In The Courier this week

Wolf-like howling punctuated the early morning mist in Mt Crawford Forest on a cold Sunday morning. But this was no sinister signal. Soon the sound was replaced by a race buzzer and the deafening barks of 20 dogs all desperate to start racing in the last event of the SA Sled Dog Club 2015 season. Sled dog competitor Natalie Van Pelt and her dog Kewl head off on the course in the Mt Crawford Forest on Sunday morning.


Main street masterplans to generate growth

Main streets in Mt Barker and Nairne are set for major improvements in a bid to draw in more shoppers, attract tourists and boost business.
Plans to revitalise both historic Gawler Street in Mt Barker’s CBD and Nairne’s Main Road have been launched by the Mt Barker Council following consultation earlier this year with the community and traders.
Under the masterplan, Gawler Street could be improved with a more attractive, safer and better developed entrance from Adelaide Road, mini-parks outside cafes, a more vibrant night-life, more events and a lane-way style overhaul of Stephen Street.
The “main street” atmosphere could even be extended east along Gawler Street from the Hutchinson Street intersection to Cameron Road. In Nairne, a new supermarket, outdoor dining hub, revitalised village green, public art and mini-parks are all mooted on a list of 12 projects to breathe new life into the shopping strip.


Also in this week’s issue

  • Water fight: Furious Hills irrigators have threatened to not pay their water levy bills when they fall due this week in protest over the State Government’s handling of water licensing in the region.
  • Go for gold: Mining company Terramin Australia has completed settlement on a 36.5ha property at Woodside which could become the site of the opening to a gold mine in the area.
  • Best in business: Two locals have been ranked among the best in the automotive business after both taking out a region-wide car industry award recently.
  • Under the pump: A price war between new service stations in Mt Barker is threatening to put an independently owned petrol station out of business.
  • No charges: No charges will be laid over January’s devastating Sampson Flat Bushfire because SA Police cannot pinpoint the exact cause of the blaze.

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