News and media

News and Media

Read below to see general media and stories written by the Association in the print media. Please contact us with any news about a local event, a potential news item or a future activity. 

Weekender Herald Newspaper

This is the first in a series of opinion pieces that the Mt Barker and District Residents’ Association will present to you in 2016. Importantly the first article will feature a topic which is dear to all of our hearts – whether we live in the towns, settlements or rural areas of our district – the preservation of prime agricultural land. 

Good design benefits the community 21.4.2016

How building developments affect a neighbourhood is a hot topic in Australia today with many communities up in arms over constructions in their area. The Adelaide hills is no different with many towns fighting to keep their special nook from being changed too much.

Mount Barker should have an arts and culture policy 19.5.2016

Recently the third and final International Sculpture Symposium concluded with the result that a remarkable twenty six stone sculptures will be installed throughout ours and adjoining districts. What a wonderful achievement and congratulations to all community groups, businesses and councils who contributed to make this happen. 

Loss of Court House a blow to Mount Barker 16.6.2016

Members of the Mount Barker and District Residents' Association are concerned that rumoured plans by the State Government to restructure courts administration in the district and to operate the Mount Barker Court on a circuit basis and not as a full-time registry will threaten the future of the heritage-listed courthouse. 

Good transport supplies a vibrant life for all 14.7.2016

As much as living in the Adelaide Hills and its surrounds can be a joy, it can also be a complete frustration to those who do not have the mobility of owning a car.

You have the power to change our world 11.8.2016

In terms of society it is important to see all people as producers and citizens who can contribute to the wider community in some form through the utilisation of their individual skills. To move forward all elements of society be that community groups, business, residential and government need to take on the challenges of working together to see positive change.    

Animal species and diversity in decline 8.9.2016

Birds are doing it tough in the Mount Lofty Ranges, and espeically in the areas undergoing rapid change due to land development and more intensive agricultural and horticultural practices. Nationally recognised as a hotspot for biodiversity loss a decade ago, the Mount Lofties is home to over 80% of the state's biodiversity.   

Visual arts play an important role in the community 6.10.2016

Have you ever considered why so many small towns have their own art gallery? Around the Adelaide region, Strathalbyn, Tanunda, Murray Bridge and Hahndorf all have active galleries. These galleries don't just hold exhibitions of local artists, although this is their main focus. They provide a centre of activity for artists and community to come together and they provide visual arts for everyone in the district. 

The measure of our culture and democracy 3.11.2016

There is an unsung institution that is a quiet indication of the values underpinning our society - the community library. By their very name they are there for the whole community and not based on an individualised or commercialised 'information' market. 

Plan now for a better more coordinated future 1.12.2016

"Those who fail to plan, plan to fail" Winston Churchill. The first plan of the Mount Barker township was set up in 1839 with streets named eventually after prominent citizens of the day. Of course at the time, the Peramagk were never part of this planning process. In terms of township development from that time period onwards a lot of time, work and effort was put into town development. Land was set aside for residents to live, shop, undertake worship, be involved in community activity, see industrial areas set aside where people could literally "bring home the bacon" and have facilities that were deemed vital to form a sound community.  

Creating a heart for Mount Barker 29.12.2016

More than two years ago the Mount Barker and Districts Residents' Association resolved to see if we could bring into being a Town Square for Mount Barker on part of the vacant land owned by Woolworths in the centre of the town. Our intention was to “Give Mt Barker a HEART”. 

Become involved with your local community 26.11.2017

This association encourages people to become involved in the governance of the area. The closest level of government is the Mount Barker District Council. There is much information on the council website including details and agendas for their council meetings. These and other meetings are open to the public and you have the opportunity at the start of the meeting to ask a question relevant to or within the jurisdiction of this council. 

A vision for the future 23.3.2017

There is a great deal to be learned by looking out over the vista from the Mount Barker Summit. At various times of the year a person can see different colours depending on the season. At present a visit to the summit reveals farming equipment operating over the vista as those on vineyards and vegetable farms are busy working into their harvest seasons. This activity flows back to the region, which is enriched with a deep argricultural past.

Residents set out priorities for the year 15.2018

The Mount Barker & District Residents' Association had its 2018 annual general meeting last month with the purpose of electing an new executive committee and to establish where to focus their efforts in the year to come.  

Your vote counts 25.10.2018

Once every four years we have the opportunity to vote in our local council elections and the 2018 council elections are now upon us. Whilst voting is non-compulsory, it is still very important that you do vote. The process is still very easy as it is by postal voting.   

Submission on hard waste 25.2.2019

The Mount Barker and District Residents' Association has made a submission to council asking for the consideration of a hard waste service. Following a recent review of the council's waste management strategy, the Association submitted feedback that the strategy was well done, but that residents wanted an investigation of the positives and negatives of of a hard a waste service.

Association keen to contribute to square 28.3.2019

Following the Mount Barker and District Residents' Association's (MBDRA) AGM the group is looking forward to contributing to its largest project ever - the town square.

Railway options for the Hills - By Douglas McCarty

Read details about local Association Member Douglas McCarty's piece on local railway options