The South Eastern Times : January 26th 2017
6 OpINION HUNDREDS of residents of Millicent and district will be having a cooked breakfast this morning at catered Australia Day functions at Millicent, Beachport and Kalangadoo. The interest in local Australia Day commemorative events has steadily grown over the past 20 years and not just because of the excellence of the food. One of the reasons for the increasing numbers is that Millicent and district people take the opportunity in person to congratulate the various Australia Day award winners. There is nothing like having a faceto-face chat with the recipients and OUR VIEW commending them on their valued service, which enriches our communities in so many ways. The South Eastern Times has documented the achievements of the people honoured by Wattle Range Council on Australia Day 2017. A number of our pages have rightly been dedicated to the Australia Day award winners in recent weeks and coverage of today’s ceremonies will appear in the following editions. Such Australia Day awards date back to the 1980s in the time of the then Millicent District Council and a permanent record of the past winners and associated activities can be seen in the past editions of The South Eastern Times. This newspaper is also pleased to announce today that one of our own has been recognised on a national level with the awarding of the Medal of the Order of Australia. Graham Greenwood can now proudly add the letters OAM after his name. He is the chairman of the board of TALKING TO THE TIMES What are your plans for Australia Day? 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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 National identity worse for wear Fracking caution needed MOIRA NEAGLE Guest columnist A FOX was run over and killed near the Millicent squash courts. Its body was strewn across the bitumen with its head at an obtuse angle. INDEX TV GUIDE .......................................................16 pUzzLEs ........................................................19 CLAssIfIEDs ............................................20 spORT ..............................................................21 WEATHER FOR MILLICENT BEACHPORT TIDE TIMES Thursday 26 12.54am 1.14m 8.51am 0.41m 12.58pm 0.58m 5.14pm 0.4m Friday Thursday Max 24°C Min 12°C Partly cloudy Chance of Rain - 5% 1-5mm UV: Extreme Friday Max 26°C Min 11°C Cloud clearing Chance of Rain - 0% UV: Extreme Saturday Max 25°C Min 12°C Partly cloudy Chance of Rain - 5% 1-5mm UV: Extreme Sunday Max 27°C Min 12°C Sunny Chance of Rain - 5% 1-5mm UV: Extreme Monday Max 31°C Min 16°C Possible shower Chance of Rain - 40% 1-5mm UV: Extreme District: Thursday Partly cloudy. Light winds becoming southerly 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the late evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 10 and 13 with daytime temperatures reaching 23 to 28. Friday The chance of morning fog. Mostly sunny day. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to around 11 with daytime temperatures reaching 24 to 30. Saturday Partly cloudy. The chance of morning fog near the coast. Light winds becoming south to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h during the afternoon then tending south to southeasterly during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to around 13 with daytime temperatures reaching 24 to 30. Coastal: Thursday Winds south to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots, easing to 5 to 10 knots south of Beachport in the afternoon, then tending south to southeast 5 to 10 knots throughout in the evening. Seas below 1 metre. Swell southwesterly 2 to 2.5 metres. Friday Winds variable about 10 knots. Seas below 0.5 metres. Swell southwesterly 2 metres. 702817 6 - The South Eastern Times, Thursday, January 26, 2017 27 1.23am 1.21m 9.01am 0.39m 1.23pm 0.63m 5.49pm 0.35m Saturday 28 1.51am 1.26m 9.18am 0.37m 1.48pm 0.68m 6.18pm 0.32m Sunday 29 2.17am 1.28m 9.39am 0.37m 2.14pm 0.73m 6.43pm 0.3m ROBE TIDE TIMES Thursday 26 1.06am 1.14m 9.03am 0.41m 1.10pm 0.58m 5.26pm 0.4m Friday 27 1.35am 1.21m 9.13am 0.39m 1.35pm 0.63m 6.01pm 0.35m Saturday 28 2.03am 1.26m 9.30am 0.37m 2.00pm 0.68m 6.30pm 0.32m Sunday 29 2.29am 1.28m 9.51am 0.37m 2.26pm 0.73m 6.55pm 0.3m Thursday 26th Sunrise 6.16am Sunset 8.25pm Friday 27th Sunrise 6.17am Sunset 8.25pm Saturday 28th Sunrise 6.18am Sunset 8.24pm Sunday 29th Sunrise 6.19am Sunset 8.23pm www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au Death-filled