The South Eastern Times : June 26th 2014
6 OPINION EDITORIAL CELEBRATIONS will be aplenty in Millicent in the coming days as two of the town’s remarkable public institutions will be marking their 50th birthdays. It will be party time at Millicent and District Hospital from 1.30pm on Saturday while this same time on Tuesday will mark the start of the festivities at the Millicent Public Library. An open invitation has been extended to the community to attend both events. You would have to be a recent arrival in Millicent to be unaware of the positive impact the hospital and library have had on the local community over the past half-century. Libraries and hospitals are far different places than in 1964, but the essential ethos of supporting the community has not changed in this time. The South Eastern Times has been proud to publicise their achievements and progress over the past 50 years. From time to time, the Millicent Hospital and the Millicent Public Library have faced challenges and circumstances beyond their control. Nevertheless, the commitment by the staff of both institutions to the community has never faltered. A total of 100 years of commitment deserves to be acknowledged and celebrated. Mother nature THE full fury of Mother Nature was on show at Beachport on Tuesday when the seawall and foreshore suffered a pounding from waves due to the exceptional winds and a high tide. Thankfully, prompt and effective work by contractors engaged by Wattle Range Council prevented any major damage. The worst-affected area is where seating, lighting and a coastal path have been erected in recent years by the members of the Lions Club of Beachport and Rivoli Bay. This service club is a force for good in the seaside community. It would have been regrettable if the wild seas had robbed this area of this vital infrastructure, which is popular with tourists and locals alike. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Water table protection vital for South East residents 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: Robin Reid Email: email@example.com Advertising: Katherine Taylor Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising Manager: Dennis Jackson Phone: 8724 1535, Email: email@example.com Editor: Jason Wallace Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Administration: Caroline Hammat Email: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 the Audited by the Australian Bureau of Circulation 598996 6 - The South Eastern Times, Thursday, June 26, 2014 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au IT IS encouraging that so many people have serious concerns about the protection of our water tables and great to see that our seven Limestone Coast councils have realised our water is the most valuable resource we have. The whole of our Limestone Coast region is cavernous and limestone covers most of the area. Any fracturing anywhere is not an acceptable practice. We already have two deep wells at Penola, costing millions, and the only way to get the gas from the deep shale rock and tight rocks is to “frack”. While Beach Energy is saying they will do conventional gas, this is still not acceptable on agricultural land in limestone country. There have been reports that conventional may turn into unconventional exploration. Also, the drill holes for conventional exploration still go through our precious aquifers and even though fracking may not be used, well integrity is still a major issue. Concrete and stainless steel casings also break down over time. After all, we are looking at these wells being there forever. We only have to look at the concrete cancer with the Goodwood Road underpass to show that concrete breaks down. I encourage everyone to view “Fractured Country - An Unconventional Invasion”. This $5 DVD available from Limestone Coast Protection Alliance gives an understanding of the risks to farmland and water resources. Proceeds go to the Limestone Coast Protection Alliance so we can continue to get the message out there. We are pleased to see that our Limestone Coast Protection Alliance continues to grow. We encourage further membership. We need to remain vigilant and continue to display our Lock the Gate signs as a message that the petroleum and mining companies are not welcome in the South East. There are so many risks out there and huge companies and corporations that are after our precious water. For more information go to www.protectlimestonecoast. org.au or contact 0459 808 437. Fiona Dearman, Millicent Home away from home I AM writing about a “home-away-fromhome”. I recently had two operations involving plastic surgery on my face and nose. After each operation, I spent two weeks in the Sheoak Lodge aged care facility in Millicent. I really enjoyed my stay. Who wouldn’t? The staff members were friendly, the food was delicious and I enjoyed the activities and company of the residents. I did not want to go home. Pamela Kelly Mount Gambier STREET SWEEPER What do you do when you hear a warning for strong winds and possible storm damage? ROGER JAREK Sebastopol I bolt everything down, stay inside and charge up the fire. PAM PACKER MIllicent I think about the possibility of damage to trees, roofs and other things. CHRISTINE LAMONT Hatherleigh I fear we might lose some of our old Mallee trees.
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