The Border Watch : January 11th 2018
6 YEAR IN REVIEW AUGUST T HE State Government began investigating whether OneFortyOne Plantations had breached conditions of the forward sale contract as concerns escalate over the huge number of softwood saw logs being shipped offshore at Portland. These revelations came as new photographs showed vmountainous piles of softwood logs sitting at the Victorian port. A MASSIVE STOCKPILE: Log trucks line up to offload thousands of tonnes of timber at the Port of Portland. A REGIONAL same-sex marriage campaigner warned the Federal Government’s proposed voluntary postal plebiscite was fuelling “negativity” against same sex couples in the region. Activist Di Ind vowed to organise another protest in Mount Gambier in response to what she claimed was a nonbinding community opinion poll on legalising same-sex marriage. 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 eighth instalment in our 12-part, month by month special feature. IN A SPOT OF TROUBLE: A stranded female elephant seal at Port MacDonnell is ushered back to its natural habitat by community ranger Dale Millar. P ORT MacDonnell came to a standstill morning when an unexpected guest paid a visit to the seaside township, causing a flurry of excitement. A large female elephant seal meandered into the heart of the town and was discovered by a resident who found the sea creature on their doorstep. HITTING THE HOME STRAIGHT: Yahl trainer Peter Hardacre and track rider Jenna Edwards welcome news the Scott Group of Companies Mount Gambier Gold Cup would be raced in December to accommodate for the $3.3m track redevelopment. A REGIONAL thoroughbred trainer welcomed news the Scott Group of Companies Mount Gambier Gold Cup would be staged in early December, claiming it could pull one of the largest crowds in the history of the prestigious provincial racing event. EMBER for Mount Gambier Troy Bell vowed to defend himself in court after being charged with dishonestly dealing with a “substantial amount of money” while undertaking his role as a public officer. The Border Watch confirmed Troy Stephen Bell, 43, would appear in the Mount Gambier Magistrates Court. M He was charged with 20 counts of theft and six counts of dishonestly dealing with money. I WANT A FAIR GO: Independent Member for Mount Gambier Troy Bell vowed not to “back down” despite mounting pressure from political opponents calling on him to resign. 6 - The Border Watch, Thursday, January 11, 2018 TOUCHING WORDS: Flanked by his sons, Jim Maher pays tribute to his late wife Viv, who’s social justice work was remembered in a public celebration of her life. The social rights advocate passed away after along battle with cancer. RISING STARS: Grant High School students Ethan Habets, Mitchell Sims, Brayden Burston, Cody Lewis and Charlotte Foote, front right, hopeful of snaring a place in the new regional elite sporting academy. Ethan and Mitchell are talented footballers and Brayden, Cody and Charlotte are hitting it big in hockey. A PILOT Limestone Coast Elite Sporting Academy was set to be established to catapult talented athletes to the top level of competition. Considered one of the most exciting developments in the regional sporting fraternity for many years, it was hoped the fledgling project would lead to the creation of an ongoing academy.
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