Leading the way

Once again Hills businesses are leading the way when it comes to investing in their own enterprises and their community.
The $4.5m joint venture announced this week by The Hills Cider Company, Ashton Valley Fresh, Mismatch Brewing Co and Adelaide Hills Distillery to set up a brewery, distillery and cellar door near Nairne is the latest of many projects taking advantage of the region’s reputation for fine produce.
It is also the latest Hills project to share in the millions set aside in the State Government’s Regional Development Fund to encourage rural investment.
Past beneficiaries of the fund include B.-d. Farm Paris Creek, Beerenberg in Hahndorf, Sidewood Estate, the Lenswood Cold Store Co-operative Society and Ceravolo Orchards in Ashton.
In today’s edition is a story about how the first stage of Beerenberg’s facility expansion is now finished and the iconic Hahndorf family business is on track to double production over the next five years.
These projects demonstrate a commitment to the region and a vision for value-adding to its agricultural industries.

Off and racing

The Olympic Games are due to start later this week and let’s hope Rio de Janiero can finally produce some good news.
For years there has been little coming out of the host city apart from negative stories.
These tales of woe have only increased in recent months and in the past few weeks have reached a crescendo with reports of sub-standard accommodation, thefts from the Australian team, polluted water in the seas designated for the sailing competition, general lawlessness on the streets and, of course, the debacle surrounding the Russian team’s drug taking history and whether the entire nation should be banned from the Games.
Let’s hope the start of competition will focus people’s minds on the athletes and their extraordinary abilities.
The Games offer people – even those who have only a passing interest in sport – a chance to marvel at these men and women from across the globe who come together in the spirit of goodwill.
For a moment the Games might just cool the heat on simmering international tensions.