In The Courier this week

The usual dawn quiet of the Mt Crawford Forest was broken by the excited barks and haunting howls of dogs on the weekend as SA’s major sled dog racing event took place. Scott Dyer from WA, pictured, joined 90 competitors and 130 dogs as they raced over various courses in a sport designed for snow and ice but adapted for drier – but not much warmer – conditions. Full story and more pictures in this week’s Courier.

Square support

Mt Barker Councillors have voiced cautious support for a community group’s bid for a town square in the heart of Mt Barker but have stopped short of formally endorsing the idea.
The Mt Barker and District Residents’ Association wants to establish a meeting space in the CBD which would be large enough to host markets and even concerts.
It believes the town has no “heart” and its concept would see a town square developed on land previously earmarked for a Big W shopping centre which fronts Morphett Street between Stephen and Hutchinson streets.
Several elected members commended the idea when it was presented by the group at a meeting on Monday.

Also in this week’s issue

  • Best brewer: A boutique Hills beer bucked tough competition from brewers across Australia to be named the best amber ale at the Royal Adelaide Beer Awards.
  • Dumping outrage: Hahndorf’s sporting hub is being used as a dumping ground and its volunteer managers have had enough.
  • Interchange information: Hills residents can learn more about the new Mt Barker freeway interchange at a public information session tomorrow night (Thursday).
  • Tree review: A decision to remove and replace damaged historic oaks on one of Mt Barker’s major streets will be reviewed by an independent expert after a backlash from a local community group.
  • Pruning butchery: The amenity of a Littlehampton streetscape has been “butchered” by recent tree trimming under power lines, according to a resident.

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