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a bottomless pit
RENMARK Paringa Council’s
announcement, as reported in
The Murray Pioneer on April
21 (‘McCormick’s $75k air-
con upgrade’) raises issues that
deserve serious considerations
and that is the intention to
spend another $75,000 on the
Before completion and since,
the centre has been a bottomless
pit for Renmark Paringa ratepay-
The centre and its infrastruc-
ture – like air conditioning and
solar panels – were designed
and built by the proponents (not
council) and, as far as I can find
out, have never been much good.
So surely, rather than expect
us to foot the bill, that charge
should be referred to the propo-
It also is very significant that
the Renmark Paringa CEO has
admitted that he “would hope
that people may want to use it
(the centre) more” if the air con-
ditioning was improved.
Ratepayers are entitled to a
much more substantial reason
for the spending – or wasting –
of that sort of money.
The centre must have a
detailed review to consider the
continuing expenditures and
lack of returns with the intention
of deciding if, in fact, it is of
any real value to our community.
The current motion must be
rescinded – or at least laid on the
table – until the review is com-
pleted, and the lease with the
Australian Landscape Trust not
It seems we are paying up to
$200,000 annually to maintain
the centre and it appears this will
be ongoing, with little return.
Certainly the centre is used
for some meetings, but most of
those meetings could be held
in any of the other under-used
facilities we have in the area.
It also is interesting to ask
local people what the centre has
done since its inception. Most
are saying they don’t know of
anything the centre has done or
The Australian Landscape
Trust probably would not be
happy to see such a review and
that would be too bad. Renmark
Paringa deserves much better
than we have had from the
centre. As I said, the centre is a
bottomless pit. If it was closed
down, we certainly would be
much better off.
Someone else would find a
use for it and maybe even pro-
vide a return to council.
A review must be done – and
My own brand of
I WAS wondering where all the
religious zealots and snake oil
merchants, had gotten to in the
last couple of years.
Lo and behold, a couple of
these gents hammered on my
They were from some
semi-obscure off-shoot of the
A well-scrubbed, clean, pink,
manicured hand held up some
literature, as he began his patter.
Remembering the law of
Section 18C, I politely and cour-
teously said, ‘Bleep off, I’m not
interested’. They went away to
annoy someone else.
Back in the old days, before
Section 18C, had they persisted,
by putting their foot in the
door or continuing their patter, I
would have resorted to phase 2.
This consisted of reaching for
a length of 4x2, with six-inch
nails at one end (filed down
to a barb and dipped in horse
manure). This is a primitive
but effective type of biological
warfare. Had this not fixed the
problem, I would have escalated
to phase 3, which I cannot dis-
cuss, lest I be accused of crimes
against humanity in the Hague
I will tell you, however, that a
scalpel, latex gloves, and med-
ical experiments, are involved.
There is no phase 4. I am
pleased that in today’s climate of
religious tolerance, everyone’s
rights are protected, especial-
ly in the Riverland. I notice,
sadly, that in our larger cities in
Australia certain religions have
certain meeting places that are
subject to a hail of pigs’ heads
and pork chops.
Here in Glossop I note we
have an unobtrusive temple,
which I am told is open to visi-
tors at certain times.
Being curious, I will take up
that offer and toddle in one day.
This is religious tolerance
in action as it was when I once
visited a mosque in Melbourne
many moons ago.
Relieved about Duke
but we’re not amused
THE Australian Monarchist
League has written to the Lord
Chamberlain, Earl Peel, to
advise that the early speculative
news that the Duke of Edinburgh
had died had caused great con-
sternation throughout Australia
and indeed the Commonwealth.
The League was inundated
with calls from the general
public as well as from the
media about this and obviously
assumed at the time that media
reports were correct. We were
therefore relieved when we
found that the reports were
We have advised the Lord
Chamberlain that it was quite
understandable that when he
called a gathering of the royal
households supposedly without
first preparing for media spec-
ulation – after all, the Royal
Households do have their own
professional media units to han-
dle such matters – the media will
always naturally assume that the
meeting is most likely in rela-
tion to a death within the royal
We have suggested to Earl
Peel that in future when sum-
moning a gathering of royal
households it not be done in
such a manner as to cause
unwarranted speculation as, not
unexpectedly, some staff called
will leak the meeting to the
media which, in this case, has
led to undue distress amongst
Her Majesty’s subjects.
The Australian Monarchist
League works tirelessly to retain
the Crown within the Australian
Constitution and for many years
has been successful in opposing
change to a republic. It has also
built up a force of over 25,000
supporters, most under the age
We are all volunteers and
work tremendously hard in sup-
port of our cause. Our appeal to
the Lord Chamberlain was that
in future he consider the peo-
ples of the realms, who are Her
Majesty’s subjects and therefore
naturally concerned about the
well-being of Her Majesty and
his Royal Highness.
