In The Courier this week

Vic Jones had a strict dress code for Sunday’s shortest day of the year – shorts and singlet. Mind you, that’s the dress code he has for every day of the year, rain, hail or blazing sunshine. The Bridgewater man and Echunga Football Club stalwart attributes his constant internal temperature to good genes, hard work and a fast metabolism.


Developer moves to bypass council

A developer who wants to establish a $40m commercial hub at the entrance to Strathalbyn has gone to the State Government in an attempt to bypass the local council’s rejection of his rezoning application.
Phil Richards, a director of Strath Property Investments, wants to build a supermarket, an On The Run petrol station and specialty shops – including a medical centre and hardware store – as well as 200 carparks on land abutting Gransden Road opposite the Strath Motel. A residential development is also envisaged.
His proposal to the Alexandrina Council last year to have the land rezoned from primary production caused a massive community outcry with a packed public meeting urging the council not to allow a retail complex to be built away from the existing town centre.
The community feared the economic viability of the historic town’s main shopping precinct would be seriously compromised if a new commercial hub was established.

Also in this week’s issue

  • Winter solstice: Mt Barker Waldorf School acknowledged the Southern Hemisphere’s longest night of the year – the winter solstice – with a Friday festival of poetry, music and moving lights.

  • Arsonist sentenced: The mentally ill man who torched the Anembo Park clubrooms last year has avoided jail and will spend seven years under supervision.

  • Mine clean-up: Work will continue on cleaning up the toxic former Brukunga pyrites mine with a $7.7m funding boost in the new State Budget.

  • Outback adventure: Hills mates Michael Keogh and Trevor Harvey are used to the SA outback, but a 1000km trip across the desert on a grader is likely to put their bush appreciation – and friendship – to the test.

  • Petition not accepted: A petition signed by 100 residents objecting to a proposed 24-hour gym at Stirling won’t be seen by the Adelaide Hills Council’s Development Assessment Panel (DAP) because the independent statutory body cannot accept it.


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