The South Eastern Times : July 9th 2019
2 OPINION WATTLE Range Council should proceed with caution as it looks to outsource the Millicent Swimming Lake management, two other pools and four wastewater treatment facilities across the region. No firm decisions have yet been made and there is no suggestion the seven community facilities will be sold to the private sector. At this stage, council is figuratively putting a toe in the water to see if there is any interest from commercial operators for management contracts for up to 10 years. As Wattle Range Mayor Des Noll OUR VIEW says, council is undertaking the expression of interest process to see if efficiency and cost benefits can be achieved. Although the assets are not being sold by council, this can be viewed as a form of privatisation. For many involved in the timber industry in the Millicent district, privatisation has been an unpopular concept. Until 1996, the State Government owned vast pine plantations across the region and operated sawmills at Mount Burr, Nangwarry and Mount Gambier. The forests and the mills were major employers of local people and the State Government ultimately decided where the timber would be processed. The Liberal State Government sold the three mills to a New Zealand company 23 years ago and by 2000 the Mount Burr Mill was closed. Around a decade ago, the Labor State Government sold the pine forests TALKING TO THE TIMES 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: Dennis Jackson Phone: 8724 1505, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising: Kelly Costin Phone: 8724 1530, Email: email@example.com Sales Supervisor: Melissa Prior Phone: 8724 1508, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Editor: Brett Kennedy Email: email@example.com Administration: Caroline Hammat Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Responsibility for editorial comment is taken by Brett Kennedy, 81 Commercial Street East, Mount Gambier. The SE Times proudly uses 100% recycled paper. 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 JULY was on the horizon and I received a message from a friend who participates in Dry July each year. Out of the blue (as I had never thought of it previously when she has contacted me), I thought, “I can do that.” Thus, I have committed to Dry July. My liver is probably welcoming the concept and I could raise funds for support for cancer patients. That makes it a win-win activity. INDEX PUZZLES ........................................................10 TV GUIDE .......................................................11 50 YEARS AGO ........................................12 TRADES AND SERVICES ..............13 CLASSIFIEDS ............................................14 SPORT ..............................................................15 WEATHER FOR MILLICENT Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High chance of showers, most likely in the afternoon. Winds northwesterly 20 to 30 km/h turning northerly 15 to 25 km/h in the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to around 7 with daytime temperatures reaching around 15. Wednesday: Cloudy.Very high (near 100%) chance of showers in the. Possible small hail in the late evening. Winds north to northwesterly 35 to 50 km/h turning westerly 25 to 35 km/h during the evening. Overnight temperatures falling to around 7 with daytime temperatures reaching around 15. Thursday: Cloudy. Very high chance of showers, most likely in the morning with possible small hail. Winds westerly 25 to 40 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to around 7 with daytime temperatures reaching around 15. Tuesday Max 16°C Min 7°C Showers Chance of rain - 90% 1-5mm UV: Low Wednesday Max 14°C Min 7°C Showers Chance of rain - 100% 5-20mm UV: Low Thursday Max 14°C Min 7°C Showers Chance of rain - 95% 1-5mm UV: Low 2 - The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, July 9, 2019 Coastal – Tuesday: Winds westerly 10 to 15 knots, reaching 15 to 20 knots south of Port MacDonnell, turning northwesterly 15 to 20 knots throughout by mid morning and reaching 20 to 25 knots south of Port MacDonnell, then increasing to 20 to 25 knots in the late evening. Seas 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres in the afternoon. Swell southwesterly 1.5 to 2 metres. Wednesday: Winds northwesterly 20 to 30 knots tending westerly 25 to 30 knots in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 metres, increasing to 2.5 to 4 metres south of Port MacDonnell during the morning. 1st Swell southwesterly 2 to 3 metres, tending westerly 3 to 4 metres during the evening. 2nd Swell below 0.5 metres, tending southerly 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning. Tues 9th Sunrise 7.22am Sunset 5.04pm Wed 10th Sunrise 7.22am Sunset 5.05pm BEACHPORT TIDE TIMES Tues 9 2.38am 0.93m 8.17am 0.72m 3.26pm 1.13m 10.18pm 0.77m Wed 10 3.57am 0.94m 8.48am 0.84m 3.33pm 1.06m10.46pm0.73m ROBE TIDE TIMES Tues 9 3.04am 0.74m 8.42am 0.51m 3.40pm 0.94m10.05pm0.56m Wed 10 4.36am 0.76m 9.20am 0.63m 3.36pm 0.88m10.40pm0.52m 751528 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au Dry July is a not-forprofit organisation that challenges people to abstain from drinking alcohol for the month of July to support adults who have cancer. I have a couple of charities which I support with ongoing donations, but it has been a good while since I put myself out and actually did something of this nature which requires more Dry July challenge to raise funds for cancer charity MOIRA NEAGLE Guest columnist than transferring figures from my bank account to a charity organisation. I signed up and set myself the goal of raising $1000. I looked at the calendar and July’s 31 days stretched out ahead of me. On the night of July 1, we got home from yoga and I said to my husband, “I’d love a wine!” The Dry July organization maintains ongoing contact with me. I think it was on July 3, I received a phone call from them to see how I was going without alcohol. My response was, “Hello, my name is Moira and it has been three days since my last drink.” The liver detoxifies chemicals and metabolizes drugs, secretes bile that ends up back in the intestines and makes proteins important for blood clotting. In the spirit of Dry July badgering, I would very much appreciate it if you could visit www.dryjuly. com/users/moira-neagle to make a donation to help me reach my goal. Come August, I will raise a toast to you and your liver! MINING BILL: Around 200 landholders from across South Australia met with supporting politicians on the steps of parliament house last Wednesday. Mining bill disappointment FOUR depressing hours were spent on Wednesday night watching both major parties in the Lower House show complete disregard to the rights of landholders. The whole state is covered with mining tenements of one sort or another - copper, lignite, iron ore, silver, gold, gas and oil. Slight amendments to the Mining Act mean “noninvasive mining exploration” can be carried out 200 metres from a residence. The government acknowledged agriculture is South Australia’s biggest contributor to the state GDP at $6.6b but they want resources to equal that. This will be impossible because open cut mineral mining will consume vast acreage of agricultural land which can never be returned to agriculture land. Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan suggested royalties to landholders were too expensive for the government ... we would have thought mining companies should pay. Although Shadow Minister Tom Koutsantonis stated most farmers eventually come to an agreement with mining companies, Mr van Holst Pellekaan put up the argument that giving farmers the right of veto would somehow disadvantage their neighbours. If you live in the regions you may lose your house to mining companies in spite of generational productivity, which has contributed to the wealth of the state. Merilyn Paxton Limestone Coast Protection Alliance What do you think of the possible privatisation by Wattle Range Council of the management of the Millicent Swimming Lake? KEVIN PETERS, Millicent Definitely not. CHANTEL MACDONALD, Millicent No change is needed. ROB GORDON, Millicent It should be left as it is. to a North American firm. As with the sale of the three mills, critics claimed the sale price was too low and the returns did not come back to our region, but merely went into the general State Government coffers. Since the forest privatisation there have been complaints not enough value-adding has been undertaken of the timber grown here. With privatisation “on the nose”, Wattle Range Council must be convinced outsourcing of vital facilities such as the management of the Millicent Swimming Lake will be of great community benefit.
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