In The Courier this week

Mt Barker got in the groove on Sunday when hundreds of people turned out to send the SA Variety Bash charity drive on its annual run. Car Groovy team members Greg Mattner, left, Rob Parsons, John Capaldo and Bryce Tonkin were only too happy to help spread some love on the eight-day journey ahead.

Mayor declares Ward War 3

The Adelaide Hills Council will push ahead with a plan to abolish the current ward-based representation system despite overwhelming opposition during three community consultation periods.
Mayor Bill Spragg used his casting vote at a meeting last week to recommend the removal of wards – a decision that will inform a draft report on the council’s future structure.
The decision, which mirrored last year’s controversial vote on the same matter, was made after community consultation held last month demonstrated that 94% of 562 responders were in favor of keeping the current system.
Two previous consultations, held in late 2016 and early 2017 also demonstrated that more than 90% of the community favored retaining the wards, which divide the council into five regions for the purpose of elections.

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Also in this week’s issue

  • Delicious success: Some of Australia’s top chefs have voted the Adelaide Hills food bowl as the nation’s most outstanding region, but the accolade is no surprise to two local producers.
  • Crossing limit: Drivers must now slow to 80km/h when approaching the level crossing on Long Valley Road between Mt Barker and Strathalbyn following an overhaul of rail crossing speed limits throughout SA.
  • Learning centre: A $27m upgrade to a Mt Barker school will deliver a new early learning centre, rebuilt primary school and state-of-the-art indoor sports facilities.
  • Private units: More than 60 Adelaide Hills Council-owned independent living units could become privately managed or owned after the council called for expressions of interest from potential retirement village providers last month.
  • Councillor conduct: Spats between councillors and political point-scoring among elected members is wasting the time of two of the State’s leading investigative offices, triggering a review of codes of conduct for councils.

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