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6 - "THE MURRAY PIONEER" www.murraypioneer.com.au Friday, January 24, 2014
Bedlam on the river
HAVING JUST spent more than four
weeks on a houseboat on the River Murray
in the Renmark area I have to say it is an
experience I would never ever want to repeat.
I had studied the tourist information
available on this area and was convinced
it would be possible to enjoy a relaxing
and relatively quiet time paddling a kayak,
reading a book, walking and just relaxing.
How deceived I was.
This information made no mention of
the constant noise, wake and general dis-
turbance from speedboats (with or without
skiers), wake boarders and various tow-
able tubes, and of course that blight on
our waterways -- jet skis. Used responsi-
bly these boats may well be tolerable, but
given there were too many of them and a
significant proportion of their operators
paid scant regard to prescribed distances
and speed limits around houseboats and
paddlers, it was totally intolerable.The
litany of issues I confronted included the
constant noise (loud motors, loud music
and loud voices), the wake from many of
the speed boats that rocked our boat and
sprayed the rear deck with water, and night
It is time the boating regulations in rela-
tion to hours of operation, speed limits and
distances from other boats were revised,
advertised and enforced.
I would never recommend to anyone
that they spend a relaxing summer holiday
on the river and as our population inevita-
bly increases the issues around these boats
will only increase.
Surely it is time to heed that great Aussie
ideal of 'a fair go for all' and consider those
of us who come to enjoy a quiet time.
Arrogance and disregard
WHAT A great letter from Sam Mitchell
('Reconciliation in a name', The Murray
Pioneer, 21/1/14) stating exactly why Lake
Bonney should share an Aboriginal name.
Anyone with a grain of knowledge in
the value of history (40,000 years com-
pared to a paltry 225) and a little common
decency would accept that it is only right
to acknowledge the former and current
custodians of this lake by sharing its name.
The antipathy of some local non-indig-
enous people towards this dual naming
echoes the now discredited belief in Terra
Nullius -- that Australia was a deserted wil-
derness before 1788.
Such arrogance toward indigenous
Australians is also to be found when some
people describe Australia as being 'discov-
ered' by Cook or the Dutch or the Portuguese.
Even celebrating Australia Day -- and
we have much to celebrate -- on the same
day white people arrived on these shores
shows a total disregard for the people who
were already here.
And when will we stop denigrating the
term 'political correctness' as a smoke-
screen to cover ignorance, a lack of com-
passion, an inability to try to understand
another's point of view and sometimes
Community fire support
AS YOU are all aware we had serious
fires happening in the Riverland last week.
After many calls to Riverland and
Adelaide businesses we were overwhelmed
with the donations of food, drinks and con-
sumables for volunteers who were out sav-
ing our homes and land.
As you probably are aware, there are
too many businesses and people to list to
name, but please accept our sincere thanks.
To Lisa Richards and family, thank you
from the bottom of my heart as you were
there everyday loading your car up with
goodies for the day and making calls for
the next donations.
The effort of many Riverland people
to donate money towards goods was also
Last of all thank you so much to
our firemen and women and the many
volunteers who worked tirelessly to do
such an amazing job.
Keep the wonderful Riverland spirit going.
I'm a lucky Australian
I CONSIDER myself very lucky.
Lucky to live in this marvellous country,
even though the summers are too hot for me. It
is 60 years since I came here with my parents
and siblings. We had a good life in Holland,
but as dad said, 'Not much of a future'.
I have always considered myself
Australian (I was naturalised after waiting
five years). That's why I cannot comprehend
the attitude of some Aussies about refugees.
To these people, this is the country of
milk and honey (which it is). There does
not seem to be much compassion.
Put yourself in their situation: there are
only good things in Australia and they have
a chance to get there. They put their lives
on the line willingly to have a better life for
What would you do? It's hard to imag-
ine, is it not?
Sold to the Riverland?
Environmental Water Holder has for the last
six years been responsible for water 'buy
backs' to aid our ailing Murray system.
Recently, South Australian Senator
Simon Birmingham invited the
Environmental Water Holder to examine the
option of selling excess water to irrigators.
Voila -- the Environmental Water Holder
has decided it is a good idea. So, who will
this surplus water be sold to? Will it be the
water-intensive cotton and rice growers up-
river in the eastern states, or the citrus grow-
ers in the Riverland? I think we all know the
answer. South Australia sold out again.
