Plenty of positives this long weekend

ANOTHER football-filled Mortlock Shield weekend has been and gone and it was great to see the streets of Port Lincoln busy. 

The carnival takes months to plan and it takes hours of work by countless volunteers to make sure the carnival runs smoothly across the weekend.

It can be easy to underestimate the amount of effort that goes into the Mortlock Shield each year or write it off as just another weekend of football but it brings with it a whole lot more than two days of football.

People from right around the region come to Port Lincoln for the event, booking out accommodation, spending money on meals and taking the chance to do some shopping and make the most of the Mortlock Madness sales which seemed to be on every corner.

All of that makes Port Lincoln a busy city over the weekend and it was great to see plenty of people out and about as well as at the football. 

With the exception of last year, the June long weekend also usually brings with it a decent amount of rain for farmers. 

There’s no denying the start to this season has been better than last but some growers, like Dion LeBrun on the font page of today’s paper, still need a drenching opening rain. 

The Bureau of Meteorology’s winter outlook predicts the region could be in for a drier and warmer than usual winter so hopefully the patches of rain that fell on Monday are a sign of better things to come.

Queen’s Birthday Honours

Even though this long weekend is more affectionately known by locals as ‘Mortlock weekend’, the reason everyone gets the extra day off for football is because it’s the Queen’s Birthday. 

While the Queen’s Birthday probably doesn’t mean much to anyone on a personal level, this year it was a pretty special moment for Lock resident Jamie Siviour who it was announced yesterday, will receive an Order of Australia Medal as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours. 

While it is easy to be cynical about the Order of Australia awards which go mostly to police, military personnel and even former politicians, the awards also recognise the work community champions like Mr Siviour. 

And although he – like most volunteers – does not do it for recognition, being nominated for an award like this is surely a nice way to be thanked.