The Border Watch : January 9th 2014
6 NEWS JUNE 2013: News that made headlJUNE 2013: News that made headlinesines 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 turn around 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. VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au RISKY SPOT: The hazardous Penola and Wireless roads intersection was named in the top three riskiest sections of road in the state. JUNE 4 JUNE 18 A COMMUNITY campaign calling for an indoor pool in Mount Gambier has intensifi ed with an 1800signature petition being hand delivered to council members. JUNE 5 THE notorious junction at Penola and Wireless roads has been identifi ed as the third riskiest site across the state by the RAA and has triggered renewed calls for State Government funding for traffi c lights JUNE 6 GRANT District Mayor Richard Sage has called on the major political parties to start “standing up” for the embattled dairy industry at both state and federal levels, claiming urgent measures were needed to help reinvigorate the broad agriculture sector. JUNE 7 SOUTH East dairy farmers breathed a sigh of relief yesterday after milk processor Murray Goulburn announced its highest opening milk price on record. JUNE 11 HIGH-PROFILE Mount Gambier businessman and philanthropist Barry Maney and prominent highland dancing teacher Margaret Reichelt have been honoured with a prestigious Queen’s Birthday Order of Australia Medal (OAM). JUNE 13 MOUNT Gambier City Council and the Borderline Speedway have clinched a major national sporting coup with news it will host a prominent motorcycle event in October. JUNE 14 JUNE 20 MOUNT Gambier City Council will seek urgent details from the State Government about the possible transfer of hundreds of Housing SA properties to community service organisations in the city, fearing it could strip $710,000 from its rate revenue. JUNE 21 DOZENS of 50-year-old pine trees that fl ank the rim of the Valley Lake crater are dying from a fungal disease, sparking urgent testing by Mount Gambier City Council. JUNE 25 MOUNT Gambier’s new $250,000 bus shelter that sits adjacent Jubilee Highway became operational yesterday, which is expected to end years of controversial debate over its design and location. JUNE 26 STAGE one of the multi-million dollar redevelopment of the rail corridor in the heart of Mount Gambier is back on track with demolition works to start in October. JUNE 27 MOUNT Gambier’s multi-million dollar inner-city refurbishment project has received a $750,000 windfall from the State Government, which has delivered a signifi cant 11th hour boost to City Council’s 2013/14 budgets. JUNE 28 IN a bombshell announcement yesterday, Grant District Mayor Richard Sage (pictured) said he would contest for the seat of Barker in the September federal election. 6 - The Border Watch, Thursday, January 9, 2014 A PROMINENT South East businessman has come out in support of green energy in the form of biomass electricity as a means to boost the region’s forestry industry and local economy. Adrian de Bruin - who sold his 30.3pc share in the timber giant Auspine back in 2008 - continues to chair the Mount Gambier based de Bruin group, which has branched out to aviation and engineering. With a commitment to the region’s prosperity, Mr De Bruin has called on all tiers of government and private investors to back a biomass electricity plant, which would utilise wood waste to create power. NEW FACILITY: A Premier Stateliner coach pulls up at the new bus shelter before embarking for Adelaide. JUNE 19 MOUNT Gambier’s TAFE SA campus is facing job cuts as the educational organisation sweeps in a major state-wide restructure. AN interstate architect has called on Mount Gambier City Council to scrap its concept plans for the old hospital and adopt a bold vision to transform the site into a botanic garden of national signifi cance. OVERWHELMED: Indoor pool proponent Barney McCusker was astonished with the amount of signatures on the indoor pool petition. DYING TREES: Frank Habets - who is the council maintenance team leader for the crater lakes area - stands in front of the sprawling pine plantation that fl anks the Valley Lake crater.
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