The South Eastern Times : April 7th 2015
EDITORIAL 8 OPINION THERE has never quite been an Easter holiday weekend in Millicent and district like the one that ended yesterday. There was a rare blend of religious, sporting and commercial activities throughout the four days. All the while, the Wattle Range Road Safety Committee members and other volunteers manned a refreshment stop for travellers on the Princes Highway at Sebastopol. For those who love their sport, there was the rare spectacle of Millicent runner Luke Houlihan reaching the final of the prestigious Stawell Gift footrace on Easter Monday. The decision of the Mid South East fraternity to play football and netball on Good Friday was viewed as controversial in some circles. However, the seaside matches between Mount Burr and Robe drew the crowds. Gatetakings approached $8500 - more than doubling most home-and-away matches. Another pastime which provided Millicent with variety over the weekend was dozens of visiting motorcyclists aboard vintage bikes. They concluded their Easter run yesterday with a barbecue lunch at Lake McIntyre. Easter is one of the most significant dates on the Christian calendar and services in Millicent churches were well patronised. For example, the total number of worshippers at St Michael and All Angels Anglican Church over Easter exceeded 180. The Southern Fire Assemblies of God Community Church took Easter celebrations into the Millicent parklands on Saturday with about 200 children present. On a commercial level, several Millicent traders in the hospitality sector experienced strong demand from locals and visitors alike. Likewise, there were plenty of stalls and customers on Saturday at community markets at Kalangadoo and Beachport. The Rotary Photographic Art Show attracted many onlookers to the Millicent War Memorial Civic and Arts Centre. Some played, some prayed and some shopped as Millicent and district marked Easter 2015. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Answers to questions at the ice forum Commentary misses mark KEEPING SA SAFE POLICE KEE PO LIM FOR A LIMESTONE COAST ASSISTANCE CONTACT 131 444 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: email@example.com Advertising: Katherine Taylor Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising Manager: Dennis Jackson Phone: 8724 1535, Email: email@example.com Editor: Jason Wallace Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Administration: Caroline Hammat Email: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 8 - The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, April 7, 2015 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au A FORUM discussing the illicit drug “ice”, was recently held in Mount Gambier and will soon come to Millicent. The event was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Mount Gambier West and organised by the Limestone Coast Drug Action Team. During the forum, a panel of experts was asked questions from the audience. Not all questions were answered on the night and so, over the next few months, questions from the audience, answered by panel members, will be published. These first two questions have kindly been answered by, Mount Gambier SAAS Operations Manager Andrew Thomas . What actions should be taken if someone is going to hurt themselves while on ice? As a first priority, you should look after your own safety and ensure you are not in any danger. Try to stay calm and keep the situation as quiet and least stressful as possible. As with any emergency medical situation, you should call triple zero for ambulance assistance. SA Ambulance Service’s highly trained emergency medical call-takers will then talk you through exactly what to do while the ambulance is on its way. Remember to call for assistance at the earliest possible opportunity, which will ensure you get the help you need as soon as possible. You should also try not to leave the person alone unless you feel in danger. What has been the rate of ambulance call-outs in the past three years? The number of ambulance cases in the Mount Gambier area and surrounds has increased by between five and 10pc over the past three years. The type of cases attended include medical, trauma related and low-acuity transfers. In Mount Gambier, there are two 24-hour emergency crews and a 12-hour day crew on shift each day, along with solo responders who respond to the calls for ambulance assistance from the community. Sgt Paul Scicluna Limestone Coast Crime Prevention Section YOUR columnist Ms Neagle appears to be more invective if recent articles are any indication. She commands a very privileged place in your paper, one that few other people are afforded. Any other contributor that used such a base style would never be tolerated. To just vituperate rather than show a talent for meaningful criticism reduces your paper’s standards and denies your readers some perspective. Interestingly, Ms Neagle writes with a more bucolic flavour for the Stock and Station Journal. Perhaps she is more chameleon than leopard. On a lighter note, I was wondering why your cartoonist assumed that the two late prime ministers featured in a Tuesday edition had ascended to heaven. David Loxton Greenways STREET SWEEPER How did your Millicent hospitality business trade over the four days of Easter? ALEX GORDON Somerset Hotel/ Motel It is our sixth Easter in the pub and all of its departments have been wellpatronised by locals and visitors. SHARON JAREK Salt and Pepper Seafood The amount of tourists in the shop has been amazing and they have all been hungry and thirsty. ALISHA LAMBERT Akky’s Deli It has been busy on all four days of the Easter break. My boss Andrew Rohrlach said it is the busiest that it has ever been in his 12 years in the shop.
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