The South Eastern Times : May 7th 2015
EDITORIAL 6 OPINION WATTLE Range Council should be mindful of Tuesday’s interest rate cut when it adopts its draft budget for 2015/16 on Tuesday. The Reserve Bank has cut interest rates to a record low of 2pc in a bid to stimulate the economy. The measure will obviously help existing mortgage holders as well as make money “cheaper” for those looking to invest in business or buy property. The lower interest rates make buying a house in Millicent even more achievable with the median price in the March quarter being an affordable $120,000. The downside of low interest rates in a community like Millicent is the impact on the significant number of self-funded retirees. They rely on interest from their bank deposits to fund their retirement and have watched such returns halve in recent years. Self-funded retirees have limited ways to generate income and are susceptible to rises in such imposts as council rates. The Reserve Bank decision means self-funded retirees will have to tighten their belts. Wattle Range Council must be mindful of this as it sets its expenditure for the coming 12 months. It might be tempted to follow the example of other councils in this region that have signalled rate revenue increases of at least 4pc for 2015/16. Mount Gambier City Council recently announced its draft budget for 2015/16. The other major factor affecting every council in South Australia is the State Government decision to cease pensioner concessions from the end of next month. This will add about $190 to the average rates bill for a pensioner. When the Wattle Range councillors vote on their draft budget on Tuesday, they must take into account its impact on a vulnerable and significant sector of the community. Without pre-empting Tuesday’s decision, it needs stating that the community has to live within its means and so does Wattle Range Council. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Taskforce develops strategy to tackle ice Elvis has left building after 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, May 7, 2015 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au IN RURAL and regional communities, people repeatedly tell me the drug ice is causing serious damage. The statistics say the numbers of ice users have doubled since 2010. I’ve taken a personal interest in this topic for quite some time and now, as minister responsible for drugs policy, the issue of ice is a key priority. Last year, I directed the Australian National Advisory Council on Drugs to make ice its number one issue. In March at the United Nations Conference on Narcotics in Vienna, I had member countries agree to share research and cooperate on this issue. At countless police stations I’m told the same thing: “We can’t police our way out of this”. We must reduce demand for ice so we also need education and treatment services to get people off ice. I’ve visited treatment facilities and I’ve seen that ice cuts down those with money and those without (who often then turn to crime), mums and dads as well as youth - people from all walks of life. Every community I visit seems to have a tragic ice story - recently I heard about a brother and sister suiciding after becoming hooked on ice. The recent Australian Crime Commission report confirmed organised crime gangs are targeting rural and regional Australia. The prime minister, myself and the justice minister have announced a taskforce to report to government on the ice situation - what’s working and what’s not - and produce an interim report by mid-year. This will help us build a national ice action strategy. Members of the community, have your say. Government can’t solve this on its own - this problem reaches deep into the community and we need community help to tackle it. Visit www.dpmc.gov. au/taskforces/nationalice-taskforce to make a submission. Fiona Nash, Assistant Minister for Health Note: The Understanding the Ice Factor Forum will be staged at 7pm on Wednesday at the Millicent War Memorial Civic and Arts Centre. It is being presented by the South East Drug Action Team and supported by Wattle Range Council and the Rotary Club of Millicent. top night out THIS is just a quick note to say thank you very much for publishing the great preview article about Rod Toovey and Shirl Brown’s show at the Millicent and District Community Club on April 24. The night was a huge success, with a good turnout, and everyone having a great time. And all going to plan, we will be back again next year to do it again. Trish Toovey, The Essence of Elvis Show Moruya, NSW STREET SWEEPER What special treats do you have in store for your mum on Sunday for Mother’s Day? JAMES MATTHEWS Millicent I am taking my mum to lunch at Metro in Mount Gambier. LOGAN WIDDISON Millicent I am giving my Mum some Crunchie chocolate. NAKITA FITZPATRICK Mount Burr I make up a special song every year to sing to my mum.
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