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By Elisa Rose
The Stirling Pageant’s long-standing
sponsor and co-organiser, LJ Hooker
Stirling, will step back from the popular
community event this year after more
than 20 years of support.
Since becoming involved, Josh and Julie
Biggs from LJ Hooker have not only provided
major sponsorship for the pageant but have
also played a key role in organising the event,
initially with the Apex Club and later with the
Hut Community Centre.
But the local business will be taking a
back-seat at the 2018 parade, limiting its
involvement to sponsorship and its annual
Mr Biggs said the business had decided to
step back from the organising aspect of the
event to allow other community groups to step
up and become more involved.
He said he was concerned the pageant could
become more of a promotion for businesses and
he hoped that encouraging involvement from
more community groups would help to ensure
it remained a true community event.
LJ Hooker was officially thanked for its work
late last year by pageant organiser the Hut
Community Centre and Adelaide Hills Mayor
The pageant has been organised by the Hut
Community Centre since 2012 and executive
officer Deb Bates said the organisation was
looking forward to involving new groups and
businesses in the pageant.
“LJ Hooker Stirling will have a different
involvement in (2018’s) pageant and we are
looking forward to inviting community groups
and local businesses to meet (this) year to
brainstorm innovative ways to energise this
popular family day out,” she said.
Community push for pageant
By Elisa Rose
SA Water will replace more than 350m of underground water
mains in Stirling after recent breaks and leaks occurred along
The upgrade, which is part of a $137m Statewide program, will be
undertaken throughout January and February and will involve the
replacement of current cast iron and fibro-cement pipes with larger
PVC pipes along Old Carey Gully and Mt Barker roads.
SA Water’s general manager of asset operations and delivery, Mark
Gobbie, said the larger pipes would enable increased flow rates, while
the PVC material would be more forgiving of movement in the clay
He said Stirling was prioritised as part of the Statewide program,
which involves replacing about 375km of water mains over about four
years, because of the recent damage to existing pipes.
Both the new and old pipes have expected lifespans of 100 years.
Work in Stirling is expected to occur between 7am and 5pm, Monday
to Saturday and some traffic diversions may be in place at times, while
local residents could be affected by temporary water supply outages.
Residents will be given advanced notice of water outages via
Water main failures prompt 350m pipe replacement
SA Water is in the process of replacing more than 350m of underground water mains in Stirling. The
PVC pipe has an expected life of 100 years.
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