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Dream a little
The Friday Column
...with Jane Kuerschner
WE’VE all had wild ideas for a
revolutionary business that is
going to be an absolute game changer to
whatever industry it falls into.
But then the idea fades or we get too
scared and it’s back to the daily grind.
However, for some brave individuals
they actually take the plunge and open up
their very own business.
I have nothing but admiration for any-
one who tries to make a living off their
own idea and passion.
Today’s front page features a story
about the Riverland’s unemployment rate
improving over the past five years.
Of course there are big businesses
equipped to employ an army of workers,
but it’s also the local dreamers who now
have a team of staff helping them expand
their unique idea.
For the unemployment article, I spoke
to local business owner Callum Benda
who now runs successful small business
The Riverland is known for wine, cit-
rus, stone fruit and almonds, but Callum
decided to delve into the world of roasted
And what a thriving store – and product
he now has.
I wandered into the shop this week to
take a photo of some of the workers.
I knew I would have to be swift with my
photo taking as to not distract the employ-
ees from their caffeine-needing customers.
Every time things died down at the
counter, another group would file in ready
for their morning coffee fix.
But I’m patient and a practised people
watcher, so I was happy to sit back and
wait for a gap long enough for the three
workers to jump into a photo.
Even several minutes of photo taking
meant a solid line of people were waiting
to be served.
As I left the business – with coffee in
hand – I admired what Callum, along with
wife Lauren, built out of a big dream and a
lot of courage.
I hope Riverlanders continue to take the
plunge and open up unique businesses that
are not only beneficial for locals looking
for jobs, but promote tourism and make
this region an even better place to live.
A LOCAL man is continuing to demand
answers about the unmanned fruit and
vegetable collection bins near Yamba,
implemented as part of a zero-tolerance
Under the policy introduced in January,
motorists can no longer surrender fruit at
Yamba without being issued on-the-spot fines,
with bins located prior to the checking station
Berri truck driver Geoff Higgs – who also
expressed his concerns in a letter to the editor
in today’s edition – said he took photos of the
bins over a week apart, showing the contents
which include general rubbish and fruit and
vegetables – are not being disposed of.
“The bins aren’t being emptied because
there is nowhere to dump them,” he said.
“What is Tim Whetstone going to do with
the contents of those bins?
“If it was just fruit, then yes they could
dig a hole and bury it, but the moment
you have contaminated waste like that, the
Environmental Protection Authority (EPA)
will not allow you to just dig and bury it.”
Mr Higgs said it would be “wrong” for the
bins to be brought into South Australia to be
“There’s fruit out there in those bins that
can’t be brought into South Australia,” he said.
“You can’t bring fruit in and Victoria won’t
Mr Higgs said the bin issue could be “eas-
ily fixed” going forward.
“Take the bins away from near the border
and let Yamba do its job,” he said.
“Yamba has been our front-line defence for
years and they do a brilliant job.”
Mr Higgs said he is concerned for the
region, with the temporary bins acting as a
“breeding ground” for fruit fly.
“They are not monitoring fruit in those bins
because they can’t get in the bins to find out,”
In a letter to the editor in the Murray
Pioneer on Tuesday, Minister for Primary
Industries Tim Whetstone said Biosecurity SA
is checking the temporary bins every two days
and on a needs basis.
“(There) are challenges around illegal
dumping with people disposing of furniture,
clothing, oil containers, cardboard, eskies,
plant pots, laundry baskets, magazines, pil-
lows, electrical appliances and even a totem
tennis pole,” he said.
“These actions are causing staff serious
challenges in emptying fruit from the bins.”
The Murray Pioneer contacted Mr
Whetstone, but did not get a response by the
time of print.
LETTERS PAGE 4
Bins still under fire
Berri man Geoff Higgs snapped this photo (left) of one of the temporary disposal bins
near Yamba on Tuesday, January 29, and the same contents (right), including a piece of
watermelon, on Wednesday. PHOTOS: supplied
JANUARY 29 FEBRUARY 6
The bins aren’t
because there is
nowhere to dump
- Geoff Higgs
Local truck driver
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