The Border Watch : February 18th 2015
4 NEWS VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Groundwater concerns raised Witnesses deliver broad range of evidence to state resource committee From front page Representing the seat of MacKillop, Mitch Williams said he expected a large amount of submissions to the inquiry given the concerns surrounding the protection of groundwater. “The integrity of the resource is something that is incredibly important to this region and people want to be assured that integrity will be looked after and maintained,” Mr Williams said. “I am absolutely delighted that the interest that has been ongoing in the community will now manifest itself in formal evidence to the committee.” Among the first witnesses EVIDENCE HEARD: Mingbool farmer Tony Beck delivered a broad range of evidence during yesterday’s inquiry. were Kalangadoo organic farmer Chris McColl, farmer Tony Beck, Coonawarra Grape and Wine Incorporated vice president Peter Balnaves, Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council chair Peter Bissell and Treasury Wine Estates vineyard manager Allen Jenkins. - City of Mount Gambier - Weekly Affairs PROPOSED ENCLOSED OFF-LEASH DOG PARK City of Mount Gambier are proposing an Enclosed Off-Leash Dog Park at Hastings Cunningham Reserve. The concept plans and other relevant information can be accessed via Councils website www.haveyoursaymountgambier.com.au or viewed in the Civic Centre Courtyard, 10 Watson Terrace, Mount Gambier. The community are invited to provide their feedback on the concept design by close of business Monday, 23rd February, 2015. Should you have any queries, or require additional information please contact Council’s Community Health Officer, Kate Fife on (08) 8721 2530. BIN TAGGING Putting rubbish in the wrong bin seems like a small thing, but when it adds up across the whole of Mount Gambier, it’s a significant amount. If everyone in Mount Gambier put all their waste and recycling in the correct bin, the community would save over $200,000 every year. It would also mean thousands of tonnes of material could be recycled or composted rather than going to landfill. To assist the community about what rubbish goes in which bin Council will be ‘bin tagging’ 150 properties over the next two months. This involves inspecting the content of recycling and waste bins on collection day in a select area. Properties within this area will be provided with feedback from each inspection in the form of tags attached to their bins. Let’s all do the right thing. For further information contact the Environmental Sustainability Officer on 8725 2528. CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY Put yourself in the picture for the 25th Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday, 1st March, 2015. Council will be hosting various site clean ups, a central marshalling area will be located in the Cave Garden, near the Civic Centre from 10am - 12 noon for volunteer information and to lead the CBD clean up. Free BBQ lunch for volunteers from noon in the Cave Garden. For more information and to register your participation visit www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au MOUNT GAMBIER LIBRARY Author Event Loretta Hill is the author of the best selling “The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots”. “The Girl in Steel-Capped Boots” is a heart warming romantic comedy about three extraordinary women on a journey to find love and rediscover family in “The Maxwell Sisters” Loretta will be at the Mount Gambier Library on Thursday, 5th March 2015 at 7.00pm. Tickets are $5.00 and can be purchased from the Mount Gambier Library. EARTH HOUR Earth Hour 2015 will focus on celebrating and committing to protect our great Aussie food and farmers. Council will again participate by turning ‘lights off’ at major Council buildings and attractions on Saturday, 28th March, 2015 at 8.30pm. Community involvement is encouraged to support this issue. For more information visit www.earthhour.org.au HEALTHIES ON HAND WASHING Did you know the best way to wash your hands is with warm running water, soap and disposable paper towel. Hand sanitisers are an additional safety measure; however hand washing is the best preventative measure when preparing food and reducing the risk of communicable disease. For further information on hand washing and food safety contact the Environmental Health Officer on 8721 2530. WORKS IN PROGRESS The City of Mount Gambier outdoor staff will be working in the following areas in the coming week: • • • • Commerce Place Carpark Redevelopment Works Railway Lands Paving Works Road reseal program Footpath resealing program • Wandaree Court Drainage works • Wehl Street North roadwork’s (Commercial Street to Jane Street) For