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chef has been
Apprentice of the
push back against
Council plan to
absorb their homes
In a snap
Jack Frost visited the grounds of St Francis de Sales College. Photo: Robert Hutton, Mt Barker.
Deaf resident feels
left in the lurch by
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Shining at the show
By Elisa Rose
Planning and design work for
upgrades along two notorious
sections of Hills road are
expected to begin next year.
In the lead up to the Federal
election in May, the Federal
Government promised to help fund
upgrades at Woodside’s congested
intersection between Onkaparinga
Valley, Tiers and Nairne roads
as well as contribute to safety
upgrades along the dangerous
Long Valley Road between Mt
Barker and Strathalbyn.
Responding to questions asked
by Mayo MP Rebekha Sharkie in
July, Deputy Prime Minister and
Infrastructure, Transport and
Regional Development Minister
Michael McCormack said planning
and design of the Woodside
intersection was expected to begin
early next year, while the same
was expected to begin for Long
Valley Road mid-2020.
Long Valley Road has been
the subject of concern among
locals for several years, with the
Alexandrina Council ramping up
its long-standing advocacy for
safety upgrades early this year
after three fatalities on the road
within three months.
The Federal Government has
pledged $5m to the Long Valley
Road upgrade and $2m to the
It has also pledged $7.1m to
create a third freeway lane
between Stirling and Crafers and
Mr McCormack said construction
was expected to begin late this
Promised road works to start next year
The Long Valley Road between Wistow and Strathalbyn will have safety upgrades as part of a
Federal election promise.
The Mt Barker Council has released its
staged development for a multi-million
dollar swimming and leisure centre.
Planned for land on Bald Hills Road
just below the Laratinga Wetlands, the
development is a futuristic vision for the
facility which has been broken into stages.
The first stage – expected to cost up to
$30m – includes a 25m indoor pool with
a second indoor leisure pool as well as
associated changing and toilet facilities.
The second stage includes a 50m
outdoor pool as well as water slides and
The plans have been released for public
comment and ratepayers will have the
opportunity to make suggestions for a
Given that the council has just $10m
towards the first stage in the form of a
Federal Government grant, it is reasonable
to assume the second stage will be built a
considerable time later.
Full funding for the first stage is currently
far from assured and its progression will
rely on another significant cash injection
from Canberra, before progress on the
second stage can even be thought about.
So what do residents want and expect
from an aquatic centre?
The present pool on Cameron Road –
which has served the community well
for over 50 years – is at the end of its life
and its failing infrastructure has become a
significant drain on council finances.
That pool is closed during winter meaning
the community only has access to a public
swimming facility for about half the year.
The community has made it clear in the
past that it wants a public indoor facility
to allow for swimming and pool-related
health activities year round.
But the trade-off is that an indoor pool is
unattractive to the many casual swimmers
looking to cool down during summer.
Given that the council wants to close the
Cameron Road pool as soon as possible to
stop the bleed of money, the construction
of a new community indoor pool may not
improve the overall scenario – instead
growing winter use at the expense of
The upcoming consultation period will
go some way to establishing what the
community considers important.
The challenge will be for the council to
marry that with what is achievable.
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