Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Letter to Grape Wine & Tourism members - from Pip Forrester Chair.

Hello Everyone,

This email is to let you know that our discussions and resistance to the
development of Seaford Heights continues and to advise you of the
details for this year's BankSA Sea and Vines festival.

The Association, The Board and I, as Chair, persist in our engagement in
discussions and negotiations with the other stakeholders; The Southern
Community Coalition, The Friends of Willunga Basin and with The City of
Onkaparinga.

The latest development in the process is the City of Onkaparinga's
response to a letter from the Minister for Planning (Minister Holloway)
which advised of the Minister's amendments to the Seaford Heights
Development Plan Application (DPA) resulting from the consultation
process with numerous community groups, including the McLaren Vale
Grape, Wine and Tourism Association and various government departments.

At its meeting on 15th March the Council resolved as detailed in the
attached letter from Mayor Rosenberg to Minster Rau. In summary the
decision was;

1) That the Council restates its wish for the land to be rezoned 'rural'

2) If rezoning is not approved, the Minister be requested to convene a
'round table' to include all those who had been involved
in previous consultations to consider an alternative development
policy for Seaford Heights appropriate to a transition to
the Willunga Basin and rural areas.

3) That the Minister take note and take action on the responses to the
proposed changes to the Seaford Heights. DPA

4) In the event that the Minister does not approve the request to rezone
the land to rural, the Mayor and CEO of the
City of Onkaparinga express their concern in relation to the Seaford
Heights DPA to the Development Policy Advisory Committee
and to the Environment Resources and Development Committee of
Parliament.

For details on point 3) please see the attached letter to Minister Rau.

This resolution, in large part, reflected the wishes of the three key
community groups; McLaren Vale Grape, Wine and Tourism Association, The
Southern Community Coalition and the Friends of Willunga Basin who as a
result of discussion were in agreement on their position.

Your Association Board, at its recent meeting, has also reiterated that
it's first preference is for the land to be rezoned 'rural' and it's
second preference is for the consultative process to be recommenced.

I will keep you informed about the Minister's response to the Council's
resolution when it is received.

With respect to BankSA Sea and Vines, please also note the attached
summary of the details for the event this year. As those of you who are
involved are aware, we are in the process of evolving this event and as
a result have had numerous meetings leading to several alterations to
the delivery model to meet the needs of all the businesses wishing to
participate as can be seen from the attached summary.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has put in
time and effort to come up with the present solution, especially
Elizabeth Tasker and her team.

The BankSA bookings open on Monday 11th April and all bookings on 14th
April. We anticipate that the brochure will be available by then and the
details will be on the website in the next 10 days.

Best wishes

Pip Forrester
Chair
McLaren Vale Grape, Wine and Tourism

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