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THE plight of small business is
indeed under serious threat in
South Australia, with spiralling
power prices the first wolf at
the door (‘Shocker’, Pioneer,
If the Member for Chaffey
thinks blaming the current State
Government’s failure to plan for
transition to renewable energies
is a creditable response then I
would suggest he is not present-
ing as an alternate option.
Tim, why not put your cards
on the table and tell your elector-
ate what you would actually do
to remedy the crisis?
At least former Liberal
Senator Sean Edwards has
shown some leadership and pro-
posed a credible nuclear option.
We need doers not naysayers.
National park and
road a disgrace
THIS week we decided to go
for a drive down to Lyrup Flats
national park to have a look
at the river and check out our
camping spots for Easter.
We drove down from the
Riverland Speedway. Before we
were 500m the four-wheel-drive
was shaking to pieces, even
though we were only travelling
This road is a disgrace and
no way can a caravan be towed
down that road.
Then we arrived down to the
river to see all camping sites
marked out with little posts.
One can barely turn a vehicle
around in these sites and for
caravans it’s almost impossible.
Then when you try and turn
around you can’t see the posts.
If walking around the
campsite at night time they
would be extremely dangerous.
When driving from Campsite
12 to the Lyrup ferry we were
astounded to see droppers and
wire fencing on both sides of the
This wire is not clearly visible
and could be very dangerous,
even for someone walking at
Having spent the last 10 or
more years camping at Easter
time with our families and other
times of the year, we are really
sad to see this happen.
So many family groups are
going to be left stranded at
Easter time with nowhere to
A lot of people travel up from
Adelaide for this weekend to
stay in this area.
So I ask the question: Is our
council responsible for the
maintenance on this road?
If so can I ask that a council
worker take a trip down that
My second question is this:
Why would our national park
take away from us the pleasure
of camping in this beautiful area
of the River Murray?
While I understand it is to
help preserve the environment I
am sure there is no need to go to
this level to do so.
We have travelled over most
of South Australia over the last
couple of years and talk to a lot
These tourists who are on the
road for months do not stay in
caravan parks all the time. They
look for areas like Lyrup Flats
that are not far off the road and
are easily accessible.
We have always encouraged
people to stay in this area.
Tourists spend money in our
It now saddens me to say
that I will no longer be recom-
mending that people stay in this
Wake up Riverland. We could
be one of the best tourist places
in South Australia. It’s time that
those responsible for this happen-
ing take the necessary steps to
make our area a place that we can
proudly call ‘our beautiful home’.
Historical Village at
IF the Loxton Historical Village
status quo operations continue, it
will be at an ongoing annual cost
of $176,000 to ratepayers.
Future possible scenarios
include a ratepayer-funded
$935,000 capital investment in
‘The Village Light Show’, with
$225,000 annual operating costs.
Surely it is time that rate-
payers’ money is spent more
prudently, and in an equitable
manner throughout all of the
How many millions of dollars
is the total accumulated cost to
date, to ratepayers, of operating
the Loxton Historical Village
since its inception?
SA back to horse
and cart days?
I REFER to Tuesday’s comment
by Foodland Renmark and IGA
Loxton supermarket owner
Grenfell Koch concerning the
increased cost of $100,000 for
electricity to run both businesses
(‘Shocker’, Pioneer, 31/1/17).
His decision to absorb these
costs in preference to passing
onto his customers making him
uncompetitive with larger super-
markets is admirable.
However, Mr Koch would be
aware that if those responsible
for continually increasing power
costs are not brought to heel he
will have no choice than to pass
these increased charges to his
It is a timely reminder for
most of us who are so frustrated
at ever-increasing electricity or
other utility bills.
We may not have considered
that eventually those increases
for producers of fruit and vege-
tables – which require electricity
for irrigation pumps, cool rooms,
sorting equipment etc., similar
to the supermarket – cannot
be absorbed by the grower or
Much has been discussed
in the media over the past
few months about the State
Government’s ridiculous 40 per
cent renewable energy target
(RET), aided now with the clo-
sure of Victoria’s Hazelwood
Park and a further anticipated 10
per cent increase to electricity
The Federal Opposition leader
is suggesting a RET of 50 per
cent that equates to a $48.5
billion build of unnecessary
wind turbines subsidised by the
taxpayer, with an added cost
equating to each household of
We have all witnessed what
happened in South Australia
when the wind stops blowing.
