The Border Watch : January 15th 2014
6 NEWS OCTOBER 1 THE 2013/14 southern zone rock lobster fi shing season offi cially opens today after a busy period for fi shermen preparing their boats along the South East coastline to return to the water. OCTOBER 2 ADELAIDE’S McMahon Services has brought an ultra high demolition excavator with an arm extending 45 metres into Mount Gambier to assist in the demolition of the old hospital. Company leaders arrived in Mount Gambier yesterday and are currently assessing and preparing the site to commence work after the long weekend. OCTOBER 3 MOUNT Gambier nightclub owner Dean Gentile fears there could be chaotic scenes in the heart of the city this month after the State Government implements new laws that will make it illegal to allow entry into licensed venues after 3am. OCTOBER 4 MOUNT Gambier will step up a gear this long weekend as tourists fl ock to the region and residents get out and about to embrace the various motoring events, art exhibitions and live entertainment on offer. OCTOBER 8 A DISQUALIFIED Mount Gambier driver has attempted to fl ee police before being caught behind an unattached steering wheel while driving over the legal alcohol limit. OCTOBER 9 MOUNT Gambier Mayor Steve Perryman has knocked back an invitation to attend the offi cial opening of the Mount Gambier Prison expansion today, labelling the celebration as “bizarre” and “wrong”. OCTOBER 10 DEMOLITION works on the sprawling idle rail corridor in the heart of Mount Gambier kicked off this week after years of detailed planning. In a milestone for the city, contractors have started the painstaking work of removing the bolts along the seven kilometre rail track that weaves through the site. OCTOBER 11 MOUNT Gambier and the wider South East is gearing up for one of the biggest events on two wheels to ever hit the region when the third round of the Terex Australian Supercross Championship gets underway at Borderline Speedway tomorrow night. OCTOBER 15 THE region’s multi-million dollar forestry sector yesterday launched an industry-wide policy in a move to protect koalas living in the region’s sprawling blue gum estates. The “zero harm” blueprint comes just three months after the issue triggered a nationwide outcry when images of koalas being killed or injured during the logging process were broadcast on national television. OCTOBER 16 SOUTH East potato growers are devastated after an announcement late yesterday afternoon by McCain Foods the company will close its Safries potato processing plant near Penola, resulting in the loss of dozens of jobs in the South East. OCTOBER 17 MOUNT Gambier shack owners and their supporters yesterday stepped up their 20-year fi ght to save the iconic Glenelg River shacks from looming demolition by rallying on the steps of State Parliament. OCTOBER 18 DEMOLITION works on the towering six-storey old hospital building is earmarked to get underway early next month as the preparation works are stepped up at the site for the historic project. 6 - The Border Watch, Wednesday, January 15, 2014 OCTOBER 29 A CLUSTER of subcontractors who worked on the $80m Mount Gambier Marketplace is owed potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars after the shock collapse of the head building company. OCTOBER 30 A MOUNT Gambier and district farming leader and regional irrigator has described the proposed water budget for the region as heavily biased towards forestry and is calling on Water Minister Ian Hunter to urgently intervene. While the water allocation plan is now with the minister for fi nal approval after nine years of political and stakeholder wrangling, the blueprint has triggered fresh controversy amid new revelations that the forestry industry has been given a substantial buffer at the expense of irrigators. Prominent Mingbool irrigator and prime lamb producer Tony Beck - who has been at the forefront of farming issues for many years - described the buffer as the “killer” for irrigators and called for an immediate halt to the plan’s adoption. OCTOBER 31 THE hunt for the body of Mount Gambier man Gordon Tearonui Hamm intensifi ed yesterday with Victorian homicide detectives and State Emergency Service personnel combing bushland north of Nelson. In a dramatic new development in the case, police have discovered a burnt-out Mitsubishi Pajero four-wheel drive 15km north of Nelson. ANGER: Vicki Booth - whose family is owed $70,000 from the collapsed Walton Construction group - stands outside the $80m Mount Gambier Marketplace. OCTOBER 23 GRANT District Council has called on the major political parties to reveal their policies to revitalise the region’s shrinking food manufacturing sector before the March state election. This follows the fall-out from the Safries potato factory closure continuing to ripple through the region. OCTOBER 24 SOUTH East fi refi ghters deployed to New South Wales on Monday have been on the frontline of efforts to contain bushfi res raging across the Blue Mountains. Despite conditions worsening yesterday, the fi ve crew members - including three from Mount Gambier, one from Keith and a taskforce commander from Naracoorte - are in good spirits. OCTOBER 25 A MOUNT Gambier man will be extradited to Melbourne today after police claim he is connected to the disappearance of Gordon Hamm. Tai Thorp, 21, is the third man linked to Mr Hamm’s alleged murder, with Mark Moreland, 35, and Christopher Tippins, 29, already extradited in July. CONCERN: Mayor Steve Perryman vowed not to attend the offi cial opening of the Mount Gambier Prison expansion, stating the celebration was “bizzare” and “wrong”. OCTOBER 22 A MOUNT Gambier-based business has purchased the idle Kalangadoo timber treatment plant, which is expected to further reinvigorate the regional forestry sector and boost jobs. Steeped in history and formerly used as a bustling treatment plant, the 10.15ha site has been sold for an undisclosed sum to the Badenoch family that operates a logging company. PREPARING THE SITE: WHSEQ site manager Tim Cotton, McMahon Services demolition site supervisor Danny Keogh and operations manager Brenton Vogelsang prepared to tear down the old hospital. VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au OCTOBER 2013: News that made headlOCTOBER 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. SAFRIES SADNESS: While in the middle of planting new crops, Mingbool potato grower and industry representative Terry Buckley was disappointed to hear McCain Foods had announced the closure of its Safries potato processing plant near Penola.
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