Home' The Murray Pioneer : January 13th 2015 Contents Miracle wanted
SO the community of Riverland
wine grape growers has been
humiliated to a point of hop-
ing for a miracle, so says the
executive officer of Riverland
Wine, formerly the Riverland
Winegrape Growers Association
(The Pioneer, 9/1/15).
Having extracted millions of
dollars of levies from said grape
growers over the past 10 plus
years, all the executive officer
can offer for vintage 2015 is a
miracle of a price increase being
offered to grape growers across
Is it time for the employment
of an executive officer whose
passion realises a sustainable
future for Riverland wine-
growers or that the region peak
body known as the Riverland
Winegrape Growers Association
(RWGA) acknowledges that
little has been achieved since
inception and seeks a replace-
ment peak body?
I believe few regional wine
grape growers can claim they
are better off now than they
were when the RWGA was first
Horrified by cat
I WRITE in response to recent
articles in The Murray Pioneer
and The Loxton News regarding
Loxton Waikerie councillor
David Kimber’s feral cat control
I was horrified and sickened.
To have in black and white the
ways to kill cats was not called
for and now will give people
There are many cat owners
who have had their pet cats
desexed and micro-chipped, but
have then seen them vanish.
So what is the point of doing
the right thing if your beloved
cat is murdered and disposed of?
Maybe the newspapers need
to talk to a Loxton woman I
know and her family. Their
beautiful cat was poisoned
with 1080. The woman’s young
granddaughter was so trauma-
tised that she needed counsel-
ling because the cat died a slow,
Also, if a cat is poisoned and
laying dead somewhere, birds
and wildlife will eat from it and
die too. Another case was all
the dead cats near the Loxton
Aquatic Club along the river
bank – the smell was shocking.
I should have left them there
because we had heaps of canoe-
ists there soon after.
Would have been a good
tourist attraction for Loxton.
THANK you for the delight-
ful story featuring Mary-Anne
Potts and her wonderful achieve-
ment of 18 years’ employment at
the Renmark Hotel (‘Mary-Anne
part of the furniture at hotel’,
The Pioneer, 30-12 -14).
Mary-Anne is a shining exam-
ple of how to live life to its full-
est, despite challenges.
The Renmark Hotel is to be
commended for adapting its
work environment to suit Mary-
Anne`s special needs.
These good news stories have
the capacity to lift our spirits, to
inspire and encourage us.
May the Murray Pioneer con-
tinue its tradition of publishing
such wonderful human interest
Well done Mary-Anne, the
Renmark Hotel and Pamela
Perre, the journalist.
We must take
climate change lead
IN response to a discussion in
your newspaper (The Pioneer,
18/11/14 and 21/11/14) around
the action of locals in showing
they care about climate change
regardless of inaction at the fed-
eral level, let us make a simple
It is true that Australia only
makes up 1.5 per cent of global
emissions. But our population is
around 0.3 per cent of the global
total. That means we pollute a
lot more than our fair share.
There are around 20 countries
whose emissions are between 1
per cent and 5 per cent of global
emissions, which together make
up around 40 per cent.
Australia is one of this group,
alongside Germany, the UK,
France, Italy, Korea and Japan,
These countries all have a larg-
er population than Australia – but
we pollute more per person than
any other. If Australia doesn’t
take strong action on climate
change, we can’t expect other
countries to do the heavy lifting.
The Federal Government has
turned Australia from a leader on
climate change into a laggard.
The carbon price, which has
been abolished, was working
as intended – by reducing the
pollution caused by generating
According to the ANU, in just
two years it helped to reduce
pollution from our electricity
sector by 17 million tonnes.
The good news is that every
day Australians are taking up
the climate challenge where the
Government is taking its hands
off the wheel.
The line that comes to mind
here is from American anthro-
pologist Margaret Mead who
said: “Never doubt that a small
group of thoughtful, committed
citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that
Let’s just slow down
WE seem to be always in a hurry
to be somewhere else.
Political parties attract
votes by promising faster trav-
But is that what we really
In western countries, car-own-
ers devote four hours a day to
their cars (driving them, sitting
in them while they idle, parking
them, working to pay them off,
watching TV ads about them
That’s 1600 hours per year
sacrificed to one’s car – to travel
perhaps 12,000 km?
That’s an average speed
7km/h. One could have walked
High speed wrecks the human
mind. Plus the physical environ-
ment. Plus the slaves in devel-
oping countries without whose
exploitation we couldn’t afford
A low speed lifestyle would
permit real choice in how we
spend our time – and make
equality less impossible.
