1987: Company struggles to find tradies

1987: Like bees to a honeypot, curious visitors couldn't resist having a peek at the helicopter that brought Paddle Pop Lion to the birthday celebrations at Puzzle Park.

1987: Like bees to a honeypot, curious visitors couldn't resist having a peek at the helicopter that brought Paddle Pop Lion to the birthday celebrations at Puzzle Park.

Murray Bridge manufacturing company Steriline is having trouble getting qualified tradespeople, managing director Mr Tony Sims said this morning. 

The company needs worker qualified in welding and machining, but has been able to get “only three or four” of the 10 needed.  

At the beginning of November last year the company announced it was expanding its operations to become manufacturers for Titan Fitness Products Pty Ltd, marketers of a range of commercial and home gymnasium equipment. 

Long legal battle ends

A three-and-a-half year legal tussle over the Tabarefta Homes for the Aged has been resolved. 

The argument started when the builder claimed extra costs over and above the contract price because of what was claimed to be inadequate preparation of the land.

This caused a delay which was extended after rain made the site unworkable for a period.

Problems started on August 9, 1983, according to Tabarefta chairman Mr John Schwerdt, and were resolved last Wednesday. 

Mr Schwerdt said yesterday that settlement of an undisclosed sum occurred at the start of the third day of a Supreme Court trial last Wednesday.

CFS criticises council over rubbish dump

Tailem Bend – CFS volunteers are unhappy with Meningie district council over the condition of the Tailem Bend rubbish dump. 

A letter of complaint, sparked by a fire at the dump last Friday, has been sent to the council, according to CFS captain Don Patten. 

Council had failed to grade firebreaks around the dump, and the dump itself had not been covered over fir a very long time and was in a “disgraceful condition”.

A number of people had been critical of the dump’s condition. 

Student numbers expected to rise

Numbers at most Lower Murray schools are expected to increase when students returned on February 2, according to the Education Department’s eastern area office at Murray Bridge. 

The biggest jump in numbers is expected at Murray Bridge South Primary – from last year’s 506 to 598.

Other increases expected are at Murray Bridge Junior Primary (156-157), Callington (47-52), Coonalpyn (78-81) and Murray Bridge High School (1214-1320).

Enrolments are expected to drop from last year at only seven schools. 

Oasis on fire

A fire at the rear of the Oasis Disco on Jervois Road caused about $100 damage early last Thursday before it was brought under control. 

Police said the cause of the outbreak was not known. The fire burnt through about 200 square feet of grass, a vacant shed, an old car body and a heap of Mallee roots. 

Unites form Murray Bridge MFS and Murray Bridge and Jervois CFS attended.  

Looking back on this week in history

10 years ago: January 18, 2008

Mannum to Wellington LAP applied for funding to poison willows along the River Murray, sparking intense community debate.

20 years ago: January 20, 1998

Meningie won its first A grade cricket match of the season, defeating Imperials-St Joseph’s; Bryan Biddle scored 52 and Brad Williss took 3/29.

40 years ago: January 19, 1978

The rubbish dump at the southern end of Sturt Reserve filled to capacity, so dumping began at the northern end, which was preferred to sites on Mannum Road or Murray Bridge’s east side.

80 years ago: January 21, 1938

The coroner ruled the drowning of a fisherman at Wellington was an accident.