The South Eastern Times : January 31st 2017
2 OPINION A DISTURBING situation arose at Beachport around midnight on Saturday when a solo police officer was surrounded by a gathering of 10 men who were said by police to be behaving in an aggressive and abusive manner. This situation is related to a drink driving incident and the matter is now in the hands of the justice system. To allow the due processes of law to take its course, comment on these matters must be constrained. However, it must be said that it is difficult to imagine a more intimidating OUR VIEW situation for a solo police officer. Solo police postings have been a part of policing across Millicent and district since colonial times when the first officer Patrick Shiels was appointed in 1874. This situation in Millicent only lasted two years as Trooper Hans Mack was added to the local police ranks in 1876. For the past 141 years, Millicent has been a multiple-officer station. There are still dozens of other, smaller towns across South Australia where the community is served by a single police officer. However, it is timely for senior police to review the adequacy of local police resources at Beachport and determine if the appointment of a second officer is warranted. The number of permanent residents and holiday makers is growing at Beachport. 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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 Voucher system adjustment praise AS recently reported in The South Eastern Times, Wattle Range Council has decided to conduct a trial to allow ratepayers to take their green waste to a council run tip in the lead up to next fire season without them having to use a voucher. This is excellent news, especially for those residents on larger blocks who take pride in their properties. INDEX 50 YEARS AGO ...........................................8 TRADES AND SERVICES .................9 PuzzLES ........................................................13 TV GuIDE .......................................................14 CLASSIFIEDS ............................................15 SPORT RESuLTS ..................................18 WEATHER FOR MILLICENT Tuesday Max 21°C Min 13°C Cloudy Chance of Rain - 0% UV: Very High Wednesday Max 22°C Min 12°C Cloudy Chance of Rain - 5% 1-5mm UV: Extreme Thursday Max 24°C Min 13°C Partly Cloudy Chance of Rain - 10% 1-5mm UV: Extreme 2 - The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Tuesday: Cloudy. Winds south to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light in the late evening. Overnight temperatures falling to around 13 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to mid 20s. Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Light winds becoming west to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h during the day then becoming light during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to around 11 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to mid 20s. Thursday: Partly cloudy. Light winds becoming southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h during the morning then becoming light during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 11 and 14 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to mid 20s. Coastal – Tuesday: Winds southwesterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching 15 to 20 knots south of Port MacDonnell in the early morning. Winds becoming south to southwesterly about 10 knots in the evening. Seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre around midday. Swell southwesterly 3 metres. Wednesday: Winds variable about 10 knots becoming westerly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon and increasing to 15 to 20 knots south of Beachport in the evening. Seas below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres south of Beachport during the evening. Swell southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres, decreasing to 2 metres during the evening. Tues 31st Sunrise 6.22am Sunset 8.21pm Wed 1st Sunrise 6.23am Sunset 8.21pm BEACHPORT TIDE TIMES Tues 31 3.08am 1.24m 10.16am 0.40m 3.13pm 0.81m 7.34pm 0.34m Wed 1 3.34am 1.16m 10.00am 0.41m 3.47pm 0.84m 8.03pm 0.39m ROBE TIDE TIMES Tues 31 3.20am 1.24m 10.28am 0.40m 3.25pm 0.81m 7.46pm 0.34m Wed 1 3.46am 1.16m 10.12am 0.41m 3.59pm 0.84m 8.15pm 0.39m 702878 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au The greatest concern for most residents, following the changes to the free tip arrangements, was that people would be forced to stockpile their green waste over the summer period thus creating a potentially dangerous situation should a bushfire start. The stated main aim of introducing the voucher system was to prevent people from outside the Wattle Range Council area from using our tips. It would appear that during the trial period there will not be anything to prevent those people from doing just that. The increased cost to Wattle Range Council of disposing of the area’s rubbish cannot be ignored and anything to help reduce this cost should be considered. However, the real possibility of some ratepayers illegally dumping rubbish in the pines and other places, once they ran out of vouchers, and the increased fire risk of stockpiled green waste, needed to be addressed. Well done to Wattle Range Council on taking this step. Perhaps council might consider extending the trial period to cover the entire fire season. Then they should crack down on residents who seem to think it is perfectly okay to conduct massive backyard burn-offs prior to and following the fire season, potentially placing nearby neighbours in danger. Richard Froebel Millicent Nursing deal a significant step forward PUBLIC sector nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing across South Australia have overwhelmingly supported a new enterprise bargaining agreement paving the way for improved safety and care for patients. The results of the 2016 EBA ballot reflected a resounding “yes” to secure new and better staffing levels, job security, conditions and wages. The ballot result demonstrates nurses and midwives in our public health system are committed to securing outcomes so they can deliver the best possible care - whether that be in aged care, community mental health, a ward in a hospital, emergency department or intensive care unit. At a time of significant budget pressure and unprecedented change in our health sector, these new conditions give our nurses and midwives in metropolitan and regional areas more certainty and security so they can get on with the job of caring for South Australians in need. The three-year agreement includes a 2.5pc increase in wages and salary related allowances per annum starting from last October and safer staffing levels and skills mix Nurses and midwives play a crucial role in creating a health system for the future and they must share in the benefits their work is creating. Since early last year, the Federation has worked tirelessly on behalf of our members to negotiate strongly for a new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement. While we still have work to do, the ballot results show us members are supportive of the way forward - a direction at which patients are front and centre.” Elizabeth Dabars Secretary The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch) It is now 20 years since the then District Council of Millicent planted the Golden Elm trees in George Street. What is your view on the presence of these trees? PAT HITCHCOCK Millicent The town of Millicent is beautiful and the George Street trees lend character to the street. SHIRLEY GALPIN Millicent I think the trees are beautiful until autumn comes and all the leaves drop. PAM FENNELL Adelaide I know there was an upheaval when the trees went in but I think everyone has got used to them. recreational boat ramp and caravan park facilities will continue to attract retirees, families and tourists. New housing subdivisions are taking shape at the seaside and Beachport’s first 4.5 star accommodation has just opened. With a rise in population, there should be a corresponding increase in police work. Almost two decades ago, senior police determined a second police officer should be stationed at Robe. Senior police should examine all relevant data and see when Beachport will follow suit.
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