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Wednesday, February 3, 2016 – PAGE 3
By Melissa Keogh
Improved road crossings and footpaths,
upgrades to public facilities and the
opening of council-owned land known as
the Glebe are at the top of the wish list
of Littlehampton and Blakiston residents.
The Mt Barker Council has sought feedback on
the desires of locals to form the Littlehampton
and Blakiston plan, which aims to seek out
possible development and improvements to the
More than 500 community members
responded to the council’s call, with many
listing improved safety for pedestrians and
cyclists and better landscaping along the main
street as their top priority.
In a submission to the council, Littlehampton
resident Rob Leaney described his town’s main
street as a “Highway 1 hangover”.
“It retains a tired and dated appearance
and amenity and is in desperate need of an
upgrade,” he said.
Many respondents also agreed that although
the new freeway interchange would decrease
traffic passing through Littlehampton and
Blakiston, the town must still be attractive to
“The uniqueness of our town is to be preserved
and the town should become a destination
not just a through road to somewhere else,”
said Littlehampton Community Association
chairperson Jeannette Allen.
The 8ha of undeveloped land, known as the
Glebe and purchased by the council in the
1990s, was also a reoccurring topic.
In a written submission to the council, the
Littlehampton Primary School suggested the
Glebe could be used during sporting carnivals
as the increasing student population was
outgrowing the oval.
A national gardening group also expressed
interest in the undeveloped land and put
forward plans to plant 25 tea rose bushes on
the site to help preserve the rare species.
Roses on the Glebe
The group, Heritage Roses in Australia, have
been planting the roses at Ruston’s Roses in
Renmark for years, however, the Riverland
property is up for sale.
Councillor Susan Hamilton told a recent
council meeting she believed the Littlehampton
and Blakiston plan could help bring movement
on the Glebe.
“I think it could be as fabulous as Anembo
Park,” she said.
“This is a very exciting project for our town
and all the groups are really looking forward to
the outcome of what we are achieving.”
The council is expected to prepare a draft
Littlehampton and Blakiston plan in February,
before releasing it for public comment in April.
Residents air views on future of
Littlehampton and Blakiston
By Melissa Keogh
The Mt Barker Council is still
hopeful of securing a part of the
vacant Woolworths site in the town
CBD, despite the supermarket
giant rejecting a council offer to
buy some of the land.
The council recently made a
“significant” offer to buy the part of the
site on Morphett Street so it could build
a town square featuring open space
with potential retail development.
However, Woolworths has rejected
the offer and will instead put the entire
parcel of land bordered by Hutchinson,
Morphett and Stephen streets and
Druids Avenue out to open tender.
Mt Barker Mayor Ann Ferguson
said the council was now looking at
partnering with developers interested
in sharing the cost of purchasing the
“I’m sure the council would be
happy to meet with them (potential
buyers) and try and come to some
kind of arrangement about what they
anticipate for that piece of land,” Mrs
Ferguson said. “If a new purchaser
came in and wanted to play a part in
purchasing it, we’d be very open to
listen to what they have to offer.
“We’d already started beautifying
Morphett and Hutchinson streets over
by Caffe Acqua, so we thought it would
be an easier blend to continue that
kind of ambience.”
Worth up to $10m
Mrs Ferguson said she was unsure
how long it would take for the land to
“It’s all up to Woolworths and how
long they’re prepared to hang out for
their price,” she said.
It is estimated the land could be
worth up to $10m.
The council has investigated creating
a town square for the past three years,
following a community push for a
central meeting place in Mt Barker’s
Mrs Ferguson said the council
was also considering other areas to
create a town square if plans for the
Woolworths site fell through.
“Council is very vigilant in keeping in
with the land agents and they all know
that we’re looking for something,” she
A Woolworths spokesperson said the
supermarket giant was assessing the
land’s future and was aware of the
community’s interest in the site.
The land is the last undeveloped
block in the heart of Mt Barker and
has been empty for many years.
It was earmarked for a $40m
shopping centre, including a Big W
store, until the council rejected those
plans in 2012.
Prominent architect Geof Nairn will
present his vision for the land at the
Mt Barker and District Residents’
Association’s annual general meeting
at Mt Barker RSL Hall, Wednesday,
February 10, 7.30pm.
The Mt Barker Council hopes it can partner with a developer to buy some of the Woolworths-owned land on Morphett Street
following the supermarket giant’s rejection of a council offer to buy part of the block.
MAKE AN OFFER!
Woolies rejects council
offer to buy vacant land
It’s all up to Woolworths and
how long they’re prepared
to hang out for their price,
– Mt Barker Mayor Ann Ferguson
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