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supports Gonski 2.0
I AM writing to you regarding
the current school funding pro-
Our school, Rivergum
Christian College, with 53 stu-
dents from foundation to year
8, receives substantial funding
(approximately 90 per cent)
from the public purse, and the
remaining portion is gleaned
from the hard working contribu-
tions of 35 families within our
We are most appreciative for
this government support and
would not exist without it.
However, the lack of predict-
ability and certainty in this area
has been a long-term problem
that has caused our college sig-
For the past four years we
have encouraged the Federal
Government to embrace the
Gonski principles, but within
an affordable frame (for both
government and for parents). We
believe the Gonski 2.0 proposals
achieve these goals.
Our college, which is one of
125 Christian schools across
Australia, is supportive of the
Gonski 2.0 reforms.
Our support is not simply
because we would benefit from
its successful implementation.
In fact, we have six schools
within our group who will get
significantly less, but should the
2013 Act remain intact, would
be better off.
This is not about self-interest.
This is about what is best for all
schools, across all sectors in the
Our support is simply based
on the fact that this is good pol-
icy. It is good policy to bring
about an affordable, fair, consist-
ent, sector-blind approach.
For decades, the different
tiers of government, sectors and
unions have been arguing and
‘at each other’, wasting time and
resources on an area that can be
Gonski 2.0 is a rare moment
that gives us the chance to
establish a foundation for that
outcome. Therefore, we strongly
encourage you to give it your
Schools that have been
unreasonably caught up in the
adverse consequences (of which
our movement group has a
number) can argue their special
We would hate to see this rare
opportunity to bring about peace
in the school funding wars lost
because we, together as school
sectors, can’t work with the gov-
ernment in bringing about this
much needed reform.
If you would like to know
more about the specific implica-
tions for our school, I would be
pleased to talk further with you.
Rivergum Christian College
Aussies welcome at
919 Wines occasionally needs
extra harvest labour and we use
the Berri Backpackers to source
Our harvest teams come from
all points of the globe, including
Occasionally we have been
unable to source the numbers
of people we need when the
demand by other businesses is
high, despite the hostel being at
We have seen no evidence that
Australians are not welcome at
I FIND it disappointing that
people would constantly hold
the opinion that the Riverland
Football League is all about
After reading Karen’s con-
cerns in Tuesday paper (Text
Line, 23/5/17) it’s sad to think
that the public needs to voice
their concerns regarding the
decisions made by the RFL
without asking any commission-
When you play any games
that other leagues are involved
with you have to consider trav-
elling times. For example, under
18s play at 12 noon and A grade
So, for the Hills to travel here
and go to Renmark they would
have to leave at 7.30am-8am and
if they stay for the A grade get
home around 10pm that night.
Karen, you would like the
under 18s to watch the A grade, I
Playing at Waikerie would
save the Hills players/trainers/
coaches and spectators approxi-
mately 21⁄2 hours’ travelling time.
So, people out there, please
stop thinking it’s about Waikerie.
It’s about common sense.
When decisions are made on any
commission or board, they are
taken to a vote.
Karen, if you would like to
talk to me about this please call
me (the Pioneer has my number
to pass on to you).
I WRITE in response to the
article and editorial published in
The Murray Pioneer on Friday,
May 19, titled ‘School funding
calamity false’ and ‘Funding cut
is fake news’ respectively.
Federal Education Minister
Simon Birmingham stated
Riverland schools will enjoy
funding increases over the com-
ing decade when, in fact, the
Federal Government has back-
tracked and will deliver only a
fraction of the funding South
Australia was promised.
Under the Federal
Government’s latest Gonski
plan, our schools will only
receive $70 million, not the $335
million we were promised for
2018 and 2019.
Glossop High School will
receive $707,609 less under the
funding model, while Renmark,
Waikerie and Loxton High will
respectively receive $550,275,
$387,406 and $616,688 less.
The Prime Minister says the
funding wars must end – there
was no war, there was a signed
funding agreement between the
Federal Government and the
states, which was ripped up in
the 2014 Federal Budget.
We have delivered on our
end of the bargain, committing
our own state funds to the full
Gonski deal. Our students need
this plan to be delivered in full
and we will continue to cam-
paign to have these cuts restored.
