The Border Watch : January 7th 2014
24 NEWS VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au FEBRUARY 2013: News that made headlines FEBRUARY 2013: News that made headlines DEMOLITION of the old Mount Gambier hospital and the region repositioning itself to move on from the sell-off of ForestrySA plantations dominated headlines in 2013 as investment in the timber sector helped turnaround an industry downturn. Crime, community and individual achievements, council debates and the federal election also caught public attention. In this special feature, we look back, day by day, on the key stories of each month. FEBRUARY 1 MENTAL health services will not be disrupted in the region despite changes to the delivery organisations being implemented from today, according to a health sector spokesperson. FEBRUARY 5 THE Searchers will captivate the audience at the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre tomorrow night as part of the popular group’s 50th anniversary world tour. FEBRUARY 6 THE Mount Gambier History Group reopened its collection room yesterday following the Christmas break. The not-for-profi t organisation, which relies on the work of volunteers, aims to preserve the history of Mount Gambier and the surrounding districts. FEBRUARY 7 A PET kitten has died after being shot with a homemade arrow in a Mount Gambier backyard on Tuesday, sparking outrage among pet owners and police. FEBRUARY 8 EXCITING TALENT: Former Mount Gambier resident Scott Pye debuted in the V8 Supercars Championship at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide. FEBRUARY 20 SOUTH East dairy farmers are being “pushed to the limit” amid the worst fi nancial disaster to hit the Australian dairy industry since the global fi nancial crisis. FEBRUARY 21 NEW York is within reach for Mount Gambier musician Luke Andresen, who has been asked to tour America with Jazz Workshop Australia’s big band next year. FEBRUARY 22 CAMERA equipment worth $10,000 was stolen from a vehicle after it was broken into on Woodlands Grove in Mount Gambier on Wednesday night. MOUNT Gambier’s Emma Bamford got more than she bargained for when attending a Keith Urban concert at the weekend. The dedicated fan attended a show on Sunday at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, where she was lucky enough to be hand-picked by Keith to get up on stage and sing with him. FEBRUARY 12 THE swine fl u-related deaths of South East residents Andrew Taankink and Angela Fensom could have been prevented if they received better hospital support, according to the state coroner. The coroner’s report into the deaths was scathing of the patients’ “sub-optimal” hospital treatment in Mount Gambier and Millicent. FEBRUARY 13 THE Country Fire Service’s Compton brigade was left without enough personnel to send a crew to help at a recent car accident for the fi rst time in nine years because of low volunteer numbers. FEBRUARY 14 POLICE are alarmed about a spate of marine thefts that have occurred over the summer holiday after $120,000 of boating equipment was stolen last week. FEBRUARY 15 A DESIGNATED area for burn-out competitions for cars could be built near the city if enough money is raised for the project. FEBRUARY 19 REGIONAL network giant WIN Television has scrapped its weeknight news service in Mount Gambier and made fi ve staff redundant. 24 - The Border Watch, Tuesday, January 7, 2014 MORE than 900 South East residents fl ocked to the Cave Gardens on Friday to see Mount Gambier parliamentarian Don Pegler (pictured) and Grant District Mayor Richard Sage fl ex their musical muscle for a worthy cause. The duo left the audience in stitches at the inaugural Karaoke in the Cave community event, which raised more than $1500 for national children’s charity the Make-AWish Foundation. FEBRUARY 27 ENGINES will roar at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide this weekend as two former Mount Gambier residents make their V8 Supercars debut. Scott Pye will drive for Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport’s Holden Commodore team, while mechanical engineer Stefan Millard will work off the track with Garry Rogers Motorsport. FEBRUARY 28 MOUNT Gambier City Council will begin rolling out its $5m inner-city refurbishment works early next month, which will be the largest overhaul of the city centre in decades. PROJECT BURN-OUT: Mount Gambier motoring enthusiasts Shane Turnham (left) and Kris Winterfi eld are trying to raise $36,000 to get a burn-out pad built near Mount Gambier. FEBRUARY 26 SICK ACT: An x-ray shows how a pet kitten was killed by a home-made arrow.
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