The South Eastern Times : April 13th 2017
8 OPINION THE decision of the community to strongly support Millicent’s rare shopping hours status poses a dilemma for newly-endorsed Liberal Party candidate for MacKillop Nick McBride. The recent postal vote arranged by Wattle Range Council attracted around 1500 responses with almost 80pc backing the status quo. That is, Millicent’s three regulated shops cannot open on most nights or on Sundays and public holidays unless special exemptions are granted. Council considered the ballot outcome at its monthly meeting on Tuesday and noted the findings, which OUR VIEW means no steps to deregulate the Millicent Proclaimed Shopping District will be taken. By any reckoning, an 80pc vote and a 1500 turnout are decisive and strongly reflect what Millicent people want. Will Mr McBride back Millicent if he is elected next March and the Liberal Party wins government? After all, it is a long-held Liberal Party policy for almost total deregulation of shopping hours in South Australia. If the Liberals win office in 11 months from now, their policy states the Millicent Proclaimed Shopping District will be abolished and all shops will be permitted to trade from at least midnight until 9pm on just about every day of the year. If elected, Mr McBride must either advocate strongly for Millicent’s rare shopping status and secure a change to Liberal Party policy or be prepared to cross the floor when the legislation comes before the House of Assembly. 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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 Council rate freeze demand Nuclear waste consultation ENOUGH is enough. The decision by the Wattle Range Council to back a campaign by the Local Government Association of South Australia against a move to restrict the rise in council rates to the annual CPI index using rate payers money to finance the campaign is nothing less than declaring war on the ratepayers. The Wattle Range Council area is the most expensive region in the South East to own a house or property. Wattle Range Council and other councils should stop using rate revenue as an open cheque book and start showing some restraint in expenditures. INDEX EASTER TRADING HOURS .........17 PUZZLES ........................................................18 TV GUIDE .......................................................19 CLASSIFIEDS ............................................23 WEATHER FOR MILLICENT BEACHPORT TIDE TIMES Thursday 13 1.06am 1.0m 5.59am 0.35m 1.35pm 1.29m 7.15pm 0.53m Friday 15 1.29am 0.97m 6.16am 0.33m 2.01pm 1.31m 7.42pm 0.56m Thursday Max 27°C Min 11°C Early fog then sunny Chance of rain - 5% 1-5mm UV: Moderate Friday Max 20°C Min 10°C Cloudy Chance of rain - 20% 1-5mm UV: Low Saturday Max 19°C Min 8°C Cloudy Chance of rain - 10% 1-5mm UV: Low Sunday Max 21°C Min 8°C Possible shower Chance of rain - 30% 1-5mm UV: Moderate Monday Max 22°C Min 10°C Mostly sunny Chance of rain - 5% 1-5mm UV: Moderate District: Thursday Areas of fog in the early morning. Mostly sunny day. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to around 7 with daytime temperatures reaching the low 20s. Friday Cloudy. Areas of morning fog. Slight (20%) chance of a shower in the south. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to between 8 and 11 with daytime temperatures reaching between 19 and 22. Saturday Cloudy. Areas of morning fog. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to between 5 and 8 with daytime temperatures reaching between 18 and 22. Coastal: Thursday Winds variable below 10 knots becoming westerly about 10 knots south of Port MacDonnell for a period in the afternoon. Seas below 1 metre. Swell southwesterly 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 2 metres around midday. Friday Winds northeast to northwesterly 15 to 25 knots turning west to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon. Seas 1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the evening. Swell southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres. 8 - The South Eastern Times, Thursday, April 13, 2017 Saturday 15 1.50am 0.92m 6.35am 0.32m 2.27pm 1.3m 8.12pm 0.6m Sunday 16 2.08am 0.87m 6.55am 0.33m 2.54pm 1.26m 8.45pm 0.65m ROBE TIDE TIMES Thursday 13 1.18am 1.0m 6.11am 0.35m 1.47pm 1.29m 7.27pm 0.53m Friday 14 1.41am 0.97m 6.28am 0.33m 2.13pm 1.31m 7.54pm 0.56m Saturday 15 2.02am 0.92m 6.47am 0.32m 2.39pm 1.3m 8.24pm 0.6m Sunday 16 2.20am 0.87m 7.07am 0.33m 3.06pm 1.26m 8.57pm 0.65m Thursday 13th Sunrise 6.33am Sunset 5.44pm Friday 14th Sunrise 6.34am Sunset 5.43pm Saturday 15th Sunrise 6.35am Sunset 5.41pm Sunday 16th Sunrise 6.36am Sunset 5.40pm www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au 708529 Why should ratepayers in the Wattle Range area pay $700 more for the same value house than in towns in council areas next to Wattle Range and similarly between $600 - $1200 more for a rural property of the same value? A $300,000 house in Millicent attracts annual rates of $1741 while a similar house at Port MacDonnell is only $1005. The rates payable on an $800,000 farm in the Wattle Range Council area is $3483, while the owner of a similar property in the Kingston District Council would pay $2168. We call on the Wattle Range Council to rescind its support for the LGA campaign using rate money to fund the campaign. We further request the rates are frozen for the following three years to try and reduce the odious comparison with neighbouring councils. Wattle Range ratepayers deserve better. The purpose of such an association will be to work towards a more equitable rate outcome for our ratepayers. We will also be seeking interested parties to stand for council in the future that support this aim. We call on existing councillors to show their support in this year’s budget proposals to hold rate revenue at its current level. Martin Cameron (Thornlea), Peter Altschwager (Tantanoola), Michael McCourt (Thornlea) I WRITE in response to the letter titled “Nuclear waste decision to cause uncertainty” published in The South Eastern Times on March 28. Radioactive waste is currently stored in more than 100 locations across the country, and international best practice and government policy is to bring this material to a purpose-built, safe facility near a community that broadly supports it. Two landowners in Kimba recently volunteered two new parcels of land for this National Radioactive Waste Management Facility, and therefore an early community consultation is underway. With a number of neighbours and the local council having already indicated that they support these sites moving forward, we are now assessing, via a 90-day consultation process and vote, whether the broad community supports either of those two parcels of land hosting this type of industry. Every new parcel of land volunteered is considered on its individual merits. These new nominations relate to different parcels of land than those that were previously assessed in Kimba, which were not progressed after consideration of a range of received submissions, feedback from the community meetings that were held, and the results of a community poll that showed 51pc of the community said they wanted to move forward to the next stage of assessment. This showed the previous sites did not have broad enough community support. While the new sites in Kimba are still in the initial consultation stages, detailed assessment continues at Wallerberdina Station. Once it is complete, a decision will be made on whether that site is suitable. The Federal Government has said this facility will only be placed on volunteered land in a location that has community support, and we continue to engage, in good faith, with communities interested in participating in this conversation. Bruce Wilson Head of Resources Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science What do you think of Millicent shopping hours remaining unchanged following an 80pc community vote in support of the status quo? PAUL RYAN Millicent I agree that the status quo remains and Millicent is unique with its shopping hours. MARGARET GRAY Millicent It is very good because people who work in shops need to have their time off. I am rapt because another shop will not be closing in Millicent. TOM BUTLER Millicent this issue, the Millicent shopping hours matter could provide vital oxygen for campaigns in the MacKillop electorate, which could be run by the Labor Party, independent candidates or someone representing Senator Nick Xenophon’s new SA Best party. Current Liberal member for MacKillop Mitch Williams certainly did nothing for the commercial vibrancy of Millicent when he shut his electorate office in Davenport Street almost 20 years ago and shifted it to Naracoorte. Mr McBride can enhance his support in Millicent by backing this community’s stance on shopping hours.
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