The Border Watch : January 5th 2016
NEWS TIPS firstname.lastname@example.org YEAR IN REVIEW 6 In the first instalment of a 12-part series, we look back on the stories that made headlines during 2015 in The Border Watch. JANUARY J AMES Morrison purchased three properties valued over $1m and and entered a lease agreements on 15 to 20 rental homes in Mount Gambier to accommodate students in the James Morrison Academy of Music program at the Old Town Hall. Mr Morrison and his wife Judi purchased two homes on Lake Terrace, while the third property - located in the high-rise former nurses’ quarters behind the old hospital - was planned for Grammy awardwinning saxophonist Jeff Clayton, who moved from Los Angeles to work as the academy’s first artist in residence. T HE future of unconventional gas in the South East was a hot topic of discussion when State Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis visited Mount Gambier. Mr Koutsantonis met with council representatives from across the South East to discuss regional issues, but unconventional gas and hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, dominated talks. Member for Mount Gambier Troy Bell said Mr Koutsantonis was “frankly too late” to try to convince councils to not oppose the controversial practice. A FTER battling its way back from receivership just over two years ago, Mount Gambier manufacturer Be-Ray Cabinets closed its doors for the last time as it entered liquidation. Around 20 staff, including five apprentices, had expected to return to work following the Christmas shutdown, but were delivered the devastating news by Adelaide-based liquidators Clifton Hall. M EMBER for Mount Gambier Troy Bell has described the shortfall in drug and alcohol counselling services in the region LOCK THE GATE: Anti-fracking campaigners raised their concerns with State Mineral Resources Minister Tom Koutsantonis. S OUTH East activists took their concerns over unconventional gas and “fracking” straight to the top when they were given an impromptu as “ridiculous” given the rising methamphetamine problem in the city. His comments followed only one full-time resident counsellor being funded for the region. In 2012, the State Government scrapped the tender for the long-running South East Drug and Alcohol Counselling Service on Commercial Street West in favour of national provider Life Without Barriers. The now defunct service had four people who provided outreach services for clients across the region. C onstruction began on a new 2500m2 state-ofthe-art UniSA building on Wireless Road. The institute meeting with state Mineral Resources Minister Tom Koutsantonis. Mr Koutsantonis was in Mount Gambier to attend a closed meeting with South first expanded into the South East in 2005 and has since co-existed with TAFESA, but the stand-alone facility – which is scheduled for completion by February 2016 - will be UniSA’s first in the region. A VISIBLY distraught Alexander Thomas Wooldridge, 64, pleaded guilty to all charges relating to last month’s quadruple fatal car crash at Hatherleigh. The crash claimed the lives of Mount Gambier mother Michelle Doyle, 45, her two children Joshua, 22, and Jessica, 16, as well as her mother Bev Khan of Horsham when a truck and a utility collided with their four-wheel drive at a Hatherleigh intersection on December 1, 2014. A YOUNG musical theatre hopeful embarked on the next big challenge to fulfil his dreams of performing on a Broadway stage. The spotlight was calling for Mount Gambier’s Grady Lynch after he was accepted into a three-year Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in music theatre at the Victorian College of the Arts. N ATIONAL pride radiated throughout the Limestone Coast yesterday as the region came together to celebrate Australia Day. Mount Gambier’s annual breakfast catered for hundreds who transformed the Cave Gardens into a sea of outdoor chairs, picnic rugs and Australian flags, while towns and communities across the region hosted their own patriotic events. FIRE THREAT: An out of control bushfire threatened communities. Picture courtesy of Tom Kempe, ForestrySA ROARING inferno in scrub and pine trees in catastrophic conditions threatened to wipe out Glencoe and reach as far as Mount Gambier on Friday afternoon. It took the efforts of of a 250-strong ground contingent and seven water bombers to halt the advance of the blaze, which was contained the next day. A 6 - The Border Watch, Tuesday, January 5, 2016 P OLICE were preparing for as many as 150 Hells Angels to roar into Mount Gambier for the bikie gang’s national annual general meeting. The Hells Angels chose Mount Gambier as the venue for the 2015 meeting, but at press time it was still unclear whether representatives of the notorious outlaw motorcycle group would arrive in the city as planned. East Local Government Association (SELGA) representatives, where the potential use of hydraulic fracturing was discussed. STANDING THEIR GROUND: CFS volunteers protest potential emergency services reforms. COUNTRY Fire Service volunteers, including South East firefighters, rallied onon the steps of Parliament House in Adelaide today in a renewed push to halt emergency services sector reform. The rally is set for noon and will be used as a launching pad for a petition seeking public support against the South Australian Government’s reform process, which volunteer firefighters fear could compromise the integrity of the CFS and diminish the effectiveness of its response to emergencies.
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