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Summer 2015 - 2016 Newsletter

As we head towards the 2016 AGM to be held at 11am in the Aldinga Institute on Sunday January 31st 2016, here is a quick update from the Chair on what your committee has been up to over the past year.

1. Foreshore signage

Following last year’s AGM FOPW committee members negotiated with the relevant council officer to reduce the height of a number of new warning signs at beach access points. As a result the signs are now below fence height and no longer disrupt views of the ocean and sand hills.


2. On the Run (OTR) 24 hour integrated service station complex with associated car wash, supermarket and Hungry Jacks


In 2014 the Friends of Port Willunga, Friends of Willunga Basin and the McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association supported FOPW Chair Stephanie Johnston to join as a party to the ERD court case between Peregrine Corporation and the City of Onkaparinga, over Council’s refusal to approve the On the Run (OTR) application. Peregrine Corporation eventually submitted the FOPW and FOWB-negotiated compromise plans to the Coordinator-General, and a subsequent decision by the state’s Development Assessment Commission produced the final result, with reduction of the heights of the advertising pylons from an original 12 metres to 6 metres. The final design also retains views of the Uniting Church as you approach Aldinga from the city. However to the horror of a number of community groups from the Willunga area Peregrine negotiated with the Uniting Church to remove a large number of trees from the Church’s grounds in order to expose the Hungry Jacks sign to traffic approaching from the south. Community groups are now approaching the church to see if a community tree planting can be organised to replace the trees and create new landscaping.


3. Proposal for an ALDI Supermarket in the Aldinga Historic Townshi
Friends of Port Willunga made a submission opposing the non-complying development application from ALDI Supermarkets on the grounds that it would create significant traffic congestion when combined with the traffic impacts of the new On the Run service station opposite, and the impacts of an anticipated 2,000 new houses likely to be built on the 80 hectare Renewal SA-owned land between Quinliven Road and Adlinga Beach Road over the next few years. We also pointed out that the proposal exceeds Council development plan provisions that limit supermarket size in the historic zone to 900 square metres. (The transport impact assessment commissioned by the applicant confirmed that the ALDI store and commercial uses combined would generate 257 peak hour trips and 2,225 daily trips onto the site, and the floor area proposed is 1,517m2, well above the 900m2 limit.)


While the application has attempted to fit in with some heritage guidelines, the creation of 2.8 metres of infill above natural ground level would raise the height of the entire building to an unacceptable and dominant height and scale of 3.65 metres above natural ground level. Finally an excessive amount of corporate signage and excessively high signs (up to 10.4 metres) would also go against development plan provisions for the historic township and the established limit of 6m pylons for OTR.

Friends of Willunga Basin and other members of the Aldinga community however supported the application, and there has been no further news from Council on the application at the time of writing.


4. Harbourmaster’s cottage remedial work


A complaint from a resident about the risks to public safety of the Harbourmaster’s cottage ruin resulted in a Council assessment that closed off the ruin to the public while remedial work to make it safe was undertaken. Friends of Port Willunga provided input on the assessment. When it was discovered that the ruin is NOT heritage listed, a request was made that some budget from remedial work on the nearby heritage-listed Martin’s Barn be allocated to providing some interpretive signage for the Harbourmaster’s Cottage ruin when it is reopened to the public.

5. Mount Lofty Ranges World Heritage Bid

Barossa, Adelaide Hills, Mt Barker, Onkaparinga, Alexandrina and Yankalilla Councils continue to collaborate with Regional Development Australia Barossa and the University of Adelaide to pursue National Heritage listing of the Mount Lofty Ranges Agrarian Landscape, with a view to submitting a nomination to the federal government at the end of 2016. The McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association and Barossa Grape and Wine have got behind the bid. Should National National Heritage listing be successful the councils will consider lobbying the Australian federal government to pursue World Heritage listing. State government support has not yet been forthcoming, however Project Steering Group Chair Mayor Lorraine Rosenberg is leading advocacy efforts to get the State Government on board in 2016.


6. Proposal for a street vine “pergola” over the Aldinga Township


Members of the Aldinga traders group have put forward an idea and concept plans for an architectural installation that would cover the Aldinga Township cross roads, provide shade in summer by growing vines across Old Coach Road and Port Road creating a pedestrian friendly environment and tourist attraction for the whole township. FOPW committee member Helen Marshall has offered to liaise with the traders and with Council around fundraising and developing the project.

7. Toxic waste at Maslin Dump?

As we go to press there is some local alarm around media reports of illegal dumping of lead at the Maslin landfill dump. According to a formal media release from the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) the Today Tonight story was prompted from a recent case in Victoria where the EPA in that state had fined an environmental processing company $22,000 for failing to seek the required consignment orders to transport 900 tonnes of lead slag into South Australia. The EPA is conducting its own investigation to identify the South Australian landfill operator that allegedly accepted this waste from Victoria and for failing to notify the EPA, as required under the Environment Protection Act 1993.

I thank all our committee members for their hard work in 2015, and look forward to seeing many of you at the AGM on January 31st where we will bring you up to date on many more matters of interest to Friends of Port Willunga members, and provide you with an opportunity to bring any of your own concerns to the meeting.

Stephanie Johnston
Chair, Friends of Port Willunga Committee