Home' The Murray Pioneer : December 9th 2014 Contents Bunnings at a size
we can afford
RECENTLY, A development
proposal was put before the Berri
Barmera Council to establish a
bulky goods retail outlet com-
prising main warehouse, timber
trade sales, building materials
and landscaping yard, an outdoor
nursery incorporating shade
sales, pylon signage and associ-
ated car parking.
This all sounds fairly innocent
until you get to the details and
realise that this is a very large
corporate push by Bunnings into
At 6557 square metres of
retail area plus another 8486
square metres of parking and
shuffle room, this will be big-
ger than any other single retail
business in the Riverland and by
their own estimates generate up
to $20 million in turnover – with
all of the profits from such a
venture leaving our district.
So if you are working in, or
own a business that is involved
with or in the following types of
enterprises: building hardware,
tools, outdoor and garden,
indoor and decorating, craft,
bathroom and plumbing, light-
ing and electrical, painting and
decorating and storage and
cleaning, or home services such
as DIY kitchens, bench tops,
carpets, blinds, paint supply, air
conditioning, garage doors, hot
water installation, gas supply,
and hiring tools, then think care-
fully about your future.
Now is the time to lobby
the Berri Barmera Council to
convince them to act in the best
interest of all of the Riverland by
limiting the size of the proposed
Bunnings development to around
3000 square metres.
The last opportunity to
express your views – which must
be in writing at the council office
will be this Friday.
A business limited to this size
will not be able to dominate the
existing trade, but will drive gen-
uine competition and keep people
employed (and considering the
latest unemployment figures for
the Riverland, that is a big deal).
By preventing one business
from dominating the market and
enabling the existing businesses
to compete we will be able to
keep up the employment and
therefore grow the Riverland
The Riverland is experiencing
and has been through some of
the worst years in its history,
with falling population and
The jobs and businesses that
are left are precious and this is
an opportunity not to be missed.
Bring in new enterprise, by all
means, but keep what is left of
Keep the new development to
a size we can all live with.
It is important that all of our
councils and the people of the
Riverland remember the dev-
astation and degradation of the
Renmark and Berri town centres
when big business came to town.
They are taking years to recov-
er. We should all think twice and
appreciate the irreversible dangers
of sacrificing our souls at the alter
of the corporate empire.
No respect for our
I WOULD like to congratulate
the Renmark Paringa Council
on the new public toilets in
They are certainly an asset to
the town and an improvement on
the old ones.
But how angry, saddened and
disappointed I was on pageant
night when I needed to use them
and found that one of the taps in
the ladies toilet had already been
broken right off the basin and the
tap on the other basin was also
The toilets were disgustingly
filthy, with faeces all over the
toilet that I was going to use.
Consequently I had to go up to
the hotel where I encountered the
It is a shame that a few peo-
ple, be it local or not, can ruin
such nice amenities that have
been provided for the town.
I can only imagine what visi-
tors to the town thought.
NAME and ADDRESS provided
I WROTE a letter to The Murray
Pioneer in August addressing
the Riverland Italian Community
In that letter I highlighted the
fact that money raised failed to
be passed onto the Riverland
General Hospital, as was voted
by the association in 2004.
I have tried numerous times to
find out why the money was not
passed onto the hospital, but to
As the former treasurer of the
association, I call on the asso-
ciation’s officers to explain to
the Italian community why the
money has not been given to the
THE NEW Berri marina will be
a terrific asset to the town once it
It will be an asset that I am
sure we will all be proud of – but
at what cost?
If it isn’t bad enough that it has
been miss-costed by many thou-
sands of ratepayers’ dollars, now
they want to install solar lighting
which will push the cost up again.
If there is already power in
the ground, why wouldn’t you
stick to the original plan and take
advantage of it?
Times are tough, ratepayers
can’t keep paying for these
costly mistakes and unnecessary
Be hungry, but don’t
be a litter bug
I CAN’T believe that it’s
finally here – Hungry Jacks is
coming to Renmark, so every-
body get ready because now you
won’t go hungry.
Now, before you get too excit-
ed there is one problem, which
Litter bugs are everywhere.
They are people who throw their
rubbish on the ground or out the
If rubbish ends up in the
drains it could block them or it
could end up in the river.
