The South Eastern Times : February 28th 2017
2 OpINION THE old saying about “the squeaky wheel getting the grease” seems to have been adopted by the acting leader of a South East council. Acting Robe Mayor Harvey Nolan has certainly pulled no punches about the condition of roads in his council area in a direct letter to Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan. Councillor Nolan had the backing of his council in writing to the minister and explaining the problems created by the cocktail of heavy vehicles and tourist traffic using the same roads. Without a doubt, the sentiments expressed by Cr Nolan would be shared by other councils across the region and beyond. OUR VIEW Cr Nolan did not say it in his letter, but it is well known that the Labor State Government has poured huge amounts into roads and related infrastructure projects in Adelaide over the past 15 years. This spending helped it retain government, but it may only have 12 months left in office. It is hoped that letters such as Cr Nolan’s may attract some direct and immediate action from the transport minister or his potential Liberal successor. On the podium THE remarkable consistency of The South Eastern Times in publishing a quality twiceweekly newspaper was again recognised at the annual Country Press Association of South Australia awards at Hahndorf on Friday night. Of the 29 newspapers around the state, The South Eastern Times is just about alone in achieving five consecutive podium finishes. Although we had to surrender the mantle of best newspaper in our circulation category, the margin was a narrow two points. We have now achieved three firsts, a second and a third. TALKING TO THE TIMES What is your view on Millicent’s regulated shopping hours? 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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 Tale of a hopeless romantic Lives at risk on roads MOIRA NEAGLE Guest columnist MY husband really should not forget Valentine’s Day as it is the day before his birthday. One would also think that if he wanted to enjoy a happy birthday that it would be in his best interests to ensure that Valentine’s Day was suitably celebrated as insurance for the following day. This year, when I awoke on February 14th, I wished him a Happy Valentine’s. That was all, an expression of my affection, no grand gestures. INDEX TV GUIDE .......................................................12 50 YEARS AGO ........................................13 TRADES AND SERVICES ..............14 pUzzLES ........................................................15 CLASSIFIEDS ............................................16 SpORT RESULTS ..................................18 WEATHER FOR MILLICENT Tuesday Max 34°C Min 19°C Mostly sunny Chance of Rain - 0% UV: Very high Wednesday Max 34°C Min 19°C Mostly sunny Chance of Rain - 5% 1-5mm UV: Very high Thursday Max 34°C Min 17°C Sunny Chance of Rain - 0% UV: Very high 2 - The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Light winds becoming south to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the evening then becoming light in the late evening. Overnight temperatures falling to around 19 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to mid 30s. Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Light winds becoming south to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h during the afternoon then becoming light during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to around 19 with daytime temperatures reaching 32 to 37. Thursday: Very hot and mostly sunny. Light winds becoming south to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h during the afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to around 18 with daytime temperatures reaching 32 to 38. Coastal – Tuesday: Winds south to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots early in the morning then becoming south to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots late afternoon. Seas below 1 metre. Swell southwesterly 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning. Wednesday: Variable about 10 knots. Seas below 1 metre. Swell southwesterly 2 metres. Tues 28th Sunrise 6.52am Sunset 7.49pm Wed 1st Sunrise 6.53am Sunset 7.48pm BEACHPORT TIDE TIMES Tues 28 2.22am 1.21m 9.22am 0.37m 2.33pm 0.94m 7.25pm 0.37m Wed 1 2.47am 1.16m 9.10am 0.38m 3.02pm 1.0m 7.43pm 0.41m ROBE TIDE TIMES Tues 28 2.34am 1.21m 9.34am 0.37m 2.45pm 0.94m 7.37pm 0.37m Wed 1 9.17am 0.43m 9.22am 0.38m 3.14pm 1.0m 7.55pm 0.41m 702882 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au He immediately began a lament on how he had not organised anything for me (and as the day progressed, still did not). That is okay. I’m not fussed by this. I think Valentine’s Day is commercialisation designed to make us spend ridiculous amounts of money on needless things. How many soft toys can one planet support, for goodness sake? Last week, I was on a school camp and was away for three days. When I returned home, there was a bowl of flowers for me with a note saying, “Happy Belated Valentine’s.” Well, that was fine but the arrangement looked somewhat wilted. Something, apart from its tardiness, was not completely right with this gift. When he got home, he told me that he had been up the street and met a friend who had a couple of flower arrangements on his tray-top. His wife was in hospital and she had asked him to remove the flowers as they were making her sneeze. My husband generously offered to take one off his hands. Thus, I received secondhand flowers, paid for by who someone completely unknown, 10 days late and they are looking just a little worse for wear. Not to worry. I always have flowers inside, predominantly from our garden, so I pulled out the wilted and added some of our Belladonna lilies and some foliage. Good as new again. THE recent fatality at Clay Wells on the Princes Highway has sheeted home the desperate condition of the Princes Highway, particularly the section between Kingston to Millicent. This issue is not a new one. In 2005, the RAA gave the Princes Highway an overall rating of 3.5/10 and after subsequent improvements were made, a rating of 4/10 in 2009. Clearly this is a fail and simply not good enough. This is a high priority safety issue for everyone who travels on it. It demands urgent attention from government, especially if the South Australian Government and Federal Government have a shared commitment to “Towards Zero Together”, with its goal of reducing road trauma. The issues our group has identified include pavement rehabilitation, increased shoulder seal width, edge drop and we agree 100pc with the RAA that the highest priority for this section is to widen the road to ensure adequate room for large vehicles to pass one another The RAA’s 2014 assessment identified the Kingston to Millicent section as the worst of the five sections assessed on the Princes Highway. Sadly, we have lost yet another member of our community on this below standard stretch of the Princes Highway. We believe that it is only a matter of time before another serious or fatal crash occurs if actions are not taken by responsible government to act on the November 2014 recommendations made by the RAA. Brenton Dohnt Chair Wattle Range Road Safety Group IAN DUFF Millicent I think they should open up the shopping hours and keep more locals and tourists shopping in Millicent. TRUDY MENGERSON Millicent I think the shops should be allowed to open longer because it will save people from going to Mount Gambier and it will keep the money in Millicent. ELLEN GROSSER Millicent I reckon the shopping hours should stay as they are. We acknowledge that the weekly Loxton News was a worthy winner and, like us part of a family-owned stable of newspapers with deep community roots. The awards were also a time to shine for our sister newspaper The Border Watch. It won a remarkable six of the 13 individual awards on offer with honours spread among its journalists, sub-editors, photographers, graphic designers and media sales consultants. There are many challenges ahead in the ever-changing media landscape, but independent judges have again affirmed that readers and advertisers always receive a quality newspaper produced by the Scott Group of Companies.
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