Local News

Tourism Jobs at All Time High as Industry Booms

While SA unemployment may be considered the worst in the nation, positions in tourism are at an all time high. Tourism Research Australia has released figures this week showing the total number of employees in the sector has risen to a record 38,900; a four per cent increase, or 1,616 jobs, on the...

Coorong Council CEO Steps Down

The Coorong District Council’s Chief Executive Officer has resigned this week. Vincent Cammell joined the Coorong team in 2013 having previously served with the City of Adelaide, and bringing with him over 20 years’ experience in local government. The most prominent achievement under Mr Cammell’s watch was the development of The Bend Motorsport...

Rising Chance of Helium Balloon Ban in Victor Harbor

The Victor Harbor Council is considering whether to ditch helium balloons for future events. Marine and bird deaths from choking hazards and other environmental factors are behind the push from council to appoint a new committee. The committee will investigate options for amendments to by-laws and policies for council approved and council...

Water Allocations for Irrigators Continue Upward Trend

Relief for South Australian River Murray irrigators with minimum water allocations continuing an upward trend. The Department for Environment and Water has announced a 68 per cent allocation, which is a significant jump from gloomy initial projections. An assessment of the likelihood of increased irrigation allocations currently indicates water allocations will continue...

Callout for Entries for Bay to Birdwood Classic

A callout for classic motorcar collectors; pre-entries for the upcoming Bay to Birdwood close this coming Monday 19 August. The event, which is one of the world’s great historic motoring celebrations, returns on Sunday 29 September. Celebrating its 39th year, the event features classic and early modern motorcars, motorcycles, and commercial vehicles....

Coroner Criticises Police for Shooting Policy

SA Police will re-evaluate their shooting tactics, following the results of a coronial inquest. Deputy Coroner Anthony Schapel has handed down his findings into the 2015 fatal shooting of an Elwomple farmer during a five-hour standoff with police. An officer shot at Alexander Peter Kuskoff three times with hollow-point bullets in his...

New Course for Community Pilots Following Fatal Crash

A new online course is being developed for community service pilots following a fatal crash in Mt Gambier which claimed three lives. An Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) report out this week on the 2017 tragedy reveals Mount Barker pilot Grant Gilbert took off in conditions for which he was not...

Newly Sealed Strath Road to Be Ripped Up

A stretch of newly sealed road in Strathalbyn will have to be dug up following 18 months of upgrades. SA Water has been scheduled to rip up 500 metres of water main under Sandergrove Road but it appears that there was no coordination with Alexandrina Council or the State Government on...

Funeral for Former Barker MP, the Hon Alexander James Forbes

A funeral service will be held this Saturday for former member of Barker, Alexander James Forbes. The decorated World War II veteran, politician, husband and great grandfather died on Saturday 10 August. He was the last surviving minister of the Menzies Government, serving as the Member for Barker between 1958 and 1975. The...

Art Scene in Victor Harbor Gets Boost

Victor Harbor is embracing the local art scene with promises to invest in murals and a street party. Business Victor Harbor has proposed a part on Ocean Street following the competition of stage two of the Mainstreet Precinct Masterplan, as well as pitching a mural on the Telstra building and National Pharmacy...