Home' The Mt Barker Courier : The Courier - 2018-01-24 Contents PAGE 4 – The Courier Wednesday, January 24, 2018
A Dutch photographer covering the Tour Down
a crash on Friday a crash involving a police
motorcycle rider at Gumeracha.
Just before midday on Friday, a car collided with
Street and John Fisher Avenue.
motorcycle was treated at the scene before being
conveyed to the Royal Adelaide Hospital with non-
life threatening injuries.
He has since been discharged.
Freelance photographer Wouter Roossenboom
pleaded guilty to one charge of driving without due
care in court on Monday.
The 51-year-old from the Netherlands told the
court he was sorry for the crash.
He also said he wanted to apologise to the injured
but accepted he was remorseful and did not record
Police were called to the Melrose Avenue
reported seeing a woman enter the unoccupied
house while another woman waited outside
Eastern Freeway at Stirling.
The car was stopped and searched with police
woman from Two Wells were arrested and
charged with aggravated serious criminal
trespass and theft.
The man and woman were refused bail and
appeared in court on Monday, while the second
woman was bailed to appear in court in March.
Recent national tourism data has
demonstrated that the Hills region is
lagging behind its neighboring tourist
regions when it comes to attracting
But the head of Adelaide Hills Tourism,
Helen Edwards, is not concerned, saying there
is more to the figures than meets the eye.
Data compiled as part of the 2017 Australian
International Visitor Survey revealed that
the Hills region welcomed 7000 international
visitors in the year ending September 2017,
contributing to a record-breaking 442,000
international visitors to the State.
The visitors, which included those travelling
to visit family or friends, travelling for work
or education purposes and for leisure, stayed
a total of 111,000 nights in the Hills, averaging
about 16 nights in the region per visitor.
Those figures were well behind those of
the Barossa Valley and Fleurieu Peninsula
regions, which attracted 12,000 and 22,000
international visitors respectively, who stayed
a combined 396,000 nights.
But Ms Edwards, who described the Hills as
the “day trip capital of SA”, said she believed
the number of international visitors flocking
to the area was much higher than indicated
in the Australian International Visitor Survey,
which collects data about where visitors spend
This is backed up by data from the Adelaide
Hills Visitor Information Centre in Hahndorf,
which attracted 46,425 visitors in the 2016/17
financial year, about 12,766 of which were
“We benefit enormously from that proximity
advantage to Adelaide,” Ms Edwards said.
“I think our big market is international
visitors, interstate and intrastate day-trippers.
“... We’ve got healthy growth which reflects
the advantage that we’ve got in that people
are attracted by our nature and wildlife, our
food and wine, our art and culture and our
proximity to Adelaide.”
Despite national data
showing that the Hills
attracted less overnight
visitors than the
Barossa or the Fleurieu
Peninsula last year,
staff and volunteers
at the Adelaide Hills
Barb Husdell, helped
to welcome more than
visitors to the Hills last
financial year – many of
which are believed to be
Proximity to capital a key to tourism
A Hills MP has called on
the Federal Government
to continue its Mobile
Black Spot Program, with
many coverage problem
areas yet to be fixed.
Rebekha Sharkie wants the
Commonwealth to expand
its program beyond its third
round following the SA Best
party’s announcement it
would match the SA Liberals’
pledge of a $10m contribution
to address rural black spots.
“The biggest hurdle to the
SA Liberals’ $10m promise
is there are no further
rounds of the Federal Mobile
Phone Black Spot Program
beyond the Round 3 of what
is essentially Government
“This leaves the possibility
that the SA Liberals $10m
co-funding commitment could
be an empty promise.”
After three rounds of the
Federal program, 129 sites
in Mayo nominated by locals
remain unfunded and 44 of
those sites are considered
“I call on my Federal
colleagues, particularly my
colleagues in Government to
ensure this funding proposal,
backed by SA Best gets the
‘biggest bang for buck’ by
demanding at least a further
three rounds of the Federal
Mobile Phone Black Spot
Call for expansion of funding program
Police are investigating the cause of a
suspicious fire that burnt nearly 1ha near
Prospect Hill on Friday morning.
Emergency services were called to Pottery
Road south of Prospect Hill at about 3am after
reports of a grass fire.
CFS fire-fighters quickly extinguished the
blaze, which was contained to grassland, but
believe it may have been deliberately lit.
Police patrols located the point of ignition
and crime scene and fire cause investigators
attended to examine the area.
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