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Different dream, but still chasing
The Friday Column
...with Jane Kuerschner
PRIORITIES in life can shift
I know mine have. I always
knew exactly what I wanted to
do with my life and had a very
I was lucky to always know
I wanted to be a journalist and
more specifically a sports jour-
nalist... okay even more specifi-
cally an AFL reporter.
I first got a taste of seeing my
name in print when I was in year
10 and I entered a competition
run by The Advertiser.
The competition was to win
a pair of Adelaide Crows player
Nathan Bassett’s football boots
by submitting a question he
could ask Michelangelo Rucci at
I submitted my question,
something along the lines of,
‘How do you handle the scrutiny
after writing about controversial
topics and do you ever get con-
fronted in public?’
The following week my win-
ning question was printed in
Nathan’s column and I proudly
carried a copy of the newspaper
around my high school showing
anyone that would let me.
Within a few days, Nathan
was drinking tea at my mum and
dad’s house while my family
peppered him with questions.
I would go on to randomly be
at AAMI Stadium with my school
the day Nathan announced his
retirement and was invited to his
I was also already working
at the Norwood Football Club
when Nathan took on the role of
coaching (I think he thought I
was stalking him).
All these interactions with
football, including working for
St Kilda and being the first train-
er to attend to a very knocked-
out Nick Riewoldt, ignited my
passion for the sport even more.
It wasn’t until I started work-
ing at The Advertiser as an edito-
rial messenger that I broadened
my horizons and became inter-
ested in news other than sport.
But the plan was to still end
up working at an AFL club by
the time I was 25.
I started working at the
Murray Pioneer when I was
23 and I truly thought I was
on track to be working at a
Melbourne-based club within the
next couple of years.
Three and a half years later
I’m still here and only occasion-
ally dream of working at an AFL
I’m well and truly settled here
in Renmark and my priorities
have completely changed.
Now I dream about building a
house or starting a family in the
I don’t feel like I’ve let myself
down by not chasing the dream
12-year-old Jane came up with,
I simply think my dream has
changed, and I’m okay with that.
and Tom Azzopardi,
of Renmark, was born at
the Loxton Hospital Complex
on October 2.
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Mr Beaton reassured locals about the facil-
“The owner has been very responsive and
responsible in closing down the pool and
addressing the concerns,” he said.
“I believe they will work with the peo-
ple who look after the pool and the health
department to come up with a refined system
that is viable into the future.”
Pool users have this week been provided
information from SA Health about the bac-
Atypical mycobacteria are common in the
environment and can be found in water, soil,
food, and on animals.
SA Health reports that while the bacteria
are harmless to most people, atypical
mycobacteria can cause health issues,
especially for people with respiratory
problems, the elderly and those who are
Symptoms can include a cough, fatigue,
shortness of breath, blood-stained phlegm,
weight loss, chest pain, fever, and localised
skin and soft tissue infection.
SA Health has urged pool users who may
have been exposed and are experiencing
symptoms to make an appointment with a
local GP and report their atypical mycobac-
Meanwhile, one case of illness related to
the exposure has been reported to SA Health.
The patient is reportedly recovering well
under the care of their GP.
For more information on atypical
mycobacteria, visit (www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/
Bacteria infection found in
local hydrotherapy facility
Loxton hydrotherapy pool Aquaflow Riverland
was closed last month after an atypical
mycobacterium was detected at the public
facility. One case of illness related to the
exposure has been reported to SA Health.
a car crash
the life of
Crash claims second victim
A RENMARK man has
died from injuries he
sustained in a Waikerie car
crash almost a month ago
that also claimed the life of
Mike McAuliffe, 76,
and his wife Trish, 78,
were travelling to Adelaide
via the Sturt Highway on
Wednesday, September 12,
when a car collided head-on
with their vehicle at Good
Hope Landing, between
Waikerie and Kingston-On-
Mrs McAuliffe died at
the scene and Mr McAuliffe
was flown to the Royal
Adelaide Hospital with
critical injuries. He passed
away on Monday.
The driver of the other
vehicle, a 69-year-old
Renmark man was treated
at the Riverland General
Hospital for minor injuries
after the crash before being
Just before 10pm on the
same day, Major Crash
arrested and charged the
man with causing death and
two counts of causing seri-
ous harm by dangerous driv-
ing. He was bailed to appear
in the Berri Magistrates
Court at a later date.
In the wake of Mr
McAuliffe’s death, the
Renmark man is now
expected to be charged
with an additional count of
causing death by dangerous
Anyone who witnessed
the crash or may have seen
either vehicle prior to the
collision is asked to contact
Crime Stoppers on 1800
The state’s road toll now
stands at 58 compared to 75
at the same time last year.
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