The Border Watch : January 14th 2014
6 NEWS SEPTEMBER 3 THE record of training fi ve winners in one day at Mount Gambier’s Tara Raceway’s greyhound track was equalled last Friday when Compton’s Tracie Price enjoyed his most successful race day ever. SEPTEMBER 4 MOUNT Gambier’s Tough Fit Tough Tribe completed a uniquely hard slog for charity on Saturday morning, netting more than $7000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation. A crowd of about 200 gathered at the Glenburnie Saleyards to watch the team challenge, which put members Scott Thomas, Laura Thomas, Wendy Gray, Stephen Gray, Scott O’Dea, Nikki O’Dea, Jay Lane and Anna Thomas up against a 22.5 tonne Fennell Forestry B-double. SEPTEMBER 5 EXPECTANT mother Melany Goodes knew it would be a race against time as she dashed to Mount Gambier Hospital early on Tuesday morning to deliver her third baby. But she never dreamed that she would deliver her precious baby in the front seat of a car just metres from the front entrance to the health facility. SEPTEMBER 6 EXCITEMENT has reached fever pitch in Mount Gambier as the Castec Rural Supplies Mount Gambier Pioneers prepare for the 2013 SEABL South Conference grand fi nal. SEPTEMBER 10 MOUNT Gambier will be home to the newly-elected member for Barker, with Liberal candidate Tony Pasin claiming a resounding victory as voters went to the polls in Saturday’s federal election. Mr Pasin was one of a number of candidates across the country to secure seats in the landslide win for the Coalition and Prime Minister elect Tony Abbott. SEPTEMBER 11 NEARLY eight kilometres of steel track will be ripped up along Mount Gambier’s disused rail corridor as part of the multimillion dollar redevelopment blueprint that is on track to start next month. SEPTEMBER 12 SEPTEMBER 20 NINE months of hard training and a campaign of tough roster games has all come down to this. North and West will meet head on in tomorrow’s Mount Gambier Community Bank Western Border Football League grand fi nal at Malseed Park. SEPTEMBER 24 THE all-conquering North Gambier Tigers stamped their authority on the Mount Gambier Community Bank Western Border Football League grand fi nal at the weekend with an emphatic display. North defeated West Gambier 18.12 (120) v 10.15 (75) at Malseed Park in front of a crowd of 5126, which paid $41,014 at the gate. SEPTEMBER 25 MOUNT Gambier elected member Andrew Lee (pictured) has called for Chinese investors to buy farms in the region and for the Blue Lake city to forge a sister-city relationship with the global powerhouse economy. SEPTEMBER 13 THE chair of the embattled Riddoch Art Gallery has called for the Main Corner complex to be transformed into a vibrant cultural centre and made a passionate plea for Local Government to help cement the art facility’s future. Riddoch board chair Ruth Stephenson conceded the gallery had “hit rock bottom” because of the lack of funding and resources, warning it only had enough money to pay its utility bills until May. SEPTEMBER 17 FORGET the monkey bars at the traditional playground, a new era in public play spaces could be swinging our way. Mount Gambier City Council has foreshadowed shifting away from traditional playgrounds to natural play areas and has mooted installing its fi rst natural outdoor space in the city. This follows an allocation of $50,000 in the budget for the installation of a new playground at the John Powell Drive Reserve. 6 - The Border Watch, Tuesday, January 14, 2014 A PROMINENT Mount Gambier businessman has described a plan by the transport department to sweep in bike lanes for four hours a day and parking bans along one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares as “preposterous” and has called for the contentious proposal to be dumped. Under the plan that will radically reconfi gure traffi c management along the route, no parking bike lanes will be introduced on both sides of the road between 7am and 9am as well as 4pm and 6pm. SEPTEMBER 26 LIMESTONE Coast Police remain frustrated by constant disregard to safety and the law from drivers in the region. A total of 155 drivers were tested by a drug and alcohol unit in Mount Gambier at the weekend. Fifteen drivers tested positive for drugs and two for drink driving. Twelve of the people caught will either receive an expiation notice or face court. SEPTEMBER 27 THE Mount Gambier Airport has switched on its new $600,000 runway lighting system, which will reduce the number of commercial fl ights and lifesaving medical retrieval planes being grounded because of heavy fog. EMBRACING CHANGE: Noel Barr celebrated news the rail corridor redevelopment could start in October. AXE FALLS: Mount Gambier elected member Des Mutton welcomed news the towering old hospital eyesore would be crushed by Australia’s largest demolition excavator. VICTORY: Newly-elected Member for Barker Tony Pasin, with his daughter Bella and wife Fiona, lodge their votes at Melaleuca Park Primary School. SEPTEMBER 18 MOUNT Gambier’s burgeoning tourism gem, the Valley Lake Conservation Park, could become a major attraction for the city with “grand plans” foreshadowed for the sprawling park. Flanked by the picturesque Valley Lake, the 35-year-old park is undergoing a major transformation with new and refurbished interpretative signage and look-outs, a striking new entrance and lake, as well as a renewed focus on breeding indigenous animals. SEPTEMBER 19 DEMOLITION crews will begin moving on to the old hospital site in Mount Gambier early next week in what will be a historic and highly anticipated milestone for the city. VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au SEPTEMBER 2013: News that made headlSEPTEMBER 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. GLORY: The North Gambier Tigers celebrated their 2013 Mount Gambier Community Bank Western Border Football League premiership victory.
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