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By Lisa Pahl
Music concerts for up to
2500 patrons may be staged
at a Macclesfield winery after
alterations to its existing
function centre were approved
Longview Winery will be able to
host up to five major concerts in
a new purpose-built sound shell
that will feature a stage, dressing
rooms, lounge and storage areas.
The winery’s function centre deck
will be extended to cater for concert-
goers, with a grassed amphitheatre
area to also be established between
the centre and the sound shell.
The proposal was backed by
the Council Assessment Panel
at its December meeting, despite
concerns from three neighbors.
They feared the development
would lead to excess noise and
and questioned the
suitability of the development in a
primary production area.
But council staff said in their
report that the development
was a “suitable expansion that
will enhance the facilities of the
property and tourist experiences
afforded to the district”.
“It has been determined that
this can occur without causing
unreasonable undue impact on
the amenity of the locality, the
environment, traffic or ongoing use
of the majority of the subject land
for viticultural production,” the
Winery to expand event area
By Lisa Pahl
A dangerous Nairne intersection
will be given a $1.3m fix if the
Liberals gain power at the
upcoming State election.
The Party this week pledged the
funds to upgrade one of the Hills’
riskiest junctions, where Woodside
Road meets the Old Princes Highway.
But details of how the intersection
would be redeveloped are yet to be
The junction has been a trouble spot
for over a decade, with peak hour traffic,
increasing heavy vehicle numbers and
the nearby Nairne Primary School
situated on a no-through road all
compounding the problem.
Liberal candidate for Kavel Dan
Cregan campaigned to secure the
funding after locals told him the
intersection was one of their biggest
“I’ve lost count of the number of times
that this particular intersection was
raised as a concern,” he said.
“The existing intersection
dangerous, especially at peak times
when cars often bank up over the
interstate rail line.
“There’s a clear need to reduce
congestion at the Nairne intersection
to improve the safety of the road – a
reconfiguration will make it safer and
easier to navigate.”
While the funding has been
committed, the Party has not identified
a solution for the junction.
Shadow Transport Minister David
Pisoni said engineers had been
consulted over the plan and that the
$1.3m would “give us flexibility to get
the right outcome”.
“The important thing here is that we
have got money allocated, it will be a
priority for us as a new government,”
“We will be interested in a community
consultation process to deliver an
outcome that is not only safer but also
has broad community support.” If the
ideal solution is more expensive, Mr
Pisoni said the Liberals could dip into
their proposed Royalties for Regions
Fund, which will quarantine 30% of
the State’s mining and petroleum
royalties for regional infrastructure.
Nairne and Districts Residents’
Association acting president Leif
Brown said the junction had been a
community concern for over 15 years.
“It has become a real choke point for
traffic particularly at certain times of
the day,” he said.
“I think it’s only a matter of time
where if something isn’t done, someone
will be killed there.”
Buchmann, a Nairne resident who
regularly walks son Archie along the
route to the Nairne Primary School,
said fixing the intersection was the
community’s “top priority”.
It was particularly challenging for
the school’s staff and parents, who
struggled to access and exit Saleyard
Road safely during peak hours, she
“The school community will be really
pleased with this news because it will
be a safer intersection for them getting
in and out,” Cr Buchmann said.
Liberal Transport Minister David Pisoni, back left, and Liberal candidate for Kavel Dan Cregan, back right, with Mt Barker
Councillor and Nairne resident Debs Buchmann and son Archie, 8, and Nairne and Districts Residents Association acting
president Lief Brown at the Woodside Road junction, which has been promised a $1.3m upgrade if the Liberals win the
March State election.
I think it’s only a matter of
time where if something
isn’t done, someone will
be killed there
– Nairne and Districts Residents’
Association acting president Leif Brown
ELECTION PLEDGE TO FIX INTERSECTION
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