The South Eastern Times : September 4th 2014
6 OPINION EDITORIAL FEDERAL Member for Barker Tony Pasin runs the risk of being punished at the ballot box at the next poll if he does not strongly support the renewable energy industry. Mr Pasin appears to be sitting on the fence in response to the Warburton Review, which could lead to changes that curb the sector’s growth. He should open his history books to 1997 and see where then local Liberal state member Dale Baker was unseated in a record swing as voters in the MacKillop electorate were dissatisfied with a range of matters. The member for Barker should realise his electorate has been a large player in the renewable energy sector for over a decade. The two companies which operate the 136 wind turbines near Lake Bonney employ a significant number of maintenance technicians, pay generous lease fees to landholders and sponsor schools and community groups. One of the companies has had planning approval for a further 124 wind turbines along the Woakwine Range for over two years. It has not advanced this project due to the uncertainty about the Mandatory Renewable Energy Target scheme. If the Woakwine Range wind farm construction had started by now, the economic benefits to the sagging economy of this region would have been profound. The construction phase would have generated revenue for many local businesses while ongoing maintenance work, lease fees and sponsorships would have been welcomed. Mr Pasin owes no favours to the fossil fuel power generators as they are not located in Barker. As the region’s representative in federal parliament and our voice within the Liberal party, he should lobby his leaders to ensure the key industry in the Millicent district is supported and steps are made to end uncertainty and help secure the major project in his electorate. There are few big infrastructure developments planned in the South East that could drive jobs into the future and Mr Pasin should be working to help pave the way for those that are proposed. COMMENT God’s inspiration provides guidance for emotional journeys MATTERS OF FAITH DUNN PETER Alphonsus Catholic Parish ABN: 65 007 614851 Published: Tuesday & Thursday Deadlines: Displays: 10am 2 days prior to publication Classifieds: 11am day prior to publication Copy: 5pm 2 days prior to publication General Manager: Robin Reid Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising: Katherine Taylor Email: email@example.com Advertising Manager: Dennis Jackson Phone: 8724 1535, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Editor: Jason Wallace Email: email@example.com Administration: Caroline Hammat Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Responsibility for editorial comment is taken by Jason Wallace, 81 Commercial Street East Mount Gambier The SE Times proudly uses 100% recycled paper Send your news tips and contributions to: email@example.com Published by The Border Watch Pty Ltd ABN: 78 007 828 819 Registered office: 42 Davenport Street, Millicent SA 5280 Postal address: PO Box 22, Millicent SA 5280 Telephone: (08) 8733 3755 Fax: (08) 8733 4341 Business Hours: 8.30am - 5.00pm, Monday - Friday Proud Member of the Audited by the Australian Bureau of Circulation 598996 6 - The South Eastern Times, Thursday, September 4, 2014 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au WATCHING television recently I saw an inspirational program. It featured a young man called George who had been born without arms. He had been found in a Romanian orphanage and then reared by loving foster parents who enabled him to flourish despite the odds against him. Just when I thought the story couldn’t get any more emotional, he brought out a guitar, and using only his feet, he proceeded to play it while singing a beautiful song. It was later revealed that he has produced a music CD and has a website through which he can tell his story to the world. When asked by the interviewer about his life he said that a turning point came one day while he was attending church as a teenager. He was in deep despair as to why he could have been born this way. After having been bullied and STREET SWEEPER How will you cope with the planned power cut across Millicent and district on Sunday night? PAUL RYAN Millicent People should be sleeping during those hours. If the upgrading work has to be done, then it has to be done. LORRAINE WILLIAMS Thornlea I live at Thornlea and it probably won’t affect us. I hope they can fix the frequent power interruptions to our property. GAVIN WATTS, Millicent We should be okay as our household has a wood heater. marginalised throughout his childhood, his self-esteem had suffered greatly. The gospel story being shared that day was about a blind man being healed by Jesus. George said that in this moment he began to understand that his life had a deeper meaning, and even though he couldn’t see himself being physically changed, it was the beginning of a journey towards emotional healing that continues to this day. Having lived for so long in pain and disillusionment it was only a miracle of grace that could turn his life around. He believes that God has called him to share his story and to encourage others in their search for meaning despite whatever obstacles they may face. It is a wonderful story. Heart warming. Challenging. And yet, how many of us rise in the morning and wonder why the world isn’t kinder. We may question the barriers that keep getting in our way. Why our physical health and abilities can betray our best laid plans? Why our relationships can become dysfunctional and threaten to give so little in return? With our limbs and faculties intact, we can still become despairing. We compare ourselves with everything around us and come up wanting. Jesus does indeed come to set us free, but we must want to be healed above all else. To move beyond our self protection and be ready to take a chance on life and love. It is not easy. It never was and never will be, because it requires an act of surrender. A leap of faith. An admission that my best efforts won’t ever come close to what God is offering. There is a mystery at the heart of each persons’ life and true peace will not be found outside of it. In this place of mystery, our creator works in love beyond our comprehension. He binds up broken hearts and makes healing possible where once was only bitterness and regret. If George were here today, with both his arms missing, but his heart wide open, what might he have to share with you about your particular needs? Let him speak to you now as he shares his story of struggle and redemption. May the God who showed His love for George be ever at your side. May you hear His whisper in the quiet moments before you drift off to sleep and just before you rise to greet the new day.
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