The cut-off point is bicycle/
horse speed – about 25km/h.
Nichols Point, Victoria
in our stupidity
ALL accidental deaths are tragic, but
drownings always evoke a particularly
strong ‘what a waste’ sentiment.
Many drownings can be attributed to
simple bad luck, but others have a sizeable
element of bad management about them.
We’re inundated with advice about
how to behave around water; witness the
saturation of Laurie Lawrence’s ‘Kids Alive
Do the Five’ message.
Each summer the relevant authorities
issue ominous warnings about the dangers
associated with irresponsible behaviour on
the water, then when a drowning occurs, the
tragic details of the story ensure that water
safety is front of mind, momentarily at least.
And yet, almost anyone who has spent
time on the river this summer has at least
one story to tell of reckless, risky or plain
It might be people not wearing life
jackets, or using their vessel inappropriately,
or showing no concern for other river users.
Similarly, children inherently take risks
and being in a pool or swimming area
amplifies their behaviour, if anything.
But Australia’s drowning statistics (not
to mention the many near misses) would
suggest the risks associated with water
activities are still taken too lightly. It’s
amazing to think that in today’s modern
society, with its propensity for helicopter
parenting and limiting personal risk at the
expense of experience, so many people are
still drowning in Australia.
So, with that in mind, thankfully children
are still flocking to the Vacswim program
and learning how to stay alive around water.
The fortnight-long program is a sound
investment in lifelong water safety, and
should be on every parent’s ‘to do’ list for
The message that if you take risks on the
water, you could die, is clearly not getting
through to some Australians. They might be
dense, but they don’t deserve to die.
Good idea, Pete of Berri (Text
the Editor, 9/1/15). Introduce
laws to fine “irresponsible”
drivers who don’t lock their
cars. Thank goodness the
elderly or others who may
suffer slight memory loss
have been spared from your
recommendation. After all, they
may forget to pay the fine and
have their cars impounded.
The criminals here seem to
be ruling the streets and our
moral upbringing pales into
Sorry, Pete of Berri, but I
should be able to leave my
car unlocked if I want. It’s my
car. The people who break the
law should have those laws
used against them, rather than
get off with a slap over the
knuckles, or the old, ‘We know
who they are, but we haven’t
got anything to get them with’
Pete of Berri, what gives
someone the right to go through
your vehicle, whether it’s locked
or not? You must be kidding with
the fine remark.
Totally agree, Ali Halupka (Text
the Editor, 9/1/15). We need
old photos at the Monash
playground. How about a story
about Grant’s development of
the gopher as well?
Great letter from Bob Warland
(‘Retail industry Berri’s
answer?’, The Pioneer, 9/1/15).
Would be great to see the
Riverland embracing change,
rather than clinging to the past.
Goes not just for business, but
for sport as well.
Great job done by the Berri vets
removing the fish hook from the
freshwater ‘tortoise’ (‘Grounded,
hooked: vets kept busy’, The
Pioneer, 6/1/15). For our vet
surgeon’s information, we have
freshwater turtles in Australia,
On January 1 my kids and
I went to the Berri pool for
a birthday party. Within 10
minutes of being there I noticed
three young boys (brothers).
I knew these boys weren’t
invited to the party so I was
looking around for an adult for
them. I couldn’t find anyone,
so I asked the middle aged boy
who they were there with. My
heart stopped when he said
no one. Apparently these three
boys walked a few streets to
go to the pool alone. I asked
the lady at the counter what
the minimum age is to be at
the pool unsupervised. It’s 12.
The oldest out of these three
boys was 11. What happens
if something went wrong? The
parents used the pool as cheap
daycare, from my eyes, but does
that make the pool accountable
for any harm to any one of
those boys? People need to be
aware of the minimal age for
unsupervised pool play and
the pool needs to say no to
unsupervised children under
the age of 12.
Bob of Barmera (Text the
Editor, 9/1/15), you want
specific examples of where the
poor are being hit? Here it is:
pensioners, unemployed, the
sick, education. I need go no
further than these to highlight
the example of the poor being
hit by this PM. If you need to
be told where they are you
must be one of the lucky ones
who won’t be affected by this.
Unfortunately I and many others
are not so lucky.
Good thing I didn’t go overboard
getting ready for the ‘storms’.
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Ms Wilde said the Department of Family
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