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THIS summer’s abnormal weather
conditions, which have included
storms and high rainfall, have
made for a challenging season,
says a local winemaker.
Growers and winemakers have
had to contend with a wetter,
cooler summer so far this season,
with vintage beginning later than
it has in the past few years.
Monash-based 919 Wines
owner Eric Semmler said the
irregular weather this season made
managing the grapes challenging
“There’s been rain events, wind
events and hot events, but so far
our fruit has come through really
well,” he said.
“We have picked our
tempranillo, and the fruit quality is
“With any agricultural crop it’s
always a little bit nerve wracking
until you have it in the bin or the
Read more about this year’s
vintage in today’s Farmer liftout,
inserted free inside the Murray
‘Abnormal’ weather slows grape harvest
CROWD numbers and parade
participation ensured a successful
60th Loxton Mardi Gras on
Over 70 floats took part in the
parade on Saturday morning and
Loxton Mardi Gras chairperson
Peter Magarey said the weather
helped contribute to a “wonderful”
“The temperature was just mag-
nificent for it,” he said.
Paula Nitschke was crowned the
Loxton Mardi Gras Ambassador
for 2017, while Emma Reichstein
was awarded the Charity
Rose Auricht was awarded the
Senior Ambassador title, while
Lachlan Carter will represent the
juniors this year.
The ambassadors raised a com-
bined $33,587 for the community.
The event, which celebrated its
diamond year, was well support-
ed by former Loxton Mardi Gras
Queens and Ambassadors, with 33
returning for the weekend.
The parade was well support-
ed by other Loxton Mardi Gras
events, including a gala dinner,
family movie under the stars and
appreciation service on Sunday
60 years, 70 floats, $33,000 raised...
The Loxton Lutheran School won the Most Outstanding Float award at the
Loxton Mardi Gras on Saturday. PHOTO: Stephanie Thompson
IT’S that time of year
again for communities
across the nation to
work together to care
for the environment by
picking up rubbish on
Clean Up Australia Day
The Bookmark Creek
Action Group has invit-
ed the local community
to get out their garden-
ing gloves and help
the volunteers keep the
The group’s secre-
tary Lynn Telfer said it
hoped to get as many
volunteers as possible.
“We are planning to
clean up the Bookmark
Creek area west of
Twenty First Street on
the housing side of the
creek path,” she said.
“We worked together
to invite people through
about 300 letter drops in
the local area.
“The area we cover
will depend on how
many volunteers we
The Bookmark Creek
Action Group consists
of between six and 10
Mrs Telfer said num-
bers were needed to
remove larger items of
illegally dumped rub-
“We want to remove
the eyesores along the
trail for the benefit of
the local community,”
“Everyone will be
meeting in the Twenty
First Street car park
near the bridge on
Sunday at 9am.
“Come along and
help us for a couple of
hours and then enjoy a
“Don’t forget the
warm forecast so bring
lots of water, a hat and
For catering purpos-
es, RSVP to chair James
Butler on 0488 109 311
or environmental offic-
er Naomi Prunckun on
Bookmark Creek Action Group members Bruno Stolze, Lynn Telfer, Teresa ter Bogt, Christine Butler and
Naomi Prunckun have called for volunteers to help the group clean up the creek this Sunday.
PHOTOS: Christian Longobardi
Calling volunteers to clean up the creek
Bookmark Creek Action Group members Lynn Telfer
and Bruno Stolze will be cleaning up the creek
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