The Border Watch : March 10th 2015
12 country living viSit uS onlinE borderwatch.com.au PM to address mayor’s concerns Residents to seek Abbott answers to give South East a hand up BIRD IN THE BUSH 12 countr ountry living viSit uS onlinE borderwatch.com.au PM to address ma try living viSit uS onlinE borderwatch.com.au PM to address mayor’s concerns Residents to seek Abbott answers to give South East a hand up BIRD IN THE BUSH parents parents want to hear. OLDFIELD CHRIS VE you washed your face, combed your hair, polished your shoes and got a clean hanky? Abbott is coming today. It is like being a little kid at school when there is an assembly. After sprucing up, we sit cross-legged on the floor, get threatened with picking up papers if we dare talk, giggle or fidget and wait for what seems to be hours and hours. Finally there’s a big “shoosh” and the principal says a heap of boring stuff that takes far too long. But its rhetoric the other teachers, staff and The principal disappears for tea and cakes with the grown-ups and a couple of Year 7 students who boil the kettle, pour tea and wash up. Much like a school principal, Mr Abbott and his batting line-up of Cabinet Ministers in Team Australia have the power to make our lives better or worse. To do it they use our hard-earned cash, via the taxes we pay. Governments are supposed to use our taxes to create safe, positive environments for people, industries and services to grow and prosper, but often they choose not to. They choose to take too much from us, give back too little and flog off our assets. For example, Team Australia collects from us more than $15b in fuel tax, not counting GST on top of that. They return less than $4b for roads and bridges, and that’s just one tax. But first up we better welcome Mr Abbott and give him a blue elephant stamp for visiting. Concerned about unemployment and health, Mount Gambier Mayor Andrew Lee wrote one of those old fashioned things called a letter and invited him. Sparing a thought for cash-strapped Australia Post, Member for Barker Tony Pasin hand-delivered it to Mr Abbott. While eastern state people get in a tizzy and throw Labor and Liberal prime ministers away like old rubber boots, we have real issues here. We don’t care about how Mr Abbott walks, talks, what he wears or does not wear. Sadly, the issues we have are desperate and often a matter of life and death. Our 64,000 people do not deserve health problems caused by fewer hospitals with no psychiatrists and fewer doctors and nurses working longer hours. Nor do they deserve to drive five hours to Adelaide for an MRI scan, psychiatrist or specialist appointment, then drive the five hours home. Regarding unemployment, Liberal and Labor globalisation and privatisation policies have created empty factories, empty shops, homelessness and a thriving drug trade, particularly ice. Primary industries that feed our rural towns and cities like Mount Gambier are crippled by cheap imports, regulation, bureaucracy and drought. The James Morrison Academy of Music has provided much joy and a shot in the arm for decades to come, but our region still needs a strong hand up. So Mr Abbott, please look under your mattress for our cash and give some of it back for roads, health, small business and job creation. ●Chris Oldfield can be contacted on Christobel47@bigpond.com Hazelnut delight tuESDAy trEAt Email your recipes to email@example.com KEEN to get creative in the kitchen without attempting professional recipes? The hazelnut spread pullapart is a fun way to get kids in the kitchen and is a delicious treat to share with family and friends. Mount Gambier’s Maharnia Nube and Dan Leary were inspired by a video they saw on Facebook to create the dish. Comments and likes rolled in after Maharnia posted a picture of the finished product. 660688 Aside from getting creative in the kitchen, Maharnia is a talented body artist who was recently featured in The Border Watch with her facepaint creations. INGREDIENTS n Four thin pizza bases n Hazelnut or chocolate spread (such as Nutella) M O U N T GAMBIER Improve your health. Help the local community. Get discounts from local shops. To find out more about PARK & STRIDE, what discounts are available, and how to get a Discount Card visit www.mountgambier.sa.gov.au/parkandstride or in person at the Civic Centre, 10 Watson Terrace. 660784 12 - The Border Watch, Tuesday, March 10, 2015 METHOD Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease a pizza tray or line with baking paper. Follow instructions to make pizza dough and knead on a floured surface or use pre-prepared bases. If making own dough, cut into quarters to make four bases. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough then place a dinner plate on top to cut a perfect circle. Repeat for the remaining bases. Place one of the bases on the tray and smooth a thin even layer of hazelnut spread on top. Stack on another base and add more spread, continue until the stack is complete. Do not spread on top layer. Put a small glass in the centre of the stack to create a cutting template. Starting at the glass, use a sharp knife to cut 16 even strips in the dough. Grab two pieces and twist them away from each other twice and join them at the bottom. Once you are done, brush with egg whites and place in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. TALENTED: Maharnia Nube enjoys getting creative in the kitchen as well as creating unique looks with facepaint. www.theborderwatch.com.au FINISHED PRODUCT: Maharnia Nube and Dan Leary’s hazelnut pullapart was a crowd pleaser at home and online.
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