The inner harbour area of Port
Adelaide is being redeveloped. The South Australian
government through its agency the Land Management Corporation is
remediating contaminated land on the banks of the Port Estuary, and
then transferring the land to the Newport Quays consortium.
Two sections of the western bank of the river are in various stages of
redevelopment, and a third is proceeding through the development
approval process. This third stage is particularly contentious as it
involves residential buildings up to 12 stories in height, which are
new to Port Adelaide´s well preserved maritime heritage.
Information about the development has been sparse,
but recently both public and local government concerns about
the nature of the development is resulting in more information finding
its way onto the public record.
This page attempts to pull together
information which the Port Adelaide Residents
Environment Protection Group (PAREPG) believes is in the public
Development Applications and Assessment
Newport Quays has decided to split the development application
for the third stage into two parts. The first
part known as Precinct 2b, is located on the western bank of
the Port River to the
east of the Glanville railway station. It is the only part
released to date and is shown below.
Quays Development Application(5Mb)
The Port Adelaide Enfield Council contracted a Design Review Panel of
development experts to
assess the application. Those experts were particularly
critical of the nature of the development in their report:
Review Panel's Assessment and a Crime Prevention Assessment
The Port Adelaide Enfield Development Assessment Panel provides an
opinion to the Development Assessment Commission. The assessment
prepared for the Port Adelaide Enfield Development Assessment Panel
reccomended quite strongly that the panel should not support the
application in its present form.
In addition, in spite of the short length of time available, 24
individuals and groups prepared responses to the development
application. (PAREPG had only two days)
prepared for the Development Assessment Panel and a list
of individuals and groups that made submissions to the Development
All submissions are now publicly available (16Mb)
and some have provided their responses below:
In the community
A number of local community groups also supported the production and
distribution of a flyer
the development application
Urban Construct is a member of the Newport Quays consortium.
That company advised PAREPG of what it considered to be inaccuracies in
the flyer, and also voiced their concerns in the local press.
PAREPG think it only fair that their views be reproduced in
from Urban Construct to PAREPG
Pushing the Envelope
A number of recent cases concerning development law which involve Urban
Construct are on the public record and links are provided below. The
first finds against Urban Construct´s original application to build a
multi-storey building at St Peters.
Construct & Others v City of Norwood, Payenham
& St Peters (2004)
The second also found against Urban Construct in an application at
Glenelg, and was also lost on appeal to the Supreme Court.
Construct Pty Ltd v City of Holdfast Bay (2005)
Construct Pty Ltd v City of Holdfast Bay (2006)