The weekend’s inaugural Male-Grivell Cup charity football match is a clear demonstration of the community spirit that thrives in the Hills.
The match – which raised money for the Cancer Council – honored the memory of two long-time local friends, who died within a year of each other.
Through the efforts of the Hahndorf Football Club and St Michael’s Lutheran Church, the legacies of the men were honored and a silver lining was found in the dark cloud of tragedy.
When misfortune strikes, the Hills community shines and it’s that enduring spirit that makes the Hills a great place to live. That same community spirit – which was key in helping the region recover from the Cudlee Creek bushfire – was also on show recently through the generosity of locals during the Cherries at Verdun fundraiser, which raised more than $20,000 for medical research.
It’s the quiet, behind-the-scenes people – who unrecognised – who help form the bedrock of a community. And it’s a testament to the strength of the Hills community that so many residents regularly show up to support their neighbors through tragedy, helping to bring something good from it.
The Federal Government’s almost $200m investment in road safety upgrades for the Hills is welcome news for the region.
There have been 58 deaths on Hills-Fleurieu roads since 2018, an astonishingly high fatality rate for any area, and a grim reflection of the fact that our region has the highest road fatality rate in the State (the Murray-Mallee region is second with 50 deaths in the same period).
Hills residents deal with dangerous roads every day, facing hazards that are far less common on metropolitan roads, including higher speed limits, blind corners and wildlife.
Anything that improves road safety is a good thing, but the money being promised must be spent to achieve meaningful outcomes.
Some notorious routes, including Long Valley and Torrens Valley roads, are set to receive a number of long-overdue upgrades, including road widening and centre barricades, which may go some way to reducing deaths on those roads. The Federal funding is great news – let’s hope it actually makes a difference.