Home' The Murray Pioneer : May 16th 2017 Contents Council by-laws
to affect lifestyle?
GIVEN that the District Council
of Loxton Waikerie (DCLW)
endorsed proposed by-laws in
its April 2017 ordinary council
meeting, is the new advertised
public consultation merely
because it is a legal requirement,
with there being no DCLW
intent to alter any of the pro-
posed by-laws, regardless of
If implemented, portions of
the by-laws may affect local life-
styles and/or tourism.
Portions of by-laws include
not being allowed to:
Camp or sleep overnight
unless in a caravan park on local
government land, the proprietor
of which has been given permis-
sion to operate the caravan park.
Burn any timber or dead
Pick, collect, take, interfere
with, or disturb or take any soil,
stone, wood, clay, gravel, peb-
bles, timber, bark fruit, nuts, ber-
ries, or native seeds.
- Take, interfere with, or dis-
turb any animal or plant living or
growing in water, including but
not limited to, yabbies, molluscs,
fish, insect pupae or larvae, or
Where is the transparency and
Far from satisfied by
I WRITE in reply to the Berri
Barmera Council comments on
April 25, 2017 (‘Berri Barmera
counters Jack’s lake concerns’).
After presenting photos and
a letter to the (Berri Barmera)
council’s infrastructure services
manager I waited a month with
So I drove to Berri again to
see him in person. While I was
waiting 10 minutes, I could
not help but see the proudly
displayed award: Barmera Tidy
Towns Winner 2016.
All I can say is his reply to the
Pioneer was total BS. He did not
address my concerns. Perhaps if
he got out of his office to view
the situation he would be much
The serious erosion around
the two old ramps is unsightly
and dangerous, with a sheer drop
of over a foot.
This area is right in front of
the Barmera Lake Resort Motel
and close to the caravan park
where visitors often walk around
It was like this all over the
Christmas break, with literally
hundreds of boaties coming to
Lake Bonney rather than the
river, hence my concerns.
So, I thought I would do the
right thing, with Easter coming
up, but Mr Perry’s reply shows
what I believe is a lack of inter-
est that I had already witnessed.
So, you guessed it, nothing was
done before Easter.
He did point out, in his
defence, that there was another
ramp 400 to 500 metres away,
but parking there for trailers is
With the way the council
is structured today, nobody is
responsible, or if they are, they
don’t give a damn.
When Trevor Stone and I
looked after the foreshore, if
something needed to be done we
did it. Other problems around
the town were attended by the
council works committee.
In those days, common sense
prevailed, whereas today every-
one passes the buck or uses the
excuse about it being Aboriginal
land. Look at Apex Park. It’s
a bloody disgrace, and yet the
council spent over $10,000 of
ratepayers’ money to fix the
pump in front of what used to be
Then, they water it up to three
times a week (ridiculous). I won-
der who lives there. There is also
a connecting pipeline from there
to Apex Park.
Then I would like to ask why
all the toilets, pump and old irri-
gation systems were removed?
It worked well when we looked
after it for over 10 years.
Sure, the main foreshore looks
great, as do the other parks and
sports grounds, and so they
should given the attention they
get with sprinkler systems and
It’s a bit different from when
we dragged spray lines around
by hand and mowed with an
old Fordson tractor and six-foot
slasher. We mowed all of the
above places plus Fletcher Park,
Cobdogla and Loveday ovals
and school grounds.
There was also nearly an acre
of roses in Sedunary Park to
be pruned and trimmed, not to
mention six blocks of toilets to
be cleaned seven days a week in
summer and holidays.
How many employees and
contractors do this today?
Council should take a look
at the foreshore between the
Bluebird café and Lake Vista
which happens to be in front of
30 homes and gets a clean-up
and mow once a year just prior
to Tidy Towns judging.
Take a look down there near
the boat ramps sometime and
you’ll see what I’m on about, but
don’t hurry because it’s been like
it for six months now.
I feel like paying for two
truckloads of fill and spread-
ing it myself with a shovel, and
it would be done within a few
WHILE the productive use of
river water is portrayed as an
environmental problem, the
underlying reality is that it is
actually a political problem.
To solve the water problem,
we need to solve the underlying
The political problem is that
politicians are generally unwill-
ing to legislate improvements to
law relating to water. To solve
the political problem, we need to
elect politicians who are actually
willing to legislate improve-
ments. The biggest impediment
to solving the political problem
is the lack of political competi-
tion for the rural vote.
Every three years feder-
ally and four years state wise,
Australians participate in elec-
tions – and in the NSW federal
seat of Farrer Sussan Ley wins
for the Liberal Party, and in the
Victorian federal seat of Mallee
Andrew Broad wins for the
This return of sitting mem-
bers is replicated in federal and
state elections across virtually
all regional seats in NSW and
The National and Liberal par-
ties have actually established a
political cartel where they have
both agreed to not compete
against each other where one
party has a sitting member. This
leaves the sitting member virtu-
ally certain to be re-elected.
