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A plan to manage flood
risks to homes and business
in Mt Barker, Totness and
adopted by the Mt Barker
The Stormwater Management
Plan outlines almost $24m of
projects across the three towns
to help manage flood risk and
safeguard homes during extreme
The plan covers 33.5km
across Mt Barker, Totness and
Littlehampton and includes areas
zoned for future residential and
industrial development which is
expected to increase stormwater
run off and peak flows.
Many of these areas drain to
the Mt Barker Creek.
The plan outlines more than
$3.7m of high priority stormwater
infrastructure, flood mitigation
and water quality projects and
a further $19.8m of medium and
low priority projects. Included
in the list is a $2.5m wetland
constructed at Duck Flat, Mt
Barker, and a $2m wetland on
Secker Road, Mt Barker.
The projects will be considered
on merit for inclusion in the
council’s rolling capital works
“With urban growth there will
inevitably be increases in both
stormwater run-off volumes
and peak flow rates and this
plan identifies ways to assist in
managing these increases,” a
council report said.
By Melissa Keogh
The head of the Mt Barker Council has
questioned whether the council should
continue operating the town’s caravan
park or even if a facility should exist in
The park generates almost $275,000 in profit
every year but chief executive Andrew Stuart
has questioned whether the council should
remain in the caravan park business.
Council staff will develop a strategic plan
into tourist accommodation in the town next
financial year to determine the future of the
Cameron Road park, which the council has
owned for many years.
“What benefit is there for the township and
how do we see the provision of this sort of
facility for Mt Barker now and in the future?”
Mr Stuart asked Councillors at a meeting late
“They’re pretty big questions.
“I don’t think our starting point should be one
of, ‘we should stay in the business of it because
we’ve done it for years’.
“(We should) attack this with an open mind.”
The council says it has no long term plans
for the park, but that staff needed to consider
whether the caravan park should remain in its
current location or be moved, and whether the
council should continue to be involved.
While the council has been the landholder
since the facility’s establishment in 1956, the
park is managed by independent contractors.
Under the current management agreement,
the council is responsible for day-to-day
items such as electricity, water and financial
accounts. At the meeting Councillor Jeff
Bettcher also questioned whether the council
should be involved in the park in the long term.
“Do you think we’re really in the business for
providing a caravan park ... I thought there
would be a private sector,” he said.
“We’ve got a big caravan park in Hahndorf
and that’s never been ratepayer funded.”
The council’s general manager of corporate
services, David Peters, said many councils
around Australia owned caravan/tourist parks.
He said the Mt Barker park often reached
capacity at Easter.
The discussion coincided with councillors’
decision to phase out long term accommodation
at the park to honor a trust placed on the site
almost 130 years ago.
Under the change, 19 current long term
residents will not be asked to leave, but as they
progressively choose to move on, their long
term sites will become short term (less than 60
The caravan park is located on land donated
to the community for recreation in 1890 by
prominent local Dr Leonard Bickle.
Under the charitable trust the land must be
used for recreational purposes.
However, an inconsistency was recently found
between the trust and the Residential Parks
Act 2007, which states a tourist park can only
be classified as a recreation ground if tenants
are short term.
A council report said long term tenancies
generated $266,000 per year – more than 30%
of the park’s total income.
Council chief questions
future of caravan park
The future of the Mt Barker caravan park has been questioned by the council’s chief executive.
By Elisa Rose
regional touring music
festival will not return to
Oakbank this year after
organisers cut the town
from its touring schedule
this month in favor of a city
Groovin the Moo has been
held at Oakbank Racecourse
since 2014 when it was intro-
duced to SA.
However this year the pop-
ular festival, which aims to
bring headline musicians to
regional towns across Aus-
tralia, will be held at the Way-
Oakbank Racing Club chair-
man Barney Gask said the
club was informed of the
change late last week and he
believed the relocation was
due to factors including inter-
nal changes to the festival’s
organising team and traffic
concerns around Oakbank.
“Obviously we’re really dis-
appointed because we thought
that Oakbank was a great
venue for it,” he said.
Continued page 9
Oakbank loses music festival
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