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SPEED cameras have been
operating (amongst other roads)
in Barwell Avenue, Barmera.
They can’t honestly be seri-
ous. Between the hours of 8am
and 6pm you would be lucky
to be able to drive at 10-15km
down Barwell Avenue and could
Where are they intending to
park because it is almost impos-
sible to get a park for most of the
day until another vehicle leaves.
Or are they just targeting the
speeding pensioners on their
Kingston on Murray
Lovin’ the letter
I AM overwhelmed by the
amount of support I received
following my letter to the paper
(‘Why I quit the council commit-
tee’, Murray Pioneer, 2/6/17).
People have been thanking me
for at least trying.
Thank you, everyone.
Sound reasons to
AS the chairperson of Barmera
Central I am writing to respond
to the comments made in a let-
ter from Aileen Dolheguy (‘No
good reason to remove palm
trees’, Murray Pioneer 30/5/17).
I would like to reassure her,
and anyone else that may share
her apprehension and concerns
for small businesses in Barmera,
that the Barmera Central com-
mittee is very cognizant of the
pressures that small businesses
are facing in these difficult
For many years the Barmera
Visitor Information Centre
was providing food and drinks,
although on a small scale, to vis-
itors who attended the centre.
However, the committee
decided quite some time ago that
we did not want to provide a ser-
vice to the community that had a
potential to negatively impact on
our local businesses, so we no
longer provide that service.
At the moment we do sell
locally produced and packaged
items in order to provide an out-
let for small Riverland producers
of food products, which may be
of interest to tourists who attend
our centre and buy such items as
gifts, for example.
Our centre provides an outlet
for these small businesses that
may otherwise be difficult for
them to find.
We will continue to stock this
small amount of packaged foods
in order to assist our local busi-
nesses, but we will not be run-
ning a cafe or fast food service
that may compete with our local
An opportunity to redevelop
the visitor centre’s precincts
arose due to the storm that
occurred in November of last
year, when three large gum trees
on the eastern side of the centre
were blown over. We were for-
tunate that the trees did not fall
on our building and viewed this
near-disaster as an opportunity
to renew and reinvigorate our
Barmera Central has engaged
a prominent local landscaping
business to provide us with
plans for the redevelopment of
the entire precinct of the Visitor
Information Centre, in order to
upgrade its amenity and acces-
sibility for tourists and locals
We have been provided verbal
advice as to the form the land-
scaping will take on the eastern
side of our building and will
also be provided plans of how
he intends to landscape this area,
where the palm trees in question
The advice that we have
received is that the palm trees
are inconsistent with the land-
scaping designs that have been
Further, the Berri Barmera
Council has done a ‘dial before
you dig’ survey of the eastern
side of the centre, where the
three large gum trees were
blown over, so that the large
stumps may be removed safely.
This survey is a normal process
that is undertaken to ensure the
safety of workers involved in
The survey found that there is
underground power lines located
within about 10 to 15 centime-
tres to the side of the base of
both palm trees.
Ultimately, the power lines
may be disrupted as the palm
trees grow. On that basis alone,
the palms need to be removed
before they disrupt the power
lines and add unnecessary
disruption and expense in the
One of the palm trees is actu-
ally also in close proximity to
cement paving alongside our
building. As it continues to grow
there is likelihood that it will
lift the concrete and eventual-
ly interfere with the structural
integrity of our centre building.
I trust that this information
is adequate to alleviate the con-
cerns of community members
who have only being provided
with part of the story about
what is proposed for our Visitor
If anyone has any questions
about what is proposed for our
centre please do not hesitate
to contact me and I will do my
utmost to provide you with fac-
tual answers to your questions.
MARGARET Court says mar-
riage should be defined the way
the Bible defines it.
Some ‘progressive’ people
think she needs a serious lesson
in how you can’t say that here.
They want her deprived
of recognition as Australia’s
best-ever tennis star. They want
things named in her honour to be
given a different name.
Is she really an un-Australi-
an and un-cool fanatic? Check
YouTube clips of Margaret play-
ing contemporary top female
players like Chrissie Evert.
She looks as though she’s
having a quiet hit-up. She seems
to be losing a lot of points. Then
fast-forward and, behold, she
wins the last point and there she
is holding the cup.
Check also video clips of her
speeches and sermons about her
faith. She doesn’t appear very
frenzied. In fact, what she says
seems to make a bit of sense.
Nichols Point, Victoria
What about that
Chinese scrap metal?
IT seems I have been castigated
with invective by Yvonne of
Renmark (Text Line) for not
having all the facts at my com-
She was right. The alleged
feather duster did not involve
having birds plucked to nudity.
