The Border Watch : November 22nd 2013
6 NEWS VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Elected member makes fi rst speech as parliamentarian NEWLY elected Liberal Member for Barker Tony Pasin yesterday morning rose to speak in the lower house for the fi rst time after taking his seat in Federal Parliament. In an eight-page speech, Mr Pasin outlined his migrant roots, deep-seated passion for the Liberal Party and his desire to leave a legacy of “kindness” for his electorate. “Barker is an electorate that has delivered so much to this nation and sought so little in return,” Mr Pasin told his parliamentary colleagues. “It is the engine room of regional South Australia endowed with natural resources perfectly suited to the pursuit of agricultural production. MILESTONE ACHIEVED: Mount Gambier councillors Andrew Lee, Ian von Stanke, Merv White and Allen Smith were on site to watch the demolition works begin. Demolition begins Felling of old hospital goes down in history hospital building. From front page Yesterday’s demolition will be remembered in the city’s archives as a milestone and the end of a chapter in our history. Mount Gambier councillor Des Mutton - who was at the site yesterday for the start of the demolition - said watching the building beginning to crumble was a spectacular sight. “It is very impressive - we are on budget and we are on schedule,” said Cr Mutton, who is the presiding member of the old hospital project subcommittee. “It is very exciting to see it come down with that huge machinery grabbing great lumps of the building and hauling them off and squirting water at the same time to keep the dust down.” Cr Mutton said the excavator was also equipped with a camera so the operator could see exactly what was going on up to 45m away from the cabin. He said the majority of the community would be happy to see the building start to fall, but conceded the dramatic demolition works could trigger some sentimental feelings. “Many people may be in two minds - they may be pleased to see it go, but will have many memories of either working there, being treated there and having babies there,” said Cr Mutton, as misty rain fell over the sprawling industrial site. “I’m sure it will bring a lot of memories to many people, including myself.” But he said the start of the demolition was a milestone for the city, which would clear the landscape for landscaping and the refurbishment of the old laundry building that had been spared from the bulldozer. Meanwhile, demolition contractor McMahon Services site supervisor Danny Keogh said the demolition began smoothly yesterday. He said the excavator - which could deconstruct buildings up to 15 storeys high - started at 7am yesterday and by 3pm it was two bays into the “Once the operator gets into a set routine, it will get much quicker,” he told The Border Watch. Mr Keogh said the site’s landscape would begin to change substantially quickly. “By Saturday it will look a lot different,” he said. Explaining the company had a strong track record of demolishing large buildings, he said the Mount Gambier project was not particularly challenging nor diffi cult for the specialist demolition company. “We have had harder ones,” Mr Keogh said. He said the demolition would be completed by Christmas. “We have got to be out of here by December 20,” Mr Keogh said. The ultra high reach excavator has worked on a number of high-profi le projects, such as the Adelaide Oval Redevelopment, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the Nyrstar Lead Smelter at Port Pirie and the former Harris Scarfe redevelopment in the heart of Adelaide. “It is a place of natural beauty from the volcanic region of the south to the river oasis of the north, from the rolling hills of the Barossa to the picturesque plains of the Murraylands and Mallee.” He said it was also a place that boasted world-leading production of grain, vegetables, fruit, timber and livestock for meat and dairy. “These commodities link winegrape growers at Angaston, Waikerie and Penola, croppers at Karoonda and Loxton, plus livestock farmers at Lucindale, Meningie and Lameroo - these common industries unite Barker and make it a truly strong and interwoven community.” Stating an entrepreneurial spirit ran through Barker, he said manufacturing also had a strong presence. “I speak here of businesses such as Naracoorte’s Mini Jumbuk, Mount Gambier’s NF McDonnell & Sons, the Riverland’s Nippy’s fruit juices, Bordertown’s Blue Lake Milling and Murray Bridge’s Thomas Foods International,” Mr Pasin said. But he said manufacturing faced many challenges, particularly with the recent announcement the Safries potato processing plant near Penola would close. “If we wish to capitalise on our competitive agricultural advantages and reap the benefi ts of the Asian century we must combat the strong headwinds facing this sector,” Mr Pasin said. “As a Liberal I know that government must incentivise businesses by creating a climate in which business can seek out and seize opportunities.” Among other