Home' Plains Producer : Plains Producer August 27, 2014 Contents Liberty’s first stage will consist of
354 allotments for residential living,
with its smaller village, Eden, incor-
porating 235 allotments.
DCM infrastructure and planning
general manager, Gary Mavrinac,
said the planning consent highlighted
the commitment to the project by all
“Consent for stage one of Liberty
signifies commitment by all parties as
well as a commitment to the community
to ensure the growth of the town,” Mr
From this point, Mr Mavrinac said
council would continue to work with
Hickinbotham to further the develop-
ment, including initialising infrastruc-
ture requirements as set out in the
development deed, which incorporates
the construction of a roundabout at the
intersection of Old Port Wakefield Road
and Mallala Road.
Hickinbotham Group managing
director, Michael Hickinbotham, has
welcomed the approval, saying the
company was “heartened that coun-
cil’s report prepared by planning staff
described the application as ‘...a well
planned expansion of the existing Two
“This approval is an exciting project
milestone,” Mr Hickinbotham said.
“It brings Liberty’s staged land
division for these allotments one step
The approval follows many months
of council and state government
agencies thoroughly assessing the
development application to ensure it
“ticks the boxes”.
To progress to the next stage of the
Liberty development Hickinbotham
will need to achieve full development
approval, which Mr Hickinbotham
says the company will strive to con-
tinue to work with council to do so.
“The Two Wells township expan-
sion will create more than 3,000 re-
gional jobs during the next 20 years
and bring services as the community
grows,” he said.
“We are extremely excited about
this latest milestone.
“We will continue to work with the
community, council and state govern-
ment agencies to build a development
that everyone can be proud of.
“We look forward to sharing pro-
gress updates with the community in
the coming months.”
Hickinbotham’s other village,
Eden, is still being assessed by coun-
cil and awaits initial development
Full approval of the development
should be finalised by Christmas this
year, with work hopefully set to begin
Plains Producer, Wednesday, August 27, 2014
MEMBERS of the Regional
Galleries Association of South
Australia stopped in at the Balak-
lava Courthouse Gallery last Tues-
day as part of a visiting road trip.
Association chair, Melinda
Rankine, said the road trip was a
great opportunity to see what other
regional galleries were doing.
“It’s quite exciting as you get to
see how the different communities
engage with the arts,” she said.
Melinda noted every available
space in the Balaklava gallery was
covered with works from various
artists of all ages, both local and
from outside the district.
“It’s clearly a community gal-
lery and encourages everyone to
have a go, which is important.”
Gallery chair, Jo May, said there
were 188 works from 127 artists
A new plaque is also being
displayed at the gallery, acknowl-
edging the $3000 contribution
from the Foundation of Regional
and Rural Renewal, which went
towards the recent gallery roof
MEANTIME, to celebrate its
100th anniversary, Australian
Red Cross is having a display at
Balaklava Courthouse Gallery.
The display opens Thursday
(August 28) and will feature
memorabilia, photos and other
displays highlighting Red Cross’
involvement with other groups
including Owen’s Red Cross shop
and emergency services.
There will be an official cel-
ebration of the centenary event on
Sunday, September 14 at 2pm at
the gallery, and everyone is invited
The display runs until Septem-
ber 21, and is available to view
during usual gallery hours, which
are 2-4pm Sunday, Thursday and
community groups in Port
Wakefield formed a rep-
to promote tourism in the
town at a special meeting
The meeting, held at
Salt of the Earth Café, was
well attended by interested people.
Café owner, Caterina Mancini
(pictured), said 18 peo-
ple attended the inaugu-
ral meeting, with four
apologies from those who
couldn’t make it.
She said the initial in-
terest was promising and
the group will meet again
next month to establish
“People already put forward all
sorts of ideas, so we’re very excited
about it,” Ms Mancini said.
A local business directory, com-
munity events and tourism signs
were already proposed as possible
actions for the group to follow up.
The group would be a sub com-
mittee operating under the Port
Wakefield Community Manage-
ment Committee (CMC).
Fellow café owner, Colin Do-
herty, said the group had plenty of
“We’re aiming to form a group
of businesses and community
groups, to give them somewhere
to talk about their problems and
hopefully solve a few of them,” Mr
“With everyone working by
themselves, it can feel like you’re
bashing your head against a wall
but if we present a united front, we
should be able to get something
The group’s next meeting will be
held on Wednesday, September 17 at
the Salt of the Earth Café from 5pm.
“We were just thrilled with
the number of people who turned
up, even though Thursday night
probably wasn’t a good night,” Ms
PICTURED at the recent road trip visit are (from left) Jo May (Balaklava Courthouse Gallery),
Jenni Frost (Port Pirie), Janet Bunting (Balaklava), Ellenor Day (Port Augusta), Melinda Rankine
(RGASA), Patricia Rose (Barossa), Kirstie Jamieson (RGASA), Lenice Cocks (Balaklava) and
Joy Crawford (Jamestown).
Liberty starts next year
New group formed to help promote Port Wakefield tourism
A concept of the proposed expansion of Two Wells Township.
Stopover at the Courthouse
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