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Policy for unsealed roads
A policy on the management of unsealed roads in
the Mt Barker district will be drawn up by the local
council to deal with dirt road issues such as dust.
Councillor Greg Morrison called for staff to prepare
a report on the matter before the end of February
including an outline for a draft policy.
Cr Morrison told a meeting recently that the
council currently has no program to provide dust
suppressant on the region’s unsealed roads.
He said it was trialing a potential dust suppressant
product but was “not in a position to offer any
solutions or a policy position at this time”.
Langhorne Creek vineyards and cellar doors will be
showcased through the lens of dozens of budding
The Langhorne Creek Wine Region has launched
its Mixed Palate photography competition open to
all ages and skill levels.
Entrants can snap a photo of the Langhorne Creek
wine region and upload it online where it will be
judged by a number of professional photographers
and regional representatives.
Second residence rejected
Plans to build a second house for a manager’s
residence at a vineyard off South Para Road at
Kersbrook have been knocked back by the Adelaide
Hills Council Development Assessment Panel.
The panel refused the application by Glenbrook
Park because a second dwelling represented an
Mt Lofty Ranges Watershed and an encroachment
of urban development into a rural area”.
Zoo experience on hold
Plans for Monarto Zoo’s exciting new Predator
Experience are on hold as Zoos SA secures
funding for the next stage of their 20-year upgrade,
a spokesperson from Zoos SA has said.
The upgrade, which was announced in early 2015,
Nature’s Playground, which opened at Adelaide
Zoo in December last year.
The planned Predator Experience will give zoo-
goers a chance to get up close and personal with
Monarto’s feline residents.
However, while a spokesperson from Zoos SA
proposed date of commencement has not been
By Melissa Keogh
buildings in Mt Barker along a site
currently occupied by the town’s
caravan park hang in the balance
after it came to light the land was
bequeathed to the community as
a space for recreation nearly 120
The Mt Barker Council recently
released plans to allow high-rise
residential and commercial buildings
along a strip of land where the caravan
park and Park n Ride bus station are
But it has since learnt the 2.97ha
caravan park portion of that land
was gifted to the community in 1898
by prominent Mt Barker figure Dr
Leonard Bickle for recreational use by
Councillor Ian Grosser said the
council was now amending its high-
rise plans, which are part of the town
centre Development Plan Amendment
(DPA), to consider the historical
bequest of the land, known as the
Bickle Trust gift.
“I thought the council needed to
consider the legal and ethical issues
around the use of that land in the
future and the fact it was gifted to the
community specifically for recreation,”
“As a result the council has since
been investigating making that area a
community policy area which permits
recreational use and other activities,
but not medium to high density
Cr Grosser said he was unopposed
to the development of five-storey
buildings in Mt Barker, as long as “it’s
done sensitively in the right location”.
He hoped the caravan park site
would be protected from future high-
rise developments and instead kept for
public recreational use.
“It could include a new aquatic
centre, a playground, community
gardens, outdoor gym equipment and
just a quiet space for people to reflect
in,” Cr Grosser said.
Chairman of the Mt Barker branch of
the National Trust of SA, Don Goldney,
said he hoped the wishes of Dr Bickle
were followed through. “It would be
tantamount to building houses along
the Adelaide Park Lands along South
Terrace – the outcry for that would
be enormous and this is the same
principle,” he said.
“I have no problem with developments,
but don’t build on land that has been
gifted to the town.
“It (the land) was given to the council
as a trustee, that’s a very different
thing from ownership.”
Mr Goldney also agreed the land could
become the site of a new swimming
pool, or a beautified space similar to
Keith Stephenson Park.
“People could use it as a leisure place
to walk through or sit, because Keith
Stephenson Park is right out of the
way of that part of town,” he said.
“Dr Bickle was an outstanding
permanent citizen of the town in his day
and he thought that, along with Dunn
Park, the land was an opportunity to
make something special.”
Cracks appear in foundations
Five-storey buildings could be
allowed in Mt Barker in a bid to
stimulate the local economy and
increase vibrancy in the town.
The Mt Barker Council is planning to
rezone a strip of land between the railway
line and the Mt Barker Creek – the site
used by the town’s caravan park and bus
terminal – and continuing south to the
Dutton Road roundabout.
The zoning amendment will open up
opportunities for developers to construct
buildings up to five storeys high along
this area for commercial and residential
The changes are part of the council’sTown
Centre Development Plan Amendment
(DPA), which was widely rejected by the
community when released last year. The
council’s manager of planning, policy
and strategy, Marc Voortman, said these
latest rezoning changes aimed to increase
housing diversity in the town and create
“We want to have people work, shop and
have meals in the town centre,” he said.
“This is about creating a centre where
people don’t have to drive. It’s not about
cheap housing, it’s about diversity.”
Originally the council wanted to allow
high-rise buildings along historic streets
and along Cameron Road from the
Mountain Pool north to the entrance to
Following a backlash from the
community, the council altered aspects of
the plan by reducing the building heights
along several streets initially bound for a
Developments on Cameron Road will be
two storeys when viewed from the street.
A third storey will only be considered at
the rear of a building, where the site is
lower than the street level, as to appear
two-storeys from the road.
Continued page 11
Small scale tourist accommo-
dation, extended shop opening
hours and more entertainment
are some ideas the Mt Barker
Council has for the future of
Under the proposed new town
centre plan, tourist accommodation
could be developed above shops and
offices, but buildings will be limited
to two storeys.
Retail, commercial and entertain-
ment ventures could also expand
and trading hours extended to
encourage evening and weekend
Continued page 11
How The Courier reported the announcement of the Mt Barker Council’s plan to
rezone land on which to build five-storey residential and commercial buildings.
It would be tantamount to
building houses along the
Adelaide Park Lands ... this
is the same principle
– Chairman of the Mt Barker branch of
the National Trust of SA, Don Goldney
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