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By PAMELA PERRE
The District Council of Loxton
Waikerie’s rate increase of about 2.9
per cent for the 2014/15 year was
officially set in stone last week, when
its annual business plan was adopted.
Council members adopted the plan at Fri-
day’s monthly meeting, following a month-
long consultation period.
In the business plan, the District Coun-
cil of Loxton Waikere (DCLW) stated its
primary focus was to concentrate on replac-
ing assets and the continued improvement
to mobility access for identified footpaths
within the district.
“Council is proposing to achieve a budget
surplus of approximately $72,000 under-
pinned by an underlying increase in operat-
ing expenditure of 2.9 per cent,” it is stated
in the document.
“Increases in salary and wages expendi-
ture (have) also been maintained at 2.9 per
cent, being equivalent to the increase in the
consumer price index.”
DCLW’s plan also highlighted that its
increase in general rate revenue – 2.9 per
cent – was consistent with the annual move-
ment in consumer price index.
“For the average town residential and
primary industry properties this equates to
approximately an extra $0.45 and $0.65 per
week, respectively,” it reads.
Major new initiatives proposed by the
DCLW for the 2014/15 year include the
development of river fronts at various loca-
tions throughout the district, the implementa-
tion of concept plans at Federation Park in
Waikerie, and the construction of the Pioneer
playground at Loxton.
The DCLW received six written submis-
sions throughout its consultation period.
Council rates up 2.9 per cent
will be the norm from next week
as local businesses show their
support for the annual Relay
for Life event with its signature
Businesses across Berri, Glossop,
Barmera, Loxton, Waikerie and Ren-
mark will display purple posters and
balloons to encourage locals to take
Riverland Relay for Life committee
member Nancy Murdock said the idea
was to entice as many Riverlanders as
possible to take part.
“I think almost everybody has
been affected by cancer in one way or
another, so supporting Relay For Life
is a good way to support the cause and
help find that cure,” Ms Murdock said.
She said she hoped the displays
would encourage locals to sign up to
Relay for Life in October.
“Relay For Life registration forms
will be available at the businesses tak-
ing part,” Ms Murdock said.
“We want people to sign up and
come along and support us.”
Relay For Life is an outdoor, com-
munity event that celebrates the cour-
age of locals personally impacted by
cancer, their carers and families, as
well as celebrating the lives and cour-
age of those who lost their fight.
Teams of 10 to 15 people camp out
overnight while taking turns to keep a
baton moving around an oval or track
for 19 hours.
Cancer Council SA chief executive
Professor Brenda Wilson said money
raised from the event would contribute
to Cancer Council SA’s research, pre-
vention and support services.
“Thanks to the generous support of
the Relay community, cancer survival
rates are increasing, patient support is
improving and prevention campaigns
are working,” Professor Wilson said.
“We won’t win every fight, but
every day there is hope, because every
day we’re a step closer to beating can-
For more information or to register
your own team, visit www.relayfor-
life.org.au or call 1300 656 585.
Riverland’s own purple haze
Emmaleigh, 9, and Ashlee Watkins, 11, of Renmark, with purple Relay for Life goodies to be handed out to
local businesses to spread the word about the cancer fundraiser.
PHOTO: Images by Janelle
DUI crash charges
A 47-year-old Renmark
woman was arrested for allegedly
drink driving her car into a parked
vehicle on Sunday afternoon.
A police spokesperson said
the incident occurred in a shop-
ping centre parking lot on Ren-
mark Avenue, Renmark.
“Police found the (accused)
driving her car a short time later
where she was breath tested and
returned a reading of 0.247,” said
a police spokesperson.
“The woman’s car was
impounded and she was issued
with a 12-month instant loss of
Police said the woman was
charged with driving under the
influence, exceeding prescribed
concentration of alcohol and
driving without due care.
She was bailed to appear in
the Berri Magistrates Court in
‘Repeat thief’ found
A 37-year-old Berri woman
was arrested this week after
allegedly stealing numerous
items from up to six local busi-
Police were recently called to
a sports store on Vaughan Ter-
race, Berri, where the woman
was allegedly caught stealing
“The woman was located a
short distance away and upon
searching her vehicle, police
located numerous other stolen
items from local businesses,” said
a police spokesperson.
“Berri police arrested and
charged the woman with four
counts of theft, unlawful posses-
sion and breach of bail.”
The woman was refused bail
and appeared in the Berri Magis-
trates Court earlier this week.
A local group aims
to help spell out to
the State Government
the dangers of trans-
porting freight on
is seeking input
from locals towards
a submission being
prepared by Primary
Producers SA (PPSA)
for the Government.
In today’s Riverland
Wine roundup (page 13)
some suggestions are
q Many roads that
heavy vehicles travel on
legally are too narrow
and have low-hanging
trees, making it difficult
q Trees and native
vegetation are often not
trimmed enough to allow
for trucks to pass easily.
q There are insuf-
ficient safe areas for
transport operators to
park A-trailers near vine-
qThe length of time
taken to repair key trans-
port routes is often unac-
q The dangers of
crumbling road edges.
PAGE 13 Today’s roundup
Dangers of freight on country roads
I think almost
everybody has been
affected by cancer in one
way or another...
- NA NCY MURDOCK
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