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Let's be Frank
For every comment printed about Frank
Turton in today's Pioneer, another two have
been -- verbally -- floated past the author of
Tuesday's story, headed 'Iconic boat ordered
from river front: Up in smoke'.
It seems everyone has an opinion on The
Chookman, or more specifically, his deci-
sion to regularly moor on the Renmark river
front, between the Renmark Club and the
Sympathies are divided between Frank
and the local council (and the business or
businesses that have complained about him).
Some say Frank should be shown more
lenience and that his boat, Wilitsinkorwontit,
is a harmless and valuable tourist attraction,
perfectly situated on the river front.
Others are adamant that smoke coming
from the boat is a deadset no-no, as it has
become other people's problem more than
once in the past (chooks 'roaming' the area
in front of the boat seems something of a
The council finds itself in a difficult spot.
It doesn't want to discourage tourism ven-
tures, let alone be seen to be treating one of
the region's best-know personalities unduly
However, it also has to enforce rules and
regulations, and look out for the interests of
its ratepayers, including local businesses.
Perhaps the solution lies in better com-
munication: Frank giving an ironclad 'no
smoke' (and no chooks) guarantee, and
council talking first and issue notices later,
rather than the reverse.
From our files
VISIT FROM MINISTER: State Environment
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Why can't Frank Turton just abide by the rules
like everyone else has to ('Up in smoke', The
I recently attended a wedding at the Renmark
Club. It was a magnificent setting out on the
balcony, overlooking the river -- until The
Chookman smoked out the whole wedding
party. Not good for a professional organisation
like the Renmark Club.
Regarding Frank Turton's boat, it's about time. He
should moor and promote privately, and if tour-
ists/people want to go and see him, they can.
Well done Renmark Paringa Council for your
sensible response to Frank Turton's situation.
Hopefully it will be a win/win for both parties. RF
Regarding Frank Turton's chooks, the ducks leave
more cr*p and there are more of them. Wake up.
'Sterile town of the year' -- Renmark. That looks
like our council's business plan. For goodness
sake, bring back Frank Turton, smoke, chickens
and all, before we all suffocate in boring sterility.
Clue for council: Frank's an asset.
Not everyone is happy to have The Chookman
and his junk taking up space on the Renmark
river front. Good on the Renmark Paringa
Council for taking action. So, is it a self-serving
move that he now wants a place on council?PA M
Duthie Medal: No clue. Votegetters' names
wrong all night. I will think twice about going
again. RFL get it right. Moorook-Kingston blam-
ing Wunkar Oval for injury -- what a joke. Was not
a rabbit hole. Get it right.
To Tom of Berri (Text the Editor, 2/9/14), have
you been to an RFL Independent game recently?
If not, you should attend. I have recently been to
a B grade RFL game and I go to Independents
frequently. I must say the standard of the
Independent A grade was better/higher
than the B grade and it would be a very close
contest between both A grade sides. And in
regards to spectators and family atmosphere,
Independents wins hands down. So before you
say Independents need to go, take a look at it
Lil of Renmark (Text the Editor, 2/9/14), you must
remember that although this is a Labor state,
we live in a Liberal seat. I gave up having a say a
while ago for this particular reason.
Cheers to Barmera tradies Kuhn Plumbers and
ES Electrical for a great service provided to an
elderly Riverland resident recently. JACQUI
0448 629 186
Frank's a tourism drawcard
IT WILL be the day when our local
government administrators learn what
tourism is all about.
More than 40 years ago our local tour-
ism committee battled to make our council
realise that it is an industry with many
intangible benefits to all.
We eventually got through to them and
tourism was well and truly established.
Here we go again, pushing Frank Turton
and his quirky boat Wilitsinkorwontit away
from the riverfront.
The vessel attracts many curious visi-
tors. As for his chooks on the lawns -- the
complainants have said nothing about the
feral ducks and other birds using the front-
age as a toilet.
