Home' The Murray Pioneer : January 10th 2016 Contents Why you should
report to police
REPORTING is old news, after
all what does it achieve?
We report something to the
police as good citizens, and rare-
ly hear if the information was
useful or not.
In fact, by reporting some-
thing we have seen, or that has
happened, we can even be made
to feel as though we are a nui-
sance, or worse still, a suspect
ourselves. So why bother?
The reason I write this is a
teenage girl that has been miss-
ing for over 26 years.
One month before she went
missing, I was walking down a
street around 3.30pm, when a
car stopped suddenly beside me,
and a man in the front passenger
seat jumped out with his arms
extended towards me.
I turned my head in time to
see this, and ran.
I ran with no hesitation, and
did not stop until I was home.
At home I tried to report it to
the police three times, but was
talked out of it by a distressed
person in the house I lived with.
One month later, I went to
work and discovered that a work
colleague and good friend was
On asking why, I discovered
that her sweet granddaughter
had been abducted, and then I
watched this wonderful grand-
mother change into a shell of
herself. Within six months she
had resigned from work, and I
never heard from her again. She
had managed to disappear in her
So, if I had reported what had
happened to me, the girl may not
have been abducted.
If I was caught, she may not
have been taken.
But, what changed outcome
would have happened if the per-
son that may have seen the girl
taken reported it?
And, why has the person that
knows what happened to this
missing girl not come forward?
Why are they allowing the
missing girl’s sibling to never
find out what happened to their
Why do the parents still have
to feel guilty, and why do I?
After all, I was a victim as well,
but the difference is that I was
20 years old, and could outrun
the man, as well as the car, by
ducking down a lane. The girl
Please report the small things,
the big things, the past things,
and even the drug things.
It may just be the thing that
changes another person’s life.
Here are some numbers for
you to remember: emergency
000, police assistance 131 444,
Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000,
Police Ombudsman 8226 8677,
Victim Support Services Inc.
It’s an oversupply
of uni graduates
THE removal of student capping
has resulted in a massive over-
supply of university graduates.
I am one of many graduates
that is affected by this conun-
drum, but I am not a quitter and
nor am I looking for hand-outs,
but merely a fair go and a hand-
up, which is totally different to a
As a mature aged student, I
studied for a university degree
whilst working a full-time job,
and ultimately gained a Bachelor
of Government and Public
Management in 2013 with excel-
lent academic results.
Looking to better myself
through higher education and
totally committing myself to the
rigours of work and studies and
the delicate balance between
them, I was certain that this
commitment would pay off.
Having invested time and
money into this project, naturally
I am disappointed that after three
years since graduating, I have
failed to secure a position of any
kind in my field of studies.
In applying for in excess of
200 positions where my qual-
ifications were suited to those
positions, I found that I was
competing with up to 4000 other
applicants for a mere handful of
With the public sector’s
limitation of three years since
completing their degrees for
graduates to secure a position,
and without being able to gain
experience, the prospect of find-
ing gainful employment in my
field is sadly quite diminished.
Not one to sit on my hands
and wait for offers, and thinking
that ‘the world owes me’, I have
approached countless local and
state government departments
for unpaid work experience, just
to gain the experience I need to
provide me with a better likeli-
hood of success. However, due
to many reasons, they cannot
I have also written to many
politicians regarding my con-
cerns of the massive oversupply
of university graduates that has
caused the lack of job oppor-
tunities. I have been extremely
disappointed with the lack of
feedback or encouragement of
any kind, and on many occa-
sions, not even the courtesy to
acknowledge my letters.
The limited feedback I have
received by their staff is to say
sorry to hear about your strug-
gles in finding employment but
just ‘keep trying’.
Of the many politicians I have
approached for work experience
who have actually responded, all
say that they cannot offer this.
You would not be criticised
for thinking that I am mad, but
I still believe that higher educa-
tion is the key to success, along
with dogged perseverance, and
with that in mind I am now
studying my Masters in Public
Due to constant rejections I
have felt quite overwhelmed,
frustrated and disheartened
about the prospects of future
employment; not to mention the
burden of paying back a $48,000
I have a strong passion for
politics and am keen to obtain
even a basic entry-level position,
and for that reason I am reaching
out to anyone who is willing to
offer me such an opportunity.
I have a great CV that clearly
underpins my dedication and
academic achievements, and I
am prepared to relocate to any-
where in Australia.
I would hope that my tenac-
ity, reliability and commitment
might be rewarded by opportuni-
ty, and anyone that is willing to
provide such an opportunity will
not be disappointed.
My son was special
BACK in December I submitted
an application for a memorial
plaque to be placed on a seat
near the river bank if possible for
my son who sadly passed away
from kidney cancer in July 2016.
