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NBN switched on
By Lisa Pahl
Strathalbyn residents and businesses
have the chance to sign up to faster
broadband internet with the town officially
connected to the National Broadband
Network (NBN) last week.
The official switch on allows more than 2500
homes and businesses in the town to link to the
Alexandrina Mayor Keith Parkes said the
town was one of the first in the region to join
the NBN and it would have both economic and
“For business, it’s an opportunity to attract
new customers by having an online presence,”
“Of course having fast connection for business
banking and eftpos is also crucial for business
“I’m also pleased that residents from all walks
of life will be able to use fast broadband to stay
in touch with their community and their family
and friends who may be a long way away.”
NBN spokesman Russell Kelly said the
network’s roll out was gaining momentum
across the country, offering improved internet
speeds and bandwidth for those who sign on.
“As this number grows the need for fast
broadband will become even more important as
more people set up their own small businesses
or deliver work from home,” he said.
Strathalbyn residents can learn if they are
eligible to connect to the NBN by visiting nbnco.
A community forum will also be held at the
Strathalbyn library on June 6 from 6–8pm.
Safety work to start
LIGHTS FOR DANGEROUS INTERSECTION
Vehicle activated flashing
lights will be installed
on both side roads at this
intersection of the Nairne
to Woodside road near
Inverbrackie. The State
Government announced the
project to improve safety at
the notorious intersection
in September and work is
expected to be completed
before the end of the year.
The vehicle activated flashing lights at a dangerous intersection near Meadows. The
same system will be in place for the Inverbrackie site.
By Melissa Keogh
Work will soon start to improve a
notoriously dangerous intersection
near Inverbrackie in the wake of
yet another accident at the site.
The State Government announced in
September last year it would install
vehicle activated flashing lights
where the Nairne to Woodside Road is
intersected by Riverview and Pfeiffer
The lights, similar to ones installed
several years ago at a dangerous
intersection near Meadows, are
designed to alert drivers of a stop sign
A spokesperson for Road Safety
Minister Tony Piccolo said the
Department of Planning, Transport
and Infrastructure (DPTI) announcged
that the lights would be installed on
Riverview and Pfeiffer roads by the
end of the year.
He said the project had been held up
for several months as engineers faced
“some difficulties”, however, those
challenges were now resolved.
Stream of accidents
Adelaide Hills Councillor Andrew
Stratford said the intersection was
a constant issue for residents and he
feared someone could be killed unless
something was done soon.
“There’s a continual stream of
accidents that seem to happen on that
corner,” he said.
“We need to get them (the lights) out
there sooner than later.”
Woodside man Rod Slater said he had
endured several near misses at the
junction over the years, but it wasn’t
until his wife Dianne came centimetres
from death in a recent accident that he
realised the danger of the site.
Mrs Slater was travelling along
Nairne to Woodside Road when a car
travelling 100km/h failed to stop at
the intersection, slamming into her
Mr Slater said although his wife was
left with minor injuries, both cars were
“It was a front on collision so she was
very lucky,” he said.
Following the crash, Cr Stratford
flagged the issue with the Adelaide
Hills Council and prompted it to follow
up the “high priority” project with
“I would like it to be followed up
before someone is killed,” he said.
Cr Stratford said he was concerned
the crossroad could become more
dangerous if the Inverbrackie detention
facility, soon to be sold, became a
retirement village or public housing.
“That will increase the amount of
traffic,” he said. “From that point of
view it escalates the need for road
No fatalities have occurred at the
junction, however, many crashes have
taken place in recent years with at
least 16 leading to serious injuries.
Cr Stratford said the raised bitumen
strips installed by the council on
Riverview Road in 2011 had not fixed
“There’s some signage and road
treatments that have occurred over the
years to try and warn people about the
impending intersection, but nothing
major,” he said.
“A lot of the time it’s driver inattention
and people don’t appreciate they’re
entering a major intersection and just
scoot straight across.
“The flashing lights on the corner will
bring to their attention that there’s
something going on.”
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