In The Courier this week

SHOW SHINES DESPITE WEATHER: Tyler Osmond from McLaren Flat didn’t have a care in the world on Monday as he enjoyed a sideshow ride at the Strathalbyn Show. Plenty of people did, however, as the event was plagued by heat and high winds … for the second year in a row.


Coroner to probe tragedy

A tree outside the front office of  the Tyndale Christian School in Strathalbyn has become a makeshift memorial for a little girl who died two days after a playground accident.
Leila Baartse-Harkin, a Year 4 student at the school, died last Thursday morning from peritonitis after two hospital visits failed to detect that the nine-year-old had suffered a perforated bowel when she injured herself jumping off a swing at a Strathalbyn out of school hours care facility the previous Tuesday.
Her parents are Edie and Ricky Harkin  of Strathalbyn.
Leila reportedly injured herself on the Tuesday afternoon and was taken to the Strathalbyn hospital and then the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide for x-rays later that evening.


Also in this week’s issue

  • Sting in the tail: The State Government believes fighting European wasps is a waste of money and will no longer fund the removal of the pest.
  • Twin held: A Forreston man accused of helping his identical twin brother dispose of property belonging to murdered teacher Stephanie Scott remains in custody in NSW.
  • Environmentalist: Bridgewater environmentalist Janet Pedler started an environment group with several peers to protest against the concreting of parts of the Sturt Creek channel in Adelaide.
  • Sustainable estate: A new style of housing estate that brings environmental sustainability and community together is planned for Mt Barker.
  • Soldiering on: More than 200 Australian veterans have committed suicide in the past three decades and many more are at risk, but one Hills group is hoping to change that.

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