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Cremorne Plaza is just the beginning…

April 22, 2015

cremorne plazaWhile I can sympathise with the angst of local residents directly affected by the $8OM/seven storey/ 150 apartment complex opposite the Cremorne Hotel on Unley Road, what I can’t do, as an Unley Councillor, is offer even a grain of hope that things will go their way.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the herald of things to come as the State Government’s demolition of the democratic planning process gains momentum.

First it was the disappearance of the wholly Council-constituted planning committees and the introduction of the Development Assessment Panels. While not always  the case, this meant the partial replacement of councillors with the general wishes and hopes of local residents at heart. (Why would anyone from the banks of the Murray have any real empathy with those most affected by Unley redevelopment?)

Now, sadly, councils have been stripped of their responsibilities even more, leaving them to handle merely the most minor of development matters. For planning at least, the “local” has disappeared from Local Government.

ALL THIS, OF COURSE, TO ENSURE THE GRANDIOSE DREAMS OF THE NORTH TERRACE LUNATIC ASYLUM FOR A MASSIVELY IMPRACTICAL AND DRAMATIC JUMP IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA’S POPULATION.

OK, so Grumpy is beating the same old drum, but just what, exactly, will all the hordes of extra humans DO? We hardly seem to produce anything. Manufacturing is languishing. How will the  half-million arrivals earn a crust? Except, that is, by taking in other people’s washing.

Unley, like other Councils, has been told to lay plans for an extra residents. In our case 5000.

Unless we are to disperse these throughout the council area by reducing site sizes and other fiddling schemes, then there are bound to be more Cremornes on the horizon.

Get used to it!

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  1. Ian S permalink
    April 25, 2015 7:33 am

    Unless I’m mistaken, the developers of this eyesore are required to pay a fee amounting to 2% of the project value directly to the SA Government. My calculation places that at $1.6M. Surely UCC has a case to recover that $1.6M as it is for the provision of infrastructure.

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