Home' The Murray Pioneer : January 6th 2015 Contents www.murraypioneer.com.au Tuesday, January 6, 2015 NEWS 5
On behalf of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, SA Water
is undertaking extensive essential maintenance on Lock 7
near Rufus River. The lock chamber will undergo a
complete refurbishment which is vital to the longevity
of the structure.
During this period, vessels will be unable to navigate
through Lock 7 for approximately 10 to 12 weeks from
27 January 2014.
SA Water apologises for any inconvenience and
appreciates your cooperation while this important work
For further information please call Lock 7 on
(03) 5027 8225 or contact River Murray Operations
Berri office on (08) 8595 2222.
ADVICE TO BOAT OPERATORS
Lock chamber closed 10 – 12 weeks
as from 27 Januar y 2015
LOXTON High is opposing the State
Government’s decision to amalgamate the
school’s two-bus service to one, beginning in
term one of this year.
Late last year the Department for Education
and Child Development (DECD) made the
decision to amalgamate the Peebinga/Paruna
and Meribah/Moonah Bore to Loxton High
However, LHS governing council chairper-
son Jennifer Trewen said the amalgamation
would put the local country students at a disad-
vantage by increasing the time some students
spend travelling, and impacting curriculum
planned around the use of the bus.
“It is the opinion of the governing coun-
cil that this action would further discriminate
against our most geographically disadvantaged
students, and is therefore unacceptable,” she
wrote in a letter to DECD.
“I ask you to seriously consider the implica-
tion that the proposed decision will have on our
“Your proposal will dictate that (our) stu-
dents are further burdened by increased travel
times to access the most basic human right –
DECD infrastructure executive director Ross
Treadwell said the change was made because
the route no longer met the School Transport
“There were less than 10 eligible students
using the service throughout 2014,” he said.
“In addition, there have been students in the
Peebinga area who left the district in 2014,
which has also reduced the numbers of eligible
students who use the Peebinga/Paruna bus.
“Therefore it is no longer viable or sustain-
able to operate two buses, which operate in
similar areas, when all students can be catered
for in one larger bus.”
Mr Treadwell said the service would change
from two small buses to one medium bus (34
seats) and would travel along a similar route to
the previous two.
He said parents were not required to pay for
the DECD-provided school bus service.
“There is one family who will be required to
travel 11 kilometres to meet the bus, however
they will receive a transport allowance,” said
“One family of three children will be on
the bus 10 to 15 minutes longer each way. The
remaining students will access the service at
similar times and for a similar duration.”
Mr Treadwell said the bus would remain
available to the school for use during excur-
“All DECD yellow school buses are avail-
able to the managing school and the schools
they service,” he said.
“The replacement bus will be fitted with
UHF radio, a tow bar, seatbelts and air condi-
tioning, along with the new additions of CCTV
Last month the District Council of Loxton
Waikerie threw its support behind the
local school, and requested that the State
Government retain the two-bus service.
Sporting clubs hit
Two quad bikes and two chainsaws
were allegedly stolen from the Waikerie
Golf Club last week.
Riverland police are investigating a
break-in at the property which occurred
sometime between 6am on Monday and
6am on Tuesday.
“Thieves broke into the Waikerie Golf
Club on Dunlop Road and stole a Honda
300cc quad bike, a Yamaha 250cc quad
bike, two Stihl chainsaws, a Karcher
cleaner, drills, air compressor, trolley
jack, battery chargers and numerous hand
tools,” said a police spokesperson.
Meanwhile, police are investigating
property damage to a roller shutter on
the Barmera Netball Club canteen that
occurred sometime between Saturday,
December 13, and Wednesday, December
Those with any information relating to
these crimes are asked to contact Crime
Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Burnout bandit busted
A 24-year-old Paralowie man was
reported by police last week, after he was
allegedly caught conducting burnouts near
Police said officers reported the man for
misusing a vehicle and driving disqualified
at about 10pm on Monday.
