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as FRESH as it gets.
After being a major sponsor of the
Country Music Awards of Australia (Golden
Guitars) for almost a decade in the 1990s,
Telstra has returned to its role in Australia’s
longest running music awards scheme.
This year the awards night will be
televised on the TEN Network’s regional
Channel 11 via Southern Cross Ten, so I
am hoping that somehow, we in the River-
land, will get to view it in February too.
Star Maker has also had the support of
Toyota for the past 20 years, a contribution
that has been greatly appreciated.
The 10 finalists in the country music
2015 Toyota Star Maker are from Sian
Evans, Dana Hassall, Taylor Moss
(Queensland), Tommy Contor, Jess Hol-
land, Mickey Pye, Rachel Fahim (NSW),
Greta Ziller, Tyler Hudson (Victoria) and
Jonny Taylor (WA).
Unfortunately, we in SA mustn’t have
had anyone good enough to make the cut.
The winner of this, the 36th Star Maker,
will be announced on Friday, January 23,
with the first ‘heat’ on Sunday, January 18.
It is interesting to think back on the
number of past entrants who didn’t win the
event but are still performing today.
The Country Music Association of Aus-
tralia (CMAA) compilation album, Win-
ners 2015, showcasing finalists from the
43rd annual Country Music Awards, will
be available from January 9.
A few of the 34 songs featured are
Wheelbarrow – Kasey Chambers, It’s
All About Love – John Williamson &
Beccy Cole, Just Don’t Ask Me How I Am
Jasmine Rae, Superhero – Amber Law-
rence, Young Gun – Michael Fix, Here’s
To You & I – The McClymonts, Jack
Bridle – Dianne Lindsay, Riders of the
Kimberley – Terry Bennetts/Ian Simp-
son, Wish You Were a Cowboy – Christie
Lamb, Bloodwood & Clover – Dean Per-
rett, Making Hay – Simply Bushed, Like
a Tornado – Morgan Evans, That Kinda
Night – The Wolfe Brothers.
With it being 100 years since the
ANZACs went to war, some of our coun-
try music artists have released songs to
commemorate the event.
The McAlister Kemp duo have record-
ed a Rod Moar-penned song, 100 Years
The ANZAC, which isn’t on their latest
album, Harder To Tame, but is available
While on the subject of McAlister
Kemp, after six years together, Drew and
Tr o y have decided to take an indefinite
break in March, and go back to their solo
careers for a time.
March is when their ‘best of ’ album
will be released, and will feature previ-
ously unreleased songs and new music,
including the track mentioned above.
With four finalist nominations in the
2015 Golden Guitar Awards, we wish them
all the best.
There were two pieces of good news
from two of our (former) South Aussie art-
ists last month.
Not only did they welcome their baby
daughter, Adelaide Lena List, born on
December 20, but also announced their
engagement on Christmas Day.
Kristy Cox and Travis List were both
talent quest competitors at the SA Country
Music Awards for New Talent quite a few
If you would like to send them best
wishes, please address to: Travis List, PO
Box 237, One Tree Hill, SA, 5114. I am
sure they would love to hear from you.
Our thoughts have been with Ross
Baker, who is back from Adelaide, with
his surgery having gone well.
He is now enjoying life a bit more,
though still taking it easy at this stage.
Last month the Tamworth Country
Music Festival won Gold for Major Fes-
tivals and Events at the NSW Tourism
The award was accepted on behalf of
the event organisers, sponsors, other stake-
holders and the residents of the city.
In March, the Qantas Australian Tour-
ism Award winners, will be announced in
Adelaide at the Convention Centre.
If you didn’t order a copy of the Offi-
cial Guide for the Tamworth festival, you
have missed out on getting the 21-track On
The Road A Taste Of Tamworth 2015 free
A few of the tracks featured on the
album are Roo Arcus with Let’s Get Out
Of Here, Johnny Greenwood – Aus-
tralia’s Bert Hinkler, Travis List – In
This Corner, Sonny French – Home,
Dozzi and Drew McAlister – I Need You
Tonight, Jetty Road – Sweet Goodbye,
Brothers3 – Herbert Street, Norma
O’Hara Murphy – Hall Of Fame, and
Jared Porter and Kaylee Bell – Pieces.
Kristy Cox and Travis List at Tamworth
Toyota returns as major sponsor of Golden Guitars
with Robyn McIntosh
BOASTING a combined 270
years of dedicated service to
the Riverland’s Country Fire
Service (CFS), nine local
members were honoured for
their time and tireless efforts
Chaffey group base CFS
commander Richard Coombe
awarded the long-serving vol-
unteers with service clasps.
The awardees included five
current serving brigade cap-
tains, two ex-captains and a
deputy group officer.
Some members also
received the National Service
Medal, which is given as
part of the Australian system
of honours and awards to the
country’s service organisations.
Chaffey CFS group officer
Rob Ziersch said the recipients
showed “volunteer ethic” and
dedication to protecting the
CFS NATIONAL SERVICE
MEDAL AND CLASP
Raoul Otto de Grancy -
Monash ex-captain and
Anthony Wachtel - Moorook
David Gibbs - Wunkar
Trevor Pryse - Lyrup captain
Mark Dowling - Barmera
Ron Jachmann - Taplan captain
Dean Kerley – Brown’s Well
Paul Stribley - Deputy group
Peter Polst - Glossop captain
Robert Pope - Moorook
Our CFS volunteers recognised
Local Country Fire Service volunteers were recognised for their commitment to the organisation recently.
MORE than a dozen Riverlanders will have their
unique photography work showcased at an ABC
Open exhibition this Friday.
The ABC Open exhibition Riverlandia will
feature work from 17 locals at the River Land
The local photography, which has been
published on the ABC as part of ABC Open’s
Snapped project, highlights the people and sur-
rounds unique to the Riverland.
The exhibition launch will be held at the
gallery on Friday, from 6pm–8pm.
Local photo talent on show
WHILE millions of gifts have already been
declared unwanted this Christmas, South
Australians were among the best gift givers in
the country, new research shows.
A recent Gumtree report found more that 20
million unwanted gifts, worth over $500 million
in total, are up for grabs after Christmas this
The amount of unwanted gifts has increased
by 43 per cent in the last year and 2.4 million
Australians are preparing to sell their presents
“There is a story behind every unwanted
gift, and what might be considered a dud gift to
one person could be a great new addition to the
next,” Gumtree spokesperson Niki Hennessy
However, according to the data, South
Australians are the best gift givers, with only
58 per cent receiving at least one unwanted
gift at Christmas, compared to 66 per cent in
Queensland, 63 per cent in New South Wales
and Australian Capital Territory, 63 per cent
in Victoria and Tasmania and 61 per cent in
gifts already online
LOCAL businesses may need to buddy up
with their workers, with new research showing
Australians are the most active job seekers in the
Randstad, which has a research office in Berri,
found that Australia is the most active country
when it comes to ‘window shopping’ for jobs,
with 24 per cent of workers stating they are pas-
sive job seekers.
Randstad employment market analyst Steve
Shepherd said businesses are going to have to
take extra measures to ensure they retain their
“...businesses are going to have to take a clos-
er look at their workforce, as employees often
reflect on their jobs over the holiday period,
which often leads them to making a change in
the new year,” he said.
“With so many people looking out the win-
dow, we may see a bumper in regards to staff
shopping’ for work
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