The Border Watch : March 18th 2014
6 NEWS VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Residents parked on street views TEXT YOURVIEW 0427135114 I ENJOYED reading the responses each candidate gave to questions posed by The Border Watch in the lead-up to the election, including the item on same-sex marriage. However, I had one further questions for each candidate and other members of our community. How will my marriage to my girlfriend actually affect them? Indi The whole main street redevelopment will be made much worse with further car parking removed and more poorly designed, amateurish, poorly constructed, stupid giant words and ridiculous mish mash of the revamped main street. It has already been reworked with the paving sanded back and will be outdated in no time. Just shows how bad our town planners and councillors are. Just as bad as the DPTI Bay Road bike lanes. Stupidity. MAKING A CASE: Labor’s Jim Maher with Treena and Jade Brennan at one of the city’s polling booths on Saturday. Election result confirmed Bell vows to work toward investment for region From front page “It will be harder for me if it is a Labor government, but I will work closely with representatives to show them that the South East can become the state’s engine room if they invest properly. “If the government can help create jobs and industry in the South East, it will pay dividends to the state budget in the end.” According to Mr Bell, his highest priorities will be determined depending on whether a Labor or Liberal government is elected. “If it’s a Labor government, my first priority will be working hard to establish an independent parliamentary inquiry into fracking in the South East, like the Liberals committed to,” he said. “If Labor is so confident there would be no risk to our water supply then I don’t understand why they would be against an open parliamentary inquiry - it will get all the facts onto the table. “Secondly, I will be pushing for the government to provide opportunities for growth and more jobs in the South East, particularly investment in regional infrastructure. “If a Liberal government is elected, I will spend time carrying out promises that have been made, starting with funding for the Wireless Road and Penola Road intersection, the Brown Bay development, increased funding for the Patient Assistance Transport Scheme (PATS) and working closely with the Regional Development Fund (RDA) to which the Liberals committed an additional $15m each year. “I think prioritising those tasks gives us the biggest return for investment.” Mr Bell congratulated all other candidates for their efforts in the campaign. “I’d like to pay my respects to Don and all the work he’s put into serving the community for many years,” he said. “I think a large part of the swing was to do with the community wanting to change the government and had no reflection on Don or his efforts.” Meanwhile, Mr Pegler said he was disappointed Mount Gambier had missed a prime opportunity. “It’s a little disappointing for me, but very disappointing for Mount Gambier if it’s a hung parliament and perhaps a Labor government,” he said. “It would have been a great opportunity for Mount Gambier if I was in the position the other elected independents find themselves in. “It will be a very difficult road ahead for Troy if a minority Labor government gets in, but I wish him well in the future.” Labor candidate Jim Maher believes the local seat was a “predictable outcome”. “I congratulate Troy, he deserves credit for the work he’s put in,” he said. “Comments that he has to go to Adelaide and make friends with Labor representatives to get anything done in the South East were very strange. “I would also like to congratulate Don on all the work he’s done in local and state government and the way he has gone about it.” Family First’s Peter Heaven said he was pleased with his party’s result. “We polled just above 5pc of the vote and I’m pleased with the amount of new voters we secured,” he said. “I think Troy will do a good job - he certainly has the support base in Mount Gambier to be able to do that. “I think Troy will do the right thing by Mount Gambier.” 6 - The Border Watch, Tuesday, March 18, 2014 STEPPING DOWN: Independent Don Pegler lost the seat of Mount Gambier to Troy Bell over the weekend, but congratulated the new parliamentarian on his efforts. Forests on voters minds SAM DOWDY THE forestry harvest forward sale and unconventional gas exploration in the South East were among issues on voters minds in the region when they headed to the state election polls on Saturday. Cathe Dowdell said the plantation sell-off was an instrumental factor in determining her vote. “My husband works in a mill and it affected him very much when the government sold the pines,” she said. “I’ve also seen how it has affected the valuation of people’s properties in the region.” Others opted to cast their vote based on current and future issues. Ian Kenny said his vote was cast with the party’s views on unconventional gas mining in the South East in mind. “Fracking in the South East was a big influential factor in my vote,” he said. “I don’t trust either of the major parties. “They don’t know what their doing when it comes to guaranteeing our water supply won’t be contaminated if fracking was to go ahead. “That was the most important thing in my mind when I voted.” Greg Yet another “plan” from our council that the community and retailers don’t want. There are not enough car parks in the main area now. It won’t be long and the Main Street will really be dead with more vacant shops. Wake up City Council and listen to the retailers. Anonymous Don’t bother consulting council on losing car parks in the Main Street. They won’t listen, as usual. Barb We don’t need to lose any more carparks. The traffic lights took approximately 10. Mulga I’ve said it before and will say it again - we need a multi-level carpark at Commerce Place. Whoever runs for mayor next and announces that one has my vote. Shaun Regarding the council removing carparks in the main street, it is almost worth voting Liberal just to cap council rate increases. This mob loves wasting money trying to be trendy, regardless of cost. Rick Regarding carpark losses, people won’t walk to their destination now, so taking away more carparks is taking away vital business for everyone. Tammy Definitely beautify the street, but do not take parks, making it more difficult for the aged and parents with babies and children. Shirley I think that we have too few carparks now in the main street without taking more away. It’s only going to impact on the battling businesses. What about doing something with the Fidlers building? Jan While the beautifying of Commercial Street is welcome, it does not make much sense to be doing so in an already congested area and one that hosts a huge eyesore such as the old Fidlers building. This is drawing attention to an already sad and sorry sight. More parks are definitely needed in the CBD and multi-level should be the way to go. Jan Coleman The council officers just don’t get it. They continue to place barriers between shops and their customers. Angus If the 64-year-old driver intercepted wasn’t a doctor, would his profession even be identified? It would appear he was driving erratically, but with a blood alcohol level of .06, it is doubtful if that was even a factor. Debbie Holland Incorrectly quoted JASMIN Jordan was incorrectly quoted in the street sweeper section of The Border Watch on Friday stating a change of government would benefit our city. Her quote should have only included “yes, a change is always good”.
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