Local News

Waste Levy Rate Hike - a Huge Hit to Councils

A mammoth hike in the Solid Waste Levy has local councils stunned. Following the release of the 2019-20 State Budget this week, there are widespread concerns amongst Mayors across the State that the 40 per cent increase in the levy will force them to increase rates, cancel proposed projects and cut...

Mt Barker Creek Contamination Concerns

The Member for Mayo is calling on the State Government to urgently test the Mount Barker Creek with concerns about fecal bacteria contamination. Rebekha Sharkie has written to the Environment and Water Minister David Speirs, following revelations that while SA's Environment Protection Authority (EPA) conducts waterways testing, it does not routinely...

Karoonda Silos Brought to Life

The Karoonda silos have come to life with colour this week. The month-long ‘Colour Up Karoonda’ Festival kicked off on Sunday 16 June with animations by local artists being projected onto the structure. Thousands descended on the small rural town to see the collaborative work for the first time. Mayor Caroline Phillips said...

Georgina Downer's Alleged Stalker Faces Court Today

An Aldgate man charged with stalking Georgina Downer during the election campaign faces court today. Paul Bunney was arrested on 14 April and charged with stalking the liberal candidate for Mayo while working as a volunteer for current member Rebekha Sharkie.  Mr Bunney has denied the charges. The Centre Alliance MP dropped the...

How the Budget Affects Our Regions

South Australia is banking on interest rates staying low for years to come as it borrows almost $4 billion over the next five years to fund a major infrastructure program. Premier Steven Marshall says despite the budget facing significant challenges with an estimated reduction of $2.1 billion in GST revenue, his...

Reduced Ban for Female Padthaway Footy Player after Competing in Men's Comp

The Limestone Coast Women’s footy player who played in the men’s team has received a reduced sentence following last night’s Independent Tribunal hearing. Casey McElroy from Padthaway originally received a six week match ban from the SANFL for playing in a Men’s Reserves grade match on 25 May. Women and girls aged...

Hundreds to Help Restore Mount Lofty Habitats

More than 250 volunteers are expected to lend a hand at a planting festival this Sunday in the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges. BioR, in collaboration with Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin, is working to restore 'Frahn's Farm' in Monarto - a 550ha property located on Crown land - by revegetating the environment...

Bitumen Bandits Ripping Off Hills Consumers

Residents in the lower South East, the Adelaide Hills and the Riverland are being warned to keep a close eye out for so-called “bitumen bandits”. Multiple reports have been made about unlicenced operators taking money from consumers to lay bitumen on their property and are either doing a dodgy job or not...

Power Tools Stolen in Multiple Murray Bridge Break-ins

Police are investigating three break-ins in the Murray Bridge area over the past few days. Between Friday 14 June and Tuesday 18 June, thieves broke into a home on Amanda Street, a construction site on Warner Road and a shed on Black Heath Road. Power drills, batteries, chargers, stereos, a drum kit,...

Iconic Horse-drawn Tram ‘Back on Track'

The iconic Horse-drawn Tram service in Victor Harbor is finally back on track. Short-term services from the mainland to Granite Island are re-commencing daily from 10.40am this week, allowing horses time to refamiliarise themselves with the surroundings. The service had been suspended since 1 January after a pylon holding up the causeway snapped, causing...