The South Eastern Times : February 6th 2018
4 NEWS IN BRIEF International mill job cuts announced THE Kimberly-Clark Corporation has announced plans to close two manufacturing facilities and shed 600 employees in the American state of Wisconsin. The closures are part of the recently announced global restructuring program by KCC which will take place in the next three years. The company plans to cut 5550 jobs and close or sell 10 of its plants. There has been no announcement about the future of the KimberlyClark Australia Millicent Mill and local management is not making any public comment. Boomerang returns top 100 object vote A MILLICENT boomerang is regarded as one of the state’s top 100 cultural objects according to leading Adelaide writer Tim Lloyd. His recently published list refers to the wooden Aboriginal object found at the Wyrie Swamp over 40 years ago. It is estimated to be 10,000 years old and the story of the excavation by university researchers is told in a display at the Millicent National Trust Living History Museum. Footpath upgrade under way WATTLE Range Council staff have recently started work on an upgrade to the footpath along Ridge Terrace in Millicent. The project involves widening and sealing a two metre wide path from the Millicent War Memorial Civic and Arts Centre carpark to Williams Road. As part of the work, council staff have had to remove the fence along the tennis courts to allow the widening of the path, but it will be replaced once the footpath upgrade is completed. Police detect drink driver POLICE patrols apprehended a 38-yearold Millicent man after a mobile driver test at 7pm on Saturday. He allegedly recorded a blood alcohol reading of .121. He was reported for drink driving and issued with a six-month instant loss of licence. His car was impounded and he will appear in court at a later date. BIG BREKKIE: The Lions Club put on a nice spread of bacon and eggs for all those in attendance to celebrate Australia Day at Kalangadoo. National spirit shines KALANGADOO was bursting with spirit on Australia Day as dozens gathered at the town centre to celebrate with an early breakfast. WORTHY RECIPIENT: Wattle Range Deputy Mayor Councillor Rob Dycer with citizen of the year Trevor Schultz and Councillor Dale Price at the Kalangadoo Australia Day Breakfast. The hard-working volunteers of the local Lions Club put on a spread of bacon and eggs for members of the surrounding community who gathered at the Riddoch Memorial Institute. Wattle Range Deputy Mayor Councillor Rob Dycer said the tight-knit community of Kalangadoo and surrounds have always supported the Australia Day breakfast. “It has been happening here for around 12 years and even though a lot of people have packed up and gone away for the long-weekend, we have still had a pretty good turnout this morning,” Cr Dycer said. “I hope it continues here for a long-time to come.” The Australian flag was raised at around 9am before those in attendance burst into chorus to sing the country’s national anthem. Wattle Range councillor Dale Price conducted the formalities to recognise the contributions made by citizen of the year, Mount Burr resident Trevor Schultz. “Today I have the honour of sharing with you all, the outstanding contributions made by Trevor, the recipient of this year’s citizen of the year award,” Cr Price said. “He has always been willing to do what- ever is asked of him, if he sees need, he is likely to do something about it.” Cr Dycer said this year they did not have to look far to find someone worthy of winning the award. “Schultzy has been involved in the football club, the cricket club, the Country Fire Service, he has been volunteering all his life, so it is well-deserved,” he said. “I think he would be pretty chuffed and so he should be because he has done alot of work for his community.” Humbled by the award Trevor Schultz was lost for words when presented the certificate by Cr Dycer and Cr Price. “I am pretty honoured to win this award and it is great to have family and friends who came over for the presentation,” Mr Schultz said. “I would just like to thank the Lions Club and the council for putting on another great Australia Day breakfast.” Whale bones collected for South Australian Museum research BONES of a young southern right whale - which was seen alive in Victor Harbor last year - were collected from a Kingston beach recently by researchers from the South Australian Museum. Found initially by local resident James Ferguson in September last year as a full carcass, the remaining tail bones will now be displayed at the state museum and used in the long-term for further research. Not usually found along the coast of the South East due to many reefs, senior mammals researcher Cath Kemper - who was among the group that travelled to Kingston recently - said it is most likely the whale died at sea and was brought into the beach with the current. “Southern right whales tend to be seen more around Port Lincoln and Victor Harbor and do not usually venture to the South East as they have to negotiate their way through the sharp and rocky reef,” she said. “From further inspection of the bones and comparing them to ones we already have at the museum, we are fairly certain it was in fact a young whale that had been seen in Victor Harbor only three weeks before James finding it in Kingston.” Shortly after being found by Mr Ferguson in September, photographs of the whale’s head were sent to citizen scientist Elizabeth SteeleCollins in Victor Harbor to compare with images of whales seen there in the weeks prior. “Like humans with fingerprints, south right whales can be identified by the white markings on their heads and amazingly Elizabeth was able to confirm the dead one found in Kingston had been in Victor Harbor,” Ms Kemper said. 4 - The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, February 6, 2018 “According to locals it had been acting oddly and we think it must have been unwell and ventured out to sea where it unfortunately died and was floating dead before being washed ashore.” Grateful for the assistance of both Mr Ferguson and Ms Steele-Collins, Ms Kemper said without the general public’s help discoveries such as this would not occur. “We cannot be everywhere at once so any assistance from people in communities across the state is greatly appreciated,” she said. “James has kept us up to date with how the whale was deteriorating and as soon as he informed us the bones were breaking up we knew we had to get down to Kingston to collect them. “It is great to have bones as specimens in our museum as a long lasting record to go along with our information kept on computers.” www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au RESEARCH: South Australian Museum senior mammals researcher Cath Kemper studies the bones of a southern right whale which washed up on a beach in Kingston in September last year.
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