The South Eastern Times : January 9th 2018
2 OPINION WITH the March election rapidly approaching and the state emerging from its summer slumber, political announcements about candidates are coming at a quicker pace with two decisions revealed on the weekend. Former Millicent resident and Liberal Party candidate Andrew Stratford has ended speculation about his political future by announcing he will stand as the Nick Xenophon SA Best Party candidate in the Adelaide Hills seat of Kavel. On the other hand, former Liberal leader-turned-Labor Party cabinet minister Martin Hamilton-Smith is heading for retirement as he will not re-contest the OUR VIEW seat of Waite, which takes in some of Adelaide’s silvertail suburbs. There would be plenty of locals who like to see Mr Stratford succeed in his quest as his knowledge of Millicent would be invaluable in the House of Assembly. Mr Stratford spent the first half of his life in Millicent and retains close ties to this area. With his background in business, local government and community activities, widespread dissatisfaction with the two major parties, retirement of the sitting member and the vote-grabbing allure of his party leader Nick Xenophon, Mr Stratford stands a good chance of victory. If so, it would continue Millicent High School’s unbroken representation in State Parliament dating back to the early 1960s. Until 2006 the school could proudly point to having up to three of its old scholars serving in State Parliament. With the retirement of incumbent Liberal MP for MacKillop Mitch Williams in March, this number will probably be reduced to nil unless Mr Stratford succeeds. TALKING TO THE TIMES When should life guards be on duty at the Millicent Swimming Lake? 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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 Audited by the Audit Bureau of Circulations 726885 LETTER TO THE EDITOR Groundwater protection vital for agriculture sector THE goose that laid the golden gas eggs for the domestic east coast gas market, which includes South Australia, had its neck well and truly rung, when exports started out of Queensland in December 2014 . The theory behind the SA PACE grants (worth $48m) is that by increasing the availability of supply of locally-sourced gas it will put downward pressure on power prices. That belief is not supported by independent energy analysts because we are linked to the global market. The conditions of the SA PACE grants do not control price. Gas companies have said they will sell the gas at prevailing market prices. And that is understandable - gas companies are neither charities nor state-owned entities. INDEX TV GUIDE ..........................................................9 TRADES AND SERVICES ..............10 50 YEARS AGO ........................................11 PUZZLES ........................................................12 CLASSIFIEDS ............................................13 SPORT ..............................................................14 WEATHER FOR MILLICENT Tuesday Max 22°C Min 13°C Partly cloudy Chance of Rain - no rain UV: Extreme Wednesday Max 27°C Min 10°C Partly cloudy Chance of Rain - no rain UV: Extreme Thursday Max 26°C Min 11°C Becoming cloudy Chance of Rain - no rain UV: Extreme 2 - The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Tuesday: Cloud clearing. Light winds becoming southerly 15 to 25 km/h in the morning then tending southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the late evening. Overnight temperatures falling to 13 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to mid 20s. Wednesday: Partly cloudy. Winds east to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h tending northwest to northeasterly in the afternoon then tending southeast to southwesterly in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 8 and 11 with daytime temperatures reaching 27.Thursday: Mostly sunny morning. Light winds becoming northwest to northeasterly 15 to 25 km/h during the morning then becoming light during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to around 13 with daytime temperatures reaching the low to high 30s. Coastal – Tuesday: Winds south to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots, turning south to southeasterly during the afternoon, increasing to 15 to 20 knots north of Port MacDonnell. Seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening. Swell southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres. Wednesday: Winds east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots. Seas around 1 metre. Swell southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres. Tues 9th Sunrise 5.58am Sunset 8.33pm Wed 10th Sunrise 5.58am Sunset 8.33pm BEACHPORT TIDE TIMES Tues 9 5.03am 0.9m 10.15am 0.41m 6.29am 0.72m 9.52pm 0.6m Wed 10 2.27am 0.82m 10.59am0.39m 8.17am 0.77m 10.50pm 0.73m ROBE TIDE TIMES Tues 9 5.15am 0.9m 10.27am 0.41m 6.41pm 0.72m 10.04pm 0.6m Wed 10 2.39am 0.82m 11.11am 0.39m 8.29am 0.77m 11.02pm 0.73m 725590 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au They have shareholders to please who expect profits and dividends. When Katnook was in operation, the east coast gas market was for domestic supply only and gas was cheap, but those days are gone. We are now linked to the global market and the consequences for Australian businesses have been devastating. Cost of gas tripled, even quadrupled in price, not only due to the export price parity, but also due to price gouging by the gas companies. By the time the Federal Government implemented a kind of pseudo reservation policy by threatening to restrict gas exports, businesses had gone bust or offshore and people had lost their jobs in droves. Why did the Federal Government not protect the domestic gas supply in the first place with a reservation policy? Why indeed did they allow the export of gas at all? Why did they not ensure Australian businesses maintained their competitive edge? They have fundamentally failed to protect domestic gas supply, the environment, public health and prime agricultural land. The SA Government has been encouraging conventional and unconventional gas (shale gas, tight gas and shale oil) development in the South East ever since Katnook was mothballed and before there was any talk of a so-called gas shortage. The Roadmap for Unconventional Gas Projects in SA was published in 2012. The Otway basin was described based on its shale gas plays, tight gas plays and shale oil plays. But unfortunately South Australia’s “robust” regulations have not prevented groundwater contamination in the Cooper Basin. Leaks and spills were found to be the main cause of the contamination both historically and in recent times. The South East has not been without incident either. For example at the Katnook - Ladbroke Grove gas plants, a groundwater monitoring program was carried out in November 2006 to look at any impact on the ground water due to the operations. The results found the concentration of total petroleum hydrocarbons (THP) at the GW3 groundwater well was elevated. Apparently the THP had been much higher because the report said it had reduced by an order of magnitude since the 2005 sampling event. The report also found mercury in groundwater wells GW06 and GW09 exceeded the freshwater guidelines. The source of the mercury contamination was not known. However, mercury is a common element in natural gas. So we should not be complacent about conventional gas. It has its risks. The petroleum industry wants Australia to be the world’s leading LNG exporter. They want moratoriums and bans lifted. They want access to more gas from under our farmland. If we value our productive agricultural region in the South East, which generates one-third of the value of South Australia’s agricultural produce from only 2pc of its land mass, then we should put the protection of our groundwater first and say no to this industry in our region. Sophie Henke, Mount Gambier EMMA HAWKE, Millicent Whenever there are people swimming in the lake. JOHN CLARKE, Millicent When the temperature reaches 30 degrees and above. KATHY COOTE, Millicent In the peak swimming season over summer. Meanwhile, the retirement of Mr Hamilton-Smith after 21 years as an MP was expected as some opinion polls had him attracting only a meager 5pc of the primary vote in Waite. There is no doubting that he was a politician with an ego, ideas and ability and his approach attracted admirers in some quarters and great hostility in others. Ever since he was cast as MacDuff in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth at his Adelaide suburban secondary school in 1971, Mr Hamilton-Smith has been one to seek centre stage. His retirement marks the end of a polarising and eventful political career.
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