The Border Watch : January 3rd 2018
6 NEWS FEBRUARY HE father of a little girl who was mistakenly locked in a school bus for four hours said he did not want the driver to lose his job. T Bobo Barsa said people made “mistakes” and he forgave the bus driver for his error. Speaking candidly to The Border Watch about the incident, Mr Barsa said he started losing hope Aza, 4, would be found safe as the search dragged on. “At first I thought we were going to find her, but when it became late and she had not been found I started to fear the worst - I felt panicked,” Mr Barsa revealed. He said his wife sounded the alarm at 4.30pm on Tuesday when Aza was not dropped off at their house by the bus. Mr Barsa said Aza was not found until police searched the bus some hours later. Despite the ordeal, the Congolese immigrant said he did not want the bus driver to suffer over the mistake. HE state’s power instability crisis hit flashpoint with a power blackout costing hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost trade and production across the region. T It is understood some dairy farmers were forced to pour milk down the drain because of the lack of refrigeration after the region was hit with rolling power blackouts. Furious dairy farmers called on the State Government to provide generators to every producer in the state as fears grew over more looming outages hitting the region. M RELIEF: Mount Gambier father Bobo Barsa with Aza, 4, who was found locked in a school bus after four hours. OUNT Gambier’s reputation as a premier arts destination was set to explode with the city’s Fringe Festival kicking off in a vibrant open-air community party in the Cave Gardens. Country Arts SA and Mount Gambier City Council - along with the Adelaide Fringe - prepared to turn Mount Gambier into the epicentre of entertainment for the month-long festival. Organisers piggybacked on the huge success of the Adelaide Fringe, which has grown to become the largest arts festival in the southern hemisphere. Thousands of people were expected to attend Fringe events for the inaugural fixture, which is likely to become a major new cultural event for the Blue Lake city. TIME FOR ACTION: Bek Bowd - assistant manager of The Book Place that trades across the street - said in February the former Fidlers and Webb building must be redeveloped given its expansive frontage in the heart of the city. HE State Liberal Party announced it would decentralise the regional public health system by establishing a South East board if it was swept into power in March next year. This meant Country Health SA - which has its bureaucracy centralised in Adelaide - would be dismantled to make way for fully independent regional health boards. T LET THE PARTY BEGIN: Body art artist Maharnia Nube ready to transform for the opening night of the Fringe in Mount Gambier. Ms Nube painted models at the community party at the Cave Gardens. It is has been more than 16 years since the Mount Gambier Hospital was governed by a board of management. VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au As the new year begins, we look back on the news and events of the South East covered in The Border Watch throughout 2017. This is the second instalment in our 12-part, month by month special feature. redevelopment of the former Fidlers building in the heart of Mount Gambier remains in limbo. T According to its owners GLG Developments, the company was still trying to lock in major retail anchors for the project. It is understood Target Australia - which leases its current building on the site - was still to commit to the new-look retail precinct. The Border Watch also understood discount supermarket giant Aldi was set to be one of the major anchors if negotiations were successful. HE multi-million dollar FIRED UP: Member for Mount Gambier Troy Bell said the state’s power supply instability had reached “crisis” point and new clean coal or natural gas production facilities must be explored. He is standing beside the Mingbool electricity connector, which brings power from Victoria. TRAGIC OUTCOME: One driver was killed and another seriously injured following a head-on crash involving a car and a truck on the Princes Highway at Clay Wells. HE death of a Barossa Valley man in a head-on crash involving his car and a truck on the Princes Highway at Clay Wells prompted fresh calls for National Highway One to be upgraded. The Wattle Range Road Safety Committee spoke out after a 49-year-old T 6 - The Border Watch, Wednesday, January 3, 2018 Nuriootpa man died at the crash scene about 30km north of Millicent. The truck driver sustained serious, but not life-threatening injuries. The 36-year-old South East man was treated at the scene and taken by ambulance to the Mount Gambier Hospital, where he was admitted. MAJOR SHAKE-UP: State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall has pledged to create a fully independent regional health board if the party seizes power early next year.
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