The Border Watch : February 4th 2015
8 opinion EDiToRiAL JAMES Morrison’s infectious positive outlook on his new business venture rubbed off on the crowd at a Mount Gambier Chamber of Commerce breakfast yesterday. “This is the best thing that has happened to Mount Gambier in a long time,” one of the guests whispered and heads nodded in agreement. With more than 120 people attending the event to hear the renowned guest speaker talk about the soon-to-open James Morrison Academy of Music in the old town hall, it is evident how hungry business operators are for an injection of economic opportunities. Of special note was a couple from the Solomon Islands who stood in a long queue after the breakfast to speak to Mr Morrison. Already operating a business on the islands, they are keen to tap into opportunities the influx of academy students may bring to Mount Gambier. Also in the queue were accommodation providers who wanted to discuss housing opportunities for a growing number of students in the future. The penny has dropped for many business operators in and around Mount Gambier - a new university campus in the heart of the city will bring endless economic benefits for them. For some, in particularly retailers and food and accommodation providers, the opportunities appeared to be rather obvious, but for others it is still blurred. But many in the audience are still searching for ways their businesses could benefit. It is time the Mount Gambier Chamber of Commerce board members gather business operators for a brainstorming session around how they could take advantage of opportunities. A plan needs to be put together, along with Mount Gambier City Council, to lead those who may overlook chances to help build on Mount Gambier’s vibrancy. Mr Morrison has done his part by serving opportunities on a silver platter, but it will be up to the chamber and business operators to pick up their forks and get to work. LETTERS To THE EDiToR Driver distraction deadly Strong political voice needed I REFER to the letter to the editor titled “Strict phone law” published in The Border Watch on January 28. Distracted driving is a leading cause of serious car crashes in South Australia. ESTABLISHED 1861 Published by The Border Watch Pty Ltd ABN: 78 007 828 819 Registered office: 81 Commercial Street East, Mount Gambier, SA 5290 Postal address: Box 309, Mount Gambier, SA 5290 Telephone: 08 8724 1555; Fax: 08 8724 1551 Website: www.borderwatch.com.au SMS: 0427 135 114 Proud member of the Inattention is reported to be the primary cause in nearly 30pc of fatal crashes and 45pc of serious injury crashes each year. In South Australia, Rule 300 (Use of Mobile Phones) under the Australian Road Rules details what is and is not legally acceptable use of a mobile phone while driving. Rule 300 does not apply to learner’s permit and P1 licence holders. They are not permitted to use any type of mobile phone function while driving. A complete guide to the operation of Rule 300 can be found at www. mylicence.sa.gov.au/ safe-driving-tips/mobilephones. Using a mobile phone while driving is dangerous and I urge all road users to leave your phone alone. Ask yourself “is that phone call or text message worth your life or the life of another person?” Tony Piccolo, Minister for Road Safety TONY Pasin needs to accept responsibility for the actions of his government and start standing up for the people of Barker. Tony Abbott’s decision to axe the National Partnership Agreement on Certain Concessions will leave pensioners throughout the Barker electorate facing increased hardship when they no longer receive concessions on their council rates. Rather than criticising South Australian Local Government Association president David O’Loughlin for campaigning for local pensioners, Mr Pasin should be speaking to Mr Abbott on behalf of all his constituents to stop this $30m cut going ahead. As the National Partnership Agreement was a policy measure rather than a legislative one, the Abbott Government axed the agreement without the approval of the parliament. Federal Labor recognises that these underhand changes will make life harder for vulnerable Australians, particularly those in regional areas, and will continue to advocate for measures to support rather than abandon our pensioners. 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Box 309 Mount Gambier SA 5290 Fax 8725 8431 Email: email@example.com Preference will be given to letters less than 200 words. Longer letters will be subject to editor’s discretion. All letters must carry author’s full name and address and include a daytime telephone number for verification. The Border Watch reserves the right to edit letters for legal purposes and space restrictions How do you feel about the James Morrison Academy of Music being established in Mount Gambier? BRONTE ELLARD Mount Gambier It will be great for Mount Gambier’s cultural environment and will boost the activity inside the city centre. ERIC SCHMERT Mount Gambier I think it’s a wonderful idea. It will be great to see young people take part in the academy and make use of the space in the town hall. JOSH LYNAGH Mount Gambier It will really put Mount Gambier on the map and I think it’s exciting to have students from across the country studying jazz in our city.
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