neither occupants of the truck were
injured in the collision.
Kangaroo causes car crash
A car roll-over occurred last Monday when a driver swerved to avoid a kangaroo on the road.
UPGRADES to the Morgan boat
ramp are set to be completed this year,
with the local council promising to
finish the project before peak visitor
The Mid Murray Council (MMC) re-
ceived $190,000 in funding for the boat ramp
in the 2016/2017 budget and off-site works
are currently under way.
MMC CEO Ben Scales said the upgrades
would make the current boat ramp much
“The boat ramp is receiving an upgrade
which, once complete later this year, will
improve safety, access and overall amenity,”
Mr Scales said.
“This work addresses the poor condition
of the existing and aged boat ramp, and
once complete, will provide a modern facil-
ity to accommodate the recent resurgence
of fishing and recreation activity along the
Upgrades will include a new asphalt ap-
proach and concrete ramp, as well as float-
ing pontoons on both sides.
Minor variations have been made to the
boat ramp’s original design, however Mr
Scales said it would still be up to standard.
“The funding for the project was ret-
rospective, with much of the work under
way prior to the funding being received,”
“This has meant we have had to complete
minor variations to the design to ensure
the grant requirements were met, but all
of these meet appropriate guidelines and
specifications for safety and accessibility of
the ramp facility.
“Much of the works remain the same as
in the original plans – however, like many
outdoor construction projects, there are
always slight variations which need to be
made as construction activities encounter
particular changes or difficulties amongst
the local environment.”
Mr Scales said, while an exact date has
yet to be set, the upgrades would be com-
pleted before the coming peak season, with
updates on boat ramp closures to be given
closer to the date.
“Council cannot give an exact date at
this time – however, we can tell you that off-
site works are continuing and once they’re
complete a program for on-site works will be
set,” Mr Scales said.
“The works on the boat ramp will be
completed this year and are scheduled to be
finished by August.
“This program will be promoted to the
community to ensure people are aware of
any closures well in advance.”
Council launches Morgan boat ramp upgrades
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