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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....

Fruit Farming Grants Following 2018 Hailstorms

  A boost for fruit growers in the Adelaide Hills and across the state today with a funding announcement from the State Government. More than 20 apple, pear and cherry farmers are receiving $400,000 to spend on new infrastructure, including water pumping systems and solar technology. Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Tim...

Natural Disaster Training for Murryland Businesses

Small businesses in the Murrylands can now become prepared for natural disaster events thanks to a series of free workshops this month. While there has been more emphasis on reducing the personal, economic and social impacts of disasters, little focus has been given to helping businesses prepare for events like fires,...

Devastating Gap in Ovarian Cancer Funding

Fresh calls have been made for more support for local women affected by ovarian cancer. Despite being the most lethal of all women's cancers, between 2014 and 2018, ovarian cancer received four times less research funding than breast cancer. CEO of Ovarian Cancer Australia, Jane Hill, says her organisation desperately needs more...

Emotional Goodbye from Victor Harbor Dairy Farmer

A heartfelt goodbye from a Fleurieu Peninsula dairy farmer has gone viral, seen by almost 600,000 people in 2 days. Third generation Victor Harbor farmer Casey Trealor said in a live facebook video on Saturday 9 February 2019 that she and her family have been forced to quit the industry. Low milk...

Call for $15m Mt Barker Hospital Upgrade - Sharkie

The Member for Mayo has called for an urgent upgrade to the Mount Barker Hospital emergency department. Rebekha Sharkie MP says experts tell her the service has been running on a shoestring budget and the infrastructure simply won’t be fit for purpose by the end of the year. The local MP has...

Meningie Farmer on Trial Denies all Allegations

A Meningie man accused of kidnapping and raping a European backpacker has denied the young woman’s account. Gene Charles Bristow is on trial in the District Court over allegations he answered the backpacker’s online ad for temporary farm work in February 2017. The accused said in court on Monday 11 February 2019...