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By Melissa Keogh
Stirling’s popular monthly market has
been given the green light for the next
five years, after the Adelaide Hills Council
renewed its permit to continue trading
along Druid Avenue.
The new permit was granted despite a small
group of Stirling retailers and residents
expressing their concerns with the market
during a public consultation period in March.
Issues raised included parking problems,
town congestion, pet dog nuisances and effects
on local businesses, particularly food outlets.
The business use permit allows the Stirling
Market to continue trading along part of Druid
Avenue and a lane between Martha Street and
Mt Barker Road every fourth Sunday.
At the council’s general meeting recently
director of strategy and development Marc
Salver said the five-year permit would be
granted according to a number of conditions.
“Staff will also undertake an annual review of
the permit,” he said.
These conditions include the committee
repairing any damage to infrastructure or the
environment and cleaning up all waste.
Walkers must be able to still use surrounding
footpaths on market day and a council ranger
will be present on these days to report
inappropriate dog behavior.
No more than 11 food stalls will be allowed to
trade at the market, ensuring business remains
strong for the town’s permanent retailers.
Only one stall will be permitted to sell coffee
and the same goes for bottled water and soft
drinks. The market committee must also raise
$15,000 per year to go towards community
causes, events or activities within the council
Mr Salver said he believed the committee
was more than capable of meeting the quota
considering its strong history of raising funds.
“They have donated between $11,000 and
$18,000 over the past two years,” he said.
Organic Market and Cafe owner Grahame
Murray told the council in a letter tabled at the
recent meeting that he was prepared for his
business to “take the dip in revenue”, but only
if the market benefited the whole of Stirling.
“There are stall holders who clear more in one
day than some local businesses take in a week,”
“It must never be forgotten that the market
is given the privilege of a street for 12 days a
year at the expense of local businesses (which)
operate for 364 days.
“We pay the rates. We have the overheads.”
The Stirling Business Association also told
the council in a letter that it was in favor of the
market continuing, however, it suggested the
permit only be issued for 12 months – not five
The Stirling Market was first launched 25
years ago from a privately owned carpark on
It then moved to the Coventry Library lawns
in 1994, but moved back to Druid Avenue upon
renovations to the library in 2006.
The next market will take place on May 24.
Traders have mixed reaction to
renewed street market lease
By Lisa Pahl
Tucked away on a farm just outside
Wistow is a slice of 19th Century pioneer
The two-room whitewashed wooden slab
cottage was home to one of the district’s early
settlers, a Mr Von Mueller, from the late 1840s.
He is one of many who helped shape life in the
Wistow and Bugle Ranges area – and the new
Wistow History Group wants to know more
The group, made up of members of the Rodwell
Creek/Wistow Landcare Group and Wistow
Community Association, is calling for help to
gather memories, documents and photos about
the region’s past.
Group spokesperson Beryl Belford said the
area had been a thriving one, home to many
families and businesses.
Gold carters passed through Wistow under
police escort and coach lines such as Cobb and
Co stopped at the town regularly.
“It was a very busy place so it was natural
that it grew,” she said.
“There were a lot of inns and hotels here
because it was a transport route, but there
were also schools and churches and a real
community built up.”
The group hopes to collate stories and photos
into a history of the Wistow area and volunteers
have already interviewed long-term residents
and sifted through newspapers, land records,
library collections and family documents.
“We are interested in economic and community
activities, and in changing landuse over the
last 150 years,” Mrs Belford said.
“We would also love to see any old photos, and
hear memories of the Wistow Hall which was
developed by the community after WW2.”
Group member Vivienne Pfitzner, a descendent
of the Patersons who were among Wistow’s
early settlers, has also been researching the
Hender family, which lived in her home of 43
She said she was amazed at the adaptability
of the district’s pioneers.
“They grew all sorts of fruits and vegetables
and they were totally self sufficient,” she said.
Bugle Ranges residents Leonie and John
Silman have a permanent reminder of the
district’s pioneers with Von Mueller’s old
cottage in their backyard.
The cottage was much loved and well used
by the property’s second owners, James and
Elizabeth McCall, Mrs Silman’s ancestors.
They used the cottage as a kitchen, building a
new stone home behind it circa 1875.
Mr Silman said the cottage was still used into
the 1970s when he came to visit Mrs Silman
before they were married.
“Everything here is pretty much as it was,” he
“It would have been quite a cosy place to live.”
Anyone with information about the region’s
history can email Mrs Belford at bbelford@
Wistow community seeks region’s history
Bugle Ranges residents Leonie and John Silman
outside a cottage built by one of the region’s
early pioneering families, the Von Muellers, in
the 1840s and a newer home to the right built by
Leonie’s ancestors James and Elizabeth McCall
in 1875. Information about the district’s settlers
is being sought by the new Wistow History Group.
Members of the
McCall family at
the home built in
1875, in front of
the Von Mueller
cottage, which is
visible rear right
with its original
The hearth inside
the Von Mueller
market giant ALDI
will set up shop
in the heart of Mt
ALDI Australia con-
firmed to The Cou-
rier yesterday that
it will open a store
in the Barker Plaza
Shopping Centre off
The centre is cur-
rently home to stores
Rite Price and the
Reject Shop, but a
redevelopment of the
area was approved by
the Mt Barker Coun-
The store will pro-
vide up to 20 perma-
nent positions but
the opening date is
director for SA Viktor
Jakupec said secur-
ing the Mt Barker site
was a “very exciting
and important mile-
stone” for the com-
pany, which plans to
develop more than 50
stores in the State.
Mt Barker Mayor
Ann Ferguson said
the news “reflects the
for businesses in the
ALDI is a popular
chain in the East-
ern States and offers
fresh fruit, vegetables
and bread along with
other grocery items.
ALDI has 16 devel-
lodged with councils
A 17-year-old girl died in
hospital last Wednesday
following a car crash in
Echunga, was taken to the
Flinders Medical Centre in a
critical condition, after the car
she was driving collided with a
truck on Old Mt Barker Road
just after 1.30pm on Saturday,
She was the sole occupant of
Her death takes the State’s
road toll to 30, compared to 33
this time last year.
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