The South Eastern Times : January 15th 2015
2 NEWS Council backs Loxton for South East board GREENWAYS farmer David Loxton has taken a further step in his bid to be a member of the Millicent-based South East Water Conservation and Drainage Board. Councillor Loxton was returned late last year as an elected member to the Robe District Council. He obtained the backing of the council to serve as representative of the South East Local Government Association (SELGA). His nomination was endorsed when SELGA met in Naracoorte last month. Wattle Range Council had nominated its most experienced member, Cr Gwenda Lawlor, to the board. The term of office of current local government representative Lorna Gilmore is about to expire and she is not seeking reappointment. The board has been without a presiding member for several months as a successor to the retired Jim Osborne has not been appointed by Environment Minister Ian Hunter. Offenders reported LIMESTONE Coast police have reported two men for driving offences in the past few days. Just after 9am last Friday, police reported a 19-year-old Millicent man for driving while disqualified after he was caught driving along Oberlander Street. He will be summonsed to appear in court at a later date. Just before 8pm on Saturday, police reported a man for misuse of a motor vehicle after he was seen doing burnouts and continuously spinning the tyres on his car on Long Beach at Robe. Vehicles can access Long Beach but drivers must exercise caution due to the large number of beach goers also using the area. The 18-year-old from Mildura will be summonsed to appear in the Millicent Magistrates Court at a later date. COMMUNITY CALENDAR Need to know what’s happening? Go to www.wattlerange.sa.gov.au Upcoming Events List your event: firstname.lastname@example.org JANUARY SATURDAY 17 • Kalangadoo Farmers Market, 10am - 1pm, Eliza Street SUNDAY 18 • Junior Golf Coaching Clinic, 10am-12noon, Millicent Golf Club MONDAY 19 • Zumba Gold, 9am – 9.45am, Salvation Army Hall • EMMA, 10am – 11am, Salvation Army Hall WEDNESDAY 21 • Millicent Community Bus, 9am, bookings essential • Summer Holiday Activities, 2pm-4pm, Millicent Library FRIDAY 23 • Seniors Online, 10am-12pm, Millicent Public Library • EMMA, 9.30am – 10.30am, Salvation Army Hall • ChiBall Gentle Moves, 10.30am – 11.30am SATURDAY 24 • Kalangadoo Farmers Market, 10am - 1pm, Eliza Street MONDAY 26 • Australia Day Breakfast 8am-10.30am, Lagoon Reserve Beachport • Australia Day Breakfast 8am-10.30am, Jubilee Park Millicent TUESDAY 27 • EMMA, 9.30am – 10.30am, Recreation Hall, Beachport • Tai Chi/Qigong, 10.45am-11.45am, Recreation Hall, Beachport WEDNESDAY 28 • Millicent Community Bus, 9am, bookings essential • Summer Holiday Activities, 2pm-4pm, Millicent Library FRIDAY 30 • Seniors Online, 10am-12pm, Millicent Public Library • EMMA, 9.30am – 10.30am, Salvation Army Hall • ChiBall Gentle Moves, 10.30am – 11.30am FAMILIAR SITE: Harvesters across South Australia have gathered 6.5 million tonnes of grain this season. 658769 2 - The South Eastern Times, Thursday, January 15, 2015 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au South East farmers contribute to 6.5m tonnes of harvested grain MILLICENT and district farmers have contributed to the 2014/15 harvest across South Australia, which is expected to exceed 6.5 million tonnes. With harvest winding down, grain handler Viterra continues to work with growers to receive any remaining grain yet to be harvested or stored on farms. Growers are encouraged to deliver as soon as possible before segregations close. The main sites still receiving grain are Port Giles, Wallaroo and Tailem Bend. Receival sites accepting late season deliveries will vary based on operational requirements. December was a busy month for shipping, with Viterra loading 14 vessels across all South Australian ports and shipping more than 420,000 tonnes. Abuse support halved Millicent counselling service tender due in July From front page “The one DASSA worker is doing her best across the region to make up for the shortfall in services since the new non-government contractor only provides one worker in Mount Gambier with a telephone service to outlying communities,” Ms Lock said. “Wattle Range Council staff are led to believe there is no backfill arrangements when that one worker is on leave. “The Alcohol and Drug Information Service is statewide, but also has had reduced hours. “This service used to be provided 24 hours a day.” According to Ms Lock, the Uniting Communities drug diversion program is less than half the position that was previously provided. “While Millicent and District Hospital still provides an in-hospital withdrawal service, it no longer offers the support of a resident drug and alcohol counsellor. “It was those drug and alcohol counsellors that set up the system of detoxing with contracts and involvement of the local GPs. Wattle Range Council staff are led to believe there is no backfill arrangements when that one worker is on leave. The Alcohol and Drug Information Service is statewide, but also has had reduced hours. This service use to be provided 24 hours a day. Karen Lock “It is the Medical Clinic Millicent that continues to oversee the withdrawal service. “It only operates one week on and one week off when a doctor from the Medical Clinic Millicent has authorised and arranged it.” Ms Lock praised the service as possibly the best in the Limestone Coast. “It would be a service that would be enhanced by a drug and alcohol counsellor’s involvement so “There used to be a worker allocated for young people, while adults were diverted to the SE Drug and Alcohol Counselling Service (former non-government contractor), which had four workers across the region,” she said. that relapse would be reduced,” she said. “The only new information provided by Ms Vlahos is that the drug and alcohol counselling services will be up for tender again in July.” Agency provides outreach services in Mount Gambier DRUG and Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA) says it provides alcohol and other drugs counselling services in Mount Gambier as well as outreach services in other parts of the South East. In a statement provided by the agency, a spokesperson said South East residents could also access services through Life Without Barriers. The spokesperson said this was funded to provide alcohol and other drug treatment services in Mount Gambier and via telephone counselling throughout the region. “DASSA, Life Without Barriers, Uniting Communities and SA Health’s Rural and Remote Mental Health Services provide the South East with an integrated network of alcohol and other drug treatment, education and information services,” she said. The agency did not respond to questions regarding waiting times or claims over the lack of services in the region.
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