Hungry Jacks is very cheap
and while this could be seen as a
good thing, it may also take cus-
tomers from smaller business.
Smaller businesses may shut
down because of the lost income;
people may also be spoiled for
choice, forcing them to abandon
the places they usually eat.
Hungry Jacks, a whopper of
an idea? You be the judge.
But if Hungry Jacks does
come to Renmark everybody
make sure you put your rubbish
in the bin and keep our beautiful
Year 5/6 class
Renmark West Primary School
Fast food fast facts
AS YOU might know Hungry
Jacks is coming to Renmark.
This could have both positive
and negative outcomes.
I think it is a good idea
because it will open up jobs for
It may also draw more people
to come to Renmark because
Renmark is the only town in the
Riverland with McDonald’s and
soon Hungry Jacks.
It will therefore create more
money and the town will become
richer. There will also be more
choice in what food people eat
and it will bring a new flavour to
Renmark. On the flip side some
people will disagree with me.
One of the bad points with
Hungry Jacks coming is that it
will create more rubbish along
Industry Road. It may cause peo-
ple to eat less fruit and eat more
junk food. So, more people will
live unhealthy lifestyles.
So, you be the judge if you
want to eat Hungry Jacks or not?
Year 5/6 class
Renmark West Primary School
WE might be known as the engine room of
Australia’s wine industry, but that means
little when fine dining experts and travel
types wax lyrical about the state’s wine
The Riverland rarely rates a mention.
In fact, how often have you thumbed your
way down a list of ‘top wines’ or ‘must-
drink drops’ only to be disappointed at our
region’s low ranking or complete absence?
It’s depressing, particularly given we all
know local people who put their heart,
soul and plenty of hard work into the wine
Fortunately, it seems the tide is turning,
Our appearance in a reasonably humble
Advertiser article about SA’s best wine
regions might seem little reason to
celebrate, but it may actually be another
indicator that we’re finally on the map.
Mention is made of wine snobs missing
out if they choose to bypass the Riverland,
while our burgeoning alternative variety
scene is also praised.
Perhaps disappointingly for a region that
has worked hard on its dining quality in
recent years, our ‘eating’ scorecard was low,
but shows we still have plenty of room for
Perhaps it is a sign of the changing times
that while our tourism rating overall remains
solid, our attraction as a wine region is
starting to emerge.
Recognition such as this, being rated
alongside much-heralded regions such
McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Barossa Valley,
Adelaide Hills and Limestone Coast, will
only help continue this momentum.
Yes, ‘Suz of Berri’ (Text the Editor,
5/12/14), the recreation centre
and boat ramp (if you own a
boat) may make Berri a better
place to live. But not to all, if
over 900 rateable properties
are failing to pay their rates.
Then, all the grandiose plans
(more spending) won’t make it
any easier for those struggling
financially. We all have to
live within the community’s
means and not just wishes.
Unfortunately this fact hasn’t
filtered through to council yet.
Berri boat ramp blow-out: why is
it when they mess up we have
Re. Berri boat ramp, it has gone
quiet. Does the council think we
have forgotten? No explanation
or comments. Where is this
money coming from and how do
we know it won’t happen again?
Will the Berri Barmera Council
ever keep anything on budget?
It can’t keep a simple boat ramp
on budget? What will happen to
the bigger projects? How much
extra will that cost ratepayers?
Council will only go ahead with
the recreation centre if it is
affordable. I have heard them
say that. So anyone out there
worried about it needs to relax.
I don’t know about Berri, but the
Barmera lake front is looking
excellent. I was down there for
the Donald Campbell event and
it was lovely. Plenty of shade,
seating and grass.
No photos of Tim Whetstone,
almost had to check masthead
to see if I was reading The
Pioneer (5/12/14), but then I
spotted one of Cr Norton and
knew I was.
Well said, Graham Strout
(‘Hughes’ coverage over the
top?’, The Pioneer, 5/12/14). I
think you have said what a lot of
people were thinking.
I was sad about Phil Hughes’
death, but also thought the
media went a bit over the top
with it all. Also, would the AFL,
for example, have cancelled a
whole round of matches, then
postponed games if the 14th
or 15th best player in Australia
was tragically killed in a training
accident? Don’t think so.
our wine scene
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30 years December 11, 1984
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