“Police were conducting speed detec-
tion duties on Sturt Highway near
Waikerie (and) saw the man doing burn-
outs in a parking bay on the other side of
the road,” said a police spokesperson.
The man’s vehicle was impounded for
28 days and he will appear in court at a
Video camera taken
A Panasonic video camera and a GPS
were stolen from a car parked at the Maize
Island camp ground, near Waikerie, on
The theft occurred sometime between
1pm and 2pm.
Berri shed theft
Tools and equipment were stolen from
a shed in Riverview Drive, Berri, between
Sunday, November 16, and Wednesday,
Police are investigating the incident and
say the following items were taken:
Mercury black/blue/grey 4HP out-
McCulloch hedge trimmer, green,
MAC2816 (2818 written on side)
Black motor assisted golf buggy bag
(with a small car battery)
Shed scales (old fashioned style with
six scale measures)
Two 1940s kerosene lanterns
Orange garden secateurs with french
Back pack sprayer
Two aloe picolatus plants, each 0.5m
Wooden carved statue of mother and
Various clips, fasteners, washers,
tools in five clear, jiffy box plastic drawers
Broken pump, oil can, drill bits in
metal box, tape measure, hammer and a
can of RP7
Those with any information relating to
these incidents are asked to contact Crime
Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Dangerous driver charged
A 21-year-old Loxton man was arrested
for allegedly attempting to evade police
after he was caught speeding last week.
Police said the man was detected travel-
ling at 173km/h in a 110km/h zone just
after 8pm on Tuesday, December 30.
“The man failed to stop when requested
to by police and was located a short time
later,” said a police spokesperson.
“He was charged with exceeding the
speed limit, driving in a dangerous man-
ner, breaching his P1 licence and driving
to evade police.”
The man was refused police bail and
appeared in the Berri Magistrates Court
Bus service cut
from two to one
Our hot and dry year
through another hot and dry
year, with above average
temperatures and slightly lower
than average rainfall recorded
The region also experi-
enced one of its hottest days
on record, with the temperature
soaring to 45.7C on Tuesday,
January 14 in Renmark.
“It has certainly been a
pretty hot year,” Mildura
Meteorological Office station
manager Mark Wilgar said.
“Maximum and minimum
temperatures have been above
average for the best part of the
year, with a couple of excep-
“The minimum temperature
in August was about 2C cooler
that the average.”
While temperatures soared
above average, the Riverland
experienced a significant rain-
fall event in February, with
95mm of rain falling between
February 14 and 15.
The region received a total
of 241mm of rainfall last year,
slightly down on its yearly
average of 245mm.
“The rainfall was heavily
skewed to the front half of the
year – in the latter half of the
year there were some very dry
months,” he said.
“The driest month was
October, where we only got .2
of a millimetre.”
The strongest wind gust
recorded for the year was
89km/h on Monday, October 6.
Meanwhile Mr Wilgar said
the temperature outlook for
2015 indicates a warmer than
usual start to the new year.
“We’ve certainly kicked off
very hot start to the new year,”
“The daytime and night-time
temperatures from January to
March look to be above normal
for most parts of Australia.”
Mr Wilgar said locals need
to exercise caution during
extreme weather conditions to
avoid heat-related illnesses.
“The reality is our summers
are typically very hot and dry
and for any type of outdoor
activities avoiding those peak
periods of heat during the day
makes a lot of sense,” he said.
“Also stay well hydrated and
cover up if it’s necessary to go
Hitting the water at Lake Bonney on the weekend were Michael Burge and Nick Cuteri, towing locals Lauren Benda, Sally Quirke and
Callum Benda. PHOTO: Will Slee
BY THE NUMBERS: Riverland’s
2014 weather highlights
Hottest maximum temperature: 45.7C, January 14
Lowest maximum temperature: 10.3C, July 14
Highest daily rainfall: 79.8mm, February 15
Annual rainfall: 241mm (245mm average)
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