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HE Adelaide Hills Council is
struggling to preserve the
lifestyle of its ratepayers and
protect their environment.
Mayor Bill Spragg says that shift-
ing and rising costs are coupled to
State Government requiring council
to take responsibility for more ser-
vices, but with no extra funding.
"The funding is not adequate to
cover costs, and ratepayers are hav-
ing to cover more of the cost burden
themselves," Mr Spragg said.
"Ratepayers are also suffering at
the hands of the federal government
because our Commonwealth grants
have been cut back over the years.
"We have another problem
because of our proximity to metro-
politan Adelaide, which increases
costs in itself.
"The federal government, through
the Grants Commission, has told us
we have the capacity to charge more
in rates in our district."
Mr Spragg said his council had
objected to the formula used by the
Grants Commission over the past
five years in an attempt to get more
funding, but this had been rejected.
A major problem for the council
was that the government owned a
lot of land within its boundaries.
"We have missed out on roughly
$250,000 of government money in
rates that we can't charge because we
have so much government land," Mr
"We can't charge government
departments or the state govern-
ment for rates, so we have to recov-
er that money from the rest of the
Mr Spragg said costs generally
were rising but the council had no
capacity to spread them, coupled
with what seemed to be another
problem of having many small
towns with small communities hav-
ing to meet the costs.
"I personally don't want to see an
increase in population in our area
because I don't believe an increase in
development improves quality of
life," he said.
"Councils that have an increase in
population also have an increase in
costs to provide the extra services.
"It has been a struggle for our
council to try to protect our envi-
ronment, which is something we
don't want to lose."
The principal of LJ Hooker at
Mount Barker, Phil Chapman said
the Adelaide Hills was still very pop-
ular with people looking for a good
lifestyle while being close to metro-
People buying established homes
did not usually have any major diffi-
culties, and even those who wanted
to build did not have too many
problems if they followed the usual
procedures and formulas.
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Hills funding needs a lift
Preserving lifestyle a priority
Most costs fallon ratepayers
Possibility of large population
WOODSIDE is one of the busier towns in the Adelaide Hills with a variety of
boutique producers and cellar door outlets, open over seven days, to cater for
the flow of tourists in summer and winter.
The town is described as a central location for touring to several other attrac-
tions and places within the Adelaide Hills because of the short driving distances
Woodside itself is home to Woodside Cheese Wrights, which has been pro-
ducing award-winning cheeses since 1994 from a range of cow and goat milk,
including milk from small, local dairies.
A feature of the cheeses is that they are all crafted by hand.
Woodside Providore is a modern, licensed country café, offering a variety of
wines, coffee, organic teas and seasonal foods like house-made Christmas pud-
dings, dressings, mayos, pestos, jams and marmalades, either from the menu or
The town is also home to Baylies of Strathalbyn, which produces crackers,
pralines, shortbread, gourmet cakes, biscuits, confectionery, conserves and
spiced fruits, available all year.
Consistent with business activity to cater for the popularity of Woodside as a
tourist venue, there is renewed housing development to meet a growing
demand for accommodation.
Woodside growing to meet
increasing needs of tourists
Sarah and Angela Bell
serve the Baylies produce.
Adelaide Hills Council Mayor, Bill Spragg
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