The South Eastern Times : March 19th 2015
EDITORIAL 6 OPINION MAJOR community events continue to be a significant driver of tourism and economic activity in the Millicent district. Activities such as the Pines Enduro have delivered strong influxes of visitors to Millicent, while further afield the South East Field Days will bring Lucindale to life tomorrow and Saturday, while the Generations in Jazz school bands competition in May will attract thousands of people to the region. There will be more people arriving than beds are available in Mount Gambier for the jazz showcase, so the benefits will spread across the region, with motels and other accommodation providers in Millicent among the venues experiencing a step-up in bookings. Other hospitality venues, such as hotels, restaurants and even the town’s service stations and supermarkets are also set to benefit. Evolution of the festival over decades has not only secured an ongoing major event, but also the decision of national jazz icon James Morrison to relocate to Mount Gambier to establish a major jazz university campus in the heart of the city. While this is expected to deliver dividends to the Mount Gambier economy, the benefits will flow throughout the region as people continue to visit and students, families and others associated with the campus travel throughout the district to see the beauty of our coastline, bushland and other attractions. Events such as Generations in Jazz deserve broad community support because the benefits are increasingly spread across the South East. Such initiatives also promote collaboration across the councils and districts of the Green Triangle as by working together we can build on existing successes and continue to help boost the region’s economy. LETTER TO THE EDITOR Boundary reform needed to ensure fair election results I am appreciative that moira Neagle’s political affiliation is now acknowledged, thank you. Notwithstanding this improvement, she still just doesn’t get it. 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Indeed we won the political argument. That is the point! We continue to win the political argument, convincing a sizable majority of the state’s population to support our plan for the future, but to no avail. Until we have a system which fulfils the aspirations of the electorate, we will not achieve fair political decision making. That is the point. This is why we can’t and shouldn’t “move-on” from the state election result. moira needs to understand that until we have an electoral system which acknowledges and accommodates the will of the people (it’s called democracy) the political debate is meaningless in South australia. That is the point! I don’t believe that Labor can be persuaded with regard to funding the SEWCDB. This will only be achieved with a change of government, that is why the people of the South East should be demanding electoral reform, just as electoral fairness in march 2010 would have seen a change of government and the forest sale averted. The Labor Party in South australia runs the same line as moira does - “the Liberals need to be smarter and work harder” knowing that this is not the problem. This also begs the obvious question, what percentage support should the Liberal Party need to gain in order to have an even chance of being able to form government? at the last election the Liberal Party would have required between 54.5pc and 55pc of the statewide vote to just have an even chance of gaining enough seats in the parliament to form government. Does moira believe this is acceptable? Electoral boundaries are simply lines on the map and could be drawn in a myriad of ways, each giving a different outcome. South australian law demands that they be drawn so that the party (or group) winning 50pc plus one vote has an even chance of forming government. This is just not happening. The Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission’s latest report gives an insight to this failure where it acknowledges that the boundaries drawn after the 2010 election would still give government to Labor with less than 48.5pc of the vote. It is little wonder that a Labor Government will continue to treat large sections of our state with disdain. I would like to see some of moira’s passion directed towards issues which can and will deliver positive and fair outcomes for regional communities. The most important of these is electoral reform. By “moving on”, by ignoring history, we are simply destined to repeat past mistakes. That is the point. Member for MacKillop Mitch Williams STREET SWEEPER How can Millicent capitalise on events held throughout the limestone Coast? Bill Cotton Millicent A botanical garden in town would attract tourists. Everybody loves rose gardens. Karleen FarMer Millicent The museum is an amazing place and we really need to push that more. Pearl ransley Millicent There should be incentives for visitors to the town. Maybe our local business owners could get on board and offer free coffees to travellers.
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