He is resting peacefully in
Adelaide and I wanted a place to
go to remember him up here in
This week I received a let-
ter from the Renmark Paringa
Council thanking me for my
application. Unfortunately there
is a policy to provide criteria that
is based on an individual that has
made significant contribution to
the cultural, political, sporting
or social life of the community. I
While my son didn’t excel in
sport, he certainly kept me on
my toes for 31 years.
He may have been politically
incorrect most of his life (some
may remember the lamb carcass
up the flag pole incident many
years ago!), but he was, how-
ever, very social and I’m sure
many remember him in his teen-
He wasn’t a founding pioneer,
the family only came here 19
years ago, but he was the first
of our family to go to Renmark
Primary School and Renmark
Most importantly of all he
was my son for 31 amazing
years, he was a loving brother
and a protective uncle.
He contributed to the world
by being wonderful, respected,
loving, and loved by his family
and all who met him.
He was an amazing mentor
for his nephew. He was loving
and supportive of his sister. He
encouraged me to go on each
day even when I felt like it was
all too hard. He was brave to the
end and he is missed more than
anyone can imagine.
I can’t have a plaque for him
and that is sad, but we will find
our special place and I will con-
tinue to talk to him everyday.
He was Peter Brian Allan
Lagerwey and he was my son.
THE SA Police officer quoted in today’s
Murray Pioneer is correct when suggesting
the only sure-fire way to guard against
yabby net thefts is to never leave the nets
Indeed, we’re told that – these days –
leaving a car unlocked with valuables inside
is akin to inviting opportunistic thieves
to take our property, as Riverland crime
‘Minimise the risk’ is the common-sense
advice, and who would argue against that?
But being predictable doesn’t make crime
Friends, family and even authorities might
scold us if we’re ‘silly enough’ to leave our
car or home unlocked and we get robbed.
It may be a fact of modern life, but we
shouldn’t have to lock up our property, or
half expect our yabby nets to be stolen, or fall
victim to any other crime involving dishonest
people taking someone else’s property for no
other reason than they can.
A functioning, harmonious society relies
to some degree – on trust, rather than all
people taking advantage of all others at every
In particular it’s one of the charms about
living in a rural setting such as the Riverland,
where we swim and leave our valuables on
the banks, or set up roadside honesty boxes to
sell fruit and vegetables.
It’s impossible to remove all aspects of our
everyday lives that rely on trust, as imposing
such conditions would drastically alter our
way of life.
In recent days and weeks we’ve seen
many tragic examples – thankfully beyond
our borders – of terrorists zeroing in on
so-called soft targets. Unsuspecting civilians
slaughtered simply because they’re in the
wrong place at the wrong time.
It was going to happen in Melbourne on
Christmas Day, but fortunately the evil plot
was foiled by Australian police.
But it’s impossible to shut down public
life, and even if we could, who would want
to live here? Likewise, we can’t have full-
scale security for every person in every public
No. The problem must be tackled from
the other end, targeting those perpetuating
these crimes. On a minuscule level, it’s the
same theory with the local yabby net thieves.
Punish those who steal the nets, not those
who own them.
Glad Berri basketball can
organise a coaching clinic for
their kids (‘We’re having a ball’,
Pioneer, 30/12/16). Maybe
they could organise some more
umpires so kids don’t miss
playing games due to a lack of
umpires, which happened in
late November. They forfeited six
junior games one night because
no umpires were available. I
think that’s bad, especially with
a new stadium being built.
Plenty of tourists have been
asking about a bowling alley,
Laser Force, Inflatable World
or something along those
lines over the holiday period,
especially in this hot weather.
What a shame.
Hurrah. Someone said what I
think about water safety (‘Water
safety: rely on yourself, not
government’, Pioneer, 6/1/17).
What happened to personal
responsibility, when we stop
trying to blame someone or
something else when we make
a mistake? Teach your kids to
swim, or keep them away from
Well said, Dennis and Jill Binder
(‘Views on airport sale must be
heard’, Pioneer, 6/1/17). This
is not one of those things that
council can just treat as any
other business or community
issue. I would hope (and I
expect) the council to keep us
all completely informed about
the airport and any decisions
regarding its possible sale. And
please, no ‘closed’ meetings.
I have not attended a Berri
Barmera Council meeting,
Robin Foley (‘Councillors
have standards to uphold’,
Pioneer, 6/1/17), but I agree
with you about councillor
standards. Elected community
representatives (as they are)
do have higher standards than
others to uphold. It’s part of the
job, and if they can’t do that
part of the job, then they’re
not carrying out their duties
I applaud Trevor Mayfield for
speaking up about standards
in council. He’s not saying it’s
everyone, but everyone has
standards to reach.
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