The problem for the constitu-
ents of these electorates is that
these politicians no longer have
to compete for their vote, and no
longer have to achieve results,
and in fact spend more time and
effort courting Labor and Green
Hence the Water Act, Basin
Plan, so called ‘Safe Schools’
and a multitude of national
parks. By participating in what is
in fact electoral collusion, both
the National and Liberal parties
are acting to the detriment of
constituents in affected elector-
ates. We, the people in regional
areas, need to establish genuine
competition for our vote. We
need to insist that the National
and Liberal parties compete
against each other in every
regional seat in every election.
One of their candidates will
still probably win, but it will be
the best one for us.
These parties can have a coa-
lition after the election, but not
Murray-Darling Basin Citizens’
ON at least one level, the turnaround in
Barmera’s fortunes since December 6, 2010
has been remarkable.
On that day, work officially began on
removing the temporary regulator blocking
Lake Bonney from the main river channel.
A foolish and ultimately failed plan to
save water by limiting evaporation had seen
the lake retract significantly, leading to both
environmental and social problems for the
Less than seven years later, Barmera
stands tall as the tidiest town in Australia – a
remarkable achievement, given what the
town and its residents endured.
Berri Barmera Council deserves plenty
of credit for the award, particularly its on-
the-ground workers who routinely patrol the
town, perform maintenance and take pride
in its appearance.
The council’s management staff also
deserve congratulations. Their planning and
foresight resulted in the presentation of a
town that an independent judge regarded as
the best in Australia.
Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone
won’t receive, nor expect, any kudos from
the weekend’s result, but it’s worth remem-
bering he campaigned long and hard for the
lake to be reopened. Indeed, some might say
he won an election over the issue.
However, volunteers are at the core of
this success. Unlike the council employees,
they don’t get paid; their efforts are com-
Three of these volunteers were on hand
for the awards presentation on Friday night
and how gratifying it must have been for
them, and others back in Barmera.
Thankfully, the breaking of an embargo
by ABC Radio failed to spoil the moment
for the group of five people – including
Berri Barmera Mayor Peter Hunt – repre-
senting Barmera in Tasmania. They were
genuinely surprised and delighted to hear
their town named the overall winner.
Today we learn that Barmera can expect
some positive spin-offs from the award suc-
cess, in the form of tourist recognition. It’s
exactly what Barmera needs, as it has strug-
gled economically in recent years.
Some ratepayers will say Barmera is far
from perfect, and wonder why their own
little patch can’t receive more council atten-
tion. However, to dwell on that today would
be unfair to all those who worked hard to
help Barmera land the Tidy Town title.
Instead, a simple ‘well done’ should be
extended to all involved.
I completely disagree with the
tone of Cr Lynch’s comments
in The Murray Pioneer (‘Back
to basics’, 12/5/17). The
overwhelming majority of people
are stoked that the council are
getting some big things done.
The stadium and the river-front
development will be brilliant.
Just because a couple of people
have complained about roads
and footpaths doesn’t change
that. I’m sure the council
can handle fixing a couple of
footpaths while still progressing
and getting the big stuff done.
Well said, Cr Lynch. It is a
shame you cannot be cloned
and replace the rest of the
I think most people would take
lower rates any day ahead
of new developments they’ll
never use, not to mention more
council office workers.
Not great timing by Cr Lynch,
coming at the same time that
Barmera won the Tidy Town
award. The council must be
doing something right.
Sean, you chose to relocate your
business to its current location
in the last 12 odd months
(‘Fuming over car parking’,
Pioneer, 9/5/17). Surely you
investigated the parking before
moving? You have at least four
parking spaces out back, which
never seem to be used.
I was astounded to see
the Renmark Mother’s Day
Classic had walking distances
advertised as 1km and 2km.
Surely this cannot be right?
The Adelaide distances are
4.5km and 7.5km for walks. My
soon-to-turn 80-year-old mother
walks the 7.5km every year and
we are never near the end. Who
are these ridiculously short
distances catering for? When
The Advertiser reports that
Renmark/Loxton have the fourth
lowest activity participation rates
in the state, local people should
be encouraged to move more,
ED: See page 16
I just wanted to say a big thank
you to Stephanie Thompson
for publishing my story about
my past ice addiction (‘Local
ice addict tells her story’,
Pioneer, 12/5/17). There was
just one other person that
wasn’t mentioned who had
a huge impact on my road
to recovery and that’s the
Riverland’s DASSA nurse Aileen
Phillips. Without her genuine
care, support and frequent
counselling sessions, I wouldn’t
be where I am today. So, thank
you so much, Aileen.
The ice story should be a wake-
up call to so many Riverlanders
who are using ice at the moment.
I didn’t know True Grit was on
again until I read about it in
Friday’s Pioneer (‘Renmark
Gritters prepare at home’,
Pioneer, 12/5/17). Too late by
then. Organisers should have
The AFL is as unpredictable as
the RFL is predictable.
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