The South Eastern Times : May 27th 2014
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Asking price $79,000+SAV Call rita 8724 8777 AH 0411 043 643 Every Wednesday Schnitzels $14.50 SATURDAYS ARE -Includes Gravies- PORTERHOUSE STEAK NIGHT P E $1500 THE TIGER HOTEL Tantanoola - 8734 4066 4 - The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, May 27, 2014 FREE COURTESY BUS over 15 or more For bookings UNDERGROUND water levels are rising in the Tantanoola area due to changing manufacturing processes at the Kimberly-Clark Australia (KCA) Millicent Mill. The company has painted an upbeat account of its environmental achievements in its newly released annual sustainability report. “Through the extraction of water for manufacturing purposes in the company’s Tantanoola and Millicent mills, consumption of water in the aquifer peaked in the late 1990s, drawing the water table down and leaving a cone of depression in between our two mills,” the report states. “Since this time, water improvement projects have resulted in a continuous reduction in the water consumption rate. “These projects, along with the closure of Tantanoola Mill, have helped with recharging the aquifers and bringing the water tables back to historically high levels. “The water table around the Millicent Mill is one of the few in the lower South East of South Australia that is rising.” The report also highlights the end of the 50 year indenture between the company and the State Government, which ends in October. This indenture included special conditions around the discharge of waste water into drains that flow into Lake Bonney. “We have been working collaboratively with the South Australian Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for several years to establish waste water licence conditions for ‘post-indenture’ operation,” it read. “As we transition into a fully conventional EPA licence in October, a key focus will be on waste water nutrient levels, especially around The water table around the Millicent Mill is one of the few in the lower South East of South Australia that is rising Kimberly-Clark Australia total phosphorous and nitrogen going into Lake Bonney, which is key to reducing the risk of blue green algae blooms. “The licence will be consistent with the environmental values established for Lake Bonney by the EPA recently through extensive community consultation.” As with its previous yearly sustainability reports, KCA has again reported on improvements in the quality of discharged water. “We are proud to say that the closure of our Tantanoola Pulp Mill in November 2011 and our efforts to continuously improve waste water quality using best practice water treatment operations has already made a positive contribution to the overall health of Lake Bonney,” the report stated. “Following the closure of the pulp mill, our discharged water clarity and quality has continued to improve, remaining very clean and contaminant free. “Independent testing shows that it now meets Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (ADWG). “The dissolved oxygen (DO) concentration of the water-treatment pond has also been increasing since the closure of the Tantanoola mill. “Dissolved oxygen levels are one of the most well-established indicators of improved water quality,” the report stated. “In addition, last year, the State Government conducted inspections of Lake Bonney’s water quality and deemed it safe for kayaking and canoeing after decades of being closed to recreational use. “We have now reached a plateau where the water extraction and discharge rates are expected to remain steady for the foreseeable future.” Compulsory marine safety equipment push A FRESH bid has been made by Wattle Range Council for it to be compulsory for motorised boat users to wear life jackets at sea. The council lobbying began over two years ago and it followed a number of tragic drownings in the waters of Rivoli Bay. Fresh impetus has been given to the council stance by the recent change of the minister responsible for the State Government legislation. New Transport Minister Stephen Mulligan will now hear the council’s views from Mayor Peter Gandolfi. The council position had been initiated in 2012 by Kintore Ward representative and professional lobster fisherman Cr Slim Reilly. He successfully moved for the adoption of the recommendation from the Rivoli Bay Marine Facilities Committee (RBMFC) regarding the compulsory wearing of life jackets, also known as personal flotation devices. Cr Reilly was also at the forefront of the renewed lobbying efforts when he brought up the life jackets matter at the May monthly meeting of council. He said the 2012 lobbying by council had begun with a letter to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure. “In reply to our letter, it was stated by the department that the compulsory wearing of personal flotation devices was a political decision,” Cr Reilly said. “We should now be sending a letter to the new transport minister.” Mr Gandolfi said Cr Reilly’s request would be followed up by him, while Cr Peter Dunnicliff said council could make a “strong case” for change to legislation. “We should document the number of drownings that have occurred in South East waters as well as the saving of people wearing lifejackets,” Cr Dunnicliff said. He is a keen amateur fisherman as well as a member of government committees which advise on such matters as marine parks and funding allocations for jetties and boat ramps. Under current South Australian law, a recreational boat must carry one life-jacket per person on board but there is no obligation for them to be worn. The RBMFC draws its membership from the professional and recreational fishing sectors and local businesses, as well as councillors, council staff and a Rivoli Bay Sailing Club representative. It oversees jetties and boatyards at Beachport and Southend and is chaired by Beachport businessman and long-time commercial lobster fisherman John Atkinson. www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au 642468 647245 BW593360 Dinner Only Includes Topping Come and check out the range at...
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