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FEATURES Letters. . . . . . . . . . . . .6

Your Hills Newspaper

Gourmet . . . . . . . . . .21


Football tips . . . . 24-25


P-plate protest

Rockleigh bushfire Hills P-plate drivers oppose changes to their licences which will limit passenger numbers

Home & Garden . 22-23

Crossword. . . . . . . . .26 Hillstyle . . . . . . . . 26-29

Recycling shift helps cut waste

TV . . . . . . . . . . . . 30-31

Managing household rubbish has long been the domain of local councils – one of the three traditional “roads, rates, rubbish” pillars of local government. But how councils manage our waste is changing, and local government should be applauded for this change. It represents a shift in values that recognises that much of what we throw away is not rubbish, but rather a finite resource. First came recycling, with paper, plastics, glass and metal spared a trip to landfill to be reused to conserve our precious natural resources. Then councils recognised the value of collecting garden organics – a waste stream that was traditionally burnt in many backyards. Now it is converted into a prized commodity, compost, which is helping sustain horticultural businesses. The addition of food scraps to the Mt Barker Council’s green waste collection would further enhance this shift towards conserving resources. Less food waste in landfill means less methane and other greenhouse gasses produced, reduced costs to council and less land needed for rubbish dumps. Here’s hoping it also marks the end of our “throw-away society” and a new respect for the planet’s resources.

Cash Column . . . . . .37


Over 300 firefighters spent days battling a blaze at Rockleigh



Oakbank Racing Carnival

Trades. . . . . . . . . 32-35

Meadows Easter Fair More than 25,000 flock to Meadows for the town’s annual FourDay Easter Fair

All the glitz, glamor and color of the Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival

Employment . . . . . . .36

What’s on . . . . . . . . .37 Public Notices . . . 38-39

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Used cars . . . . . . . . .39

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Replace trees In autumn the oak trees in Aldgate put on a magnificent show, just like the oaks in Stirling. The rich reds and oranges of the turning foliage contribute to the character of these leafy towns. Therefore, it is a great shame to discover that these beautiful giants are reaching the end of their lifespans. Last year the Adelaide Hills Council had to face the fact that the oaks in Druid Avenue are going to have to be replaced – gradually. Now the oaks in Fenchurch Road at Aldgate are facing the same fate after one of the trees dropped two huge limbs on parked cars near the local toy library. Locals raised concerns about the trees months ago but the tree that actually lost branches was not one of the oaks identified as being a danger. The incident goes to show that not everything can be known about the health of a tree by looking from the outside and, in a risk-conscious society, the council cannot afford to take any chances. With Stirling and Aldgate now looking at a replacement program for its cherished trees, the time might be ripe for assessments of other significant streetscapes in the district.

A grey horse blends in with a grey sky near Harrogate. Photo: Chima Anyanwu, Littlehampton.

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High interest in planned medium density housing By Lisa Pahl A $4.9m medium density townhouse development planned for Mt Barker is sparking interest from buyers turning away from traditional homes.

An artist’s impression of how the new medium density housing development proposed for Bluestone in Mt Barker could look. PAGE 2 – The Courier

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Walker Corporation wants to build 22 twostorey units ranging from one to three bedrooms at its Bluestone housing estate. It is still to gain development approval for the proposal from the Mt Barker Council, but the developer has already had such strong interest from potential purchasers who have placed 12 of the properties on hold.

Bluestone development manager Chris Buttignol said the units, planned for construction on the corner of Laver Street and Hurling Drive, were targeted at buyers who did not want a traditional home and backyard. “Bluestone Mt Barker’s affordable medium density housing options will address the changing needs of its surrounding community,” he said. “The latest release of the master planned community will offer buyers an alternative to the standard home – not everyone in Mt Barker is looking for a four-bedroom house with a

big backyard for the kids.” The properties range from $149,950 for a one-bedroom home to $269,000 for a threebedroom dwelling. “We’ve had plenty of interest in this release already, with 12 of the 22 units on hold for purchasers,” Mr Buttignol said. “This reinforces to us that this is a worthy market to target.” The units have private courtyards and are located near parks, walking trails and reserves, as well as public transport routes. The application has been released for public comment. For more details visit www.

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