The Border Watch : January 13th 2016
8 opinion EDiToRiAL NO matter which way you spin it, the Australian Country Cricket Championships have been a success for Mount Gambier. Interstate and international cricketing teams converged on the Blue Lake city early in the new year, joining the host state for the Cricket Australia endorsed tournament. While there has been a wealth of talent on display across the region’s immaculately prepared turf wickets, the tourism sector has also enjoyed a knock-on effect. Numerous accommodation providers were left with barely a room to spare across the tournament’s duration and the city’s eateries would have also enjoyed a boost from the influx of sporting stars. The event also provided South East residents with a close-up look at some of the top male and female cricketing talent in this corner of the nation. Mount Gambier City Council was integral in securing the nationally acclaimed event, which can hopefully springboard the city into contention for hosting other significant national sporting events. Purple surprise FEW people would want a porcelain toilet on show in their front yard, but a fundraiser with a difference will see many make an exception in the coming weeks. One Limestone Coast Relay For Life team’s campaign using purple toilets to raise money and awareness for the Cancer Council of South Australia is to be applauded. We can often become desensitised to the formal colours or logos associated with the many important charities and organisations within this nation, but this local project certainly makes a statement. A gleaming purple toilet with yellow flowers protruding from the bowl might look funny to some, but for many it is a light-hearted symbol touching on a testing time in their lives. Cancer has had a profound effect on our community and the strength of annual fundraising efforts such as the Limestone Coast Relay For Life and Pink Ribbon Day shows residents are united in support of those directly and indirectly touched by illness. LETTERS To THE EDiToR Donations ‘influence’ result EVERY year the Australian Electoral Commission publishes details of donations made to political parties. It comes as no surprise that many corporations do make donations, many of them being sizable and to both sides of politics. Santos and Beach Energy have done just that in the last two reporting periods. It is a legal and 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 understandable requirement that corporations act in the best interests of their shareholders. It therefore follows that any expenditure incurred by a corporation is conducted in the best interests of that company. If not in the best interests, then management could be accused of dereliction of their duty. As noted in a previous letter, the Federal Government has recently installed a wind farm commissioner even though scientific studies have found no evidence of adverse effects produced by wind farms. This contrasts with refusing to have a commissioner for unconventional gas, even when there is now a growing body of evidence of numerous contamination events having occurred in Australia, let alone what has occurred overseas, such as in countries like the United States. This seemingly irrational behaviour begs the question as to whether the government has been influenced in any way to produce this distorted outcome. It is suspected there may be a parallel here with why the South Australian Government is also a supporter of unconventional gas extraction in the face of genuine and growing safety concerns. To help reduce the potential influence of political donors there needs to not be a blanket ban, but limits set so donors can not exert an undue influence on the political process. Mark Jones, Mount Gambier STREET SWEEpER The Border Watch Management: General Manager: Robin Reid Email: email@example.com Editor: Jason Wallace Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Chief Sports Writer: Trevor Jackson Email: email@example.com Sales Manager: Dennis Jackson Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Pre-Press Manager: Jamie Croker Email: email@example.com Administration Manager: Sonia Galwey Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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, Wednesday, January 13, 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: email@example.com 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 Would you like to see more Chinese investment in South East primary industries? SANDY VIRGINIA PAWSEY Millicent No thank you. O’DONNELL Mount Gambier Investing in the local economy can only be a bonus for employment. BLAKE O’RIELLY Mount Gambier Anything that can boost the economy. Concession in spotlight I REFER to the article in The Border Watch dated January 6 reporting the Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley proudly announcing the landmark decision allowing pharmacies to discount the copayment for prescriptions. The PBS safety net for concession card holders is $372 or 60 scripts at $6.20. If a concession card holder accepts the discount, thereby paying only $5.20 per script, then they will need 71 scripts to reach the $372 of the safety net. This was not explained well by the minister. The increase of 11 scripts may well delay the concession card holder from reaching the safety net by one or two months. Hence the concession card holder pays the same amount in 12 months, but the time in which they have available to have scripts dispensed for no charge or reduced copayment may be significantly reduced. May I suggest concession card holders calculate to see if the co-payment will actually save them money. Heather Teakle, Independent accredited pharmacist Welfare league support I DO not even own a dog, but I’m going to buy some cans of a particular brand of dog food for the South East Animal Welfare League. Hopefully this will guarantee that I’ll see the delightful West Highland terrier commercial at least a few more times. Lucy Richards Mount Gambier 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 – SPOT A KOALA AT THE VALLEY LAKES CONSERVATION PARK Guests are welcome to explore the park, featuring a wide array of indigenous flora and fauna species. This oasis is a haven for all nature lovers, with visitors able to hike, relax, and walk up to the lookouts to enjoy some scenic views. Visit www.tbw.com.au/u13top50 for the full Mount Gambier 50 Things To Do Before You Turn 13 list.
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