Home' The Leader Newspaper : The Leader - January 13th 2016 Contents 10 - “The Leader”, Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Improving Tanunda’s main street,
progressing use of the Warren Reservoir
and investigating options for a Southern
Barossa Sports Hub are among the
projects for The Barossa Council in the
Mayor Bob Sloane acknowledges it
will be a busy year as he looks forward
to seeing the region continuing to grow
“There are good things happening in the
community... providing an ongoing work
and interest for people,” said Mr Sloane.
Hosting a Women’s Tour on Monday as
a lead in to the Santos Tour Down Under
stage 1 finish on Tuesday starts the year
off with Mr Sloane acknowledging the
efforts of the community in embracing
an event which will attract large crowds
and increase tourism beyond next week.
“We have been lucky enough to have a
presence in every Tour Down Under since
it started,” said Mr Sloane.
“We want to continue doing that as
it brings the eyes of the world on the
A funding announcement last year
by the State Government to improve
Murray Street, Tanunda has resulted in
discussions with Council who are keen
to work in with contractors to undertake
their own works at the same time.
“We are now suggesting they start at
Sobel Street and work to Para Road,” said
“We have a significant amount we want
to do with the streetscape in Murray
Street. The previous Council looked at
that... zebra crossings, enhancing footpath
use, but the new Council haven’t had a
chance to visit the plan yet.
“We will look at that to see what we
would like in the street and how we can
fund it. The road is a complete mess
and needs to be upgraded and work will
probably start in February.”
Mr Sloane said elected members will
look at a plan at their Council meeting this
month and are expected to “move pretty
quickly” as they make sure it “gets done
well and properly”.
A funding allocation last year to
investigate options for the Warren
Reservoir continues to have Council
working on plans regarding the use of
this facility at Williamstown.
Mr Sloane said not much has happened
since Minister Hunter’s announcement
but has welcomed the interest shown
by recreational fishing bodies and the
Department of Environment, Water and
“It is something we have been pushing
hard on for at least the last 12 months and
it hasn’t come to fruition as we would like
it to,” said Mr Sloane.
He hoped movement on the project
would continue in coming months so the
precinct could be used to its potential for
the next season.
From one water precinct to another, the
Nuriootpa Swimming Pool’s use and future
is currently a project being tackled by
Council and they are currently consulting
with the community.
Mr Sloane said he would like to see
more positive responses coming from
the community for the “great community
asset” which has been operational for 70
“Let us know what you want,” said Mr
“It is my personal belief it
should not close... there should be a pool
“People have said it should be shifted
but where it is, is close to the bowling club,
primary school and high school.”
Council has allocated funding this
season for the pool to be solar heated
and Mr Sloane said the important part
is to have the pool use increase so funding
comes through to help fund repairs and
Road works and improving footpaths
will be happening across the Council area
with Bridge Street, Tanunda among the
first footpaths to be improved.
Mr Sloane said there isn’t enough
funding for all of the projects to be
undertaken but they are working hard to
catch up on a list that hasn’t been tackled
for the last few years.
“We will be gradually picking up some
of the things,” said Mr Sloane.
“The first to tackle will be from Tanunda
Lutheran Home to the main street and
there are lots of others that need to be
“Not all will be done this financial year
but a list has been provided and a priority
order will be determined by Council.”
Investigating a Southern Barossa
Sports Hub is also gaining momentum
as discussions initiated by sporting bodies
spurred the assessment.
Mr Sloane said he would like to see some
movement on this project throughout the
year and conceded it is a long term plan.
“The clubs are driving this,” said Mr
“The whole community is going to have
to be involved. It will impact lots of people
if the sporting hub goes ahead. It is a long
term project and lots of things have to
take place before we think of redeveloping
Council staff are also supporting
their neighbouring colleagues from
last year’s Pinery fire, drawing on their
experience from the Eden Valley and
Sampson Flat fires which occurred in 2014
And while the list of projects and asset
improvements continues to grow, Mr
Sloane said Council is very well placed
with their assets and are able to repay
loans if funding cannot be found within
He does however, feel more funding
could be provided by State and Federal
Governments, particularly for Roads
to Recovery and Black Spot Funding
And as Council continues to work on
improving current facilities and the region
as a whole, Mr Sloane also wants to see
continued growth in the Barossa.
“It needs to be planned and supported,”
said Mr Sloane.
“I would like to see extra employment...
obviously that keeps people in our area
and the new Co-op development will help
with extra jobs.
“As a Council we are in discussions
with a number of companies looking at
the Barossa to invest large amounts of
money for infrastructure.”
Mr Sloane remained tight lipped on
these companies and what they had
planned for the Barossa but felt it was
positive for employment and tourism if
early discussions come to fruition in 12-18
Roads, footpaths to be improved
across The Barossa Council
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