The Border Watch : February 20th 2015
4 NEWS Grants set to benefit recreational fishers COMMUNITY grants up to $20,000 are being offered by the State Government to help boost recreational fishing in South Australia. The South Australian Recreational Fishing Grants Program, valued at $2.25m over three years, supports projects to improve recreational fishing experiences, said Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Minister Ian Hunter. The grants are part of a $3.25m package announced at the 2014 State Election, which included opening some offline reservoirs for recreational fishing and an artificial reef trial. “Recreational fishing is a hugely popular past time in this state,” Mr Hunter said. “We want to encourage more people to get involved, including in and around our beautiful marine parks. “These grants also offer a great opportunity for regional areas to benefit through improved community assets and work for local businesses and tradespeople. Mr Hunter said the grants could be used to upgrade infrastructure at local fishing spots, or to improve the fishing experience for local anglers. “Groups could also apply to run activities to promote interest and skills in recreational fishing, such as family or training days,” he said. “Grants could even be used for fish restocking and habitat restoration in suitable areas that are open to recreational fishing.” Applications close 5pm Monday, April 13. Visit www.marineparks.sa.gov.au or email dewnr. firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Health backflip welcomed Bell supportive of pathology privatisation reversal KEN BR brett@ KENNEDY RETT email@example.com nt Gambier Troy Bell has welcomed the State Government’s backflip on privatising regional Pathology SA services. The South East’s key diagnostic ser- vices came under the microscope earlier this year after an independent review into the state’s pathology recommended outsourcing regional resources. Last week Health Minister Jack Snelling ruled out the regional recommendation made in the Ernst and Young review, claiming feedback from rural communities and the pathology industry had been crucial in making the decision. It is good news for the 23 Mount Gambier Pathology SA staff based at the city’s hospital who stood to face cuts if the recommendation was endorsed. But while the staff now had a reprieve, Mr Bell raised concerns the government could still move to centralise services. “I still fear some services will be cen- tralised,” Mr Bell said. He said he lobbied the government hard to have its privatisation agenda removed. It is believed Pathology SA officials plan to tour Mount Gambier pathology services on March 16. In a statement issued by SA Pathology, a spokesperson said the announced provided certainty for regional pathology services in the future. “The decision not to proceed with the recommendation to explore the option to contest regional pathology services has emphasised the role that SA Pathology services play in country areas, including in the South East,” they said. Minister Snelling said following the release of the report, a number of regional communities expressed their concerns about the potential change to local SA Pathology services. “It’s clear that these services are greatly valued by country communities, and the high quality, efficient pathology diagnostic services are integral to the workings of country hospitals,” he said. “Their review outlined six recommendations to improve the service’s business performance, including exploring the option of contesting pathology services in regional areas. “This was the only recommendation that directly involved pathology services delivered in country SA.” SA Health chief executive David Swan said the government’s response to the remaining five recommendations would be released in due course. “We have received around 100 submissions relating to the six recommendations since consultation began in December,” Mr Swan said. “Following the decision to rule out recommendation four, relating to country pathology services, we will now focus on reviewing the remaining feedback in relation to the outstanding recommendations. “This feedback will help us to make an informed decision about how we can best deliver efficient and consistent pathology across South Australia.” The independent review recommended the changes after it found the agency’s overall productivity was significantly less than relevant interstate and international pathology peers. Visit www.sahealth.gov.au for more information on the review. Traffic offender handed suspended sentence after multiple violations LEON RADEMEYER A MULTIPLE traffic offender who managed to evade police during a high-speed car chase through the streets of Mount Gambier, has been given a suspended prison sentence. Michael John Milton, 22, drove his car in excess of 120kph on June 24 last year as he tried to evade a patrol car which had been following him down Crouch Street. The Mount Gambier Magistrates Court heard on Tuesday how police had to abandon their pursuit as it was deemed too dangerous to continue within city limits. Earlier on the same day Milton was HEATED WHEEL SPIN: A wheel spin allegedly led to an overheated exhaust causing a grass fire which incinerated a vehicle at Naracoorte. Teenage hoon driver feels heat FRIDAY the 13th was unlucky for an alleged hoon driver whose vehicle caught fire after doing a wheel spin. A 17-year-old man from Naracoorte has been reported for misuse of a motor vehicle after he allegedly lost control of the Holden Commodore which became bogged in grass by the roadside on Stewart Range Road on Friday morning. The car’s overheated exhaust ignited the grass, causing a small grass fire and incinerating the vehicle, according to police. The CFS attended and quickly extinguished both the vehicle and the grass fire. The driver and passenger escaped injury. caught on camera driving 116kph in a 50kph zone on Sturt Street, and skipping a red traffic light at a Bay Road intersection. Milton fled across the Victorian border where he abandoned his car in a forestry plantation after he damaged it on rugged terrain. According to the prosecution, the defendant claimed he did notice police pursuing him, but thought the Gypsy Jokers bikie gang was close behind them trying to get him. He decided not the stop and continued to Victoria. Milton had another brush with the law on August 4 last year when he performed a sustained wheel spin outside his home with an unregistered and uninsured car. Let a local hearing expert look after your hearing. We offer a comprehensive range of hearing services, including: • A committed and highly trained team of hearing care experts • FREE1 Hearing Check-ups • FREE2 hearing aids and services for Pensioners and Veterans • Workers Compensation Claims • The latest in modern, hearing technology, visit digitalhearing.com.au 1Applies to adults only. Only when you mention this advert. 2 Government Hearing Services Program. 4 - The Border Watch, Friday, February 20, 2015 Don’t delay, book your appointment on 1300 906 456 Conditions apply to clients under the Australian www.theborderwatch.com.au Jason Scarborough Mount Gambier Clinic 35 Helen Street At the time he appeared in court on multiple charges, including driving dangerously to escape police pursuit, misuse of a motor vehicle and driving unregistered and uninsured. He also faced charges of driving recklessly or dangerously, contravening the terms of an intervention order and breaching bail conditions. In defence, Milton’s counsel said he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, suffered from psychosis and smoked crystal methamphetamine for the first time 48 hours before the offences of June 24. He could not recall many of the details of these offences and was hospitalised for weeks afterwards, suffering from psychosis. In handing down sentence, magistrate Paul Foley said he had taken the defendant’s personal circumstances into account, but the offences were nevertheless of a serious nature. “Driving away from police is a very serious offence since it also puts the community at risk,” Mr Foley said. He sentenced Milton to three months in prison, suspended in terms of an 18-month good behaviour bond in the sum of $200. In addition, Milton received fines totalling $1300 and a cumulative licence disqualification of three years and three months. Mr Foley also ordered the forfeiture of the defendant’s vehicle.
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