The Border Watch : February 5th 2014
10 NEWS Security measures to protect election votes ELECTORAL Commission of South Australia officials say strong security arrangements will be in place for all votes cast at the state election on March 15. Electoral commissioner Kay Mousley said an audit was undertaken of the security measures in place for the South Australian election in the wake of last year’s federal election when 1375 senate voting papers in Western Australia were unaccounted for. “While ECSA has a good record in handling complex logistical challenges associated with an election, the incident in Western Australia was a reminder that there is no room for complacency,” she said. “We have closely examined the findings of the inquiry into the 2013 Western Australia Senate Elections undertaken by former Federal Police chief Mick Keelty, which was released in December. “As a result, we have made some relatively minor changes to our procedures, even though the audit has shown we already have a very robust system with strong checks and balances. “South Australia has not had an incident where votes cast at a state election have been lost and we will be working to ensure that record remains intact.” More than 1.1 million South Australians are expected to vote in this year’s state election, which will decide a total of 47 house of assembly and 11 legislative council positions. VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au NEW DIRECTION: Former Mount Gambier deputy mayor Byron Harfield’s life has taken a new direction after his resignation. City councillor moves on City of Mount Gambier Weekly Affairs MOUNT GAMBIER LIBRARY Library Markets The Mount Gambier Library Markets will return this Sunday 9th February, 2014 from 11.00am to 2.00pm at the Civic Precinct. It is a great opportunity for a fun day out for the whole family with over 50 stallholders, live entertainment and children’s activities. Library Lovers Day In the lead up to Library Lovers Day and Valentine’s Day on Friday 14th February, 2014 the Library have hand selected a range of titles for customers to borrow on a “blind date”, so there is no excuse to be lonely! Or for your chance to win, enter the Mount Gambier Library Lovers Day competition by writing in 25 words or less why you love the Mount Gambier Library on the entry form provided. Entries close at 4.00pm on Friday 14th February, 2014. For more information please phone the Library on (08) 8721 2540 or visit http://www.mountgambier.sa.gov.au/library/. LOVE YOUR HEART, LOVE YOUR CITY Join OPAL on Valentine’s Day Friday 14th February, 2014 for a special Breakfast event from 7.00am to 8.30am in City Hall and hear the latest on sustainable transport, sustainable cities and sustainable lives from special guest Dr Rodney Tolley. A ‘Question and Answer’ session will also be held from 5.00pm to 6.00pm in the Dress Circle, Main Corner discussing our cities active travel issues. For further information or to register your attendance please contact the OPAL team on (08) 8721 2586. EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST Centenary Tower – Caretaker Council seeks written Expressions of Interest from suitable operators for the right to operate the Centenary Tower as Caretaker under Licence from Council. The Caretaker role would be ideal for a person(s) with an interest in tourism and the promotion of Mount Gambier and its environment. The Caretaker is responsible to attend at the Tower during periods where it is likely that visitors, tourists and education groups would wish to access the Tower, as well as day to day maintenance of the Tower and its immediate surrounds in a clean and tidy condition. Potential applicants are advised that the Caretaker is not an employment or volunteer position. For further information please visit the ‘Tenders’ section of Council’s website. DA VINCI IS COMING The Riddoch Art Gallery are currently seeking partners to include in the presentation of the world-renowned ‘Da Vinci Machines’ Exhibition, through a number of sponsorship opportunities. Sponsorship packages range from Gold, Silver, Model and Friends as well as marketing partnerships with accommodation and travel business sectors. For further information on how you might become involved please contact Riddoch Art Gallery Director, Simon Klose on (08) 8723 9566. FOOD SAFETY Rain Water Tanks A reminder to households with rainwater tanks as a drinking source to ensure they are cleaned regularly. If not cleaned regularly they can cause cases of food borne illnesses. Help reduce risk through monitoring and maintenance of tanks and collection surfaces. WORKS IN PROGRESS The City of Mount Gambier outdoor staff will be working in the following areas in the coming week: • Rail Lands Site Remediation Works • Former Hospital Site Remediation Works • Wireless Road East Construction (Aramanta Drive to 500m west) • Bishop Road Construction (Penola Road to 300m east) • Access Ramp Program • Road Reseal Program For more information on City of Mount Gambier visit our website www.mountgambier.sa.gov.au. 634135 10 - The Border Watch, Wednesday, February 5, 2014 Long-serving representative looks back on accomplishments From page 9 Reflecting on recent years, Mr Harfield said he had a “hollow feeling” leaving a community behind in which he lived for more than 40 years. But he also left with a sense of pride. “I am proud of the way the city is developing and the strength it has in overcoming setbacks,” he said. “The number of national companies such as Woolworths and BigW that have settled in Mount Gambier, along with the development of the Marketplace, are a good step forward for