In The Courier this week

Fewer than 5000 people attended the Easter Monday races at Oakbank … a far cry from the 60,000 a decade ago. The Saturday meeting drew 20,000 punters to watch Zed Em, left, win the Great Eastern Steeplechase while those who backed Lostarc, above, in the Country Cup had plenty to cheer about as jockey Joe Bowditch urged him to the line for a narrow win. The Oakbank committee may consider changes to the format of the Easter races.

Councillor apologises over online rant

An Adelaide Hills Councillor who publicly threatened a boycott of a local business over its tenuous link to a controversial politician has backflipped and apologised after a community backlash.
Last week Cr Leith Mudge used his public Facebook page and his official council email account to slam the Hahndorf Old Mill after it hired out a function room to far-right Queensland Senator Fraser Anning.
In an email written to the hotel’s manager – and shared on his Facebook page – Cr Mudge demanded the owners of the Old Mill publicly apologise to Muslim, African and Jewish communities “for allowing Senator Anning and his political party to use your premises to spread their hate speech”.
“If you do not take action along these lines in a timely way, it is reasonable for the Hahndorf Old Mill to face a boycott from conscientious members of the Adelaide Hills and wider community,” he wrote.

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Also in this week’s issue

  • On target: Shooting arrows past the shed and through the trees in his Strathalbyn backyard has helped Andrew Kuchel claim the Australian Cup archery title in Victor Harbor last month.

  • Supercar saved: A $520,000 sports car was saved from fire by passers-by including a CFS member at Forest Range on Saturday.

  • Blaze battle: The cause of a bushfire that burnt 52ha at Paracombe on Wednesday is still being investigated by police.

  • Fake robocalls: Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie is investigating a number of robocalls believed to have been falsely made in her name as she works to retain her seat at the upcoming election.

  • Police fined: SA Police was last week fined $390,000 following the death of a cook/cleaner in a walk-in freezer at a police training facility in Echunga more than two years ago.