In The Courier this week

Mary Shelby of Mt Barker took her children Jude, 7 months, and Harrison Leese, 3, to the Mt Lofty Botanic Gardens last week to see the stunning display of trees in their autumn finery but was disappointed to discover the main gates were closed for the evening. It didn’t matter to the children who made the most of the leafy offering at the entrance which allowed Mary to take a snap that will no doubt dominate the family photo album.

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1.5% rate rise

Rates in the Adelaide Hills Council  are expected to go up by only 1.5% next financial year, giving the district what the council believes is one of the lowest rate rises in SA.
Elected members last week approved their draft 2016/17 budget, going out to public consultation with a 1% rate rise in line with their long term financial plan, plus CPI of 1.5%.
But with last year’s “once-off” 1% rate to cover the damage bill from the 2015 Sampson Flat Bushfire being removed from council’s accounts, the 1% rise is wiped out and the overall effect is a 1.5% CPI rise.
After more than a decade of steady rate rises Mayor Bill Spragg said this year’s budget was welcome news.

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Also in this week’s issue

  • Interchange delay: The Adelaide on ramp of the new freeway interchange at Bald Hills Road won’t be opened early as was promised in March.

  • Court ‘savings’: A move to downgrade the Mt Barker Magistrates into a part-time “circuit court” has only saved the State Government $5000 a year and makes a mockery of the cost-cutting decision, local community leaders claim.

  • Crowded house: Channel 10’s current affair program The Project describes Iain Herridge as an Aussie battler – a modern day “squatter” resurrecting a slice of colonial history by trying to win the right to live in an abandoned house in Carey Gully.

  • Magic restoration: A popular miniature children’s fairy village tucked away in Bridgewater bushland may have been partly destroyed by vandals last month, but the wrongdoing has failed to dampen the spirits of a group of locals who want the site returned to its former magic.

  • History lives: History fans have the chance to be transported back to Strathalbyn’s streets of old this weekend as the Strathalbyn Players and the Alexandrina Singers bring some of the town’s historic residents to life.


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