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Sara says ...with Sara Gilligan
Taking a ‘red pill’ approach to life
IT puzzles me when people say they don’t
watch or read the news because it is “too
It seems they are perfectly happy to go
about their daily lives without the slightest
clue of what is happening around the world.
I admit some mornings, before I turn on
my television, I dread what new terrorist
attack I might be faced with or what latest
natural disaster might have destroyed com-
When daily bulletins and articles seem
to follow themes of murder, tragedy, unem-
ployment, disease and terrorism, it can be
I guess the question I am asking is: Is no
news good news?
Will we lead happier lives if we are bliss-
fully unaware of world affairs?
It’s like that scene in The Matrix when
the main character Neo is offered a choice
between a red pill and a blue pill by rebel
The red pill frees him from the machine-
generated dream world he is living in and
exposes him to the harsh reality of the real
The blue pill leads him back to the simu-
lated reality where he can live blissfully
unaware of reality’s horrors.
Personally, I think it’s important to take a
‘red pill’ approach to life.
We as human beings need to understand
there is more going on in the world than our
own problems and to get these different per-
Keeping up with the news helps you to
hold everyday conversations. It allows you to
learn about the past and the present and can
give you an indication of the future.
Why wouldn’t you want to try and under-
stand the current state of affairs and the
direction the world is heading in?
Yes, this can be depressing, but if we all
bury our heads in the sand then who would
be inspired to make a change? Who would be
moved enough to stand up and fight for what
they believe in and to hold those accountable
for any wrong doings?
Here, in the Riverland, it is important to
support local media which has more freedom
than its city counterparts to report on human
achievements, good deeds and inspirational
In a letter to the editor published in last
Friday’s Murray Pioneer, Riverland West
author Rex Ellis talked about rural newspa-
pers and their ability to give every local a
Reading about remarkable people each
week should give readers a sense of pride
to belong to a supportive community, filled
with inspirational people.
If you know people who are taking that
‘no news’ approach, encourage them to pick
up their ‘local rag’, as Rex would say, and
I’m sure they will be pleasantly surprised to
find the pages filled with positive stories.
Water park’s Riverland theme
BARMERA’S new Riverland-
themed $1 million water park is
set to be open before Christmas,
after construction started
Last month Discovery Parks
announced a $2.6 million over-
haul of its Lake Bonney facil-
ity including the new 500 square
metre water park and 16 addi-
A Discovery Parks spokes-
person said the new water park
is expected to be operational
around December 18.
Designed around children’s
sensory developments, the
state-of-the-art water park will
illuminate for night-time use
and feature three slides, a large
tipping bucket, water cannons
and several spray zones.
“The water park will be
themed to reflect the beauty of
the River Murray and the local
citrus growers,” the spokesper-
“The 16 brand new, two-bed-
room cabins will comfortably
accommodate up to six people.
“The cabins will feature all of
the comforts you would expect
to find at home and are suitable
for families, corporate travellers
and large group bookings.”
The water park will be open to
the public – subject to the park’s
The park will continue to
operate as usual during the con-
An artist’s impression of the new water park to be built at Discovery
Parks Lake Bonney. PHOTO: supplied
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The Annual General Meeting will be held
on Monday 23 October 2017, 7.00pm
In the Boardroom, Riverland General
Hospital, Maddern Street, Berri SA
Business includes the election of
Berri Barmera District Health Advisory
BARMERA’S caravan park
is set to receive a nearly
$2.6 million overhaul to be
completed by Christmas.
A new water park and
16 additional cabins will
be built as part of the
redevelopment at Discovery
Parks Lake Bonney.
The new 500 square metre
$1 million waterpark will be
illuminated for use at night-
time and will feature three
slides, a large tipping bucket,
water cannons and several
The new two-bedroom
cabins will accommodate up
to six people each.
Park manager Sharon
Bottrell said the develop-
ment of the new waterpark
would make Barmera a go-to
destination for families this
“Perfectly positioned next
to Barmera’s magnificent
Lake Bonney, our park is all
about lakeside relaxing and
water sports,” she said.
“Visitors can experience a
huge range of family-friend-
ly activities in the fresh
water at the front door of our
The water park will be
open to the public, with day
passes available – subject to
the park’s booking capacity.
The park will continue
to operate as usual with the
waterpark and new cabins to
be launched in time for sum-
Park’s new water works
Discovery Parks Lake Bonney will feature a new $1 million waterpark and 16 additional new
cabins by this summer. PHOTO: Christian Longobardi
RIVERLAND West firefighters are frustrated
at answering unnecessary – and time-wasting
emergency calls reporting unwatched
Waikerie Country Fire Service (CFS)
crews received callouts to Taylorville Road
three times between Saturday, September
23, to Tuesday, September 26, only to find
patches of grass on the side of the road
burning due to escaped embers from nearby
Waikerie CFS captain Shaun Arnold
described the callouts as “a waste of time”.
“Obviously now is the time for property
owners to burn off their last lots of rubbish
before Fire Danger Season starts,” he said.
“But if no one is watching those fires,
they’re going to get away.
“And when some tourists driving past
(and) see smoke, they immediately panic,
because they think of the Pinery fire. They
don’t stop to look around and see if someone
is watching or not watching a nearby burn-
“They call 000, and we get a callout to a
fire that didn’t actually need our attention.”
a real fire bug
A fire burning by the side of Taylorville
Road last week, around the same area two
previous fires had started recently.
PHOTO: Erin Williams
Man arrested for assault
LOCAL police arrested and charged a
39-year-old Riverland man on Saturday
with aggravated assault and breach of an
Police were called to a Riverland house
following reports of a domestic disturbance.
The arrested man was refused police bail
and appeared in the Berri Magistrates Court
Police warn they will not tolerate domestic
violence and will take every action available
to protect victims.
Woman assaulted in Loxton
RIVERLAND police are investigating an
assault in Loxton where a woman was struck
by a weapon on Wednesday.
Sometime between 7.30pm and 7.50pm,
a woman was allegedly assaulted on
Armstrong Avenue, Loxton, where she was
allegedly struck by a weapon from behind
before the suspect ran off.
The victim did not receive serious injuries,
but was treated for concussion.
Anyone with any information is asked to
contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or
report online at www.crimestopperssa.com.
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