In The Courier this week

South Australians have been asked to rethink their Easter holiday travel plans in the face of attempts to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The Holmes family of Aldgate, including Owen, 15, and Michala, 16, have cancelled their annual Easter holiday to Kangaroo Island and are planning camping activities in their backyard instead.

Recovery road

Works to finish a multi-million dollar road linking Mt Barker’s new growth areas could begin within months as the Federal Government looks to stimulate the national economy as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
A $55m project to complete the Heysen Boulevard – which will divert traffic around the town centre – headlines a provisional list of eight road infrastructure projects submitted to the Government by the Mt Barker Council.
The council provided the details and expected costs of projects that could get under way within the next three to six months following a request from Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack.
“Fast-tracking the delivery of critical road projects across Australia is key to driving jobs, strengthening the economy and getting people home sooner and safer,” he said in a letter to councils.

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Also in this issue

  • Freeway funding: Major projects along the South Eastern Freeway will be included into a fast-tracked $120m State Government road infrastructure program.
  • ED closures: Emergency departments across the Hills have closed as SA Health moves to protect vulnerable people.
  • Phone reception: Mobile phone services which cut out during the Cudlee Creek bushfire leaving the community at risk have sparked new calls for better reception in the Hills.
  • Heysen home: The former home of Hans Heysen in Hahndorf is a step closer to being transformed into a world-class art destination as the company behind some of the world’s most extraordinary buildings takes on the project.
  • Race cancelled: Easter racing at Oakbank will be abandoned this year for the first time since WW2 as the time-honored carnival falls victim to national coronavirus lockdowns.