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Killer blow

Isobel Redmond’s gaffe last week, during which she outlined her desire to cut 25,000 SA public servants, could be the killer blow to her tenure as Liberal leader.
The subsequent claim several hours later that she “answered some questions incorrectly” has done little to stop the bleeding to her reputation or the damage to the Party. The timing for Ms Redmond could not have been worse.
Already under pressure from within her own Party to take a more robust fight to the Government, Ms Redmond has now alienated herself from potentially thousands of voters by declaring, albeit mistakenly, that she would consider slashing one in four public service jobs.
Before last week’s gaffe her problem was largely contained within her own Party.
But that bushfire has clearly jumped those containment lines and it now has the potential to race through the wider community. And the Labor Party will be on hand to fan the flames.
All this mess is of her own making. It will increase the pressure on Ms Redmond’s colleagues to act and it is difficult to see any amount of apologising and self- admonishment holding off the inevitable.

Traders left out

The Woodside Commerce Association didn’t share anything new with the Adelaide Hills Council last week when its president told elected members that the promised economic benefits from the Inverbrackie detention facility hadn’t been noticed locally.
Woodside traders are well aware that they are on the back foot when it comes to securing Federal Government business and have been talking about it among themselves for some time.
It would be annoying to know that you’re missing out, but you have the Government waving an economic study your face and saying “look how well you’re doing”.
In the end the definition of benefit comes down to what is “local” and whether it matters if the money goes to businesses elsewhere in the Hills or Adelaide.
When the study by independent university researchers came out earlier this year it found the Inverbrackie facility had injected $38m into the Hills economy and most of the direct economic impact was attributed to the salaries paid to employees.
That’s a lot of money but staff come and go and you can’t always guarantee that a significant percentage will be Hills residents.
Given the Woodside supermarket is no longer supplying groceries to the facility, it would be interesting to know just how much of the millions spent at Inverbrackie each year is flowing to the immediate neighborhood.

Kris knows her craft

Award-winning Hills cheese maker Kris Lloyd had to learn her craft by trial and error over more than a decade.

Minister puts brakes on Woodside road repairs

Federal Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has refused to fund half of a proposed $500,000 upgrade of a road near the Inverbrackie detention facility and has effectively scuttled the project.

Broken promise

When the Federal Government informed the Hills community in 2010 that the old Inverbrackie army base housing estate was going to be converted into detention facility, there were plenty of angry voices at public meetings forecasting all kinds of negative impacts on the community.

Henry’s hard at work

Henry has become a well-known face in the Hills. He’s often seen at the post office in Woodside, strolling down the main street of Lobethal or at the supermarkets in Mt Barker.

Preschool education is not child’s play

Parents sending their children to the Woodside Preschool Playcentre can rest assured their littles ones are in good hands.

Winery brings a little bit of Washington to Woodside

Dual ARIA award winning singer songwriter Megan Washington and her band wowed a sell-out crowd in a special one-off show in the Hills on Saturday.

Winery event win

Up to 1000 people are expected to gather at Bird in Hand Winery next week for a music event … but only a select few can use the on-site toilets and no-one is allowed to wash the dishes.

Wine and music

Bird in Hand Winery at Woodside has worked hard to create a reputation as a premium brand.

Detention boost

The Hills region is $38m better off with nearly 300 extra full time jobs since the Inverbrackie detention facility opened in December 2010.

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