In The Courier this week

A Local Government Association investigation found Mt Barker’s Deputy Mayor Samantha Jones had breached an elected member Code of Conduct multiple times.

Exaggerated claims

Mt Barker’s Deputy Mayor has been found to have exaggerated a claim that she was stalked by a member of the public in November last year.
Councillor Samantha Jones, pictured, wrote an internal email to 20 elected members and council staff stating that she was followed home on November 8 by a car containing three men, one of which she named as Mt Barker man Brian Calvert.
Cr Jones and Mr Calvert have been involved in a number of disagreements over council matters in the past 12 months but Mr Calvert lodged a formal complaint after being told about the email alleging his involvement in the criminal activity. He strenuously denies any involvement.
A subsequent investigation by the Local Government Association (LGA) found the claims by Cr Jones of “alleged sinister actions” by Mr Calvert to be “reckless and inappropriate”.

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Also in this issue

  • New ED: A new $8.6m emergency department is set to open in Mt Barker by the end of 2022 as designs for the long-awaited project get under way.
  • Rates rise: Adelaide Hills Council ratepayers can expect an average $59 increase on their next rate bill, despite calls for a rate freeze in light of Covid-19.
  • Rentals strong: Landholders’ fears of needing to be flexible with rent payments due to the economic effects of the pandemic have been allayed across the Hills.
  • Vic border: The head of the Hills tourism body has welcomed the State Government’s decision to keep SA’s Victorian border closed in the wake of a coronavirus surge.
  • Bus demand: The success of an on-demand bus trial in Mt Barker has lead to it getting a green light for an extension until the end of the year.