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The Courier Wednesday, February 10, 2016 -- PAGE 9
The Adelaide Hills Council is
spending another $80,000 on
consultants so it can push ahead
with plans to sell sections of the
old woollen mill at Lobethal,
now a business hub known as
the Adelaide Hills Business and
Tourism Centre (AHBTC).
The money will be used to
investigate costs for essential
infrastructure work before any
sale can go ahead and to work out
options for selling sections under
The council also plans to talk to
existing tenants about a "right of
first refusal to purchase" before
it finalises any community titling
The council spent $70,000 on
consultants and advisers last year
to look at what had to be done to
the century-old complex to fulfil the
business, heritage and community
directions laid down in the AHBTC
Selling off commercial sections of
the mill to pay for the upkeep and
upgrading of other areas is a key
element of the masterplan.
A recent report to elected members
said "considerable progress" had
been made but investigations had
raised a number of issues that had
to be resolved.
Those issues included separation
of services such electricity and
water, $1m worth of infrastructure
work on the northern side and the
removal of an underground storage
The council is also working on
retaining public space at the mill
and an interpretation plan for
the Onkaparinga Woollen Mill
Councillors are planning to visit
the mill complex in the coming
Consultancy for mill sale
By Elisa Rose
Three years ago Mt Barker masseur
Beau Sandford had his sights set on a
Today the opera lover s life is heading in a
very different direction.
Mr Sandford s passion for music began as a
child, but it was an amateur performance of
the musical Les Mis rables in 2012 that set
the stage for his opera career.
After impressing fellow actors with his
performance, Mr Sandford begun voice
lessons with "iconic tenor" Thomas Edmonds
who encouraged him to audition for the State
Opera SA (SOSA).
Since then Mr Sandford has performed in
various SOSA productions, including the
opera Otello, and was selected to be in the
Young Artists Program -- a training program
for young Australian opera singers.
Discovering a fresh confidence in his
abilities and an unexpected passion for
opera, Mr Sandford abandoned his teaching
aspirations to focus on performing.
This year the tenor will play a minor role in
SOSA s performance of The Magic Flute -- but
he doesn t plan to stop there.
The 29-year-old said his best years are yet
"I won t fully mature in my performing until
I m in my 40s," he said.
"... A pinnacle goal would be to play a
lead role in a major production for a major
When he s not on stage Mr Sandford can be
found practising his other passion -- massage.
Mr Sandford was drawn to both massage
and opera through a desire to connect with
and help people -- but it is music that he said
had real power to move people.
"Music itself is something that s able to
transcend barriers -- language barriers,
cultural barriers -- to tell timeless stories
about people," he said.
"Music transcends barriers where massage
can t. It s a much deeper, more meaningful
relationship that I have with an audience."
SOSA s production of The Magic Flute will
run from February 18--24 as part of the
The performance will be held at the
Freemasons Great Hall in Adelaide with
tickets available at adelaidefringe.com.au or
on 1300 621 255.
When he s not on stage Beau Sandford can be found practising his second passion -- massage -- at
Mt Barker Therapeutic Massage Centre.
Touched by music
Mt Barker resident
Beau Sandford s
passion for opera
has seen him take to
the stage in various
performances by the
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