Local News

LOCAL GROUP WINS STATE AWARD

A Riverland Aboriginal group has won a state award. The local Riverland group was named the SA Aboriginal secondary training academy (SAATSTA) academy of the year. Riverland SAATSA co-ordinator David Binney told the Murray Pioneer it’s a massive congratulations to all staff and students involved in the academy. The local academy edged out...

LATEST REPORT FROM MDBA SHOWS BASIN STILL AT 42%

The latest update from the Murray Darling Basin Authority has painted a bleak picture as we approach summer. MDBAChief Executive, Phillip Glyde, said while recent rain in the northern Basin was welcomed much more is needed to have any significant impact on water storage levels. Compounding the low storage was dry soils...

NEW REPORT FOR REASONS OF FARMER EXIT IN MURRAY DARLING BASIN

A recent University of Adelaide report has shown the main drivers of farmer exit In the Murray darling basin. University professor Sarah Wheeler said “Farm numbers all over the world have been decreasing over time and in many countries, including Australia, this is a serious concern for rural communities, exacerbated by...

POOL WARNING FROM CONSUMER AFFAIRS

As we approach Christmas SA’s consumer watchdog is urging the Riverland community to be mindful of the dangers of swimming pools - especially portable pools. Consumer and Business Services is supporting the annual ‘Don’t Duck Out, Make It SAFE’ initiative with the Royal Life Saving Society – Australia. Commissioner for Consumer Affairs...

FUNDING BOOST FOR MUSIC AT LOCAL SCHOOL

A local High School will receive nearly $17,000 of funding through the state governments music innovation fund. In total Loxton High School will receive $16,724 through the fund to be put towards a variety of music programs. Education Minister John Gardner said The Music Innovation Fund is one of the ways the...

POOL WARNING FROM MFS

The MFS have issued a warning to local Riverland and Mallee pool owners to store pool chemicals correctly this summer. The warning comes ahead of the busy summer and swimming season MFS commander of community safety Phil Crossley said that granular and liquid chlorine's can release toxic gas and start fires if...

GRAPE PRICE OUTLOOK PROMISING

Riverland wine grape growers could see modest price increases for fruit this year, according to local industry group Riverland Wine. The local group released its 2020 price estimations recently and shows small increases for mainstream varieties. The estimations showed increases on mainstream varieties with Shiraz up on last year’s average of $617...

LOCAL EDITOR PICKS UP MAJOR AWARD

A local newspaper editor has picked up a major award. Murray Pioneer Editor, Paul Mitchell picked up the 2019 best regional print journalist award for the SA & NT at the recent rural media awards. Mr Mitchell said he was "pleased and surprised" to capture the award. Earlier this year Mr Mitchell...

DROUGHT LOANS NOW AVAILABLE

Concessional drought loans offering two years with no interest or repayments are now available to eligible farmers across Australia. Minister for Drought and Rural Finance DavidLittleproudsaid the concessional loan product complemented the Government’s suite of measures to assist farmers in drought. MinisterLittleproudsaid also said “These loans can save farmers more than $250,000...

DATA USAGE IN RURAL AREAS GOING UP

New figures reveal regional and rural Australians including Riverland and mallee residents are more data-hungry than ever before with usage on the nbn continuing to surge. The average Australian is now consuming around 258 gigabytes of data each month, driven by the growing popularity of video content and streaming services....