In The Courier this week

Hahndorf tattoo artist Fran Bowden will show off her artwork on husband Peter’s back as part of their involvement in the upcoming ‘Hahndorf on the Fringe’.

Jobless rate up

Mt Barker’s unemployment rate has soared 3% in 12 months to 9.4% and will climb further if the district’s growing population continues to outweigh job opportunities, the town’s Mayor warns.
Mt Barker Mayor Ann Ferguson said the town’s current unemployment rate, which is 2.2% higher than SA as a whole, was a “great concern” that could cripple the wellbeing of families.
The slump of the mining sector, the decline of Australia Post and the town’s lack of manufacturing ventures were main contributors, she said.
“We have a lot of fly-in, fly-out residents who have lost their jobs because of the downturn in the mining industry,” Mrs Ferguson said.

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Also in this week’s issue

  • School’s in: The school bell is ringing at Mt Torrens Primary again with Australia’s first Domino Servite College taking up residence in the decommissioned public school.

  • Speed zone ‘safe’: A resident-driven campaign to cut the speed limit through the heart of Bridgewater has failed with the transport department ruling that the current 60km/h zone is “appropriate”.

  • Music obsession: Ironbank songstress Abbey Howlett has had an ear for music since childhood when she first banged on a drum set and sparked her “new obsession”.

  • Bird virus: Pigeon owners across SA are being advised to vaccinate their birds after the State’s first confirmed case of pigeon paramyxovirus (PMV) was detected in the Murraylands.

  • Bridge work: Moves are afoot to preserve the Clisby swing bridge between Woodside and Oakbank. In the 19th Century pedestrians could cross that section of the Onkaparinga River without getting their feet wet.


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