The Border Watch : January 10th 2014
10 COMMENT Rules clear for cyclists AN AREA of road safety that we often talk about is the vulnerability of pedal cyclists on our roads. Recent articles in The Border Watch have highlighted the dangers that cyclists face whilst riding on our roads. Motorists and cyclists share the same roads. There seems to be some confusion among drivers as to where these cyclists are supposed to be on the road and whether they can ride abreast. Rule 151 of the Australian Road Rules (ARR) allows for two riders to travel abreast on any road and even within a marked lane provided the distance between the two side by side cyclists is not more than 1.5 metres. Rule 129 ARR states that a driver (includes rider of pedal cyclist) must travel as near as practicable to the far left side of the road except when on a multi-lane road. Rule 253 states that a cyclist can not cause a traffi c hazard by moving into the path of a driver or pedestrian. Rule 255 states that a cyclist can not ride within two metres of the rear of a moving vehicle for more than 200 metres. If you are a bike rider, use bike lanes when they are available. Remember that most road rules apply to both cyclists and motorists. So clearly there is responsibility for both rider and driver on our roads to do everything possible to eliminate the ingredients for tragedy. Riders remember to be highly visible. Wear bright coloured clothing and elect not to ride in hours of darkness or low visibility. Drivers should be ever alert to cyclists, give them plenty of room when overtaking them and respecting their right to be travelling on the same road. If you see dangerous behaviour, report it to the police. Superintendent Trevor Twilley, Offi cer in charge Limestone Coast Police BREAKING GROUND: Beach Energy is in its fi nal stages of assembling its drilling rig south of Penola ahead of planned exploration in the Otway Basin. Picture: BRETT KENNEDY Aquifer pollution fear I AM very concerned that Beach Energy is preparing to drill for unconventional gas just outside Penola. We have only 4.6pc of prime agricultural land in South Australia and a lot of this is in the South East. Risk from unconventional gas search ‘frightening’ And this is not just one well. I understand another well is to be drilled north of Penola. If gas is found, how many wells will be drilled? I have seen the photos I am shocked that the State Government is letting a mining company drill for gas in our region of clean, green water, food and wine, right next to the Penola township. of Tara in Queensland with the countryside dotted with well pads and connected by roads and pipelines. I am very concerned that this scale of industrialisation, noise, light, dust and environmental pollution is destined for our Limestone Coast. This is frightening. The Limestone Coast is prime agricultural land and grows about 40pc of our state’s food and our confi ned aquifer contains 30pc of our state’s drinkable water. What will happen if our Limestone Coast food and water is contaminated with gas and chemicals? What impact will this have on our health, on our children and our ability to farm and live in this region? What is the State Government thinking to allow this to happen? I think this shows a complete lack of concern for the people in the South East, yet again. Ask Wattle Range Council, MP Mitch Williams and Minister Tom Koutsantonis to stop the gas drilling now on our prime agricultural land. Dr Catherine Pye, Mount Gambier Australians owe Labor debt of gratitude UNTIL 2010 I always believed the job description of newspapers and journalists involved reporting the news of the day in a fair and impartial manner. The goalposts have been moved quite a way since then. The cartoon in the December 23 edition of The Border Watch, combining the country’s debt with relaxing adoption laws, was another nail in the coffi n of quality journalism in Australia. It stated (not implied) that the new government had inherited a massive debt from their forebears and, of course, implied that the new “adult” government would have to fi x the mess. NO NEED FOR SPEED: Motorists were kept on their toes in the city’s north-west this week as gas works were undertaken on a quiet residential street. With a 25kph speed limit enforced for a majority of the street, residents were left a bit baffl ed by a sudden speed change just metres from a nature strip. Picture: BRETT KENNEDY It was designed to reinforce the idea that, if the Liberals had been in power for the previous six years, there would be no debt. This is arrant nonsense. International surveys conducted during the period in question continually placed Australia as one of the best places in the world to live and the Labor government was showered with kudos for the manner in which it handled the GFC. A recent Forbes magazine article rated the Gillard administration the 10 - The Border Watch, Friday, January 10, 2014 DRAWING DEBATE: A cartoon by Peter Broelman published in The Border Watch has angered a Labor supporter. fi fth best democratic government in the world. None of this was reported in newspapers such as yours. I do not know how people in your profession have slept at night during the last few years. I trust a relaxing Christmas and holiday will result in the nation’s journalists moving back towards reporting facts this year. Yes, I am an ALP member, but I feel journalistic integrity should rise above party politics. Achievements and errors should be pointed out on all sides. That hasn’t been the case for some time now. Bill Stevens, Mount Gambier VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au At the gate of the year K B B P KEEPING THE FAITH BAKER KE BA PHIL By Pastor PH By HERE we are with nearly all of a new year stretched out before us. What will it bring? More of the same, or something totally different from anything we will have ever known. Will our family still be intact when the next New Year’s Day comes around? Will that broken relationship be reconciled? What about our health? A new year brings much promise and it also brings uncertainty or even despair that new year platitudes fail to dislodge. 40-odd new years as a Christian believer. Some of the years they have ushered in have been delightful, largely free from serious diffi culty. Some have been ghastly, with many faith-challenging situations to face. But in every one, the faithful- ness of Almighty God has been palpably real to me and the members of my family. The Christmas Day broadcast in London in 1939 was given to a people who had three months previously declared war on the Axis powers. It was uncertain if Britain, weakened by years of pacifi sm, could overcome the might of Hitler’s military machine. But King George wanted to speak to the bravery and determination that he identifi ed in his people. At the end of the speech he quoted these lines: “I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year, ‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown’. And he replied ‘go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way’.” These words have a certain resonance as we too, stand at the “gate of the year”. The fi rst 10 years of our millennium brought stunning and permanent change to the world as we knew it. In a way the days are just as dark and misunderstood as those faced by the people to whom the king was speaking back then, as we wonder what 2014 may bring. The good news is, as always, that God knows the end from the beginning. One of the names given to Jesus in the Christmas story is Emmanuel. It means “God with us”. The promise of that name is that we can trust Him to be with us in every situation we face. Whether it is in our family, our job, our health, you name it. Here then is your chance to make a step of faith. The old year has well and truly passed by and the new one is before us. Make the shift that changes everything else. Take your trust and place it fi rmly in the hand of God. Though we don’t know what the future holds, we know who holds the future. He’s the man who stands at the gate of the year and He’ll never let you down.
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