The League has also written
to the Duke of Edinburgh in
regard to his understandable
decision at nearly 96 years of
age to take a step back from his
His Royal Highness has been
by the Queen’s side offering
staunch support and guidance
for nearly 70 years. He has also
taken on an almost insurmount-
able task with 780 patronages
and officer-ships, not the least of
which is his creation of the Duke
of Edinburgh’s Award.
In doing all this, he has given
up so much of his personal life
and we, the Queen’s subjects in
Australia, are extremely grateful
to him for his dedication to duty.
In our letter we paid trib-
ute to him for his long and
trusty service, not just to the
Queen, but to the peoples of
the United Kingdom and the
Australian Monarchist League
So, which pope is
right about Islam?
POPE Benedict XVI is still
alive. The other day, when turn-
ing 90, he wrote:
“The clash between radical-
ly-atheistic conceptions of the
state and the emergence of a
radically-religious state in the
Islamist movements, leads our
time into an explosive situa-
In 2006, Pope Benedict made
a famous speech quoting a 14th
“Show me just what
Muhammad brought that was
new, and there you’ll find
things only evil and inhuman,
such as his command to spread
by the sword the faith he
“God is not pleased by
blood... whoever would lead
someone to faith needs the abil-
ity to speak well and to reason
properly, without violence and
It happens that this month
Pope Francis plans to visit a
gious” state – namely Egypt.
Francis’s theme is always that
“it’s not right to identify Islam
These two Popes can’t both
Which one is wrong?
Nichols Point, Victoria
CONVENIENT parking isn’t just a well-
worn cliché, it’s one of the lifestyle attrac-
tions associated with living in the Riverland.
Locals enjoy being able to park, free of
charge, just metres from retail outlets and
other service centres, and the same goes for
It’s a stark contrast to the city, where
parking spots are gold – both in terms of
convenience and cost. We’ve all trudged
around Adelaide while lamenting the dis-
tance between point A and point B.
Parking options are generally plentiful,
relatively speaking, in Riverland towns,
notwithstanding the Saturday morning crush
and other high-volume traffic times.
But they’re not perfect.
For a main street dotted with empty
shops, Barmera’s Barwell Avenue sure
seems busy, particularly the top end, near
the town’s library.
Berri’s retail area is now spread across
three areas, which seems to have diluted
problems with workers parking in prime
spots during the day, though instances still
pop up every so often.
Since the advent of the Renmark Square
shopping centre, more parks have opened
up along Renmark’s established retail area,
reflecting, of course, the worrying downturn
in foot traffic along Renmark Avenue, Ral
Ral Avenue/Murray Avenue.
So, even though parks aren’t quite the
premium they once were, some local retail
outlets and businesses still experience –
from time to time – situations where ‘their’
parking spots are taken up by non-custom-
ers for lengthy time periods.
Yes, in non-timed parking spots, people
such as daytime workers – are entitled to
park wherever they want, for as long as they
want; the whole day if they like.
And yes, if you pay your rates, you’re enti-
tled to take advantage of council-provided
and maintained services, such as car parks.
However, sometimes an unwritten agree-
ment needs to be considered.
Are there reasonable options to park else-
where? Does a business have a reasonable
right to expect adjacent long-term parking
to be available for its customers or clients?
Overall, what’s fair and reasonable?
Honest answers to that last question nor-
mally lead to sensible resolutions.
Why is that a good percentage
of the letters to the editor are
from persons in Adelaide or
interstate? It appears that the
Riverland residents don’t care
as to what is happening in their
I would like the RFL chairman
to clarify his meaning of culture
when referring to the Berri
Football Club. In recent years,
when an under 13 team from
another RFL club lost the grand
final, I believe they were told
they didn’t deserve a drink.
What sort of culture is that?
What sort of person would
dump live kittens in rubbish
bins and leave them there to die
(‘Another binned kitten saved by
local family’, Pioneer, 5/5/17)?
Were the police on motorbikes
there to make us safer or just
to raise revenue (‘Bike blitz’,
Pioneer, 5/5/17)? I do hope
they got some drug drivers
around here though.
Sad to see people like Anthony
Agostino go, but happy he and
his family loved the Riverland so
much (‘My family fell in love with
the Riverland’, Pioneer, 5/5/17).
It’s a great place to live.
It doesn’t bother me, but why
would Senator Don Farrell
deliver an Aboriginal flag as well
as the national flag (‘Senator
delivers flags, talks education’,
Pioneer, 5/5/17). Is that part
of the parliament program too?
Probably not, I would say.
what’s fair and
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