In The Courier this week

BUY LOCAL TO HELP FARMERS: Avoiding cheap supermarket milk and buying milk from local processors is the best way to help dairy farmers reeling from a massive reduction in their returns, industry experts say. Without the help of local consumers, dairy farms could be a thing of the past in the Hills.

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Subdivide Stirling

Changes to planning rules could clear the way for the building of flats and units in the centre of Stirling and Crafers to help older residents stay in their communities and be close to shops and transport.
The proposal is outlined in the Adelaide Hills Council’s draft Townships and Urban Areas Development Plan Amendment (DPA) which opened for public comment early this month.
Besides creating higher density housing opportunities in those two towns, the DPA also opens up subdivision opportunities for townhouses, units and flats in other towns across the district and the potential for more subdivisions in the Country Living Zones in Stirling, Crafers, Upper Sturt, Heathfield, Aldgate and Bridgewater.
Under current planning rules, if all criteria could be met, the DPA’s explanatory statement said existing residential areas had the potential to develop just over 1000 new housing allotments – a 12.5% increase.

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Also in this week’s issue

  • Historic development: The former St Joseph’s convent – now a private home – at Aldgate and the historic Wairoa property near Stirling have been changed from “public purpose” to a rural zoning to stop further housing development at the two sites.

  • Birthing kit: Every day more than 800 women die because of preventable pregnancy or childbirth complications. But a simple $3 birthing kit can make a difference.

  • Draft budget: Alexandrina ratepayers can expect an average rate rise of 2.8%, according to the council’s Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget 2016/17 which was recently released for public consultation.

  • Blessing in disguise: Bridgewater woman Alex Dunkley believes her brain cancer is a blessing in disguise.

  • SES responds: The Mt Barker SES and five other SES units have retaliated against criticism about response times following a storm event earlier this month.


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