While the proposed Barossa planning boundary is vaguely similar to its GI, McLaren Vale has an enormous decision to make. The northern third of its GI, the part north of the Onkaparinga Gorge, is not in the new planning proposal.
Instead, McLaren Vale suddenly has an extension that goes north along the eastern side of its GI, across the Mount Bold region and catchment and the hilly, forested bushfire zone, to the freeway at Crafers and Stirling. Land that is virtually useless for vineyards. And housing.
And is in fact part of the internationally-recognised Adelaide Hills GI.
In exchange, that northern portion of the McLaren Vale GI appears to be lost to housing. This includes the highly contentious 206ha Glenthorne Farm, the old Reynella vineyards and homestead, Geoff Merrill’s Mount Hurtle Winery, and several other smaller vineyard and winery holdings.
n4sir wrote:[While we're at it, why not bulldoze Penfolds' Kalimna vineyard to extend the golf course, the Hill of Grace vineyard to make a scenic hotel, pebble mix Ayers Rock and then strip mine Kakadu because we can make a buck out of it?
via collins wrote:Ian, is there any local group on the ground running a campaign against these astonishing developments?
Whitey is full of the correct amount of rum & vinegar, but surely he's not alone? Can I encourage anyone who deosn't ususally read this links to put 10 minutes aside, and jump in. Anyone that cares about wine in Oz needs to at least be aware of what may be at stake here.
daz wrote:Ranting here generates empathy from we like-minded people but for all of the foregoing, the devastation is, apparently, unstoppable and Constellation Wines no longer exists does it? At this point you'd possibly achieve more by trying to convince the potential suburbanites that their aspirations can only result in the desecration of sacred ground. If vengance is the only, as it so seems, last resort, you could mount a challenge to the current council at the next local government election. Though should your challenge succeed and the new council terminate the development, ratepayers would be mightily pissed off at the compensation awarded to the developers and contactors inflating their rates to almost unsustainable levels.
Isn't it about time to terminate this thread? It has achieved absolutely nothing in prevention of the despised urbanisation of a former vine growing area. Seems to me there used to be many more vineyards nearer the cbd of Adelaide than there are now. We don't all like, let alone embrace "progress" but it is inevitable.
daz wrote:Didn't I say that I'm like-minded? Perhaps a way to try to limit or cease the urban encroachment on vineyard areas would be to lobby the state government to declare them to be heritage areas? That would be a bit more positive than just blathering and blustering on this thread, achieving nothing more than a vent.
n4sir wrote:In a state saturated with lobby groups and local governments with political connections and vested interests, there's little to no chance. At least commentary like Philip's blog and this thread keeps the awareness of this out in the open, so when things are well and truly screwed up you know exactly who to blame. As for that corporate filth Constellation Wines, no one should ever forget what they did in their time here, and it should be never allowed to happen again (although regretfully, it almost certainly will).
Peter Schlesinger wrote:Actually Michael, show me any state, democratic or other, that doesn't have self interest as part of its core DNA. One of the few universal truths I've come to believe in is that people, corporations and systems are neither intrinsically good or bad but default in their behaviour to what they can get away with. Which is why I also believe strongly in the need for regulatory processes that are transparent, accountable and independent of the major players in the game. Self interest can be a pain in the butt but at least it's a reliable predictor of future behaviour. I was once told that capitalism was man's exploitation of his fellow man and that communism was the exact reverse.
daz wrote: Seems to me there used to be many more vineyards nearer the cbd of Adelaide than there are now.
Mahmoud Ali wrote:daz wrote: Seems to me there used to be many more vineyards nearer the cbd of Adelaide than there are now.
Speaking of which, is the Marion vinyard still there in suburban Adelaide? Last I knew it was bottled by Hamilton as a Grenache-Shiraz.
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