The Border Watch : January 10th 2014
6 NEWS JULY 2013: News that made headlines JULY 2013: News that made headlines DEMOLITION of the old Mount Gambier hospital and the region repositioning itself to move on from the sell-off of ForestrySA plantations dominated headlines in 2013 as investment in the timber sector helped turn around an industry downturn. Crime, community and individual achievements, council debates and the federal election also caught public attention. In this special feature, we look back, day by day, on the key stories of each month. VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au NAIDOC WEEK: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members celebrated NAIDOC week with a march along Commercial Street. JULY 2 JULY 17 FIVE timber companies in the Mount Gambier district will share in nearly $9m of State Government funding to drive effi ciencies and jobs growth in the multi-million dollar sector. The windfall is the fi rst chunk of money to be rolled out from the $27m forestry funding pool pledged by the government. JULY 3 PORT of Portland exports have escalated to record highs due to the downturn in the domestic housing timber market. Fuelled by a lack of demand in Australia, the number of softwood logs being exported at the deep-sea bulk facility could instead sustain another large-scale sawmill in Mount Gambier, according to unionists. JULY 4 REDEVELOPMENT plans for Mount Gambier’s iconic Fidler and Webb site remain on track as the new owner fi ne-tunes concept drawings and begins canvassing retail tenants for the site. JULY 5 TWO major community-owned infrastructure operations within the Grant District Council area - the Mount Gambier Airport and the Glenburnie Saleyards - have posted downturns this fi nancial year as passenger and livestock operational revenue dropped. JULY 9 ABORIGINAL and Torres Strait Islander communities will come together this week to celebrate and be proud of who they are for NAIDOC Week. JULY 10 A PROJECT costing $1.1m to clear the cluttered overhead landscape of Penola Road in the heart of the city will be completed this week following the removal of 25 towering electricity poles. JULY 11 MOUNT Gambier and Grant District councils have locked horns over city library funding, which is threatening to sour relations between the two neighbouring bodies. JULY 12 THERE is no doubt the “circus” has rolled into Mount Gambier, but the dozens of promotional signs scattered around the city has certainly not amused City Council. The Great Loritz Circus - which has set up its big top at the Mount Gambier showgrounds until July 21 - has illegally dotted promotional material around dozens of city sites. JULY 16 A MIL LEL family was lucky to be away from their home when it was gutted by fi re on the weekend. It was too late to save the house when emergency services were called to the Fern Road property at about 1.45am on Sunday. 6 - The Border Watch, Friday, January 10, 2014 JULY 31 POLICE offi cers were called to Kalangadoo yesterday after being alerted to claims a man was behaving in an aggressive manner in the presence of another individual. MYSTERY ATTACK: Police at the scene of a suspected attack and gunshot in Nelson. JULY 26 TWO Mount Gambier men have been charged with the “vicious” murder of Gordon Hamm after they were arrested following a series of police raids in the city in the early hours of yesterday morning. Mark Moreland, 35, and Christopher Tippins, 29, will be extradited to Victoria on Monday after they appeared in the Mount Gambier Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon. JULY 30 RENAL dialysis patients have called for the State Government to urgently improve “cramped” facilities at Mount Gambier Hospital as part of its $27m redevelopment at the site. JULY 25 CONCERNS over claims about the number of koalas being killed in hardwood plantations from log harvesting in the Green Triangle region have “unleashed” a national outcry. DROP IN SALES: Livestock selling revenue dropped at the Mount Gambier saleyards at Glenburnie. A GROUNDBREAKING world class research study into the region’s forest products sector has revealed a raft of possible opportunities for the industry, including using wood fi bre to create fuel, chemicals and building construction materials. JULY 18 A POSSIBLE gunshot and the assault of a woman at Nelson are part of an alleged mystery attack police tried to piece together yesterday afternoon. JULY 19 GRANT District Council has adopted its 2013/14 budget this week, sweeping in a 5.5pc general rate revenue increase and continuing its focus on maintaining and upgrading essential infrastructure in the district. JULY 23 HOMICIDE squad detectives are appealing for help from associates of a missing Mount Gambier man who is feared dead after he was allegedly assaulted and abducted by two gun-wielding offenders in a “vicious” pre-meditated attack in Nelson last Wednesday. JULY 24 MOUNT Gambier has been dubbed the lucky city today after residents snared windfalls in X Lotto on Saturday night and a cash giveaway on breakfast television yesterday morning. A Mount Gambier person won division one in X Lotto on Saturday night, taking home nearly $414,000 from an estimated $4.1m total prize pool. HIGH RISK: Police responded to claims of aggressive behaviour in a house at Kalangadoo.
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