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2015 Rotary Photographic Art Show calling for entries



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by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

Millicent Rotary Club is keen to encourage all photographers to consider entering this years  annual Photographic Art Show with a reminder that entries must be in by February 16th. Exhibits don’t have to be until March 1oth giving entrants a little more time to prepare their exhibits.

Prizes this year total $6000-00 over a series of categories.

The Open, Landscape, Nature, and Portrait have prizes of $1000-00 each, the Under 19, the Ferguson Regional Photographer $500-00 each and the Peter Rapp Youth Incentive Award $250-00.

Runners-Up will all receive Prizes and Merit Certificates.


The Official Opening Night is on Friday 27th March with winners announced on the night.

Entry forms can be downloaded at http://www.rotarymillicent.org.au.

Exhibits can be delivered to Millicent Library Tuesdays – Fridays and Saturday mornings.

Tickets for Opening Night are $20-00. Exhibitors with 2+ entries Free admission.


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Member for McKillop adds voice to pensioner concession debate


by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerange

Member for McKillop Mitch Williams (right) added his voice to the pensioner concession debate this week with a strongly worded statement  to 5THE FM.

Mr Williams said, “After 12 years of financial             mismanagement the South Australian State Labor Government thinks it can continue to take the South Australian public for fools.”

“The latest iteration of this arrogance is its attempt to blame the Federal Coalition Government for its own decision which will see the withdrawal of pensioner concessions for Council rate payments.”
South Australia’s Labor Government claims that the Commonwealth withdrawal from the Financial Partnerships Program, the funding stream which amongst other things provided funds for pensioner concessions (not just for local government rate concessions but also concessions for water and electricity costs) ignores the reality that the financial contributions from the Commonwealth to the State Government, in total, continue to grow.”
“Notwithstanding the Commonwealth’s withdrawal from this particular program, the total financial contribution from Canberra to the South Australian Government continues to grow and it is the South Australian Government, that is Jay Weatherill, Tom Koutsantonis and their Cabinet colleagues, who apply the discretion as to where this growing funding contribution is applied.”
“It is fact that the South Australian financial receipt from Canberra is 7% greater in the current financial year than in the previous financial year and that on average it will grow by a similar amount for at least the next three years. That is for the whole of the budget cycle described in the last Commonwealth Budget handed down in May last year.”
“It is fact that this is more than double the rate of inflation,” he said.
“It is fact that is the South Australian Government that sets its priorities as to where these funds are spent.”
“It is Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis and Premier Jay Weatherill who have decided that pensioner concessions against their Council rate obligations is of a lower priority than the myriad of other expenditures which they have signed off on, including the expenditure of over a million dollars on a public advertising campaign specifically aimed at blaming the Federal Government for supposed cuts to State Government services when it is the State Government’s ongoing financial mismanagement and poor decision making which have lead South Australians to being the highest taxed of all Australians and facing declining State Government Services.”
“In the meantime the state Liberal team, with the support of Upper House Cross Bench members, will seek to prevent the withdrawal of the pensioner rate concessions by Labor.”

Tony Pasin MP defends his record

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by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

Tony Pasin MP Member for Barker defended his record after recent comments by Treasurer Koutsantonis, who asked residents to question what Mr Pasin had brought to the region since being elected. on a recent visit to the area.

Mr Pasin said the Treasurers comments were ridiculous and wrong.

“I will happily contrast my record against his for delivering benefits to the electorate of Barker and the South East in particular,”  said Mr Pasin in a recently released statement.

Mr Pasin listed his achievements since being elected:-

  • $47.8m to improve our local roads through the Roads to Recovery programme.
    • A new Headspace facility for our young people in Mount Gambier;
    • 11 NBN Fixed Wireless towers constructed with 2 more under construction for the South East;
    • 177 new aged care packages;
    • $223,614 for our veterans including $6,200 for the South East Veteran’s Information Centre
    • $192,000 for Landcare programmes
    • $1.1 million for Green Army Projects to improve our natural environment
    • $170,000 for Mary MacKillop School;
    • $10,000 for the Cape Jaffa Lighthouse;
    • $726, 000 for the Port MacDonald Marine Infrastructure Development;
    • $565, 000 to help small and medium sized businesses develop export market opportunities;
    • $1.3m for Kincraig Medical Clinic;
    • $375,500 for the 20 million trees program

Mr Pasin said, ” Treasurer Koutsantonis is responsible for inflicting massive ESL increases on regional families and then refusing to provide that extra revenue to CFS volunteers while undermining their work through their forced merger.”
“Treasurer Koutsantonis is responsible for the highest and most taxing government in Australia and unlike other States he is cutting $98 million from pensioner concessions. He and his government have ignored for over a decade the need to fix the dangerous Wireless Road\Penola Road intersection.”
“The State Government mismanaged the sale of the forests so that the Government only received half of the estimated value in the sale process and have failed to fully distribute the industry assistance package that was promised at the time of the sale.”
“Meanwhile Mr Koutsantonis has been going around full throttle trying to frack the South East.”
“The fact is Treasurer Koutsantonis is seeking to punish regional communities with his city centric policies and is hurting regional families with his economic mismanagement,” Mr Pasin said.