In The Courier this week

The brutality of the Dark Ages was on show for all the see at the Gumeracha Medieval Fair on the weekend. The sounds of steel swords clashing and the clank of shields and heavy chain mail rose from the fighting arena as knights were pitted against each other in tests of strength and skill. The ‘fights’ looked authentic but it was only pride which suffered any real injury.

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Rates up by 3.7%

Ratepayers in the Adelaide Hills Council district are facing a 3.7% rate rise next financial year, with part of the increase attributed to the costs of the Sampson Flat Bushfire.
The council’s draft business plan, released for public consultation last week, shows a rate increase of 1.7% through CPI inflation, a further 1% for extra capital works and an additional 1% bushfire levy.
The council’s director of corporate services, Terry Crackett, said the bushfire charge was a “once off” which would only apply for one year.
Mr Crackett said the council had been forced to redirect many of its resources to help with the recovery effort after the fire, which tore through more than 13,000ha and destroyed 24 homes in January.

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Also in this week’s issue

  • Boutique spirit: Gin is proving the right tonic for a Hills winemaker’s shift into boutique distilling.

  • Skate park: A Macclesfield couple who fought a plan to build a skate park on the town’s historic square say the bitter battle over the facility may force them to put their home on the market.

  • Winning wine: A wine label set up to help out Langhorne Creek growers suffering from the industry’s downturn has won one of the region’s coveted top honors.

  • Guardrail reprieve: The Adelaide Hills Council has halted installing guardrails along Stock Road near Mylor after receiving complaints from residents that the safety barriers are unwarranted and a blight on the landscape.

  • Residential care: Onkaparinga Valley Residential Care has opened an additional 40 beds as part of the new Dr Bernard McEvoy Wing.

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