eyes looked down the street at me as I drove towards it. I don’t have a great love for foxes, but the image lingers. Maybe it is symbolic of where I think we are at the moment. I find it disturbing that an Australia Day billboard can cause such controversy because it depicts two girls in hijabs. It seems indicative of where our thinking is in 2017, as a nation. It is as though insensitivity has become our default position. We are a nation of many different ethnic and religious groups and we have been since first settlement if we are truly honest with ourselves. We are happy enough to eat Italian, Greek, Chinese and Middle Eastern food, but we still want to claim Anglo Saxon dominance. We are willing to claim ownership of a Russian immigrant pole-vaulter when she looks like winning for Australia, or a Sudanese refugee playing for Sydney Swans, or champion “our” cricketers Usman Khawaja and Fawad Ahmed Khan. But two scarf-wearing schoolgirls is way beyond tolerability as a symbol of how diverse we are. The image of the dead fox carries my concern about our national politics too. I feel that we have disengaged from democracy because we have lost faith in our representatives. It is hard to have respect for people who are happy to stretch the definition of entitlements whilst at the same time urging us to tighten our belts. Our detachment from the political process allows our very representatives to indulge themselves to increasing degrees because we are not alert to calling them out. It is challenging, too, to have faith in leadership which does not stand up to that which is clearly wrong. The death stare lingers. I WRITE in response to recent comments from Premier Jay Weatherill published in your newspaper regarding the controversial mining practice known as fracking. It has been well documented both here in Australia and overseas that irreversible damage can and will be done to our environment as has happened in the Chinchilla area in Queensland if this proceeds in the South East. It is also apparent from what the premier said that the decision will not be based on “politicians expressing uninformed opinions but should be done by science”. Are our politicians blind and out of touch with the current thinking of those who matter - the people? Do they not take any notice of what other states have done both fracking and banning it? The opposition leader says he will have a 10-year moratorium. What nonsense and again another potential leader is not listening to the people nor taking any interest in what is happening elsewhere. The same with our local members - they should be jumping up and down and supporting their constituents and not hiding and if our newspaper says it has been swamped with complaints then it is high time for you to speak on our behalf. Mr Premier, are you familiar with what has happened in Queensland and if so I urge you to err on the side of caution. The crux of the matter in this case is that multinationals will pay big dollars to get coal seam gas, ruin our environment in both land and the underground, perennial and non-perennial water tables, make life unbearable for those who live close by and deny any knowledge they are doing so. The government will do nothing due to the amount of money they have gained. I strongly suggest that everyone in the South East makes themselves aware of what is happening in the Chinchilla area of Queensland. Trevor Hyde Hatherleigh MICHAEL GURNEY Millicent I can’t be at the Australia Day breakfast in Millicent this year, but it is good to see locals like Jack Lane get recognised. EMMA LAUCIRICA Millicent I come every year to the Australia Day breakfast because the community spirit is great and the bacon and eggs are terrific. KATHY GODDEN Millicent I bring my partner and our two girls to the Australia Day breakfast in Millicent every year because it is a great community event and you get to socialise. directors which publishes The South Eastern Times as well as the Penola Pennant and The Border Watch. In all, his career in newspapers spans more than 50 years and has involved work as a printer, writer, editor, staff trainer and manager. One of his major contributions to the Millicent district has been his book on the history of the Kimberly Clark Australia Millicent Mil,l which was published in 2010. Without talented and dedicated people like Mr Greenwood in newspapers, the stories of this district would not be recorded in perpetuity.
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