In The Courier this week

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Rail enthusiasts are lining up to chuff back in time to the golden age of steam with SteamRanger’s regular services booking out weeks in advance. Steam buffs and passengers alike were treated to the sight of the Duke of Edinburgh steam engine in action at the Mt Barker Railway Station on Sunday before it headed off on the Southern Encounter run.

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No flutter over flag

The rainbow flag will fly across the Hills in November as part of the annual Feast Festival to celebrate gay and lesbian culture.
Both the Mt Barker and Adelaide Hills councils have confirmed they will support the event and raise the rainbow colors.
That follows debate across SA councils about flying the gay pride flag, with the Marion Council voting to fly it year-round, while the chief executive of the Copper Coast Council resigned in protest after councillors voted to fly the flag during the festival.
Mt Barker Council’s general manager of council services Greg Parker said it had backed the event “for a number of years” and would do so again this year, despite some criticism from residents.

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Also in this week’s issue

  • Gone to the dogs: Man’s best friend now has a place to run free in Mt Barker with an $80,000 off-leash dog park officially opening this weekend.
  • Calm under pressure: A compassionate heart, a keen eye for detail and the ability to stay calm under pressure has led to some professional recognition for Gumeracha Medical Practice manager Lyn Molinaro.
  • Flood risk: A $2.8m large-scale liquor outlet will be built in Mt Barker after the project was approved last week.
  • Helping homeless: Netballers visiting the Woodside Recreation Grounds on game day next month are encouraged to bring along items to be donated to those doing it tough this winter.
  • Long ride: Cycling across Australia was an itch Kym Turner just had to scratch.

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