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BERRI Barmera Council
has confirmed that two jobs
have been cut from the Berri
Library and Information
Centre following TAFE SA’s
decision to pull out of a
three-way agreement to run the
TAFE SA, along with
council and the Department
of Education and Child
Development (DECD) –
on behalf of Glossop High
School – had contributed to the
library’s operating budget in a
joint agreement for the past 15
However, TAFE SA noti-
fied council in November
that it would pull out of the
agreement when it ended on
December 31 this year.
In a report to Berri Barmera
Council’s regular monthly
meeting tonight, chief execu-
tive officer David Beaton con-
firmed that the two staff mem-
bers who were employed spe-
cifically to handle TAFE SA’s
requirements would be made
redundant this month.
A new service model and
operating budget has also been
arranged with DECD, which
will continue to contribute
financially to the library.
The report says the new
staffing and service model
fits within the existing long
term financial plans of
council and “will provide no
additional costs onto the
operating expenses and thus
Councillors will tonight vote
to endorse the new deal.
The Pioneer, Friday, November 7
Library job losses confirmed
BARMERA’S Barwell Avenue came
alive with the spirit of Christmas on
Friday night, as thousands of Riverlanders
swarmed the town for the annual pageant.
People lined the main street to catch
a glimpse of Santa Claus and enjoy the
Barmera Christmas Pageant committee
member Kay Manning said the pageant’s
main show stopper – the fireworks – was
“stunning as usual”.
“This year Ballistic Fireworks used the
leftover fireworks from the Rolling Stones
concert,” she said.
“They began the display with haunting
didgeridoo music and some really bright
“People glowed after the fireworks and
they were all talking about how good they
While the number of pageant entries was
down this year, Mrs Manning said the 33
floats that featured in the parade were of
“They were very creative and well put
together,” she said. “Ballistic Fireworks put
a special float in their year, which had a
rocket with outdoor fireworks.
“All the floats really showcased every-
one’s hard work and months of prepara-
tion,” she said.
The ‘most outstanding float’ award went
to Glenview Poultry Farm’s float that re-
enacted the movie Chicken Run.
The ‘most humorous’ award went to
Doc’s Auto Repairs’ Barmera Bonney Pipe
Ban, which saw more than 30 men parade
down Barwell Avenue in kilts.
Maple Street’s interactive Australian-
themed float took home the title of ‘most
creative’, while Central Irrigation Trust’s
Frozen float was awarded ‘favourite story
The ‘best nativity’ award was given to
Riverland Central Christian Church.
Aside from the usual pageant night
attractions, Ticklish Allsorts entertainment,
food vendors and market stalls, Riverland
Central Christian Church’s puppet show
was among the highlights.
“They had hand-made, fulled dressed,
paper mache puppets,” Mrs Manning said.
“It was just beautiful and and they were
mindful of remembering the real meaning
Mrs Manning thanked the pageant’s
committee, major sponsors and supporters
for helping make the night a success.
PAGE 9 More pageant photos
ABOVE: Barmera Christmas Pageant 2014
queen Katie Morrison (right), with princess
Stella McDonald (left) and junior princess
Lazara Wade on their float during Friday
night’s pageant parade. The trio is being
driven by local man Brian Mason in his
magnificent 1970 Pontiac GTO. The girls
were the second last float in the parade,
just ahead of Father Christmas.
PHOTO: Paul Mitchell
up for pageant
ABOVE: Students from the Rosie Clark School of Ballet and Tap, in Glossop, were
dressed in their magical-looking dresses when they held the Barmera Christmas
Pageant banner on Friday night. PHOTO: Will Slee
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THE jobs of two Berri library
workers are up in the air following
TAFE SA’s decision to discontinue
a long-term joint library use
agreement this week.
For the past 15 years Berri
Barmera Council, Glossop High
School (GHS) and TAFE SA have
operated the Berri Library and
Information Centre under a joint
agreement – which is due to expire
in December – giving each institu-
tion access to the facility.
However, on Tuesday, TAFE SA
notified council it does not intend
to sign on to a new agreement.
Council chief executive officer
David Beaton said the agree-
ment – as it stands – sees coun-
cil contribute $350,000 to the
library’s operating expenditures
every year, and GHS and TAFE
SA each contribute $174,000 .
Mr Beaton said TAFE SA’s
share of the contribution includes
funding for a librarian and library
assistant, and that the future of
those positions is now potentially
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Possible job losses as TAFE walks away from library agreement...
BERRI Army Cadets is back
up and running with a new
volunteer at the helm.
After reading of the group’s
year-long forced hiatus in The
Murray Pioneer, local police
officer Andrew Cusack stepped
in to resurrect the local unit.
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should see petrol prices
drop as much as 10c/litre in
coming weeks – but that all
depends on individual fuel
retailers, says the RAA.
RAA senior analyst Chris
West said many regional
areas have paid too much
for fuel for too long.
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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 201
ON THE MARCH: Berri Army Cadets is back in business after almost a year out of action, thanks to new volunteer leaders Riverland police officer Andrew Cusack and Phil Wickham.
PHOTO: Pamela Perre
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