The Border Watch : March 18th 2015
8 opinion EDiToRiAL THE number of vicious dog attacks in the Mount Gambier district in recent months is certainly a concern for local government authorities given the potential danger to residents and animals. It is also particularly concerning that community rangers - who are trying to protect the general public - are being subjected to threats of violence. This is never acceptable in any situation. While it is understandable people being asked to surrender their dogs can be an emotionallycharged situation, people must also remember that it is council’s responsibility to keep the public safe. We can’t have potentially dangerous dogs roaming across the district mauling valuable merino sheep and much-loved family pets and attacking people. Dog owners must ensure their canines are not left wandering the district. It is also distressing to learn that some dog owners are blatantly and cruelly dumping their pets on the side of highways. This should never happen. If people cannot look after their pets, they can be re-homed at the South East Animal Welfare League. Firefighters deserve praise THE firefighters at the Metropolitan Fire Service station often go under the radar in terms of their service to the community. The prompt response to a unit fire in Mount Gambier yesterday morning potentially not only saved $1m worth of property, but also the lives of people living in adjoining residences. These firefighters are at the forefront of emergencies that unfold in our community and are often the forgotten heroes. The unit fire is also a timely reminder to ensure people’s smoke detectors are fitted and working. With the colder months approaching, this is critically important given the potential for electric blanket and heater fires. LETTERS To THE EDiToR Police provide personal safety tips Councillor clarifies old boatyard views KEEPING SA SAFE POLICE KEE PO LIM FOR A LIMESTONE COAST ASSISTANCE CONTACT 131 444 RECENT reports in the media have again raised the issue of personal safety. 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 Attacks on individuals are a concern, but there are some helpful tips that could reduce the risk when we are out and about. It is a good idea to practice “situational awareness” and not be complacent by following this advice: The Border Watch Management: General Manager: Robin Reid Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Editor: Jason Wallace Email: email@example.com Sports Editor: Rod Morris Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Sales Manager: Dennis Jackson Email: email@example.com Pre-Press Manager: Jamie Croker Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Administration Manager: Chelsea Sargeant Email: email@example.com Audited by Audit Bureau of Circulations The Border Watch Telephone 8724 1555, Fax 8724 1551 Responsibility for editorial comment is taken by Jason Wallace, 81 Commercial Street East, Mt Gambier The Border Watch proudly uses 100% recycled paper 661359 8 - The Border Watch, Wednesday, March 18, 2015 www.theborderwatch.com.au ATM banking ●Do not use automatic teller machines in isolated or dark locations and avoid withdrawing large amounts of money. ●Memorise your Personal Identification Number (PIN). Do not write it down and do not let anyone see you enter your PIN. ●If you feel unsafe at an ATM and you have already keyed in your details, press the CANCEL key and remove your card. ●If you lose your card, report it immediately to your financial institution. Walking ●Be alert, walk confidently and keep to well-lit and populated areas. ●Walk against the flow of traffic and, if possible, walk with another person and carry a personal safety alarm or mobile phone. ●Let someone know where you are going and the time you will return. ●If you feel unsafe, head for a well-populated area. ●Be wary if someone in a car stops and asks you for directions. Keep a safe distance from the car. ●Be aware of your increased vulnerability when wearing personal headphones. ●Avoid walking at night and alone unless absolutely necessary. Celebrations ●Organise safe transport to and from the venue before going out ●Stay with your friends and look after each other. ●Set a drinking limit for yourself, stick to it and have soft drink or water between alcoholic drinks. ●Say “no” when you have had enough to drink and don’t let others top up your drink. ●To avoid drink spiking, do not leave your drink unattended at any time. For further information on personal safety visit www.sapolice. sa.gov.au or call the crime prevention section on 8735 1049. Senior Constable Norm Elliott, Limestone Coast Crime Prevention Section IN THE article in The Border Watch on Friday, March 13, I was quoted in regard to the “old boatyard” block in Port MacDonnell. During the lengthy discussion around this topic, I expressed the view like many residents in The Bay that I would love to see the boatyard commercially developed. However, I do not want to see the boatyard sit as it has for the past 10 years or so as a blight on our town centre. The commercial development would be my preferred option, however I question the viability of this plan of having a motel with retail underneath in the short-term unless current businesses would want to move into a new development. In regard to local businesses, I commented on a business that had not stood the test of time, however all of our current businesses have been long-standing and very successful, indicating Port MacDonnell can and does sustain a range of businesses. If we are going to have to wait years for a commercial development to occur, I would prefer to see it as a greened area with some car parking rather than as it currently is. I felt it necessary to put this letter forward as the single comment without the context of the broader discussion painted a different picture. Councillor Gill Clayfield, Grant District Council ViSiT US onLinE borderwatch.com.au STREET SWEEpER What does Saint Patrick's Day mean to you? BOB KEEN Mount Gambier It gives me a chance to keep up our family tradition and celebrate with my friends. COREY O’BRIEN Mount Gambier It think it is the perfect occasion to have a few drinks with mates. ANTHONY NICHOLLS Adelaide It is the best day to celebrate with a pint of Guinness.
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