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ners and show them honor as fellow heirs of
the grace of life. In this way nothing will
hinder your prayers.
1 Peter 3:7
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Was it seriously $5000?
PLEASE TELL me and others that
the Berri Barmera Council is not serious,
spending $5000 on some public artwork in
Nothing against Barmera or art, but
seriously how long before it is 'tagged' by
a graffiti artist?
Who will then pay for the clean up? Is
the artist local at least?
TAFE SA still committed
I REFER to the Letter to the Editor
by T. Beaton that appeared in The
Murray Pioneer on July 4 ('Local TAFE
I would like to thank Mr Beaton for his
comments and commitment to life-long
learning. We value his support of TAFE
SA in the Riverland.
I would like to also take this opportu-
nity to clarify the costs Mr Beaton quoted.
The Certificate III in Business can be
obtained online via TAFE NSW for $419
per semester, only for those students that
meet the eligibility criteria of the NSW
government's subsidised training program.
In other words, SA residents would
need to pay $2450. The equivalent TAFE
SA course is priced from $1638 to $3172
(pricing varies depending on the electives
chosen by the student).
TAFE SA currently offers over 40
award and short courses at the Berri
campus, across program areas includ-
ing: Accounting & Finance, Automotive,
Community Services, Cooking, Electrical
& Renewable Energy, Fabrication &
Welding, IT, Digital Media, Hospitality,
Business Administration, Literacy,
Education, Business, Management, Wine,
Viticulture and Women's Education.
We also offer many of these courses
and other courses part-time and online to
cater for people with busy lifestyles and
juggling multiple commitments.
Our commitment to regional training is
underscored by the creation of six TAFE
SA regional managers across the state,
My responsibilities are to develop rela-
tionships among the local community,
business, industry and schools, tailoring
training to meet their requirements.
Aboriginal students will continue to be
supported, and we are committed to pro-
viding programs that meet their needs.
Our lecturers and support teams are
experienced, passionate and dedicated --
you could not get better.
More than ever, this will see TAFE SA
well placed to deliver positive training
outcomes and access for people in the
This is just what we strive to do, and
will continue to do, as we respond to the
ever-changing landscape of providing
work-ready, skilled individuals to support
workforce capability in our region.
Riverland and Murraylands TAFE SA
PM takes one for the team
IT IS almost an inherent part of so
many Australians' make-up to launch
and attack the tall poppy syndrome -- and
at the moment it's a good indication the
Coalition is getting it right.
The Abbott team has stopped the boats,
in so doing saving lives and protecting our
They also appear as if they will may
achieve their goal of repealing the carbon
tax. This, together with an excellent dis-
play of salesmanship of the benefits of
trading with Australia, was achieved on the
recent overseas trip.
Additional work is required in their
sale of the budget; added emphasis on the
inherited debt from the previous govern-
ment may have got the message through
When you have a taxpayer-funded ABC
constantly denigrating Mr Abbott and the
Coalition Government, together with the
majority of the Canberra press gallery and
new Senators (elected not on their merits
but through manipulation of preferential
votes), then one senator has the audacity
to attack the PM and his family, is it any
wonder that the Prime Minister is on the
slide in the polls?
A massive advertising blitz and pref-
erential voting was the reason behind the
success of the PUP senators, not a big
love-fest for Clive Palmer. Conversely the
same media bashing blitz is also to blame
for the 'hate Abbott campaign'.
One could be excused for thinking the
government-funded broadcaster was oper-
ated by a foreign power acting against
Australia and aided by a hostile Senate and
lack of understanding by some in the elec-
torate on how both houses operate.
It is these forces working against the
Abbott team that are causing the loss in
support. It's not through the lack of trying
by the PM and his team.
It was no 'rent a group'
AFTER READING the comments in
Tuesday's paper by Mayor Peter Hunt
on behalf of the Berri Barmera Council,
aimed at myself and all the others who
attended the draft budget meeting last year,
all I can say is I have been vindicated and
my statements have been proven ('Some
facts about council', The Pioneer, 8/7/14).
Everything I have said about the atti-
tude of the Berri Barmera Council towards
ratepayers and community members has
been proven by the mayor's statement
about a "rent a group" on behalf of the
council which he leads.
