The Border Watch : January 12th 2016
10 YEAR IN REVIEW T HE South East has tipped the national scales as being the second fattest region in Australia, according to a key survey by the Heart Foundation. The “sobering” HeartWatch survey also reveals the region is the second in Australia for inactivity and has the highest obesity levels in the state. Only Darling Downs in Queensland tops the South East on the national obesity and inactivity list. According to the study, nearly 37pc of the Limestone Coast’s population is obese and 72.5pc of people are insufficiently active for good health. L IMESTONE Coast residents came together to participate in an emotional Mother’s Day Classic, raising more than $9000 for breast cancer research. Braving the cold and wet conditions, more than 300 participants dressed in pink and walked or ran laps of a course at the Valley Lake recreation area. The sea of pink flooded through the area before participants crossed the finish line, receiving a medal and fruit for their efforts. M OUNT Gambier is in desperate need of a drug crisis and detoxification centre, according to claims made by people at the coalface of the city’s crystal methamphetamine underbelly yesterday. This was the sobering message at the national ice taskforce meeting in Mount Gambier. It was the taskforce’s first community consultation stopover in Australia. A MOUNT Gambier Racing Club chief said he was gutted by the cancelling of the Scott Group of Companies Gold Cup and described a decision to roll the surface of the waterlogged track as “foolish”. Club president John O’Connor said it was the first time in nearly 140 years of cup history the race had been called off due to deteriorating track conditions. The cup meet was cancelled Gambier Airport cemented its first locally-based fixed wing flying school in 15 years. Aerostar Aviation - which is part of an expanding South Australian aviation group - moved into vacant office space at the airport and offered flying lessons. A flying instructor and a fully instrumentrated Cessna 172S was permanently based at the airport. T NEW HEIGHTS: Grade 1 flying instructor Philip Rawlings, from Areostar Aviation, hopes the new flying school and charter flights at the Mount Gambier Airport will take off. 10 - The Border Watch, Tuesday, January 12, 2016 HE Mount VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au In the fifth instalment of a 12-part series, we look back on the stories that made headlines during 2015 in The Border Watch MAY IN THE DOCK: ForestrySA chief executive Adrian Hatch on his way to the Mount Gambier Magistrates Court where he appeared on a charge of exercising his power as a public official to secure a benefit. F ORESTRYSA chief executive Adrian Hatch appeared in the Mount Gambier Magistrates Court yesterday on a charge of exercising his power as a public official to secure after race three following horses slipping on the 900m mark of the soggy track. G RANT District Council vowed to ramp up its two-year fight for a dedicated marine rescue service following a number of serious incidents off the South East coastline. This followed four men clinging to a small life raft near Beachport after their stricken yacht hit a reef and four people tragically losing their lives off the coastline over the past two years. A Grant councillor had also again raised the need for a rescue helicopter service for Mount Gambier, claiming lives would be saved. A rescue helicopter is based at Warrnambool and responds to some incidents in the Mount Gambier district. T HE State Government came under fire from regional Country Fire Service veterans for continuing to jack up a benefit. His appearance came after months of speculation about his absence from the forestry corporation, which is one of the city’s biggest employers. Hatch, 56, was granted $500 the controversial emergency services levy. Mount Gambier and District CFS Group officer Graham Lamond accused the government of financial mismanagement and not being able to control the state’s budget.”It is a bloody disgrace,” a fed-up Mr Lamond said. The CFS stalwart said the emergency levy hike would paint a negative picture of emergency services and the hard-working volunteers in the community. T HE rapidly expanding Mount Gambier Prison was set to reach another milestone with inmates expected to move into the newly expanded facilities in July. The 84-bed expansion was part of the government’s $100m overhaul of the privatelyoperated prison, which is on track to become the third largest prison in the state. Valued at $25.4m, the project was part of the government’s response to record prisoner numbers and overcrowding across the state. HOT HORN: Jazz legend James Morrison performs at the Generations in Jazz festival. J AMES Morrison, The Hot Horn Happening and American acapella vocal act Take 6 stunned more than 5000 people in the packed, giant marquee next to The Barn for the Generations in Jazz festival as the world-renowned acts displayed their mastery of music. Accommodation across the South East was booked out as high school students from across the nation arrived for competitions over the weekend and to learn from jazz masters. bail to an address in Point Londsdale near Geelong before Magistrate Paul Foley adjourned the matter for a declarations hearing and to answer the charge.
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