The South Eastern Times : June 9th 2015
2 OpINION FORMER Millicent businessman Adrian de Bruin yesterday joined an exclusive list of locals who have been made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). Since these honours were introduced around 40 years ago, few others have been recognised at this high level. They include Millicent librarian Janice Nitschke, Furner grazier John Andre and the late Liberal politician Ren DeGaris. For Mr de Bruin, the accolade is fitting recognition for his service to the community and the South East business sector. It is a remarkable feat for a Dutch migrant whose early working life was OUR VIEW spent with the State Government agency then known as the Woods and Forests Department. A turning point in his business career came on August 8, 1988, when Mr de Bruin founded South East Afforestation Services in Millicent. This was the forerunner to his successful Auspine business. While he was expanding his business empire, Mr de Bruin also served the Millicent community as a ward councillor on the District Council of Millicent and as a member of the Millicent Economic Development Action Committee. During his time at the helm of Auspine, he ensured the historic Kalangadoo Railway Station was preserved. For much of his time in Millicent, Mr de Bruin lived at the historic Mayura homestead. With the assistance of such skilled personnel as stonemason Bruce Towers in the 1980s, Mr de Bruin ensured the homestead was brought TALKING TO THE TIMES How do you feel about having a public holiday each June for the Queen’s Birthday? 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INDEX 50 yEARS AGO ...........................................8 WEDDING ......................................................11 TV GUIDE .......................................................12 TRADES AND SERVICES ..............13 pUzzlES ........................................................14 ClASSIfIEDS ............................................15 WEATHER FOR MILLICENT Tuesday Max 14°C Min 8°C Possible shower Chance of Rain - 35% 1-5mm UV: Low Wednesday Max 14°C Min 5°C Cloudy Chance of Rain -15% 1-5mm UV: Low Thursday Max 14°C Min 3°C Partly cloudy Chance of Rain - 0% 0mm UV: Low 2 - The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, June 9, 2015 Tuesday Cloudy. Slight (35%) chance of a shower, most likely in the early morning. Winds southwesterly 25 to 35 km/h tending southerly 15 to 20 km/h in the evening then becoming light in the late evening. Overnight temperatures falling to around 8 with daytime temperatures reaching around 14. Wednesday Cloudy. Slight (15%) chance of a coastal shower, most likely during the morning. Morning frost patches, mainly in the far northeast. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to between 2 and 6 with daytime temperatures reaching around 14. Thursday Partly cloudy. Areas of morning frost inland. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to between zero and 3 with daytime temperatures reaching around 14. Coastal: Tuesday Winds southwesterly 20 to 30 knots easing to 20 to 25 knots by late morning, and 15 to 20 knots late afternoon. Winds then turning southerly 10 to 15 knots in the evening. Seas 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon. Swell southwesterly 4 to 6 metres. Wednesday Winds southerly 10 to 15 knots turning east to southeasterly in the evening. Seas around 1 metre. Swell southwesterly 3 to 5 metres. 665971 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au Tues 9th Sunrise 7.18am Sunset 4.56pm Wed 10th Sunrise 7.19am Sunset 4.56pm BEACHPORT TIDE TIMES Tues 9 1.17am 0.7m 3.54am 0.8m 7.33am 0.6m 4.25pm 1.1m Wed 10 2.17am 0.7m 5.22am 0.8m 8.12am 0.7m 5.10pm 1.0m ROBE TIDE TIMES Tues 9 1.29am 0.7m 4.06am 0.8m 7.45am 0.6m 4.37pm 1.1m Wed 10 2.29am 0.7m 5.34am 0.8m 8.24am 0.7m 5.22pm 1.0m When I was on the Millicent and District Hospital Board in the 1990s, I was somewhat distressed there did not seem to be anything associated with hospital medical care that cost less than $10,000. That was 20 years ago. The Naracoorte Herald front page headline last week stated “$1.27 million roundabout fix”. Yes, to rejig just one traffic roundabout cost that much. And here I was thinking that $12m for half a bypass at Penola was expensive. Then I drive out to Tantanoola and there are road guards being erected along the roadside, seemingly adjacent to stobie poles. Does this mean that every stobie pole in Australia has to have an extensive metal and concrete guard around it? How many millions will that cost? I can’t help wondering how the installation of such guards is more Roundabout rejig raises excessive cost questions of a safety issue than improving the actual road surface. We could all name roads around the district which could be made safe by some work on the surface. The highway from the bypass turn-off to Greenways springs to mind immediately. And now that we have sold our pine growth rotations, the log trucks are barrelling down that stretch of highway constantly. Just these B-doubles will impact on the road surface markedly and the existing truck troughs on each side of the highway will become more pronounced. I know about work health and safety and public liability and that the only thing political ministers are more afraid of than being exposed to liability is losing their seat or portfolio. I hope this isn’t the only criteria for spending money on roads and highways. It is bugging me, how on earth can one roundabout rejig cost $1.27m? There was already a roundabout there, it just had to be rejigged for goodness sake. ● Moira Neagle is a member of the Labor Party and her views are not necessarily those of this newspaper. Coastguard needed I AM writing in response to your recent article about renewed calls for a rescue helicopter to be stationed at Mount Gambier in light of the recent marine emergency off the Beachport coastline involving the recreational yacht running aground, resulting in the life raft activation. While in full support of a rescue helicopter being stationed in this region, I believe we need to focus on getting a coastguard rescue boat and flotilla established firstly at Port MacDonnell to cover our fishing fleet during the fishing season and competition then focus on getting a helicopter based at Mount Gambier Airport. If you look at Warrnambool, for example, not only do they have a coastguard boat and crew, but also a rescue helicopter. These two vital services work hand in hand quite well when it comes to sea rescues. This, I believe, could work in the same way if we have both services located here. However, we do need to look at other uses for the rescue helicopter, such as medical retrievals and evacuations if the Royal Flying Doctor Service is tied up with other jobs and there is a delay in getting to Naracoorte, Mount Gambier or Millicent for airlifts. What will it take for both a rescue boat to be allocated to Port MacDonnell and a helicopter to be stationed at Mount Gambier Airport? A major marine emergency where lives are lost? I certainly hope not. Robert Stewart Coastguard SE MAUREEN WEBSTER Millicent Every day is a holiday for us and retirement is treating us well. RONDA BOWERING Millicent I liked the public holiday during my working life, but now I am retired and I am not too fussed. TOM ANDREW Millicent I am retired and I am a Royalist. I would like things to be left as they are. back to its former glory. As the nineteenth century home of pioneer Millicent Glen, after whom the township was named, it could be said that Mayura is the district’s most historic home. Under the de Bruin family ownership and management, Mayura Station has expanded its farming operations and most notably its heard of premium Wagyu cattle. The drive and vision of business leaders such as Adrian de Bruin has served this region well as their successful firms continue to generate employment and prosperity.
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