In The Courier this week

The blackened bushland of the Hills was on display to an international audience as the first stage of the Tour Down Under weaved its way through the fire ravaged region yesterday. Australian rider Jack Bobridge, riding for UniSA-Australia, was the first to cross the line in the 132.6km stage from Tanunda to Campbelltown. Today the peloton will again head to the Hills where it will pass through Lenswood, Balhannah, Hahndorf, Mylor and Bradbury before finishing in Stirling at about 3pm.


Raiders axed

The Bridgewater/Callington Football Club has been demoted and the Hills Football League (HFL) may have to find $93,500 for legal fees as a result of a failed attempt to remove the Echunga Football Club from the top competition.
The latest developments follow a special meeting on Monday night at which HFL club delegates discussed last month’s Supreme Court ruling which allowed Echunga to remain in Central Division.
Their 16 to four vote not to expand the top tier competition to 11 teams means the Bridgewater/Callington Raiders must be demoted to the lower Country Division – according to how the court interpreted the rules of relegation.
However, the delegates also voted to amend the controversial by-law which formed the basis of Echunga’s legal argument, meaning finals games will not be used to assess a club’s overall standing should a promotion application be received  from a lower division club.

Also in this week’s issue

  • Smoke taint: Hills grape and apple growers are hopeful their crops will escape smoke taint from this month’s bushfires, which could make fruit unsaleable.
  • Anxious wait: The next two months will be a nervous wait for Kenton Hill Vineyard owners Rosemary and Frank Baldasso, who do not know whether their winegrapes will be too tainted by smoke to harvest.
  • Solar offset: Klose’s Supermarkets has installed what is believed to be the largest commercial array of solar panels in the Hills on the roof of its Littlehampton Foodland.
  • Film flair: Bridgewater resident Mariot Kerr was recently nominated for an Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) award for Best Costume Design for her work on the Australian film drama, ‘Tracks’.
  • Men’s grant: The Mt Barker Men’s Shed will expand its activities and introduce health checks, information sessions and social games, after sharing the benefits of a State Government grant.

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