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MORE HIGHWAY DUPLICATION CALLS 

There's more calls for a full duplication of the Sturt Highway. Recently Federal MP for Barker & Liberal candidate Tony Pasin said a duplication of the Highway was the only real fix to heavy vehicle access and road safety in the Riverland. The calls come following a Sturt Highway Truro Bypass being...

WINE EXPORTS FALLING BY 26% 

The latest export report from Wine Australia shows some concerning signs for the Riverland Wine Industry. Wine Exports dropped by 26% in value & 13% in volume year ending March 2022, with Wine Australia highlighting tough trading conditions with some markets in particular China. Global shipping was also cited as an issue,...

SEEDING UNDERWAY ACROSS THE REGION

Seeding is now underway for the Riverland & Mallee's winter cropping season. A grain grower recent survey conducted by Grain Producers SA(GPSA) has reported general confidence in the season ahead. Grain Producers SA CEO, Brad Perry says around 50% of the state’s producers reported they had started sowing, with some in the...

LABOR PUSHING AHEAD WITH CROSS-BORDER COMMISSIONER 

While border restrictions are now somewhat a memory, State Labor is still pushing ahead with the appointment of a Cross-Border Commissioner. Labor have introduced the Cross-Border Commissioner Bill, with the aim of the commissioner to work to identify issues, broker solutions and provide advice on matters impacting border communities. During the Covid...

BARKER ONE NATION CANDIDATE FOCUSED ON FIXING LOCAL HOUSING ISSUES  

Barker's One Nation challenger Carlos Quaremba has said more red tape needs to go, if the region want's to address's housing issues. Mr Quaremba was in the Riverland earlier this week on the campaign trail and met with a number of local constituents and some local business operators. Speaking on the issue...

FRUIT AND VEG WORKER UNDERPAYMENTS UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT 

The Australian Workers Union (AWU) says they'll be looking ever closer at farmers complaining about a new pay deal that's now in place for fruit pickers. Since the changes that came into play last week The AWU say they've seen several farm owners publicly claim their business models have been destroyed,...

GREATER FLEXIBILITY FOR RIVER MURRAY WATER TRADING 

Due to increased flows in the River Murray, local irrigators will have greater water trading opportunities this coming irrigation year. Yesterday it was announced the Barmah Choke trade balance would start the 2022-23 irrigation at its highest amount of 40.6 G/L since restrictions came into play in 2014. MDBA acting Executive Director...

TOUGH 8 BALL CARNIVAL FOR LOCAL TEAMS 

The best 8-ball players from the Riverland took part in a Mini-Carnival over the weekend in the Adelaide Hills. Despite some good play, the Riverland sides were outclassed by a number of other regions. Barmera's Glen Carter was the pick of the Riverland players, winning 13 out of 24 games. Riverland teams 8-ball...

EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT RE-OPENS AT BARMERA 

The local Riverland Mallee Coorong Local Health Network(RMCLHN) have advised the Emergency Department at the Barmera Hospital has now re-opened, after it closed last month due to workforce issues. At the time of the closure, the Health Network said the workforce issues were associated with COVID-19.  The Barmera ED is now open...

PEEBINGA BURN SET FOR TODAY 

Local landholders are advised there's set to be a prescribed burn today at Peebinga, around 50K/M South of Loxton. The burn, being conducted by the Department of Environment & Water is planned to commence  from 11 this morning at the Peebinga Conservation Park and adjacent private property, together with the crown...