In The Courier this week

The announcement of a $4.4m funding promise for a new sports hub by Finance Minister Mathias Cormann had Mt Barker sporting clubs and the local council jumping for joy.

Cash splash for votes

Senior politicians continue to flock to the Hills, promising more than $5m of Federal funding over the past week, as the by-election campaign enters its final throes.
With little over a week left in the campaign, major players ahead of the July 28 poll have begun their final appeals with the most recent pledges bringing Mayo’s combined by-election pledge tally close to $16m.
But the former Liberal stronghold has failed to attract as much as the marginal by-election seats of Longman (Queensland) and Braddon (Tasmania), which have reportedly been promised more than $350m between them.

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Also in this week’s issue

  • Freeway cameras: The State’s highest-earning speed camera is getting a $1m upgrade to better detect speeding trucks and buses.
  • Stop work: A developer has been forced to stop work on a Nairne housing estate after complaints from neighbors over storm runoff.
  • Infrastructure funding: The Mt Barker Council must find almost $100m to fund vital wastewater, transport and recreation infrastructure over the next decade, its latest financial planning reveals.
  • Shopping hours: Deregulating shopping hours in metropolitan areas would be “the nail in the coffin” for many Hills business, an Aldgate trader believes.
  • Cat confinement: Mandatory cat confinement in the Adelaide Hills Council region could be a step closer after residents backed a proposal to enforce it by 2022.

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