A message from the Mayor

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We recognise the Peramangk and Kaurna as our region's first people. We respect their ongoing relationship with the land and are committed to working together to ensure their culture and traditions are preserved.

With this foundation of strong cultural heritage, the Adelaide Hills has evolved into a thriving agrarian landscape of picturesque towns, diverse built features and some of the most valuable native bushland in the Mt Lofty Ranges.

Our communities are defined by strong networks and a great sense of pride in our unique destination. Our local economy is ever-transforming and witnessing new and evolving industries such as boutique wine production and distilleries, experience tourism, niche food production and entrepreneurial ventures. Doing business in the Hills brings its challenges but we are committed to working with local businesses to realise economic growth and jobs creation.

Our place is also the backdrop for many world class events. The Santos Tour Down Under is a regular feature on the State's major events calendar, which is now joined by the likes of the Classic Adelaide Car Rally and Groovin' the Moo. In 2017 our events will expand into the arts as the renowned Fringe Festival makes its way to the Hills for the inaugural Stirling Fringe.

Our communities are also active in the events and tourism space, drawing crowds from across the State and country. The Lights of Lobethal Festival and Gumeracha Medieval Fair are just two examples of community leadership at its finest.

The passion of our communities to realise a thriving Adelaide Hills is second to none. Community led renewal initiatives such as Imagine Uraidla and the Gumeracha Main Street Project are seeing fantastic social and economic outcomes for our region.

Our natural environment and wildlife continue to face a number of threats and challenges. From extreme weather events to weed invasion and habitat fragmentation, we are committed to working with community groups and government agencies with an agenda of conserving and enhancing our unique and important ecosystems.

To guide the work we do across these areas and others, we have developed the new and bold strategic plan, Your Adelaide Hills. In the course of extensive community consultation we learned and identified the important issues in our communities, and through this strategic plan and other guiding documents, we aim to achieve great outcomes that make the Adelaide Hills a place for everyone.

Bill Spragg