The Border Watch : January 14th 2014
4 NEWS AUGUST 2013: News that made headlAUGUST 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. AUGUST 1 MOUNT Gambier’s cultural jewel, the Riddoch Art Gallery, has hit a major fi nancial stumbling block and will need to secure more funding to ensure its doors remain open. AUGUST 2 A GLIMMER of hope has emerged that obstetric services may return to Millicent Hospital. Shadow Health Minister Rob Lucas told more than 600 people at a public meeting in Millicent on Wednesday night the Liberal Party would commit to delivering the service if it won the upcoming state election in March and enough qualifi ed doctors could be found to reinstate the service. AUGUST 6 VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au HOSPITAL DEMOLITION UNDERWAY: The old Mount Gambier hospital demolition began with the removal of two fuel tanks. AUGUST 20 MOUNT Gambier Mayor Steve Perryman (pictured) celebrated news the South East had been recognised as the number one spot for a bioenergy plant in Australia. BURGEONING Australian timber estate owner and milling operator New Forests will begin a feasibility study into building a bioenergy plant at Tarpeena, which could see up to $105m ploughed into the project. AUGUST 7 LIMESTONE Coast offi cer in charge Superintendent Trevor Twilley told a special forum of statewide government mental health leaders and regional civic leaders there was a “dire need” for improved services. AUGUST 8 MOUNT Gambier will be front and centre on the Australian cycling map next week. The opening two stages of the Campolina-Fulton Hogan Tour of the Great South Coast will offi cially start the fi ve day race, which is the seventh leg of 12 major events that help form the Subaru National Road Series Schedule. AUGUST 9 THE countdown to the demolition of the towering and dilapidated old Mount Gambier hospital building has begun after eight companies fl agged interest in undertaking the major works. AUGUST 13 A MOUNT Gambier man who sparked a large-scale manhunt on Sunday when he fl ed the city with his baby daughter will remain in custody until he faces court in November. AUGUST 14 MOUNT Gambier City Council is likely to put the indoor aquatic project on the backburner for at least four years because of a hefty $12m construction price tag and a yearly operating loss of $1.5m. AUGUST 15 MOUNT Gambier was given the “thumbs up” by cycling afi cionados after the opening day of the Campolina-Fulton Hogan Tour of the Great South Coast yesterday. AUGUST 16 MOUNT Gambier elected members have clashed on a move to save the expansive laundry building at the former hospital site amid concerns too many structures in the city are being torn down. 4 - The Border Watch, Tuesday, January 14, 2014 AUGUST 30 SOIL testing results have further delayed construction of the new Mount Gambier ambulance station. DELAY: Soil test results delayed the construction of Mount Gambier’s new ambulance station. AUGUST 29 THE man with the responsibility of considering the crimes of Mount Gambier people over the past three years and deciding punishment has spoken out about the impact of alcohol in the community. POSSIBLE CHAMPS: Castec Rural Supplies Mount Gambier Pioneers were well within reach of making the South East Australian Basketball League premiership. AUGUST 22 THE fi rst 10 prisoners were moved into the newly expanded Mount Gambier Prison on Monday with 10 new inmates a day to be brought from across the state to fi ll the 108-bed facility in the next few weeks. AUGUST 23 MOUNT Gambier fi re station has been recognised as the Metropolitan Fire Service’s most familyfriendly regional station in South Australia. AUGUST 27 MOUNT Gambier City Council’s multi-million dollar inner-city refurbishment rolling project received a $750,000 State Government injection, expected to help ease budgetary pressures on the local government body. AUGUST 28 A MOUNT Gambier saw-milling operation has employed 18 new staff as the fl ow-on effects from the State Government’s $27m timber restructure package start to trickle through the sector. Fourth generation sawmillers NF McDonnell and Sons have boosted their workforce as the timber company continues to restructure its business. The company - which is now focusing on emerging domestic and burgeoning export opportunities - is pouring $9m into building a new sawmill at the site, which is expected to dramatically boost effi ciency and output. FAMILY AFFAIR: The Mount Gambier station was named the state’s most family-friendly regional Metropolitan Fire Service station. MOUNT Gambier’s multimillion-dollar inner-city refurbishment program has sparked interest from community organisations that want to access some of the thousands of pavers that have been ripped up along Commercial Street West. AUGUST 21 THE Castec Rural Supplies Mount Gambier Pioneers are now in the envious position of being just three wins away from the South East Australian Basketball League premiership.
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