The Border Watch : January 15th 2014
12 NEWS NOVEMBER 1 A PORT MacDonnell rock lobster industry leader has raised fears the $2.8m upgrade of facilities at the commercial port could collapse amid uncertainty over Federal Government money. NOVEMBER 5 CANADIAN dairy giant Saputo has foreshadowed it will keep all 44 employees at the Mil Lel factory north of Mount Gambier as it steps up its campaign to acquire regional dairy processor Warrnambool Cheese and Butter (WCB). VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au NOVEMBER 2013: News that made headlNOVEMBER 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. NOVEMBER 6 THE region’s forestry sector has called on irrigators not to derail the Lower South East Water Allocation Plan (WAP) and rejected claims the document is slanted towards plantations. Green Triangle Regional Plantation Committee chair Laurie Hein has responded to claims by Mingbool irrigator Tony Beck, who argued the water budget was biased towards forestry. NOVEMBER 7 THE $26.7m redevelopment of the Mount Gambier Hospital continues to gain momentum with construction starting on new facilities for resident and visiting specialists. NOVEMBER 8 POLICE arrested a 42-year-old man in Mount Gambier yesterday accused of the 1990 murder of Karen Williams. Detectives from the South Australia Police Major Crime Investigation Branch made the arrest and the man will appear at Mount Gambier Magistrates Court today after being refused bail. NOVEMBER 12 A SIGNIFICANT step in the 23-year mystery of the case of missing teenager Karen Williams was made in Mount Gambier last week when a 42-year-old man was charged with her murder and held in custody to face court. NOVEMBER 13 FOR the fi rst time in 20 years, the public had the chance on the weekend to watch cave divers live and interact with them as they descended into the belly of Mount Gambier. NOVEMBER 14 THE former Mount Gambier Hospital site owners have begun a legal fi ght in the Supreme Court to recoup what they claim is a $2.5m shortfall in the sale price of the prominent property. NOVEMBER 15 TEN years ago the city’s hope of attracting a new major “bricks and mortar” university building appeared to be just a pipedream, but remarkably the construction of the “world class” University of South Australia project is now just eight months away. NOVEMBER 19 THE Limestone Coast fi shing fraternity is mourning the tragic death of a Mount Gambier man after he drowned off the coast of Carpenter Rocks on Sunday. Wayne Coates, 49, was fi shing 600 metres offshore with another man when a large wave struck their fi ve-metre vessel west of the Cape Banks lighthouse at around 4.50pm, causing the boat to capsize and throwing both men into the water. NOVEMBER 20 A REGIONAL Country Fire Service veteran has raised fears the rural fi re fi ghting organisation could collapse in fi ve to 10 years because of dwindling volunteer numbers. NOVEMBER 21 A MAN who described his own actions as “silly” after breaking into a Mount Gambier adult shop has been jailed for a non-parole period of 16 months. 12 - The Border Watch, Wednesday, January 15, 2014 SPECTACULAR SIGHT: Councillor Des Mutton welcomed the start of the mechanical demolition of the six-storey old hospital building. NOVEMBER 22 WITH the swoop of a giant excavator, the empty stone skeleton of the 50-plus year old hospital building yesterday began to fade from the Mount Gambier landscape. NOVEMBER 26 WHILE persistent heavy drizzle dampened the start of the Great Victorian Bike Ride in Mount Gambier at the weekend, it did not deter the enthusiasm of participants or diminish the organisers’ opinion of the welcome rolled out by the Blue Lake city. NOVEMBER 27 SOUTH East civic leaders have called for a commercial abattoir to be re-established in the Mount Gambier district to underpin the region’s $370m powerhouse livestock industry NOVEMBER 28 A MOUNT Gambier retailer has called for the owners of the dormant Fidler and Webb building to tear it down and not wait for the fi nal architectural drawings and tenants to be secured. NOVEMBER 29 STRAP on the running shoes, grab a drink bottle and join more than 1200 people this Sunday who will participate in the SA Power Networks Blue Lake Fun Run. PROGRESS: Mount Gambier redevelopment project offi cer Chris Smith stands at the expanded wing of the Mount Gambier Hospital. READY TO DIVE: The community turned out to gain a glimpse of what lies beneath Mount Gambier when experienced cave divers Patrick Fitzgerald and Paul Battersby took the plunge into 13C water in Engelbrecht Cave. IN LIMBO: Grant District Council chief executive Trevor Smart said the $2.8m overhaul of Port MacDonnell marine facilities was in doubt due to uncertainty over Federal Government funding.
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