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“Despite the approval of the rezoning, we
are still fighting for what we believe is the
right way to go about this: no more popula-
tion growth without adequate infrastructure
support,” chairperson Dianne van Eck said.
A “born and bred” Mount Barker resident,
she said the consultation process for the DPA
was insufficient and would cost disadvantage
the region’s farmers and the State’s food secu-
The group holds regular meetings in Mount
Barker where residents can express their
views and pose questions on matters relating
to the physical and social environment of the
town and district.
Meanwhile, the council has taken steps to
support the coexistence of agriculture and
urban development by relaxing planning
laws surrounding agri-tourism.
“This is a move that will enable farmers to
diversify their income if they wish,” Mr
Mount Barker has a strong focus on
Many major events are held in the region
because of its close proximity to Adelaide,
cafes and restaurants, historic townships,
wineries, shopping, abundance of fresh local
produce and a wide range of accommodation.
The international cycling Tour Down Under
event passes through the district every year
and the Hans Heysen Festival in September
celebrates local art in the home district of the
Mount Barker has also fast become the
focal point for jazz in South Australia, hosting
numerous festivals throughout the year and
welcoming players and lovers of the music,
such as Australian jazz legends such as Don
Burrows and Bob Barnard.
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BOB and Julie Ellis (pictured) believe challenges lie ahead for Mount
Barker’s agricultural producers as urban development encroaches on prime
The couple own and run Adelaide Hills Wagyu, a boutique beef breeding
operation that supplies local butchers and private individuals with premi-
um Wagyu meat.
Born and bred in the Mount Barker area, Julie says although their land is
not being rezoned, urban sprawl will present significant challenges in the
“The development plan will see new homes built less than 1 kilometre
from our paddock fence,” she said.
“It’s a concern for us as cattle breeders because not only will the new
residents have an impact on us, with stray dogs wandering onto the farm
or potential liability threats.
“The use of machinery and farm management products really requires a
buffer from heavily populated areas.”
Julie is concerned about the general lack of planning for primary indus-
tries, “which are being forced further and further away because of devel-
“Despite all the concerns surrounding food security, there is just no seri-
ous planning to achieve this.
“If the Mount Barker development goes ahead, we stand to lose a great
deal of our productive land and once it’s paved over, that’s it.”
Julie says fire risks are also greatly increased under the plans, with no
planning to mitigate against another Ash Wednesday disaster.
“The infrastructure is severely lacking and increasing the population to
such an extent will not only increase the pressure on roads and services,
but also increase the risk of fires.”
Beef producers face challenges
THE District Council of Mount Barker is working to upgrade and extend
the Laratinga Linear Trail, a hugely popular attraction with residents and
The first stage of the trail extends from Keith Stephenson Park past the
southern edge of the central business area to the Laratinga Wetlands.
The trail extension is an off-shoot linking from MacFarlane Terrace to
Cornerstone College wetlands and increases safe access to the central
precinct within the Mount Barker township, access to local schools,
Mountain Pool and Dunn & Bickle Park.
The trail extension included the construction of three 12-metre span
bridges, a 30m boardwalk and solar bollard lighting along a 3m sealed
shared pedestrian and cyclist pathway that stretches for just over 2km.
Revegetation of the Littlehampton Creek with more than 3000 local
indigenous trees and shrubs to return the creek line to its natural habitat
occurred as part of the trail construction, providing a great outcome for
Future budget submissions will be prepared for council to include provi-
sion for the next section of the trail being to extend from Cornerstone
College to the Childs Road Freeway tunnel, which will allow access to
both Anembo Park and the town of Littlehampton.
As further stages are planned and constructed, the trail will take people
on a journey of discovery as it ultimately winds from township to town-
ship within the district. It will promote the ambience of the hills while pro-
viding a major tourist and recreational destination.
In June, the Federal Government announced the establishment of an
independent Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Local
This followed its earlier commitment to hold a referendum on constitu-
tional recognition of local government during the term of Parliament or at
the next election.
The panel is inviting all Australians to have their say on whether local
government should be recognised in the Australian Constitution.
The panel’s discussion paper and website with more information is
available at www.localgovrecognition.gov.au
Upgrade of linear trail
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