In The Courier this week

An artist’s impression of the Cleland Koala Centre that is part of a master plan for Cleland Wildlife Park. The State Government is seeking foreign investment for the centre and a resort as part of a possible $100m redevelopment.

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Foreign cash for koalas

State Government moves to attract foreign investment for a $100m koala centre and resort at Cleland Wildlife Park could cement the future of the Hills tourism industry, according to the head of the region’s peak tourist body.
“We are the day trip capital of SA,” said Adelaide Hills Tourism chairperson Helen Edwards, whose family runs The Lane Vineyard at Hahndorf.
“With further investment we can be assured those 700 tourism operators and associated businesses in the Hills will have a better future.”
Mrs Edwards was among the stakeholders briefed about the Cleland master plan as part of the State Government’s year-long trade mission to find international investors for a range of big projects in SA, including revamps of the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site and the waterfront at Port Adelaide.

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Also in this week’s issue

  • Resort dispute: A Hahndorf couple will head to court in a bid to stop an $8m luxury resort development on their doorstep.

  • Regional hub: Buildings up to five storeys high with a mix of apartments, offices and shops could help transform Mt Barker’s town centre into a vibrant regional hub, the town’s council believes.

  • Gym objections: A petition signed by 100 residents objecting to a proposed 24-hour gym at Stirling may never be seen by the statutory body responsible for granting planning approval.

  • Council concessions: Hills councils are worried retirees will experience bill shock when they receive their 2015/16 rate notices if they haven’t set aside the money from the State Government’s new “cost of living concession”.

  • Winery stays: Wine loving tourists can have their passion literally on their doorstep thanks to a new venture that will bring visitors into local vineyards.

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