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4 OPINION www.murraypioneer.com.au Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Berri needs its
I WRITE in regards to last
week’s story regarding Andrew
Walladge’s concerns on tree
removal in Berri, in this very hot
region of ours (‘Berri a concrete
jungle’, Pioneer, 27/6/17).
I think we all have an obliga-
tion to make sure that the envi-
ronment is liveable for this next
Children will be adults before
any trees planted today are
mature enough to provide shade.
That is, if they survive vandal-
ism, drought, wind storms,
floods, irrigation fails, motor
vehicles and pollution.
There are frequent warnings
about not leaving young children
in hot cars but what about par-
ents having to place their young
children in a car that has been
sitting in the sun due to lack of
That would be equally danger-
Tree planting for shade and
car parking needs to be planned
so that cars can park in the
While the Vaughan Terrace
trees are very attractive, they are
not placed for shady parking.
lack of transparency?
MAY one conclude there is a
lacking in District Council of
Loxton Waikerie (DCLW) of
communication and implementa-
tion of solutions/on-site action?
Such a lacking that it may
result in a reduction in confi-
dence that detrimentally impacts
the permanent residential popu-
lation, or might contribute to
more business closures?
The reality is 2017/18 DCLW
rate increase of 3.5 per cent.
The reality is that a key strat-
egy of the DCLW Long Term
Financial Management Plan is to
increase rates in real terms over
and above the general inflation
rate for each remaining year of
The reality is the Audit
Committee chairman comment-
ing that if DCLW wishes to pro-
ceed with the Loxton Sporting
Precinct/Recreation Centre, it
must also consider the necessity
to increase operational revenue
The reality is when DCLW’s
2017/18 Draft Annual Business
Plan was released for ‘public
consultation’ the projected
costing of the Loxton Sporting
Precinct/Recreation Centre was
about $10 million. Since then,
the DCLW has voted to expand
the precinct etc. to now cost
about $12 million.
The reality is this does not
include the cost of DCLW now
approving provision of land and
infrastructure for the Loxton
Bowling Club to relocate to the
Facts about our
NAIDOC Week runs from July 2
to 9 and has the theme ‘Our lan-
The emphasis of this week
is to celebrate the unique role
language plays in linking
Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander people to their cultural
identity, land and people.
Today only around 120 of
some 250 distinct indigenous
languages are still spoken, with
many at risk of being lost.
My organisation has specific
programs that are run to connect
our Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander young people to their
culture and I believe that this
is one of the best ways to help
our young people make positive
choices and achieve their full
The unfortunate truth is that
Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Australians make up
around 27 per cent of our prison
population, have high suicide
rates, and an overall lower life
expectancy. We cannot sit idly
while these issues are still faced
by Australians, we need to take
Working with Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander communi-
ties has been a privilege. I’ve
seen so many young people turn
their lives around through simply
connecting with their culture,
land and people.
We know that connecting
young indigenous people with
Aboriginal elders and our own
Aboriginal youth workers
ensures that they have cultural
guidance in their most forma-
tive years. In some cases, all
our troubled young people need
is kindness and guidance from
cultural leaders to turn their lives
This NAIDOC Week, I
implore you to take part in your
local NAIDOC Week events.
Join me in encouraging our
Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander young people to connect
with their community and his-
tory and achieve greatness.
To read more about NAIDOC
week and to find your event,
please visit: http://www.naidoc.
FATHER CHRIS RILEY
CEO and founder
Youth Off The Streets
Pity the children
IS Cardinal George Pell guilty of
I find it hard to believe.
Will he get a fair trial? That’s
hard to believe, too.
We’re unlikely to ever know
the facts – how do you prove
something didn’t happen 40
Meanwhile, today, child abuse
never ends – nearly all in domes-
tic situations remote from any
church or priest – boyfriends of
single mums interfering with her
Pity such children.
Nichols Point, Victoria
SMALL business operators are
paying more in wages to their
employees from the weekend.
The minimum wage increase
is significantly higher than infla-
tion and helps offset the initial
reduction in Sunday penalty
Big business and unions have
made deals in the past through
enterprise agreements which
traded penalty rates for union
Small businesses don’t have
the capacity to negotiate enter-
prise agreements and continue to
grapple with the most complex
award system in the world.
The Fair Work Commission
decision is welcomed as a posi-
tive first step towards modernis-
ing the system.