Legislative Council candidate
No national day at all?
For what is supposed to be a day for
all Australians, Australia Day itself seems to
increasingly divide the community.
Yes, Australia Day has become a major event
on the annual calendar, thanks to the various
awards handed out across the nation, and a strong
But it has become a sensitive issue for some
and a political opportunity for others.
Never was this more obvious than when
discount supermarket chain Aldi recently pulled
its Australia Day T-shirt and singlet range carrying
the message 'Australia Est. 1788', following a
Twitter-generated backlash. (Australia wasn't
actually named 'Australia' until 1804 -- but that
wasn't the point the protesters were trying to
Those against the shirts ignored the fact that
Australia didn't actually have a name during the
thousands of years before white men arrived.
The date, January 26, actually marks
the arrival of the First Fleet of British ships
at Sydney Cove in NSW in 1788, and
celebrating on that day is what irks some
people, particularly those associated with our
That's the negative side of Australia Day.
But there's a positive side too.
Try telling the thousands of newly naturalised
Australians that Australia Day is not something
Most of them beam with pride when they
officially become Aussies. They love their
adopted country and far from describing us as
intolerant, laud our land of opportunity.
So the question is, would celebrating on a
day other than January 26 placate those unhappy
with the current Australia Day date? Or would
they prefer no national celebration at all?
From our files
100 MOVE FOR UNI: More than 100 Riverland
students will pack their bags and head to Adelaide
to begin university degrees in the coming month.
University offers were released on Tuesday with
many of the region's students securing places.
From The Murray Pioneer
January 23, 2004
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'H', of Renmark (Text the Editor, 21/1/14), slashing
down high, dead weeds around a house to me
seems a prudent act considering the rain of ash
and embers falling, protecting neighbours, wife
and children. I can only assume you were one of
the many 'fire tourists' visiting Renmark West on
Friday afternoon, which itself is idiotic, potentially
risking and hampering fire fighting efforts. DAVE
I agree completely with the editor ('Fires -- now
we know', The Pioneer, 21/1/14). I haven't walked
a mile in their shoes, but we have walked very
closely and worried with them as our family
was involved in the Dadswells Bridge fire in the
Grampions. Our son-in-law and grandson helped
fight this fire, along with their friends in their
community. Thankfully, they are all okay. Our
heartfelt gratitude goes to all who fight these
fires, wherever they are.
Thank you to all the emergency services,
especially those who fought the fires. This
includes all interstate helpers too. You did an
amazing job and have amazing driving skills. You
gave up your time and used up a lot of effort,
expecting nothing in return. It's a pity there is
not more of your type around.
In response to Tim Whetstone's comments
('Worse than it should've been', The Pioneer,
21/1/14), I am certain that the fire started
in Calperum, which is now DEWNR land.
Misinformed information is damaging to the
reputation and morale of DEWNR staff, who
work hard with diminishing resources. Perhaps
some questions need to be asked of Calperum
management -- what efforts have they made?
So far I have asked five different families who
were affected by the fires, with most receiving
texts advising them of danger, if they knew
where the civic centre was in Renmark. All their
answers were, 'No, where is it?'. Some stated
that they wanted to go there, but couldn't work
out where it was. One said they drove to the
back of the Renmark Paringa Council chambers
but it looked closed. This on the Friday at 3pm
approximately. So is it possible in future to
advertise the district's safe area with a name that
everybody can recognise?
Why is it that the Berri Barmera Council gets
a poor mention of some description in every
edition of the paper?
For the past two months every town (Barmera,
Glossop, Monash, Renmark and Loxton) has
had 4G mobile network, but Berri hasn't. Berri
is supposed to be the hub of the Riverland, we
have the highest council rates in the Riverland,
so hurry up and get 4G network working in Berri.
Congratulations and thanks to all those selfless
volunteers who worked themselves to near
exhaustion in last week's heat, fighting fires.
We need more like you. Thanks too to their
employers for releasing them to attend. GR
The Paringa Bridge has stop lights when traffic
needs to stop for lifting -- why does it not have
a green light so traffic (especially visitors) know
when they can enter? Also, who is responsible
for cleaning the passage way between the
bakery and nearby shops? It is always dirty.BRON
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