The South Eastern Times : February 21st 2017
2 OpINION IT is highly likely the next member for MacKillop will be addressing a closed meeting in Millicent tomorrow night. The retirement from politics of sitting Liberal Mitch Williams takes place in just over a year and there are seven aspirants for the coveted Liberal Party preselection status. All of them have accepted the invitation of the Millicent branch of the Liberal Party to address the membersonly forum. Interest in the preselection contest is sky-high and it is only the third such occasion in 32 years. There are no guarantees that OUR VIEW preselection will be enough to send the endorsed Liberal Party candidate to North Terrace. Polling and actual election results consistently show growing dissatisfaction with the two major parties and an increasing willingness to embrace independent candidates and those from minor parties like the Nick Xenophon Team. Liberals also don’t need any reminding the MacKillop electorate has a measure of volatility about it. It was two decades ago that local voters elected Mr Williams as an independent instead of endorsed Liberal, sitting member and former leader Dale Baker. The Liberal Party has already announced a range of policy measures which it will take to the 2018 election and many will have a direct impact on the residents of Millicent and district. If it wins government, the party will TALKING TO THE TIMES How will South Australia achieve a reliable source of power? 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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 Audit Bureau of Circulations 683874 Understanding the blame game on state’s power needs THE Australian Energy Market Operator announced two weeks ago that adjustments made to wind farm software meant that there was no risk of the South Australia blackout being repeated in the future. Chief Scientist Alan Finkel pointed out that the wind farm settings had been identified and solved in Europe a decade ago. This view was reinforced by a report from the CSIRO and Energy Networks Australia, which represents the nation’s grid owners, who said that Australia should aim for high levels of renewable energy. It predicts a grid in South Australia with more than 80pc renewables. INDEX 50 YEARS AgO ...........................................7 TRADES AND SERVICES ..............13 puzzLES ........................................................14 TV guIDE .......................................................15 CLASSIfIEDS ............................................16 SpORT ..............................................................17 WEATHER FOR MILLICENT Tuesday Max 26°C Min 8°C Early fog then sunny Chance of Rain - 0% UV: Extreme Wednesday Max 31°C Min 16°C Partly Cloudy Chance of Rain - 5% 1-5mm UV: Very High Thursday Max 24°C Min 14°C Partly cloudy Chance of Rain - 10% 1-5mm UV: High 2 - The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Tuesday: Patchy fog in the early morning. Sunny day. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to around 7 with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 20s. Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Winds northeasterly 25 to 35 km/h shifting westerly 30 to 45 km/h during the afternoon then decreasing to 20 to 30 km/h during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to around 17 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to mid 30s. Thursday: Cloud clearing. Winds west to southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h tending south to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h during the day. Overnight temperatures falling to around 13 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to mid 20s. Coastal – Tuesday: Winds variable below 10 knots becoming northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the morning then tending east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon. Winds reaching 15 to 20 knots in the late afternoon and evening. Seas below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres south of Beachport by early evening. Swell southwesterly 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. Wednesday: Winds north to northeasterly 20 to 30 knots turning west to northwesterly during the afternoon. Seas 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning. Swell southwesterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres north of Port MacDonnell during the evening. Tues 21st Sunrise 6.45am Sunset 7.58pm Wed 22nd Sunrise 6.46am Sunset 7.57pm BEACHPORT TIDE TIMES Tues 21 1.03am 0.85m 10.37am 0.42m 11.36pm 0.92m Wed 22 9.05am 1.43m ROBE TIDE TIMES Tues 21 1.03am 0.85m 10.49am 0.42m 11.48pm0.92m Wed 22 9.17am 0.43m 702881 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au Queensland, with only 4pc of renewables, also had a blackout late on Friday. They have also suffered 71 price spikes over $13,000 a megawatt hour this year, compared to South Australia’s three, because of the now much higher cost of fossil fuels, and the stockmarket-like bidding war that occurs between the energy companies. Whether AEMO failed to ask Pelican Point power station to fire up its additional generator or whether Pelican Point’s owners refused to do so because of loss of profit is being heavily debated by both parties, but it does raise the question about who is in charge. Clearly, although state minister Tom Koutsantonis made clear his rejection of “load shedding”, he was ignored. AEMO is answerable to the Federal Government, which chose to use (or maybe create) the situation to give them another opportunity to slam South Australia’s renewables and 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. promote their so-called “clean” coal and gas. The Federal Government needs to listen to its government scientists and energy advisers instead of the majority overseasowned mining companies to whose tune they dance. The Limestone Coast Protection Alliance totally supports the State Government in its stand for renewables and we were delighted to hear Premier Jay Weatherill announce that South Australia will now take care of its own energy. We do not want to see it bullied by the Federal Government into going backwards with plans to increase gas. We don’t need new gas power stations emitting more methane while existing ones are running to capacity. The quickest, cleanest, cheapest solution is to support Port Augusta’s Solar Thermal power station, which could be up and running next year and with more to quickly follow. It would return jobs to Port Augusta and to the wider community in manufacturing and construction and keep South Australia at the forefront of renewable energy in Australia. There would be no threats to our air and water, no destruction of prime agricultural land being turned into industrial wastelands by gas wells, ponds, pipelines, roadways and trucks, and the State Government can then declare a ban on any form of gas extraction on prime agricultural land. Merilyn Paxton, Chair, Limestone Coast Protection Alliance please write to: The Editor pO Box 22 Millicent SA 5280 fax 8733 4341 Email: email@example.com 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 DES WILLIAMS Hatherleigh You could open up some of the old coal-fired power stations in our hour of need. SHIRLEY ORCHARD Millicent Nuclear energy is the answer. JOHN HAMILL Millicent I believe in nuclear energy because it is clean and reliable. reduce the renewable energy target, ban fracking in the South East, almost totally deregulate shopping hours, introduce regional health boards and apply a cap on council rates. Further policies will be announced by the Liberal Party in coming months as it will not adopt a “small target” strategy which has been rejected by voters in successive state elections. The Millicent branch of the Liberal Party is to be commended for staging tomorrow night’s forum for candidates but The South Eastern Times is disappointed that it is not a public event.
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