The Border Watch : December 19th 2013
NEWS TIPS firstname.lastname@example.org NEWS 3 Hunters warned THE Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) and South Australia Police are working together to detect illegal hunters and poachers in the Kingston area. Anyone hunting feral species, such as rabbits, hares, foxes, pigs, goats or deer should be aware of their obligations under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972. A permit is required for anyone wanting to hunt on private land, with written permission needed from the owner if it is someone else’s property. No hunting is permitted on public land, unless authorisation has been granted by the minister. Anyone who is hunting must, if requested by police or a compliance offi cer, provide their hunting permit and written permission from the landowner. LONG TRADITION: Mount Gambier Community RSL vice president Bob Sandow calls on Mount Gambier City Council to keep a protrait of Queen Elizabeth in the council chamber until she is no longer the head of state. The RSL displays a picture of the royal. Picture: SANDRA MORELLO Queen saved for the moment Council moves away from plan to remove monarch’s image M S sa MORELLO SANDRA email@example.com MOUNT Gambier City Council will offi - cially unfurl the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fl ags early next year in the chamber, but has not made a decision on whether to remove the Union Jack and a portrait of the Queen. This follows the Mount Gambier Community RSL raising concerns the picture of Queen Elizabeth should not be removed because the royal was still the head of state. The issue of removing the Queen’s image was briefl y mooted during a council committee meeting last week, where Cr Jim Maher flouted the idea. Mount Gambier RSL vice president Bob Sandow said the issue was dis- cussed at a meeting with members on the weekend. He said the meeting directed the RSL to write to council asking for the photograph of Queen Elizabeth to remain displayed in the chamber. “The photograph should remain until we change the rule of the Queen being the head of state,” Mr Sandow said. At council’s full meeting this week, Cr Maher said the matter of the Queen and Union Jack was not a part of the fl ag motion and had been put aside. “It is irrelevant at this stage,” Cr Maher said. “It was a comment passed at a Corporate and Community Services Committee meeting - it was put aside, so if the RSL is worried about that it can wait for another day.” Meanwhile, Cr Hanna Persello said she had kept track of community opinion through social media and talking to people after the issue emerged last month with suggestions the Aboriginal LIGHTS LIST 2013 CHRISTMAS NORTH EAST 26 Hilltop Avenue 16th November to 8th January Map Ref I24 5 Dalkieth Drive Garden to view/outdoor 1st December to 26th December Map ref K19 fl ag should be displayed in the council chamber. “The overwhelming statement has been ‘I thought it was already there’,” Cr Persello said. “There is defi nitely support in the community. “Of over 100 people I observed either through print media, social media and face to face, there were only 11 people who actually opposed the proposal and these people did not give a sound reason to why they felt that way.” Adding to the discussion, Cr Merv White said he wanted debate to be respectful in the chamber. “To have that fl ag in the chamber is not going to worry me, it is just another process in accepting their culture and the part we can play in the whole scheme of things,” Cr White said. Cr Des Mutton described the item as “very signifi cant” given council had a long history and thoughtfulness towards indigenous people. NORTH WEST 53 Penola Road Garden to view. Santa & Christmas lights 23rd November to 28th December Map Ref K15 10 Mallee Street Garden to view/outdoor 11th November to 4th January Map Ref H8 THE LADY NELSON Visitor & Discovery Centre Jubilee Highway East (P O Box 56) MOUNT GAMBIER SA 5290 Phone 08 8724 9750 Fax 08 8723 2833 Tollfree 1800 087 187 www.mountgambiertourism.com.au • firstname.lastname@example.org “THE LADY NELSON” IS A DIVISION OF THE CITY OF MOUNT GAMBIER” SOUTH EAST 21 Brigalow Crescent Garden lights 15th December to 1st January Map Ref O19 10 Brolga Street Garden to view 1st December to 31st December Map Ref T20 23 John Watson Drive Santa 10th December to 29th December Map Ref T18 636109 The Border Watch, Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 3 “The question is why it (the fl ag) hasn’t been put up before like it has by many other councils in Australia,” Cr Mutton asked. Following Mayor Steve Perryman informing the chamber of the RSL’s wish to keep the current symbolic British items in the chamber, Cr Penny Richardson said many Aboriginal people served in World War I and II. “They actually had to lie about their heritage and say they were not Aboriginal Australians - they fought for their country and they deserve to be recognised,” Cr Richardson said. “There is a lot of history, it is not about blaming, but acknowledging what happened in the past ... and we are one nation.” The Aboriginal and Torres Strait elders from the Mount Gambier community will be invited to formally present the fl ags on the anniversary of the apology to Australia’s indigenous peoples on Thursday, February 13. Applications for hunting permits are available at www. environment.sa.gov. au and anyone not complying with the legislation may be fi ned or prosecuted. Cyclist ‘critical’ IT has been 10 days since a Mount Gambier boy was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle to school. The 12-year-old was airlifted to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide and still remains in a critical but stable condition. At around 8am Monday morning, a car travelling south on Bay Road at Moorak hit the young child and his bike. The impact caused severe head injuries to the boy. A spokesperson from the hospital said yesterday the condition of the boy was still critical, but stable.
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