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The upgrading of the Flaxley Road junction with
Hurling Drive in Mt Barker has been delayed again
due to ongoing wet weather.
contractors to prepare the road surface for
asphalting on Hurling drive.
The road will be reopened in coming weeks while
remedial drainage works are undertaken, then
closed later when asphalting is rescheduled.
The upgrade is being funded by Bluestone’s
developer CIC as part of a requirement by the
Mt Barker Council to improve the junction to meet
RECYCLE RIGHT TRIAL
Trial checks on the recycling habits of Adelaide Hills
Council residents will start later this month.
The checks are part of the Recycle Right program
being run by Zero Waste SA and the Adelaide
Hills Region Waste Management Authority in
collaboration with various councils in the area.
About 150 residents in the Adelaide Hills district are
taking part in a trial which involves an inspection
of the contents of their bins and the placement of
information tags advising them on their recycling
habits and how they might be able to improve.
The residents involved in the trial have been
Work is under way to replace a pedestrian bridge at
Jeffrey Street in Nairne.
The Mt Barker Council project involves the removal
of the existing bridge and installation of a steel
frame concrete deck bridge.
The $120,000 project is expected to take until the
end of June to complete, subject to weather.
While construction is under way, pedestrians will
need to use an alternative route.
People who submit development applications into
the Adelaide Hills Council by mistake will be able to
get a fee refund.
Elected members voted last week to amend its
Development Application Fee Refund Policy to
allow planning staff to make the refund when they
the wrong council.
In a report to councillors, development services
manager Deryn Atkinson said the current policy
was put in place in 2000 and was working well.
“In recent times, the only matter that has arisen
which is not addressed in the policy has been when
applications are submitted to council in error by the
customer and processed to lodgement,” she said.
Ms Atkinson told the meeting that the policy didn’t
refund the initial minimum lodgement fee in order
to cover the cost of staff time processing the
application into the planning system.
The Alexandrina Council has amended its disposal
of land and other assets policy.
It now enables donation, gifting, recycling or
disposal of low value items where there is no
realistic sales market.
The former policy didn’t allow low value items to
be gifted or donated to local community groups or
organisations for fundraising, recycling or disposal.
Adopting the policy means that the council has
procedures in place in the donation or gifting of its
assets to external organisations.
WASTE AUTHORITY PLAN
Fleurieu Regional Waste Authority (FRWA) has
presented its 2015/16 budget and 10-year forecast
for inclusion in the Alexandrina Council long-term
The FRWA budget has increased by 1.9% across
the three functions it provides including kerbside
collections, waste and recycling depots and
Items that may impact the FRWA 2015/16 budget
include the review of the cost allocation for kerbside
collection services, the impact of the in-house
transport service FRWA provides and fuel price
variances, as in 2014/15 petrol prices fell.
But the FRWA budget and 10-year forecast are
within the estimates of the council’s long term
By Natalie Koufos
Raising awareness on women’s issues
in developing countries was the aim of a
sewing group recently.
About 65 women met at the Aldgate Baptist
Church to sew reusable sanitary pads to
raise awareness on the impact poverty has on
hygiene and how people in Australia can help
improve the circumstances.
Aldgate Baptist Church member Karen
Moseley said the group was hoping to
enlighten people on the implications of being
a woman in a poor country.
She said the pads could be gifted to others
so the message was shared and that the pack
contained an information card explaining
how many women in developing countries
couldn’t afford sanitary pads.
“Among other things, lack of appropriate
sanitation means that for one week in every
four, many girls are unable to attend school
and other women are not able to continue
working,” Mrs Moseley said.
“Some girls wear several skirts to stop
“It’s more about spreading awareness in a
thought provoking way.” Mrs Moseley said
she hoped the activity would encourage
people to donate towards charities which have
sustainable projects such as TEAR Australia,
which is Christians in Australia responding
to the needs of poor communities around the
She said another charity working towards
sustainable feminine hygiene was Days for
It helps girls gain access to quality
sustainable feminine hygiene and awareness,
by direct distribution of feminine hygiene
“Days for Girls is trying to increase the
number of days girls are at school,” Mrs
The event was held in time to celebrate
Mother’s Day and a guest spoke about how
she had taken 100 pads to girls in Kenya and
Mrs Moseley said a number of women who
attended the event said they would sew pads
for Days for Girls.
She said the event featured a sense of
community and it was an opportunity for
people to talk about the issues.
Karen Moseley, left, with her daughter Pippi, 9, Nuala Berthold 12, and Jacqui Grace sewing the
Sewing circle promotes girls’ hygiene
By Melissa Keogh
Hills residents are being
warned to avoid touching wild
mushrooms after a deadly
species was spotted in the
SA Health said the dangerous
death cap mushroom had been
found growing across the Hills and
a number of children were reported
with suspected wild mushroom
However, no poisonings have
Health Minister Jack Snelling
said ingestion of the poisonous
mushroom could cause a number
of symptoms, including severe
abdominal pains, nausea, vomiting
Serious cases can also lead to
liver damage, kidney failure and
“The current weather conditions
are ideal for wild mushrooms,” he
“We are already beginning to
see fungi appear in areas such as
botanic gardens, parks, nature
reserves as well as back yards,
paddocks and roadsides.
“People may think they know how
to spot a poisonous mushroom, but
unless you are an expert there is no
reliable way to identify dangerous
fungi from harmless varieties in
research associate Pam Catcheside
said children likely to pick wild
mushrooms out of curiosity were
particularly at risk.
“Young children may be tempted
to eat mushrooms and plants they
find in the backyard so it’s a good
idea for parents to discourage this
behavior just in case,” she said. “So
far this year there have already
been several reports of suspected
wild mushroom ingestion by
children, but luckily none have
resulted in poisoning.”
Pet owners are also reminded to
“If you have wild mushrooms that
you can’t identify growing in your
garden and are concerned about
your children eating them, pick
them, bin them and then wash
your hands,” Ms Catcheside said.
If you suspect someone has
eaten a wild mushroom, phone
the Poisons Information Centre on
13 11 26.
If symptoms have developed go
to your nearest hospital or medical
SA Health recommends to safely
take one of the mushrooms with
you to help doctors identify its
species and determine the best
Dangerous death cap mushrooms
have been spotted growing across the
Deadly fungi ingestion
sparks health warning
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