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PERSISTENCE recently paid off for a
local family determined to save an injured
tawny frogmouth that was apparently
knocked out of the sky by another bird.
Berri resident Tam Merritt and
her family were celebrating a friend’s
birthday in Barmera when her two oldest
children found the bird on Lake Bonney’s
“They came running back and said,
‘There’s a bird on the ground, not
moving, we think it’s a kookaburra’,” Ms
“I went over to have a look and saw it
was a tawny frogmouth.
“I took my daughter’s jumper off her
and picked it up and took it back over to
the party. It looked like it had a bit of a
Ms Merritt spoke to a wildlife officer
in Blanchetown and was told the bird
would have to be euthanized.
“She said unless I wanted to bring it to
Blanchetown, I could take it to the police
station and they can put it down,” Ms
“My children said ‘no mum, we can’t
do that’ because they heard the lady say it
needed to be euthanized.”
Ms Merritt’s friend then contacted the
Riverland Veterinary Clinic’s after hours
emergency vet and was told to take the
injured bird to the clinic.
“We handed it over there,” Ms Merritt
“The next morning the vets contacted
my friend and said the bird just needed a
bit of TLC and that it was perfectly fine.
“They asked if we wanted to see it be
released and help with that.
“My children got to help release it, so
it was a good ending.”
A Berri family recently rescued a tawny
frogmouth after they found the bird injured on
the Lake Bonney foreshore. PHOTOS: supplied
The family took the injured bird to the
Riverland Veterinary Clinic after hours service
and were invited back for the bird’s release
the following day. Pictured are Azaleah and
Daiman at the bird’s release.
AS a journalist and enthusiastic media
consumer I like to tune into the ABC’s TV
program Media Watch from time to time.
The sarcastic and sassy host looks at tabloid
magazines photoshopping celebrities and
making up sources, misleading headlines and
anything else that has caught the eye of the
I often have a chuckle when Woman’s Day
gets caught out for making up that Jennifer
Aniston and Brad Pitt snuck off for a romantic
dinner in France.
I mean, surely about one per cent of the
human race are actually believing what these
magazines are saying, but seeing them called
out is pleasing.
However, a recent episode highlighted rea-
sons behind the sporadic, but loud calls for the
ABC to be privatised by various politicians no
doubt trying to rub taxpayers up the right way.
Clips from the past few decades showed
politicians pledging their intentions to privatise
the government-funded broadcasting company.
When it cut back to the host he summed
up the segment by stating that commercial
media would fear ABC becoming privatised
because there would be more competition for
This comment took me by surprise, because
I would personally love to see the ABC
I think all the other Australian media outlets
(except Daily Mail Australia) do a decent job of
informing the public about what is going on in
our country and around the world.
Do we really need taxpayers to fund a media
outlet when there are so many other businesses
already doing it?
I work for a commercial, family owned pub-
lication that works tirelessly to establish and
maintain relationships with local businesses.
Businesses advertise with us because they
know this newspaper remains relevant and their
advertising will be effective.
We have a dedicated advertising department
that works hard to line up enough ads to pay for
the paper to be produced every week.
And in a time where print media is
supposedly doomed, the amount of ads we have
in our publication is impressive and a testament
to our advertising department.
Our content remains pertinent and heavily
engaged with the community it serves and
hence our readership and brand remain very
strong. So, if the ABC thinks it can so easily
keep its network going by filling its broadcasts,
webpages and airwaves with advertisements,
then go for it.
I don’t think there is any chance that we will
see the ABC become privatised, but if it does
and we are “competing” for advertising then
bring it on – provided the ABC isn’t subsidised
by the taxpayer.
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