The Border Watch : February 5th 2014
NEWS TIPS firstname.lastname@example.org NEWS 11 Transport grants open THE Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) in partnership with the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) is offering grants for groups and organisations to boost active travel options. Each year, a total of $100,000 is available to support South Australian organisations to deliver local projects that achieve safer, greener and more energetic transport choices. Projects vary and can focus on improving road safety, getting people cycling, walking or catching public transport, replacing car journeys with technology and people using their cars more wisely. DPTI executive director for road safety, registration and licensing Julie Holmes said the department was now accepting applications from South Australian groups and organisations. “The Community Road Safety Grants program is interested in new ideas and innovative targeted approaches to reducing local road trauma and getting more people being active through walking or cycling for transport,” she said. For more information about the grants, visit PROTECTION: A study will evaluate if a proposed rock wall to the north of the Beachport jetty will protect the seawall. Picture: FRED SMITH Water studies ordered Wattle Range Council explores ecological issues WIDE-RANGING scientific and engineering studies into Lake George and Rivoli Bay are set to be commissioned by Wattle Range Council. The council has recently called for tenders for the two reports and prices have to be submitted to council by the end of this month. It is proposed the Lake George study will examine water levels, water quality and inflows and outflows. The study will consider the impact of rising sea levels on the lake as well as its ecological and recreational values. The scope of the Rivoli Bay study covers the adequacy of the existing groynes, the impact of rising sea levels and the need for any additional works to protect its beaches. Council is seeking an evaluation of the effectiveness of a new groyne, which is proposed for north of the existing jetty. It is thought that such an additional groyne would protect the sea wall on either side of the jetty. At present, Beachport has 11 rock groynes and the Southend beaches have three. There are also two rock training walls for the Lake Frome drain outlet at Southend. Council engineering services manager Peter Halton said the preparation of the two reports was not related to the recent court-ordered sand management plans, which are part of the approval process to extend the breakwater at the Beachport recreational boat ramp. Mr Halton said two council sub-committees (the Lake George Management Committee and the Wattle Range Marine Facilities Committee) were stakeholders in the long-term planning for Lake George and Rivoli Bay. He said government agencies are helping to fund the two reports. “The Lake George report has a budget allocation of $20,000 and we have a 50/50 split with the Department for Environment and Natural Resource,” Mr Halton said. “There is a budget allocation of $50,000 for the Rivoli Bay study and the majority is coming from the State Government. “The Coastal Protection Branch has committed $34,000 to the study with a further $6000 coming from the Department for Transport, Planning, Energy and Infrastructure.” He expects the Rivoli Bay study will be completed by the end of June. South Australian hospitals set performance benchmark SOUTH Australia’s public hospitals have some of the best elective surgery and emergency department (ED) waiting times in the country, according to a new national report. The state has the highest ratio of doctors and nurses to population numbers, according to the 2014 Report on Government Services. Health Minister Jack Snelling said the report showed South Australia also ranked high in other categories, such as investment in community mental health services and low hospital infection rates. “The report shows South Australians are waiting less time than the average Australian to receive their elective surgery,” Mr Snelling said. “Around 50pc of patients in SA were admit- ted for elective surgery within 34 days, which is two days better than the national average. “ED waiting times have also improved, with 75pc of patients presenting to an ED seen on time in 2012/13, compared to 64pc in 2008/09. “No other state or territory has matched South Australia’s level of improvement for ED performance over this five year period.” Mr Snelling said South Australia also ranked second equal best in the country for the number of people who presented to an ED and were admitted within four hours or less. “For the second year in a row, a high proportion of patients who were admitted into hospital said they felt the nurses, doctors and specialists listened to them carefully and showed them respect, which is a tribute to the professionalism of our staff,” he said. “For the past five years, SA has also had a strong focus on improving infant mortality rates, especially for Aboriginal babies, which has resulted in some of the lowest rates for fatal, neonatal and perinatal deaths for indigenous and non-indigenous births in Australia.” www.dpti.sa.gov.au/communityprograms or call 8402 1913. Walkers to help charity THE Make a Wish Mount Gambier branch will hold a Walk for a Wish and Family Fun Day to support children with life threatening conditions. The event will be held on Sunday, February 16, and involve a walk around the Blue Lake. Registration will be from 10.30am at the aquifer tours kiosk area, with a $5 entry fee for adults and children asked to donate a gold coin. The walk will be followed by a family fun day and mini-market in the council reserve opposite the Blue Lake Caravan Park. Stalls, a sausage sizzle, free games, face painting and visits from emergency services will be some of the activities on the day. For more information contact Julia on 0438 468 073 or Leonie on 0457 416 451. It’s Good News! There are no more stairs for clients of Kevin and Donna at 9 Bay Road Mount Gambier. You’ll now get the same great service at ground floor level. 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