In The Courier this week

It was a family affair at Mt Barker Primary School on Monday as James North, 5, was joined by his mother, Heather North, left, grandmother Pam North and uncle Colin North on his first day of school.

Rural revival

Rural landholders will be able to add value to their products by opening cellar doors, restaurants, farm gate sales and produce trails under a shake-up of the Mt Barker Council’s primary production zone.
The council hopes the changes, which are part of its Rural Development Plan Amendment (DPA), will stimulate the rural economy and provide more flexibility to primary producers wanting to increase farm income.
Manager of planning, policy and strategy Mark Voortman said changes to the primary production zone applied to rural areas outside the main towns of Mt Barker, Nairne, Hahndorf and Macclesfield.
“The old rural plan was very restrictive, the new one flips it on its head,” he said.

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Also in this week’s issue

  • Third lane: The development of a third lane on the freeway between Crafers and Stirling, to be used during peak periods, is not expected to commence until late 2016.

  • Offer rejected: The Mt Barker Council is still hopeful of securing a part of the vacant Woolworths site in the town CBD, despite the supermarket giant rejecting a council offer to buy the land.

  • Wish list: Improved road crossings and footpaths, upgrades to public facilities and the opening of council-owned land known as the Glebe are at the top of the wish list of Littlehampton and Blakiston residents.

  • Shear love: Frank Jacob can work a pair of blade shears better than most but the secret to success, he says, is passion and a little bit of elbow grease.

  • An old 88: Musicians and melodies may not usually be associated with Mt Barker’s Gawler Street, but the historic location is set to ‘come alive with the sound of music’ this year following the addition of a community piano.


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