The South Eastern Times : January 17th 2017
2 OPINION ON January 26, we come together as a nation to celebrate the best of Australia and being Australian. For some, the day is about Australia Day barbecues, the beach and tuning in to the Triple J Hottest 100. For others, it is a day to reflect on how modern Australia has developed since the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet into one of the world’s most prosperous countries. January 26 serves another important function as it is an opportunity to thank those people who selflessly contribute to our communities through OUR VIEW the Australia Day Citizen of the Year awards. While Australia Day may serve as nothing else but a public holiday to some, it is a poignant reminder that one person has the ability to make a difference in this world. Each year, our nation and communities celebrate the achievement and contributions of everyday Australians who through their voluntary efforts, build and strengthen the social capacity of their areas. The awards recognise those who have demonstrated excellence in their field and significantly contributed to the community. Motivated by selflessness and the greater good, this year’s recipients have consistently demonstrated a commitment to making our community 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 Flowers help brighten day Council works through waste issues MOIRA NEAGLE Guest columnist THERE is a garden on Williams Road, Millicent which has planted a veritable hedge of sunflowers. They are densely planted out the front of home without even a fence to protect them. When I first noticed them a couple of months ago, I was very pleased with the idea and looked forward to the fruition of these marvellous flowers. Following some torrid winds after Christmas, I feared they may have been severely damaged. My scant few specimens have a definite lean to them from that weather event. Regardless, they have persevered and flourished. Driving home this evening, I noted with joy that they are beginning to flower. Their bright yellow happy faces are big and vibrant. These sun worshippers follow the sun and their flowering heads turn across the sky in a daily routine of adoration. INDEX TV GUIDE ..........................................................7 TRADES AND SERVICES .................8 PUzzLES ........................................................10 50 YEARS AGO ........................................11 CLASSIfIEDS ............................................12 SPORT RESULTS ..................................15 WEATHER FOR MILLICENT Tuesday Max 28°C Min 15°C Possible shower Chance of Rain - 40% 1-5mm UV: Extreme Wednesday Max 24°C Min 14°C Possible early shower Chance of Rain - 40% 1-5mm UV: Extreme Thursday Max 25°C Min 11°C Rain developing Chance of Rain - 85% 15-20mm UV: Extreme 2 - The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, January 17, 2017 Tuesday: Slight chance of a shower at night. Winds north to northeasterly 15 to 20 km/h shifting south to southwesterly 20 to 30 km/h in the early afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to around 15 with daytime temperatures reaching 27 to 34. Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Medium (40%) chance of showers in the morning. Winds southerly 15 to 25 km/h turning southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to around 14 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to high 20s. Thursday: Cloudy. Very high chance of rain developing. Winds east to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h tending south to southeasterly during the afternoon then becoming light during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to around 11 with daytime temperatures reaching 24 to 30. Coastal – Tuesday: Winds northerly 10 to 15 knots shifting southwesterly 10 to 15 knots afternoon and south to southwest 15 to 20 knots in the evening. Seas below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres in the evening. Swell southwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres in the afternoon. Wednesday: Winds southerly 15 to 20 knots turning southeasterly during the morning. Seas 1 to 1.5 metres. Swell Southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres. Tues 17th Sunrise 6.06am Sunset 8.30pm Wed 18th Sunrise 6.07am Sunset 8.30pm BEACHPORT TIDE TIMES Tues 17 3.46am 1.1m 8.59am 0.4m 3.56pm 0.8m 8.07pm 0.35m Wed 18 4.14am 1.1m 9.25am 0.4m 4.40pm 0.8m 3.52pm 0.5m ROBE TIDE TIMES Tues 17 3.58am 1.1m 9.11am 0.4m 4.08am 0.8m 8.19pm 0.4m Wed 18 4.26am 1.1m 9.37am 0.4m 4.52pm 0.8m 9.01pm 0.5m 702876 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au Many years ago, the husband of a friend of mine was travelling from one farm block back to the home block, when he suddenly realised that it was Valentine’s Day. Of course, he hadn’t given any thought to how he might note this day with his beloved. Fortunately, his route took him past a late flowering sunflower crop. He braked abruptly, got out of the vehicle, jumped the fence and pulled a healthy sunflower plant totally out of the ground. He was careful to keep it intact as he retraced his steps over the fence and laid it carefully, even tenderly, on the traytop and headed for home with a grin as big as the sunflower’s in his self-congratulations of his problem solving skills on the run. His beloved thought it was highly amusing and faintly romantic. Such is the power of the sunflower. It is a plant of high spirits and can imbue those who take the time to admire it with its own goodwill. IN RESPONSE to the letter published in the South Eastern Times on January 5 regarding the new waste voucher system, I would like to provide the following information. In recent years we have seen a significant increase in waste disposal at all of our transfer stations. The cost to operate and remove waste from the stations has increased by $183,946 or 29pc in the past six years. The new voucher system has been introduced in order to maintain free ratepayer usage at a reasonable level, while limiting commercial users and abuse of the service by people from outside council. The free vouchers issued to ratepayers provide for 12 tandem trailer loads each year. The tickets can be divided into four bags, each up to the equivalent size of a wheelie bin. A sticker system would not have addressed the volume issue, particularly from commercial users and would not have worked for all residents, in particular those with no capacity to tow a trailer or have more than one car. Unfortunately, due to safety liabilities, scavenging is not permitted. This would not only put members of the public at risk of injury but also expose council (ratepayers) to legal action and financial compensation for any injury sustained through endorsed scavenging. Council does practice some reuse at the Waste Transfer stations through the introduction of a new mulching program through which ratepayers can take mulch for free. Residents are currently required to segregate their waste at the transfer stations and council encourages people to use the locally available recycling opportunities including for metal waste, cans, glass, paper and cardboard and to compost green waste where possible. It’s important to point out that the bin service in townships is provided through an additional service charge on top of general rates. The waste transfer stations are funded through general rates. Council will review the new ticketing system prior to the next financial year. More information is available at www.wattlerange. sa.gov.au/wastevouchers Peter Halton Wattle Range Council engineering services director What is your view on the call by community groups for a turning lane to Southend on the Southern Ports Highway between Millicent and Beachport? CODY BURNETT Millicent It is definitely required. I came across an accident there before Christmas. BILL GREGURKE Beachport It is essential for safety. It should have been built when the turning lane in the other direction was constructed. KEVIN YOUNG Millicent I think if the road will be safer, it is a good thing. a better place. These individuals inspire us through their achievements and challenge us to make our own contribution to creating a better community. All of the past and present recipients are exemplary volunteers who have spent much of their own time helping and inspiring others. A glance at the impressive list of previous winners of the Wattle Range Australia Day Citizen of the Year awards demonstrates that hardworking, driven and passionate people can make a difference.
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