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SOUTH Australians, on the whole, value the role
of local government; however, country residents
are less satisfied than their city counterparts with
the opportunities and facilities available to them, a
survey has found.
The study, conducted by the Centre for Local
Government at the University of Technology Sydney,
surveyed 1000 South Australians to find out their
attitudes towards local councils.
According to the research, South Australians value
local councils' role in promoting the benefits of
the local community (65 per cent); planning for the
future (81 per cent); and emergency and disaster
management (79 per cent).
However, country residents were found to be less
satisfied with their job opportunities, economic
outlook, availability of suitable shops in close
proximity, public transport, and the quality of roads
and bridges, than Adelaide respondents.
"For those living in the country, facilities -- such as
roads, footpaths, the availability of waste collection
and recycling, traffic and public transport -- are the
most prevalent source of dissatisfaction about where
they live," the study's authors wrote.
Compared to other states' residents, South Australians
were less likely to support local governments playing
a role in providing community services (with 57 per
cent, compared to the national average of 80 per cent).
They were also less prepared to pay more taxes for
a broader range of public services (with 14 per cent,
compared with 43 per cent nationally).
Local Government Association SA president Dave
Burgess said the study showed ratepayers wanted
their councils to provide more than "roads, rates and
rubbish", and reinforced their disapproval of forced
"While the Liberal Party continues to push a rate-
capping policy, which would limit local government
services, this study shows communities want more
from their councils -- not less," he said.
with councils Grand Cru not closing: council
THE Barossa Council has dismissed
speculation it's attempting to close down
popular Springton winery, Grand Cru
Last week, social media was rife with
rumours the much-loved winery was
closing, with more than 1500 people
signing an online petition to save the venue
from shutting down.
"A beautiful tranquil winery... a family
business with historic buildings, gardens of
absolute beauty and a relaxing and peaceful
environment -- the council and some
neighbours want to close it," the petition
"Please help this local family to keep their
dream operating by signing and sharing this
However, in a statement on its website, the
Barossa Council allayed fears the winery
was closing, saying it was dealing with
"Contrary to reports circulating in relation
to Grand Cru Estate, council is not
attempting to close down this operation,"
the statement read.
"Council has been attending to a number
of compliance matters with the owners
for some years to ensure that legislative
requirements are met.
"At present, council is working through
issues associated with liquor licensing
requirements to ensure their current
operations can continue."
According to council, the winery
owners submitted an application to expand
their current operations, but it failed to
comply within Council's Development
"...(The application) could not be supported
by the Development Assessment Panel on
multiple grounds, including noise, amenity,
traffic and other negative impacts," the
This application is now the subject of a
court appeal by the owners.
"Council continues to assist, wherever
possible, to find a solution for a proposal
to expand the operation of their facility,
ensure compliance with relevant local
and state legislation, and mitigate
negative impact on local amenity and the
"In the meantime, Grand Cru has the
authority to continue trading within
The Grand Cru Estate owners were
contacted for comment.
A NEW online portal will replace individual council
registers and streamline dog and cat management.
Dogs and Cats Online (DACO) would act as a one-
stop shop for information such as registration details,
microchip and breeder information for each pet.
The new system eliminates duplication and postage
costs of the existing method and is expecting to
provide significant savings for councils.
Specifications for DACO are being developed in
consultation with councils, vets and breeders -- tenders
are expected to be called in early 2017, with the new
system replacing the old method by July 1, 2018.
New pet rego
Social media was rife with rumours that the much-loved Grand Cru Estate winery was closing.
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