The South Eastern Times : July 3rd 2018
2 OPINION THE main union at the Kimberly-Clark Australia Millicent Mill has upped the stakes in its bid to secure better pay as it started rolling strikes late last week. It was arranged for the national president of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union to come to the local plant and the union has also approached the local, state and national media with its concerns. Dissatisfaction among union members about the stalled pay negotiations has risen in recent months as expressed in secret ballots to reject pay offers and embrace industrial action. The union action comes at a time of OUR VIEW great uncertainty for the mill management as it deals with challenges coming from many quarters. Whenever union members think about downing tools in the coming days, the following matters should be uppermost in their minds and guide their decisions. The American owners announced in January they were looking to close 10 plants and shed 5000 employees across the globe. Its Millicent mill faces competition for its tissue and paper products from overseas and local competitors and it has to cope with significant energy and transport costs. It is fair to say factors such as these contributed to the steady decline of manufacturing facilities in Australia which are operated by KCA. In the space of 20 years, the number of KCA plants has shrunk from six to two. In our own area, the Tantanoola Pulp Mill was closed in 2012 and two machines shut at the Millicent mill at around this time. 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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 What do you think of the State Government’s decision to introduce legislation into parliament today for the almost total deregulation of shopping hours across South Australia? LORNA SUTHERLAND, Millicent I think it is wrong because you have to support the locally-owned businesses. HELEN GOULD, Millicent The people in Millicent voted overwhelmingly against deregulation with good reason as they want to support the family businesses in town. LYNNE FORBES, Millicent That is progress. You can’t be a Luddite and bang your head against the wall. In all, this shrank the local KCA workforce by around 250. The Tantanoola mill had been built at a cost of $215m, but it operated for less than 20 years. Since its closure, the Millicent mill has used 100pc imported pulp as it was the end of all local pulping. The Millicent mill had been built almost 60 years ago as a means of pulping the thinnings from the region’s pine forests, but this no longer applies. The world-class plant has underpinned the Millicent economy for the past six decades and nothing should be done by any stakeholder to jeopardise its future. Battle centenary commemorated Improved school facilities impress COMMENT ON JULY 4, we commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Hamel, one of the most significant Australian actions of World War I. Hamel was Lieutenant General John Monash’s first battle as commander of the Australian Corps and it was the first occasion United States and Australian soldiers fought alongside one another. The battle was fought to straighten out a bulge in the British line, but for Monash it was also a testing ground for tactics he believed could be used on a larger scale in future offensives. INDEX TRADES AND SERVICES .................8 PUZZLES ........................................................10 TV GUIDE .......................................................12 CLASSIFIEDS ............................................13 SPORT ..............................................................14 WEATHER FOR MILLICENT Tuesday Max 15°C Min 6°C Cloudy Chance of rain - no rain UV: Low Wednesday Max 16°C Min 8°C Possible shower Chance of rain - 45% < 1mm UV: Low Thursday Max 15°C Min 9°C Showers Chance of rain - 90% 5-15mm UV: Low 2 - The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, July 3, 2018 Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Winds northerly 25 to 35 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to around 5 with daytime temperatures reaching around 15. Wednesday: Cloudy. Medium chance of showers, most likely in the evening. Winds northerly 25 to 40 km/h becoming light during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to around 7 with daytime temperatures reaching around 17. Thursday: Cloudy. Very high chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the evening. Winds northerly 15 to 25 km/h increasing to 25 to 40 km/h during the morning then turning northwesterly 25 to 35 km/h during the afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to around 8 with daytime temperatures reaching around 15. Coastal – Tuesday: Strong Wind Warning for Tuesday for Lower South East Coast. Winds northerly 20 to 30 knots. Seas 2 to 3 metres, increasing to 2.5 to 4 metres south of Beachport. Swell southwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres early evening. Wednesday: Winds northerly 25 to 30 knots turning northwesterly 20 to 30 knots during the morning then decreasing to 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres during the evening. Swell westerly 2.5 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 4 metres during the evening. Tues 3rd Sunrise 7.24am Sunset 5.01pm Wed 4th Sunrise 7.24am Sunset 5.01pm BEACHPORT TIDE TIMES Tues 3 2.21am 0.85m 6.44am 0.52m 3.07pm 1.33m 10.27pm0.69m Wed 4 2.55am 0.84m 7.09am 0.58m 3.30pm 1.25m11.00pm0.69m ROBE TIDE TIMES Tues 3 2.33am 0.85m 6.56am 0.52m 3.16pm 1.33m 10.39pm0.69m Wed 4 3.07am 0.84m 7.21am 0.58m 3.42pm 1.25m 11.12pm 0.69m 733264 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au Drawing on more than three years experience in wartime command, and the lessons of past successful actions by both sides, Monash devised a combined arms assault using artillery, tanks, aircraft and infantry. The attack was planned in exhaustive detail and the preparations were kept from an unsuspecting enemy. Hamel was a stunning success - the battle was over in 93 minutes and all along the line the Australians and Americans had seized their objectives. General Monash was hailed for his success. Journalists and staff officers came to his headquarters to hear how he did it, congratulations flowed in from all quarters and his reputation as one of the Allies’ finest generals grew. Monash, who had commanded Australians since the start of the war, said of Hamel “no battle within my previous experience - passed off so smoothly, so exactly to timetable, or was so free of any kind of hitch”. The methods used at Hamel were used on a far larger scale when Australian and Canadian troops spearheaded the mighty Allied offensive that started in August 1918 and ultimately led to German defeat in November. We remember Hamel today for the importance of the victory there, for the part it played in elevating General Sir John Monash’s military career and for cementing the significant contribution made by the Australians on the Western Front. We remember all who served and made the ultimate sacrifice. Lest we forget. Darren Chester, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs MOIRA NEAGLE Guest columnist RECENTLY, as a part of an educational leaders meeting, I had the opportunity to have a tour of Millicent North Primary School. I have not been on site since 2013 and I was impressed with the improved facilities and the positive feel of the school. The library had been moved and renovated a decade ago along with the building of the gym/hall with BER funding. The school has built on these developments to substantially change the interior of what had become tired facilities. A science lab come classroom and an adjacent technology room provide inviting and practical learning spaces next to the library. The newly upgraded STEM area is full of natural light and is an appealing space. There is the framework of an outdoor learning area alongside this development. The school hopes the STEM area will be operational at the start of the next school term. Two nature play areas in tune with the trend back to environments with wood, rocks and sand have been established. Children can climb, crawl, build and make without a slippery-dip in cooee. As I walked through one play area, there was a man, head down busily helping two young boys with a construction project. I realised it was Maurie Puiatti. “G’day,” I hailed and then remarked, “boy, have you been supporting children at this school for a long time”. As long as I have known Maurie he has been a volunteer at the school. He has been regular, reliable and committed. His low-key input is fantastic. Walking around, staff and students were friendly and keen to talk about what was happening and what they are learning. When the 50th anniversary of the school is celebrated later this year, former staff and students will be amazed at the structural interior changes adding up to an impressive site.
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