In The Courier this week

Residents of towns within the Adelaide Hills Council region will not be allowed to burn off in the lead-up to the bushfire danger season.

No burning in towns

Rural landholders around Stirling, Mylor, Piccadilly and Norton Summit will be allowed to burn off before the fire danger season under a new exemption system announced by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) this week.
However, those living within township boundaries won’t be allowed to burn off for bushfire prevention purposes – unless there are exceptional circumstances.
The EPA’s new Environment Protection (Air Quality) Policy will allow burning in towns if councils give a permit but Adelaide Hills Mayor Bill Spragg says that won’t happen.
“Until the council has considered its position in regards to this (the policy), we will not be issuing any permits in townships,” he said.


Also in this week’s issue

  • More storms: Businesses and residents across the Hills have been left out of pocket as the region was thrashed by a second bout of severe weather in two weeks.

  • Glebe sale: The Littlehampton Primary School’s principal wants the Mt Barker Council to reconsider plans to sell half of an undeveloped council-owned land parcel on the outskirts of the town.

  • Inverbrackie sale: The Department of Defence has picked a real estate business to sell the former army housing estate and one-time detention centre at Inverbrackie, but the successful agent won’t be announced until the end of the month.

  • Pet laws: Changes to dog and cat laws intended to save some of the 10,000 dogs and cats euthanised in SA each year have been welcomed by councils across the Hills.

  • Subdivision plan: The Adelaide Hills Council’s failure to plot a future for farmland which has become surrounded by urban expansion has been criticised by a well-known Hills political family.

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