The South Eastern Times : March 9th 2017
2 OPiNiON IT is surprising that the state’s newest political party has yet to commit to standing a candidate in the local seat of MacKillop in the next state election in 12 months from now. SA Best has evolved from the Nick Xenophon Team, which is headed by independent senator Nick Xenophon. The new party is not expected to field candidates in all 47 House of Assembly seats and Senator Xenophon has told this newspaper that its local intentions may be clearer after the Liberal Party selects its MacKillop candidate at Naracoorte on March 19. OUR VIEW SA Best has been formed at a time of volatility in the electorate with polls and election results both showing that voters are turning their backs on the two major parties increasing numbers, and embracing independents and the various minor parties. Senator Xenophon would be well aware of this as his party’s candidate James Stacey snared 30pc of the primary vote in the local seat of Barker in the Federal poll last July. Mr Stacey had some significant disadvantages as he did not live in the electorate, was a National Party candidate in the 2013 poll, did not visit Millicent and his campaign was relatively low-key. Nevertheless, Mr Stacey won the primary vote at the booth at Newbery Park Primary School and also the booth at the Millicent War Memorial Civic and Arts Centre after the allocation of preferences. Over the course of the next year, Senator Xenophon and his SA Best TALKING TO THE TIMES What do you think of the Liberal Party policy of putting a cap on council rate rises? 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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 Communities unite to address rural suicide A SUCCESSFUL rural health program is set to be rolled-out across parts of regional South Australia thanks to efforts of local community groups and the National Centre for Farmer Health. Lifeline South East SA, the Country Women’s Association and the Naracoorte Suicide Prevention Network have committed to support sessions in local communities which will be based on the Victorian-based Looking Over The Farm Gate program. Funding support from the Aussie Farmers Foundation was available to bring sessions to South Australia, which would initially be focused around the South East and Coorong communities. As regional secretary of Livestock SA, I’m also keen to see our organisation take a proactive role in facilitating these sessions because they are of great benefit to the farming community and associated rural industries iNDEX 50 yEARS AgO ........................................10 TV gUiDE .......................................................21 PUzzLES ........................................................26 CLASSiFiEDS ............................................27 WEATHER FOR MILLICENT BEACHPORT TIDE TIMES Thursday 9 12.52am 0.97m 8.19am 0.39m Friday Thursday Max 32°C Min 15°C Partly cloudy Chance of rain - 0% UV: Very high Friday Max 27°C Min 14°C Partly cloudy Chance of rain - 20% 1-5mm UV: Very high Saturday Max 24°C Min 14°C Shower or two Chance of rain - 60% 1-5mm UV: Moderate Sunday Max 23°C Min 13°C Possible shower Chance of rain - 30% 1-5mm UV: High Monday Max 25°C Min 12°C Cloud clearing Chance of rain - 10% 1-5mm UV: Very high District: Thursday Mostly sunny. Light winds becoming west to northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the morning then turning south to southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h in the late morning and early afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to around 15 with daytime temperatures reaching 29 to 34. Friday Partly cloudy. Light winds becoming southerly 15 to 20 km/h during the day. Overnight temperatures falling to around 13 with daytime temperatures reaching 25 to 31. Saturday Cloudy. Medium (60%) chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm. Light winds becoming southerly 15 to 20 km/h during the afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to around 13 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to mid 20s. Coastal: Thursday Winds variable about 10 knots becoming southerly 10 to 15 knots in the morning. Seas below 1 metre. 1st swell southwesterly 1.5 metres. 2nd swell southeasterly around 1 metre. Friday Winds south to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots. Seas around 1 metre. Swell southwesterly 1.5 metres. 702823 2 - The South Eastern Times, Thursday, March 9, 2017 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au 10 12.29am 1.02m 8.21am 0.39m 1.08pm 0.58m 5.49pm 0.53m Saturday 11 12.51am 1.07m 8.35am 0.41m 1.07pm 0.7m 5.57pm 0.48m Sunday 12 1.17am 1.1m 8.39am 0.42m 1.30pm 0.83m 6.17pm 0.43m ROBE TIDE TIMES Thursday 9 1.04am 0.97m 8.31am 0.39m Friday 10 12.41am 1.02m 8.33am 0.39m 1.20pm 0.58m 6.01pm 0.53m Saturday 11 1.03am 1.07m 8.44am 0.41m 1.19pm 0.7m 6.09pm 0.48m Sunday 11 1.29am 1.1m 8.51am 0.42m 1.42pm 0.83m 6.29pm 0.43m Thursday 9th Sunrise 7.01am Sunset 7.36pm Friday 10th Sunrise 7.02am Sunset 7.35pm Saturday 11th Sunrise 7.03am Sunset 7.33pm Sunday 12th Sunrise 7.04am Sunset 7.32pm There are always a number of unique stress triggers in our region. Dairy farmers are trying to ride-out a very difficult period and even though it has been a more favourable 12 months for broadacre producers, we have just come out of two years of unprecedented drought and we never know when the next failed season might hit us. And families who derive their livelihoods from the Coorong fishing industry are under extreme pressure due to the devastating impact on local fish stocks caused by seals. I’ve just returned from Meningie where my conversations with local fishermen confirmed the mental health and suicide risks caused by the seals, so we plan to bring the program to that community too. Almost 100 events have been held under the Look Over the Farmgate banner in the past 12 months, promoting the importance of making sure farming families, and the communities they support, look after themselves and look out for their neighbours. The sessions involve training and activities which raise awareness and support physical and mental health, as well as issues of domestic violence in rural communities. I am also a community ambassador for suicide prevention research and awareness project The Ripple Effect said different rural health initiatives complemented each other. There are no ‘one size fits all’ solutions in promoting rural health. That’s why we need to take a multipronged approach and programs like the Ripple Effect and Looking Over The Farmgate work really well together. The challenge of understanding and supporting the health and wellbeing of farming communities is an ongoing one and every little bit of community engagement and professional research helps.” Developed by the National Centre for Farmer Health, The Ripple Effect is designed to investigate effective ways to reduce the stigma among males from the farming community who have been bereaved by suicide, attempted suicide or impacted by suicide in any other way. The research phase of The Ripple Effect is due to conclude later this month. I call on members of the community to complete the project’s anonymous online survey, which will help build a wide cross-section of data to guide mental health professionals in developing future rural health programs. In a typical year, 2500 Australians will die by suicide and too many of these tragedies occur in local farming communities. That’s why The Ripple Effect is so important and why we need rural community members, farmers, their families, friends and colleagues to share their experiences and insights about rural suicide. Tom Dawkins Naracoorte RUTH STRATFORD Millicent I am appreciative of what Wattle Range Council does with the swimming lake, library, waste management and playgrounds. COLLEEN STEWART Mount Burr I am happy with the status quo. ROBERT DUNN Millicent I think rate capping is a good thing and especially for pensioners. supporters must formulate and articulate sound policies and not simply rely on voter dissatisfaction to win seats in the state election. It is around 40 years since Senator Xenophon first won a significant election when he became editor of the weekly student magazine On Dit at the University of Adelaide. He has since shown himself to be a canny politician, but an SA Best victory in MacKillop looks unlikely. The lack of an immediate commitment to a candidate in MacKillop was a false step by the fledgling SA Best party.
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