The South Eastern Times : January 25th 2018
NEWS 7 IN BRIEF SES boost SOUTH East Street Machines and the South East Classic and Unique Car Club united to donate $2000 to the Penola State Emergency Service. The two car clubs donated $500 each with $1000 fundraised from an observation run held on December 3 beginning in Mount Gambier and ending at Lake McIntyre. The donation is a follow-up from the impressive fundraising effort in 2016, where around $20,000 was raised and divided among the four families affected by the fatal Penola crash. TRUE BLUE DAY: Millicent Lifeline Shop volunteer Dave Hill clowned around with a store mannequin dressed in Australia Day garb. Picture: J.L. “FRED” SMITH Export growth AUSTRALIAN wine exports continue to experience Scotsman calls Australia home J.L. ‘FRED’ SMITH firstname.lastname@example.org VOLUNTEER shop assistant Dave Hill will celebrate Australia Day at his Millicent home tomorrow in “true Aussie style”. He will throw some lamb chops on the barbecue, open a can of draught beer and watch the cricket from the Adelaide Oval on television. Born in Ayrshire, Scotland 62 years ago and a resident of Australia for over half a century, Dave has not yet become a naturalised citizen. Dave told The South Eastern Times he supported Australia Day and has not ruled out taking citizenship one day. His passage via ship from Scotland to Australia in the mid-1960s was quite eventful. “We were the last ship allowed through the Suez Canal before the war,” Dave said. “I had hoped we had been blocked as that would have given us an extra two weeks on the ship - via the Cape of Good Hope. “My parents were 10-pound Scots: Mobile black spot funding call MEMBER for Barker Tony Pasin has welcomed the SA Best Party’s “sudden interest” in continuing the Federal Government Mobile Black Spot Program beyond the first three funding rounds. After pledging to match the State Liberal’s $10m fund for regional mobile service, SA Best leader Nick Xenophon and Mayo MP Rebekah Sharkie called for an additional three rounds of federal funding. Mr Pasin said he had been publicly lobbying both the State Liberal Party and his government colleagues in Canberra for further funding to improve mobile phone coverage. “Within Federal Government, the Coalition knows we need to give regional Australia the best communications network that we can,” he said. “That is why the Coalition Government has invested $220m to the mobile black spot program. “But I understand there is still much to be done in this space. “We recognise the vital importance of mobile phone coverage to people living, working and travelling in regional and remote parts of the country. “Reliable and effective mobile communications is a key driver of the enormous contribution that www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au our regions make to Australia’s economic growth.” Mr Pasin said Labor state and federal governments had failed to address regional mobile black spots sufficiently. “Despite being in government for six years, the Federal Labor did not spend a single dollar on improving mobile phone coverage,” he said. “It’s wonderful the State Liberal Party have announced their policy. “I know this has been on their agenda for a long time. “I also welcome the NXT and SA Best’s sudden interest in this important issue.” SA Best leader Nick Xenophon said investing in a reliable mobile phone network would improve the safety of regional South Australians, but a federal cocontribution was essential. “Any investment by the state must be coupled with all federal MPs in South Australia pushing for rounds four, five and six of the mobile phone black spot program,” he said. “It cannot be acceptable that so much of South Australia remains without coverage. “This program cannot be closed until we have coverage. “Regional South Australia deserves better.” READY FOR TEACHING: Acting deputy principal Carolyn Rayson and incoming teacher Tom McLennan are the only staffing changes at Millicent North Primary School for the start of the school year on Monday. Ms Rayson is temporarily taking the place of Di Loveday for at least two terms while she has charge of Beachport Primary School. Mr McLennan has transferred from Compton Primary School and will teach a middle primary class and lead the school’s tennis program. Picture: J.L. “FRED” SMITH The South Eastern Times, Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 7 they paid 10 pounds each for their passage and us five kids travelled for free. “They had another child in Australia.” Although the Scots have a thick accent, it is not detectable in Dave’s speech. “I was only 11 when I came to Australia and I was determined to lose my accent and I did so within a year,” he said. “I spoke very fast with a Scottish accent and people in Australia could not understand me. “I found myself having to repeat myself all the time.” After a full working life, Dave has been happy to be a shop volunteer for the past few years. On most days, he can be found serving and sorting at the Lifeline Shop in Davenport Street. According to Dave, Lifeline is a charity worthy of community support. “They do good work and assist people with issues,” he said. “The counsellors are easy to reach on the telephone.” It is a long tradition of the Millicent Lifeline Shop to stage special displays to coincide with events like Christmas, Easter and Anzac Day. Dave was happy to pose with a store mannequin which was kitted out in Australia Day garb. phenomenal growth with 2017 volumes topping 800 million litres and export value experiencing its highest annual growth since 2004 to reach $2.56b. Cabernet sauvignon exports increased by 20pc to $341m, while shiraz rose 18pc to $601m and merlot went up by 17pc to $114m. In mainland China, Australian wine sales soared by 63pc to $848m over the past 12 months, followed by the United States with $449m and the United Kingdom with $348m.
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