The South Eastern Times : September 30th 2014
1 NEWS2 Boards under threat following state review THE Millicent-based South East Water Conservation and Drainage Board is one of the key advisory and management bodies in the South East that is under threat following a state government review of governance in the public sector. Forestry, health and natural resource boards in the region are among 429 across the state that came under the microscope. The report findings were recently handed down calling for 105 boards or committees to be abolished, with a further 194 to be reformed, merged or reclassified. Only 72 will be retained in their present form, while 58 are subject to further investigation. The South Australian Forest Industry Advisory Board (SAFIAB) is among the South East bodies labelled for abolishment, however chairperson Trevor Smith said it could still be saved. “We don’t know it to be a fact as we have not been officially notified,” he said. “From our understanding, a minister may make a recommendation to have a board sustained. “We’ve submitted a letter to the minister with reasons why we believe the board ought to be maintained until its intended review date of next May.” Since its formation in early 2013, SAFIAB has played a defining role in the establishment of a forestry blueprint for the future and industry policy statement. “The board has a fairly strong view that it believes it has a vital role to play in the planning for the implementation of these initiatives,” he said Mr Smith said SAFIAB knew since July that it was under threat, with Monday’s announcement coming as no surprise. “We’re just looking forward to being advised about our future at the earliest opportunity,” he said. Greater Green Triangle Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) secretary Brad Coates said if SAFIAB was abolished it should be replaced with another advisory body. “Without SAFIAB there is no body that provides any policy context advice to the State Government,” he said. “It has only been active a short amount of time, but it has certainly provided a lot.” Mr Coates hopes the recommended investigation into the South Australian Forestry Corporation Board will provide a more efficient service. “The Forestry SA board has basically been superseded, so an alternative is being explored,” he said. Meanwhile, the South East Natural Resources Management Board (SENRM) could also face a possible merger of the state’s eight regional bodies. DELIGHTFUL SIGHT: Bristol Owners’ Club of Australia members will delight the region’s car lovers while taking in the pristine beauty of the coastline on their tour. Vehicles to tour region British automotive history on display in South East MUSTILLO RAQUEL email@example.com R of hand-built will echo through Millicent when the Bristol Owners Club rolls into the region for its first visit. Arriving in Robe via Naracoorte on October 7, some 22 pristine British-made cars will make their way to Kingston, Beachport, Southend, Millicent and Tantanoola over the following two days. Visits to Penola, Coonawarra and Mount Gambier will follow before convoy heads to Port MacDonnell on October 11 on its way to Warrnambool. It will be the group’s first visit to the region, according to tour coordinator Bob Leffler. “We’ve been to New Zealand, the Nullabor and the Riverland, but we have never been down to the Limestone Coast,” he said. “One of the local guys said how good it was down there, so we decided to head Consistent Commercial Relevance Leenala - � Leenala Poll Dorsets again win the ALS, Lambplan & Stock Journal Interbreed Trade Lamb Production Pair of Rams Class at Adelaide Royal Leenala 130117 and Leenala 130406 (left) are catalogued in our Annual sale at lots 6 & 7 � Leenala also wins Reserve Junior Champion Poll Dorset ram with Leenala 130411 - in sale at lot 5 Consistency you can trust! 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Please send your donations to: PO Box 214, Millicent, SA 5280 PO Box 1426, Mount Gambier, SA 5290 MN3V Monday October 13th 1:30pm CST Naracoorte Showgrounds LUXURY: This hand-built car will be one of many roaring into the region when the Bristol Owners’ Club members tour the Limestone Coast. down to the area. “Everyone is looking forward to going to the Limestone Coast and experiencing what it has to offer.” Renowned and coveted by people worldwide, the car manufacturer was originally founded in 1946 as an offshoot of the Bristol Aeroplane Company. “A man in Southend has a Tiger Moth and he is going to fly over the top of us at the headland,” Mr Leffler said. “Bristol and Tiger Moth planes are fitted with radial engines and we are going to form a radial pattern with our cars for the flyover. “It will be a pretty special thing to see and a great experience for our drivers and navigators.” The South East leg of the tour is a continuation of the group’s 5000km trek of New South Wales and will continue along Western Victoria and the Great Ocean Road. “We are sticking to the coast in the South East, but we will be dropping in on some wineries along the way,” Mr Leffler said. “There are about 30 cars participating in the tour, but some will be dropping in and out at other locations. “There will be a number of different models on the tour including 400s, 401s, 403s, 405s a 406 and 407 and a Britannia.” Mr Leffler encouraged the community to support the tour. “There aren’t many Bristols around the place and to get as many as we are in one place is pretty special,” he said. “You won’t see anything like this again.” Former Robe mayor questions council over marina information AUDIT committee independent chairman and former mayor William Peden has asked the Robe District Council why his information on the Robe marina financials was not recorded in the minutes of the August meeting. Mr Peden had raised concerns about a $1m loan from the council to the marina and used the public forum portion of the August monthly council meeting to elaborate on it. He again spoke at the September council meeting, querying the absence of the financial data from the published record. In response, the council chief executive Roger Sweetman said Mr Peden’s presentation to council would be included with the council meeting agenda at the time that the auditors’ response to questions raised is reported to council. Mr Peden was Robe Mayor from 2006 to 2010 and was appointed as the Audit committee independent chairman last year. He was one of six residents to address one of the final monthly meetings of the 2010/14 District Council of Robe. It has been the policy of the council to set aside an open forum at each meeting with members of the public permitted to speak for up to three minutes. Robert Miles addressed council on the public art project while Allan Cullen spoke on the council proposal to remove gates at the entry to his Nora Creina settlement. The meeting received letters from over 20 residents on the surface treatment of the walking trails and Neville Grummett gave a personal view on the topic. Val Aylesbury addressed council in support of her request for funding for Kingston/Robe Mental Health Support and the Kingston/Robe Women’s Health Advisory groups.
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