Home' The Murray Pioneer : February 24th 2017 Contents 10 NEWS www.murraypioneer.com.au Friday, February 24, 2017
www.swtafe.vic.edu.au | 1300 648 911
Course starts March 16
South West TAFE is now offering maritime training
in Renmark and this six-day course can give you
the skills to command both 12m and 24m vessels.
So if you’re interested in working as a commercial
vessel operator, houseboat or paddle steamer
operator, professional fisherman or as a water
authority officer come to our registration day to
find out more.
Maritime info sessions:
Date: Feb 28 & March 1.
Where: Trenberth Marina, 3 Old Ferry Road, Berri.
For more information call our maritime instructor
Brett Davis on 0400 136 956.
Got a thing for a
Get your qualification to operate
a commercial vessel now!
Evan Metanomski will be visiting the Riverland (Berri) to hold
a presentation for those interested in learning how to best
structure investments in a world where return on capital is at
The presentation will focus on the current economic
environment and the risks which are becoming more
pronounced every day. The discussion will be aimed towards
wealth preservation with a strategy to build and grow wealth
A presentation including Q&A will take place at 7pm on the
16th of March 2017 at the Berri Hotel.
Please register your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (02) 9266-0955
Feel free to visit our website at: www.kazcapital.com.au
Three black-fronted dotterel eggs, in the foreground of this
photograph, in a rock nest built in tyre tracks on a local road
that has been closed since the floods. INSET: The newly made
rock nest for the dotterel and her eggs, this time made off the
road a few metres from the original nest.
It’s a happy ending
for nesting dotterel
GENERALLY speaking it’s
not a good idea to interfere
with nature, but sometimes
it’s a tough call, especially for
passionate people who work in
the environmental sector.
Recently a Natural Resources
South Australian Murray-Darling
Basin (SAMDB) staff member
encountered just such a dilemma
while driving during the course
of his work in the Riverland.
Wetland ecologist James
Donaldson came across a black-
fronted dotterel that had made
her nest in tyre tracks on a road
that had been closed since the
“If the bird and nest had been
left in the tyre tracks they would
have been squashed by the next
vehicle to drive along the road,”
Mr Donaldson said.
“While knowing it’s not good
to disturb nesting birds, it seemed
an obvious thing to try to pro-
tect the mother bird and her eggs
rather than leave the nest in the
middle of the road.
“If they were left, they would
have been crushed as they were
nearly invisible in the gravel.
“I decided to shift the whole
nest off the road. Covering my
hands in dirt, I made a new rock
nest for the mother and her eggs a
few metres from the original nest,
off the road.
“I carefully gathered the three
eggs and put them in the new
nest and waited for the mother to
The photos tell the happy
conclusion for the dotterel and
her eggs on this occasion.
THE Riverland Cycling
Club has invited locals
and visitors to attend
a social road ride this
Sunday’s ride will
start from Macgillivray
Road, Glossop, at 9am.
“Join us for an
enjoyable and friend-
ly ride through the
Riverland,” a club
“Distances are vari-
able and discussed with
skill levels and age
range – 11 years to
70 plus – our aver-
age distance of 50km
is paced at 25km/h.”
A second social road
ride will be held on
Hunt Road, Loveday,
on Sunday, March 26,
from 9am. For more
tact Steve Jaensch on
0409 696 876.
Cycling club’s social ride invitation
MERIT CEREMONY: A number of recent high school graduates from the Riverland visited Government
House earlier this month and were recognised for their year 12 academic achievements. Students
received a merit award for achieving full marks in any given year 12 subject. Loxton High School year 12
teacher Sheree Arnold is pictured with Loxton High School merit recipients Jackson Gum (Mathematical
Studies and Chemistry), Jamie Jaensch (Visual Arts – Design), Brayden Bagley (Visual Arts – Design),
Emily Ramos (Business and Enterprise, Research Project B), Adam Drogemuller (Physics), Bridgette
Walmesley-Cotham (Research Project B) and Timothy Doecke (Agricultural and Horticultural Studies).
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THE amount of damage caused by
vandals to the state’s public schools
is at a 15-year low, according to the
Last year’s damage bill was $1.84
million, compared to $5 million in
2002 and more than $10 million in
Over 110 schools and preschools
have received security grants or
physical security upgrades total-
ling approximately $4 million since
Education and Child Development
Minister Susan Close said schools
are often seen as an easy target for
“Of all our public buildings,
schools are perhaps amongst the
most open and inviting locations, but
that can sometimes make them vul-
nerable to vandalism – particularly
when they are not in operation,” she
“While the figures are pleasing,
obviously I would like to have no
vandalism at all in our schools.
“The money the State Govern-
ment spends on cleaning up the work
of vandals could be redirected to
help fund infrastructure projects that
would directly benefit students and
New low for public school vandals
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