The Border Watch : January 6th 2017
NEWS TIPS email@example.com NEWS 5 Trade initiative Chinese partnership to foster long-term economic prosperity A NEW initiative to develop and increase the focus on Chinese partnerships to boost the South East economy will begin this year, with a number of events already planned. Currently in the planning stage, the initiative aims to bring Chinese business interests into contact with enterprises in the South East to develop trade and cultural exchanges in a practical way. This is expected to lead to economic benefits to the region in the areas of tourism and exports of goods produced ties to use our past to generate prosperity for the future.” A first step will be creation of ... this Chinese initiative will deliver economic prosperity to the region for decades to come Greymasts manager Jamie Aitken throughout the South East. Greymasts manager Jamie Aitken has played an important role in creating the initiative and is excited about possible future events. “I believe this Chinese initiative will deliver economic prosperity to the region for decades to come,” he said. “It is one of those rare opportuni- a permanent memorial to the region’s early Chinese migrants. The Chinese welcome gate (Pai Fang) will be set on the beach at Robe where Chinese traders landed and will cement the bonds of friendship that have grown between both Australian-born Chinese and visitors with the people of Robe and the South East. The permanent structure will lay the foundation for future collaboration in business, culture and friendship. Other events currently in plan- ning stages include a re-enactment of the Great Walk taken by Chinese migrants from Robe to the central Victorian gold fields, a business forum for businesses in the South East and Chinese business interests and a two-day Chinese festival. High cost forces City Council to scrap hard waste collection idea BRITTANY DENTON MOUNT Gambier City Council has addressed a ratepayer query about hard rubbish collection, citing high costs as the reason council does not provide the service. City Council operational services director Daryl Sexton said a one-off hard rubbish collection would cost $250,000 - the equivelent of about $18 per rateable Mount Gambier property. “A couple of years ago at the request of the mayor, I put some figures together on what I thought a hard rubbish collection might cost the City of Mount Gambier,” Mr Sexton said. “It was based on a lot of assump- tions and a lot of unknowns as you would expect, because you don’t know how many people are going to take up the service and you don’t know how much stuff they are going to put out. “My conclusion was that a oneoff collection would cost around $250,000 per run, which is fairly expensive.” Mr Sexton said hard rubbish collection had proven to be a considerable expense for other cities. “Since that time I have looked at figures from Campbelltown, Adelaide and the Riverland and analysed them and compared to the scenario in Mount Gambier if we achieved the same results,” he said. “The costs in these towns is very similar to my estimated figure so I have a fair degree of confidence in that figure being realistic.” Mr Sexton recalled a hard rubbish drop-off scheme council trialled several years ago. “Ten or 12 years ago, we opened the doors to the waste transfer COST CONCERN: City Council operational services director Daryl Sexton. centre on Clean Up Australia Day and allowed the community to have free drop-off of hard rubbish for that weekend,” he explained. “We received about a month’s worth of hard rubbish in one weekend.” Mr Sexton said the demand was apparent, but a hard rubbish dropoff initiative was also impractical. “It was certainly well received but it was a logistical nightmare,” Mr Sexton said. “It took a long time to work our way through the material.” 7 Pce Sling Setting 90 x 150 x 72cm. 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