The Border Watch : January 22nd 2016
8 opinion EDiToRiAL “YOU have to try,” were the last words of a statement made by Magistrate Teresa Anderson to The Border Watch yesterday when discussing the newly introduced abuse prevention program. The scheme involves men who are in the magistrates court on charges of domestic violence engaging with a counsellor to address underlying psychological issues over a minimum period of six months. The program is not perfect. Funds are limited and defendants will have to travel to Mount Gambier to receive the counselling. There are no guarantees. Men will reoffend after receiving counselling, some will not attend their mandated sessions at all and others will lie to have their sentences reduced. But one has to try. For every man that changes his behaviour, the lives of his partner, children and the community in general will improve. Children, the indirect victims of domestic violence, will benefit from the change as emotional and physical violence will cease to be part of their daily lives at home. The cycle of domestic violence, which often sees the children of violent relationships themselves becoming abusers, can be broken. At a community level, some victims may no longer require emergency and community support, easing the burden on organisations that are already pushed to breaking point. It starts in the magistrates court with a referral and ends with the acknowledgement of responsibility and a change of behaviour. The incentive is there - the successful completion of the program may keep the participant from serving a jail sentence. There may also be the gradual scaling back of intervention order conditions allowing limited contact between the offender and partner as the program is completed. The program may not be perfect, but is well worth a try. 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 to break the school holidays boredom. Do you recognise this activity? Answer in the next edition. Last edition – COLLECT PINE CONES IN THE PINE FOREST Celebrate the Limestone Coast’s long and proud forestry history. South Australia was the first state in Australia to develop and commercialise radiata pine plantations and was the earliest commercial manufacturer of radiata pine-based paper and particleboard. Mount Gambier was among the first South Australian sites to be planted in 1876. Visit www.tbw.com.au/u13top50 for the full Mount Gambier 50 Things To Do Before You Turn 13 list. CoMMEnT The untold story of how ‘Bushie’ joined K&S REENWOOD ROM THE FRONT PORCH R GRAHAM R 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 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, Friday, January 22, 2016 The Border Watch concluded the series of extracts from the book, “The Kain & Shelton Story”. The book sold out after three print runs and the extracts proved popular. Often when authors publish a book there are stories that crop up after completing the manuscript. That was the case with many of the books I have written and The Kain & Shelton Story was no different. But one I wish to share with you today deserves to be told. It involves Norman Crafter, but most would know him as “Bushie”. In 1946 Bushie was a 16-year-old truck driver for Norm Pannell, driving the interstate runs to capital cities. It was Easter when Aub Shelton rang Norm to ask if he had any work for Bushie over Easter. When told he hadn’t anything planned, Aub asked permission to have Bushie work for him over the Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Through his carting and building business Aub was carting large stone limestone blocks from his Cafpirco quarry to Trust home building sites in Cardinia Street. Once Bushie’s truck was loaded at the quarry by Aub’s brother Ivan, his job was to drive the semi-trailer to Cardinia Street, and offload the STREET SWEEpER What does Australia Day mean to you? BERNARD MAJOR Melbourne A celebration of everything Australian. JOSH THOMSON Mount Gambier Just a relaxing day. JAMIE BOWD Landskrona, Sweden Relaxing in a paddling pool and listening to the Triple J Hottest 100. limestone blocks, used mainly for foundations. Like many drivers of that era, Bushie had a strong work ethic and completed numerous loads each day. Late Monday afternoon, when Aub arrived at the building site after Bushie had dropped off his last load he thanked him for his work and asked, “What does Norm Pannell pay you?” Bushie replied, “Twenty five pounds ($50) a week.” “How much?” was Aub’s shocked reply. With that Aub pulled out his wallet and took out 25 pounds which he handed to Bushie for three days work. Bushie lived with his mother and siblings in the family home on Wireless Road West, next to where a kindergarten is now located, which ironically was Crafter’s pig paddock. Each day Bushie would ride his bicycle from Wireless Road to Cardinia Street, pick up his truck and start work. After he received his excellent pay of 25 pounds for only three days work he jumped on his bicycle and proudly rode home to Wireless Road. He always gave his wages to his mother to help with household costs but when he handed over the 25 pounds the smile on his face soon disappeared. “Where did you get this?” his mother asked. “It was my pay from Mr Shelton,” Bushie replied. “Well you jump on your bike and take this back to Mr Shelton and tell him he has paid you far too much.” With that Bushie rode the long haul back to Cardinia Street where Aub and Ivan were still working. Aub said, “What are you doing back here?” Bushie told him his mother said he had been overpaid and handed the money back. Aub thought for a moment, then told Bushie to put his bike in the back of his ute and they headed back to Wireless Road. Aub knocked on the front door and said, “Mrs Crafter, I admire your honesty but I have not overpaid your son - Norm Pannell has been underpaying him.” With that Aub turned to Bushie, handed him back the money and said, “Mrs Crafter your son can work for me anytime he chooses to do so.” Two years later, at 18 years of age, Bushie joined Kain & Shelton and did the interstate runs for more than 40 years with the company, finally finishing in 1991. Even today, at 85, Bushie is revered as a transport industry icon and still works part-time at The Border Watch driving his ute! This tale highlights the honesty and integrity of both Aub Shelton and Bushie’s mother. Footnote: It is important to clarify that Bushie worked day and night, seven days a week on numerous interstate runs, sleeping in his truck to earn the 25 pounds - Aub Shelton paid his drivers 13 pounds for one run from Mount Gambier to Melbourne and drivers would do a minimum of three runs in a five-day week.
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