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Five local projects will share
in more than $2 million thanks
to the State Government's
Riverland Sustainable Futures
Fund -- leaving about $2.3
million yet to be allocated.
Regional Development Minister
Gail Gago announced the project
funding -- which includes up to
$800,000 for Loxton's Riverview
Lutheran Rest Home -- this week.
The nursing home's chief
executive officer and director of
nursing Kathy Goldsack said the
funding would go towards the $2.5
million construction of 12 serviced
retirement living apartments.
The nursing home is owned by
the Loxton Lutheran Church, and
Ms Goldsack described the fund-
ing announcement as "very pleas-
"We've been wanting to build
these service departments for
a couple of years now and have
never been able to because of
finances," she said.
"This is going to allow us to get
going really quickly."
Ms Goldsack said the project,
which will create two new jobs,
would enhance the quality of life
for older residents seeking inde-
pendent, secure living in supported
"The service departments are
a stage between living at home
and living in a nursing home," she
"So people who just need a lit-
tle bit of help will move into these
"It is keeping people out of res-
idential care until they absolutely
Ms Goldsack said the new
development would fill a serv-
ice gap in the Riverland nursing
"There are a couple of similar
service departments in Waikerie,
but that's all," she said.
"So this will fill that service
gap for those people who are liv-
ing at home and can't do things
like look after their garden, but
don't really want to live in resi-
"I think we'll be able to serve
all Riverland towns with these."
Ms Goldsack said construction
of the new homes would begin in
Minister Gago said the five
projects represented further invest-
ment in existing businesses, and
would assist the region in diversi-
fying its economic base.
"This latest round of projects
will create a total of 231 jobs
and generate around $48 million
in investment -- it's been a great
benefit to the region," she said.
Ms Gago said another
"significant Riverland project"
was under consideration and, if
successful, would mark the closure
of the RSFF.
Meanwhile Member for
Chaffey Tim Whetstone has
called on the State Government to
allocate the remaining funds soon.
"I welcome investment into
Riverland businesses but I am
concerned that the remaining
funding has not been allocated,"
"Minister Gago has had ample
time to assess applications and
I am once again urging her to
allocate the remaining funds."
Five more share $2m
By PAMELA PERRE
Apricot Grove will
following a $200,000
Futures Fund grant.
Owners Charlie and
Hilke Ppiros were "very
pleased" with the news,
and said they would use
the money to expand
their packing and storage
"The grant money will
be matched at least dollar
for dollar by ourselves,"
said Mrs Ppiros.
"We will double the
size of the existing pack-
ing shed, expand our
cool room and storage
facilities, and extend our
existing new stone fruit
ments will enable us to
store and pack the addi-
tional stone fruit volume
that is expected from new
and immature plantings
which will come into
production over the next
two to three years."
Mrs Ppiros said the
expansion would include
the employment of five
more full-time equivalent
workers over the next
"The creation of addi-
tional jobs in a region
always has flow-on
effects which benefit the
wider community," she
"The Riverland has
suffered lately with the
drought and economic
uncertainty around many
of our commodities.
"When the State
partnerships with local,
such as ours, it allows us
to expand faster than we
would normally be able
Apricot Grove growth starts now
Riverview Lutheran Rest Home chief executive officer and director of nursing Cathy Goldsack says the
entire community would benefit from the up to $800,000 Riverland Sustainable Futures Fund grant the
local nursing home received.
PHOTOS: Will Slee
It is keeping people
out of residential care
until they absolutely need
- ΚΑΤΗΨ ΓΟΛΔΣΑΧΚ
Χηιεφ εξεχυτιπε οφφιχερ
Ριπερπιεω Λυτηεραν Ρεστ Ηομε
By PAUL MITCHELL
Suggestions last week's
Riverland Complex fire was
"more serious than it needed
to be" have been deflected by
the relevant State Government
In Tuesday's Murray Pioneer,
Member for Chaffey Tim
Whetstone said poor management
of national parks may have
contributed to the size of the fire,
which threatened the property and
safety of residents at Calperum
and Renmark West.
Mr Whetstone claimed the
Government had "some questions
to answer" about the suppression
of fuel loads, the preparation and
maintenance of fire-breaks, and
the policy of letting fires burn in
bushlands during heat waves.
