In The Courier this week
Lake Breeze Wine owners Greg and Robyn Follett are helping to put the Langhorne Creek Wine Region on the map after their 2012 Arthur’s Reserve was named Winestate Magazine’s Australian Wine of the Year.
The five Adelaide Hills Council wards could soon become a thing of the past despite recent community support for the council’s current electoral system.
Councillors made a chamber-dividing decision to recommend the complete abolition of the ward system last week after a community consultation period revealed 98% of 61 community respondents supported retaining the ward structure.
The council is currently reviewing its structure as part of a mandatory Elector Representation Review and is working to release a proposal to the public for consultation.
While the majority of council supported keeping 12 councillors and a Mayor position, elected members were split over whether or not to dissolve the current ward structure, leading to a casting vote by Mayor Bill Spragg in favor of its abolition.
Also in this week’s issue
- Wild weather costs: Almost 100 infrastructure projects across the Hills will be delayed after the Adelaide Hills Council was faced with $4m in unexpected storm damage costs earlier this year.
- Making a splash: In the midst of the war on water brewing between member States of the Murray- Darling Basin Plan, Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie has vowed she will fight “tooth and nail” for SA’s water rights.
- Weird cheese: Season it with edible flowers, roll it in ash or lemon myrtle, or encrust it with native Australian green ants – there is nothing that can’t be done with cheese.
- Planners worry: A former town planner who has “serious doubts” about the Adelaide Hills Council’s Townships and Urban Areas Development Plan Amendment (DPA) has taken his concerns to a member of Parliament’s Environment, Resources and Development Committee.
- Passion pays: A decade on from their first import of the “exciting and trendy” white varietal grüner veltliner, Hahndorf Hill winemakers Marc Dobson’s and Larry Jacobs’ passion has now paid off.
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