Rocks in their heads

FOUR-wheel-drivers continue to ravage the Rocks Reserve picnic area near Balaklava, thrashing the environment with their vehicles as they drive up and down the bed of the Wakefield River and climb the grassy knolls specifically reserved for the community to enjoy. • Read the rest in our online edition:

Icon returns

Crane restoration lifts local spirits Les Pearson reports TWELVE years after it was initially decided to refurbish the maritime crane at Port Wakefield, the historic machine now stands as glistening icon at the town’s wharf. • Read the rest in our online edition:

Parks to have an impact

Les Pearson reports THE Port Wakefield fishing community is preparing itself for one last roll of the dice, releasing an impact statement detailing the devastating effects on the local economy if proposed Marine Park Sanctuary Zones come into force on October 1. • Read the rest in our online edition:

Happy Chappy!

Les Pearson reports ROLLING around the family farm in a tractor at Hoyleton, David Chapman (above) was literally thousands of miles from the internal battles he overcame to take gold at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games last week. • Read the rest in our online edition:


Volunteer numbers down but incidents keep coming for CFS Les Pearson reports FIRE gutted a chicken shed near Beaufort on Monday morning, the $1 million damage bill adding to a huge list of structure fires in the Wakefield Plains region over the past 12 months. • Read the rest in our online edition:

Budget battered: Rates rise likely

Corporate Services manager Steve Jonas explains the impacts to Les Pearson A SLIGHTLY higher than expected rate rise and reduced service levels are likely impacts on councils from the recently announced Federal Budget, as financial officers fervently work behind the scenes to accommodate drastic funding cuts. Read the full story in our online edition: