The South Eastern Times : May 3rd 2018
2 OPINION KYAM Maher’s warning of a potential candidate challenge to the Member for MacKillop if his party ignores last year’s shop trading hours community vote is not baseless. While MacKillop may be one of the safest Liberal seats in the state, the party’s performance at the Millicent booths returned far less than the 54.8pc primary vote majority secured by the former MP on March 17. If the Liberal Party’s trading hour deregulation passed through parliament, it is likely one of the two independent retailers will shut their doors as Millicent’s grocery market is saturated. OUR VIEW In that instance, the Liberal MP could have the unfortunate distinction of forever being remembered as the man who oversaw 30 job losses in Millicent. While it would not be an ideal thing to be remembered for at the best of times, it would undoubtedly put pressure on Mr McBride in an area which has recorded some of the lowest primary votes for the Liberals throughout the electorate. However, the Member for MacKillop’s unique predicament of being both at odds with his party and the community he represents is a direct result of the Liberal’s immutable stance on the proposed amendments to the Shop Trading Hours Act. Instead of imposing statewide blanket reforms to shop trading hours, the Liberal Party would have done well to investigate the implications on the three proclaimed shopping districts, which effectively only impact Millicent. The districts of Binnum and Grace do not have supermarkets over 400 square metres and are likely to never have a population that would warrant a retail store. 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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 Lioness charity support Amalgamation concern LETTERS TO THE EDITOR THE Millicent Lioness Club is looking at which charities and organisations to donate funds for this financial year. Our policy has always been to donate the majority of the money we raise to local causes and projects, with a small percentage going to state, national and international projects or charities and Lions projects. INDEX TV GUIDE .......................................................19 PUZZLES ........................................................16 CLASSIFIEDS ............................................22 SPORT ..............................................................23 WEATHER FOR MILLICENT BEACHPORT TIDE TIMES Thursday 3 1.25am 0.89m 5.54am 0.32m 2.07pm 1.41m 8.02pm 0.66m Friday Thursday Max 19°C Min 13°C Rain Chance of rain - 95% 5-20mm UV: Moderate Friday Max 17°C Min 10°C Showers Chance of rain - 85% 5-10mm UV: Moderate Saturday Max 19°C Min 11°C Showers increasing Chance of rain - 85% 5-15mm UV: Moderate Sunday Max 18°C Min 10°C Shower or two Chance of rain - 75% <2mm UV: Moderate Monday Max 18°C Min 9°C Cloudy Chance of rain - 30% <1mm UV: Moderate District: Thursday Cloudy. Very high (95%) chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm. Winds northerly 15 to 25 km/h increasing to 25 to 35 km/h in the morning then turning northwesterly 25 to 40 km/h in the early afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to around 13 with daytime temperatures reaching around 19. Friday Partly cloudy. High (85%) chance of showers, most likely in the morning and afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon. Winds northwesterly 25 to 40 km/h turning southwesterly 35 to 50 km/h during the morning then tending west to southwesterly 25 to 40 km/h during the afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to around 9 with daytime temperatures reaching around 17. Saturday Partly cloudy. High (85%) chance of showers, most likely in the afternoon and evening. Winds west to northwesterly 20 to 30 km/h increasing to 25 to 40 km/h during the morning then tending west to southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to between 8 and 11 with daytime temperatures reaching around 20. Coastal: Thursday Strong wind warning for Lower South East Coast. Winds north to northwesterly 15 to 25 knots becoming northwesterly 20 to 30 knots in the afternoon. Seas 1.5 to 2.5 metres. Swell southwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres south of Beachport. Friday Winds northwesterly 20 to 30 knots turning southwesterly during the morning. Seas 2 to 3 metres. Swell westerly 2 to 2.5 metres, increasing to 3 to 5 metres during the morning. 2 - The South Eastern Times, Thursday, May 3, 2018 Saturday 5 2.09am 0.82m 6.47am 0.36m 3.06pm 1.31m 9.04pm 0.72m Sunday 6 2.21am 0.77m 7.13am 0.41m 3.36pm 1.23m ROBE TIDE TIMES Thursday 3 1.37am 0.89m 6.06am 0.32m 2.19pm 1.41m 8.14pm 0.66m Friday Saturday 5 2.21am 0.82m 6.59am 0.36m 3.18pm 1.31m 9.16pm 0.72m Sunday 6 2.33am 0.77m 7.25am 0.41m 3.48pm 1.23m Thursday 3rd Sunrise 6.51am Sunset 5.19pm Friday 4th Saturday 5th Sunday 6th Sunrise 6.52am Sunset 5.18pm Sunrise 6.52am Sunset 5.17pm Sunrise 6.53am Sunset 5.16pm 729911 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au 4 2.00am 0.86m 6.32am 0.32m 2.48pm 1.37m 8.39pm 0.69m 4 1.48am 0.86m 6.20am 0.32m 2.36pm 1.37m 8.27pm 0.69m Local people have been very generous in supporting our fundraising efforts, including purchasing raffle tickets and keeping the second hand book shop well supplied with donations of books. Thus, we would like to continue to support local causes rather than send money out of the local area. Surprisingly, we have had very few requests from within our own community for donations this past year. If they are interested, we would like to invite local groups and organisations to submit (in writing) requests for funding from this year’s budget. Those seeking donations could state why the funds are needed and to what purpose they are to be used. Final decisions on dispersal of our fundraising budget will be made at our club meeting in mid May, so written applications will need to be in by Monday, May 14. These can be mailed to Lioness Club, PO Box 820, Millicent or contacting firstname.lastname@example.org via email. If anyone has any enquiries, they may contact 0437 100 586. Joan Lucas, Millicent Lioness Club Secretary ONE would have expected the new Liberal Government would be resistant to implementing the former ALP policies, but it is proceeding with the establishment of the Local Government Grants Commission due next January. This independent body will assess proposals or make recommendations for boundary changes and amalgamation of councils. The new Minister Stephan Knoll has said the government will not force amalgamations, but he admits any changes to boundaries or amalgamations may be initiated by just one council or the minister. This will of course lead to amalgamation of unwilling parties. The other subtle tool to promote amalgamation is rate capping, which will stifle councils to some degree and they will then be lured into amalgamation in pursuit of the mystical savings. Any council of that mind should firstly attempt to discover which council can demonstrate lower costs following the previous round of amalgamations. The best councils are often the smallest ones because they are close to the people and have to show greater responsibility to their community. On the other hand, the recent public outcry over excessive spending and wastage has been directed to the state’s largest council. Centralisation is not in the community interest. Therefore, we and councillors need to remain alert and analyse all proposals. Ken Grundy, Naracoorte What would you like to see in the federal budget which is being announced in Canberra on Tuesday night? YOLANA DAVIES, Millicent I don’t care about it. TIM STUPPLE, Millicent Less money for the top end of town and more money for the “average Joe”. HAYLIE CALLOW, Millicent More money for aged and disabled pensioners. Exempting Millicent is as simple as removing “proclaimed shopping districts” from the proposed legislation. Doing so does not equate to “bizarre regulations”, instead it demonstrates the Liberal State Government is different from its former city-centric Labor counterparts. If the Liberal Party is serious about supporting the state’s regions, it should focus on listening to the concerns of its country constituents, starting with leaving shop trading hours the way Millicent wants it to remain. Otherwise, the party’s #RegionsMatter catchphrase serves no purpose other than being a hollow, two-word slogan.
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