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By giving your time, you and over
half a million fellow volunteers make
our State a happier one
All enquiries welcome T 08 8221 7177
Thank you for volunteering
Wishes to thank all of
our volunteers for their
support and valuable time
each year. We also like
to thank the numerous
volunteers in the wider
community as well.
All your efforts and
tireless commitment are
Tim Whetstone MP
Member for Chaffey
phone: (08) 8582 4230 fax: (08) 8582 4231
PO Box 959 Berri SA 5343
Volunteers are the
of our communities.
Thank you to all
the volunteers in the
Riverland and Mallee
DAVID BEATON - CEO
The Mayor, Elected Members and Staff recognise and
celebrate the achievements of our volunteers who
support and provide services, activities and facilities
that make our community great.
Together with our extraordinary team of volunteers
we are ‘Building a Better Community’ .
When caring hearts
meet willing hands
Interested in joining us?
Visit www.berribarmera.sa .gov.au to find out how.
We just wanted to say......
NATIONAL Volunteer Week
celebrations are under way
this week, however the sector
is facing a double-edged
sword, with volunteers being
celebrated while the sector
fights for funding.
The volunteer week, from
May 8 to 14, is an annual cel-
ebration to acknowledge the
generous contribution of the
In South Australia, volunteers
were recognised in a parade
and barbecue held yesterday at
the Torrens Parade Ground.
However, this year the cel-
ebrations will be dimmed,
with proposed changes by the
Federal Government to stop
direct funding to volunteer-
ing support services, which
Volunteering SA and NT says
will seriously threaten the ongo-
ing viability of many of the ser-
vices, and weaken volunteering.
Evelyn O’Loughlin, chief exec-
utive officer for Volunteering
SA and NT, has been part of
the Tower of Strength National
Advocacy Campaign and, as a
strong call to action in defend-
ing volunteering, has asked
everyone to sign the petition to
retain designated funding for
volunteering support services.
“If this funding ceases
it will severely impact on
communities who rely on
and effective volunteer
management,” she said.
“It will undo the enormous
amount of work undertaken
over the last three decades in
building strong and resilient
local communities, economic
participation and social inclu-
sion in the volunteering sector
– which is worth $5 billion per
year in South Australia alone.
“We need to stand together
to advocate the importance of
volunteering support services
and retain funding at the
current level (up to $7.5 million)
in the 2017/18 budget.”
The petition will be open until
the end of May.
For further information
on the campaign visit: www.
Funding fight dampens celebration
is an annual
of the nation’s
a parade at
On Saturday night, Murray Pioneer journalist
Sara Gilligan enjoyed a unique Riverland Wine
and Destination Riverland event ‘A Seat at Our
Table’, held in a secret location. She, along
with about 100 other people, enjoyed a night of
premium dishes created by top Riverland chefs,
paired with local wine, craft beer, spirits and
coolers. Below she shares her experience...
Fine dining had
under the stars
THE concept of dining in a secret
location is what first attracted me to
the A Seat at Our Table event.
Guests were transported by bus to
a riverside oasis, situated on a bank
at Akuna Station in Kingston-On-
The first word that popped into
my head as we stepped off the bus
Fairy lights danced between the
river gums and a large, white mar-
quee was home to three long tables
decorated with tea lights and native
flower centre pieces.
Waiting staff were quick to offer
a glass of bubbles as we took in our
surroundings, admiring the view of
the river and high cliff tops.
A grazing table was painted with
beautifully coloured Riverland
produce, including native dukkah,
capers, almonds, figs, dips, chutneys,
pestos, stone fruits, breads and a
selection of cheeses.
The throaty vocals of Barmera
artist Kelly Menhennett added to the
relaxed atmosphere, as she moved
between country, folk and jazz cov-
ers throughout the evening.
Guests watched the cliff-face
change colour with the sunset, before
moving into the marquee to enjoy a
Conversation flowed naturally
around the long tables.
Growers, producers, musicians,
marketers to media representatives
and politicians were able to come
together and celebrate the food and
beverages that make the Riverland
the perfect place to live and visit.
Each course was paired with two
glasses of wine, a signature gin, and
a 10-year-old tawny.
Fog lights provided a glow to the
surrounding river gums and the clear
roof of the marquee allowed a view
of the stars above.
Salt and Pepper Catering head
chef Peter Kent showcased Riverland
flavours through his intricate menu.
Crisp-coated pork was followed
by duck, and a lemon myrtle gin and
lime sorbet palate cleanser.
Wild garlic lamb with a pea and
native mint shallot fondue was
enjoyed around the table before a
quandong-compressed apple, wat-
tleseed and candied almond parfait
provided a sweet finish to the even-
Guest speakers throughout the
night shared the same message: the
importance of working together to
promote the region.
Unfortunately the evening had to
come to an end, and we all reluc-
tantly left the sparkling retreat and
boarded the bus back to reality.
About 100 people enjoyed a fine dining experience at Akuna Station’s river
front on Saturday night. PHOTOS: Sara Gilligan
The Riverland Wine and Destination Riverland
event showcased Riverland beverages and
produce. INSET: Native flower displays featured
on wine barrels and tables.
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