In The Courier this week
When Mt Barker’s Marie McBeth bought her granddaughter Mia Bodycote a miniature pig there was only one rule – this little piggy had to go to school – puppy school.
Records broken as rains fail
Parts of the Hills have suffered their driest spring in more than a century while others have only recorded a third of their average rainfall.
Bridgewater, Cherry Gardens, Strathalbyn and Balhannah experienced their lowest spring rainfalls since records began while Meadows recorded only 73mm of its 217mm spring average.
Other dry centres were Lenswood with 99mm (232mm average) and Uraidla with 145mm (252mm).
Mt Barker Agricultural Bureau president Richard Ball said farmers across the region were likely to experience water storage issues that could affect livestock and bore water levels.
Also in this week’s issue
- Tree victory: A plane tree near the historic Mt Lofty railway station at Stirling could be spared the axe thanks to lobbying from a local resident.
- Special status: Businessman Frank Agostino’s rejected plan to build an AM/PM service station in Stirling’s main street has been made a special project by the State Government and will now be considered by the Development Assessment Commission.
- Senior’s moment: A 71-year-old motorist who had never held a driver’s licence was arrested for driving without one in the Hills last week.
- Sports hub hurdle: A plan to manage all shared-use sport and recreation hubs in the Mt Barker district under representative committees to make sure all clubs have “fair” access to facilities has hit a snag.
- Bold plan: A community farm, function centre, new private school and neighborhood hub are planned for a $350m housing estate to be built west of Mt Barker.
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