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​Get your pet microchipped at our upcoming Chipblitz sessions
Published 17 June 2021

​To prepare for the upcoming Cat Confinement by-law, bring your animal to our first mass microchipping session with Chipblitz, a volunteer run microchipping service on Saturday 3 July at the Council office in Stirling or Saturday 17 July at our office in Woodside. 

Note: You don't have to be a resident of the Adelaide Hills Council Region to get your pet microchipped. 

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Mylor Parklands granted Heritage Agreement

Published 17 May 2021

​Mylor Parklands was recently awarded Heritage Agreement Status by the State Government as the area contains significant areas of native vegetation and provides habitat to a number of national, state and regionally threatened plants and wildlife.

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Council aims for greater accessibility in 2021

Published 04 May 2021

​Recently, Council worked with Scope Australia to create an Easy English version of our Access & Inclusion Plan 2020-24. The Easy English version was created with and for people with low literacy, intellectual disability and those from CALD (Culturally And Linguistically Diverse) backgrounds.

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$1.5 million boost to Adelaide Hills infrastructure projects

Published 01 April 2021

​Adelaide Hills Council has been allocated $1,571,812 worth of funding through the Federal Government Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program. This funding will be directed towards shovel ready projects that will deliver a wide-range of benefits across the Adelaide Hills Council Community.

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Council receives $727,000 Grant

Published 29 March 2021

Adelaide Hills Council has received a grant for $727,000 from the SA Local Government Infrastructure Partnership Program to help maximise water resuse in the Adelaide Hills.

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Adelaide Hills Council recognised for excellence and innovation

Published 26 March 2021

Adelaide Hills Council has been nominated for two Local Government South Australia Excellence Awards.

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Habitat restoration for vulnerable Bassian Thrush

Published 2 March 2021

A Federal grant of $20,000 has made it possible for Council and local volunteers to perform habitat restoration works for the vulnerable Bassian Thrush (Zoothera lunulata halmaturina) across four key sites in the Mount Lofty Ranges.

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​$4.3 million funding commitment for Fabrik Arts + Heritage
Published 25 February 2021

Adelaide Hills Council's $1.3 ratepayer funded commitment for the redevelopment of Fabrik Arts + Heritage has received a boost of $1.5 million from the Federal Government and $1.5 million from State funding as Local Economic Recovery support under the National Bushfire Recovery Fund.

Adelaide Hills Mayor Dr. Jan-Claire Wisdom is delighted and deeply appreciative of this support for Fabrik's development.

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​Cards of Kindness project bridges generations
Published on 24 February 2021

When South Australia first responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 with a general lockdown, our library programs team saw an opportunity to offer distraction and delight with the Cards of Kindness project.

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​Community spirit through adversity celebrated on Australia Day
Published 26 January 2021

Citizen of the Year Awards were presented today across the district with a prominent focus on achievement in the wake of the Cudlee Creek Bushfire.

Mayor Jan-Claire Wisdom acknowledged the important role these annual awards play in our community.

"Our Citizen of the Year Awards are a valuable opportunity to pause and reflect on some of the amazing contributions being made by community members," she said.

"No matter what challenges we are facing, there are always people who continue to go above and beyond, and we are grateful to the community for nominating them and bringing their efforts to our attention."

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​Pocket Forest blooms in 'Gratitude Flowers' for national event
Published 22 January 2021

Lobethal's Mill Road "Pocket Forest" is blooming in colourful flower decorations created by the community as a show of gratitude for emergency services who saved the town from bushfire approximately one year ago.

The red and yellow of the CFS is represented, as well as the white and blue of Santos, the major sponsor who makes today's Festival of Cycling event possible for locals to experience. Decorations were crafted by local volunteers, with help from Henstock Engineering for the metal sculpture structures.

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Grant money allocated to 38 hills community groups
Published 21 December 2020

Council's annual community grants program will distribute nearly $150,000 to 38 community and sporting groups this financial year.

Adelaide Hills Council Mayor, Jan-Claire Wisdom, acknowledges the importance of the annual grants program, this year in particular.

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​Thank you for your resilience and strength
Published 18 December 2020

It has been said countless times this year, but 2020 has been like nothing else in recent history. We want to thank our community for your resilience and strength.

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​Together We Can
Published 3 December 2020

Whether they know it or not, everyone who lives, works and plays in the Adelaide Hills benefits from the positive changes hundreds of generous volunteers bring to the community.

As this very challenging year draws to a close, International Volunteer Day on 5 December provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate the time, skills and knowledge of so many people who are significantly enhancing the lifestyle, health and wellbeing of our Adelaide Hills community.

