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A FUN and informative
fundraiser for beyondblue –
involving blueberries – will be
held in Berri this weekend.
The Earth Works will host its
Garden Releaf event tomorrow
and Sunday, aimed at raising
funds and bringing about aware-
ness of the benefits of gardening
to “improve your physical and
mental health and wellbeing”.
“We are focusing on the fact
that flowers bring feelings of
happiness and calmness to our
lives,” said Di Marshall, from
The Earth Works.
“We will be bringing attention
to the benefits of plants and gar-
dens to enrich people’s lives. The
aim is to encourage people to get
into their garden and get planting
or take someone to a garden to
Sunday, March 19 has been
declared National Blueberry Day
and Ms Marshall said the Garden
Releaf event will specifically
highlight blueberries as ‘super
“They contain the highest anti-
oxidant content of all fruit and
are good for your brain, memo-
ry and overall good health,” she
“Autumn is a good time to
plant blueberries so you can
grow your very own fruit and
be provided with an abundance
of ‘brain food’.”
From 11am tomorrow, John
Neal will show attendees how to
plant a blueberry bush and pass
on information about the correct
potting mix to use.
On Sunday, from 1pm, local
floral art extraordinaire Danny
Hoffmann will show the art of
floral arranging using flowers
and foliage from the backyard.
Cancer Council SA will be in
store both days providing morn-
ing and afternoon tea and a sau-
Fun, fundraiser and blueberries this weekend
Motel bartender Jeff
Gay has perhaps the
famous moustache, but
tomorrow he will be
‘mo-less’ for the first
time in three decades,
as part of the World’s
Mr Gay estimates he
was last clean-shaven
about 30 years ago,
while his children are
yet to see him minus his
“I’ve had a beard and
then shaved it off, then
had a goatee, and got
rid of that, but I have
always had a ‘mo’,” Mr
“So this will be a big
change, but it’s worth
The World’s Greatest
Shave raises funds
for the Leukaemia
Foundation and when
hotel staff members
Sharon Campbell and
Ashleigh Potter came
up with the idea to raise
money Mr Gay had little
hesitation in agreeing.
someone with cancer, so
I have decided to have a
shave,” he said.
“It’s not a big thing
and I am only slightly
“Some people say
you look younger, so
we’ll see this Saturday.”
Mr Gay has a team
of Waikerie Hotel col-
leagues called The Jeff
Wannabeees who will
also be shaving or hav-
ing their hair coloured
on the day.
The team consists
of Pasan Dias, Gayan
Wyld, Daniel Leuders,
Steven O’Hara, and
Andrew and Louis
Tyson. The team has
already passed its initial
goal of $2000.
The shaving event
will be held at the
Waikerie Hotel Motel
tomorrow, from 2pm.
The Jeff Wannabeees
World’s Greatest Shave
stubby holders will be
available for $10 each.
To donate visit
org.au and find Jeff
Motel or come along on
Jeff Gay (front, right) is preparing to shave off his iconic moustache tomorrow as part of the World’s Greatest
Shave fundraiser. He is picture with his Waikerie Hotel Motel colleagues who are also taking part in the event
(back, from left) Andrew and Louis Tyson, Nick Wyld, Steven O’Hara and Dan Leuders, and (front) Sharon
Campbell. Absent: Pasan Dias and Gayan Samarasekara. PHOTO: Sonia Fowler
Jeff’s famous ‘mo’ set to go
Autumn is a good time to plant
blueberries so you can grow your
very own fruit and be provided with
an abundance of ‘brain food...
- Di Marshall
The Earth Works
AFTER being closed for just over
four weeks, the Loxton Swimming
Pool will reopen to the public
The Loxton Waikerie council was
forced to shut down the pool due
to issues surrounding chlorine stor-
age and slow water filtration turno-
ver times – both of which have been
addressed in recent weeks.
Council chief executive officer
Peter Ackland said the new pump,
needed to address filtration turnover
times, was installed earlier this week.
Councillors decided at last
month’s meeting to reopen the
Loxton pool and extend the current
However, Waikerie’s pool will
remain closed for the remainder
of the 2016/17 season due to the
required filters being unavailable.
Tomorrow is forecast to reach 37C
and Mr Ackland said – despite the
lengthened season – opening hours
would be subject to weather condi-
“We will have normal opening
times from Saturday onwards, but as
the extended season progresses, we
will be looking at the weather fore-
cast,” he said.
“If it becomes too cold, then we
will review those opening times.”
Mr Ackland said opening the 50m
pool was council’s main priority for
“We are concentrating on the 50m
pool and the (water filtration) turno-
ver times will be able to be reached
with the smaller pools segregated, or
separated out,” he said.
Mr Ackland said the toddlers’ pool
is unable to be opened due to water
filtration turnover times, however the
middle pool will operate as normal.
Mr Ackland confirmed the pool
would be safe to use from tomorrow
“With the chlorine storage issues
being addressed, we will have safety
paramount for people that want to
use the Loxton pool,” he said.
Meanwhile the council will
discuss the future of Loxton and
Waikerie swimming pools at its
monthly meeting today.
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FAKE NEWS FALLOUT: Local pools WILL reopen
THE local council has
guaranteed that Loxton and
Waikerie pools will reopen
once repairs have been made,
despite rumours the facilities
have been closed permanently.
A social media storm erupt-
ed earlier this week after the
ageing pools were closed to
address safety concerns with
the storage and operation of
chlorine at the facilities.
District Council of Loxton
Waikerie chief executive
officer Peter Ackland said a
number of problems with both
pools had been identified and
needed to be repaired.
“We’re taking an over-cau -
tious approach in terms of
safety,” he said.
“One of those is around the
storage and operation of the
chlorine that we use.
“There was no leak, but
we’ve been advised that we
need to upgrade our manage-
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Loxton Swimming Club president Paul Haenen says the District Council of Loxton Waikerie has kept him updated on the status of the Harry Tickle Memorial Pool since its closure on Tuesday
afternoon. PHOTO: Christian Longobardi
The Murray Pioneer’s front page from
February 17, 2017
SEVERAL political parties are
calling on State Parliament to
support an amendment making it
cheaper and easier to run an election
candidate in South Australia.
The Greens, Dignity Party and
Animal Justice Party have joined
forces to support the Greens’
amendment to the Electoral
(Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill to
lower the costs associated with run-
ning for Parliament.
Greens Leader Mark Parnell MLC
says the proposal would make the
“The exorbitant fees have shut out
many minor parties and independ-
ents for too long,” Mr Parnell said.
“South Australia has by far the
highest fees to run a candidate in the
country and they desperately need to
be curbed for fairness’ sake.
“The Greens’ amendment propos-
es a reduction of $3000 to $1000 for
the Legislative Council and $500 for
the House of Assembly.”
Dignity Party MLC Kelly Vincent
said the current rules were designed
to reduce the strength of minor par-
ties in South Australia.
“Because Labor and Liberal have
financial resources through busi-
ness and union donations, they try to
eliminate the competition by making
us pay huge, unrealistic candidate
deposit fees,” she said.
New call for candidate cap
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