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The project will include:
Construction of a staggered
T-intersection with sheltered turn lanes
into Holder Top Road and Searle Road;
Installation of road lighting for the
extent of the project.
After a number of serious crashes at the
site, the Federal Government granted the
SA Government funding from the Black
Spot program to upgrade the intersection
in June 2017. The construction has been
delayed several times despite service relo-
cation works being completed in late 2018.
For further information, contact the
Department of Planning, Transport and
Infrastructure on 1300 794 880.
IMPROVEMENTS to the Sturt Highway, Holder Top Road and Searle Road intersection are
scheduled to begin tomorrow.
CADELL is hitting the centenary
milestone this year, and the town is
celebrating all weekend.
Event organiser Angela Lukacs said
the celebrations would mark 100 years
since the allocation of the first land
blocks to soldier settlers.
“We would love to see locals and visi-
tors dressed in period costume through-
out the weekend,” she said.
“The Cadell Heritage Centre – in the
old CIT building – on McGuire Terrace
will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday
from 11am to 2pm.”
A tour guide will be available for locals
and visitors alike to purchase and travel.
“The Cadell Primary School is updat-
ing its Cadell Tour Guide,” Mrs Lukacs
“The family picnic day on Sunday
will include traditional games like three-
legged races, horseshoe toss, sack races,
and horse-and-cart rides. All guests will
need to bring their own lunch.”
LOCAL mental health
organisations and support
groups are coming together
tomorrow to raise funds and
awareness for people who
may be suffering silently.
A barbecue will be held at
Waikerie Woolworths by Focus
One Health and the Waikerie
Silent Ripples chapter in con-
junction with the Waikerie
Men’s Shed and the Waikerie
Club of Rotary to raise funds
and awareness for R U OK? Day.
Focus One Health senior
mental health clinician and
Waikerie Silent Ripples chapter
psychological support person
Barb Gartley said the purpose
of RUOK Day is to inspire and
empower everyone to meaning-
fully connect with the people
around them and start a conver-
sation with anyone who may be
struggling with life.
“Focus One Health is co-
coordinating and supporting the
Silent Ripples Waikerie chapter
during RUOK Day,” she said.
“Tomorrow – R UOK? Day –
Focus One Health will be outside
Waikerie Woolworths and the
Waikerie Men’s Shed will be
cooking a sausage sizzle.
“You don’t need to be an
expert to reach out – just a good
friend and a great listener.
“Resources and information
will be available on the day, so
please feel free to call by.”
Notorious intersection roadwork ahead
Cadell this weekend
Cadell Centennial events
Friday, September 13: History Open Day,
Cadell Primary School: 9am
Centenary Dinner, Cadell Club: 6pm
Saturday, September 14: Black Powder
Day and barbecue, Cadell Pistol Club:
10am – 2pm
History Open Day, Cadell CWA: 10am –
Cadell Club open for lunch: 12 noon
Gala Dance (supper provided), Cadell
Institute: 7pm for 7.30pm
Sunday, September 15: Family Picnic Fair,
Cadell recreation ground: 11am
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ARTIFICIAL inflation of water
prices among a loosely regulated
trading market is sending irrigators
out of business while corporations
amass huge volumes of water
entitlements, says an explosive
industry letter written to the Federal
A dozen agricultural industry bodies
earlier this week sent a letter to Minister for
Water Resources David Littleproud, outlin-
ing numerous allegations of price manipu-
lation in the trading market and calling for
tighter regulations on the buying of water
Almond Board of Australia chairman
Neale Bennett said a spike in temporary
allocation prices to $800 per megalitre, com-
pared to a long-term average of $135, would
force many smaller irrigators and growers
to shut down.
“No irrigators can make a return grow-
ing food and fibre at that price,” Mr Bennett
“Ongoing unconscionable conduct by
some water traders and brokers is under-
mining the integrity of the water market
and pushing water prices beyond what they
would be in a fair market.
“This behaviour would not be tolerated
on the Australian Stock Exchange. In fact,
this behaviour would be illegal, and brokers
and investors alike would be prosecuted.
“They get away with this behaviour in
the water market because it is relatively
lightly regulated; corporation, consumer
and competition laws are not enforced and
brokers are not registered.”
Citrus Australia CEO Nathan Hancock
said the current water market favours non
land-owning investors who are purchasing
large amounts of water entitlements when
prices are cheap.
The Australian this week reported South
Australian firm Duxton Water alone has ac-
cumulated 74 billion litres worth of entitle-
ments in three years.
“The balance has shifted too far towards
traders and brokers making a profit at the
expense of growers, who contribute to re-
gional communities and the national GDP,”
Mr Hancock said.
“Higher prices are making it unfeasible
for growers to maintain their orchards,
which contribute almost $500 million to the
national economy in exports alone.
“Water-market trading should be consis-
tent with corporation, consumer and com-
petition law and there is no reason steps
shouldn’t be taken immediately to ensure
this is the case.
“Without immediate changes to the cur-
rent system, growers will face increasing
pressure to their businesses, which will
result in irrevocable effects for the wider
Member for Barker Tony Pasin said any
potential manipulation of water trading
prices needed to be “properly investigated”
to ensure SA Murray irrigators could profit-
ably run businesses.
“I believe the suggestions set out in the
correspondence sent by horticultural indus-
tries to Minister Littleproud are worthy of
close consideration,” Mr Pasin said.
“I take allegations of unconscionable
conduct in the water market very seriously.
The integrity of the Murray-Darling Basin
water market is paramount, as is irrigators’
confidence in it.
“Unless the market can operate the way
it fundamentally should, I fear the very life-
blood of communities along the river will
“If required the Government must act to
correct any unfair practices driving up the
price of water, should they be identified.”
Mr Littleproud responded to the allega-
tions by asking the Australian Competition
and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to ex-
amine the current water market situation,
although its final report and recommenda-
tions would not be due until the end of 2020.
“I want to make sure the water market
is a fair and even playing field,” Mr Lit-
“I have written to the ACCC and asked
it to investigate the allegations brought to
me by the Almond Board and other peak
grower groups as soon as possible.
“I’ve asked the ACCC to step in and
use its powers of prosecution if it finds
evidence Commonwealth laws have been
breached. The ACCC will also refer the mat-
ters to ASIC if they identify any relevant
breaches of the Corporations Act.”
Mr Littleproud said the Federal Govern-
ment would work with states participating
in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan (MDBP)
to “improve transparency” in the water
“The delivery of the MDBP depends on
an accurate and transparent water market
for everyone,” he said.
“I’ve also asked the MDBA to use their
powers under the Basin Plan to investigate
allegations related to transparent water
“Anyone operating in bad faith has no
place in water markets and will not be
tolerated by this Government or the com-
Allocation barons sending irrigators broke
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