Home' The Murray Pioneer : March 21st 2017 Contents About anti social
behaviour in Berri
I REFER to the Murray
Pioneer’s front page story
(‘Drunk zone’) and editorial
(‘Time to enforce Berri’s dry
zone’) in last Friday’s edition.
I was driving on Vaughan
Terrace mid-afternoon last week.
I stopped when a stranger’s hand
was shoved through my side
window wanting to shake my
He reeked of booze and I
politely got rid of him only to
watch in horror as he went over
to the nearby ATM and harassed
a young lass out of some ciga-
rettes. I have become aware of
an increasing number of locals
who suffer disquiet because of
anti-social behaviour in our main
I learn of a 91-year-old lady
who is now fearful of walking in
that area. Wade Street between
Woolies and the NRM office
is reportedly often a pig sty
because of discarded rubbish.
To get an exact extent of the
problem, for six days in a row,
at first light I went down and
cleaned that small portion of
street. Among the other rubbish I
got over 50 cigarette butts a day.
But let us not apportion blame
on just one sector of our com-
On Saturday morning around
10am a mature-age lady alighted
from a BMW and discards her
lighted cigarette into the road
In utter despair I called out:
“Hey, don’t throw your cigarette
in the gutter.”
She turns, looks at me dis-
dainfully, then entered the grog
shop, lighted cigarette still in
The bin, with a cigarette butt
receptacle, was within four
This Friday, councillor
Margaret Evans and I (in my
role as Berri Barmera council-
lor) represent our council at the
required ‘dry areas review’.
If some bleeding heart comes
along wanting to do away with
the ‘dry areas’ I fear for their
Now, the lack of shady trees
in some of our streets? Another
fight for another day...
crucial for locals
RECENTLY I toured the new
Riverland Oral Health Centre
and was impressed with the
state-of-the-art facilities we
now have in the region to treat
The $6 million centre, located
next to the Riverland General
Hospital in Berri, is operated
by the South Australian Dental
The clinic has 10 dental chairs
and X-ray facilities; an inte-
grated IT system with a special
high-speed fibre IT network con-
nection to Adelaide University;
administration and teaching
resources, study and research
areas; as well as laboratory and
sterilisation support facilities.
The predicted patronage
figures indicate dental services
will provide for 11,000 eligible
adults and up to an estimated
4500 children under 18.
Additionally, this facility will
provide essential training places
for University of Adelaide dental
I’ve been a strong advocate
for ensuring our medical and
health care students in South
Australia are given an opportuni-
ty to study in regional areas such
as the Riverland as I believe we
have much to offer.
The broad experience they
gain living in small communities
and working in regional practice
is invaluable and entices many to
work full time in regional areas.
With our major hospital and
dental facilities now located in
Berri, accessibility to these ser-
vices must be assured.
With challenges such as lim-
ited public transport options and
increased demand on services
due to an ageing population, we
need to ensure accessibility to
health services for all Riverland
Member for Chaffey
Today enjoy your
TODAY, Tuesday, March 21,
Australia celebrates Harmony
Day, a day in which we celebrate
the diversity and inclusive cul-
ture our country has sewn.
Australia is built on multi-
culturalism, different people of
different walks of life coming
together to make our country
what it is today.
When I think of multicultural-
ism, I look to my kids.
Some of them come from
the most disadvantaged back-
grounds imaginable, but despite
their race, religion, beliefs and
upbringing they manage to find
My kids treat each other with
the utmost respect and are the
shining example of discrimina-
tion having no place in Australia.
Sure, it is our differences that
that helped shape this country,
but I argue that it is our com-
monalities that hold us together,
and it is these commonalities
we should be celebrating. We
celebrate our differences and
it is important to do so, but we
shouldn’t let these differences
This harmony day make sure
you get involved with your local
community and realise your
multiculturalism. I implore you
to celebrate, talk about and enjoy
your common humanity.
FATHER CHRIS RILEY
CEO and founder
Youth Off The Streets
Barker schools to
lose $50 million
LABOR understands that access
to quality education is one of the
most important determining fac-
tors for our children’s futures.
That’s we are committed to
extra funding for all schools,
especially the schools that have
a lot of kids that need more sup-
port. Our plan for schools would
see the schools that need the
most help get the most money.
In term one, I’m sure many
parents are thinking about their
children’s education and what
the future holds.
Nationwide, the Liberals are
cutting $30 billion from schools
that’s like sacking one in seven
teachers and regional areas have
been hit the hardest.
Under Malcolm Turnbull and
the Liberals, local schools miss
Here in the Federal electorate
of Barker, schools will lose more
than $50 million. This means
fewer teachers, less one-on-one
attention and less help with the
basics like reading, writing,
maths, science and computer
At the same time, the Liberals
are planning to give big business
a $50 billion tax cut. Why is
Malcolm Turnbull choosing to
spend money on handouts for
big business and the banks, rath-
er than educating our children?