things, he said certainty also needed to be created for irrigators, whether that irrigation water was drawn from the River Murray or the aquifers of the South East. “It means taking action to lower input costs, undertaking labour market and SPEAKING FOR BARKER: Member for Barker Tony Pasin made his maiden speech in parliament yesterday. taxation reform, increasing access to international markets and more appropriately balancing the needs of the environment with the right to farm,” the new MP said. “The second member for Barker John Livingston - inspired by his overseas travels - encouraged the planting of pine forests in the South East. “Thanks to his vision the softwood forests in Barker now cover over 100,000 hectares and support the direct employment of many constituents, in addition to thousands more indirectly.” He said Mr Livingston also pioneered the freezing and shipment of prime lambs to Britain. “If we are to follow Livingston’s lead, rural and regional Australia needs access to improved infrastructure and I welcome our government’s commitment, as do the residents of Barker, to deliver the roads of the 21st century,” Mr Pasin said. “Rural and regional Australians also need access to the best digital technologies, technologies that have within their ambit the potential to deliver enhanced health, education and business connectivity to bridge the urban-rural divide. “I come to this place determined to strive to ensure that my actions will contribute to the restoration of the Australian peoples’ regard for this place and those that sit within in.” Youths frustrated over new P-plate legislation Mt Gambier Safety Supplies YOUNG DRIVERS are infuriated over new laws passed in State Parliament instating a night curfew and passenger restrictions for fi rst-year provisional licence holders. Under the new legislation, P1 licence holders will be subject to a restriction of one passenger - excluding immediate family - and will not be allowed to drive between midnight and 5am. BY DIADORA NOW IN STOCK! Not just a safety store! 118 PENOLA ROAD, MT GAMBIER Phone 8724 8011 www.mtgambiersafety.com.au 6 - The Border Watch, Friday, November 22, 2013 The provisional licence period has been extended to three years, meaning drivers will be aged 20 when they are eligible for their full driver’s licence. Millicent High School Year 11 student Brodie Quintel expressed his discontent at the new rules. “It’s the worst thing the government has brought in,” Brodie said. “It just seems really stupid and now you can’t really be social because you have to go home at 12 every night.” Other students echoed Brodie’s frustration, calling the changes absurd. “It’ll be annoying when we go anywhere, instead of taking one car we’ll need to take three,” Year 11 student Sam Wallis said. “There is going to be more cars on the road and the more chance of crashing,” Jordan Jones said. “It’s nothing but revenue raising and fi nding more things to fi ne people on,” Hope Palmer said. Road Safety Minister Michael O’Brien said South Australia had the second worst fatality rate in the 16 to 19-year age group of all Australian states and territories. “If these changes had been in place over the past fi ve years they had the potential to prevent 22 deaths, 240 serious injuries and 1397 minor injuries,” he said. An exemption system to the restrictions will be in place to alleviate concerns from young drivers that need to drive outside the night curfew. P1 drivers will be exempt if they are required to carry passengers during the course of their employment and will be exempt from the curfew if they need to drive for employment, formal volunteer work, education, training or sporting purposes. Following amendments, night time driving exemptions will also be available to P1 drivers taking part in charitable, artistic, religious or scientifi c activities organised by an organisation, association or club. Drivers will need to have a letter from their employer, volunteer/charitable/reli- gious organisation, education institution or sports association, or other supporting evidence if stopped by police. “You’ll be able to get past it - it’ll just be annoying,” Brodie said. Key changes to the licensing system include: ●A passenger restriction for P1 drivers under 25, allowing no more than one passenger aged 16 to 20 for the duration of holding a P1 licence, excluding immediate family members (with an exemption system). ●A restriction on driving between midnight and 5am for P1 drivers under 25 for the duration of their P1 licence (with an exemption system). ●Extending the total minimum provisional licence period from two to three years will mean one year on a P1 licence and two years on a P2 licence. ●Removing regression to a previous licence stage following a disqualifi cation period ●The hazard perception test on a computer will be a requirement of graduation from learner to P1, rather than P1 to P2. The new laws will come into effect next year. 625945 STRETCH CARGOS NEW!
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