From the archives of the Murray Valley Standard August 25, 1988.
Students want skate ramp
If Murray Bridge gets a track for skateboards, it will be thanks to the efforts of three high school students.
The students, Ben Budarick, 14, Jonathon Smyth, 12, and Scott Chamberlain, 12, have presented to council a petition containing 396 signatures.
The petition asks council to erect a skateboard ramp and associated facilities.
Council were so taken with the idea that they have decided to form a ‘junior council’, comprising representatives from each of the town’s primary schools and the high school to do so.
Firemen seek compensation
Murray Bridge’s two fire services, Country and Metropolitan, are claiming compensation totalling $2760 from the State Government for the large number of false alarm callouts to Mobilong Prison.
The fire services are claiming $60 for each of the 46 callouts since the start of May.
The services may also make further claims if the callouts continue.
Ridley rates up 7 per cent
Ridley District Council has increased rates for 1988/89 by seven per cent on last year.
Few ratepayers will face an increase greater than this, because valuations had ‘hardly moved’, district clerk Mr Dennis Noack said yesterday.
Total valuations had increased only $200,000 in an area valued at $103.2m.
The rate in the dollar has increased from .275c to 295c, minimum rates in township and holiday house (shack) areas have gone from $180 to $192, and the minimum rate for rural areas has risen from $90 to $96.
Estimated rate revenue is $478,000 (last year $447,000).
Karoonda hospital ‘will not close’
Karoonda and Districts Soldiers Memorial Hospital is in no danger of closing, according to Board chairman Mr Kevin Polkinghorne.
Mr Polkinghorne said, in his report to Monday night’s annual meeting, that the Board has received a letter from former Minister of Health, Dr John Cornwall.
“This letter stated that the hospital’s role in the present health system will not change in the present term of the present Government,” he said.
The policy of a chief executive officer sharing time between Mannum and Karoonda hospitals was working well, Mr Polkinghorne said.
Footballers in talent squad
Two Murray Lands Football League juniors are making their mark in Adelaide with impressive performances for West Adelaide.
They are Tyson Edwards (who plays for Wynarka) and Jaime Downs (Peake).