In The Courier this week

Emergency services workers showcased their skills at a mock crash at Oakbank on Sunday for the Country Cabinet visit.

Bid to cut road toll

Road safety in the Hills has been given a $10.4m boost in an effort to cut the number of crashes in the region.
Dangerous intersections will be upgraded and roadsides made safer to protect motorcyclists as part of the two-year funding deal announced by the State Government in its Country Cabinet visit to the region on Sunday.
It was one of several key projects unveiled over the two-day visit, which also saw residents grill Ministers at a public forum on Sunday night on infrastructure needs, transport and local job creation. Against the backdrop of a mock crash, Premier Jay Weatherill said serious accidents were “all too often the case in the Adelaide Hills” and the funds would help fix crash hotspots.
A $3.5m roundabout will be built at the deadly junction of the Elizabeth-Williamstown and Gawler-Kersbrook roads. The Williamstown-Birdwood and Springton Road intersection will also be upgraded, as will the junction of Tea Tree Gully-Mannum Road and Tippett Road.
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Also in this week’s issue

  • Court closure: The Mt Barker Magistrates Court will be closed in two years as the State Government centralises the court system.
  • Rates alliance: In what is believed to be a first for the Hills, eight people are nominating for the Adelaide Hills Council under a common campaign banner.
  • Bank branches close: BankSA will close its Lobethal and Hahndorf branches at the end of February next year.
  • Tree removal: A line of pin oaks in Aldgate is likely to be cut down today (Wednesday) and Thursday.
  • Crash victim supported: As a survivor of last month’s horror freeway crash, Louise Compton is broken, bruised and battered but counting her blessings.

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