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Coalition Promises Highway Duplication

The Federal Coalition Government has promised to duplicate the Augusta Highway between Port Wakefield and Port Augusta, if it wins the election. They have committed $64 million to the project. The Civil Contractors Federation of South Australia has estimated duplicating the 200km stretch would cost $1.2 billion.  Labour have labelled the announcement a...

Upper Spencer Gulf Election Priorities

The Spencer Gulf Cities Association says more needs to be done by candidates and political parties following a campaign for commitment to five priorities for the Upper Spencer Gulf. Port Pirie Mayor Leon Stephens says the region has received positive attention in the lead up to the Federal Election. The group is...

Amphibious Weed Clearer Taking on Hutt River

Weed growth along the Hutt River banks through the Clare township is being removed by an amphibious weed clearer. The Council has been looking for a solution to manage the extensive weed growth in the Hutt River. A Truxor Amphibious Weed Clearer, operated by Mechanical Vegetation Solutions was brought in to clear...

Boost for Fruit Fly Sterilisation

The Port Augusta-based fruit fly sterilisation facility has received a boost with the installation of an additional X-ray irradiator at the site. The State Government has provided half a million dollars to boost sterilisation technology in an effort to strengthen defences against fruit fly. Member for Stuart Dan van Holst Pellekaan says...

New Master Plan for Bike Melrose

Bike Melrose has released its new Cycling Master Plan for Melrose to provide direction for continued improvement of current trails and infrastructure. The project aims to investigate and establish the requirements for developing sustainable cycling trails to assist economic and social benefits in the region. The most pressing issue during the community...

Flinders Power Hands Over Site

The sale of Port Augusta’s power station site is expected to reach settlement by the end of the month, marking the end of SA’s coal-fired electricity industry. Flinders Power has been managing the rehabilitation of the Port Augusta site since its closure and in February reached an agreement to sell the...

Drought Forums Coming to the Region

South Australian farmers in drought-affected areas can seek help accessing federal, state and local support services thanks to a series of outreach events touring around the region this week. Locals will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the State and Federal governments, farm business advisers, mental health support organisations...

Landholders To Manage Native Vegetation

Landholders in the SA Arid Lands and Northern and Yorke regions will have access to funding to manage and protect areas of native vegetation on their land in response to regional development. The backing is through the Native Vegetation Council’s new Biodiversity Credit Exchange. Under the program, landholders will be paid to establish...

Green Up the Copper Coast

The Copper Coast Council is set to give out free native shrubs to locals as a part of their Green Up initiative. Council gives ratepayers the opportunity to receive up to 2 plants for free from a selection of trees, grasses and shrubs on receipt of their rates notices. This year’s free...

Feedback on State Energy Connector

The Regional Council of Goyder is supporting Project EnergyConnect by collecting feedback from the local community. Feedback is welcomed in response to the possible route for the proposed high-voltage energy connection between South Australia and New South Wales. Locals can drop into the Burra Council office and provide their views on any...

History Festival in Full Swing

The 16th annual SA History Festival is well underway right across the region, with events and exhibitions taking place throughout the rest of the month. Almost a third of the events are happening in regional areas, in the Clare Valley and Mid North and on the Yorke Peninsula. History buffs can explore the...