Local News

Wanted Man Narrowly Escapes Police Overnight

A high risk parolee is on the run, narrowly avoiding multiple police pursuits overnight. Luke Deane Brandon has stayed just out of reach of authorities since allegedly cutting off his electronic monitor on Friday 15 February 2019. The 33-year-old offender is wanted on a parole board warrant. At 3.30am on Monday 18 February,...

Homes & Resort Spared in Encounter Bay Fire

A hectare of bushland in Encounter Bay was engulfed by flames overnight, but lives and properties were spared. The raging fire near the Bluff and Jagger Road was spotted by residents just before 5pm on Sunday 17 February 2019 with some witnesses reporting fire leaping several metres above the scrub. Metropolitan Fire...

Major Typo in Georgina Downer's Election Flyer

Image of the flyer from Nat Cook's twitter post An unfortunate typo for Georgina Downer in her election material this month. A flyer in letterboxes across the Mayo electorate misspelled the Liberal candidate's first name ‘Georinga’ . Labor Member Nat Cook tweeted the error over the weekend with the hashtag #alwaysproofread. Georgina Downer, the...

Kingston Father & Son Team, 'Farmer of the Year' Finalists

Photo: Full wool Marino sheep A father-and-son team from South Australia's South-East are in the running to be titled the nation’s best farmers. Deane Goode and his son Henry are finalists in the Weekly Times 2018 'Farmer of the Year' awards. The pair has been recognised for their innovative and forward-thinking approach to...

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...