In The Courier this week

Jarrod Lynch easily guides Gold Librettist over a hurdle during Tuesday’s trials in the lead-up to Sunday’s races at Oakbank.

Big jump for racing club

Entry to Sunday’s Gourmet Gallop race meeting at Oakbank will be free as part of the club’s plan to boost struggling crowd numbers at the famous races.
Oakbank Racing Club chairman Barney Gask said the club would drop the $15 entry fee in an attempt to draw more people to racing in the lead-up to the club’s historic Easter racing carnival.
Sunday’s races will also host the time-honored Von Doussa Steeplechase for the first time as part of an overhaul of the entire carnival. The club announced the rescheduling of that race from Easter Saturday to the Gourmet Gallop late last year – one of a suite of changes aimed at boosting the Easter crowds.
The changes aim to create a “super Saturday” event that would feature the carnival’s signature event – the Great Eastern Steeplechase – which was formerly held on Easter Monday.


Also in this week’s issue

  • Dashcam call: Police are appealing for dash cam footage that may help with their investigations into two fatal crashes involving Hills drivers.
  • Counselling service: Needy people living in the Hills will have access to affordable counselling, mediation and therapeutic massage through a new not-for-profit service in Mt Barker.
  • Speed blitz: Hills motorists should keep an eye on the speedometer on Sunday, with speed cameras out in force in the region.
  • Heritage hub: The Adelaide Hills Council has made moves to establish the proposed Arts and Heritage Hub at the former Lobethal Woollen Mill, dedicating $50,000 to the first stage of the project.
  • Freight route: The Lobethal freight route is a step closer to fruition after the Federal Government announced that a South African-owned construction company had been awarded the contract to design and deliver the $14m upgrade.

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