Local News

Relief for Border Communities as Restrictions Ease

Cross border restrictions with regional Victoria have again been relaxed, following a meeting of the state's Transition Committee. From Saturday 24 October, people will be able to travel up to 70 kilometres either side of the border without a specific reason. Families and friends will be reunited and shops, pubs and services...

Multi-Day Format for Wine Festival, Hailed a Success

The 18th Riverland Wine and Food Festival was so successful in its COVID-safe format that organisers are considering maintaining the trend. Due to the pandemic, there was a last minute change for the annual event over the past weekend (Oct 16-18). Usually on the riverfront in Berri, individual venues hosted their own...

Rural Aid Asks Us to be More Water Conscious

While much needed rain has brought welcome relief to devastatingly parched parts of Australia so far this year, Rural Aid has issued a statement about zealous water usage, which continues to pose a challenge for the country. CEO of Rural Aid, John Warlters, said primary producers have been heavily impacted by...

Men's Sheds Encouraged to Apply for Funding

Men’s Sheds across Barker have been invited to apply for funding as part of the newest round of the National Men’s Shed Development Programme (NSDP). Funded by the Morrison Government, Round 21 of the NSDP will specifically prioritise applications with a strong health, wellbeing or safety emphasis, in acknowledgement of the...

SA Energy & Mining Strategy Launches

The State Government has launched an energy and mining strategy today. The 'Building on our Strengths - South Australia’s Energy andMiningStrategy’ outlines the central role the sectors will play in delivering an early recovery from the economic downturn. Minister for Energy andMiningDan van Holst Pellekaan said it is expected to deliver 25,000...

New Packaging Laws for Business - Free Web Workshop

Local businesses need to get ready to phase out single use plastics and prepare for a major change to packaging laws. From next year, plastic straws, drink stirrers and single-use plastic cutlery will be banned by the State Government and from 2025, all packaging in Australia will have to meet new...

New MRI Machine Crane-Lifted into Riverland Hospital

A new MRI machine has been delivered to Riverland General Hospital this week. The $1.5 million magnetic resonance imaging scanner has been crane lifted into the facility’s new $2 million MRI unit. Liberal Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone said the MRI is a boost to local healthcare as locals will no longer...

Riverland Sapsasa Basketball Carnival on Friday

Young athletes in the region are preparing for this Friday's Riverland Sapsasa Basketball Carnival. District Basketball will be played across all six courts at Loxton Rec Centre from 9.30am to 2pm that day followed by a presentation ceremony. The winners of Division 1 Boys and Division 1 Girls will go on to...

New Fleet of Fire Trucks to Better Protect CFS

The CFS has welcomed new high-tech trucks and thermal imaging cameras in the lead up to the bushfire season. Twenty-five new trucks will boost capabilities of the CFS fleet for the 2020/21 bushfire season and is part of the State Government's $97.5 million bushfire action plan. “New trucks are being rolled out...

Travellers from NSW Hotspots to Self Isolate

The South Australian Government is urging any travellers from New South Wales to self isolate if they have been to any hotspots recently identified by NSW Health. If you have come over the border and have been through Auburn, Bargo, Gregory Hills, Ingleburn,Lakemba, Narellan, Oran Park, Parramatta, or bus from Central...