In The Courier this week

Four significant red gums were felled at the site of the future regional sports hub last week. Mt Barker Councillor Carol Bailey was among many residents disappointed in the situation, but said retaining the dead trees as habitat was the best option under the circumstances.

Old gums gone

The Mt Barker Council is defending its decision to cut down four centuries-old gum trees at the site of its future $35m regional sports hub.
Many ratepayers have condemned the council on social media for sacrificing the trees last Tuesday, which marked the beginning of works on the highly-anticipated facility on Springs Road.
Contractors cut three of the trees at their base and craned them into holes at a new location near the entrance to the future hub, while a fourth was cut up.
The relocated trees will die but will remain as animal habitat and hundreds more trees and plants will be established around the complex.

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Also in this week’s issue

  • Cube dropped: The controversial cube design for a multi-million dollar cultural centre proposed for The Cedars in Hahndorf has been abandoned as architects go back to the drawing board on a less expensive facility.

  • Clean up call: Almost 900 homeowners have been told to reduce fuel loads on their properties across the Mt Barker and Adelaide Hills councils.

  • Downer departing: Political hopeful Georgina Downer has walked away from aspirations to represent her father’s former Federal electorate of Mayo by announcing she will leave the Hills.

  • Carnival changes: There will be no racing on Easter Monday as the Oakbank Racing Club reacts to plummeting crowds on what was once one of the biggest events on the Australian racing calendar.

  • Honey crisis: Local beekeepers are gearing up for another difficult season as the nation’s drought leaves the industry facing the “worst” period in memory.