The South Eastern Times : April 11th 2017
4 OPINION WHEN you live in one region for almost 100 years, you are bound to leave your mark. Although almost three decades has passed since the death in Millicent Hospital of Leslie Brooks at the age of 99, there is certain to be a large gathering of his family at a special service at Kalangadoo on April 23. Known as “Stumpy”, he is one of three late local soldiers and old scholars of Kalangadoo Primary School who will be honoured at the annual Kalangadoo Remembers event. Each year for around a decade, members of the tight-knit Kalangadoo OUR VIEW community have gathered at the town’s picturesque cemetery to honour service personnel such as Private Stumpy Brooks. Some of them lie within the Kalangadoo Cemetery’s boundary while others rest on battlefields or at other cemeteries. The commemoration on the Sunday preceding Anzac Day takes the form of a dawn service and it is undertaken in a dignified and purposeful manner. It is followed by a breakfast in the Riddoch Memorial Institute and further details appear in this edition of The South Eastern Times. Such commemorative occasions are usually staged by the local branch of the Returned and Services League, but Kalangadoo’s group went into recess many years ago. Community members at Kalangadoo have willingly embraced the task of honouring wartime service and TALKING TO THE TIMES Are you ready for winter? 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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 MOIRA NEAGLE Guest columnist WE don’t appear to be overly concerned about losing the Great Barrier Reef. I haven’t seen it so I don’t really know what we will be missing. I guess there are millions of others like me. We appear dispassionate about the growing continent of plastic in the North Pacific. I recycle as much plastic as there is available infrastructure to facilitate its reuse. INDEX 50 YEARS AGO ...........................................6 TRADES AND SERVICES ..............13 TV GUIDE .......................................................14 PUZZLES ........................................................15 CLASSIFIEDS ............................................16 SPORT ..............................................................17 WEATHER FOR MILLICENT Tuesday Max 20°C Min 11°C Possible Shower Chance of Rain - 20% 1-5mm UV: Moderate Wednesday Max 22°C Min 8°C Mostly Sunny Chance of Rain - 5% 1-5mm UV: Moderate Thursday Max 22°C Min 8°C Mostly Sunny Chance of Rain - 10% 1-5mm UV: Moderate 4 - The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, April 11, 2017 Tuesday: Cloudy. The chance of fog in the early morning. Slight (20%) chance of a shower in the morning and afternoon. Winds southerly 15 to 25 km/h increasing to 20 to 30 km/h in the early afternoon then turning southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the late afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between 7 and 11 with daytime temperatures reaching between 19 and 22. Wednesday: Mostly sunny. The chance of fog in the early morning. Winds east to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h tending south to southeasterly 15 to 25 km/h during the afternoon then becoming light during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 6 and 9 with daytime temperatures reaching the low 20s. Thursday: Sunny. The chance of fog in the early morning. Light winds becoming southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h during the day then becoming light during the afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between 6 and 9 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to mid 20s. Coastal – Tuesday: Winds southerly 10 to 15 knots turning southeasterly in the late afternoon. Seas1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning. Swell southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres. Wednesday: Winds east to southeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon then becoming east to northeasterly about 10 knots during the evening. Seas below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres inshore during the afternoon. Swell southwesterly 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 3 metres during the evening. Tues 11th Sunrise 6.31am Sunset 5.47pm Wed 12th Sunrise 6.32am Sunset 5.45pm BEACHPORT TIDE TIMES Tues 11 12.13am 1.03m 5.53am 0.45m 12.42pm 1.14m 6.31pm 0.53m Wed 12 12.41am 1.03m 5.46am 0.4m 1.08pm 1.23m 6.50pm 0.52m ROBE TIDE TIMES Tues 11 12.25am 1.03m 6.05pm 0.45m12.54pm 1.14m 6.43pm 0.53m Wed 12 12.53am 1.03m 5.58am 0.4m 1.20pm 1.23m 7.02pm 0.52m 708600 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au I, like so many others, am simply overwhelmed by the implications of ever more plastic in use which ends up swirling around in our oceans. Whether you believe in climate change or not, I don’t believe is that important. The bigger elephant in the room is that there is no disputing the fact that there has never been over 7 billion humans on the Earth before. Our vast numbers are having an impact on our Earth like we never have Vast numbers impact on environmental stability had previously. If there was a similar rapid increase in the number of elephants or orangutan on the planet, the sheer numbers would pose their own specific stresses too. Many of us humans, in the post war decades, have experienced halcyon years of improved health, housing and food. Many of us are wealthier than any such proportion of the human population have ever been. This wealth has allowed us to own so much more stuff than humans have owned previously: a home and a holiday home, annual or more frequent overseas holidays, clothes, boats, four wheel drives, electrical appliances, solar garden lights and so on. Dinosaurs once roamed this planet as the predominant species. Like the pre-eminence of any such dominance, it doesn’t last. Ours won’t either. We are the makers of our own downfall. Maybe we are heading toward a time when another species are the dominant one, maybe it is the elephants’ turn, or the meerkats, or cane toads. Premier’s claim exposed THE Australian Energy Market Operator’s (AEMO) confirmation that the loss of power from wind farms was instrumental in South Australia’s statewide blackout on September 28 of last year has exposed Premier Jay Weatherill’s claims it was wholly the result of the storm. AEMO’s report makes clear that had nine wind farms not tripped unnecessarily there would not have been a statewide blackout Jay Weatherill’s claim that wind farms were in no way responsible for the statewide blackout has been totally discredited. Mr Weatherill’s assertion that the state-wide blackout was the result of the system operating effectively was a desperate attempt to divert attention from his failed energy policies. AEMO’s final report into the statewide blackout leaves no doubt that Mr Weatherill’s foolish decision to leave South Australia at the mercy of the wind plunged every South Australian into darkness. The critical fact is, had the Northern Power Station at Port Augusta been operating rather than wind farms at the time of the storm the entire state would not have been plunged into darkness. Had the Northern Power Station been producing the 460 megawatts of power that wind farms were on the day of the statewide blackout the interconnector to Victoria would not have tripped. South Australia’s over reliance on wind power not only plunged the entire state into darkness but it also prolonged the time it took for the system to be restarted. The AEMO report notes that the key differentiator between the September 28 and three other events is that there was significantly lower inertia in SA in the most recent event, due to a lower number of online synchronous generators. In layman’s terms the reason why it took longer to reconnect SA to the Victorian interconnector than after previous disconnections was because the Weatherill Government forced the coal-fired Northern Power Station to shut down. Steven Marshall South Australian Liberal Leader SAM PAPINA Millicent I have chopped a trailer load of wood and I have lit the slow combustion heater for the first time. LANCE EVANS Mount Burr I am ready to say goodbye to all the millipedes. AVA LESSLIE Melbourne I have got warm clothes and I like drinking hot chocolate. sacrifice and are to be commended for doing so. There is a multitude of tasks to be undertaken in staging Kalangadoo Remembers, including catering, publicity, research, fundraising and making contact with families. Other communities which no longer have a subbranch of the RSL might like to follow the example of Kalangadoo. It is also fitting that this edition of The South Eastern Times is published almost 100 years to the day since Pte Brooks and his fellow Australian soldiers went into the Battle of Bullecourt on the Western Front.
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