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Tuesday, January 26, 2016 – PAGE 15
The Mt Barker Council will remove a
number of overgrown shrubs near the
toilet block at Keith Stephenson Park to
try and reduce vandalism at the site.
Councillor Greg Morrison raised his
concerns with the council in December
about frequent incidents of overnight
vandalism to the toilet block.
He said the amenities block cost more
than $5000 per year to repair and
maintain and the council should therefore
consider installing surveillance cameras to
In a response tabled by the council at
its meeting last week, acting general
manager of council services, Nick
Day, said the overgrown shrubs would
be removed to “increase passive
He said the council was reluctant to install
cameras at the site because of privacy
Mr Day said the toilet block was locked
A development application to install
a large single sign for businesses in
Woodside’s industrial area is expected to
be lodged with the Adelaide Hills Council
Development Assessment Panel next
The sign aims to remove the clutter of
A-frame and other commercial signs on
the corner of Onkaparinga Valley Road
and Charles Street near the Amy Gillett
It will have multiple, double-sided panels
listing individual businesses.
The sign was proposed last year but when
Councillor Andrew Stratford asked for an
update on the project last week he was
told council staff were still waiting for the
A council spokesman said the design was
close to approval and an application to
install the sign would be lodged with the
panel “in the next couple of weeks”.
Alexandrina Council will begin hosting
Monday of the month starting from the
Councillor Jim Davis said the change
was necessary to deal with more council
business and larger agendas which had in
the past stretched meetings out as late as
“Holding two meetings a month means
sessions will be shorter which is good
because it means everyone will be
thinking straight when voting on important
issues,” he said.
A number of community groups and
donations made by Mt Barker councillors.
New Councillor Debs Buchmann and
Mayor Ann Ferguson granted St Paul’s
Lutheran Homes in Hahndorf a combined
$150 towards the purchase of a new
Cr Greg Morrison donated $100 to
the Blackfellows Creek CFS, while
Cr Susan Hamilton will give $100 to the
Littlehampton Peace Memorial Hall for its
Cr Jeff Bettcher offered $100 towards
catering for the Hahndorf Fringe Festival
TOUR DOWN UNDER BID
The Alexandrina Council has voted to
submit an expression of interest in hosting
Under professional cycling event.
The townships of Strathalbyn, Langhorne
Creek and Milang could host a stage
of next year’s popular event which last
SA and attracted crowds of more than
100,000 spectators for each stage of the
Alexandrina council last hosted a stage of
DPA CLOSE TO RELEASE
Council’s Townships and Urban Areas
Development Plan Amendment (DPA)
should be released for public consultation
Council chief executive Andrew Aitken told
elected members that the long delayed
DPA was with Planning Minister John
Rau waiting for his approval following
Planning, Transport and Infrastructure in
Once the Minister signs off on the draft it
will be released to the public for comment
during an eight-week consultation period.
Mr Aitken said the council had been
working on the DPA for a long time and
four information sessions were planned
during the consultation period.
The DPA has experienced a number of
delays and a new statement of intent had
to be submitted to the Minister back in
Businesses in the Alexandrina region are
being encouraged to register their interest
in participating in the State Government’s
The trade mission includes visits to the
cities of Ji’nan, Qingdao, Zibo, Linyi and
Yantai and is a chance for export ready
companies to expand their international
April 5–9 with expressions of interest
required by January 31.
More information can be found at http://bit.
A 90m-long covered horse keeping building
has been approved near Bridgewater.
The 28m wide, 9.4m high structure includes
stables, an indoor arena, a studio and a place
for storage and float parking and will be built
on a property off Taminga Grove.
The Adelaide Hills Council Development
Assessment Panel granted consent for the
category three development late last year, also
giving approval for the landowner to keep up to
five horses on the 16ha site.
Three neighbors opposed the project for a
range of reasons, including the structure’s size,
its negative visual impact and the potential for
the building to be used for commercial purposes.
One landholder, unhappy about the panel’s
decision, questioned what the building would
be used for.
“What are the going to keep in there –
giraffes?” he said.
A planner’s report to the panel said “much
thought” was given to the location of the
structure to reduce earthworks and minimise
the visual bulk of the building.
“The building is not intended for commercial
use or overnight accommodation with traffic
movements on Taminga Grove to stay as would
be expected with a residential rural property,”
the report said.
Some panel members said they would have
liked to have seen a cluster of smaller buildings
rather than one large structure.
By Elisa Rose
Piñatas, sombreros and a giant
taco might not usually be associated
with the Oakbank racecourse,
but they were hard to miss last
Wednesday morning at the annual
Jack Roberts Camp.
Around the World was the theme
for this year’s camp, which gave 17
teenage boys living with disabilities
the chance to experience activities
inspired by continents and cultures
from across the globe.
Among the fun was volcano making,
an Amazon canoe activity and, of
course, the chance to take a swing at
one of the brightly colored piñatas.
Other activities on the schedule
included a native animal visit and
boomerang throwing to celebrate
Aboriginal culture, water activities as
part of an Antarctica experience and
spaghetti wigs to capture the fun of
A joint venture between Scouts SA
and disability services and support
organisation Cara, the camp provided
an inclusive environment for boys
living with a disability.
Cara chief executive Liz Cohen
said the camp was the “epitome of
“It’s great to see the real friendships
that form on camp between the boys
and the Venturer Scouts,” she said.
Both Cara and Scouts SA have long
associations with the camp, which
marked its 52nd year this year.
The camp – named after its first
leader, who was also an SA Scouts
leader – benefits all involved, Scouts
SA chief commissioner Harry Long
“It broadens the horizons of all the
campers involved, gives them all new
skills and it’s great fun,” he said.
Based at Oakbank racecourse, the
Jack Roberts Camp ran between
Camp inspired by world cultures
Camper Zac Hodzic got into the South
American theme with a sombrero and
Camper Hayden Suter received a
Mexican-inspired moustache in
preparation for his turn with the piñata.
Scout Aine Rutley, left,
with Brodie Healey
who attended his sixth
Jack Roberts camp
Camper Tom Rungie rides in a ‘canoe on wheels’
as part of the ‘Amazon activity’.
and a giant taco
costume were all part
of the fun for Cara
support worker Claire
Robinson, left, camper
Michael Murphy and
rover scout Nellie
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