The South Eastern Times : June 23rd 2015
2 opinion THE State Government missed a golden opportunity to keep faith with its regional representatives when it handed down its 2015/16 budget on Thursday afternoon. An extra $3m or $4m should have been found for the maintenance program for the Millicent-based South Eastern Water Conservation and Drainage Board. In its place, there is a mere $2.2m for this purpose and it has not changed for a few years. This is hardly enough given the drainage board has to maintain hundreds of bridges, as well as thousands of kilometres of drains. Is it any wonder the drainage board OUR VIEW asked Wattle Range Council to impose load limits on some of its ageing bridges? In doing so, it has disrupted the farming activities of some families as larger vehicles such as fuel and transport trucks cannot access their properties. Environment Minister Ian Hunter is well aware of the shortfall in maintenance funds and set up a citizens jury this year to probe ways to overcome it. Not surprisingly, the jury unanimously found the responsibility for funding the drainage maintenance rested with Mr Hunter and his department. Their findings were widely publicised, but the state budget shows no indication that the advice was heeded. Cabinet discussions must be confidential, but it is hoped that Mr Hunter argued the case for extra funds for the essential South East drainage maintenance. Heart-warming THE heart-warming reunion of Millicent couple Cheryl and Allan Redway in Central Australia on Saturday afternoon will long TALKING TO THE TIMES 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 Strength in numbers for livestock group IT HAS been nearly 12 months since the Southern Region of Livestock SA was formed and we already boast over 1000 members, which is almost half of the organisation’s total membership. Since the group was formed in July last year, I have been joined by our regional vice-chairman Lachie Grundy and secretary Tom Dawkins in actively raising awareness about the new advocacy structure for the livestock industry in South Australia. We have had a regular presence at regional sheep and cattle sales and field days, signing up members and ensuring any members’ issues or concerns, no matter how large or small, were forwarded on to the board and acted on. inDeX 50 yearS ago ...........................................8 tv guiDe .......................................................11 puzzleS ........................................................13 traDeS anD ServiCeS ..............14 ClaSSifieDS ............................................15 Sport reSultS .....................................X WEATHER FOR MILLICENT Tuesday Max 15°C Min 8°C Shower or two Chance of Rain - 65% 1-5mm UV: Low Wednesday Max 14°C Min 9°C Shower or two Chance of Rain - 60% 1-5mm UV: Low Thursday Max 15°C Min 8°C Possible shower Chance of Rain - 40% 1-5mm UV: Low 2 - The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, June 23, 2015 Tuesday Partly cloudy. High (70%) chance of showers, most likely in the early morning. Winds northerly 25 to 40 km/h turning northwesterly 25 to 35 km/h in the early afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to around 8 with daytime temperatures reaching around 16. Wednesday Cloudy. Medium (60%) chance of showers. Winds northwesterly 15 to 25 km/h turning west to southwesterly during the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to around 9 with daytime temperatures reaching around 14. Thursday Partly cloudy. Medium (40%) chance of showers. Light winds becoming westerly 15 to 20 km/h during the day then becoming light during the afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to around 8 with daytime temperatures reaching around 15. Coastal: Tuesday Strong Wind Warning for Tuesday for Lower South East Coast. Winds Northerly 25 to 33 knots turning northwesterly in the afternoon and west to northwest 20 to 30 knot sin the evening. Seas 2 to 3 metres.Swell Southwesterly 2 to 2.5 metres, increasing to 2.5 to 3.5 metres in the afternoon and 3.5 to 4.5 metres in the evening. Wednesday Winds West to northwesterly 20 to 25 knots turning southwesterly 20 to 30 knots during the morning. Seas 1.5 to 2.5 metres. Swell Southwesterly 3 to 4 metres. 665973 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au Tues 23rd Sunrise 7.23am Sunset 4.57pm Wed 24th Sunrise 7.23am Sunset 4.58pm BEACHPORT TIDE TIMES Tues 23 3:41am 0.9 7:51am 0.6 3:52pm 1.2 9:53pm 0.7 Wed 24 4:41am 0.9 8:30am 0.7 4:07pm 1.1 10:33pm 0.7 ROBE TIDE TIMES Tues 23 3:53am 0.9 8:03am 0.6 4:04pm 1.2 10:05pm 0.7 Wed 24 4:53am 0.9 8:42am 0.7 4:19pm 1.1 10:45pm 0.7 Something that has been made abundantly clear by our members is that there is very strong demand for robust industry representation, which is what Livestock SA is striving to achieve. Just as an example, Livestock SA has been proactive in responding to tight seasonal conditions in the South East over the past 12 months and we were proud to team-up with Natural Resources South East to run four very well-attended Dry Times workshops in December. These events demonstrated the proactive and pragmatic approach producers have when it comes to dealing with such tough seasons. As regional chairman, I have also been actively involved in the Limestone Coast Red Meat Cluster Project, which brings together a range of local red meat industry stakeholders 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. to promote collaboration across the value chain. Members of Livestock SA’s Southern Region have also been applying pressure on both the state and federal governments on a number of issues relevant not only to the livestock industry, but also to running an agricultural business in a rural area. I feel this work has shown the positive role Livestock SA is having on the industry in the South East and the clear benefits of having a representative group with a strong membership which can speak on behalf of livestock producers’ interests and achieve meaningful results. As stock owners, we should be as unified and organised as possible in defending our livelihoods when activist groups try to make life difficult for us. That’s why anyone who has an active interest in livestock, including sheep, cattle or goat producers, should be a member of Livestock SA. I encourage existing members and all other livestock producers in the South East to join us for our regional annual general meeting at the Naracoorte Hotel on Thursday, June 25, starting at 6.30pm. We look forward to hearing from our state president Geoff Power and board member Steve Radeski, as well as discussing a number of pressing issues currently impacting our industry. Contact our secretary Tom Dawkins (0402 406 965 or email@example.com) to book or to enquire about joining Livestock SA. Peter Stock, Southern Region chairman, Livestock SA please write to: the editor 42 Davenport Street millicent Sa 5280 fax 8733 4341 email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 With the millicent Business Community association awards night approaching, why is it important to support and recognise local business? Steve Dyer rendelsham It’s good to let businesses know how they are going and let customers give them feedback. Catharina Corman millicent It is important because it encourages and gives credit to our local businesses that have been through thick and thin. anDrea rehn millicent It highlights the excellent service provided by locals and gives businesses a boost. live in the memory of local residents. Although thousands of kilometres from her home, a large search party was prepared to spend two days scouring the bush for Mrs Redway after she became separated from her husband on a bushwalking trip. They are thankful to her rescuers and it follows the great Australian tradition of reaching out to those in need. If a bushwalker ever became lost in the South East pine forests or Canunda National Park, you can be sure that local emergency services personnel would swing into action just as their Northern Territory counterparts did last week.
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