In The Courier this week

A 102-year-old great-grandmother Irene O’She plunged into the record books in Langhorne Creek on Sunday, becoming the oldest skydiver in the world.

Safety net

Struggling Hills fruit growers should be subsidised to install netting to protect their fruit crops as the apple industry faces its second $30m hail damage bill in two years, according to their peak body.
The call for financial assistance to net orchards follows last month’s devastating hail storm, which battered apple, pear and cherry growers across the region. Every Hills apple grower has reported orchards hit by hail, with the average orchard recording damage levels of 60-70%, revised industry estimates show.
Many now face a second season of crop losses and slashed income due to damaged fruit after the industry was also lashed by hail storms last year.
The disastrous losses have prompted Liberal candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer to call on the State Government to subsidise the installation of permanent netting over orchards.

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Also in this week’s issue

  • Wine winner: A red wine made with love by a boutique winemaker has been heralded as the Hills’ top drop and boosted the region’s reputation as a producer of premier shiraz.
  • Third lane: A project to create a third freeway lane between Crafers and Stirling is set to be completed next year, the Deputy Prime Minister has said.
  • Lobethal lights: Lobethal was lit up on Sunday when the annual Lights of Lobethal festival was switched on.
  • Fatal five: Motorists disregarding traffic laws will be in the sights of an increased local police presence over Christmas, as SA Police launch a campaign against the “fatal five”.
  • Butterfly sanctuary: A new butterfly aviary and exhibition that aims to empower people to help conserve the insects has opened at Cleland Wildlife Park.