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Hills Youth Shine
Published 26 November 2020

Nine very proud and accomplished young people planned, facilitated, and celebrated their 2020 Youth Leadership Program graduation at the Woodside Hall recently.

Family and friends couldn't wipe the smiles from their faces as they watched graduates proudly receive their certificates from Acting Mayor Nathan Daniell.

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​Amy Gillett Bikeway receives federal boost for extension
Published 12 October 2020

We have received $2.6 million of Federal funding to complete the Mount Torrens to Birdwood Stage Four section of the popular Amy Gillett Bikeway. It is hoped that this project will be a boost to recovery in the region, and will support our wider strategic vision for cycling in the hills.

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​Rolling out greener, more sustainable and safer roads
Published 28 September 2020

The recycling, recovery and reprocessing of waste materials for use in new products like asphalt for roads is a great example of the action we are taking to support the healthier and greener futures of our community.

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​A smashing grant win is within reach
Published 25 September 2020

The Woodside Warriors Tennis Club has always had a strong sense of community with members enjoying social gatherings on a regular basis throughout the tennis season and so Secretary Amy Cotton applied for a grant that would benefit the whole club community.

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​The timeclock is ticking - get your application in by the end of September!
Published 18 September 2020

The Uraidla Cricket Club is one of many committed and successful grassroots sporting clubs in the Adelaide Hills providing opportunities for the community to come together to play sport and socialise.

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​Recovery of Lobethal Bushland Park boosted by generous grant
Published 16 September 2020

Important ecological space and Heritage Listed Reserve Lobethal Bushland Park will benefit greatly from a Wildlife Recovery Fund grant of $49,000.

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​How to 'snag' the perfect grant for your community project
Published 15 September 2020

Joan Playford and the dedicated Kersbrook Public Hall Inc. committee are living proof that the smallest gift can make the biggest difference to a hard-working community.

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​Mapping the way forward
Published 12 September 2020

With so many fabulous food, retail and recreational destinations on offer Gumeracha needed its own Tourist Map brochure and a Community Development Grant in the 2019/2020 round helped make it happen.

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​Aboriginal Shield Tree unveiled in Woorabinda Bushland Reserves
Published 11 September 2020

Visitors to Hender Reserve in Stirling, part of the Woorabinda Bushland Reserves, can now discover a traditional Peramangk shield carving, which marks a traditional waterline trade route through the Mount Lofty Ranges.

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​Kicking goals for the whole community
Published 9 September 2020

It's been another fun and successful season on the field for the Onkaparinga Valley Football Club and a much safer one for all their loyal fans watching, thanks to a Community and Recreation Facility Grant that supported the refurbishment of their goal safety fence.

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​Art and history combine in Birdwood
Published 1 September 2020

An often overlooked piece of history has been transformed into a feature in the main street of Birdwood with thanks to the local community and Adelaide Hills Council.

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​Future plans for Fabrik one step closer
Published 27 August 2020

The vision for Fabrik Arts + Heritage is one step closer to being realised after Council resolved this week to approve plans for future development.

Fabrik, situated in the historic former Onkaparinga Woollen Mill in Lobethal, is now able to progress to seeking further funds that will make these plans a reality.

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National Tree Day - Kenton Creek gets a vegetation boost
Published 7 August 2020

On Friday 31 July our Biodiversity Team teamed up with the Torrens Valley Lions Club and Gumeracha Primary School to mark National Tree Day through revegetation works along Kenton Creek. With support and sustenance provided by the Lions Club, our eco warriors planted 950 native trees, shrubs, and grasses in and around the creekline habitats in Federation Park.

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Gumeracha mural progressing
Published 24 July 2020

A joint project between Adelaide Hills Council, the Gumeracha Main Street Project, and the Building Better Regions Fund, the final piece will be a 170m long mural combining sand blasted and hand painted elements that reflect Aboriginal cultural stories around the Torrens and Onkaparinga rivers.

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​Gumeracha Green Shed helping with habitat recovery
Published 13 July 2020

Regular 'Green Shed' participant Glyne Smalldon has used his COVID-19 isolation time to create over 30 nest boxes for the Habitat Recovery Alliance's bushfire recovery project. Now with groups reopened at the facility in Gumeracha, the full team of volunteers is enjoying contributing to the cause.

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Over $1m in funding support for district
Published 10 July 2020

Adelaide Hills Council has successfully bid for a variety of grants amounting to over $1 million that will go towards bushfire recovery initiatives and building resilience for the local economy.

