The Border Watch : January 5th 2016
8 opinion EDiToRiAL TWO fatalities at McNamara Park circuit has certainly delivered a devastating blow to passionate and hard-working members of the Mount Gambier Motor Cycle Club. While social media was abuzz with concerns over the safety of the track yesterday, the reality is motor sport is a dangerous hobby and accidents are a reality. There is no road race circuit in the world that would be incident free given the mix of high speeds and the competitive nature of riders. The Mount Gambier-based club - which has up to 300 members from across Australia and even internationally - has developed a solid reputation in terms of safety and has been a breeding ground for Australian champions and motorcyclists enthusiasts. Some who have crafted their skills on this track have even made into the international arena. It is unfortunate that the club is now faced with two fatalities in just five weeks, given there were no deaths on the circuit for 30 years. Steeped in history, the club has built up the facility to be one of the best regional road-racing facilities in Australia. It is the only motorcycle club in Australia, and one of very few in the world, to own its own road racing circuit. This means it is not owned by promoters, but is managed by a dedicated group of volunteers who have an unwavering passion for racing and the local club. There is no doubt safety is the paramount concern at the club and tight-knit motorcycling fraternity is devastated by this loss of life. The club has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars upgrading the track in recent years and have introduced cutting edge technology to reduce the risk. Collapsible lights, widened track surfaces, sand run-offs and a purpose-built triage room are just a few of the improvements that have been made. Let’s hope the Mount Gambier club can rebuild after these incidents and become incident free for many years to come. LETTERS To THE EDiToR South East water levy spending questioned Questions aren’t getting answered by the south east natural Resources Management board that need to be, to clarify what is going on. 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 1. i assumed the current water licencing fees we paid went towards managing our water resource, which i had no problem with. if this is not the case, where have the millions we have paid in water licencing fees gone? the projects listed in the article (The Border Watch, December 30) i thought came out of the nRM Levy we paid on our council rates. 2. Where has the increase in water levy payment gone? Forestry increased income 46pc, our volumetric charge up 50pc plus? 3. if the state Government has been paying to manage our water resource, surely the water licencing fees we currently pay now should go to them. user pays fair enough. i don’t think it’s right we should pay a water levy to manage projects that have nothing to do with managing our water resource. 4. Where do they come up with the $4m fee to manage the water let alone the $1m co-operate fee? our nRM board should be able to answer that question. Water licence holders pay to have the water meters installed, pay to have them maintained, have to record and send in water usage, so they charge $4m to check a few wells and $1m for data entry? 5. the nRM board is now STREET SWEEpER The Border Watch Management: General Manager: Robin Reid Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Editor: Jason Wallace Email: email@example.com Chief Sports Writer: Trevor Jackson 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: Sonia Galwey 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 683699 8 - The Border Watch, Tuesday, January 5, 2016 Have your say. The Border Watch values your opinion. If you have a view or wish to comment on any community issue we would like to hear from you. Please write to: The Editor P.O. Box 309 Mount Gambier SA 5290 Fax 8725 8431 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Preference will be given to letters less than 200 words. Longer letters will be subject to editor’s discretion. All letters must carry author’s full name and address and include a daytime telephone number for verification. The Border Watch reserves the right to edit letters for legal purposes and space restrictions What do you think of the Port MacDonnell Bayside Festival? JAYDEN KIRK Mount Gambier It is a really good family day out and the chance to try something new - like throwing an octopus. BELLA CHAPMAN Melbourne I really enjoyed the jumping castle, Kids Spot and octopus throw, it is so cool. BILL CHAPMAN Millicent I have not been to the Bayside Festival for many years and the food, music and activities have been great despite the windy weather. saying it wants more input into what it is spending our levies on. We were told it is to implement and run the water allocation plan, is this not correct? is some of the money going to update another stadium somewhere? it worries me that our own nRM board do not know where the money is getting spent. the nRM board quote a lot about public consultation, which i know according to dictionary description is right, but don’t think for one moment we have a say in anything that goes on. When you attend a public consultative meeting to discuss, in this case the water allocation plan, you go along thinking you can have input. Wrong, you are told what has been decided, when trying to question the decision, we are told there is no point in discussing as the decision has been made, but happy to discuss how you are going to pay. to me, that is no worse than a thief who can’t understand why you get upset when he has given you the choice on whether he can steal your tV or stereo. What i struggle with is all farming sectors, councils, even the nRM board themselves don’t think this levy increase is fair, so let’s fight against it. the state Government will keep taking unless we say that is enough. John Hunt Allendale East South Australian Dairy Association board member ViSiT US onLinE borderwatch.com.au Break the school holidays boredom With the school year over and parents looking for low-cost ideas to keep children entertained, The Border Watch is highlighting just a few fun activities on the Mount Gambier 50 Things To Do Before You Turn 13 list. Do you recognise this activity? Answer in the next edition. Last edition – WATCH THE FIREWORKS AT THE NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY Thousands of people converge on Vansittart Park each year for the community run New Year’s Eve party. The event boasts a range of family-friendly entertainment and has become a popular way to usher in the new year. isit www.tbw.com.au/u13top50 for the full Mount Gambier 50 Things To Do Before You Turn 13 list.
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