The South Eastern Times : June 5th 2014
6 OPINION EDITORIAL THE South Eastern Times welcomes reporting that a government service is expanding - not contracting - in Millicent. The Millicent Post Office is about to open on Saturdays for the first time since the 1970s. Other than some notable exceptions, such as the establishment of the Millicent Community Access Centre, the past two decades have otherwise seen a steady reduction in government services. Federal and state governments of both political colours have taken decisions that have slashed the number of public sector workers in Millicent. Since 1993, Millicent has lost the offices and depots of power and water utilities, a regional tourism office, TAB betting agency, MacKillop electorate office and railway station. The Liberal State Government sold the Mount Burr Mill in 1996, which lasted less than four years in private ownership. Not only did the Labor State Government sell the forest harvesting rights in 2012, it has just approved the shedding of half of the 120-strong Forestry SA workforce. It would only be an optimist that would view the extra opening hours at the Millicent Post Office as a new dawn of expanding government services and public sector employment in Millicent. Bob Foster AN era in Millicent retailing sadly ended on Tuesday with the passing of Bob Foster at the age of 92. The business he founded at Rendelsham in 1947 has become one of the most successful family enterprises in the history of this district. It was only a few years ago that Mr Foster was seen regularly at work at Foster’s Foodland. His strong ethic of supporting the community is being carried on by his family. Many people across Millicent and beyond are now mourning a life well lived. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Community issues in context Tony Pasin to address monthly council meet WHILE I agree with Constable Stephanie Rickard that family violence in all forms must be addressed, let us not be alarmist. 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Things are relative to the situation faced in each region and we need to keep things in context, especially with violence writ large. Years ago in a town like Alice Springs, as a cabbie, I witnessed violence every night and day on the streets. My first shock came in Hidden Valley camp, when a man twice my strength turned on me. He attacked his wife in my taxi. I responded without thought for my own safety and paid the price. Later, the man concerned realised he was in the wrong. From that moment on we became friends. My background is in social work, wine making and politics at Flinders University. My worst recollection of violence in the Territory was one Thursday night when a woman murdered her Hermannsburg husband at Little Sisters camp. This was followed by the murder of an old Western Arrente artist in his flat in town. Life can be hard for some. As much as I love the Alice, we left after too many attacks. In our experience over many years, the NT police were almost useless. The reasons are complex. We all survived, including the old family dog and for that we are thankful. Our lives are enriched by many friendships, via our contacts made in politics, taxi and nursing fields. David Chewings Millicent I REFER to the article published in The South Eastern Times on May 29, titled “Federal meeting request ignored”. It was actually council that took the first step to invite the Federal Member for Barker to meet with council - not the other way round as your article appeared to suggest. Prior to this I also personally invited Mr Pasin to address council. Mr Pasin was unavailable at that time and has since revisited our request by suggesting he meet with council on an “informal” basis. In other words, a private meeting, closed to the public. I suggest that there is a high level of public interest in the impact of the federal budget, unconventional gas, telecommunications and other matters and believe that a council meeting open to the public is appropriate. I am pleased to advise Mr Pasin has agreed to attend our normal monthly council meeting - open to the public - on June 10 and I encourage all interested members of the community to attend. Peter Gandolfi Wattle Range Council Mayor STREET SWEEPER What do you think about the Millicent Post Office reopening on Saturdays for business later in the year? SALLIE JONES Millicent It will be handy for working people to get passports and do other business. LENA ZURLINO Millicent I believe it would be convenient for working people and the general public. BRUCE WATSON Millicent I can remember when the post offices used to open on Saturdays. It will be convenient to pay bills and pick up parcels.
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