In addressing Mr Whetstone's
concerns, a Department of Envi-
ronment, Water and Natural
Resources (DEWNR) spokes-
person said the fire started on
Calperum Station, which is man-
aged by the Australian Landscape
Trust, on behalf of the Federal
"The Department of Environ-
ment, Water and Natural Resourc-
es (DEWNR) is not responsible
for managing fire activities on
this land," the spokesperson said.
However, the spokesperson
conceded DEWNR does manage
a prescribed burning program to
reduce fuel loads "on the public
land it is responsible for, includ-
ing parks and reserves in the Riv-
erland", and that fuel reduction
measures can sometimes be inef-
"The department's prescribed
burn program reduces fuel loads
in high risk areas, to contain the
spread of bushfire, and assist
with suppression activities," the
"The reality is there are hun-
dreds of bushfires in South Aus-
tralia each summer, and while
many are controlled early, some
are extremely hot and fast mov-
ing and not even fuel reduction
can prevent the spread of these
DEWNR said Mr Whetstone's
other concerns regarding the fires,
including whether landowners
were given adequate information
about the fire, should be directed
to the Country Fire Service.
Tim's fire criticism rejected
Τηε οτηερ συχχεσσφυλ λοχαλ
προφεχτσ φορ τηε τηε λατεστ ρουνδ οφ
Ριπερλανδ Συσταιναβλε Φυτυρεσ Φυνδ
̌ Απριχοτ Γροπε (Ρενμαρκ):
υπ το ∃200,000 τοωαρδσ α παχκινγ
σηεδ εξπανσιον, υπγραδινγ τηε
εξιστινγ φρυιτ γραδερ ανδ ινχρεασ-
ινγ προδυχτιον φαχιλιτιεσ ανδ χοολ
στοραγε. Τηε προφεχτ ωιλλ ινχρεασε
προδυχτιον πολυμε ανδ σαλεσ βψ
30 περ χεντ.
̌ Ινγερσον Χιτρυσ (Βερρι): υπ το
∃420,000 τοωαρδσ πλαντ ανδ εθυιπ-
μεντ συππορτινγ τηε δεπελοπμεντ
οφ α νεω εασψ-πεελ μανδαριν παχκ-
ηουσε. Τηε προφεχτ ωιλλ χρεατε υπ
το φιπε νεω φοβσ υπον χομπλετιον,
ινχρεασε προδυχτιον πολυμεσ ανδ
ιμπροπε προδυχτιον εφφιχιενχιεσ
ανδ προδυχτ θυαλιτψ.
̌ Π. Χοστι ανδ Σονσ (Λοξτον):
υπ το ∃410,000 φορ νεω πλαντ ανδ
εθυιπμεντ ασσοχιατεδ ωιτη τηε
γραδινγ, παχκινγ ανδ ιδεντιφψινγ οφ
οργανιχαλλψ γροων χιτρυσ φρυιτ. Τηε
προφεχτ ωιλλ χρεατε υπ το φιπε νεω
φοβσ, προπιδε ηιγηερ ρατεσ οφ ρετυρν
το τηε χομπανψ σ παρτιχιπατινγ
γροωερσ ανδ μεετ α στρονγ μαρκετ
̌ ΧΧΩ Χο-οπερατιπε (Γλοσ-
σοπ): υπ το ∃200,000 τοωαρδσ τηε
δεπελοπμεντ οφ α Γραπε ανδ Ωινε
Εδυχατιον ανδ Μαρκετινγ Χεντρε
ιν Γλοσσοπ, ωηιχη ωιλλ ινχλυδε α
τραινινγ φαχιλιτψ ανδ χελλαρ δοορ.
Τηε προφεχτ ωιλλ χρεατε υπ το τηρεε
νεω φοβσ, ινχρεασε τουρισμ ινχομε
οππορτυνιτιεσ ανδ προπιδε υπ το
δατε τραινινγ ιν τεχηνολογψ ανδ
ιμπροπεδ προχεσσεσ ανδ πραχτιχεσ
το παρτιχιπατινγ γροωερσ.
Apricot Grove's Charlie Ppiros said he was
looking forward to expanding his business,
after he received a grant of up to $200,000
to expand his packing and cooling facilities.
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