In The Courier this week

SUN STILL SHINING ON SOLAR INDUSTRY: James Warburton of Mt Barker’s Solar Wholesalers said with the right system solar energy production can be maximised even during winter’s darkest days. While yesterday (June 21) was the year’s shortest day with just nine hours and 42 minutes of feeble sun, industry experts say people with rooftop panels are still making a worthwhile contribution to offsetting their winter energy costs.

New push to reopen Bird-in-Hand mine

Terramin Australia is hoping to lodge a mine lease application with the State Government early next year to reopen the historic Bird-in-Hand gold mine at Inverbrackie near Woodside.
Work on preparing the application has stepped up following results from recent drilling that shows Bird-in-Hand, one of Australia’s richest gold deposits, could be far more profitable than initially surveyed.
The site already has an inferred mineral resource of 233,000 ounces but geotechnical drilling completed in March showed gold intersections significantly higher than originally expected.
Terramin’s general manager and chief technical officer, Joe Ranford, said the results had given the company a “lot of confidence” but they were a bonus.

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Also in this week’s issue

  • Sharkie support: Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) candidate Rebekha Sharkie said she was “surprised” but pleased with a recent opinion poll showing she was a strong chance to win the once safe seat of Mayo from sitting Liberal MP Jamie Briggs.

  • Election flyers: Two Mt Barker Councillors are unhappy with Mayo MP Jamie Briggs saying one of his election flyers compromises the Mayor’s political neutrality in the Federal election.

  • Fatal crash: The Hills family of a national volleyball star killed in a car crash over the weekend say they have been overwhelmed by the support of the community.

  • Demolition delay: Part of the old Mt Barker Village Shopping Centre will be demolished next month, making way for a new, multi-million dollar complex.

  • Paralympic sights: Athlete Sam Paech is set to take one giant leap towards his dream of paralympic glory next month after being selected to represent Australia at the 2016 Oceania Melanesian Regional Athletics Championships in Fiji.


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