Home' The Murray Pioneer : March 31st 2017 Contents I don’t often reader the letters
to the editor, but I really enjoyed
Lucas Allder’s story (‘When my
dad swum across the lake’,
Pioneer, 28/3/17). I remember
when my dad could run as fast
as my brother on his motorbike.
I thought he was the strongest,
fastest man in town.
Jeanette Staehr, on the cost of
our basic needs, I agree (‘Our
basic needs are too expensive’,
Pioneer, 28/3/17). In 2009,
when National Foods shut down,
it affected transport companies,
Visy Board, label makers, and
many other companies. This cost
many jobs all over the Riverland
and our local government and
local politicians didn’t give a
whimper so save it. So much for
overseas companies who have
no loyalty. There’s more to the
Riverland than tourism.
Well said, Jeanette Staehr.
My TV’s clock went back one
hour on Sunday, March 26.
Daylight saving doesn’t end until
Hey Sue, of Renmark (Text Line,
24/3/17), do you still think carp
isn’t worth putting on the front
page of the Pioneer? It’s a major
problem, as the results of the
Carp Frenzy prove (‘Carp crazy,
Love that the Pioneer put the
Carp Frenzy on the front page.
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IRRIGATION PIPES ARRIVE: The
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a circle for bolting together. Work is now
complete on the construction of the bypass
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4 OPINION www.murraypioneer.com.au Friday, March 31, 2017
for KOM bridge
ON a recent trip to Adelaide I
noticed that common sense had
been called into play with an
80km/h speed limit imposed at
the Blanchetown Bridge.
Apart from making the actual
river crossing much safer, the
restriction extends both sides of
the bridge far enough to recog-
nise other potential danger spots
where other roads join.
A safe passage is provided at
the bridge for pedestrian traffic.
Looking at the bridge at
Berri, speed restrictions are also
in place and an 80km/h limit
extends towards Loxton to allow
for the Lyrup road junction.
For foot traffic, one pathway
is in position, with a safety rail
separating it from the vehicle
All this takes me to the old-
est of the Riverland bridges at
Kingston-On-Murray, where I
returned to live some 11 years
I have made the bridge cross-
ing probably on average once a
day since and saying that I never
feel safe doing so for a number
of reasons is long overdue.
Firstly, with several join-
ing roads from the township,
Moorook, the backpackers
complex and Farley Road, the
110km/h Sturt Highway speed
allowed seems extremely exces-
This is a heavy traffic bridge,
from light to very large vehicles,
and already we have seen some
tragic accidents at the site.
Looking at the bridge design
it has a pedestrian track on both
sides. But there are no safety
rails separating people from cars
I have not tried the pathways
myself but I am told that to
stand on the bridge as a semi
trailer crosses at say 110km/h
gives Kingston-On-Murray its
own thrill park.
That is probably the reason
that in 11 years of crossing the
bridge I have not seen 11 people
in total using the walkways and
enjoying the wonderful views.
From a driver’s point of view,
safety rails also act as a guide.
At Kingston at certain times
of day or night normally, or par-
ticularly during rain, mist or just
the positioning of the sun, judg-
ing the road-pathway division
can be difficult.
Tyre marks at the edge of the
pathways are testimony to this.
So, my thoughts are simply
that this bridge on a major high-
way is just outright dangerous
and that fact should not continue
to be overlooked.
For a starter, perhaps the peo-
ple who recently painted some
80km/h signs for Blanchetown
could complete some more for
Kingston-On-Murray and slow
traffic down from the Waikerie
side of Kingston Estate Wines to
the Cobdogla side of the bridge?
Just Loxton West?
THE District Council of Loxton
Waikerie recently agreed to pur-
chase land and also fund the cost
of construction of a lawn bowls
facility within the proposed
Loxton sporting precinct.
This is despite a consultant
costings and grant fund
applications not including
a lawn bowls facility in the
For more than eight years,
Waikerie has been seeking to
have a heated, indoor pool with
little council assistance to date.
Would this proposal have
already eventuated if Waikerie
had been renamed Loxton West?
Perhaps the contrasts, time
wise and outcomes between the
Waikerie indoor heated pool
and the Loxton lawn bowls
facility are sufficient for Loxton
Waikerie mayor to investigate
My dad swum
across the lake too
GREAT effort Darran and
Michael in swimming across
the lake (‘Mates conquer
Lake Bonney swim’, Pioneer,
It’s hard to imagine doing
But in answer to the question
raised, yes, others have swam
across the lake but maybe from
not the same points or distance.
In the late 1920s my father and
his older brother regularly swam
across the lake from the lake
front near the jetty to North Lake.
