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By Elisa Rose
The Adelaide Hills Council
has given the green light for a
land reclassification that could
pave the way for a controversial
nature play space in Woodside.
At a recent meeting, members of
the Council’s Assessment Panel
agreed to back an application
to change the land use of two
privately owned parcels of land in
the primary production zone on
Pedare Park and Burns roads to
include a nature play area.
The proposal, which needs State
Commission Assessment Panel
support, involves the creation
of 15 off-street car park spaces,
with a council report saying the
applicants intended the natural
features of the land to be used as
a natural outdoor recreation space
that would “expose children to
more outdoor activities”.
The nature play area would be
used on a pre-booked basis and
would operate on a maximum of
three days per week.
The plan drew divided responses
from the local community, with
21 people responding during the
public notification period, 12 of
whom supported the proposal,
while the remaining nine opposed
Those who opposed the plan
raised concerns about an increase
in traffic, waste management at
the site, public safety, privacy and
the management of private roads.
Nature play space closer
By Lisa Pahl
Elderly Stirling residents and
patients accessing the town’s
hospital say Milan Terrace is
becoming too dangerous for
pedestrians to cross.
Sixty people have signed a petition
calling on the Adelaide Hills Council to
install a safe crossing on the busy road
in front of the Stirling Hospital.
Older residents of the Pinoak Tiers
and nearby Sevenoaks Of Stirling
retirement villages say they do not feel
safe walking across the road.
Pinoak Tiers Retirement Village
Residents’ Group president Ruth Guy
said residents had told her they needed
a crossing point.
“This is a real priority that they want
us to find a solution to,” she said.
SA Best leader Nick Xenophon and
Heysen candidate John Illingworth
visited the site on Friday to lobby for
a wombat crossing over Milan Terrace.
“A raised crossing would keep
pedestrians up at footpath height,
making it easier for those with mobility
aids to cross,” Mr Illingworth said.
“It would also create a visual barrier
for drivers, making them more aware
of people crossing to slow traffic down.”
accompanied by a reduced speed
limit of 40km/h, are already in use in
Hahndorf ’s main street and Druids
Avenue in Mt Barker.
Pinoak Tiers resident Val Lomman
said she avoided crossing in front
of the hospital because it was “too
“I go further along the road to cross
because the cars go too fast here and
they just don’t see us,” she said.
Stirling Hospital chief executive
Jennie Cameron said the hospital
would be “very supportive” of a crossing
because patients often struggled to
safely cross the road to get to the
car park opposite. “There are some
days when even someone like myself
struggles to get across there because
the cars go so fast,” she said.
The road is controlled by the Adelaide
Hills Council, which was expected to
receive a petition with 60 signatures
calling for a pedestrian crossing at its
meeting last night.
In a report to the council, engineering
and assets director Peter Bice said
officers had investigated options for a
crossing on Milan Terrace.
He said staff would trim tree branches
at the existing crossing to improve
installation of a painted crossing “may
not be appropriate” as traffic speeds
approaching the area were “reasonably
“The installation of a painted crossing
at this point would generally be in
shade which makes the line marking
less effective and less visible to traffic,”
A winery’s approval for a development
that will allow it to stage concerts for up
to 2500 patrons will be challenged in court.
Longview Vineyard’s bid for infrastructure
to host concerts was approved by the Mt
Barker Council’s Council Assessment Panel in
December. However, some neighbors will appeal
the decision in the Environment, Resources and
Development Court concerned about traffic and
noise, as well as the possible bushfire risks.
Pinoak Tiers Retirement Village residents
Joan Hale, left, Val Lomman and Gwen
Hewett with SA Best Heysen candidate
John Illingworth, back left, and party
leader Nick Xenophon outside the Stirling
Hospital on Milan Terrace where they
would like a wombat crossing installed.
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