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...with Paige Leacey
DURING a recent morning, at 8.42am, I made
my co-host of the Magic 93.1 breakfast show,
Lachlan Winnall, sniff my under arms on air.
He couldn’t have escaped it if he tried. I came
straight for him; pits gaping and ready to unleash
their naked scent for a final verdict.
This was all part of a controlled social
experiment, of course. We were testing if 48-hour
deodorant can in fact claim two days of odour-
free coverage. I couldn’t take a whiff of my own
fragrance – that would be scientific misconduct.
Lachie didn’t exactly jump at the opportunity to
be the sample subject, but he was the only other guy
in the room.
So, being the country sweetheart he is, he took a
hit for the team and a hit of my aroma to provide the
Riverland with impartial results. Turns out, 48 hours
Getting back to the BO part, this was likely an
uncomfortable situation for Lachie. I mean, we’re
good mates but when it comes to formalities we
usually behave like humans, not dogs. I must admit
I felt a slight pang of empathy as I shoved my
un-masked axillae in his face, even though I knew
it was for a good cause. Perhaps this was because I
too have been recently reacquainted with the feeling
In February 2017, at 25 years old, I packed my
entire life into a Ford Focus and drove 1165km
from Sydney to the Riverland to start a new job, a
new residency, and a new life, all on my own. No
matter how much of a gangster you think you are,
that is uncomfortable.
But I got lucky because the Riverland took me
under its own armpit and was kind to me in ways I
In the past four months, I have learned the
importance of community; of team sport; of nature.
I have learned that age doesn’t matter and if your
friends have kids but you don’t, that’s pretty cool.
I have learned that mastering stillness is far
more difficult than any city-centric schedule I’ve
ever juggled. I have learned that hospitality is
essential and kindness shouldn’t be accompanied by
More importantly, my snap move to the Riverland
has taught me that in order to get the best results,
sometimes you’ve got to get a little uncomfortable.
TUESDAY page 2 columns by Pamela Perre and
more recently Sara Gilligan have proven a popular
feature of The Murray Pioneer in recent years.
Today the Pioneer introduces The Friday
Kicking off the chatty, informal column is
Magic931 personality Paige Leacey, who will be a
regular contributor, writing each fortnight for the
paper. Pioneer journalist Jane Kuerschner will be
also be a regular contributor.
The first column, penned by Paige, is below.
Introducing The Friday Column
A LOCAL mayor has
praised organisers of
three Riverland events
for joining forces over
the long weekend.
Council Mayor Peter
Hunt said the deci-
sion to run the South
Music Festival, the
Barmera Sheep Dog
Trials and Barmera
Markets in conjunction
with each other was
positive for the region.
“The whole long
weekend was fantas-
tic,” he said.
tourists come to the
festival, so to have
as much as possible
on certainly makes
a positive impact on
the town, the traders
and the community as
Mr Hunt officially
opened the Country
Music Festival at a
ceremony on Saturday
morning before attend-
ing the sheep dog trials
in the afternoon.
“The opening was
great as always, and
the Hands of Fame,” he
“The whole festival
was a great event again
and it is good to see the
committee looking into
the future for the 40th
Aside from celebrat-
ing the festival’s 40th
Barmera could host the
National Tidy Towns
Awards in the first half
“Normally the over-
all winner from the
previous year hosts the
event,” he said.
Barmera was named
overall winner of the
Australian Tidy Towns
Awards 2017 at a cere-
mony in Tasmania last
Mr Hunt said it
would be revealed in
the coming weeks if
the town will hold the
PAGE 17 Remembering
Events combine for successful weekend
A 60-year-old man was arrested in
Adelaide yesterday following further
investigation into a cannabis crop
discovery in Renmark in January.
Domenic Perre was arrested by
Drug and Organised Crime detec-
tives at his Salisbury home in rela-
tion to a Riverland drugs syndicate.
Perre’s arrest comes after police
attended a property in Chaffey on
Friday, January 6 and discovered a
number of hydroponically grown
cannabis plants, dried cannabis and
A 56-year-old Renmark man, a
51-year-old Renmark woman and
a 26-year-old Angle Vale man were
arrested previously in relation to the
Perre is expected to be charged
with aggravated trafficking of a
commercial quantity of cannabis,
cultivate cannabis and firearms
He appeared in the Adelaide
Magistrates Court yesterday.
SA Police say investigations into
the matter are ongoing and police
are yet to rule out further arrests.
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THE state’s road safety authority
have issued a drink and drug driving
warning ahead of the long weekend.
The Motor Accident Commission
yesterday underlined the message in
its in current ‘High There’ campaign.
SHEEP, dogs, music
and market stalls will
attract thousands of
people to Barmera
over the long weekend
for one of the town’s
busiest weekends of the
The combination of
the sheep dog trials and
the South Australian
Country Music Festival,
along with the Barmera
Main Street Markets on
Sunday, is set to boost
local trading through
manager Helen Morgan
said she had noticed
an influx of foot traffic
through the centre over
the past week.
“We get a lot of peo-
ple from interstate for
both the sheep dog and
music events and we
have had many people
come through the VIC
this week to get their
programs,” she said.
“Many visitors have
inquired about tourism
in the Riverland in gen-
eral, which has been
great to see, as many
plan to extend their stay
in the region.
“I think bringing the
sheep dog trials forward
will benefit both events.
“It will give extra
entertainment to each
group of people and
also having the markets
on the Sunday will give
Riverlanders the oppor-
tunity to showcase what
the region has to offer.”
More than 50 market
stalls will line Barwell
Avenue from 9am to
1pm on Sunday, when
a crowd of up to 2000
people is expected.
Mrs Morgan said a
variety of stalls would
be found, including
additional food stalls to
coincide with the coun-
try music festival.
“A new food stall that
will be popular is the
waffle sticks,” she said.
should create a nice
atmosphere for market
goers, including buskers
throughout the markets.
“We will also have
the Ulysses blanket
run stopping in about
9.30am at the top of
Barwell Avenue in case
anyone wishes to donate
blankets or goods.”
Local country music singer Caroline Eichenberger, Barmera Sheep
Dog Trial organiser Bob Clark, Barmera Main Street Markets stall
holder Michelle Wade, of Bonney Bedazzled, and Barmera Lions Club
president John Hughes, who will be manning the doughnut van at the
market, are ready for a booming weekend in Barmera as a number of
events draw thousands of people into the town.
PHOTO: Christian Longobardi
ahead in Barmera
A DISTRICT court judge has
told a Riverland man during
sentencing that drug traffick-
ing, even brokering at the lower
end of the hierarchy to support
a methamphetamine habit, is a
Sean Robert McGlynn plead-
ed guilty to trafficking meth-
amphetamine and supplying
Valium after he brokered a sale of
three points of ice to a third party
on July 8, 2015.
Judge Stephen McEwan said
in sentencing remarks that inter-
cepted telephone calls for three
weeks prior to McGlynn’s arrest
revealed similar transactions,
with the defendant receiving
methamphetamine for his con-
sumption in return for brokering
However, Judge McEwan
decided to sentence McGlynn
for only the single offence.
Two days prior to the drug
trafficking offence, McGlynn
supplied another individual with
two Valium tablets.
McGlynn received a
conviction, but no penalty for
supplying Valium, while the
trafficking offence attracted a
16-month prison sentence with
a non-parole period of five
Drug trafficker’s 16-month prison sentence
MAC issues long-weekend road warning
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More arrests after
Chaffey drug find
in relation to a
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