Murray Valley Standard Throwback Thursday, 1995: Amalgamations

From the archives of The Murray Valley Standard, August 10, 1995.

Council amalgamations?

Ratepayers’ comments will be sought on a proposal to amalgamate Coonalpyn Downs, Peake and Meningie councils.

The three-way merger plan is the preferred option to that suggested by an advisory group to the state government … that Coonalpyn Downs, Peake, Karoonda-East Murray, Brown’s Well, Lameroo, Pinnaroo and part of Ridley-Truro should join.

Peake Chairman Peter Mattner said the three councils had common interests, such as the problems of the rising water table and salinity.

“Socially, economically, sports, hospital, schools – we all have a common tie,” he said.

Zoo gets the thumbs up

Tourism delegates from around the state were confident of Monarto Zoo’s place in the tourism industry when they visited it yesterday.

Monarto’s accessibility from Adelaide, breeding programs and its uniqueness in South Australia should see it gain in popularity and open to the public on a daily basis by the end of this decade, delegates told The Standard.

Gwenda’s tradition of firsts

When Gwenda White was elected chairman of Meningie District Council she became the first woman to hold that position, following a tradition of personal firsts with the council.

A councillor since 1979, Gwenda was then the first woman elected to Meningie council.

She has held a few positions not traditionally held by women, including membership of the Meningie and Coonalpyn Downs Pest Plant Board since its inception.

Table tennis player is sports star

Murray Bridge table tennis player Malcolm Rathjen is the Standard-Fischer Motors Sports Star of the Month for July.

Other finalists for July’s award were calisthenics competitor Sally Moore and Jervois footballer Jamie Baldessera, with powerlifters Donna Jaensch and Dan Bellon ineligible as previous 1995 monthly winners.

Rathjen, 18, was selected after last month winning the Murray Bridge table tennis annual tournament’s open singles for the third consecutive year.

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This week in history

10 years ago: August 8, 2008

Clem Mason and other despairing farmers questioned River Murray Minister Karlene Maywald at Meningie about the ongoing drought.

20 years ago: August 11, 1998

Former Defence Minister Ian McLachlan announced he would not seek re-election as the federal Member for Barker.

40 years ago: August 10, 1978

More than 40 people, led by Terry Andrews, formed an unemployed workers’ co-operative in Murray Bridge, hoping to secure cheaper food and clothing.

80 years ago: August 12, 1938

Five-year-old Alf Probert, of Murray Bridge, survived after drinking a few drops from a bottle of sulphuric acid he had found.