I believe that unless this letter is printed
with six others from all the councillors
distancing themselves from the mayor's
statement, all you readers have proof pos-
itive of how this council thinks of anyone
that disagrees with them.
There was no rent a group, but as I have
said before there were a lot of concerned
people wanting answers and not bothering
with protocols or procedures.
On behalf of all the people that rang me
in recent days, I believe a retraction and
apology are appropriate.
In reference to the article announcing
my intention to nominate for the vacant
seat on council ('Council critic says: I'll
stand', The Pioneer, 4/7/14), I wish to
thank all the many people who rang me to
offer their support.
As for the texts in the paper thank you
all. I don't mind being called a 'bogan'
but I do mind being compared to the feral
bludgers on a certain show mentioned, and
as for the personal attack even a bigot that
hides is entitled to an opinion.
Thank you to all for the support and
I will move heaven and earth to live up
to your expectations (anyone got a spare
sheriff's badge?). STEPHEN LYNCH
Kudos coming for council?
Regardless of the machinations behind
the deal, and the ridiculously lengthy delays
(that could only happen within public
bureaucracy), the State Government's
decision to finally sell river front Crown
Land in Berri indeed looms as a major win
for Berri -- and maybe a turning point for the
Without downplaying the importance
of the deal for the Berri Bowling Club and
its members, the sporting club's move to
Glassey Park will ultimately be the less sig-
nificant part of the changes.
Just what becomes of the river front land
will be crucial to the town -- and how the deal
is viewed in years to come.
Given its prime location, that section of
the town could be quite magnificent. The
Berri Hotel is ideally situated (as it always
has been), as are the town's CBD and cara-
They're all close to the river and other
facilities in the town.
Everything is set up for Something Big to
happen there, much like the Renmark river
front has been developed.
If it does forge ahead and become a jewel
in Berri's crown, as many expect, the current
council will be lauded for the deal announced
And, if the recreation centre development
also goes ahead, the sports hub could be
another positive for the town. In that case,
the question of whether or not to move the
town oval may well be revisited.
From our files
THE GRASS IS GREENER: The grass will be
greener after the Berri Golf Club successfully
obtained over $80,000 to help fund a new irriga-
tion scheme. The Federal Government Regional
Partnership Program funding was announced by
Member for Barker Patrick Secker.
From The Murray Pioneer
July 13, 2004
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Congratulations Berri Barmera Council on the
walking/bike trail along Riverview Drive and
Martin Bend. A nice, safe place to walk and ride
bikes for the whole family.
A great triumph for the Berri Barmera Council
('It's a done deal', The Pioneer, 8/7/14). All the
people who have been criticising the council
should apologise, we reckon.
I think this decision to do up the Berri river
front will be the making of the town. Well done
Berri Barmera Council and others involved in it,
like the bowling club.
'Organised rent a crowd' (The Pioneer, 8/7/14),
typical council response. Is that respect
for concerned ratepayers and community
I write in response to Mayor Peter Hunt's
letter to the editor ('Some facts about council',
The Pioneer, 8/7/14), which related to Trevor
Mayfield's previous articles. It staggers me
that the mayor of any council would call a
number of community citizens attending a
public meeting an "organised rent a group"
and suggest that their questions were both
ridiculous and incorrect. It remains to be seen
how many community members now turn
up to your future council discussion days and
the Berri and Barmera markets. Will they think
their questions may be too ridiculous to put
forward, which is unfortunately the present
situation now for most, Peter. DAVID MORITZ
Great letter, Peter Hunt. It explains the situation
perfectly, admitting that some things could
be done better (and let's fact it, we all make
mistakes), but also showing what has been
done right. And the council has had the last
laugh with the bowling club deal. It's going to
be great down there. Well done.
Why would organisers plan a market in
Renmark at the same time as the Farmers'
Markets in Berri, which happen every Saturday
morning? This type of thing seems to be
happening more and more, with events and
towns trying to muscle in on each other's turf,
rather than co-existing and supporting each
other's shops, events etc. A more collaborative
approach is needed.
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