Home' The Murray Pioneer : January 9th 2015 Contents Retail industry
I LIVED and worked in Berri
in the 1970s' pre government
time, moved away with work in
the 1980s, then returned in the
1990s' post government era to
work, raise a family and play
The difference was marked.
The town was not a close
knit community, as it once was,
and industry was slowly disap-
pearing until we got to a stage
where the winery was the only
The resultant lack of industry
has meant many of our young
people, more than ever, have
moved out of the area to gain
work or go to university.
University is a credit to those
who have worked hard enough
to achieve their goals but we
have nothing, no industry, to
entice graduates to return -- not
even a viticulture or agriculture
industry to draw them back.
There is no better indication
than the sporting clubs to show
the youth drain.
All sporting clubs have great
junior programs with plenty
of numbers but a vast majority
struggle for numbers in the sen-
It is interesting to note that
the Berri Bowling Club has the
greatest record of sustained suc-
cess in recent times. Something
about the age demographic.
With a lack of initiative, inno-
vation or incentive from anyone
in a position of influence, I put
up this discussion point:
What about a retail industry?
Bunnings is just a start.
What about Aldi, expansion of
Woolworths and a full blown
Target store? There are many
other corporate giants, all they
need is incentive.
Sure there might be casual-
ties, but we are talking about the
town's future here.
There are small businesses
here through their own hard
work that are already either
building sheds all over Australia
or builders who are building
homes all over South Australia.
Competition doesn't have to
be the beginning of the end.
Retail means jobs and lots
of them, whether it be manage-
ment, supervisors, shop assis-
tants, drivers etc., as well as all
the jobs that are created in the
community to cater for an influx
of people, either permanently or
day by day.
It all starts with local govern-
ment and their initiative to create
attractive incentives to lure the
big companies and not throw
their hands in the air and say it's
too hard or bury their heads in
the sand and say it's nothing to
do with me.
It's very disappointing that
their history is very poor in that
regard when they should be tak-
ing the lead.
Please remember it's an
important and I think urgent
discussion to have. If you are
against, offer a realistic alterna-
tive, negatives alone mean abso-
lutely nothing. BOB WARLAND
Education on cats
I WRITE regarding the articles
on cat control and eradication as
reported in The Murray Pioneer
('Feral cat control methods float-
ed', 6/1/15) and the Loxton News
My first point is that anecdo-
tal reports are just that, and lack
David Kimber, while being a
member of District Council of
Loxton Waikerie, stressed the
opinions stated were his own and
this was duly noted.
I am a fundraising committee
member supporting the Moorook
Animal Shelter and we accept
that feral cats can be a problem,
caused by humans.
Therefore where is the logic
in the council's decision to cease
the allowance of cats to be taken
in and re-homed after desexing
by the shelter?
I find Mr Kimber's sugges-
tions both questionable and
Education is noted last on his
list and should be first as cats
have no say in the matter, only
irresponsible human beings
along with their irresponsible
Friends of the Moorook Animal
AFTER AN extremely hot start
to 2015 ('Our hot, dry year',
The Pioneer, 6/1/15), it looks
like it will be another sweltering
year for Riverlanders.
The Riverland's prized agri-
culture industry cannot survive if
drought becomes the new norm.
In 2014 -- SA's second-hottest
year ever recorded -- the Abbott
Government chose to ignore
the science and became the first
country to abolish carbon pric-
ing.The Australian Greens under-
stand the impact climate change
will continue to have in rural
While the Government con-
tinues to stick its head in the
sand, you can count on the
Greens to champion genuine
world leading action on climate
change in the best interests of
the Australian people and the
If only the Government was
prepared to do the same.
SENATOR PENNY WRIGHT
Australian Greens Senator for
'The talk' vital for
I WRITE to you in my capacity
as the CEO of Royal Life Saving
Society -- Australia, a charity
dedicated to reducing drowning
and turning everyday people into
everyday community lifesavers.
We want to highlight to your
readers that there is now a signif-
icant and growing issue in rela-
tion to drowning among older
people in Australia.
Royal Life Saving has just
released new research. It shows
that in the past 10 years, 1072
people aged 50 years and over
died as a result of drowning
during the period of 2002/03 to
This is extremely concerning.
It represents 36 per cent of all
drowning deaths that have taken
place in Australia during this
Alcohol was known to be
involved in 37 per cent of all
drowning deaths among people
aged 50 years plus.
Older men are three times
more likely to drown than
Inland waterways -- rivers,
creeks, lakes and dams -- actu-
ally account for the biggest
proportion of drowning deaths
amongst older people.
