Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Tractor Action Grinds McLaren Vale to a standstill.
FROM THE ABC.
Communities directly affected by the South Australian Government's development plans have rallied against housing proposals.
But SA Planning Minister Paul Holloway says they will have to wear population increases to help cater for Adelaide's expansion.
Some were angered by a planned housing estate at Seaford Heights.
"Change the face of McLaren Vale [and it] won't have the appeal for tourists that'll want to come here and spend their dollar here, said one.
The protesters brought McLaren Vale to a standstill as they made clear their views.
Their convoy travelled to a Seaford Heights winery, just metres from where more than 1,000 homes are to be built.
Mount Barker residents are also keeping up the pressure against Government plans to rezone Adelaide Hills farmland for housing.
Opponent Ian Grosser vowed the fight would continue.
"We'll maintain the rage yes. Unfortunately the Planning Minister, despite the opposition, shows no sign of backing down," he said.
Mr Holloway defended expansion plans.
"What we're trying to do is to say 'Well look, if we're going to have the growth, let's try and contain it to a few centres, let's try and make that efficient so that we can provide the infrastructure that's necessary'," he said.
The Minister said the land at Seaford was earmarked for development two decades ago.
Posted by James Hook