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on rate capping
IN response to the Local Government Assoc-
iation (LGA) of SA’s announcement that it will
campaign against a State Opposition plan to
introduce rate capping, the Murray Pioneer
contacted all 26 Riverland councillors, and all
three mayors, for their view.
Councillors were asked:
“Do you support the SA Liberals’ plan to
introduce rate capping if successful at next
year’s state election? Yes or no? ‘Declined to
respond’ will be printed as that in the paper.”
Below are the responses:
DISTRICT COUNCIL OF LOXTON WAIKERIE
Cr Kym Webber: No
Cr Trevor Norton: Undecided
Cr Mark Ward: No
Cr Trevor Quast: Yes
Cr Margaret Malthouse: No
Cr Michael Vowles: No
Cr Michael Zeppel: No
Cr David Kimber: No
Cr Jody Flavel: No
Cr Debbie Thiele: Did not respond
Mayor Leon Stasinowsky:
I personally do not support the SA Liberals’ plan to
introduce rate capping. Council is scrutinised over its
budget, and its rates are the only way to generate funds.
If those rates cannot go above CPI, major projects like
swimming pools and recreation centres, or even roads and
general services, will be poorly affected.
Local government is the closest to the people and its
budgets are already closely scrutinised and developed
from community needs.
We will have a report at the next monthly council meet-
ing to discuss council’s views towards rate capping as a
RENMARK PARINGA COUNCIL
Cr Jack Gibb: Declined to comment
Cr Helen Slade: Declined to comment
Cr Peter Hunter: Declined to comment
Cr David Sims: Declined to comment
Cr Maria Spanos: No response
Cr Mark Chown: No response
Cr Allan Maddocks: No response
Cr Frank Turton: No response
Mayor Neil Martinson:
My personal opinion is I’m against rate capping
because it will restrict councils. It will increase the cost
of reinstating infrastructure. We, as a council, are main-
taining a CPI on our long-term financial plan and if that’s
reduced at all it will restrict further growth within our com-
munity. I don’t believe our community wants that.
I’m concerned it’s a quick-fix ploy for the Liberals to try
and gain votes and personally I don’t support it at all.
Council will form a policy on rate capping at its March
council meeting unless we have a special meeting before.
BERRI BARMERA COUNCIL
Cr Margaret Evans: No
Cr Trevor Scott: No
Cr Stephen Lynch: No
Cr Andrew Kassebaum: No
Cr Linc Gore: There cannot be a yes nor a no answer
Cr Mike Fuller: No
Cr Rhonda Centofanti: Did not respond
Cr Dave Waterman: Did not respond
Mayor Peter Hunt:
I certainly do not support it. I think it could be very det-
rimental to our communities and it had been proven that
in other states.
The LGA are going to start ramping up the effects that
it will have on councils soon too, because councils would
have to cut services because they just won’t be able to
We’re finding now, some councils are really struggling
to survive and to stay sustainable.
It would be different if the Liberals came out and stated
exactly what they mean and what they are going to do. But
as far as I’m concerned they have been in the wilderness
for so long, they are clutching at anything that they think
will get them a few extra votes.
Our rates have been reasonable over the last four or
five years. I don’t think we’ve had any more than 2.5 per
cent. We had one that was zero.
A $1 MILLION
upgrade to Berri’s wharf
is among the operating
and capital projects
proposed for council’s
A special meeting
open to the public, the
first of its kind, was
held on Tuesday night
by Berri Barmera
Council to inform the
public of intended pro-
Included in the poten-
tial projects was a $1.2
million upgrade to the
Council’s chief exec-
utive officer David
Beaton said the project
would only go ahead if
council was successful
in its funding applica-
tion for $600,000.
“It will extend a
wharf from the area
near the steps that go
down to the river, past
the visitor information
centre and continue
along,” he said.
“At the same time it
looks to stabilise the
banks as well. So it’s
about bank stabilisation,
and in doing that, make
a wharf so that boats
and people can use the
area as well.”
Mr Beaton said the
projects were prelimi-
narily in the budget and
the meeting opened up
discussion on priority
projects before budget
“We need to be able
to balance the budget.
So whether the pro-
jects all stay in will be
a matter we will have to
consider in our budget
meetings as we go for-
ward,” he said.
“For our budget pro-
cess, we probably have
one meeting a week
or fortnight to try and
finalise figures. Then
we have public consul-
tation once we’ve got
the budget organised.”
Other potential pro-
jects include a $1 mil-
lion upgrade to Berri’s
Riverview Drive and
Vaughan Terrace inter-
section and a proposal
from community groups
in Barmera to further
develop a sporting pre-
cinct in the town.
The project is in
the early development
stage, with a projected
total cost of $600,000
over two years.
in Barmera have applied
for State Government
funding for the project
through the Building
Better Regions fund.
Also included in the
budget is a $30,000
allocation to reinstate
the water fountain at the
top of Barwell Avenue,
lighted difficulties with
under the fountain and
may prevent the project
from going ahead.
Also in the planning
stages is a $15,000
revitalisation of Berri’s
William and Denny
Streets and a $40,000
allocation to increase
street trees within coun-
Council’s next budget
meeting is set for
Tuesday, March 21.
Berri’s $1m wharf upgrade plan
A $1.2 million upgrade to the Berri Wharf is among the potenital projects in Berri
Barmera Council’s 2017/18 budget. PHOTO: Christian Longobardi
HARMONY Day celebrations
including cultural performances,
workshops and children’s activities
will take place in Barmera on
Saturday, March 18.
The Riverland Multicultural Forum
Inc, in partnership with Riverland
Youth Theatre (RYT), Berri Barmera
Council, the Riverland Singh Society
and local community groups will cel-
ebrate along the lake front from 3pm
Community members are invited
along to celebrate the region’s cultural
diversity and join the festivities.
Peter Ppiros, Riverland
Multicultural Forum Inc chairperson,
said the Riverland’s “strong spirit of
inclusiveness” would be on show.
“Our event is to remind the commu-
nity why our cultural diversity is one
of our region’s greatest assets and we
are stronger because of it,” he said.
The event will include entertain-
ment, cultural performances from
local and visiting performers and
children’s workshops, along with free
food by the Riverland Singh Society.
Turbans and Trust will educate
attendees on the significance of the
turban and give them the opportunity
to wear one.
Mr Ppiros encouraged people to
share their Harmony Day celebrations
and pictures on social media using
To learn more about other ways to
get involved in this year’s Harmony
Day celebrations visit www.harmony.
Riverlanders come together in harmony
DETAILS in a Murray Pioneer article
headed ‘Berri’s new (River) view’
(7/3/17) require clarification.
The story published states upgrades to
Vaughan Terrace/Riverview Drive are set
to cost $500,000, when in fact could cost
up to $1 million.
Berri Barmera Council has applied for
$500,000 State Government funding over
two years, 50 per cent of the total cost.
If successful, council will have
to match the funding dollar for dollar.
Council has indicated the project will not
proceed without the grant funding.
new (River) view’ article
POLICE attended the Riverland
General Hospital in Berri on
Wednesday night after staff
received verbal threats from a
man over the phone.
After identifying the call-
er, police located the man in a
Renmark South home, detaining
him under the Mental Health Act.
The man’s home was searched
under the Firearms Act, but no
firearms were located.
Hospital staff threat
LGA vs SA LIBS
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