The South Eastern Times : January 10th 2017
2 OPINION IT was certainly a red-letter day for the Millicent district yesterday when Premier Jay Weatherill officially opened the multi-million dollar milk powder plant at Tantanoola. The focus of the state’s media was rightly on the Blue Lake Dairy Group’s new enterprise which will generate employment and vital export income. The first stage is well under way and more investment and jobs are in the offing in the foreseeable future as the Princes Highway plant progresses to the conversion of milk into powder. This can only be beneficial for Millicent and district due to the multiplier effect on service industries. OUR VIEW The struggling dairy industry in this region will soon have another avenue to sell its milk. It is little wonder that senior ranks of industry and government were among the 60 invited guests in attendance to hear Mr Weatherill and other key stakeholders deliver an upbeat message about the worth of such projects. In the 15 years since Mr Weatherill was elected to State Parliament and appointed a minister on the very same day, South Australia’s reliance on traditional manufacturing industries has declined. Since 2002, SA has turned to other sectors such as education, defence industries and tourism to boost our economy and in such value-adding food enterprises as that opened yesterday by the Blue Lake Dairy Group. The next election is just over a year away and you can expect to hear plenty more from Mr Weatherill on his vision for SA as his Labor Party seeks to win an unprecedented fifth consecutive term in office. Yesterday was also certainly a day 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: Dennis Jackson Phone: 8724 1505, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising: Christian Greco Phone: 8733 3755, Email: email@example.com Advertising Manager: Dennis Jackson Phone: 8724 1505, 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 Audit Bureau of Circulations 683874 Farmers make hay while sun shines Debate transparency call We pulled up and turned off the car engine. MOIRA NEAGLE Guest columnist WE drove to Melbourne for Christmas. The agricultural land between us and Melbourne was such a treat to see. The luxuriant rainfall of the past year has made the land bounteous in crops and hay. Added to this abundance, is the number of swamps and lakes which have appeared after a number of dry years and still hold a lot of water. INDEX TV GuIDE ..........................................................9 TRADES AND SERVICES ..............10 50 YEARS AGO ........................................11 PuzzLES ........................................................12 CLASSIfIEDS ............................................13 SPORT RESuLTS ..................................15 WEATHER FOR MILLICENT Tuesday Max 24°C Min 11°C Partly cloudy Chance of Rain - 10% 1-5mm UV: Extreme Wednesday Max 22°C Min 12°C Partly cloudy Chance of Rain - 20% 1-5mm UV: Very high Thursday Max 28°C Min 10°C Sunny Chance of Rain - 0% UV: Extreme 2 - The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Light winds becoming southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the early afternoon then becoming light in the late evening. Overnight temperatures falling to around 11 with daytime temperatures reaching 23 to 29. Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower near the coast. Light winds becoming southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h during the morning then becoming light during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 10 and 13 with daytime temperatures reaching 21 to 26. Thursday: Sunny. Light winds becoming northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to around 10 with daytime temperatures reaching 26 to 32. Coastal – Tuesday: Winds Southerly below 10 knots becoming westerly in the morning, increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon and increasing to 15 to 20 knots south of Port MacDonnell early evening and north of late evening. Seas Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the evening. Swell Southwesterly 2 to 2.5 metres. Wednesday: Winds West to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending south to southwesterly below 10 knots during the day. Seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon. Swell Southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres. Tues 10th Sunrise 5.59am Sunset 8.33pm Wed 11th Sunrise 6.00am Sunset 8.32pm BEACHPORT TIDE TIMES Tues 10 8.27am 0.4m 11.03am 0.5m 2.13pm 0.4m Wed 11 12.32am 1.2m 8.59am 0.4m 12.06pm 0.5m 3.52pm 0.4m ROBE TIDE TIMES Tues 10 12.05am 1.1m 8.39am 0.4m 11.15am 0.5m 2.25pm 0.4m Wed 11 12.44am 1.2m 9.11am 0.4m 12.18pm 0.5m 4.04pm 0.4m 702875 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au An old school friend of my husband’s was in a harvester west of Beaufort and so we decided to take a detour to see him. These two friends get to see each other once a year when Andrew and his family come over to Millicent for the Pines Enduro. Andrew had brought a team of four harvesters from Sealake to work the harvest in the area around Burrumbeet. It was about 8.30pm when we caught up with him. Silence did not descend upon us in this rural outpost. No, harvesters and tractors with hay loaders were buzzing busily all around us. There was crop and hay as far as the eye could see and Lake Burrumbeet was full and glistening in the evening light. I watched a haystack grow ever larger before my eyes. He was harvesting quite green canola and it had been tough going. They were working long days, starting at 8am and working through to 3am. Everyone knew there was rain coming after the Christmas heatwave and they were trying to get as much crop in and hay carted before it arrived. On our return trip, we drove to Ararat and then cut through to Glenthompson. The rain had arrived and had created eucalyptus effervescence in the air as we drove through the countryside. With big gums and the Pyrenees as a stunning backdrop, it was a beautiful drive. ONCE there was a standard that if somebody was promoting something then they would declare if they had a conflict of interest. This standard now appears to have disappeared. When you think about it, it is a commonsense measure and I believe the measure should be reinstated for the unconventional gas debate. When proponents of unconventional gas extraction make their case - which they are perfectly entitled to do - any financial interests in the industry should be declared. We all know that financial interests can sway someone’s opinion, so this is information your paper’s readers should be cognisant of. I would encourage you to adopt this measure of highlighting conflicts of interest that proponents of the unconventional gas industry may have for the sake of openness, fairness and transparency. Mark Jones, Mount Gambier Boatramp upgrade praise I AM writing to provide positive feedback on the boat ramp at Beachport. The recent and ongoing improvements are fantastic. I was recently there and both the bollards and resurfacing look great. The project would not have happened without the fantastic local community support. We are from Melbourne and visit regularly and we are impressed with the local community volunteers. Stephen Nichols, Melbourne What suggestions do you have to stop vandals smashing glass bottles at the Millicent Swimming Lake? SHAYNE KING Murray Bridge Community pressure to stop wrongdoing has worked at Murray Bridge and there should be extra security measures. TIMOTHY LEWIS Millicent Electric fences, security guards, additional cameras and having neighbours keeping watch. VIRGINIA PAWSEY Millicent If the culprits are caught, they should be forced to do community service, including picking up the broken glass. to celebrate for Wattle Range Council as Mayor Peter Gandolfi, other elected members and staff played key roles in matching an under-utilised building with a new company which could see the potential of blending and packaging dried milk powder chiefly for the export market. Other exciting projects are set to begin elsewhere in the council area in 2017, including in the former Safries plant at Penola and at the Kalangadoo Mill. Councils throughout the state would be well advised to observe how the pro-growth and pro-development stance of Wattle Range Council has direct benefits for its residents and the wider region.
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