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“We are quite adamant that Langhorne
Creek as a wine and historic centre is just
as prominent as the Barossa Valley or
Elected members felt the world heritage
bid was “biased towards McLaren Vale,
the Barossa Valley and Adelaide Hills”, he
said, and that the Alexandrina region was
“missing out but we are still contributing
the same amount of money”.
There are now 10 councils involved in the
project alongside Adelaide University and
Regional Development Australia.
The bid aims to secure world heritage
listing for the region as a working agrarian
landscape and if achieved it could help
preserve food production areas, promote
tourism and limit urban sprawl.
Mt Lofty Ranges World Heritage Bid
project manager Stephanie Johnston said
the council’s decision was disappointing,
but the bid process could continue without
its involvement if necessary.
Councils knew when they joined the
consortium producing the bid that only
selected areas that met the necessary
criteria would be chosen, she said.
“The key requirement is that we have
to put forward a single place for national
heritage nomination and that has to be a
place that has recognition by the general
public,” Ms Johnston said.
“... We determined that the best place to
put forward would be the Mt Lofty Ranges.
“The basic reason why Langhorne Creek
is not in there is because it’s not part of the
defined Mt Lofty Ranges area.”
The boundary, developed over the past six
months, covers about half the Alexandrina
district including part of the Langhorne
Creek wine region.
The committee behind the proposal did
consider including the wider Langhorne
Creek area, but Ms Johnston said it couldn’t
justify expanding the boundary based on
the assessment criteria.
However, she said there would be an
opportunity for the Alexandrina Council to
argue for its inclusion during the national
heritage listing assessment process.
The nomination for national listing will be
lodged next month and considered by the
Federal Government to determine whether
it should be placed on a priority list for
further assessment. That assessment could
begin as early as this year, be deferred to a
future year or be refused entirely.
Without the national heritage listing, the
Mt Lofty Ranges cannot be considered for
world heritage status.
a threat to funding
By Melissa Keogh
This year’s wine grape harvest
is lagging behind by three weeks
compared to last year due to a
wetter than usual spring and
Most Hills grape growers will begin
picking fruit in late February or early
March – a time when last year’s
harvest was nearing completion.
winemaker Tom Keelan said the
extended vintage caused by a cold
start to the growing season and high
spring and summer rainfalls would
most likely see white grapes picked in
the last week of February.
He said red varieties wouldn’t leave
the vines until March/April.
More than 350mm of rain fell at
Macclesfield in spring, almost double
the 186mm average, according to
Bureau of Meteorology observations.
Summer rainfall had already exceeded
averages with 150mm of rain falling in
the town this season.
Mr Keelan, who co-owns The Pawn
Wine Co alongside vigneron David
Blows, said although this year’s
harvest would produce an average
yield, it would be of “superb quality”.
He said a late February and early
March harvest was more in line with
harvests of 10–20 years ago.
“It’s almost a normal vintage with
respect to what the Hills used to be
like,” Mr Keelan said.
“We’ve had intense weather events in
the last few years that have brought
on rapid ripening (early harvests) but
this year is more business as usual.”
Late last year the Bureau of
Meteorology issued a downy mildew
(foliage disease) warning for grape
growers across many parts of SA,
including the Mt Lofty Ranges, caused
by warm and humid conditions.
However, Adelaide Hills Wine chief
executive Nicole Roberts said Hills
growers were likely to have escaped
disease threats as most were on top
of spray schedules, monitoring and
“Everyone has been monitoring and
is being very cautious but at this stage
things are looking really good,” she
“The crucial point is once the berries
on the vine have gone through veraison
that’s when they really start to plump
up and get really ripe and if you have
rain after that, that’s when you can
have some issues.
“We haven’t gone through that, so
we’ve had no trouble at all.”
Ms Roberts said the high rainfall was
good news in terms of irrigation for
Wet spring delays grape harvest
Hills used to
– Tom Keelan
The Pawn Wine Co
owners David Blows,
back, and Tom Keelan
say the grape harvest
is running three weeks
behind compared to
By Melissa Keogh
A mature pine tree at the
Littlehampton Primary School
could be axed in fear it might
fall onto students, parents or
The leaning tree overhangs the
student pick up and drop off area
and a nearby house on William
Street and school principal Jenny
Lewis said she was concerned it
could fall during wild weather
Ms Lewis said an arborist would
be called in before the start of the
school year to determine whether
the large pine will be lopped.
Another large tree, near the one
in question, crashed to the ground
during the wild storm which
lashed the State in late December.
Ms Lewis said the still-standing
pine tree could suffer the same
fate as it appeared to be on an
“We have an annual tree audit
and get an arborist to come out
each year and map the trees,” she
“We have had a number of trees
removed in the past because they
Ms Lewis said the leaning pine
tree would be looked at by the
arborist “before school goes back”.
William Street resident John
Wilson said he would like to see
all tall pine trees along the road
lopped as they posed a threat to
students and nearby residents’
“The north winds come and hit
those trees and all of them should
be lopped,” he said.
“I wouldn’t park my car there in
The leaning pine tree at the Littlehampton
Primary School could be axed to prevent it posing
a danger to students, parents and neighboring
houses. RIGHT: The tree overhangs the school’s
pick up and drop off zone.
Leaning tree poses safety risk to students
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