The Border Watch : November 20th 2013
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A time-lapse video will continue to provide a close-up view of the multi-million dollar deconstruction process, with live feeds available on the City of Mount Gambier’s website at www.mountgambier.sa.gov.au. “The footage will be edited into a time-lapse video recording the historic project and we’re very excited to be able to preserve this experience in such a unique way,” Cr Mutton said. With the demolition of the building now imminent, the looming event is continuing to trigger memories of the hospital during its operation. Mount Gambier resident A DIVISION OF THE PARAPLEGIC AND QUADRIPLEGIC ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA INC. SHOP 5 & 6 RIPLEY ARCADE, MOUNT GAMBIER. PHONE 08 8723 3788 REKINDLED MEMORIES: Mount Gambier resident Tracey Lockwood, right, has fond memories of the old hospital. Her daughter Georgia was born at the Lake Terrace West public health facility in 1997 - the day before the new hospital on Wehl Street North was offi cially opened. 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Baby Georgia arrived on July 5, 1997 - fi ve weeks premature and oblivious to the organised chaos outside the ward as hospital staff packed boxes ready for the big move. “There wasn’t a lot in the rooms, the corridors were completely empty and I remember the nurses were eating chocolate, probably celebrating the fact that they were just about to leave,” Tracey recalled. Tracey and her newborn spent their fi rst night in the old hospital before being resettled across the city the following day. “I remember there was one other woman in labour while I was and we were among the last to leave,” Tracey said. Now a mother of four, Tracey said the old hospital site fi lled her with sentimentality. “It’s a bit sad because I had two children here and was born here myself, but at the same time, it defi nitely needs something done here,” she said. “It’s an eyesore. “The people living nearby must look out and think how terrible it is and it is also such a shame that tourists are seeing it when you consider that the lakes area lies just beyond it.” Georgia, now 16, agreed that it was now time for change. “I’d like to see something that is useful for the community, that everyone can go to or use,” she said. CFS future under cloud as volunteer numbers decline From front page “Personally, I can’t see the CFS going on,” Mr Talbot said. “In fi ve to 10 years, it will be in a lot of trouble.” His warning comes as high fuel loads build up across the region and the offi cial fi re season starts later this week. While the paddocks surrounding Mount Gambier continue to retain moisture because of the region’s wet conditions, fi refi ghters believe the fi re season will start to heat up in January when conditions start to dry. Mr Talbot said the biggest problem facing brigades was the lack of volunteers during business hours. “During the day we would be lucky to get two to three people on a truck,” Mr Talbot said. He said volunteer numbers were falling right across the board and supported calls for the government to pay volunteers. “It is an option that should be put on the table,” Mr Talbot said. The CFS leader said he was allocated just $56,000 each year to manage six trucks and dozens of volunteers. “You try running a business on that money,” Mr Talbot said. He said crews were forced to manage incidents with only a few volunteers during business hours. “We will just have to manage the situation with what we have got at the time - that’s all we can do,” Mr Talbot said. “Responses to fi res run for a minimum of one to two hours - it is hard for people to do it.” He said a massive amount of training was also involved, which put pressure on volunteers. “It just keeps on going and going and it does take a toll on your family life,” Mr Talbot said. “Young families with mortgages can’t afford to give up their time.” Meanwhile, Mr Sage called for the State Government to investigate VOLUNTEER-BASED: A row of fi refi ghting uniforms hangs inside the Moorak CFS Brigade station. paying CFS volunteers. This prompted concerns in the council chamber about the calibre of people that the change could attract to the CFS. “If you are not going to get a truck at all, what’s better?” Mr Sage said. Meanwhile, Mount Gambier and district CFS group offi cer Graham Lamond confi rmed volunteer numbers were falling across the board and the situation was “worsening”. “It is defi nitely becoming harder to fi nd volunteers - it is defi nitely a challenge,” Mr Lamond said. “I don’t know what the answer is, there are no easy solutions.” Explaining getting daytime crews was dif- fi cult, he said the problem was particularly concerning in pockets of low population. “There are not the number of people interested in volunteering that there was 20 years ago,” Mr Lamond said. While explaining paying volunteers was an option, he doubted the State Government could fi nd such a large amount of money. People interested in becoming a volunteer can contact the CFS recruitment hotline on 1300 364 587. 632699 609266 632738 634246 Book a test drive today! k up popped in Centro!
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