The Border Watch : January 10th 2018
6 YEAR IN REVIEW JULY WO local fishermen claimed proposed changes to South T Australian life jacket laws were long overdue and a previous lack of action from the State Government had cost lives. The State Government announced it would consult with the boating community on two proposed options for stronger life jacket requirements following a spate of drownings. embroiled in civil litigation after failing to pay a large debt to a local building contractor who built two properties for the civic leader. M Following the completion of two units on George Street in 2014, Mr Lee avoided paying an outstanding sum of $68,278 to his contractor Roger Doody, despite the builder’s efforts to retrieve the money. STANDING FIRM: Mayor Andrew Lee declined to comment when asked if he intended to step down from his role amid controversy over a civil dispute. He maintained the dispute was a private matter unrelated to his role as mayor. AMILY members of the victims of the horrific June plane crash north of Mount Gambier said they held no animosity towards the pilot for the tragedy. Troy Redding - who lost his loved wife Tracy, 43, and daughter F Emily, 16 - said he did not blame Mount Barker pilot Grant Gilbert, aged 78. STRICT LAWS PROPOSED: Local boating safety advocate Jamie Coates welcomes proposed changes to South Australian life jacket laws. HE decomposing carcass of a stranded humpback whale attracted sharks to Finger Point near Port MacDonnell. T Surfers and beachgoers were warned not to enter the water at Finger Point and cautioned against approaching the dead whale, which beached at the site in late June. SHARK CONCERN: Veteran surfer Andrew Ripper said the popular surfing spot at Finger Point near Port MacDonnell was still attracting surfers, despite a humpback whale decomposing on the shoreline. While some surfers may feel they have “safety in numbers”, he warned the carcass was increasing the risk of an attack. But he said the odds of being run over by a car were still greater than the chances of a shark attack. EGIONAL anti-gas mining protesters vowed to ramp up their campaign ahead of a new multi-million-dollar exploration drilling program starting south of Penola. R Landholders, stakeholders and concerned residents took to the highways as part of a national roadside protest against “invasive and industrial” gas mining. A FOUR-VEHICLE collision on White Avenue in June prompted renewed calls for improved safety measures on the state-managed road, which runs parallel to one of the city’s largest schools. A 46-year-old woman was taken to hospital with injuries after four cars were involved in an accident at the intersection of White Avenue and Shepherdson Road, 100 metres from Tenison Woods College, during heavy traffic at school rush-hour ROAD SAFETY CONCERNS: Tenison Woods College students Axel Page, Lucy Chant and Lacey Hunter wait for a break in traffic before crossing White Avenue. Vehicles travel up to 60kph along the state-managed road which runs parallel to the R-12 school, prompting a call for safety measures to be implemented. VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au As the new year begins, we look back on the news and events of the South East covered in The Border Watch throughout 2017. This is the seventh instalment in our 12-part, month by month special feature. OUNT Gambier Mayor Andrew Lee become NO GASFIELDS HERE: Stationed at Riddoch Highway on a Saturday morning, Sophie Henke, Briony Schriever, Michael Walsh and Tony Beck protest Beach Energy’s proposed exploratory drilling project south of Penola. 6 - The Border Watch, Wednesday, January 10, 2018 LUCKY TO BE ALIVE: Mount Gambier resident John Bruttomesso recovers at Mount Gambier Hospital after surviving a high-speed multiple motorbike crash on the Riddoch Highway.
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