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with WALLY SPARROW
ITis truly amazing to see the spread of
housing around South Australia. In the
past 10 years, expansion has gone
crazy, and yet I have to stop and wonder
where the people are coming from to fill
these new homes.
Our population at times tends to
decrease rather than increase, so it
is obvious that a lot of this capital is
coming in from interstate and
overseas. The problem in my mind is
that this expansion is not being
accompanied by required facilities,
and most of it involves the loss of
valuable farming land.
The proposed Buckland Park
development involves the loss of
1300 hectares of farming country.
The developers’ proposal scoffs at
this and claims it only involves 13
landholders, 10 jobs and $786,000
It then relates this back to being
only 1 per cent of the total value of
agricultural production on the
Adelaide Plains, which has been
defined as $92 million in 2007 by
the Virginia Horticultural Centre.
I am not sure that the Horticultural
Centre really exists any more as a
viable operation, however, that is
another story. Since then the
Northern Expressway has carved up
54 agricultural and horticultural
properties in the area.
Developers claim that it will only
reduce production by 6-7pc, and I am
sure they still believe in the tooth fairy.
Several years ago I wrote about the
affect of the housing sprawl on Virginia
and that has become obvious. The
new expressway will without doubt
attract housing development and take
out more good farming soil.
Over the years we have seen this
happen in many areas closer to the
city, where once very productive
horticultural ventures are now long-
established housing suburbs. Where
are the people on the Adelaide Plains
going to move in order to grow our
Some moved up along the Murray
on almost pure sand, but that came
to a halt when our water ran out. In
order to stay on productive ground
they will have to move further north
or east, and that idea is already in
doubt with projects such as
Buckland Park, Roseworthy and
Gawler housing under development.
To the east Mount Barker is being
torn apart and further south,
McLaren Vale is under siege.
Throughout history man has taken
agricultural production into account
when laying out towns and cities to
ensure the residents can be fed.
Our current leaders and greedy
developers think that is handled by
the provision of supermarkets.
We need to maintain our good
agricultural land and encourage a
wider dispersion of housing
investment. We have some great
regional centres in our State that
would welcome a more equitable
distribution of people and dollars. What
happened to the Monarto concept?
It is just down the road from Mount
Barker and the government has
already researched it. The urban
sprawl concept is easier and offers a
higher return on investment to
developers and, in turn, governments.
Countries such as China, Indonesia
and Japan realise that in order to feed
their growing millions they need to
purchase good productive agricultural
land as a future investment. They are
doing that right here in Australia, the
only country in the world where you
can get away with it.
The thing that amazes me is that
we let them come in and do it while
we haven’t got the foresight or guts to
try and preserve the good productive
horticultural areas we already have.
The foresight factor of course also
becomes evident when we look at all
these new developments. Developers
are not responsible for all the
ancillary requirements such as
roads, schools, transport, hospitals,
police and other support units.
They think that to get water they
only have to plug into the mains
service. Billy the goose would know
and realise we cannot support this
type of expansion.
If you have the foresight (with or with-
out glasses) to rip out my heart or just
contact me you can do so on 0419 591
894 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mount Barker is being torn apart and, further south, McLaren Vale is under siege. Throughout history man has taken
agricultural production into account when laying out towns and cities to ensure the residents can be fed. Not any longer.
FAMILY FIRST MLC Robert
Brokenshire has called on the State
and Federal Governments to join
together to create an Enterprise
Zone in the Riverland with tax and
other financial incentives, after
revealing today that horticultural
land prices had slumped $163
million over three years – a 12 per
cent drop compared with a
statewide land value rise of 36pc
over the same period.
“The prospectus and $20 million
over five years previously
committed by the Rann
Government is not enough, and
isn’t delivering results fast enough,
Mr Brokenshire said.
The Riverland needed a
partnered Enterprise Zone with:
• low-interest loans from
Government for new business
infrastructure for start-up or
• five-year payroll tax holidays
for new business and
• Government partnership dollar
for dollar in expenditure on
MLC wants more support
for Riverland businesses
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