They would swim across,
have a rest and then swim back
again. There was certainly
nobody waiting with a horse
and cart or vehicle to bring them
My uncle, who I had not
seen for many years as he lived
interstate, visited Barmera in the
We did a bit of a tour around
the area, including the Loveday
Internment Camp where he
served as an Australian soldier
for some time, we were amazed
at his memory of the area and
the stories he told.
He showed me where my par-
ents had a fruit block at Loveday
and his family home in Barmera.
We then went to the lake
front. He was quite astonished
at the amount of dead trees there
were around the lake from when
he grew up in Barmera.
It was then that he told me
about how he and my dad would
swim across the lake and that it
was always a race.
Apparently my father was a
very strong swimmer and always
won; amazingly I never knew
my dad could even swim.
I’m not sure if any other
locals joined them, but certainly
these two young fellows swam
across the lake and back many,
residents are excited
IN response to Sue from Paringa
(Text Line, 24/3/17) while the
two rec centres are similar in
name, the Riverside one will
become the ‘heart of the estate’
for the daily use of the residents
and may possibly be used for
other community activities at the
discretion of management.
As a resident from Riverside
Estate I invite you and anyone
else who is interested to come
and visit our lifestyle village and
see what Riverside is really like.
Don’t be fooled by the ‘unit’
in the address.
These are full-size houses, not
little boxes like the term ‘retire-
ment village’ might suggest.
The gate at the front isn’t to
keep people out, it’s a security
feature of the lifestyle that we
The residents here are very
excited to be finally getting
the rec centre that many were
promised when they first
It is confirmation of the
commitment the directors of
Riverside Estate have promised
Riverside Estate Residents
No council money
in our rec centre
I REFER to the text from Sue of
Paringa in the Pioneer last week
(Text Line, 24/3/17).
On behalf of the directors of
Riverside Estate we just wish to
clarify that the new recreation
centre under construction is 100
per cent privately funded by
The Renmark Paringa
Council, while supportive, has
not contributed financially to the
We would love Sue to sell her
home and move into Riverside
Estate to enjoy our new facilities
along with the other residents.
Try energy freedom
WE don’t have an electricity
supply crisis – we have an
energy policy crisis.
Vote-seeking politicians with
little understanding of markets,
engineering or energy have
passed costly laws, shuffled a
pack of complex regulations,
imposed discriminatory taxes
and subsidies, set unrealistic tar-
gets, interfered in markets, and
imposed death-by-delay on real
energy explorers and developers.
Australia once had the
world’s cheapest and most relia-
ble electricity (before politicians
became green socialists and
Now we have expensive elec-
tricity and much of it is unrelia-
ble, unpredictable and intermit-
tent. Let’s try free enterprise in
the energy market before we all
freeze in the dark.
a power player
SEEMINGLY out of nowhere, little old
Morgan has become a player in South
Australia’s energy battle.
It’s essentially a battle for the hearts and
minds of South Australian voters leading
up to next year’s State Election, hence the
State Government hitching its wagon to
The news seemingly caught a few people
off guard, but not SA Labor and Premier
Jay Weatherill, who again showed Prime
Minister Malcolm Turnbull what a truly
‘agile’ politician looks like.
Earlier in the week Labor copped a
deserved caning when it was revealed it
had rejected a $25 million offer to keep
Alinta Energy’s power station open. The
news infuriated Port Augusta residents,
who watched hundreds of jobs go down the
But yesterday, with the bad press barely
48 hours old, came the major announcement
that a $1 billion large-scale solar and battery
project – the world’s biggest in fact – would
commence operations in Morgan by the
The news was jointly delivered by the
Lyon Group and Mr Weatherill in Adelaide,
adding even more credibility to the
Premier’s recent actions regarding the state’s
energy problems. Mr Weatherill got plenty
of kudos for his public shirt-front of Federal
Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg recently,
earning plaudits for ‘standing up for South
Regardless of whether or not you believe
the Premier is in fact largely to blame for our
state’s energy problems is another matter; he
seems to be winning the political battle.
In July last year Lyon flagged its intention
to build a solar battery (used to maintain
baseload security for power grids) ‘the size
of the football field’. However, the timing
of yesterday’s announcement, whether
coincidental or otherwise, was crucial.
It’s a private enterprise project, but it
plays nicely into Mr Weatherill’s current
More importantly for the Mid Murray and
Riverland regions, the massive investment is
going to be here, in Morgan.
While the project won’t cut power costs,
and won’t create many permanent ongoing
jobs, as is the nature of solar farms, around
270 people will be needed to build the
facility, and hopefully locals are used in the
Plus we’re told Riverland Solar Storage
could even become a tourism attraction.
The bottom line from a hyper-local point
of view is this: if it’s going to be built in
South Australia, we welcome the decision to
build it on our doorstep.
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