In The Courier this week

SPIRIT OF TOURISM: Matt Dickson from Ambleside Distillers has welcomed a $260,000 State Government grant to help develop the business.

Council ‘no’ to meeting broadcast

Mt Barker Council meetings will not be accessible online after a move to implement audio live streaming was defeated at Monday’s meeting.
An attempt by Councillor David Leach to have the audio of all official meetings live streamed was voted down 4–6.
Cr Leach said audio live streaming would not cost the council much – as it already had much of the required equipment – and that there was community demand for online access.
Crs Leach, Ian Grosser, Tess Minett and Bradley Orr supported the motion while Crs Harry Seager, Greg Morrison, Simon Westwood, Samantha Jones, Carol Bailey and Narelle Hardingham opposed the move.


  • Bus trial: Mt Barker’s on-demand bus trial has been expanded. As of January 18, Keoride will service Littlehampton, Nairne and parts of Blakiston while also being extended until June 30 this year.
  • Bandicoot corridor: A 10 year project to create a bandicoot “highway” across the Hills been fast-tracked by a $250,000 cash boost.
  • Crush festival: The sun will be shining, wine will be flowing and cheese boards will be aplenty at local wineries this weekend for the wine region’s annual Crush Festival.
  • Station to be sold: The Stirling police station will be sold following a review of policing in regional areas.
  • Taylor steps up: Citizenship is Littlehampton student Taylor Portelli’s standout moral principle. She completed Year 12 last year, at the age of 16, with not only high academic grades but also two State awards for extracurricular work.