The Border Watch : January 2nd 2015
6 NEWS BENEFITS ECONOMIC benefits of the establishment of the James Morrison Academy of Music in Mount Gambier in the new year are already becoming clear. They include: n The purchasing of two private homes and a unit valued at over $1m as well as white goods and furniture for the properties. n Securing long term leases for up to 20 homes in the first year. Each house will accommodate three students who will each pay $130 per week rent. n Purchasing of white goods and furniture for the rental properties, estimated to total around $100,000. n A $500,000 State Government grant to refurbish the old town hall as well as buy musical instruments, including pianos, musical stands and chairs for students. VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au WIN A BOOK The Border Watch is giving away three copies of the newly released book The Remarkable Mr Morrison, written by Mervyn E Collins on the life and career of James Morrison. To enter the draw to win a copy, cut out the coupon and deliver to The Border Watch at 81 Commercial Street East by Wednesday, January 7. Name: .................................................................................... Email: ..................................................................................... Phone (mobile): ..................................................................... Address: ................................................................................ Only original coupons will be accepted REAL ESTATE BOOST: James and Judi Morrison were in Mount Gambier recently to select up to 20 three-bedroom homes for students who will come from around the world to study at the James Morrison Academy of Music next year. They have also purchased three properties totalling over $1m. Picture: ANELIA BLACKIE Morrison to settle in city From front page The Morrisons’ two sons, William and Harry, who studied music at the Generations in Jazz Academy at Tenison Woods College this year, will also move into one of the properties. “They came to Mount Gambier at the beginning of the year to do the one-year course at Tenison, but now they are staying to do the music degree,” Mr Morrison said. Each house has three bedrooms, two separate lounge areas, a dining area and outdoor setting and will be fully furnished. Internet and lawn services will be included in the rent. “We will basically be going around shops in Mount Gambier, buying 20 washing machines, 20 clothes dryers, 20 queen size beds, 20 lounge suites,” Mr Morrison said. “Everything we can get locally, we are buying here.” Mr Morrison is keen for the students to live in two quiet cul de sacs where they can foster a small student culture within the community. “They will not only attend the academy, but will also integrate in the community to join groups and sporting clubs,” he said. “The students will bring enormous economic benefits to the city - they have to eat and buy clothes, they will spend money and so will their family and friends who come to visit.” Although the target was to open the academy with around 40 students, enrolments have already exceeded expectations following auditions around Australia. “Auditions are still continuing and Can you help the SeaWl find theSe kittenS a neW home? 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With this method, bacteria, viruses and fungi can be killed off effectively on skin surfaces and nails without pain. 662167 initial consultation 5 weeks post treatment 11 weeks post treatment we expect to get more enrolments well into the new year,” Mr Morrison said. “So far students from capital cities around Australia have already successfully auditioned as well as musicians from countries such as South Africa, Switzerland and New Zealand. “At this stage only one student - Jackson Heaven - is from Mount Gambier.” Student numbers are expected to increase over the next three years as the course fills up. “We should have at least 120 students in three years,” the renowned musician said. “We will therefore need to rent 70 houses in Mount Gambier in three years.” Meanwhile, plans for the refurMusician secures properties in preparation for music program bishment of the inside of the old town hall have already been approved and the academy will take possession of the historic building on Monday. A $500,000 State Government grant, which was announced in October at the academy launch at UniSA in Adelaide, will cover the cost of works and equipment. “Work will mainly be around some changes to walls inside and acoustics,” Mr Morrison said. “We have already ordered 70 music stands and 70 special musician chairs. “The grant will also help to cover the purchase of instruments such as pianos.” The first students are expected to arrive in Mount Gambier a week or two before the UniSA course starts in the old town hall on March 2. South East fire danger on rise as temperatures set to scorch region From front page Regional CFS commander John Probert said it was a danger period for the South East, which had dried out quicker than usual. “Looking at the soil dryness index, we are about a month ahead of where we’d usually be,” Mr Probert said. “The conditions we are looking at for January are what we would expect in February, which is our worst month of the season. “It has dried out quite early as anyone on the land would understand and we just didn’t get the winter rain like we normally would. “I loathe to say this, but certainly people have said this is like pre-Ash Wednesday conditions.” Mr Probert said the responsibility rested with the public to 6 - The Border Watch, Friday, January 2, 2015 ensure no outbreak occurred. “People need to be very vigilant to not do anything that People need to be very vigilant to not do anything that could start a fire. Unless a fire starts, we won’t have a problem. No driving through tall grass, no cutting anything - angle grinders are our worst nightmare. Regional CFS commander John Probert could start a fire,” he said. “Unless a fire starts, we won’t have a problem. “No driving through tall grass, no cutting anything - angle grinders are our worst nightmare. “All our crews are on standby and we will do everything we can if needed.” Dry grass and forests are among the major concerns for the region’s firefighters. “People really need to be aware that we have shocking days coming up. “They will be days as bad as we’ve seen all summer. “People at this stage should have their bushfire action plans complete. “If their plan is to leave early, then they need to not be at home on Friday or Saturday because if a fire starts, it will be very fast moving.” Sunday will deliver cooler conditions with 24C before temperatures rise back above 30C by mid-week.
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