the second largest city in the state. Licence review A WORKING group has been established to consider government plans to scrap mandatory medical testing of older drivers. Health and Ageing Minister Jack Snelling said the group would look at what could be implemented instead of agedbased testing to ensure road safety was unaffected by the proposed changes to come into effect on September 1. “Compared to other states and territories, South Australia has the youngest age for a mandatory medical check, despite having the oldest mainland population,” Mr Snelling said. The former policy states that from 70 years of age, all car drivers must visit a medical practitioner every year and pass a medical and eyesight examination to maintain their licence. Changes will not impact on the current licence requirements for people with medical conditions and disabilities. Health practitioners will still be required to notify the registrar of motor vehicles any time they consider a driver or a driver’s licence applicant is temporarily or permanently unfit to drive, regardless of age. Under the current law, drivers are also required to notify the registrar if they have any physical or mental illness, disability or deficiency that might endanger the public or themselves if they were to drive, regardless of age. “We have had several setbacks such as the rail land issue and the restrictions put on the development on that land. “It was also disappointing that the old hospital was not developed as per original plans. “But we have overcome these things in time and for the betterment of the city. “We can now look to the future.” Despite being a strong role-player in the successes, Mr Harfield said the biggest achievement for him was being able to represent council. “I felt honoured that I was approachable by ratepayers,” he said. Mr Harfield said he was disappointed that he was not in Mount Gambier to see the last walls of the old hospital fall, but he would be back to visit his other daughter, who stayed behind to complete Year 12 before joining the family. Now working for a national company as a courier in Adelaide, the former deputy mayor said he would not rule out returning to local government later. “Never say never,” he said. Penny Richardson has been elected to replace Mr Harfield as deputy Government reviews mandatory insurance SOUTH Australians are being encouraged to have their say on a review of the home building protections that safeguard families and individuals who are building or renovating their homes. Finance Minister Michael O’Brien said the review was commissioned following the withdrawal of private insurers from the building indemnity insurance market in South Australia in 2013. “In South Australia, any building project with a value of $12,000 or more and requiring council approval must have a building indemnity insurance policy in place before work can begin,” Mr O’Brien said. “After private insurers withdrew from the market, the South Australian Government took over the management of building indemnity insurance to ensure builders and consumers could still have access to this protection. “Building indemnity insurance supports consumers in the event their builder dies, disappears or becomes insolvent and remains SOUTH Australian youth groups and councils will share nearly $150,000 on activities celebrating National Youth Week from April 4 to 13. Youth Minister Tony Piccolo said funding would go towards a range of diverse activities organised by 50 councils and youth groups around the state. “In both the city and regional areas, young people make a significant contribution to our communities,” he said. “The theme of this year’s youth week is ‘Our Voice. Our Impact.’ with events designed to celebrate and recognise the achievements of young South Australians and encourage young people to get involved. “Sports days, skateboarding competitions, an outdoor cinema, a battle of the bands, cooking an essential part of South Australia’s home building protections. “Given the changes to the market, now is the right time to review the insurance model and the level of cover it provides to consumers, as well as the other mechanisms in place to protect both builders and consumers, and whether there may still be a role for private insurance providers. “The review is now up online, and I’d encour- age people with an interest in this issue to consider the review and provide their thoughts on what home building protections are needed into the future.” Mr O’Brien said the review could be downloaded from saplan.org.au/yoursay/homebuilding-protection People can take part in a public forum on the website or provide a detailed, confidential submission by emailing HBPReview@sa.gov. au or posting a submission to Home Building Protection South Australian Government Financing Authority, GPO Box 1045, Adelaide SA, 5001. Celebration encourages youth involvement classes, football clinics in outback areas and a one-day Aboriginal cricket carnival are just some of the many exciting activities planned to mark National Youth Week in South Australia. “Each of these events helps recognise the diversity of young South Australians, their voice and the positive impact they can have in our communities.” Mr Piccolo said there had been a strong level of interest in this year’s grants program with nearly 70 organisations seeking funding. The City of Playford won the right to host the 2014 South Australian launch of National Youth Week after the Old Mount Gambier Gaol was the site of the event in 2012. To learn more about youth week visit www. officeforyouth.sa.gov.au.
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