The Border Watch : June 11th 2014
NEWS TIPS firstname.lastname@example.org NEWS 5 Million dollar fi x needed A TOWERING PROBLEM: Mount Gambier City Council says the panels that line the civic centre fl y tower need to be replaced for safety. Safety concerns prompt call for maintenance project in city’s heart IPS email@example.com NEWS 5 Million dollar fi x needed A TOWERING PROBLEM: Mount Gambier City Council says the panels that line the civic centre fl y tower need to be replaced for safety. Safety concerns prompt call for maintenance project in city’s heart SANDRA SANDRA ORELLO firstname.lastname@example.org PS email@example.com NEWS 5 Million dollar fi x needed A TOWERING PROBLEM: Mount Gambier City Council says the panels that line the civic centre fl y tower need to be replaced for safety. Safety concerns prompt call for maintenance project in city’s heart SANDRA ORELLO firstname.lastname@example.org Gambier Gambier City Council g the cracked of the civic , which could cost around $1m. The civic centre – which is a landmark building in the centre of the city and stands up to 30m high – has had no major external upgrade since it was officially opened by Prince Charles in 1981. But the building’s exterior, which includes the fl y tower that houses the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, has deteriorated with some of the panels cracking and allowing water to penetrate through the surface. Council has begun talks with Country Arts SA, which is required to pay half the costs of the upgrade. The building is jointly owned by council and the State Government. While the two bodies have attempted to patch up some of the deteriorating panels for some years, council has now mooted releasing an expression of interest for qualified architectural and engineering fi rms to submit a proposal to replace the aging panels. Council operational services director Daryl Sexton said the building exterior needed “wholesale repair”. “The fl y tower is a steel tower with steel panels stuck on it and water is penetrating from the outer skin,” Mr Sexton said. “It has been coming for a long time and we have played around and mucked around with the panels, but if we don’t do it the panels will fall off and it will become a huge problem.” While the cost of the repair was not known, he said he believed it could be around $1m. “This fi gure is a gut feeling, it will give people some idea of the magnitude of this project,” Mr Sexton said. “This is a substantial piece of work.” Cost of water to be capped WATER prices for next fi nancial year will be capped at the consumer price index. Water Minister Ian Hunter said the move was in line with a previous commitment and followed the Essential Services Commission of South Australia becoming responsible for economic regulation of SA Water. “As a result, water prices dropped by 6.4pc this fi nancial year and a commitment was made that prices would rise by no more than CPI for the next two fi nancial years,” he said. “In line with this commitment, water prices for 2014/15 will rise by 2.9pc, as will metropolitan sewerage charges.” The minimum sewerage charge and the majority of miscellaneous fees and charges will also increase on average by 2.9pc, while country sewerage charges will increase by 3.4pc. In total, the combined water and sewerage increases for average customers will be around $38 or $9.50 per bill, according to Mr Hunter. He said the government would offer a 30pc concession to help South Australians struggling with cost of living pressures. Meanwhile, the Opposition said news average water bills would rise by $40 after a decade of steep increases in the price of water was another blow to households struggling under the weight of cost of living increases. “When added with last week’s $70 increase in motor vehicle registration costs, many South Australians are already $100 worse off well before a horror state budget is brought down,” Liberal MP Michelle Lensink said. “The increase means water bills have risen by a disgraceful 230pc under the Weatherill Labor Government.” She said the average household will now pay almost $600 more each year for water than in 2002. “Little wonder the total number of SA Water hardship customers increased from 1445 in January 2012 to 3618 by June 2013 - an increase of 150pc since the beginning of 2012,” she said. “The Labor Government’s decision to double the size of the $2.2b desalination plant against independent advice has driven up water prices and increased cost of living pressures.” Details of the 2014/15 pricing are online at sawater.com.au or available by calling the SA Water Customer Service Centre on 1300 650 950. 51 Commercial Street East Mount Gambier SA 5290 Phone: 8723 0277 Email: email@example.com 649209 The Border Watch, Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 5 While the building appeared fi ne from some distance, he said the exterior was in disrepair. “If you stand far enough away the panels look great, but if you stand close you can see the problem,” Mr Sexton said. Explaining council had been siphoning money over the years for the project, he fl agged it would not begin until 2015/16. Mr Sexton said quality architects and installers were needed to ensure safety and the longevity of the new panels. “There have been some substantial failures in Melbourne in terms of multi-storey buildings - some panels have fallen off onto the street,” he said. The veteran council executive said three quarters of the cost of the project would be the scaffolding and rigging given the height of the fl y tower. Mr Sexton said the project would also allow council to refurbish the exterior of the building to complement the modern structures that now stand in the precinct. Meanwhile, Cr Ian Von Stanke called on council to make a decision. “I don’t know why we are debating it, it has to be done for safety,” Cr Von Stanke said. Council chief executive offi cer Mark McShane said the 50pc funding allocation from Country Arts SA was crucial. “We will remain on watch for that one,” Mr McShane said. JUNE IS MONTH AT UFS CHEMIST 10% OFF the entire Revlon range for the month of June 30% OFF FOR UFS MEMBERS Treat yourself to a complimentary Revlon makeover in June. Bookings essential. Call 8723 0277 to make an appointment.
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