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SPORTS HUB BUILD TO START
The Mt Barker Council and St Francis de Sales
College are still negotiating a shared use
partnership for a multi purpose sports centre to be
built at the school.
The council decided early last year it would give
$1.1m towards the $7.5m project, featuring four
indoor basketball courts, on four conditions.
These conditions include the project gaining
approval from the Development Assessment Panel
agreement and council having legal interest.
The project was approved by the DAP last year,
but the three other conditions are yet to be
A council report said progress was being made
and St Francis de Sales was expected to begin
construction of the centre early this year.
“As expected the progression of these matters is
taking some time given the nature and number of
issues to be addressed,” the report said.
The sports centre is expected to be open to both
students and the wider community.
The council will provide another update on the
project in March/April.
Three Mt Barker Councillors have been
reappointed to the town’s Development
Assessment Panel (DAP).
Carol Bailey, Roger Irvine and Harry Seager
will continue sitting on the panel alongside four
The DAP operates separately from the council
and assesses planning applications and provides
advice to council on planning and development
The three councillors have been reappointed to
the DAP until December 31 2018 or until potential
changes go ahead to the Planning Development
and Infrastructure Act.
Wednesday, January 25.
The Adelaide Hills Council is once again preparing
to host part of the Tour Down Under.
Road closures during the event have been
announced and will affect several towns across the
In Stirling Mt Barker Road will be closed from
Gould Road to Avenue Road between 6am–2pm
today (Wednesday) while Druid Avenue will be
closed between Martha Street and Mt Barker Road
from 6am–6 .30pm on the same day.
Meanwhile the section of Paracombe Road
between Torrens Hill and Hurst Roads will also be
closed on January 18 between 6am–6.30pm.
On January 20 a portion of Gorge Road in Cudlee
Creek will be closed between 9am–3pm while
Blumel Road in Birdwood will be closed between
Theel Avenue and Torrens Valley Road from 12pm
on January 19 until 12pm the following day.
More information can be found at www.ahc.sa .gov.
FREE GREEN WASTE DAY
Hills residents struggling to manage excess
green waste after recent storm activity have the
opportunity to dispose of it at the Adelaide Hills
Council’s free green organics drop off days.
Woodside Council Depot and Gumeracha Council
Depot will be open between 9am–4pm on February
February 5 and 7 between 7.30am–4pm.
Waste such as grass clippings, small branches,
prunings and leaves can be dropped at the sites
during those times.
DEPUTY MAYOR NAMED
Strathalbyn based Councillor Ben Brazzalotto has
been appointed the Alexandrina Council’s Deputy
Mayor. The appointment was made unanimously at
a meeting last month and Cr Brazzalotto will serve
in the role until November. Cr Madeleine Walker
will then take up the position until November 2018.
AUSTRALIA DAY EVENTS
Alexandrina residents can celebrate Australia Day
with festivities planned for both Strathalbyn and
The Alexandrina Council is organising the
festivities, which include citizenship ceremonies
and award presentations.
Celebrations will begin in Strathalbyn at the
Soldiers Memorial Gardens at 7.30am with a
cooked breakfast provided by the Rotary Club of
Strathalbyn, followed by formalities at 9am.
In Goolwa the day will begin with a breakfast at
the Goolwa Bowling Club from 8am followed by a
citizenship ceremony and awards presentation at
the Centenary Hall on Cadell Street.
Power of past
to go on show
The might and grunt of some of
yesteryear’s most powerful engines will
be on show in Milang this weekend.
The 21st annual Yesterday’s Power Rally
is a showcase of historic power in the form
of vintage trucks, tractors, cars, commercial
vehicles and tools.
Motorised chainsaws so big they
need two men to operate and veteran
tractors displaying their horsepower in a
pulling contest will be among this year’s
Milang Vintage Machinery Club president
Roger Miller said the event, run by the club
each year, had plenty to offer machinery
buffs, with about 4000 people expected to
descend on the town’s oval for the rally.
Bedford trucks, John Deere tractors,
Fairbanks engines, Indian motorcycles and
Holden vehicles will be in the spotlight,
but a large range of pre-1979 vehicles and
memorabilia will also be on show.
Wartime equipment, fire engines and
earthmoving equipment and a working
model layout are among the attractions.
But Mr Miller said a vintage chainsaw
demonstration would be a highlight for
“These are 1930s and 1940s chainsaws
that are very, very big and need two men,
one on each end, to operate them,” he said.
“We will be demonstrating how they work
when they cut through a really big log.
“There’s a variety of things to see for just
“The local Milang Men’s Shed is also
restoring a 100-year-old buggy which they
are going to have on display.”
The Yesterday’s Power Rally runs at the
Milang oval on January 21 and 22.
Gates open 10am. Admission is $7 with
under 12s admitted free.
For details visit milangrally.info.
By Lisa Pahl
Driving a train is a dream
for many children, but now
they can take charge of a real
locomotive thanks to a newly
restored engine in Milang.
While the diesel
locomotive 351 no longer runs on
the rails, it has been converted
into a simulator at the Port Milang
Historic Railway Museum to give
rail enthusiasts of all ages the
chance to get behind the controls.
This weekend the museum will
partner with the Yesterday’s Power
Rally to welcome visitors keen to
experience the horsepower of past
The 21st annual rally will run
a bus from the town’s oval to the
museum so people can experience
the railways of yesteryear.
Museum president Allan McInnes
said the locomotive was a special
part of SA history because it was
built in Islington in the late 1940s
and used in Adelaide rail yards.
“This type of engine was one of
the first diesel electric locomotives
to work the SA railways,” he said.
The 351 was brought to Milang
after engine failure led to it lying
idle for more than 25 years in Port
countless hours restoring the
locomotive and fitting the simulator
A screen mounted in the driver’s
cab plays footage of heritage
railway SteamRanger’s working
350 locomotive on the tracks at its
Mt Barker depot, while recorded
engine noise and a working bell,
horn and throttle add to the
“It is one of only seven simulators
like it in Australia,” Mr McInnes
The addition of the locomotive
completes the train parked at the
historic Milang siding and station,
which previously was limited to a
series of carriages.
The simulator is one of several
new attractions at the revitalised
A dedicated Light Rail Museum
was opened at the site last
month, which celebrates the often
forgotten role that small railways
played in the history of the State.
Light rail was used for everything
from hauling salt from salt pans
near Milang to hauling loads of
bombs in top secret operations
during WW2 at Smithfield.
Port Milang Historic Railway
Museum is open from 12–4pm on
Saturdays and Sundays and also
includes a craft shop, refreshment
carriage and historic displays.
Port Milang Historic Railway Museum president
Allan McInnes in the driver’s seat of the museum’s
new locomotive simulator.
Old locomotive restored to be simulator
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