The South Eastern Times : May 22nd 2014
2 NEWS Long-awaited phone coverage upgrade STEPS have been taken to improve mobile phone coverage at Furner and Kalangadoo. It has been around two decades since mobile phones became commonplace across the nation but the technology is still inadequate in these areas. The issue has long been a “sore point” for Wattle Range Council. Member for Barker Tony Pasin has assured council that he supported telecommunications upgrades. Mr Pasin has told Wattle Range Mayor Peter Gandolfi of his latest efforts to find a remedy for the two rural townships and surrounds. Mr Pasin said the Federal Government had committed an additional $100m to the mobile coverage program. “In my submission to the mobile coverage program discussion paper, I noted both Kalangadoo and Furner amongst a number of communities in the Barker electorate that are in need of additional telecommunications infrastructure,” Mr Pasin said. “I continue to work with parliamentary secretary for communications Paul Fletcher to ensure that communities in Barker attract much needed infrastructure investment.” His letter to Mr Gandolfi was tabled at council’s latest meeting. Keeping you warm and comfortable with A variety of men’s dressing gowns and pyjamas Liberals join committee THE two Liberal Party members from the Limestone Coast have been appointed to a minor parliamentary committee. Member for MacKillop Mitch Williams and newcomer member for Mount Gambier Troy Bell are now members of the Standing Orders Committee of the House of Assembly. It is one of 13 subcommittees of the Lower House and considered one of the least significant. The three other members - from the Labor Party - are Speaker Michael Atkinson, former minister Tom Kenyon and the newly-elected Eddie Hughes. All committee positions were endorsed without debate on the first sitting day of the new parliament and the 13 separate motions were moved by Health Minister Jack Snelling. TonyE 62 GEORGE ST, MILLICENT PH 8733 2560 Every Wednesday Schnitzels $14.50 EGAN’S 642953 SATURDAYS ARE -Includes Gravies- PORTERHOUSE STEAK NIGHT P E $1500 THE TIGER HOTEL Tantanoola - 8734 4066 ON NOW! Em FREE COURTESY BUS over 15 or more For bookings EFCO Chainsaw Winter Specials DIGGING DEEP: Lance Skeer keeps a safe distance while checking out the 1.5 mete sinkhole found on his Hatherleigh property. The discovery was made by his son while cropping the farm. Sinking feeling Farmer narrowly avoids tragedy as ground collapses under tractor From front page “My son was scarifying on the tractor when he felt the front wheel giving way and he was a bit puzzled because it’s a heavy 130 horsepower tractor,” he said. “Next thing he knew he was seeing the ground disappear right before his eyes. “He said he floored it to get out of there because if he didn’t, he would have been in the ground.” What remained was a two-metre eroded limestone hole in the paddock filled with water about 10 centimetres deep. “I could not believe it, we both stood there wondering how on earth this has happened,” Mr Skeer said. “For land to open up on this sort of country is out of sorts, it’s not like Mount Gambier or Over time, the stuff between the rocks opens up and sometimes it can be sitting there for years. All it takes is a little pressure to collapse Glencoe country where sinkholes happen all the time over there. “We just couldn’t believe after all the years we’ve cropped this paddock, something like this has happened right now.” However, South Australia Cave Exploration Group member Kevin Mott said it was a normal occurrence in the geological limestone-based form of the South East. 59 Mount Gambier Rd, Millicent Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 2 - The South Eastern Times, Thursday, May 22, 2014 Phone: (08) 8733 4697 After hrs: 0405 449 552 “Limestone in the region has been formed under stress and there’s a lot of cracks and faults in the stone,” he said. South Australia Cave Exploration Group member Kevin Mott “Often if you get a little water or acid from the soil into the crack, it slowly erodes the rock. “Over time, the stuff between the rocks opens up and sometimes it can be sitting there for years. All it takes is a little pressure to collapse. “There have been similar tubes in the forest that have done the same thing, extra weight from a tractor puts pressure on the already stressed formation and suddenly you drop your wheels into a hole.” Geologist Ian Lewis said the sinkhole could have been formed due to pressure by the machinery. “This kind of sinkhole sounds like a type of cavity referred to as a solution tube, which are found everywhere in limestone, and there’s thousands of them around the South East,” he said. “They’re generally fairly small and while many of them continue as caves, many of them block off at the bottom.” Mr Lewis said it was unlikely that the hole in Hatherleigh was part of a major cave system. “There’s probably not a chance of deep caves in the area, but these little slits are found reflecting the joints of the limestone,” he said. “Many farmers come to us with the same stories of little round holes popping up on their property, but their existence is just a natural part of a huge limestone area.” At the age of 60 and with almost 17 years of parliamentary experience, Mr Williams is now one of the most experienced Liberal Party MPs in the House of Assembly. Of the 22 Liberal MPs in the Lower House, only former Opposition leader and former transport minister Iain Evans has more parliamentary experience than Mr Williams. Between 2004 and 2012, Mr Williams served on the Opposition frontbench, including as deputy Opposition leader. Newspaper recognition LIBERAL MP John Dawkins has congratulated The South Eastern Times and its two stable mates The Border Watch and The Penola Pennant in a recent speech to State Parliament. Mr Dawkins told the Legislative Council of the successes of the three newspapers at the annual awards ceremony at Adelaide Oval of the Country Press Association of South Australia (CPASA). “The gala dinner was attended by 155 people representing newspapers from across the state as well as sponsors and guests,” Mr Dawkins said. The veteran MP has had a long involvement with the CPASA and has been an occasional judge of its awards. Each year, he tells the Legislative Council of the achievements of the 31 newspapers which comprise the CPASA. Born and raised at Gawler, Mr Dawkins is a former football correspondent to various rural newspapers while his son Tom is a past editor of the Stock Journal and Stock and Land. www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au 643247 642467 Dinner Only Includes Topping Come and check out the range at...
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