The South Eastern Times : March 23rd 2017
2 OPINION IT is important the residents of Millicent as well as its shop employees and owners voice their opinions about local shop trading hours. The postal ballot closes on Monday and Wattle Range Council is keen to gather feedback. Not only is there the simple task of ticking a single box on the ballot paper to indicate “yes” or “no” to deregulation, there is plenty of space to write comments. The long process to this shop hours ballot began over eight months ago in July when council decided to go to public consultation. OUR VIEW The start of the ballot was announced by council on February 22, but the ballot papers took a few weeks to arrive in letterboxes. Eligible people who have not yet received voting forms in the mail can still lodge a vote and an opinion by contacting council directly. A very small participation rate in the survey would be unhelpful as council sets about its deliberations. One of the important aspects of the current regulated shopping hours regime in Millicent is sometimes misunderstood. There is an incorrect belief that the law prevents all shops in Millicent from trading late and opening on Sundays and public holidays. The actual situation is that only Woolworths, Foster’s Foodland and Target have their hours regulated. Every other store in Millicent currently has unrestricted trading, but TALKING TO THE TIMES ABN: 65 007 614851 Published: Tuesday & Thursday Deadlines: Displays: 10am 2 days prior to publication Classifieds: 11am day prior to publication Copy: 5pm 2 days prior to publication General Manager: Dennis Jackson Phone: 8724 1505, Email: email@example.com Advertising: Christian Greco Phone: 8733 3755, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising Manager: Dennis Jackson Phone: 8724 1505, Email: email@example.com Editor: Jason Wallace Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Administration: Caroline Hammat Email: email@example.com Responsibility for editorial comment is taken by Jason Wallace, 81 Commercial Street East, Mount Gambier. The SE Times proudly uses 100% recycled paper. 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 Have you taken part in the shopping hours postal ballot which closes on Monday? TREVOR CRANAGE Millicent I voted yes to deregulation because shopkeepers should have the right to trade when they want. PETER SCANLON Millicent I voted no to deregulation. I reckon it is good the way it is. We don’t need any more shopping hours. KEVIN BANKS Millicent I voted no to deregulation because I like to keep the Independents like Fosters and IGA in business. They employ a lot of locals and do a lot of good for the local community. ‘Gas mining assault’ begins on South East land LETTER TO THE EDITOR THE assault on our land has begun. The bombshell was dropped on Friday. The State Government has issued a Petroleum Production Licence (PPL62) to Beach Energy who have announced they will be drilling for gas near Penola this year. Premier Jay Weatherill is giving them $6m to help them out. They’ll be going down 3.5km to a reservoir of trapped gas, a conventional play. INDEX PuzzLES ...........................................................8 TV GuIDE .......................................................16 50 yEARS AGO ........................................18 CLASSIfIEDS ............................................19 SPORT ..............................................................20 WEATHER FOR MILLICENT BEACHPORT TIDE TIMES Thursday 23 8.41am 0.46m 11.41pm 0.96m Friday Thursday Max 24°C Min 13°C Partly cloudy Chance of rain - 20% 1-5mm UV: Very high Friday Max 26°C Min 11°C Possible shower Chance of rain - 30% 1-5mm UV: Very high Saturday Max 26°C Min 14°C Partly cloudy Chance of rain - 20% 1-5mm UV: Very high Sunday Max 27°C Min 12°C Partly cloudy Chance of rain - 25% 1-5mm UV: Very high Monday Max 27°C Min 17°C Possible shower Chance of rain - 30% 1-5mm UV: Very high District: Thursday Partly cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower during the morning. Winds southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h becoming light before dawn then becoming southeasterly 20 to 30 km/h early in the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to around 12 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to high 20s. Friday Partly cloudy. Slight (30%) chance of a shower in the afternoon and evening. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to around 11 with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 20s. Saturday Partly cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower near the eastern border in the morning. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to around 14 with daytime temperatures reaching the mid to high 20s. Coastal: Thursday Winds southeasterly 15 to 20 knots. Seas 1.5 to 2 metres. 1st swell southwesterly 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 2 metres around midday. 2nd swell southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning. Friday Winds easterly 15 to 20 knots decreasing to about 10 knots during the afternoon. Seas 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon or evening. 1st swell southwesterly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres during the morning. 2nd swell southeasterly around 1 metre. 2 - The South Eastern Times, Thursday, March 23, 2017 24 7.48am 0.45m 2.36pm 0.67m 5.20pm 0.64m Saturday 25 12.10am 1.02m 7.41am 0.43m 1.28pm 0.7m 6.09pm 0.57m Sunday 26 12.36am 1.07m 7.51am 0.41m 1.13pm 0.8m 6.49pm 0.5m ROBE TIDE TIMES Thursday 23 8.53am 0.46m 11.53pm 0.96m Friday 24 8.00am 0.45m 2.48pm 0.67m 5.32pm 0.64m Saturday 25 12.22am 1.02m 7.53am 0.43m 1.40pm 0.7m 6.21pm 0.57m Sunday 26 12.48am 1.07m 8.03am 0.41m 1.25pm 0.8m 7.01pm 0.5m Thursday 23rd Sunrise 7.14am Sunset 7.15pm Friday 24th Sunrise 7.15am Sunset 7.13pm Saturday 25th Sunrise 7.16am Sunset 7.12pm Sunday 26th Sunrise 7.17am Sunset 7.10pm www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au 702826 During exploratory drilling at Jolly 1 and Bungaloo wells in 2014, both on private property, they discovered a supply of gas which, they say, can be extracted using conventional drilling methods - not fracking. Conventional wells can also be fracked if needed. Nearly 50 South East communities were surveyed. Of those people surveyed, 96pc do not want gas fields here. How did it come to this? Fracking, to petroleum companies, only means the series of explosions deep underground, peppering the pipe with small holes and causing fractures in the surrounding shale so the gas can flow more freely It is the least harmful of the many processes that make up the extraction of the gas, and the difference between so called conventional and unconventional gas extraction. “Conventional” has come to mean to some people that it’s okay. They won’t be fracking. But there is no reason whatever to relax about this. Most of the damage in gas extraction occurs at or near the surface and bears little or no relationship to whether they frack or not. The most serious danger to surface water and soil comes from spills and leaks during transportation, piping etc. It is through lack of knowledge, with petroleum companies playing on this lack, that some people have come to believe conventional extraction is safer than unconventional. Victoria has a ban on unconventional but a moratorium on conventional. Why? Opposition Leader Steven Marshall proposes a 10 year moratorium on fracking in the SE if the Liberals win the next SA election. Again, conventional extraction is apparently seen as okay. The State Parliament’s Natural Resources Committee inquiry was only into unconventional gas (fracking) in the South East. Why not “gas extraction”? The inquiry found there was no social licence for fracking in the South East and left us wide open for Beach Energy to walk in unhampered by any problem with social licence as conventional gas extraction gets no mention. This is a disaster for the South East. Beach Energy say they will hold public information sessions before they start drilling. Since they have already made up their minds about what they are going to do, this will be for them to tell us rather for us to tell them. We have already said, loudly and clearly, we don’t want gas fields here. The State Government has given Beach Energy $6 m towards the destruction of the South East. The question is, would the Liberals treat us any better? Marcia Lorenz Limestone Coast Protection Alliance only a small number choose to extend their opening hours. The South Eastern Times is not taking a stance on the deregulation issue other than to urge residents, shopkeepers and shop workers to have their say. Voting is not compulsory, but it is strongly recommended. Other votes about the possibility of deregulating shopping hours in Millicent have been held in years gone by. It is over a decade since the last ballot and it is difficult to discern if there is a mood for change.
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