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PO Box 21, Mt Barker, SA, 5251
EVERY year we are told of the need
to increase rates in order to cover rising
costs and now we have a chief executive
who wants the Mt Barker Council to get
out of a profit making venture.
accommodation in a town that has
no motels and is utilised by people
attending local events and patronising
local shops and restaurants.
THE Courier article ‘Mylor meeting
shines light on blackout issue’ (January
18) misses the important point of
SA Power Networks is a private
company and has chosen to prioritise
its shareholders over its customers to
an extent that leaves its customers
very disadvantaged after damage from
increasingly large storms.
SA Power Networks must know that the
changing climate is bringing more, and
bigger storms, yet they choose to allow
their customers to cope with the results
of these rather than planning to cope
with it themselves.
It is clearly a successful strategy as
almost every generator in Adelaide
and the Hills was purchased after the
December 27 storm.
The community is being left to take on
Poor road conditions
WHEN will the section of Mt Barker
Road between Stirling and Aldgate get
It is full of patches, dips, cracks and bad
It has been this way for years and has
not been caused by the recent storm
Come on Department of Transport, get
your act together ... it’s time to fix it.
AS A ratepayer of Adelaide Hills
Council can the council please disclose
the amount of rates used to sponsor the
Tour Down Under?
What return does the council get for the
ratepayers for this outlay?
In the meantime, the district is a
disgrace from the December storm.
Trees and branches litter the streets,
street markers are flattened, street signs
are missing, culverts blocked and road
verges turned into creeks.
In the Adelaide Hills we drive on the
right hand side of the road ... or what is
left of it! No wonder people are buying
SUVs or 4x4s.
And what a disgrace of the council to
charge residents a $10 fee to drop off
soiled food after the extended power
I WAS impressed by the way the Mt
Barker Council streamlined some of
the intersections around Hutchinson,
Walker and McLaren streets with the
turn left only signs and the new kerbing.
If only some of our motorists could read
and follow what the signs say.
I have seen people deliberately
flouting the law and driving around
these islands and down the wrong side
of the road instead of driving around
It is an accident waiting to happen and
it will be obvious who is in the wrong if
an accident occurs.
These measures have been taken to
improve the flow of traffic for all but,
once again, the few spoil it for the
I WRITE with reference to the
Wallis Cinemas in Mt Barker and the
recent new numbered seat allocations
It is evident that the cinema seat
numbering is causing some difficulty
and confusion due to the seat number
size and location in subdued lighting.
This new system is difficult and can
be puzzling, particularly to the older
FOR Hills residents to have to wait
for over four months whilst the most
inefficient Health Minister and State
Government SA has ever had decides
whether or not they will authorise a
doctor to be on duty overnight at the
Mt Barker hospital is absurd.
It can’t be a matter of lack of
finances because lack-lustre, lame-
duck Premier Jay Weatherill could
simply scrap the private film crew
which he has following him around
on his junkets around the world.
Minister Jack Snelling and his
ersatz government have plenty of
money to do the things they want to
We can safely assume that Mr
Snelling and Mr Weatherill will
simply hope people will forget about
the call for an overnight doctor at Mt
Barker hospital and ignore us.
Afterall the money for their
extensive overseas first class travel,
5-star hotels and Michelin dining
has to come from somewhere and
who better than from the taxpayers?
Rebekha Sharkie, the very active
Federal MP for the Hills seat of
Mayo, is just doing her job by looking
after the interests of the electorate.
NXT is looking good at the 2018
What a great change she has been
when compared with the previous
BOTH sides of politics may abuse their
spending entitlements (The Courier,
January 18), but current LNP MPs have
made an art form of embedding their
snouts firmly in the trough while keeping
their boots on the throats of the poor and
The cruel and clumsy attack on so-called
welfare fraud is the most recent example
of a political leadership that has lost its
moral compass (if it ever had one).
What can we expect next, debtors
I VISITED the Adelaide Hills last week
for the annual Tour Down Under and
was pleasantly surprised at the vibrant
community atmosphere on show across
The community appeared to embrace
the race, with many people lining the
route to watch the event and cheer on the
Stirling in particular was a highlight
with its beautiful leafy main street
colorfully decorated to welcome both
the cyclists and the visitors who flocked
Stirling’s idyllic setting reminded me of
the many quaint villages I have visited
throughout Europe and I was delighted
to find something of its kind right on the
doorstep of Adelaide.
I commend the people of the Hills for
embracing the Tour Down Under, which
is such a great event for our State.
Surely there must be inconvenience
invovled at times with road closures and
an influx of people, but during my time
watching the race and exploring between
the peloton’s laps I was made to feel very
This experience has encouraged me to
explore your delightful region further
and next time I shall be bringing my
international visitors with me.
LIVING in rural areas of the Adelaide
Hills Council (AHC) you appreciate
having councillors who live locally
because they understand what is
happening in the local area.
They can help locals when they have
problems and “represent the interests
of ratepayers and residents” with a
“community to council” focus (as per the
It seems almost comical that councillors’
roles and the ratepayers’ representation
have been made secondary to the idea of
The Australian Mayors Discussion
Paper released by the Australian Centre
of Excellence for Local Government
and the Centre for Local Government
acknowledges the “need to build consensus
and [sees no] value in operating as a ‘one
man band’,” with a focus on “[promoting]
the interests of their locality and its
communities” as a priority.
The proposal put forward at the
December 13 meeting of the AHC to
do away with the current ward-based
representation system appears to put the
council at odds with this.
The council even acknowledges that
there is “strong [support] for retaining
the current arrangement”.
With the abolition of the ward structure
also comes the risk of interest and
political groups being involved in what
should be an apolitical process.
If this change was endorsed our system of
local government could mirror America’s
House of Representatives voting system
where population dictates votes and
candidates, which, from talking to people
in council, could allocate a majority of
councillors from the same area.
Such a system would sway towards
population densities and voter turnout
averages for councillor numbers rather
than fair representation across the
council area and making sure both
regional and populated areas shared the
same fair platform.
Although I concur with Mayor Bill
Spragg’s idea of innovation, it should
not be sought at the expense of people’s
representation and the rural areas of the
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