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The State Government’s Public Works
Committee will tour the Riverland next week
to inspect several major local projects.
Committee members will visit the region on
Tuesday and Wednesday to gain an understanding
of issues affecting regional projects, said presiding
member Annabel Dignance.
“We are also fortunate to have regional parlia-
mentarians as members of our committee including
the Member for Chaffey (Tim Whetstone) whose
electorate contains the projects we will be visiting,”
“They are vital in highlighting regional perspec-
tives and provide an essential link to the views of
South Australians residing there.”
The Public Works Committee is responsible for
reviewing public works projects worth more than $4
million before they begin construction.
The committee will visit a number of water-
related projects, including several of the Riverine
Recovery projects, and the recently redeveloped
Riverland General Hospital in Berri.
“This is also a great opportunity for the commit-
tee members to see the progress of these projects
and gain a first-hand understanding of some of their
more technical aspects.”
“Committees have a valuable role in visiting and
engaging with residents and witnesses in regional
South Australia ensuring they are given appropriate
Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone has wel-
comed the committee’s visit to the region.
“I think it is a great opportunity for the commit-
tee to look at some major projects in the Riverland,”
The committee will also meet with local govern-
ment representatives from several councils and the
Regional Development Board for the Murraylands
The Public Works Committee is a bipartisan
committee of parliamentarians of the House of
Member for Barker Tony Pasin
completed his challenge as part of
the ‘ice bucket’ craze outside Parlia-
ment House yesterday after being
nominated by several Riverlanders.
The Murray Pioneer journalist Pamela
Perre and photographer Will See nomi-
nated Mr Pasin for the challenge, which
saw him soaked with a container of ice
water yesterday in the name of raising
awareness and money for Motor Neurone
“My great mentor, Dale Baker, sadly
succumbed to this condition and so I am
proud to be able to take the ice bucket
challenge and donate $200 to help in the
research effort,” he said.
Mr Pasin nominated member for
Wakefield Nick Champion, Greater
Green Triangle District secretary Brad
Coates and member of the Legislative
Council Terry Stephenson to brave the
Member for Barker Tony Pasin was drenched outside Parliament House yesterday
afternoon for the ‘ice bucket’ challenge.
Pasin accepts MND Ice Bucket challenge
By PAMELA PERRE
A good season, the
introduction of state-of-the-art
machinery and new marketing
strategies are all contributors to
a good citrus season for 2014,
according to a local MP.
Member for Chaffey Tim Whet-
stone recently visited newly upgrad-
ed local packing shed Venus Citrus
and said he was “excited” about the
future of the Riverland citrus indus-
“The industry as a whole has
turned a corner,” he said.
“Local packing sheds
are taking on new marketing
strategies and they are being
“Venus Citrus have a good story
behind their brand, they are being
more accountable from farm to con-
“For too long this region has
grown fruit and hoped to get a good
“The sheds are (now) showing
capacity to market and it’s paying
Mr Whetstone said local packing
sheds were attempting to educate
“They are saying that externally
fruit might have a scratch, but inter-
nally it’s good quality,” he said.
“I think it’s important to start
changing that perspective.
“We’ve got to market it for con-
sumption in a better way, because
there’s not a lot of demand for fruit
“The citrus industry has copped
an absolute shellacking over the last
four or five years, and it’s good to
see us growing alternative varieties,
and introducing marketing strategies
that are seeing traction.”
Local citrus industry ‘turned a corner’: MP
The sheds are (now)
showing capacity to market
and it’s paying dividends...
- TI M WHE TSTONE
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