Furthermore, we are calling
on the South Australian cross-
bench senators to oppose these
Liberal cuts to our Gonski agree-
Last week, we announced
the State Government will pay
for the utility bills for South
Australia’s public schools and
preschools – freeing up more
funds for additional teaching
resources, support programs and
Since 2002/03 and including
the 2016/17 Budget, we have
invested more than $2.2 billion
in school capital works, mainte-
nance and asset funding.
Properly-funded schools are
essential to our prosperity.
SA Minister for Education and Child
RENMARK Paringa Council unveiled its
ambitious Urban Design Framework (UDF)
The plan’s aims are impressive, no doubt,
and if the plan is eventually implemented
in full, it will further improve Renmark’s
visual appeal and functionality.
The project’s cost will pique some
ratepayers’ interest, as all major ratepayer-
funded projects do (and should).
It’s a balancing act for councils, such as
Improvements to the district – like
Renmark has seen with spectacular effect
in recent years – come at a cost, but make
it more a desirable location for potential
tourists, developers, retirees and others.
This can in turn generate economic ben-
efits for the town and district, most impor-
tantly, extra employment opportunities.
Renmark Paringa Council will be
wary of maintaining its current service
levels surrounding core local government
responsibilities, like roads and footpaths,
while keeping rates at a minimum.
Unfortunately, as the UDF workshop held
last year identified, one significant aspect
of the town’s appearance seemingly beyond
council’s control is the excessive number
of empty shop fronts littering Renmark’s
main retail area – the former Woolworths
(and later Cheap as Chips) building and the
prime corner site (most recently occupied
by Target) the two most notable examples.
Just down the road, Renmark’s ‘other’
major retail area has its own challenges.
The art-based projects currently
occupying sizeable slabs of the Renmark
Square shopping centre are preferable to
empty spaces, but hardly ideal.
What councils would give for an all-
purpose lever to help ‘activate’ empty shop
space in prominent retail areas.
However, Renmark’s blank spots seem
destined to remain a source of frustration –
for the council, potential business operators
and the rest of us who believe unoccupied
shops are a bad look for country towns.
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POWER RIP-OFF CAUGHT ON FILM:
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expected to plead guilty to stealing $11,000
worth of electricity when his case resumes
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Our local MP is further pushing
for a manned and fully
operational police station in
Renmark by underlining a need
to be open to cope with murder
reports (‘Murderer in Renmark,
not Berri’, Pioneer, 23/5/17).
Once again a lowlife kills
innocent people at a concert in
Manchester. All in the name of
God. Really? Which god would
allow this? No god, just insane
fanatics who kill for the sake of
it. We will never let them win.
I refer to the back page
headline in Tuesday’s Pioneer:
‘Undermanned RFL no match
for Hills’. Maybe our contract
players can make themselves
available for interleague
matches? But loyalty stops there
because of money. Maybe a
two-match suspension would be
If it isn’t too much trouble, Cr
Fuller, could he please see to
it that the Barmera camera
located on Rocky’s Hall of Fame
is correctly aimed at the town
centre. Pascoe Terrace and the
Barmera VIC are not the town
centre. Oh, and put the lake in
Sad to see that the Renmark
Hotel did not open their balcony
for meals over summer this year.
Was such good food last year.
What a wonderful thrill for
Barmera to be judged SA Tidy
Towns winner, followed by the
even more exciting win of top
Tidy Town in Australia, and the
grand presentation in Tasmania.
It’s a pity that John Spriggs was
not invited to the presentation.
For 365 days a year, John gets
up at daylight and walks the
foreshore at Barmera, picking up
the rubbish. I don’t think he was
invited to Tassie, as I suggested
he should be. Never mind, good
on you, John. There are a lot
who appreciate what you are
doing – before most people get
out of bed.
Great to see Barmera getting
praise for its Tidy Towns
success. Well done to all
volunteers and councillors for
doing such a great job.
Great to see the local council
and a local footy club working
together (‘Rabbit rampage at
Paringa’, Pioneer, 23/5/17).
What a pleasure to read positive
stories like that in the Pioneer.
I’m interested to see if any other
Australians have been denied
accomodation at the Berri
Backpackers hostel (Pioneer
23/5/17). It’s hard to believe
a business owner would make
such a comment. Perhaps he
was indeed full.
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