In The Courier this week

Bird in Hand director Andrew Nugent, left, and chief winemaker Kym Milne celebrate the 2010 Nest Egg Shiraz being named the World’s Best Shiraz for the second time. Full story in this week’s Courier.

Ramp rate date set

The first ramp on a new freeway interchange at Mt Barker will open to motorists late next year.

Plans for the $27m project, which will begin construction in December, were unveiled exclusively to The Courier by Federal MP Jamie Briggs on Friday.

The on ramp, for traffic travelling from Mt Barker and Nairne towards Adelaide, will be built first and is expected to open before the end of 2015.

An off ramp for motorists coming from Adelaide will follow and should be in use by mid-2016.

Also in this week’s issue

  • Wombat crossings: Work is under way on two new pedestrian crossings in Hahndorf’s main street.
  • Stage finish: The tiny Hills town of Paracombe will be launched into the international cycling spotlight when it hosts a stage finish during the 2015 Santos Tour Down Under.
  • Fire concerns: Concerns about fire risk and opening hours have put a planning application from Deviation Road Wines at Longwood on hold.
  • Sport facilities: New sport and recreation facilities and long-awaited road upgrades are set to go ahead after the Mt Barker Council adopted its 2014/15 budget last week.
  • Boundary blocked: A plan to realign the boundaries of three titles on a vineyard property at Woodside has failed to gain the support of the Adelaide Hills Council.

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