The South Eastern Times : June 2nd 2015
NEWS 9 Police service limited ROBE police have issued a public statement explaining they are unable to be on duty at all times in order to provide around-the-clock coverage. David Evans and Anthony Carroll said two-officer stations in country towns like Robe were unable to provide around the clock duty coverage of any town. “Police officers may be unavailable due to annual leave, rest days, courses or sickness,” they said. “Officers in small stations are on call outside of duties hours in order to respond to genuine emergencies, but police officers need rest and family time too.” Staff numbers at the station were doubled around HOPES HIGH: The climate is right to date for croppers to reap a good harvest in 2015/16. Picture: VITERRA Canola switched out J.L. ‘FRED’ SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org MILLICENT farmers look set to shun canola as good autumn rains have prepared the soil well for the 2015/16 season’s crop planting. Oilseed crops such as canola have been a mainstay of cropping in the Millicent district for over 30 years, but various factors have affected their popularity. The latest Crop and Pasture Report published by Primary Industries and Resources South Australia (PIRSA) has outlined a statewide and Lower South East perspective. “The area in South Australia likely to be sown to canola has fallen dramatically in some districts and across the state and will be down by at least 30pc,” the report states. “This is due to canola’s poor price outlook and poor yields in recent years. “Canola has been replaced by pulse crops, oaten hay and some barley. “The area sown to wheat is likely to remain relatively stable with a slight increase in some districts and reduction in others. “Rain in mid to late April has enabled cropping preparations to progress.” According to the report, the Lower South East area of canola for the coming 2015/16 harvest has been reduced by 25pc, due to the poor price of canola. “Canola and long-season wheat varieties with grazing potential were sown in late April,” according to the report. “Slugs, snails and red legged earth mite are present across the district and will need to be controlled to avoid crop damage. “In paddocks that have been heavily grazed, barley grass and cape weed are worse than normal.” With respect to pastures, the latest PIRSA report states there has been a shift to sown annual pastures to improve production. “Some clovers have germinated and are actively growing, with a good germination of most pasture across the Lower South East,” the report states. “There is now sufficient green pasture feed for sheep and supplementary feeding has either stopped or been greatly reduced. “Cattle are still being heavily supplementary fed. “Ewes are lambing and cows are calving. “There have been several cases reported of grass tetany and milk fever affecting cattle. “Livestock are in average to good condi- tion.” The PIRSA report said rainfall was average during March in the Lower South East and average to below average for April, while it was cool in the autumn months. Mean maximum temperatures were below average for March and April, while minimum temperatures were very much below average during these months. Self-obsession serves no lasting purpose PETER DUNN St. Alphonsus Catholic Parish, Millicent THERE is a story told of an old artist who works away each day creating paintings of landscapes and seascapes despite having crippling arthritis. One day a friend visits his studio and asks him why he makes such an effort when it would be easier to rest up and not be in so much pain. The old artist thinks for awhile and then answers his friend. “When I am gone my pain and discomfort will have come to an end but the beauty in my paintings will live on.” The old artist, through his daily dose of joy and pain, continues to find meaning as he connects with the more vital parts of his being. Through the imagination he brings more to his paintings than merely going through the motions. As he contemplates the viewer who might receive a daily blessing from his brushstrokes, it lifts his spirits. Something is being passed on. A moment of inspiration, captured forever, in the simple and yet profound act of moving paint on canvas. When work comes from the heart it takes on a quality that outlasts its creator. In every field of endeavour we find the legacy of people who have gone before us. Whether it be a beautiful garden for the next generation to enjoy, or a business that will supply jobs and prosperity, it is the gift of hard work and dedication that continues to play a nurturing role. www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au In the face of a “selfie” culture there stretches generations of lives who testify that there is more to life than merely self obsession and indulgence. It is why self absorption is ultimately so unattractive. With no larger purpose, it collapses in on itself rather than producing something that nourishes. On the grey and windswept days when we would rather give up and pull the bed sheets up around us, somewhere deep inside we know that we have more to give. There is a spark within that never goes out, and when we follow its light and feel its heat it will lead us to our better selves. Just think of a wooden cross, on an ordinary hill, in a foreign land, so long ago. What pitiable circumstances. What lofty dreams. Jesus shows us by His death and resurrection that there is a process to be lived. To be savoured, and experienced. Both the creation of beauty and the unfolding of a life of character take time. It is a process that cannot be rushed if it is to bear the fruit that lasts. It can cost us a great deal to be true to a higher calling and yet we are made for nothing less. In the human heart and its longings we find God’s loving purpose is at work. May we each find our way home to the place within where both creativity and love lies waiting. To where a more generous heart has room to grow, and where we are broken open in order to share our unique giftedness with the world. The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 9 15 years ago and a new purpose-built building was erected in Lord Syleham Street a few years later. Robe police have also advised of arrangements when the station is unattended. Dialling 000 or 131 444 will ensure calls are answered by a call centre which is staffed at all times. Incidents will be lodged on the computer system and appropriate available police resources will be deployed to respond to the incident. In an emergency, ring 000. To report an incident, ring 131 444. To speak to the Robe police station with a general enquiry, call 8768 2118. If it is not answered locally, leave a name and number requesting a call back from the next available local police officer. IN BRIEF Childcare costs increase CHILDCARE fees are set to rise by up to 13pc at the Gladys Smith Early Learning Centre in Millicent. Fees will rise by at least 8pc if Wattle Range Council adopts its annual budget and business plan for 2015/16. It will now cost up to $85 per day per child for use of the facility on a casual basis. Christmas party planning EXTRA Christmas cheer will be spread around Millicent in December if the Wattle Range Council draft budget is accepted. Council has set aside a total of $4000 for the Millicent Community Christmas Appeal, the George Street party and Millicent Lights Up. A further $15,000 is in the draft budget for Christmas street decorations. Is your workplace ready for a first aid emergency? By law, every South Australian business must be First Aid compliant. To go from Worst Aid to First Aid, book your staff in for an accredited St John First Aid course in your area. Provide First Aid Course • Mt Gambier: 9 June, 11 June, 16 June, 19 June, 23 June, 24 June (2 DAY), 29 June, 6 July, 9 July, 14 July, 21 July, 23 July, 30 July (2 DAY), 4 August • Naracoorte: 12 June, 7 July • Millicent: 26 June, 22 July, 18 August Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Course • Mt Gambier: 7 July, 3 August • Naracoorte: 12 June, 7 July • Millicent: 26 June, 22 July, 18 August Low Voltage Rescue Course • Mt Gambier: 1 July, 17 August Call 1300 360 455 to book.
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