In The Courier this week

Local young BMX enthusiasts, including Harry Quigley, are celebrating the pending construction of a new BMX track at the Service Women’s War Memorial Reserve on Pomona Road in Stirling. The track, which is being designed by the Adelaide Hills Council in collaboration with local children, will be constructed almost a year after a makeshift BMX track in Crafers was destroyed by the council in response to community complaints. The track will be trialled for a year with the outcome reported to the council for consideration.

Kids enjoy bike win

Local children whose makeshift BMX bike track in Crafers was removed by the Adelaide Hills Council last year have welcomed a move to trial a new BMX track in Stirling.
About 45 parents and children packed the gallery of a council meeting last week, during which councillors unanimously agreed to a year-long trial of a BMX bike track in the Service Women’s War Memorial Reserve on Pomona Road.
The track is expected to use about 20% of the reserve area and council director of infrastructure and operations Peter Bice said the memorial would be upgraded as part of the process.
The council has consulted with the RSL, which Mr Bice said was “not opposed to the trial”.

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Also in this week’s issue

  • Berry backlash: Hills strawberry growers are anxiously awaiting the outcome of investigations into sabotaged fruit after a seven-year-old girl discovered a needle in a strawberry bought from a local supermarket over the weekend.
  • Wine museum: The story behind one of Australia’s most notable wine names has been brought to life in Hahndorf with the opening of a wine museum, gallery and bar.
  • Bank closure: One of the Hills’ biggest businesses will sever its ties with the ANZ bank if the national giant goes ahead with a plan to close its Lobethal branch.
  • Dogs help ‘vets’: After 40 years in the Royal Marines and the Australian Army, Major Peter Checkley said it was his dog Ruby that saved his life.
  • Real honey: Following findings that some of the country’s largest honey brands have inadvertently been selling “fake” honey, a Hills honey producer has urged consumers to buy local products.

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