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The Adelaide Hills Council removed
250 election signs promoting sitting
Liberal MP Jamie Briggs and 25 for
the Greens Senate candidates from its
district last week after some were put
up more than a week early.
The signs were taken down by council
staff last Tuesday and collected by Party
volunteers the following day.
They were allowed to be replaced at 6pm
on Monday (May 16) but must be removed
within 48 hours after the July 2 election.
The Mt Barker Council did not remove
any signs from its district but the Greens
voluntarily removed their placards.
Greens Mayo candidate Nathan Daniell
ordered an over zealous volunteer to remove
signs put up around Woodside on Monday –
four hours before they were allowed.
Dr Daniell, who is also an Adelaide
Hills Councillor, said it was an “innocent
mistake” but insisted the volunteer remove
the signs and replace them after 6pm.
By Melissa Keogh
The Mt Barker-Hahndorf Golf
Club will become insolvent in less
than a year if it fails to turn around
its financial position and address
its falling membership, according
to the club’s new president.
Experienced local businessman Gary
Leverington was elected to lead the
troubled club last week and said he
could help the club recover, despite
losing almost 25% of members in the
The club’s annual financial report
released this month showed not only a
$68,000 loss in membership revenue in
12 months, but also a $70,000 increase
in administration costs.
Mr Leverington said the club would
fold if it didn’t cut its expenses and
attract new members.
“When there’s been a loss like that
announced, we’ve got some immediate
things that we need to do,” he said.
“But we’re not going to be able to get
in there and wave a magic wand.” Last
month former club treasurer Steven
Carroll told The Courier the club would
be handed to the Mt Barker Council as
a going concern if it failed to pick up its
finances in six months.
As a not-for-profit organisation, State
legislation says it must be given – not
sold – to a party with a similar purpose,
in this case the council.
Mr Leverington said the new
management committee – comprising
a new vice president, treasurer and
committee members – was identifying
ways to attract members, cut costs and
promote the clubhouse for functions.
He said the club was still considering
outsourcing the clubhouse as well
as selling a portion of the course to
housing developers for about $3m.
The club is also in talks with the
council about using council wastewater
for irrigation, dropping costs associated
with running a bore.
“Every item and every expense and
element of our situation is under
review,” Mr Leverington said.
He said the club was trying to clear
its $484,000 mortgage – outstanding
for the past 20 years – but a final plan
on how that was to be achieved was yet
to be determined.
An additional $84,000 debt owed to
Australian Taxation Office after the
club fell behind on its GST payments
is also expected to be paid back in
monthly instalments of $6000.
Mr Leverington said he was
grateful for the work of the previous
“We have a strong member base, the
course is in very good condition and the
clubrooms are as good as ever,” he said.
“We’re also right alongside the $28m
proposed sports development (on
Mt Barker-Hahndorf Golf Club’s new president Gary Leverington, left, with management committee members Malcolm Stephenson, Neil Baulderstone and vice president Trevor
Dolman. The men believe they can improve the club’s finances by increasing memberships and decreasing running costs.
Every item and every
expense and element of our
situation is under review
– New club president Gary Leverington
CLUB’S LAST HOPE
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