by PHILIP WHITE
Southern blood is boiling since the University of Adelaide announced its plan to subdivide for housing 63ha of the 208ha Glenthorne Farm, on O’Halloran’s Hill in suburban Adelaide.
I have listed below a few of the more pertinent points made in the Deed the University signed with the then Minister for Transport and Urban Planning, Di Laidlaw, on 24 May 2001.
As you can see, this excellent document contains no ambiguity whatever, and gives to rise to many questions.
It repeatedly states that there should be no housing estate on Glenthorne Farm.
Surely the University’s stance indirectly implies that the reforestation of Glenthorne Farm and the South Mount Lofty Ranges is dependent upon the University being given approval to break this solemn Deed and plant a thousand houses?
Surely men of the calibre of the prominent ecologist, Associate Professor David Paton must realise that in promoting the spread of villa rash they lose immediately the respect they have long enjoyed in much of the environmentally-aware community?
This writer, for one, can’t quite believe that he has little choice but to enter public battle against an environmentalist he has long been in awe of.
If you study OBLIGATIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY 4.2.2 (below) and consider that the Deed guarantees that the University will NOT “undertake or permit Development or seek to undertake Development of the Land for uses other than those specified in subclause 4.1 unless such other use or Development (excluding Urban Development which will not be approved) is approved in writing by a Minister acting as agent of the Crown”, you might be forgiven for suspecting such an approval, for seeking to undertake development of the land, in writing, has already been given by Minister Paul Holloway? No?
It couldn't be. Could it.