In The Courier this week

Joel Brockhoff from Lenswood has been named Australia’s Young Grower of the Year by Apple and Pear Australia. Joining him on the winners’ podium were three other Hills residents who collected two new awards – the Women in Horticulture Award, which went to Susie Green of Lenswood, and the Rising Star of the Year Award, which went to siblings Joyce and Joseph Ceravolo from Ashton.

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Black spot risk

Mobile phone coverage black spots are putting Hills locals at risk during emergencies and should have been given higher priority in a Federal funding program, a local Mayor believes.
SA will get only 11 of the 429 new mobile phone base stations to be built through the Commonwealth Government’s $100m Mobile Black Spot Program announced last week.
One of those is to fix a coverage black hole between Montacute and Cherryville.
But Adelaide Hills Mayor Bill Spragg says there are at least another 22 black spots in high bushfire areas around the Hills, including nine within the footprint of January’s Sampson Flat Bushfire.
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Also in this week’s issue

  • New back door: Mt Barker will have its second interchange in mid-2016 after construction work officially started on Sunday.

  • Dry July: Farmers are starting to look to the heavens for more rain after an extremely dry June.

  • Once off: The extra 1% included in the Adelaide Hills Council’s latest 3.7% rate rise to cover the costs of January’s Sampson Flat Bushfire will come off next year’s rates base when the 2016/17 budget is calculated, elected members have been promised.

  • Rhythm and rails: The click clack of a rail car on the tracks mixed with the sound of blues and soul as Mt Barker’s historic railway station came to life on Sunday.

  • Logo stoush: A small chocolate business in Hahndorf has lost a branding battle with the giant French luxury fashion brand Chanel.

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