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The Mt Barker Council’s Development
Assessment Panel faces a difficult decision
today over the proposal to build an $8m
luxury resort near Hahndorf.
The five-star facility, aimed at meeting
demand from high-end tourists is, in the
council planning staff’s own words, a finely
It does not meet several of the planning
criteria for the Watershed Zone, including
provisions that stipulate tourism facilities
should be small scale and set up in
While the Promient Hill Resort is arguably
small in capacity because it will only host
up to 22 guests for overnight stays and
up to 50 diners in its private restaurant, at
225m long it is certainly physically at the
large end of the scale.
For local residents, this development
proposal presents legitimate concerns.
It will be visible from neighboring
properties, could increase local traffic
and noise and some argue it could set
a worrying precedent for future non-
complying developments in rural areas.
On the flip side, as the SA Tourism
Commission points out, the region has a
real need for top-level accommodation.
There is an under supply of high end
luxury accommodation in the area and
an increasing demand among wealthy
overseas tourists who are seeking out our
fine food, wine and cultural experiences.
A facility of this level, while it may not be
accessible to all tourists, could help market
the region in the same way the exclusive
Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo
Island has done for that community.
The spin-off benefits of the Southern
Ocean Lodge are felt across the island
from its marketing might to its use of local
food and other produce.
This kind of overseas investment in our
region is also something groups such as
the Hills and Coast Regional Development
Australia body have been working to attract
in an effort to boost the local economy.
With State Government, tourism and
business heavyweights all leaning on the
council to give this application the green
light, there is certainly a level of pressure
on decision makers today.
But whatever the perceived benefits,
it is also the panel’s duty to ensure non-
complying proposals which are judged
on their merit meet the relevant planning
requirements or have very good reasons
for not doing so.
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