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RIVER SALINITY: Lock 5, 308, EC units; Berri 354;
Waikerie na; Loxton 382; Morgan 500.
RIVER LEVELS: Lock 5 u.s 16.29; Berri 13.22;
Waikerie 6.22; Loxton 10.26; Lock 2 u.s. 6 .11;
Lock 1 u.s. 3.18
RIVER FLOW TO SOUTH AUSTRALIA: 12459
PREVIOUS MAX TEMPERATURES:
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July 26th - 18.7 July 24th - 18.3 July 22nd - 18.0
8/17°C 8/16°C Nil
Tue. July 29th – 9am WNW21 3pm W29
Wed. July 30th – 9am WNW20 3pm WNW26
Thur. July 31st - 9am WNW29 3pm W37
Fri. Aug 1st - 9am SW26 3pm SSW31
Sat. Aug 2nd - 9am SSE6 3pm SE11
3/13°C 5/13°C Slight
Winds W/NW 15 to 25 km/h
becoming light in the evening
Partly cloudy. Isolated
showers in the west until evening. Light winds
becoming W/NW 20 to 30 km/h during the morning then becoming
light during the afternoon.
Isolated showers, scattered in the southwest. Winds NW 20 to 30
km/h turning W/SW 25 to 40 km/h during the afternoon.
ow, Aunty Pam, the tag goes to
the back,” two-year-old Isabella
was teaching me how to put her pyja-
ma pants on over the weekend.
She lined up the Essendon-themed
(don’t blame me) flannelettes in front
of her, and put the right leg in first.
Teetering a little, she grabbed hold
of her bed for support, allowing her
left leg to find its home in the red and
Half of the fabric was trapped
under her feet, so she shifted her
weight from her left leg to her right
periodically until she could shake the
With a big beaming smile on her
face, she triumphantly let the elastic
hit her waist.
“See, I told you I could do it by
I gave her an ‘I stand corrected’
smile and handed her the matching
I remember doing the same thing
when I was a kid.
I constantly used the phrase “I can
do it myself”, or “let me do it”, or “I
want to do it”.
Many ladles of sauce were spilt,
wheelbarrows tipped, plates smashed,
and ice-cream dropped.
But (when it was safe to) my par-
ents still humoured me, because how
else was I supposed to learn?
As a kid, when you watch all the
fun things that the adults are allowed
to do, the one thing you desire is inde-
You feel like you’re just as intelli-
gent, experienced, physically adept,
and capable as everyone else.
Along with the fact that the pros-
pect of hurting yourself is not enough
of a deterrent.
“No Pam, you’re not allowed to
light the fire, you’re five.”
I saw my brother (10 years my sen-
ior) do it, so why couldn’t I?
“You might hurt yourself.”
Pfft, hurt myself? Haven’t you
heard, I’m kind of invincible?
The older you grow, the more
responsibility is given to you, and
the more you realise what you should
have been craving is the freedom to do
those things without knowing or think-
ing about the consequences.
Regardless, my curiosity and desire
to ‘do everything’ should have ended
with the incident where three-year-old
me turned a spoonful of ice-cream
into a projectile.
As soon as you move out, or finish
uni, or get a full-time job, the thought
of independence becomes less of a
novelty and more of an imminent
When you get your first taste
of independence you find yourself
struggling in that ‘in-between stage’:
where you want the security of some-
one to stop you from getting burnt,
but (at the same time) the ability to
light the fire and say: “Look, I did it
Look, I did it myself
with PAM PERRE
As a kid, when you watch all the fun things that
the adults are allowed to do, the one thing you desire
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By PAMELA PERRE
The Loxton Riverfront Caravan Park
reported a surplus of about $50,000 for
the 2013/14 financial year last week –
less than 12 months after the District
Council of Loxton Waikerie purchased the
DCLW chief executive officer Peter Ackland
described the news as an “outstanding result” in
a report to council last Friday.
“Initial calculations for the end of financial
year result show a gross income (from the busi-
ness) of $475,000, which is excess of the revised
budget amount of $460,000,” he said.
Mr Ackland said the positive results, which
occurred within the first 10 and a half months of
the council owning the business, were a credit to
“The current managers, together with the
interim management for the initial few months,
have been very energetic in their management
practices,” he said.
Meanwhile, council also authorised up
to $25,000 on Friday to renew the Loxton
Riverfront Caravan Park’s septic tank, after
reports it was in “a bad state of repair”.
“Whilst the repair is not budgeted, the
expected surplus on operations from 2013/14
can accommodate the expected cost to repair
and upgrade the lower ablutions septic tank,”
said Mr Ackland.
“I’m advised that the replacement tank also
needs to be much larger than the current one and
will require earthenware pipes between the ablu-
tions and the tank to be replaced.”
The Taylor Group joined with
NRS Media last week to present
a series of marketing seminars
across the Riverland aimed at
boosting local business.
The sessions were designed to
help businesses find, grow and main-
tain their customer base, and ulti-
mately increase revenue.
Held in Renmark, Loxton, Berri
and Waikerie, they featured several
levels of drastically reduced adver-
tising packages in all of The Taylor
Group newspapers. A limited number
of the offers are still available (phone
Push your advertising dollar further
At the NRS
session at the
The Taylor Group of Newspapers managing director Ben Taylor (right) with
Joy Matschoss, Jedd South and Errol Matschoss (all from Errol Matschoss
Motors) at last week’s media event.
Comment sought for
disability access plan
Riverlanders who live, work or visit
the Loxton Waikerie district are being
encouraged to get involved in the
development of a new disability access
and inclusion plan.
The District Council of Loxton Waikerie
(DCLW) is tomorrow releasing a survey aimed
at helping frame strategies for improving access
and inclusion for people with a disability.
DCLW director of corporate and community
services Ruth Firstbrook said the plan aimed
to ensure people with disabilities had the same
rights as any other members of the community.
“The community’s input to this survey is
invaluable and will guide council’s direction and
priorities for the ongoing improvement of our
policies, practices, services and facilities,” she
“This survey hopes to address various acces-
sibility and inclusion issues which may have an
effect on everyone.”
The survey will be open from tomorrow and
will close on Thursday, September 4.
The survey can be accessed online
?u=1109&c=31107) or hard copies are available
from both the Loxton and Waikerie Council
offices, the Loxton Public Library, and the
Waikerie Public Library.
For more information a community meeting
will be held at the Loxton Hotel on Thursday,
August 21, from 7pm. For further clarification
or to RSVP call Debbie Branson on 8584 8000.
Winkie Primary School has scored a
shade marquee as part of a Cancer Council
The Riverland school joined the SunSmart
Schools Program and was one of two to win a
The SunSmart Schools Program recognises
schools that have comprehensive sun protection
policy and practices in place to protect the stu-
dents and staff in their care.
Cancer Council SA chief executive Professor
Brenda Wilson said that it was important
that more schools join the SunSmart Schools
Winkie Primary School principal Paul
Haenen said that it was important for their
school to be involved in the SunSmart program.
“The program provides the students and the
school with a clear guideline on when to imple-
ment sun protection,” he said. “In a world some-
times overburdened with information, it is great
that Cancer Council SA provides our students
with accurate and up to date information on the
best way to be safe in our harsh climate.”
Winkie’s SunSmart win
P-plate changes in effect
Local P-plate drivers are now subject to
stricter driving conditions which came into
New laws mean P1 licence holders can only
drive between midnight and 5am if they are
accompanied by a supervising driver.
Locals who need to drive for work, educa-
tion, training and other organised activities may
be exempt from the new rule.
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