In The Courier this week

Bridgewater’s Annette Edmondson got a hug from her biggest fan – her dad Steve – after winning the opening stage of the Women’s Tour Down Under in Gumeracha on Thursday.

New job zone

Hundreds of new jobs could be created in Mt Barker as plans to rezone land for an “employment park” move a step closer to reality.
The Mt Barker Council this week agreed to release for public comment its draft plan for the rezoning of 34.6ha at Totness. The site, currently a mix of rural living and primary production zones, is flagged to become an urban employment zone, paving the way for a mix of light industry, commerce and manufacturing.
The land is bordered by the Totness Recreation Park, South Eastern Freeway, Milne Road, Crompton Road and Follett Close, and is behind an existing light industry zone off Mt Barker Road.
The DPA was developed after private company Adelin Pty Ltd approached the council in 2013 seeking the rezoning and offering to fund the necessary investigations, to which the council agreed.

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Also in this week’s issue

  • Driver charged: A German man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving after a fatal head-on crash near Strathalbyn.
  • Kavel contender: Adelaide Hills Councillor and former Liberal Party member Andrew Stratford will fight for the Hills seat of Kavel during the 2018 State election under Nick Xenophon’s new SA Best banner.
  • Abattoir future: The outlook remains unclear for Hills farmers following this month’s devastating fire which destroyed the region’s largest meat processing facility in Murray Bridge.
  • Community voice: A new Strathalbyn residents’ group is urging locals to have their say on a plan to reinvigorate the town with just three days of consultation remaining.
  • Brothers win: Two Mt Barker brothers have started the year with a bang after winning over half-a-million dollars in last Saturday’s division one X Lotto draw.

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