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Shock Tax Hike; Spanner in Whyalla Draft Budget

Just weeks after Whyalla City Council released their 2019-2020 Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget, another rate increase has been announced by the state government. The council will now need to review the budget to account for a 40% tax jump on the waste levy imposed by the Marshall Government. Whyalla Mayor...

YMCA Demolished in Port Pirie

Things may look a little different around Port Pirie this week because the old YMCA dance hall has been knocked down. It was a bitter sweet feeling as the McMahon Services’ 20-tonne excavator took aim at the building, which was once a gymnastics stadium, but also squash courts and a popular...

Makeover for Joy Baluch AM Bridge

The Joy Baluch AM Bridge may be getting a twin to allow two lanes of traffic in both directions with the bridge’s duplication project set to begin investigations next month. The Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure are inspecting the existing ground conditions underneath the bridge across from Tassie Street in...

Nukunu People Granted Native Title Rights

Traditional Owners of Nukunu have been granted native title rights in the Federal Court after a 23-year battle. It's one of the longest running land claims in Australia's history that started when the Nukunu people filed a native title claim for the area in April 1996. The area covers the cities of Port...

Review of Zoning of Land at Black Point and Pine Point

The Yorke Peninsula Council is undertaking a review of zoning of land at Black Point and Pine Point due to a new Planning System for South Australia. The proposed new system will differ from the Development Plan provisions currently in place, with a series of prescriptive guidelines against which new development...

Rate Increase for Whyalla

Whyalla City Council has proposed a 4% rate increase, rises in the Natural Resources Management Levy, and increased costs in waste management, all to help achieve a balanced budget next financial year. It’s part of their plan to find $160,000 to help the council continue to provide and improve regular services...

Whyalla Mayor Guest Speaker at New Mayor's Forum

The Australia Institute of Urban Studies (AIUS) New Mayor’s Forum is a chance for people to meet some of the women who are shaping the future of Australia. Among the speakers was Whyalla Mayor Clare McLaughlin who said the event was a beneficial opportunity to share what our city is doing...

Whyalla Council's Final Round of Community Grants

The latest round of Whyalla Council’s Community Grants has given much-needed funds to three community organisations in need. The Whyalla Bowling Club, Whyalla Players Inc and the Rotary Club of Whyalla have all shared in almost $14,000 in the final round of grants for this financial year. Mayor Clare McLaughlin is encouraging...

Alarming Increase In Cyclists Breaking The Law

New police figures show that cyclists are breaking road rules and putting both themselves and other road users at risk, with the biggest offence issued last year for failing to wear a helmet. The annual number of cycling traffic offences has increased by 60 percent, from 6285 to over 10,000 in...

Three Drug Drivers Caught In Port Pirie

Port Pirie Police detected drugs in the systems of two women and one man in the past 24 hours. A 27-year-old woman tested positive to methamphetamine, she was also issued an on the spot fine for driving unregistered and had her car impounded. Her 4-year-old son was also in the vehicle at...