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THE Riverland community is mourning
the death of a former deputy mayor and
respected Renmark woman who died at the
scene of a head-on collision near Waikerie
Emergency services received the call-out
at 2pm when a Ford sedan and Mazda sedan
collided on the Sturt Highway at Good Hope
Landing, between Waikerie and Kingston-
A passenger in the Mazda – 78-year-old
former Renmark Paringa deputy mayor Trish
McAuliffe (pictured) – died at the scene,
while the 76-year-old Renmark driver was
flown to the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH)
in a critical condition.
A 66-year-old Berri woman, who was a
passenger in the Ford sedan, was also flown
to the RAH with serious injuries.
The driver of the Ford – a 69-year-old
Renmark man – has been arrested over the
Former Renmark Paringa councillor and
Murray Pioneer cartoonist Tony Hersey
said Mrs McAuliffe would be remembered
as a passionate and community-minded
“She was a councillor before my time and
made an impression during the Rod Thomas
(mayoral) era,” he said.
“When she first came here some years
ago, she threw herself right in to community
“I believe she was on the Renmark
Chamber of Commerce and started her own
“I understand she was previously a beauti-
cian or a make-up artist for television.”
Mr Hersey said the former Renmark
Paringa councillor “wasn’t afraid” to put her
point of view across.
“She was very forthright person and
wouldn’t hold back in council,” he said.
“I believe the Renmark Dog Park was one
of her initiatives she had been canvassing for
quite a while.
“I know she was a passionate individual
who stood up for the community and what
she believed in.”
Meanwhile, Emergency services, includ-
ing SA Police, SA Ambulance Service, State
Emergency Service (SES) and the Waikerie
Country Fire Service (CFS), attended the
scene and helped divert traffic around the
Waikerie CFS captain Shaun Arnold said
the local crew left the scene at about 9pm.
“Twelve Waikerie CFS personnel attend-
ed, and there were more police officers than
CFS personnel, which is very unusual for
this sort of thing,” he said.
“We also mainly assisted with the clean-
up, instead of taking charge of it like usual,
as the tow trucks got there about four hours
after the crash.
“After we picked up most of the debris,
the SES personnel kindly offered to sweep
the road clear, which meant we were able to
leave before the roads reopened at around
The Renmark driver of the Ford was treat-
ed at Berri’s Riverland General Hospital for
minor injuries before being released.
Just before 10pm on Wednesday, Major
Crash investigators arrested the driver of the
Ford and charged him with causing death by
dangerous driving and two counts of causing
serious harm by dangerous driving.
He was granted police bail and will appear
in the Berri Magistrates Court at a later date.
The tragedy brings the state’s road toll to
50 compared to 67 at the same time last year.
Anyone who witnessed the crash or may
have seen either vehicle prior to the colli-
sion is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on
1800 333 000.
A 67-year-old Mount Gambier woman
was killed on the same stretch of highway in
March after a two-car crash.
SOMETIMES something happens and you
really have to pinch yourself.
Last week I had one of the best nights of
my life. Well I think it was my inner teenage
girl that was having such a good time.
I rolled into the Whillas Medal at the
Renmark Hotel last Monday night, ready to
enjoy some food, sit through the count, and
make small talk with whoever I was seated
On one side I had Murray Pioneer sports
editor Joe Schwab and while I enjoy his
company it wasn’t him that I was excited
It was the gentleman sitting on the other
side of me... former Adelaide Crows mid-
fielder Scott Thompson.
It was fate.
Okay, it was fate and also my decision to
slightly reshuffle the place cards before he
arrived... but mostly the fate thing.
Why was I so excited to be sitting next to
Well, ever since he was traded from the
Melbourne Football Club to the Crows he
has been my absolute favourite AFL player.
When I was in year 7 at Orroroo Area
School my class went to Adelaide for our
school camp and went to an Adelaide Crows
It was 2005, Scott’s first year at the club. I
probably don’t have to say the main reason I
decided he was my favourite player, just look
up a photo of him.
Shallow reasons aside, Scott Thompson
became an integral part of the Crows line-up.
He was a hard and ferocious inside mid-
fielder, who at the height of his career dealt
with pesky tags from Cameron Ling and
Ryan Crowley, plus many more.
So, here I am sitting next to my child-
hood hero, trying to act as casual as possible
(which for the most part I like to think I did).
But the risk of meeting your hero is what
if they disappoint you? I’m just some ran-
dom girl he’s stuck sitting next to for a few
Scott could have easily turned his back to
me and chatted to fellow guest speaker, cur-
rent Adelaide Crow Sam Jacobs.
But to his credit he was willing to field my
many (many) questions.
We discussed his career, his now coaching
career, his thoughts on last year’s grand final
and the Adelaide Crows’ devastating back-to-
back preliminary final losses to West Coast
in 2005 and 2006. (We had similar theories
behind Ben Cousins’ impact on those two
I was so thankful to not only meet Scott,
but also have the opportunity to chat to him
for a couple of hours and for him to be as
nice as I could have hoped.
To anyone who meets their hero, I hope
you have an equally as enjoyable experience.
Renmark mourns crash victim
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