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First memory is my worst nightmare
The Friday Column
...with Jane Kuerschner
MY first memory, or what
in my mind was my
earliest memory, was a traumatic
In the first years of our lives,
I wonder if our brains are only
capable of storing experiences
for decades to come that have
extreme emotions attached to
For mine I have to take you
back to 1995 when I was three
My mother Debby, father
Peter and older sister and
brother, Alice and Ben, were on
a family holiday to Cairns.
The whole trip is a blur
because of course I was just
a toddler, but there was one
moment that I will never forget.
My parents took us to a
wildlife park. In our family
photo albums there are photos
of Ben feeding a bat, Alice with
birds on her and the three of us
petting various animals.
It must have been later in the
day when my little legs couldn’t
support me anymore so my mum
was carrying me.
We listened to one of the wild-
life park workers talking about
a certain creature while he was
standing inside a fenced pen next
to a murky pond.
He suddenly slammed the
rake he was holding onto the
water and a monstrous saltwater
crocodile launched itself out in
My mum jumped and
screamed, while I hung onto dear
life, and I’m sure I would have
bawled my eyes out for some
It is 22 years later and I still
have nightmares about the scaly
Every single dream feels so
real and I wake up feeling like
I’ve defended myself for hours
against the intimidating beasts.
That scary experience all
those years ago not only kick-
started my phobia of crocodiles,
but it also started a fascination
The amounts of documenta-
ries, YouTube videos and NT
News articles I have watched or
read about crocodiles is embar-
I will even settle for watching
shows like Swamp People and
Gator Boys, which centre on
Even reminiscing about my
almost lifelong fear makes my
heart beat faster.
My first memory is lodged in
my mind for all the wrong rea-
sons, but I hope for most people
their first memory is a fond and
loving moment from their early
JEREMY ROCHOW and PAUL MITCHELL
THE relocation of a number of carparks
from the front of the Berri Hotel has been
given the green light by a Berri Barmera
Council committee, despite opposition from
Berri Barmera Council’s Strategic
Governance and Asset Management
Committee on Tuesday passed a proposal to
accept funding from the Berri Hotel to assist
with the river-front redevelopment.
The Berri Hotel has offered to fund 50
per cent of the additional works, valued at
approximately $432,000, with the council
applying for a State Government grant to
cover the remaining costs.
The council has a number of conditions
that need to be met by the hotel, including
that carparks lost along the river front due
to the extension of stage one works are com-
pensated behind the venue.
If the grant application is successful, the
additional renovations – which include rede-
velopment of the area between the western
side of Ahern Street and hotel entrance along
with the already approved stage one develop-
ment near the Visitor Information Centre and
Vietnam Veterans War Memorial site – will
be completed next year.
Council will also investigate relocating the
bus stop from Riverview Drive to Vaughan
Terrace and provide extra carparks along the
At Tuesday night’s meeting Councillors
Stephen Lynch and Linc Gore opposed the
proposal to accept funding from the Berri
Cr Lynch, who called a division on the
motion, told the Murray Pioneer he believed
the community “won’t get fully compensated
for the carparks it’s losing”.
“I haven’t come across anyone who wants
those parks gone,” he said.
“I have not had one positive comment.
“It hasn’t been talked through enough,
we (councillors) haven’t had enough time.
There’s been no public consultation on it.”
Cr Lynch said the extension works
were reliant on funding from the State
“If we get the funding, it’s locked in and
we have to go ahead with it,” he said.
Berri Barmera Mayor Peter Hunt said the
opportunity to accept funds from the Berri
Hotel and extend stage one of the redevelop-
ment of the river front was “too good of an
opportunity to pass up”.
“I think the redevelopment is good for the
area,” he said. “People over the years have
said the council isn’t doing anything with the
river front and nothing ever changes.
“Well, now is the opportunity to do some-
Carparks would still be retained in front
of the Riverjacks Café and Berri Visitor
Information Centre as part of the plan.
another step closer
A Berri Barmera committee this week
voted to accept funding from the Berri
Hotel to extend stage one of its river-
front redevelopment, resulting in the
relocation of a number of carparks
opposite the venue.
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Car parking to be relocated from Berri river front?
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CARPARKS opposite the Berri
Hotel could be relocated next year
if the council accepts an offer – set
to be voted on tonight – from an
independent party to help fund the
redevelopment along the river front.
The Berri Hotel Group will move
to assist the Berri Barmera Council
extend ‘stage one’ of its river-front
redevelopment, offering to fund 50
per cent of the additional works val-
ued at approximately $432,000.
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dream feels so
real and I wake
up feeling like I’ve
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