In The Courier this week

Thousands of people lined the streets of Mt Barker on Saturday to watch the Christmas pageant. Boasting more than 80 floats the pageant is the largest outside Adelaide and, judging by this clown, having fun was on everybody’s radar!

Thousands of people lined the streets of Mt Barker on Saturday to watch the Christmas pageant. Boasting more than 80 floats the pageant is the largest outside Adelaide and, judging by this clown, having fun was on everybody’s radar!

Councillors reject Glebe sale plan

The Littlehampton community has won its fight to retain a controversial block of undeveloped land on the outskirts of the town.
Mt Barker elected members voted on Monday night for the entire 8ha of the council-owned land – known as the Glebe – to be retained for community use. The land, fronting Old Princes Highway, will now be added to the Community Land Register, meaning it cannot be sold.
The Mt Barker Council initially proposed to sell half (4ha) of the Glebe, before backing down to 3ha in the wake of public opposition and then retreating further with a plan to possibly sell 2ha.
That portion could be sold for community use – such as a nursing home – and the funds used to develop the remaining land into a community space including a park with walking trails, barbecue areas and a small oval.

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Also in this week’s issue

  • Bottling line: The increase in demand for Prancing Pony beers has led to an upgrade of its bottling line to keep up with exports.
  • Jumps reprieve: The Oakbank Racing Club can look forward to a secure future after a ban that could have ended its racing tradition was rejected last week.
  • Fruit benefits: Better return for local growers and the creation of more jobs in the Hills are just some of the benefits expected to arise from two recent supplying contracts secured by a new local juicing company.
  • St Nick visits: Hahndorf’s main street was alive with music, laughter and Christmas cheer last Friday as the town welcomed a very special guest.
  • Black spot funding: A Liberal election promise to improve mobile reception in Ashbourne is still likely to be honored, but the Member for Mayo said more needed to be done to improve mobile reception in the electorate.

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