Glenside trees under threat- Meeting tonight
There has been little news about plans for the former Glenside hospital site since the announcement of the preferred developer in July. But the latest is not good, especially for those who had trusted in the Government’s commitments for the site.
Cedar Woods, the chosen developer, has lodged an application with the Development Assessment Commission for approval to remove 83 significant and regulated trees from the grounds. This application is proposed to ‘prepare the site’ for the housing development even before final plans have been lodged. It is an unnecessary and pre-emptive step to destroy an important and much valued feature of the site before any final approvals have been given.
This proposal flies in the face of assurances made by the Minister, Stephen Mullighan, at the time of the announcement.
“The plans for Glenside take into account the range of views expressed in the extensive community consultation, which highlighted the importance of retaining significant trees and open space, providing recreational trees and preserving magnificent heritage buildings,”
The website for Renewal SA still refers to ‘retaining and integrating significant vegetation‘ within the development.
In the public consultation conducted on the proposed development, the retention of significant trees and heritage buildings was one of the major concerns raised.
It now appears these views will be completely disregarded and trees removed from that site even before the building plans are completed. If this destruction is allowed it represents an enormous breach of faith for all those people who participated in the heavily promoted public consultation process for the site.
We need your voice tonight at a public meeting tonight to show your opposition to this unnecessary destruction before approvals are granted and to remind the Government of its commitments to respecting the outcomes of the consultation and preserving the significant vegetation on the site.
Please join us:
Wednesday 11th January 2017
6 PM to 7 PM (venue open at 5.45PM for a 6PM start)
Adelaide Central School of Art
Teaching and Studio Building
Lecture Room, Level 2
7 Mulberry Road (adjacent SA Film Corporation building)
Note: Entry via main entrance on Fullarton Road to Glenside Campus. Parking available in Carpark C.