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“If I didn't put those cameras
in, we'd have no chance of find-
ing out who did this.”
Earlier this week an “emer-
gency crew” of about 20 paid
employees picked the rapidly
deteriorating grapes from the
dead vines, trying to salvage
what they could.
“We had to keep the boxes
away from the vines, because we
couldn't get any of the dry, dead
leaves in the boxes,” Mr Doupis
“With the heat we've had from
last Thursday, the grapes have
lost 50 per cent of their weight
“Instead of 25 pallets, we've
got just over nine pallets.
“The sad thing is, those grapes
were at 80 or 90 per cent pro-
duction. Next year, they would've
been at full production.”
Mr Doupis said the sudden
financial hit would hurt his fam-
ily, admitting that dealing with a
sizeable business debt was a con-
However, he said the response
from locals had been heartening.
“That's the only reason I'm
speaking to the media, I want
to show that there is support for
people in situations like ours,”
“We've been floored by the
response. There are some lovely
people out there.
“We've even had people from
Queensland and Perth offer to fly
these two men. People know that
we're a good family and they just
want to help out.
“I also want people to know
that to rip someone's guts out like
this is not a joke.”
Mr Doupis also explained that
the vineyard was without insur-
ance cover for such acts because
“no one expects this to happen”.
“Farmers don't normally
insure for something like this,
you wouldn't cover plantings,”
“That would have to be sepa-
rate cover, but this is so unusual.”
A COLLISION between
a car and a motorcycle
near Loxton on Tuesday
left a rider “seriously
injured”, local police say.
Just before 4.30pm,
police and emergency
services were called to
the Bookpurnong Road
overtaking lanes, near
Anderson Road, after a
collision between a yel-
low Nissan SUV and a
Police said the rider,
a 73-year-old man from
Loxton, was taken to
the Riverland General
Hospital in a serious
DAYLIGHT saving in South Australia comes to an end
at 3am this Sunday, April 2.
Clocks should be turned back one hour before going
to bed on Saturday night.
Winding the clocks back maintains a 30-minute
time difference between South Australia and Victoria,
New South Wales, Tasmania and the Australian Capital
The next daylight saving period in South Australia
starts on October 1 and ends on April 1, 2018.
Daylight saving ends
A DETAIL in the article titled ‘Carp crazy’ in
Tuesday’s Murray Pioneer was incorrect.
In the caption on page 1, Phil Turpin was
incorrectly named Mark.
The caption should have read:
Carp Frenzy organisers Julie and Phil Turpin
(front) pictured with Mark Turpin and Kym
Manning (back) were ‘reel’ surprised at how
many carp were caught during Saturday’s event.
The Pioneer apologises for the error.
‘Carp crazy’ correction:
Serious injury from car vs motorbike
man from Loxton
was taken to the
Hospital in a serious
collided with a car
on Tuesday. PHOTO:
Reward offered after family’s vineyards cut
DO YOU KNOW THESE MEN: A Barmera family has offered a $5000 reward for the identity of the men
pictured above after 20 rows of grape vines were deliberately cut on their property last week. PHOTOS:
Supplied. INSET: Over 1500 vines were severed during the night-time raid. PHOTO: Christian Longobardi
Damage to the vines could cost the family up to $70,000 from lost
income and future labour costs.
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