The South Eastern Times : September 10th 2019
2 OPINION IT is said the wheels of government turn slowly and we have had an example occur in Millicent in recent days. Almost 30 years after the last scheduled freight train passed through Millicent, the State Government has listed all of the Millicent rail lands for sale with a local agent. This is an obvious admission trains will never again run to Millicent. It also extinguishes any remote chance of Transport Minister Stephan Knoll having a change of heart and gifting the vast area to OUR VIEW Wattle Range Council. The local council has had endless negotiations with state governments of both colours over the years about the rail lands, but no outcome has been to the satisfaction of both parties. The sale decision should come as no surprise when you realise the Millicent branch line does not feature as part of a new government agency study which is currently probing the possible reopening of the other parts of the South East rail network. It is disappointing to see one of the parcels of land now on the market fronts Towers Road and is in close proximity to the Millicent Hospital, its Sheoak Lodge aged care facility and Country Health Connect (better known as Millicent Community Health). There is a dire shortage of parking for the staff and visitors at these three facilities. 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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 Audited by the Audit Bureau of Circulations 726885 What should become of the former Millicent rail lands now that the State Government has listed them for sale on the open market? ROBYN JOHNSTON, Millicent There should be an area for free campers as well as picnic areas. ARTHUR KELM, Millicent Wattle Range Council should buy the area for either parklands or for rental housing for the aged. BOB SNEATH, Beachport There should be a partnership between the private sector and local government. There could be parklands for the community to enjoy as well as some housing development. ‘Emergency’ declared Art experience ‘sparks wonder’ COMMENT THE Australian Medical Association, Doctors for the Environment and the Royal College of Surgeons have declared a climate emergency. The health impacts on people (diseases, allergies, heat stress, deteriorating water/food quality), of a warming climate must be having serious impacts for these highly conservative groups to take such a step. Development assessment panels who do not take into consideration the implications of climate change in my opinion are negligent and irresponsible. INDEX TV GUIDE .......................................................11 TRADES AND SERVICES ..............12 50 YEARS AGO ........................................13 PUZZLES ........................................................14 CLASSIFIEDS ............................................15 SPORT ..............................................................16 WEATHER FOR MILLICENT Tuesday Max 15°C Min 4°C Partly cloudy Chance of rain - no rain UV: Moderate Wednesday Max 20°C Min 5°C Mostly sunny Chance of rain - 5% <1mm UV: Moderate Thursday Max 18°C Min 11°C Partly cloudy Chance of rain - 20% <1mm UV: Moderate Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Areas of frost in the north in the early morning. Light winds becoming west to northwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the morning then becoming light in the late afternoon. Overnight temperatures falling to between 1 and 5 with daytime temperatures reaching around 15 Wednesday: Mostly sunny. Winds northerly 20 to 30 km/h. Overnight temperatures falling to between 2 and 5 with daytime temperatures reaching around 20. Thursday: Partly cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower in the south. Winds north to northwesterly 15 to 25 km/h shifting southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h during the morning. Overnight temperatures falling to between 9 and 12 with daytime temperatures reaching between 17 and 20. Coastal – Tuesday: Winds westerly 10 to 15 knots turning northwesterly during the morning. Seas below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres south of Port MacDonnell around midday. Swell southwesterly 3 to 3.5 metres Wednesday: Winds northerly 15 to 25 knots turning northwesterly 15 to 20 knots during the evening. Seas around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning. Swell southwesterly 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 3 metres during the afternoon or evening. 2 - The South Eastern Times, Tuesday, September 10, 2019 Tues 10th Sunrise 6.16am Sunset 5.54pm Wed 11th Sunrise 6.14am Sunset 5.55pm BEACHPORT TIDE TIMES Tues 10 11.15am 1.23m 7.35pm 0.79m 11.34pm 0.83m Wed 11 3.47am 0.77m 11.34am 1.27m 6.54pm 0.78m 11.30pm 0.91m ROBE TIDE TIMES Tues 10 11.14am 0.92m 7.30pm 0.47m 11.17pm 0.54m Wed 11 3.55am 0.44m 11.37am 0.99m 7.00pm 0.46m 11.32pm 0.63m 751537 www.thesoutheasterntimes.com.au Rising sea levels and storm surge impacts, catastrophic fire days, increasing incidences of lightning strikes, increasing numbers of days over 35 degrees, decreasing rainfall and incidents of greater intensity of rainfall and storm events including damaging hail are already impacting rural and residential Australia. It would be wise for all local councils to recognise the above and encourage their communities to be proactive rather than reactive. The eucalypts in the South East seem to be dying in large numbers in my opinion. Is your local council alarmed, concerned, disengaged, cautious, doubtful or dismissive of climate change or do they indulge in Bulverism? I would have thought it was a no brainer for rural Australian councils to see the futility of a fossil powered future for a hot dry continent. Heather Heggie, Naracoorte MOIRA NEAGLE Guest columnist I LOVE it when an experience sparks wonder in the richness of our community. On Saturday I went to Hollick Estates at Coonawarra to be a part of the opening of Tanya Hunter’s art exhibition. Last year I saw one of her works at an exhibition in our gallery here in Millicent and it was pure beauty. Tanya had created it for friends and I was envious of the joy the artwork hanging on the wall will give over and over again. As a child, Tanya drew a portrait of her father shaving and entered it in a Fathers’ Day Competition. As a mother of young children, she wrote poetry for them and added her own illustrations. In more recent years, Tanya has entered the John Shaw Neilson Art Competition which Have your say. The South Eastern Times values your opinion. is part of the annual Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival. The competition challenges entrants to create an art piece inspired by the works of the early Penola poet. I was particularly interested in the connection between some of her art and poetry, how one inspires the other. As a teacher I have shared and taught many students about the elements and richness of poetry. As a poet I write every day, sometimes I write poetry about art. My joy was also piqued when Tanya talked about having to be creative, that it is a part of who she is. We can attend to the routines and responsibilities of life and when we can carve out time for ourselves, there is a drive to be creative. We are fortunate our lives have allowed for this. The afternoon was sealed as a great experience when I was able to buy one of her works to hang on my wall. We celebrated with a delicious lunch upstairs. Please write to: The Editor PO Box 22 Millicent SA 5280 Fax 8733 4341 Email: email@example.com This situation was worsened several months ago when Country Health SA scrapped plans to construct a new car park to make up for the lost parking spaces due to the fire management upgrade. A new car park off Towers Road would have been welcomed and the State Government would not have needed to buy the land. In the meantime, there may be a private developer with the vision and capital to purchase and revamp the Millicent rail lands. The opportunity is there.
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