more information on City of Mount Gambier visit our website www.mountgambier.sa.gov.au 4 - The Border Watch, Wednesday, February 18, 2015 661425 RECOMMENDATIONS TO MAKE: The Natural Resources Committee behind the parliamentary inquiry features state politicians John Dawkins, Jon Gee, Gerry Kandelaars, presiding member Steph Key, Chris Picton and Peter Treloar. Absent: Robert Brokenshire. Donations sought to help grieving Congolese family DONATIONS WELCOMED From front page Majaliwa died in the Mount Gambier Hospital after the accident, but the bodies of his wife and baby were taken to Melbourne after they died at the scene. The surviving children were discharged from a Melbourne hospital yesterday and brought back to Mount Gambier. It is understood the accident occurred on the three-year-old’s birthday on the way to Mount Gambier. The family returned from the Melbourne airport after spending time in Queensland. Ms Ikeda said the Congolese community and Mount Gambier North School - where the surviving children are students - have come together to organise a memorial service in Mount Gambier. It is not yet known when or where the service will be held, but it will be a fundraising event for the family. Meanwhile, a bank account has been opened by the Migrant Resource Centre of South Australia as a charitable organisation. “The couple has two young children of their own to raise and the man only has a casual job as a kitchen hand,” Ms Ikeda said. “Any donation towards the funeral and to help them raise the children will be welcome - even if someone has a full-time job for the dad, that would help a lot. “The funeral expenses will have to be taken care of first and then we can look at helping the family with their expenses raising the children. “The money will go directly to the family to help with their expenses.” Ms Ikeda called on the community to only donate money and not flowers, food, clothes or toys. She said the children’s aunt and uncle already faced the daunting task of bringing the belongings of two households together. “They and Majaliwa each had a house filled with furniture, clothes and other belongings and it will be hard enough to sort through it,” she said. “They have everything, all they need is money to raise the two children.” THE Migrant Resource Centre of South Australia (MRCSA) welcomes community donations towards the surviving children of Majaliwa Kizumba and his wife. The MRCSA is a charitable organisation and will provide a tax receipt for donations of $50. Cheques can be made out to “Victor’s Family” and mailed to the Limestone Coast Migrant Resource Centre at 13 Eleanor Street, Mount Gambier. Electronic donations can be made to: Victor’s Family BSB: 085 005 Account number: 564209985 Account name: MRCSA Operations A/C www.theborderwatch.com.au Currently operating on a heritage-listed Mingbool property, among the issues raised by Mr Beck was the belief that potential unconventional gas FOLLOWING THE PROCESS: Liberal MLC Terry Stephens and Greens MLC Mark Parnell with Member for MacKillop Mitch Williams and Member for Mount Gambier Troy Bell viewed yesterday’s proceedings. production in the South East would require wells to be within closer proximity than previously stated by the gas industry. Mr Beck told the committee that discussions with Beach Energy managing director Reg Nelson last April revealed the company had abandoned plans to drill horizontally, which would place well heads around four kilometres apart, and was planning to use a vertical deviated drilling method. “I cannot see that the spacings will be kilometres apart like Beach claim or allege that they will be,” he said. “Economics will demand them to do it the cheapest possible way and that is to drill a new hole at the distance at which you can frack out sideways. “So if you can frack 200 metres on a vertical well, then the next one could be 400 metres away and even at 400 metres they are way too close together.” Mr Beck said he believed any future production would also opt against using vertical deviation method, claiming companies would “puncture the South East” with straight wells. When questioned by NRC member Chris Picton whether any information from scientists, companies or departments would convince him that fracking was a good idea, Mr Beck delivered a firm response. “It is an absolute ‘no’ because I’ve seen the way they have (Beach Energy) moved in a period of 12 months just to appease us,” he said. The inquiry will continue today from 9am in Millicent with South East Local Government Association president Erika Vickery and executive officer Ann Aldersey to present evidence ahead of final witness Rural Communities Australia director Dr Geoff Wells.
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