Crop fire prods Balaklava on a sleepy Sunday

A HEADER bearing is the alleged cause of a fire in a crop farmed by the Roberts family east of Balaklava on Sunday afternoon. The fire, which started  about 6pm, sent clouds of billowing black smoke high above Balaklava, causing many residents to stir, seeking the cause. Dozens of vehicles came to the area. CFS […]

Police nab two over cannabis

Police from Port Wakefield, Balaklava and Hamley Bridge searched seven properties over the past week for drug-related offences based on information from the public. As a result, police reported a 31-year-old man from Hamley Bridge for cultivating cannabis and a 22-year-old man from Port Wakefield for the same offence. Six cannabis expiation notices were also […]

Take five: UFO search at Avon Hall

Avon Could the Unidentified Flying Object at right be the focus of a search by the community of the tiny township of Avon? Not at all! But they are looking for UFO’s of another type – and it’s not an early April Fool’s Day prank. Avon is asking…do you have any UnFinished Objects (UFO’s)  in […]

Battle of Bowmans

MCQUIRE SPEAKS OUT AT COUNCIL MEETING TO ‘CLARIFY INTERMODAL STATUS’ ‘Trespass’ allegations withdrawn after fiery clash with councillor Les Pearson reports A FORMAL deputation by Balco spokesperson Roger McQuire sparked furore at Wednesday night’s Wakefield Regional Council (WRC) meeting. Mr McQuire requested to make the formal presentation to council, itemised in the agenda to provide […]

Merger of Balaklava schools laid to rest

STATE Education Minister Jay Weatherill dropped in to the Balaklava High and Primary Schools yesterday in the wake of  an amalgamation of the two coming to a halt. Mr Weatherill toured both schools during his morning visit, inspecting facilities and discussing the amalgamation concept, which has now been abolished. With the amalgamation scheduled for 2013, […]

‘Bull bars’ stay after federal backflip

DRIVERS of vehicles fitted with “bull bars” have been given a reprieve by the Federal government. The 4WD Industry Council of the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) has welcomed the Federal government’s decision to withdraw the Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) on Pedestrian Safety on the basis that the proposal was not suitable for Australian conditions. […]

Back to ‘square one’

Mallala councillors clash as vote returns Two Wells plan Bronte Hewett reports At a heated District Council of Mallala meeting on Monday night, the Two Wells Main Street plans debate was reopened, with councillors voting for a rescind motion to be put forward. It was recommended councillors should reconsider the suspension of high level negotiations […]

Flood rebuild to delay projects

SIGNIFICANT spending in repairing roads damaged by December’s heavy storms has resulted in a reallocation of Wakefield Regional Council funds that will put work on four capital works projects on hold. A combination of storm repairs and general maintenance on unsealed roads has left the Unsealed Road Maintenance Budget with only 21 per cent of […]