The South Eastern Times : June 5th 2018
2 OPINION DESPITE five Legislative Council crossbenchers holding the power to change or retain Millicent’s unique retail hours, the community’s focus is squarely on the Member for MacKillop Nick McBride. Calls for the freshman MP to split from his party and side with the State Opposition were shot down by Mr McBride on two fronts, one of which was that it would deliver no practical impact. What is clear from Friday night’s forum, even after Mr McBride told the crowd voting against party lines would not impact the outcome, is that the symbolic effect of crossing the floor is far more OUR VIEW important to the community. Unlike Labor, crossing the floor does not constitute grounds for dismissal within the Liberal Party, a party formed on a platform that included the right to be independent. Although party solidarity and discipline might be a good thing for political effectiveness, the Millicent community has indicated its dissent and called for upholding of the results of the two community votes that are of more value to the town. It must be noted however the highly political action, taken in defiance of the party, has the potential to negatively affect an MP’s career. But with almost 80pc of respondents against deregulation in last year’s poll, you would think there might be a tendency for the state member to at least consider the wishes of Millicent on the floor of parliament. In addition to considering whether his first allegiance is to his party or to his constituents who elected him, Mr McBride should assess the damage supporting his TALKING TO THE TIMES ABN: 65 007 614851 Published: Tuesday & Thursday Deadlines: Displays: 10am 2 days prior to publication Classifieds: 11am day prior to publication Copy: 5pm 2 days prior to publication General Manager: Dennis Jackson Phone: 8724 1505, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising: Katherine Taylor Phone: 8733 3755, Email: email@example.com Sales Supervisor: Christian Greco Phone: 8724 1532, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Editor: Jason Wallace Email: email@example.com Administration: Caroline Hammat Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Responsibility for editorial comment is taken by Jason Wallace, 81 Commercial Street East, Mount Gambier. The SE Times proudly uses 100% recycled paper. 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 Deregulation views shared THE shopping hours deregulation issue has dominated comments on the Facebook page maintained by The South Eastern Times. Here is a selection: Move with the times Millicent as other towns in the South East are getting your locals shopping. Bill Corcoran It’s only a few large shops that cannot open. Everyone else can do as they please. Brad Tilley Millicent lacks atmosphere on weekends. Not sure what the community can do to lift its image and make tourists seek it out. We love McCourts, but that is the only reason we would make a special trip that way, but Penola is magic with so many shops open. INDEX TV GUIDE .......................................................11 PUZZLES ........................................................10 TRADES AND SERVICES ..............12 CLASSIFIEDS ............................................13 SPORT ..............................................................14 WEATHER FOR MILLICENT Tuesday Max 16°C Min 5°C Mostly sunny Chance of Rain - no rain UV: Low Wednesday Max 16°C Min 6°C Sunny Chance of Rain - no rain UV: Low Thursday Max 16°C Min 10°C Showers increasing Chance of Rain - 95% 1-5mm UV: Low 2 - The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, June 5, 2018 Tuesday: Patchy morning fog. Patches of light morning frost. Sunny afternoon. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to between 3 and 6 with daytime temperatures reaching around 16. Wednesday: Sunny. Light winds becoming north to northeasterly 15 to 25 km/h during the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to around 5 with daytime temperatures reaching around 17. Thursday: Cloudy. Very high (90%) chance of showers, most likely in the afternoon and evening. Winds northerly 25 to 35 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to around 9 with daytime temperatures reaching around 17. Coastal – Tuesday: Winds east to southeasterly about 10 knots tending east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the morning. Seas below 1 metre. Swell southwesterly 2 to 2.5 metres. Wednesday: Winds northeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning northerly 15 to 20 knots during the morning. Seas 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon. Swell southwesterly 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon or evening. Tues 5th Sunrise 7.16am Sunset 4.57pm Wed 6th Sunrise 7.17am Sunset 4.57pm BEACHPORT TIDE TIMES Tues 5 2.48am 0.78m 7.13am 0.56m 3.50pm 1.23m Wed 6 1.15am 0.73m 3.25am 0.75m 7.27am 0.63m 4.24pm 1.14m ROBE TIDE TIMES Tues 5 3.00am 0.78m 7.25am 0.56m 4.02pm 1.23m Wed 6 1.27am 0.73m 3.37am 0.75m 7.39am 0.63m 4.36am 1.14m 729903 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au Heather Hadnum I was at Millicent not long ago, and the main street was dead on a Sunday. With my dad’s family coming from Tantanoola, I was disappointed. Ashley Osborne I bet when most of the people who voted no at the meeting go elsewhere they love to shop on Sundays. Pam Cook There are only three Millicent businesses directly affected by the current proclaimed shopping hours. All other retail shops are free to choose their opening hours. Our town has a lot to offer, but I guess it depends on your interests. If that’s supermarket shopping on a Sunday then yes you are limited to one option instead of three. Caroline Hammat This is the third time the people of Millicent have been given the chance to say if they want change, and this public meeting once again showed the overwhelming majority vote of no, so why keep asking or trying to force an unwanted choice upon the community? And - what is this overwhelming need of the State Government to make Millicent conform against its collective will? The suggestion was made that de-regulation would help tourism. Pardon? Tourists come to Millicent to go on a shopping spree... After normal business hours? Really? Christine Larsen Go Millicent... We are a special type of town. It will still bring the people from away. Helen Davis Friendships treasured MOIRA NEAGLE Guest columnist IN my early years here, we were a part of a vibrant group of teacher friends. Back in those days, the Millicent Teachers’ Association had over 100 members. We would have monthly dinner meetings at one or other of the hotels and many of them were actively involved in the Company of 7 with us. We would get together for meals in each other’s homes, play Trivial Pursuit and enjoy Sunday afternoon barbecues, days at Beachport and camping trips to the Grampians. With changed family circumstances, the time came when they began to move back to Adelaide. With each friend or couple thus retreating, a little was lost from our immediate world. Recently, one of our farming neighbours moved off the farm and into Millicent. They are still here but we will not come across him as often when we are moving stock or looking for some tool or piece of machinery which would get us out of a spot of bother quickly. Now, we have learnt that long-term friends have finally sold and will move on. We do not see them that often but a couple of times a year we would get together at a Coonawarra or Robe restaurant and chew the fat over a long leisurely meal. We’d go to their home with a bottle of wine under an arm and discuss the machinations of our lives in front of a warming fire. They are the last couple of a large group of friends from an early vintage. While I’m pleased for them they can move on to their next stage, I’m saddened by what we will lose. It seems harder to make friends as age ticks off the passing years. The simple and comfortable ways of a long friendship takes time to enrich. Do you think we should have a public holiday on Monday to mark the official birthday of the Queen? IAN MITCHELL, Millicent We should scrap the public holiday because casual workers don’t get paid anyway. ALLAN WATKINS, Millicent We should keep the public holiday until Australia becomes a republic. NICK ISRAEL, Millicent We should keep it because a lot of our heritage comes from England and we celebrate the monarchy. party against the wishes of the Millicent community will do to his chances of reelection. Millicent accounts for 13pc of voters in the electoral district of MacKillop, with Rendelsham, Southend, Tantanoola, Beachport, Furner and Mount Burr boosting voter power to one-fourth of the electorate. With residents of these towns likely to be impacted by the possible closure of one of the two independent retailers, and the incoming MP receiving the Liberals’ lowest primary vote in the electorate since 2002, Labor’s warning of an independent threat is more credible than ever.
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