The Border Watch : December 24th 2013
10 OPINION EDITORIAL WHILE most people will be sitting around the Christmas table tomorrow indulging in turkey, wine and family festivities, spare a thought for those in our community who may be experiencing fi nancial hardship, illness or family breakdown. Although Christmas for most is a time of joy, for many it can be also a time of sadness or poignant refl ection because of the loss of a loved one. This is why the city’s welfare agencies and churches must be praised for helping the less fortunate or extending a welcome hand to the lonely this Christmas. The Mount Gambier Lutheran Church will hold a free lunch tomorrow for people who do not have the opportunity to gather around with family and friends. All the volunteers working on Christmas Day at these events must be commended for giving up their precious time to help extend festive cheer to others. Meanwhile, we should also remember all the nurses, doctors, paramedics, police and aged care workers who will be on duty tomorrow. There is no doubt they would love to be home with their families. However, it is comforting to know they will be on duty in case of emergencies or helping to bring a smile to the faces of older residents on Christmas Day. With people indulging in food and alcohol this Christmas, it is also timely to send a strong message to people not to drink and drive. Christmas parties have been in full swing for weeks and with New Year’s Eve also on the horizon, motorists must remain vigilant on our roads and not drive after drinking or taking drugs. Meanwhile, The Border Watch staff extend a merry Christmas to all of its readers and advertisers. With another year around the corner, let’s hope 2014 will bring a prosperous, safe and happy 2014 for all of our community. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Hidden bushfi re season hazard Christmas spirit alive and well KEEPING SA SAFE POLICE KEE PO LIM FOR A LIMESTONE COAST ASSISTANCE CONTACT 131 444 VEHICLE users should not be complacent this fi re danger season. All petrol and diesel vehicles are SCOTT GROUP OF COMPANIES 538600 10 - The Border Watch, Tuesday, December 24, 2013 ALEXANDER KAIN Mount Gambier I want a computer, because I’m the only one in my family who doesn’t have one. I am hoping Santa will put a lot of Barbie dolls under the tree for me this Christmas. D’ARCI BELL Mount Gambier BRODIE SZOPORY Mount Gambier I hope Santa leaves a drum set under the tree this Christmas. fi tted with catalytic converters. Whilst there are differences in how each operates, it should be assumed that both are potential heat sources that can start a bushfi re. Fuel loads within the Limestone Coast are at record levels and the sheer volume of phalaris grass along roads and in paddocks is contributing to that fuel load. The head of this particular grass contains signifi cant quantities of oil, which makes it quite fl ammable and if in contact with a catalytic converter, could be suffi cient to start a fi re. The heat emitted by a diesel catalytic converter is less, but if not operating properly could be equally likely to cause a fi re. Section 39 (2) of the Fire and Emergency Services Regulations states “a person must not, during the fi re danger season, drive a vehicle referred to in sub regulation one within two metres of fl ammable bush or grass unless the vehicle is fi tted with an exhaust system that complies with this division”. Part one of the section refers to any vehicle driven by an internal combustion engine. Effectively most cars need to stick to prepared or graded dirt roads (not tracks with grass between the wheel marks) during the fi re danger season and vehicle users should be aware that this is a general expiation offence for a breach of fi re regulations. There have been recent incidents where vehicles have started bushfi res but also historically in other parts of the state which resulted in extensive loss of property and life. Vehicle users need to exhibit a high level of vigilance when driving off-road anywhere in the Limestone Coast this fi re danger season. For more information on fi re safety go to www.cfs.sa.gov.au Norm Elliott Crime Prevention Offi cer Mount Gambier Police Station I WOULD like to congratulate Mount Gambier residents on their amazing show of Christmas lights during this festive season. My family and I, including our new golden retriever Ollie, walked around the Wireless Road West and Montebello Drive area impressed by the colourful display. My three children were also delighted to see an infl atable Santa with his sack of presents and Rudolph pulling his sleigh. The Christmas lights across the city demonstrate how strong the community spirit is in Mount Gambier, with participating residents keen for Christmas to be joyful for everyone. It was clear by the line-up of cars driving around the houses how important the lights are for people at this time of year. With Christmas just days away, I wish everyone a very happy holiday season fi lled with laughter, good food and friends and family. Troy Bell Liberal candidate for Mount Gambier VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au STREET SWEEPER What are you hoping Santa will leave under the Christmas tree?
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