It’s a shame that unions are
running a scare campaign against
the penalty rates decision of
the independent umpire while
accepting the higher minimum
Australian Small Business and
Family Enterprise Ombudsman
I agree with Leon Revill (‘Rocky
road: Highway intersection
safety concern’, Pioneer,
30/6/17). That merging lane
is a risk. Two times I’ve had
to actually swerve into the
(thankfully empty) oncoming
lane, due to trucks taking the
ramp exit too fast and crossing
into my lane as I drove towards
Renmark from Berri. And there
have been innumerable times
that the brakes got a work-out.
I’ve learned to scan the traffic
coming up on the left ramp and
adjust my speed down, even
though I have right of way. I’m
not willing to be caught up in
an accident just to be in front.
There may not have been any
recorded accidents in the period
2012 to 2016, but it’s likely that
every regular road user of that
section could tell a couple of
close call stories.
I think it’s a bush problem. If
you’re coming from Monash and
turning left to go to Renmark,
there’s a sole bush, quite big, on
that corner, as you look right. It
gets in the way of seeing what
cars are coming. Remove that
bush and it might help.
Spot-on editorial regarding
dementia (‘Not alone on
dementia path’, Pioneer,
30/6/17). I saw, experienced
and mourned all of that with
my dad. Also, I just love the
fabulous idea of the fiddle
muffs, donated by Loxton CWA
(‘Fiddle muffs for idle hands’,
Pioneer, 30/6/17). Brought a
smile and a tear to my face.
I refer to Friday’s letter to the
editor by Ian Kent, headed ‘New
age phone: back to the future’
(Pioneer). I guess only us older
generations had a chuckle. It
was great reading and I’m with
you on this one. Technology
is becoming a minefield. We
also have a smart TV, but let
me tell you the owners are
not that smart. We need our
grandchildren around to help us
Ian Kent, you are a gem. That
description fits me to a T. It
scares me trying to grasp what
they could possibly throw at us
It’s amazing to see that Waikerie
can get another recruit in
under the salary cap (Magpies
land another recruit’, Pioneer,
27/6/17). Anybody else wonder
how they do it?
Yes, Barry Ziegler (‘Coffee sales
at the Barmera VIC’, Pioneer,
30/6/17). Cr Fuller needs to be
dealt with over this matter.
Two WA relatives called
recently. They said that during
their Australia-wide caravan
travels they enjoyed their best
entertainment ever at the Daly
Waters Pub. The bloke, they
said, promoted the Riverland.
Wasn’t hard to guess – our
Frank Turton. Onya, Frank.
Dose Of Dorin
THE Riverland will be one of many 2018
State Election battlegrounds in the coming
eight months – and Chaffey’s status as a safe
Liberal seat is meaningless, and possibly a
Tim Whetstone was more-than-
comfortably re-elected for a second term in
2014, but he faces different challenges during
the lead-up to the 2018 ballot.
Near the top of that list is the Nick
Xenophon Team (NXT). Early polls suggest
it will have a major say on which party forms
South Australia’s next government.
Senator Xenophon himself is quite popular
in the Riverland, so whoever runs under the
NXT banner in Chaffey could cut deeply into
the Labor and Liberal vote, particularly the
In fact, preference deals between the NXT
and Labor might potentially spell trouble for
Mr Whetstone’s re-election hopes, given our
two-party preferred system.
Meanwhile, the Australian Conservatives
will also try to muscle in on Mr Whetstone’s
traditional rusted-on conservative support,
though many Riverlanders may view the new
party – rightly or wrongly – as a reheated
Family First option.
However, of most concern for Mr
Whetstone and all Liberal candidates state-
wide is the Labor Party’s enduring support,
particularly on a two-party preferred basis.
A poll published on the weekend currently
has it 50/50 between the two major parties,
meaning Opposition Leader Steven Marshall
cannot expect to simply sleepwalk into the
top job next year.
It’s a remarkable result, given South
Australia has the nation’s highest
unemployment rate, its most expensive
power (officially, as of last Saturday), its
least reliable power, the new RAH’s highly
publicised cost blow-out and delivery delay,
the recent Oakden debacle, and just last week
a proposed new state-based bank tax.
If the Liberals can’t cut through in the
coming months, given the ammunition at
their disposal, will they ever?
This week’s Riverland visit by several
shadow cabinet members gives the Liberals
another chance to spread their message.
Whether that message will resonate strongly
enough across the state in the coming eight
months remains very much an unknown.
Chaffey not so
safe this time?
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