Home' The Murray Pioneer : December 9th 2014 Contents 8 NEWS www.murraypioneer.com.au Tuesday, December 9, 2014
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO:
Ryan Ingerson, 2005, Berri
Chloe Fewquandie, 2002, Renmark
Mackenzie Hall, 2007, Lyrup Heights
Jamie DiCerbo, 2003, Paringa
Seth Balaza, 2013, Barmera
Xavier Balaza, 2013, Barmera
Nate Greenhalgh, 2011
Angelo Otero, 2005, Renmark
Haylee Poulish, 2003, Renmark
Joseph Bagnato, 2012, Renmark
Alysha Westerik, 2005, Loxton
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volunteering and the
increasing demand for
social housing will be
on the agenda when a
state minister visits the
Riverland next week.
Sanderson will tour the
Riverland and Mallee
on Monday, December
15, and Tuesday,
December 16, to dis-
cuss issues including youth unemployment,
homelessness and volunteering.
Ms Sanderson, the Opposition spokesper-
son for higher education, science and infor-
mation economy, families and child protec-
tion, social housing and volunteers and youth,
will meet with higher education providers and
volunteers during her visit to discuss increas-
ing costs to screenings and background
“Volunteers are an important fabric of
regional communities, with more than
900,000 people volunteering per year across
South Australia worth approximately $5
billion annually to the local economy,” Ms
“I’ve had many volunteers contact me
to express concerns over the 33 per cent
increase in the cost of screening and back-
ground check applications, which will
raise $3.21 million in revenue for the State
Government next year.”
Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone
said he was looking forward to hosting Ms
Sanderson during her stay, and meeting with
local stakeholders and community members.
Mr Whetstone said it was important for Ms
Sanderson to visit the region to speak “first-
hand with the volunteers, whose generous
contributions are vital to our communities”.
Liberal MP Rachel
MARTIN Bend’s wetlands
will fill with water in January
after months of low levels as
part of a water management
Regular users of the walking
trail at Martin Bend may have
noticed water in the wetland
basin decreasing since May.
The decrease in water is
part of the wetland manage-
ment program undertaken
by the Natural Resources
SA Murray-Darling Basin
(SAMDB) wetland and
floodplain program, the
Berri Barmera Local Action
Planning Association, Martin
Bend Recreation Area
Committee and Martin Bend
Wetland Community Group.
Natural Resources SAMDB
wetland ecologist Irene
Wegener said flows would start
again next month.
“We will be opening the
flow regulating structure in
early January to allow the wet-
land to refill after a period of
low water levels,” she said.
“Martin Bend is one of a
number of wetlands across the
region where wetland manage-
ment is undertaken together
with local community groups.
“Restoring wetting and dry-
ing patterns in wetlands is
“Due to river regulation,
some wetlands now become
either too wet or too dry,
resulting in a decrease in eco-
“Managing the flow of water
into wetlands can assist in sup-
porting living organisms in
the wetlands such as river red
gums, frogs and waterbirds that
depend on both wetting and
drying cycles for habitat and
“Regular ecological moni-
toring is undertaken during the
managed drying period.
“Drying of the wetland has
resulted in the growth of veg-
etation on the wetland bed,
aeration and consolidation of
wetland bed sediments and has
removed carp from the wetland.
“Refilling is anticipated to
release nutrients from the wet-
land bed, and provide habitat
for frogs, fish and waterbirds.”
This monitoring program is
supported by South Australian
Murray-Darling Basin Natural
Resources Management Board,
through funding from the
Water set to start flowing back into the Bend
Martin Bend wetland is due to be refilled next month following a drying phase.
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“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 the old.”
An application for the Bunnings store
was first considered by the Riverland
Regional Development Assessment Panel
(RRDAP) in December last year, and sur-
rounding businesses and property owners
have now received letters inviting feed-
back on the potential development, which
must be submitted by Friday.
Affected parties will also be able
to address the Riverland Regional
Development Assessment Panel if they
choose to do so.
Members of Riverlanders Opposing
Bunnings Development (ROBD) have pre-
pared a letter to send to council outlining
the potential effects of a large-scale store
in the region.
Ultimately, development approval lies
with RRDAP, which consists of one coun-
cillor and one independent representative
from the three Riverland council districts,
and is chaired by an independent member.
Bunnings chief operating officer Peter
Davis has previously told the Pioneer
a Riverland store would generate about
55 permanent positions and 80 jobs in
the construction phase of the $11 million
Mr Redway said locals were welcome
to contact him to discuss the development
in further detail.
PAGE 6 Graham Redway’s letter
Would a smaller Bunnings boost competition?
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