As a state and nation we were
more productive when reliant
on the horse and cart, at the
very least that sh*t was good for
What businessman is going to
do commerce in this state when
we have neighbours utilising our
brown coal for base load power
generation and producing ready-
to-sell merchandise for less than
our production costs?
STABBINGS, shootings, bashings, road
accidents or fires dominate the national
news each morning, when media services
generally lead their bulletins with overnight
It’s often a procession of awful stories.
However, when the reports are beamed
in from Sydney or Melbourne we can
feel somewhat detached from it all – even
though we know we shouldn’t.
Adelaide is more like our own backyard,
meaning tragic stories from our capital city
tend to resonate a little more.
That factor is multiplied when it’s the
Riverland’s turn to taste tragedy, such as a
fatal car accident or a murder.
We experienced that feeling again over
the past 24-36 hours, with the unfortunate
death of a man in Barmera.
Early reports suggest a certain amount
of history behind the tragic events of
Several residents approached yesterday
by the Murray Pioneer and metropolitan
media indicated that the crime scene area
was often the setting for volatile scenes.
Police know the local hot-spots, as each
Riverland town has its own area where
trouble seems to congregate, in its various
It’s not a new phenomenon. Sydney’s
western suburbs are notoriously crime-
riddled, Adelaide’s northern suburbs are too
often in the news for the wrong reasons,
while Melbourne is currently slap-bang
in the middle of a crime spree, with some
suburbs seemingly targeted by lawless
But that doesn’t mean we have to accept
Law-abiding residents have every right to
feel safe in their homes at night.
Crime and disturbance hot-spots seem
to thrive in low socio-economic areas, but
should these areas be allowed to fester and
Is it a failure of our laws, a too-lenient
court system, a shortage of police resources,
or any or none of the above?
The burnout boys are back,
purposely targeting my street.
Must be the same clowns. The
thing is, they wait until I’m not
there. How gutless is that? At
least do it when we are home,
as the police are not doing their
job. Why can’t the council set
up a burnout club? Somewhere
these professional bums can go
and burn themselves out to hell
without me having to interfere.
I mean come on, enough
is enough. Do your burnout
My point was, Lill of Renmark
(Text Line, 31/1/17) yes, they
have a right to back out, but
not straight in front of incoming
traffic, which is what most
I don’t know how any businesses
are expected to make money
any more, with SA’s power
prices (‘Electricity price rise to
cost supermarket $100,000’,
I think the editorial is being a bit
harsh on Steven Marshall (‘Cost
of living a sure-fire election
winner’, Pioneer, 31/1/17). He
hasn’t even got into office yet
and you’re already criticising
I don’t understand the Pioneer.
One week it has a story about
Nick Xenophon on the front
page saying how he might
run a candidate in Chaffey
(‘X-factor’, Pioneer, 26/1/17),
then the next week it has a
story about a promotion for the
current Member for Chaffey
(‘Whetstone’s big promotion’,
31/1/17). Not very consistent,
What lovely stories about our
young people in the Riverland
and Mallee (2016 Riverland
and Mallee Vocational Awards
lift-out, Pioneer, 31/1/17). We
are very lucky to have such an
excellent awards night.
Congratulations and good
luck to all the finalists in the
Riverland and Mallee Vocational
Awards. I enjoyed reading all
of the profiles in the Pioneer’s
It was great to read about
many young and ambitious
apprentices and trainees
working to make a head start
in their careers throughout the
Riverland and Mallee Vocational
Awards feature. There has been
a great amount of coverage on
our future Riverland workforce.
Good luck to all the finalists at
next Friday’s awards night.
What an outstanding group of
young people we have entering
the Riverland workforce. There’s
some hope for us yet.
There’s a word for people who
watch and enjoy TV shows like
Married At First Sight, but don’t
believe in same-sex marriage
because of the ‘sanctity’ of the
Just because they’re shoving
women’s footy down our throats
doesn’t mean it’s gonna be any
good. A local B grade side would
thrash these ‘AFL’ teams.
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