It seems the feather duster
was made of recycled Chinese
If Yvonne thinks I was
annoyed about the alleged
feather duster, wait till she hears
what I think about regurgitated
Chinese scrap metal, sold as
I refer specifically to the
grinning buffoon and his female
accomplice, with her gravity
defying chest, trying to flog
If I want a vibrating machine,
I will go to the select small num-
ber of Adelaide shops that spe-
cialise in these devices (batteries
These TV devices are only
sold to dotty grandmothers, who
have drunk a month’s supply of
cooking sherry and are then cart-
ed off, kicking and screaming, to
the nearest nursing home.
We Riverlanders are crying
out for a new leader, with real
gonads, to put a stop to this non-
Again, I weep for our gener-
P.S. As Voltaire said, I may
not agree with you, but I will
defend to the death your right
to say it. And praise be to the
editor for having the cajones to
UNION bashing was once a popular sport
within Australian politics, as the Right glee-
fully accepted any and every opportunity
to sink the boots into the nation’s various
Some of it was unwarranted, but the
unions were often their own worst enemy,
thanks to habitually exaggerating the fallout
from what they considered unfair changes to
Once upon a time, forecasting
Armageddon and grossly overestimating
likely impacts ultimately weakened a case,
despite often leading to a desired short-term
jolt in the media.
Recent evidence suggests this pattern has
been turned on its head.
How else to explain the ‘cut through’ of
the unions’ near-hysterical campaign against
changes to penalty rates?
Some workers will be worse off under the
changes, no doubt, and the unions are only
doing their job in pointing that out.
But their claims of the economic impact –
that is, how much workers collectively will
be out of pocket – represent overreach at
best, and misleading piffle at worst.
The changes are hardly an economic
“tragedy”, as one union suggested, but
merely an extremely gentle nudge towards
redressing the current penalty rates imbal-
ance between employers and employees.
In fact, when the Fair Work Commission
yesterday announced its transitional
arrangements for the hospitality and retail
awards it included the news that some
changes will only be fully implemented on
July 1, 2020 (though some will come into
effect next month).
Importantly, in their claims the unions
ignore the indisputable fact that more rea-
sonable penalty rates will lead to more
working hours, and more jobs for their
members. It sounds ridiculously simple, but
thanks to this changing media paradigm it’s
a message that largely appears to have been
lost or ignored: employers are more likely
to employ more people, and open longer
hours, if they can afford to.
Paying 250 per cent penalty rates rather
than 275 per cent penalty rates to some
workers on public holidays, for example,
might help some employers actually open
their doors, rather than keep them closed.
But it seems the loudest side of argument,
or the one most closely resembling the
media’s view on the topic, is more likely to
‘win’ debates in modern Australia.
Regarding Berri Barmera Council
(‘Riverland councillor calls for
LGA boss to resign’, Pioneer,
2/6/17), isn’t that the pot
calling the kettle black?
I find that quite hypocritical
of the Berri Barmera Council,
complaining about Lorraine
Rosenberg. Do any of their own
take a lot of free trips?
Good on Andrew Kassebaum for
calling out the bad leadership of
Lorraine Rosenberg. Of course
she should resign, but as long as
she’s getting ratepayers’ money,
you can bet she won’t.
Lorraine Rosenberg should’ve
been gone months ago. I hope
Berri Barmera Council send that
message to the LGA.
‘He who is without sin among
you, let him cast the first stone
at her’, must surely apply to
councils sanctioning Lorraine
Rosenberg. But who will clean
them up? The federal and state
To all of you who are trying to tell
me that marriage is between a
man and a woman, a few points.
First of all, gay people are
human beings. As such, I believe
they are God’s children as much
as straight people are. Secondly,
they don’t bother me or you
when it comes to their private
lives. If getting married is the
pinnacle of their commitment
to each other, whose business
is it? The question of ‘why did
they turn out to be gay?’ is not
a problem. Most gay people are
fantastic human beings. And
yes, accept that they are God’s
children as well.
Can’t wait for Murray River
Queen to get to Renmark. Come
Wow, now a certain Riverland
Hawks supporter is using the
excuse how the Power were
given a lifeline from the AFL.
Sorry, Karen, this doesn’t make
the cut. After all, the Hawks
were in discussions to merge
with Melbourne all those years
ago. Enjoy a prolonged lull at the
bottom of the ladder, where the
Hawthorn Football Club rightfully
I recently drove along the
creek side of Bookmark Creek
(opposite the homes) and was
astounded at the amount of
rubbish just tossed aside. Take
it home you idiots. Please, toss it
in your own bin.
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