The South Eastern Times : June 18th 2015
2 OPINION MILLICENT district will be hoping it is not forgotten when the State Government hands down its budget today. Far from the Adelaide power-brokers, it is a constant battle to keep the South East on the political agenda and ensure we receive our fair share of public funds. With the region represented by Liberals Mitch Williams and Troy Bell in a parliament dominated by Labor, they have a tough task highlighting areas of need. The region’s palliative care team is OUR VIEW one service the government should set as a priority and save with funding. We cannot continue to see health services eroded in the South East. While the region has a redeveloped hospital in Mount Gambier, it is disappointing to see threats to staffing at the major site, while services are also limited in Millicent. The palliative care service is vital to ease the burden on families facing the looming loss of a loved one and has helped free up hospital beds by keeping people in their homes in the final stages of life. Meanwhile, the government must support our councils through adequate funding of the raft of services they provide and protect concessions, while also supporting the road network that is vital for transporting the produce of the South East, which boosts the state’s coffers. Moreover, the district’s business sector will also be looking for a number of incentives or announcements to help spur the economy and fuel new jobs given the state has the highest taxes in Australia. While there are a number of positive developments in the pipeline, the Millicent economy needs to continue to grow and prosper. Hopefully next week’s edition of The South Eastern Times features reports of funding windfalls that deliver clear benefits for the region from the State Government and our community is not left feeling forgotten. TALKING TO THE TIMES Should the Australian Workers Union flag be flown at the Millicent council works depot? 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I observe the boat ramp regularly and see more and more sand clogging the basin, obstructing traffic, with boats regularly hitting the sand bar. The Development Assessment Commission of South Australia passed the application for the Beachport boat ramp back in 2003 with the understanding the beaches would be more stable and the amenity value and accessibility of the beach would be improved. Really? What beaches? Our once beautiful family-friendly front beach has been replaced by rocks, more rocks, erosion, sand, more sand and, increasingly, machinery trying to move the sand. The SE Times has recently drawn attention to the ramp’s cost of $1m - INDEX 50 YEARS AGO ...........................................8 PUzzLES ........................................................18 TV GUIDE .......................................................19 CLASSIFIEDS ............................................22 WEATHER FOR MILLICENT BEACHPORT TIDE TIMES Thursday 18 12:31am 0.8 4:41am 0.4 1:24pm 1.5 9:40pm 0.7 Friday 19 1:08am 0.8 5:19am 0.4 1:56pm 1.4 10:03pm 0.7 Thursday Max 14°C Min 8°C Possible shower Chance of Rain - 30% 1-5mm UV: Low Friday Max 13°C Min 5°C Possible shower Chance of Rain - 30% 1-5mm UV: Low Saturday Max 13°C Min 4°C Partly cloudy Chance of Rain - 5% 1-5mm UV: Low Sunday Max 12°C Min 4°C Possible shower Chance of Rain - 30% 1-5mm Monday Max 14°C Min 8°C Shower or two Chance of Rain - 60% 5-10mm District: Thursday Cloudy. Slight (30%) chance of a shower, most likely in the morning and afternoon. Patchy morning fog in the south. Winds south to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 5 and 8 with daytime temperatures reaching around 14. Friday Cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower, most likely in the morning. Patchy morning fog. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to around 4 with daytime temperatures reaching around 13. Saturday Partly cloudy. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to around 3 with daytime temperatures reaching around 13. Coastal: Thursday Winds Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching 20 to 25 knots early in the morning. Seas 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. Swell Southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres. Friday Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 metres. Swell Southwesterly 2 to 3 metres. 2 - The South Eastern Times, Thursday, June 18, 2015 Saturday 20 1:44am 0.9 5:56am 0.4 2:28pm 1.4 10:16pm 0.7 Sunday 21 2:19am 0.9 6:33am 0.5 2:58pm 1.3 8:50pm 0.7 ROBE TIDE TIMES Thursday 18 12:43am 0.8 4:53am 0.4 1:36pm 1.5 9:52pm 0.7 Friday 19 1:20am 0.8 5:31am 0.4 2:08pm 1.4 10:15pm 0.7 Saturday 20 1:56am 0.9 6:08am 0.4 2:40pm 1.4 10:28pm 0.7 Sunday 21 2:31am 0.9 6:45am 0.5 3:10pm 1.3 9:02pm 0.7 Thursday 18th Sunrise 7.22am Sunset 4.56pm Friday 19th Saturday 20th Sunrise 7:23am Sunset 4:57pm Sunday 21st 665932 Sunrise 7.22am Sunset 4:56pm Sunrise 7:23am Sunset 4:57pm www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au this is in fact incorrect. It cost more than that amount the first time around (2003/04). Now it’s cost another million and this $2m boat ramp is still not operating as promised, despite 20 plan upgrades. What has this cost us all? Earlier calculations for cost of sand removal (in May 2014) were just $35,000. Now in 2015 the cost has escalated to $200,000, however this could rise as high as $367,000 if done properly (this information from recent Wattle Range agenda papers). As for the reduced sand movement, there is an amazing amount accumulating in the basin of the ramp despite three dig-outs and winter has only just started. The extended groyne was not built for heavy traffic and the engineer apparently believed it would only have to be cleaned out every five years. Have your say. The South Eastern Times values your opinion. If you have a view or wish to comment on any community issue we would like to hear from you. Wattle Range Council’s rationale seems to be “there is so much invested, we must make it work”, with no apparent cost price effectiveness research. Council has also voted for a paved parking area, costing $95,000 plus an additional $100,000 from the Department of Transport. A good idea to get the boat ramp sorted out first, isn’t it? It seems that no real management plan has evolved so far. We feel it is time the ratepayers had a reality check - what are we, the ratepayers of Wattle Range Council, paying for? This ramp is clearly in the wrong site and is still not working properly. We call for ratepayers to take notice. Barbara Cameron, On behalf of the Beachport Beach Carers Group Please write to: The Editor 42 Davenport Street Millicent SA 5280 Fax 8733 4341 Email: email@example.com Preference will be given to letters less than 200 words. Longer letters will be subject to editor’s discretion. All letters must carry author’s full name and address and include a daytime telephone number for verification. The South Eastern Times reserves the right to edit letters for legal purposes and space restrictions FRANK BOYLAN Thornlea I am ambivalent on this issue. If it has been a tradition to fly the union flag, then let them keep on doing it. PAULINE FERGUSON Millicent It does not bother me one way or the other. SAM SCHOFIELD Millicent It should be flown because it is a union depot.
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