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Privacy vs. Transparency - Rate Payer Protection Under Spotlight

A proposal to make local government more transparent is reportedly making some councillors nervous. Once enacted, Labor’s 'Ratepayer Protection and Related Measures' Amendment Bill 2018 will, among other things, force local councils to release details of; staff spending, rate rise projections and private contractor arrangements. While there is a mixed response to...

Dry Year Ahead - Murray Darling Will Struggle

With very dry conditions forecast for this and next year, the health of our river system faces more hurdles. A new report out by the Murry Daling Basin Authority has found substantial inflows are unlikely before July. It also suggests fish deaths in the lower Darling are symptomatic of the stress the...

Drilling in Bight Safe, According to APPEA

In the wake of fear and criticism about potential environmental degredation in the Great Australian Bight, APPEA says oil drilling will be safe. The peak national body representing Australia’s gas and oil production says the industry has a long and strong track-record of safely mitigating risks. They say conditions in the...

Mount Barker's Long-term Plan

Long-term planning for Mount Barker is underway as the population continues to grow dramatically. An extra 22,000 residents are expected to make the Mount Barker District home by 2036. Nairne will also see similar growth. By 2022, Mt Barker council aims to have a long-term strategy in place for infrastructure, heritage, access,...

Alcohol & Breast Cancer Link Ignored

  Many middle aged South Australian women are not aware that alcohol consumption can lead to an increased risk of breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia, accounting for over 13% of all new cancers and 28% of all cancers diagnosed in women. A study from Flinders University...

Water Minister Slams 'Out of Touch' City Pollies

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, says opportunistic city politicians are out of touch with farmers. A move by Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young to establish a national Royal Commission into the Murray Darling Basin plan yesterday has been labelled by the Minister as nothing more than a ‘cheap stunt’.He...

Local Councils to Work Together on Murray Plan

Local councils say they are willing to work together to salvage the Murray Darling Basin Plan. Murray Bridge Mayor Brenton Lewis was one of more than 50 local government reps at a Murray-Darling Association national meeting in New South Wales this month. He says big-picture planning and innovation is required to sustain...

Fleurieu's First Hemp Crop Due for Harvest

The Fleurieu Peninsula's first hemp crop is due for harvest in the coming weeks. Even though the plant does not contain THC components, the owners have told The Times that they’ve received a lot of interest from passers by including people taking selfies. Someone even took off with some of the...

Stirling Lawns Come to Life for Opening Party

Fringe's biggest Adelaide Hills program yet will be kicked off with a huge opening night partly. Roaming artists, Irish dance comedy from Lords of Strut and UK’s premier fire act ‘Flame Oz’ will feature for free at the Stirling Lawns from 6.15pm Friday the 22nd of February. It commences the 10 day...

Health of Murray Darling to be Debated in Senate

The Health of Murray Darling Basin is at the forefront of the Senate this week. Today Sarah Hanson Young will introduce a bill to establish a Royal Commission into the Murray Darling Basin plan. The Greens Senator said it is a necessary next step, “Corporate and political interests have corrupted the Murray Darling Basin....