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Arrests and reports
ANGASTON - On January 14 a 46 year old
Angaston man was reported for drink driving
with a reading of 0.089.
KAPUNDA - A 62 year old Kapunda man was
reported for failing to store firearms correctly
on January 14.
NURIOOTPA - On January 12 a 28 year old
Nuriootpa woman was arrested on a warrant.
NURIOOTPA - A 35 year old man was arrested
in Nuriootpa on January 12 for assault and
breaching an intervention order.
NURIOOTPA - On January 9 a 32 year old
Nuriootpa man was reported for drug driving.
NURIOOTPA - On January 12 a 41 year old
Nuriootpa woman was reported for breaching
her bail conditions.
Breaks and thefts
BAGOT WELL - Between January 11 and 13
premises on Bagot Well Road were broken into
and shearing equipment was stolen.
KAPUNDA - A wallet, torch, mp3 player and
sunglasses were stolen from a truck parked on
Kings Bridge Road on January 13.
TANUNDA - Between January 6 and 10 a
window was broken at a residence on Murray
The roundabout is nearing completion. Michael Ludlow, Chief Pilot at Barossa Valley Ballooning, took this
image during his flight from Tanunda to Nuriootpa.
Celebrating the near completion of the Seppeltsfield Roundabout was Nigel Thiele, Seppeltsfield Wines; Bob
Modra, Marananga resident; Martin Pfeiffer, Whistler Wines and Seppeltsfield Road Business Alliance Chairman;
Sharyn Rogers, Seppeltsfield Vineyard Cottage; Sally Pfeiffer, Whistler Wines; Mason Canning, Two Hands Wines;
Cynthia Koch, Rolf Binder Wines; Jennifer Schmidt, Seppeltsfield Wines and Jessica Rehn, Two Hands Wines.
Celebrating a sigh of relief
By Ella Pryor
Barossans, at least 30 businesses
and tourists alike are showing a sigh of
relief as the notorious Seppeltsfield Road
roundabout is nearing completion this
The roundabout is situated at the
corners of Seppeltsfield Road, Samuel
Road and Stelzer Roads - a popular freight
and tourist route for the region.
Over the past eight years, residents and
the Seppeltsfield Road Business Alliance
have lobbied for Light Regional Council
to replace small give way signs with stop
One Marananga resident, Mr Bob
Modra explained that he first became
concerned eight years ago when his
pregnant daughter had a near miss at
From there, stories of near misses
became all too common, and the
intersection became a hot spot for road
accidents, one even leaving a male with
permanent brain damage.
Bob went on to be the ‘driving force’ for
new stop signs, meeting with numerous
committee members and people, speaking
to businesses involved, attending council
meetings and conducting a survey.
At this point, Bob believed that the only
way something would be done was if there
was a fatality recorded at the intersection.
After this, there were still no stop signs,
so Bob approached the RAA and requested
a RAA Safety Audit - this was the turning
Black Spot Funding was supported by
the RAA and eventually, the Seppeltsfield
Road Business Alliance (including Bob)
teamed up with Light Regional Council to
produce a brand new, freight route friendly
and completely safe roundabout.
Mr Richard Dodson, General Manager
Infrastructure and Environment at
Light Regional Council explained that
there had been a number of accidents at
the intersections over the last decade and
the roundabout will almost eliminate the
potential for those accident types occurring
in the future.
Funding was provided from Council and
also the Special Local Roads Programme
(Roads to Recovery and Identified Local
Road Grants), and has been constructed
at a cost of approximately $1.8m.
Initial works started on the roundabout
in late 2015 with service relocation works
and land acquisition.
Works were then held up by the
extremely wet winter and it was not until
late 2016 that the roundabout started to
“Council is very pleased with the
outcome so far and the public reaction to
the roundabout construction has also been
extremely positive,” said Richard.
Mr Martin Pfeiffer, Chairman of the
Seppeltsfield Road Business Alliance,
believes this month is a celebration of the
works finally being completed.
“Although we’ve had time and weather
constraints during the construction, we’ve
got there and now it’s a celebration,” said
“I think we now have the best
roundabout in the Barossa.”
Martin explained that even though it’s
a celebration, locals and businesses can’t
lose sight of the reason for the roundabout
Mrs Sally Pfeiffer, Whistler Wines and
Seppeltsfield Road Business Alliance,
explained that businesses and locals were
very pleased and happy with the outcome.
“The roundabout is the gateway to our
winery region - there’s about 30 businesses
here with us, with the palm tree donated
by Seppeltsfield Wines signifying the
palms along Seppeltsfield Road,” said Sally.
“Not only has it improved safety and
reduced accidents, it looks great too.”
From here, signage and overhead
lighting at the roundabout will be installed
later this month.
But for now, locals and tourists can enjoy
and appreciate the roundabout, knowing
they feel safe and at ease in the beautiful
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