Naracoorte, April 24, 2024

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Phones ring in new beginning

Phones ring in new beginning

By Chris Oldfield
PHONE lines to the Lucindale Health Centre have been reconnected during times local nurses are rostered on duty. From Reedy Creek, Keilira and Woolumbool to Spence, Callendale, Furner, Biscuit Flat, Greenways and everywhere in between – the Lucindale community can once again ring the local health centre they built themselves.
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Wrong and rushed

Wrong and rushed

By Nasik Swami
Wrong, rushed, and transactional. That’s how councillors Abigail Goodman and Damien Ross of the Naracoorte-Lucindale Council described the council’s recent decision to drop the prayer and replace the Acknowledgement of Country with a shorter and more “inclusive” two-line statement. During the council’s March meeting, a motion for a revised code of practice […]

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Janz Park debate

Janz Park debate

By Nasik Swami
The Naracoorte-Lucindale Council has voted against an opportunity to develop the Janz Street Reserve for residential purposes through partial state government funding. In its March meeting, council was informed by CEO Trevor Smart that the Office for Regional Housing has launched a new $10million Regional Housing Initiatives Program.
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Influenza spike

Influenza spike

By Nasik Swami
Influenza cases are on the rise, and health authorities have called on the public to get vaccinated to protect themselves and the community against the “potentially serious disease”. According to SA Health, there have been 1,921 notified cases of influenza in South Australia this year, compared to 1,255 for the same period last year.
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Minister awaits report

Minister awaits report

By Chris Oldfield
As The News deadline loomed last week, the Limestone Coast Local Health Network (LCLHN) was still working on reconnecting telephone services to the Lucindale Health Centre. And Health Minister Chris Picton expects to hear from a working group regarding nursing services at Lucindale “by the end of this month”.
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KFC on the menu

KFC on the menu

By Nasik Swami
Plans are in the pipeline for a Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant in Naracoorte. The Bird Group, which owns the Mount Gambier-based KFC franchise, has indicated their plans to expand further into the Limestone Coast, with an eatery in Naracoorte on the list.
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Mayor calls for phone to be reinstated

Mayor calls for phone to be reinstated

By Chris Oldfield
Reconnecting the telephone at Lucindale’s Health Centre would be a first step towards healing a rift between the community and the $243 million Limestone Coast Local Health Network (LCLHN) which slashed its services. Naracoorte Lucindale mayor Patrick Ross hoped the phone line would be reinstated by the end of last week, or early this week.
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Done deal

Done deal

By Nasik Swami
Naracoorte’s former Morris Bakery has been sold to a local buyer. The value of the sale was not disclosed to The News because of legal agreements.   Still under contract with conditions to be cleared, the property, including the plant and equipment, was sold through a “privately negotiated deal before auction.”
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Minister awaits report

Ssh! Secret meeting!

By Chris Oldfield
LAST night, Tuesday April 2, a secret meeting regarding nursing services at Lucindale was scheduled to be held behind locked doors. Patients, public and the media were excluded from the private gathering in the town’s rarely used council chamber. With an “invitation only” guest list which expanded from “a chosen few” to around 24 people.
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NLC rules out $35m sports hub

NLC rules out $35m sports hub

By Nasik Swami
A $35million sporting hub reliant on ratepayer cash has been officially ruled out by the Naracoorte- Lucindale Council. The council decided in its March meeting to handball the “project lead” back to the sporting clubs involved.
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Livestreaming move

Livestreaming move

By Nasik Swami
Good news for those who are interested in local matters. The Tatiara District Council has decided to livestream future council meeting to the public in a bid to provide greater accessibility. Council CEO Anne Champness told this newspaper that the livestreaming would enable interested people to view a council meeting without having to be in the chamber at 5pm on a Tuesday night.
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NewsXpress liquidated

NewsXpress liquidated

By Nasik Swami
When the Naracoorte NewsXpress closed its doors for good in April last year, many who used its services were left baffled and clueless. Today, The News can confirm that the business, which operated from Smith Street, went into liquidation after facing mounting trading losses. Adelaide-based liquidators SV Partners was tasked with carrying out the liquidation process, which is now complete.
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