In contrast, Labor believes
getting a good education gives
our children a lifetime of oppor-
tunity. Labor knows education
is critical to ensure Australia has
a strong economy with secure
jobs. That’s why I’m standing
up against Tony Pasin and the
Liberals’ cuts to schools in the
Barker electorate. I want to see
our schools receive the funding
they need to ensure every child
has every opportunity.
You can stand up for your
local schools by signing our
petition at www.cutshurtschools.
org and encouraging your
friends, family members and
school communities to do the
same and help secure a quality
education for our children.
Labor Senator for South Australia
RABBITS, European foxes, cane toads,
carp, feral cats... the list of introduced
species that have harmed Australia makes
for sobering reading.
Impacts have ranged from minimal to dis-
astrous, and everything in between.
In our part of the country, carp are
particularly despised, with good reason.
They’ve been in Australian waters since the
1800s, but really took hold of the Murray
Darling system in the 1960s.
Carp damage the basin by reducing water
quality and negatively impacting – by their
sheer numbers – native fish species and
Now a solution to the carp problem
looms, but at what cost?
Who would have thought introducing a
toad to combat a cane beetle in the 1930s
would have led to the loathed Queensland
phenomenon of cane toads?
The experts are considering releasing
a strain of carp herpes next year aimed at
decimating the carp population in our river
It’s a desirable outcome, no doubt, but the
plan’s merits or otherwise seem to have split
As our Murray Pioneer survey results
today indicate, most people want the virus
introduced post-haste. ‘Whatever it takes’ is
A smaller percentage are point-blank
against the plan, the memory of failed intro-
duced species in past years forefront in their
However, a third group simply wants
more information before anything is ruled
in our out.
This would seem the sensible middle
Given the initiative is government-fund-
ed, you can bet those behind the plan have
ample resources at their disposal to assess
whether ‘Carp-ageddon’ would work safely
and have minimal negative ramifications.
The prospect of tonnes of rotting fish in
our river is unpalatable.
Surely the well-paid experts can come up
with a definitive and correct answer on the
herpes virus question.
Hooray, someone actually said
something about the people
in the middle of the street in
Berri (‘Drunk zone’, Pioneer,
17/3/17). Hopefully something
gets done now.
Up to $76,000 to work in the
Renmark Visitor Information
Centre (Pioneer, 17/3/17)
Where do I sign up?
When Berri has a council that
is hell-bent on ripping out any
tree that provides shade and
improves the aesthetics of the
town it will be impossible to
have anything else but a stark,
boring and very unattractive
town centre (‘Berri’s forgotten
streets?’, Pioneer, 17/3/17). If
you hadn’t noticed, just recently
they cut down all the trees
growing along Wilson Street
that have been there for 50
years plus. Maybe I’m being
a bit cynical, but why can’t a
property owner maintain their
own gutters? Berri needs more
trees around the town, both for
shade and to improve the look
of the town centre. There are
other towns that have stacks of
trees in the centre. For example,
Stirling in the Adelaide Hills.
It’s beautiful. Wake up, Berri
After reading in the Pioneer how
Barmera Central now controls
almost everything that happens
in Barmera, it seems to me to
be set up as a mini council,
with Cr Fuller at the helm and
Cr Waterman his right hand
man. The Barmera District War
Memorial Community Centre
Inc was established to help any
return soldier with anything
they may need, whether it be a
walking stick or a house. Since
changing the charter, is that still
Regarding the text from SB of
Berri (Pioneer, 17/3/17) I agree
with you. How rude to disrespect
the lady like that. The lady was
informed and said they didn’t
want signs depicting the 4x4
park or non-existent camps. Why
won’t the CEO or the mayor deal
with this way of dealing with the
public? This needs to stop.
I fully understood what the
signs were and did not want
them. Cr Fuller I find your
letter (‘Alternative facts from
Shirley’, Pioneer, 15/3/17)
long-winded, unwarranted and
condescending. Is it any wonder
people wish to stay anonymous
with attitudes like that. I will not
waste my time voting at the next
Good on you, Jay Weatherill
(‘Local support for Jay’s big
power play’, Pioneer, 17/3/17).
We will never get anything from
the Libs in this state while we’ve
got their hangers-on running
behind, snivelling on their shirt
tails. Wake up, South Australia.
We have so much to be proud of.
I might be getting on, but I
remember who sold the power
it was John Olsen, the Liberal
premier at the time, so what are
they on about? Go Jay.
Carp call down
to the experts
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RENEWED HOPE FOR HOCKEY
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