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By PAMELA PERRE
The Riverland’s school principals
were shown how much the region
appreciates them at a special dinner
on Monday night.
The Riverland Youth Ministries Group
(RYM) and local Christian pastoral sup-
port workers (CPSWs) hosted the ‘princi-
pals appreciation dinner’ at the Pike River
Conference Centre in Lyrup.
RYM chairperson Stephen Albrecht
said the dinner was held as part of Schools
“We decided to honour the principals of
the Riverland for the crucial job that they
do,” he said.
“They do a great job of managing
school communities and provide a high
level of educational support to the stu-
“We put on this free dinner for them by
supplying pre-dinner drinks, and treating
them to a three-course meal.”
Mr Albrecht said the 28 principals and
school leaders in attendance were “blown
out of the water” and appreciated the effort
put into the event.
“CPSWs from across the Riverland
waited on the principals and leaders on the
night,” he said.
“Sometimes we undervalue the role that
schools might have on our children, so this
sort of event is a really nice thing to do to
acknowledge the hard work that these guys
put into our community.”
In appreciation of our principals
Riverland Christian School chaplain Veronica Raams and Glossop High School
principal Julie Ahrens.
PHOTO: Janette Fulham
Riverland parents are being encouraged
to register their children for VACSWIM
The state government-funded program aims
to teach children basic swimming and water
YMCA South Australia chief executive offic-
er Haydn Robins said the number of drowning
deaths was increasing and the program would
help save lives.
“There is an urgent need for increased public
awareness about this issue and it’s important for
primary school-aged children to receive water
safety education,” he said.
“Our children should be taught fundamental
water safety and survival skills – a platform they
will carry into adulthood.
“VACSWIM delivers measured outcomes.”
Enrolments are now open for the 2015 January
VACSWIM open for
Local club’s birthing
kit project kicks off
The Zonta Club of the Riverland will
host a ‘birthing kit assembly day’ this
Sunday to send much-needed medical
supplies to developing countries.
The kits include a clean plastic sheet, soap,
gloves, gauze, scalpel blade and clean ties, and
provide a clean birthing environment for women
who do not have access to health and medical
Once assembled, the kits will be sent to coun-
tries in need, to prevent life-threatening infec-
The Zonta Club will assemble 1000 kits
on Sunday from 1pm at Glossop High School
(middle campus) in the home economics room,
and afternoon tea will be provided.
by EMMA WALTER
Riverland residents are
being asked to keep an eye
out on local back roads
after a spike in illegal rub-
The call from Loxton Wai-
kerie Council comes after
a report of rubbish found
dumped on Nangari Road last
Concerns have also been
raised about broken furniture,
building materials unwanted
whitegoods and other ‘hard
rubbish’ dumped at other areas
around Loxton, including
Council director of corpo-
rate and community services,
Ruth Firstbrook, said the prob-
lem was on the rise.
“There definitely appears
to be an increase (in illegal
dumping). We are getting many
more reports about it,” she said.
“The majority of reports are
usually for ‘hard waste’, larger
“But we’ve also found
general waste – bags of your
typical household, kitchen-bin
“The reason for this
increase is difficult to estab-
lish. Is it because of the waste
collection service and needing
to separate waste, therefore
they believe just dumping it is
Mrs Firstbrook said a sec-
tion of land off the Sturt High-
way, near Kingston-on-Murray,
was another identified ‘hot
The issue of illegal dumping
in other Riverland council areas
has been the subject of several
Berri residents expressed
their frustration last month,
when the Berri river front trail
was littered with old tyres, gal-
vanised iron and over 90 foam
Keep an eye out for illegal dumping, says council
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