One wonders why this desire to kill a
one-man tourist attraction. Does it contrast
too wildly with the recently established
multi-thousand dollar boat mooring facil-
ity outside the club to be used mainly for
the boating events held a handful of times
during the summer months?
For your information, there is a town
near the NSW and Victorian border --
Yackandandah -- that has innovations just
as quirky and tourists flock there to laugh
and photograph the imaginations by a few
people like Frank.
Now that is what I call initiative.
Y. M. GURR
Our motorsport recognised
DID ANYONE listen to the new motor-
sport show On the Fast Line last Saturday
morning on 5RM?
I did, and I must say congratulations
and well done to 5RM and Trev and
Lachie, the hosts of the show.
At last, someone has realised the
importance of motorsport and the car
scene to the Riverland and its economy.
With four dirt kart tracks, two moto-
cross tracks, two speedways, the off road
racing at Waikerie, 4x4s at Loveday, the
SA Timing Association at Waikerie, racing
boats at Berri and of course the Riverland
Motorplex driver training and drag strip
there is plenty to talk about.
Of course there's my other passion as
well: hot rods, customs and classic cars
that regularly cruise and visit the region.
I'm sure I've forgotten someone, so
please let Trev and Lachie know who you
are. Let's not forget those local motorsport
racers making their mark on the national
scene, whether it be in circuit racing, off
road, drag racing or whatever.
There won't be a lot of time left in
the one hour show, but throw in a bit of
national and international coverage and
I'm sure each week you'll be 'up to speed'
with everything motorsport.
Once again congratulations to the team
for taking the initiative to do this.
Maybe now our tourism gurus and gov-
ernment at all levels will sit up and take a
bit of notice and listen to what we've been
trying to tell them for years.
Get active Riverland
AS THE Member for Chaffey and
shadow minister for recreation, sport and
racing I would like to inform the com-
munity that Round 38 of the Active Club
Program is open and I am encouraging
eligible organisations to apply.
The Active Club program provides
assistance to strengthen and sustain com-
munity sport and active recreation organ-
isations through club development, pro-
grams and equipment with grants.
Sport and active recreation clubs that
meet eligibility criteria can apply for up to
$5000 for program and equipment grants
towards sporting equipment, uniform,
ground maintenance equipment, club
development planning/programs, medi-
cal training and equipment, coach/official
training and development, volunteer man-
agement and training, hardship subsidies
and club promotion.
Recreation and sporting clubs play
a vital role in the community and pro-
vide social, health and lifestyle benefits. I
encourage all eligible sporting and recrea-
tion clubs to apply to the program.
For further information visit www.ors.
sa.gov.au or contact (08) 7424 7708 with
applications closing on Monday, October
Shadow Minister for Recreation and
Member for Chaffey
Battle for Australia Day
EACH YEAR, on the first Wednesday
in September, we commemorate Battle
for Australia Day, marking the defeat of
Japanese forces in the Battle of Milne
We remember those who fought and
died defending our nation during World
This day of remembrance recognises
the sacrifice of those who served on the
home front in Australia, and of those who
fought on land, air and sea in battles in
the Coral Sea, Papua and New Guinea
between 1942 and 1945.
This time of great peril for Australia is
now formally commemorated on Battle
for Australia Day, a day when we honour
the service and sacrifice of Australian ser-
vicemen and women who took part in the
defence of our homeland in 1942.
This year is especially poignant as it
also marks 70 years since the Australian
Army began its campaign against the
Japanese on the island of Bougainville in
the South Pacific. The campaign lasted
from November 1944 until the Japanese
surrendered in August 1945.
The Bougainville campaign was one
of the largest and most difficult fought by
Australian forces during World War II.
During the centenary of Anzac,
we mark a century of service and sac-
rifice, encompassing all wars, conflicts
and peacekeeping operations in which
Australians have been involved.
For more information on Australia's
involvement in World War II visit the web-
sites (ww2australia.gov.au or dva.gov.au).
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister
for the Centenary of ANZAC
From The Murray Pioneer
September 3, 2004
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