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Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – PAGE 7
An emergency warning app
that failed on a catastrophic
fire danger day this month has
been scrapped by the State
The Alert SA app failed to keep
Hills residents across SA notified
of fire and emergency incidents on
January 6 when the mercury hit
42C in Adelaide with potentially
catastrophic fire conditions.
It followed an earlier outage last
October when the app also failed to
function for several hours.
The failings were labelled a
“disgrace” by Emergency Services
Minister Chris Picton.
He said the provider, Ripe
Intelligence, had not satisfied him
or the State’s emergency services
that the app could run with 99.9%
The 170,000 South Australians
who have downloaded the app
are instead being told to turn
to the CFS website, emergency
service social media pages, the
Emergency Alert system, Bushfire
Information Hotline and ABC
radio for information in the event
of an emergency.
Emergency app scrapped after failure
By Lisa Pahl
Two girls who escaped serious injury
after being hit by a car while trying to
cross a busy Mt Barker road are calling for
a pedestrian crossing to be installed along
Sisters Charlee Homes, 11, and Paige, 9, were
hurt when they were struck by a car while
crossing Wellington Road to get to the nearby
IGA supermarket on January 5.
Charlee was flung several metres down the
road and narrowly escaped being hit by another
Both girls spent 48 hours being treated for
multiple deep cuts and bruises at the Women’s
and Children’s Hospital and are still recovering
from the ordeal.
Almost 3000 people have backed an online
petition launched by the girls’ family to have a
safe crossing point installed on the road, which
is controlled by the Department for Planning,
Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI).
The girls’ step-mother, Charmaine Keen, said
they wanted the crossing built to ensure no-one
else was hurt.
“We really want to put as much pressure on
DPTI as possible to get this fixed,” she said.
Amber de Bruin, the girls’ mother, said she
too had experienced near-misses crossing
“It’s such a busy road and can be very
dangerous,” she said.
Charlee said she and her sister regularly
walked to the nearby supermarket, but this
time hadn’t seen the vehicle approaching from
the left as it crossed the railway line and hit
them at their crossing point near the fodder
“We were walking to the IGA to get some food
and we were about to cross,” she said.
“We checked both ways a few times and I
said ‘okay, let’s cross’ – then I was flung into
the air and landed on the road and that’s all I
The family has contacted the driver to update
him on the girls’ condition and say he was also
shaken by the crash.
Mt Barker Council’s acting general manager
of council services Nick Day said the council
was “concerned” about the incident and placed
a “high priority on road safety”.
“Whilst Wellington Road is a State
Government owned road under the care
and control of DPTI, the council continues
to advocate on the community’s behalf for
improvements to this road,” he said.
“These improvements will result in improved
road safety for all users.”
The council supported the installation of
a pedestrian crossing on the road “for many
years”, Mr Day said, and had set aside $700,000
in its current budget to build pedestrian
activated crossings near the rail line on both
Wellington and Alexandrina roads.
“These crossings form part of the extension
to the council’s popular linear trail which will
connect with Hurling Drive and will commence
construction by April,” he said.
It is also working with DPTI to plan the
longer term upgrading of Wellington Road.
“Future upgrades of the road would include
an improved road surface, cycle lanes,
protected right turn lanes where appropriate
and protected pedestrian refuge crossings at
appropriate locations,” Mr Day said.
Sisters Paige Homes, 9, left, and Charlee, 11, and their family are calling for a pedestrian crossing to
be installed on Wellington Road in Mt Barker after the girls were hit by a car while trying to cross the
Call for safe crossing
We really want to put as
much pressure on DPTI
as possible to get this
– Charmaine Keen
By Lisa Pahl
A multi-million dollar
regional indoor aquatic
facility planned for Mt
Barker is in the running for a
major Federal Government
grant that could kick-start
The Mt Barker Council has
applied for a $10m grant –
about one-third of the facility’s
estimated total cost – through
the Commonwealth’s Building
Better Regions Fund.
It is the same fund that
the council was previously
ineligible to access because it
was not considered “regional”,
until Mayo MP Rebekha
Sharkie successfully lobbied
for its eligibility boundary to
The council has flagged
building the swimming centre
on land it owns on Bald Hills
Road as part of a larger
development including a new
ruled out partnering with
Lutheran Education to build
a shared facility on land that
organisation was given by a
benefactor on the corner of
Sims and Paech roads.
The council’s chief executive,
Andrew Stuart, said it was
“continuing to investigate the
possibility of partnering with
Lutheran Education” to build
the aquatic centre.
The facility would feature
a 25mm 10-lane indoor pool,
as well as an indoor learn
to swim program pool and
indoor lagoon with water play
A wellness centre, two-
court multi-purpose stadium,
creche, cafeteria, retail space
and potential future 50m
outdoor pool are also proposed.
A tourist park
cabins, space for caravans
and camping, mini golf,
accommodation and function
facilities and new lawn bowls
green are also proposed for the
Bald Hills Road site, next to
the existing golf course.
Mayor Ann Ferguson said
the regional aquatic facility
“would provide many benefits
to the regional community
employment both during and
“This important new regional
infrastructure will help to
meet increasing community
well-being needs and cater for
people of all ages from the very
young learning water safety to
the very mature,” she said.
Continued page 12
Grant application for aquatic centre
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Unit 4/13 Oborn Street, Mount Barker
Ph. 8391 4626
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