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​AHC takes out top recycling award
Published 17 June 2020

Adelaide Hills Council has won the Top Recycler Award for South Australia in MobileMuster's Local Government Awards 2020. Between May 2019 and April 2020, our recycling depot and drop off points in libraries and service centres contributed 107kg of mobile phone components, keeping them out of landfill.

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​Local gaming community takes event online
Published 10 June 2020

Long-standing gamers event, XitH, has for many years been a source of camaraderie for young people who might otherwise be isolated by this frequently solitary pastime, so when events were cancelled in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteer organisers took the event online.

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​Black Spot Funding received
Published 1 June 2020

Four sections of Adelaide Hills roads have been included in Federal funding for Black Spots, as announced recently by The Hon Michael McCormack MP.

Projects to be undertaken by Council with this funding come to a total of $551,000, with an additional project by DPTI worth $269,000 included in the announcement.

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​PAC Team delivers a little sunshine
Published 6 May 2020

Throughout the month of April, Council Community Development team members hit the road to deliver over 280 "Sunshine Packs" to members of our Positive Ageing Centre.

An initiative designed to help keep clients connected and supported during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Packs reflected activities that members would ordinarily engage with through our regular programs, such as exercise and gardening, as well as containing jokes, quizzes, crafts, and sweet treats to brighten their day.

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Free firewood for residents impacted by the Cudlee Creek Bushfire

Published 29 April 2020

Residents living within the Cudlee Creek fire scar are eligible for a free 6x4 trailer load of firewood (while stocks last). Residents may also pick up a second load on behalf of a family member, neighbour, or friend, if they are isolated or vulnerable and unable to collect it themselves. 

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​Funding secured to remediate bushfire impacted ovals
Published 28 April 2020

The entire Adelaide Hills community will benefit from a $210,250 grant from the AFL Community Relief Fund to repair and rebuild five football ovals across the Council area that were impacted by the Cudlee Creek Bushfires. The grant represents a share of $1.2 million which was awarded to clubs and leagues across several states.

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​Funding secured for Heathfield Oval changerooms
Published 20 April 2020

Adelaide Hills Council, in partnership with four local sporting clubs—Mount Lofty Cricket Club, Mount Lofty Football Club, Heathfield Netball Club, and the Stirling Comets Netball Club—has secured a $490,000 grant to fund the redevelopment of change rooms at Heathfield Oval.

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​Tea for two
Published 15 April 2020

A Positive Ageing Centre member, Gwen, was surprised to hear her neighbour call over the fence that he had something for her in her front yard, but she headed there as requested.

What she found in her driveway was a chair and table set up with a pot of tea and a biscuit and, looking across to her neighbour's driveway, she saw that he had an identical set up for himself.

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​New solar bins trial
Published 3 April

Residents and visitors to Stirling and Lobethal main streets will soon notice a new type of bin being trialed by Council's waste management team.

The CleanCube smart bins, distributed by South Australian company Smart City Solutions, are solar powered, compact on site, and house a standard 240L wheelie bin that holds up to eight times more waste than usual. When full, these bins send an alert to the waste company for collection.

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​Stage 2 of underground power lines confirmed in Gumeracha
Published 19 February 2020

In February 2019 the first stage of moving Gumeracha's main street power lines underground was confirmed. Now we are pleased to share that the second stage of this project has also been approved to proceed.

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​Solastalgia - an antidote
Published 18 February 2020

Solastalgia - an antidote is ​an exhibition created as a heart-felt response to the current environmental crisis, and is particularly poignant in the wake of the Cudlee Creek Bushfire.

Twelve Adelaide and regional artists explore transformative ways to mitigate the grief and disconnect associated with the passing of a once-familiar and trusted experience of 'home'. It invokes and expresses many feelings of connection to land and to community.

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​Lobethal to Re-Gather for support of community
Published 12 February 2020

The outbreak of the Cudlee Creek Bushfire prevented a Christmas time Gathered Design Market from occuring in Lobethal, so now the community has Re-Gathered in support of the fire recovery.

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​Community leaders recognised on Australia Day
Published 26 January 2020

On Sunday, 26 January, Mayor Jan-Claire Wisdom presented the Citizen of the Year Awards for the district at a ceremony on the Stirling Lawn. Congratulations to our 2020 community recipients!

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​Woodside welcomes visit from CCC Team ahead of TDU
Published 8 January 2020

Local community members were delighted by a recent visit to Woodside by the UCI WorldTour riders from CCC Team. The cyclists, from mostly European nations, stopped at the Woodside Institute during a TDU training ride through the fire-affected district and listened to stories from locals who are recovering from the disaster.

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Council acknowledges that we conduct our business on the traditional lands and waters of the Peramangk and Kaurna people. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging as the Custodians of this ancient and beautiful land.
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