To lose a parent or grandpar-
ent to drowning is an absolute
tragedy. We ask all communi-
ties to help us with this issue.
Similar efforts that have been
successful in reducing child
drowning now have to be applied
to stop drowning in people over
the age of 55.
People need to act responsi-
bly around water and avoid any
behaviour that may increase the
risk of drowning.
Be aware of your limitations.
Carefully consider the impact of
any medical conditions you may
have. Never mix alcohol with
water. Always wear a life jacket
and learn lifesaving skills.
On a practical basis we ask
people to talk with their parents
and grandparents and have 'the
talk' about these issues. This
could literally save a life.
We urge readers to get more
information by going to www.
Chief executive offcer
Royal Life Saving Society Australia
As editor, I've been shouted at a handful
of times over the past eight years for The
Pioneer's content, once or twice deservingly,
the other times not so.
Probably the most confronting example
was a barrage of intimidating remarks yelled
down the phone line by a local resident who
"You have ****ed with the wrong person!"
they bellowed at full volume, somewhat
Others have said their piece face-to-face,
which can have its advantages, as dealing
with conflict is easier if you can read the other
person's mood. (Once the swearing starts it's
a difficult journey back to a civil conversation,
but not impossible.)
In local pubs and main streets I've certainly
been bailed up by concerned readers many
times, but I always enjoy talking to people in
that context, even if their criticisms are harsh
and unfiltered, and sometimes even unfair.
On one occasion, we printed something
that while not factually incorrect, was in all
likelihood insensitive. The impact it had on the
woman involved -- who vented her displeasure
in no uncertain terms -- has stayed with me
ever since. Once I put myself in her shoes, I
understood her feelings and told her so.
However, on another occasion I drew the
line at being called a racist.
The accuser didn't know me from the
proverbial bar of soap and they interpreted an
editorial I had written as being racist.
It wasn't -- and I was offended that this
person so easily and blithely made the
quantum leap from querying a moderately
provocative column to labelling a stranger
Like most newspaper editors, I've been
threatened with legal action on multiple
occasions, though thankfully I remain a
Overall, The Pioneer prints what it feels
it should print, and spikes what it feels is
inappropriate. We know people are going to
disapprove of some items that are published,
but it's mostly the opinions of people we
interview that draw ire, not ours.
Regardless, we don't feel threatened by our
local community, and we print what we want,
without fear of reprisals.
We certainly don't expect gunmen to waltz
into our office and shoot us down because they
disagree with what's in our paper.
The shocking scenes in France this week
are an attack on freedom of speech, make no
mistake. Those behind the attack are seeking
to silence the magazine, and may have
Fortunately, in Australia we are yet to
see any such primitive examples of muting
the media, regardless of what it presents.
Hopefully it remains that way, because once
our media is bullied and silenced by people
with guns, the country's future will be
- by PAUL MITCHELL
So we have criminals pinching
items out of unlocked vehicles.
When are laws going to be
introduced to fne irresponsible
drivers who don't lock their car
Come on all Riverland service
stations, how about dropping
your petrol prices, like stations
in Adelaide have? Oil prices have
gone down, so should our petrol
prices -- immediately. It's funny
how your petrol prices go up,
immediately, when the oil prices
do. No, it's not funny, it's being
Can someone please change the
sign on the corner of Coneybeer
Street and Crawford Terrace
in Berri from 'Saint Cathrine's
Nursing Home' to 'Saint
Catherine's Nursing Home'?
Did you see the article about
the old Monash playground in
The Advertiser (29/12/14)?
I think it's amazing that a
country playground that's been
closed for 22 years can still
command a two-page article
in a major state newspaper.
Readers can view photos of
the old playground on the
'Monash Playground Grant
Park' facebook page. I'd love
to see Grant Telfer and the
old playground recognised
more at the current Monash
Adventure Park. That could be
an attraction in itself. Of course
I'm biased, as he's my dad and
I'm very proud of him. But what
do others think? ALI HALUPKA
While we are having very hot
weather and especially through
the school holidays, I hope
Berri's swimming pool can
remain open for longer hours.
Joyce (Text the Editor, 6/1/15)
where exactly is the PM "hitting
the poor”. A specifc example,
Fantastic photo of some of our
CFS frefghters who headed
down to Adelaide to do their bit
(The Pioneer, 6/1/2015). What
a professional looking bunch.
Well done to all of you for giving
up your time for an area so far
from your own home.
never shot at
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