Protesters at SAJC headquarters.
The South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) Board convinced a majority
of its members to:
(1) SELL CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE –
an enormous open space in Adelaide’s western suburbs –
and use part of the very substantial proceeds from subdivision and
(2) JOIN THE SA MOTOR SPORTS BOARD IN ERECTING
A GIANT PERMANENT MULTIFUNCTION FACILITY IN THE MIDDLE OF VICTORIA
APPA supported the strong resistance by local
Cheltenham residents to the sale of Cheltenham, because without
the sale proceeds the SAJC could not afford to vandalise Victoria
Park. APPA ran a strong campaign against
this outrageous Victoria Park proposal by the SAJC and Motor Sport
APPA accepted horse racing in Victoria Park, in
its 'picnic' format; we also accepted the idea of continuation
of horse racing there on a revised track; but we
will never support the entrenchment of motor racing within our Park
Lands, and we will never support multi-storey buildings in the Park
Lands’ precious open space.
A TWO-FACED CORPORATE FACILITY
THAT SAID IT ALL!
In July 2006, the State Government decided to enable the
sale of Cheltenham. At an APPA public meeting on 20 March 2007,
almost 300 people voted unanimously for the following resolutions:
1. This meeting supports the Adelaide Park Lands Preservation
Association (APPA) in its fight against this proposed permanent
multifunction complex in Victoria Park.
2. This meeting calls on Premier Rann to withdraw
his government’s plans for the development of Victoria Park
and to assure us of his government’s continued commitment
to the preservation of Adelaide’s Park Lands.
3. This meeting calls on the Lord Mayor and the
City Council to oppose the construction of the proposed permanent
multifunction complex in Victoria Park and requests that the City
Council not grant a lease to the Government for the construction
of this building.
CONSULTATION ON DRAFT LEASE
PROPOSAL FOR VICTORIA PARK
The Adelaide City Council conducted
a public consultation on a lease proposal. The
state government was the author of the lease and the lessee! The
granting of a lease by the ACC would have triggered the go-ahead
for the building in Victoria Park. The
government would have sublet to the SAJC, the SAMSB and anyone else,
including any government body or department that wanted to use Victoria
Park. Subleases are not subject to
scrutiny by the ACC.
The consultation ended
12 October 2007. Of the 766 responses received, more than 90 per
cent were against the development and the granting of a lease.
If you would like to know what the candidates
for the 2007 ACC elections thought about the Park Lands, download
our survey results here.
You will be surprised!
1. Jeffrey Wheare, after reconsideration,
ticked 'yes' to questions 5 and 7 in the survey.
2. Bernadette Mc Alary returned answers to the questionnaire, but
after results were compiled.
3. Sharon Mosler gets an unreserved apology for a misinterpretation:
her 10-year vision included 'sports club houses surrounded by trees
ACC results give the State
Government no room to move
of the Adelaide Park Lands Preservation Assoc Inc in 2007, Mr Jim
Daly, said the Adelaide City Council election results sent a clear
message to the State Government that there should be no commercial
development in Victoria Park.
Prior to the election, ACC candidates were surveyed by APPA to
reveal their attitudes to the proposed complex in Victoria Park.
Thirty-two of the 44 candidates responded to the survey. Of those
32 respondents, 21 said they were against the so-called 'grandstand'
in Victoria Park.
Nine of the 12 newly elected members of the ACC said that, if elected,
they would not support the State Government’s corporate entertainment
complex for commercial motor racing and horse racing interests at
Only Lord Mayor Harbison and Richard Hayward still supported the
proposal, according to the survey results. Francis Wong did not
respond to the APPA survey.
Mr Daly called on Premier Rann to honour his 2002 and 2006 election
promises to protect the Adelaide Park Lands from permanent commercial
developments, and to return to Labor’s pledge to seek State,
National and World Heritage listing for Adelaide’s unique
Mr Daly said: 'The Government should accept and acknowledge what
is a categorical and a fully democratic rejection of the Victoria
Park development proposal and allow the elected councillors to carry
on the business of the ACC for the benefit of residents, business
and all South Australians'.
STATE GOVERNMENT BACKS DOWN AND
SAJC WALKS OUT
On 6 December 2007, the State Government said it would no longer
push for a permanent corporate facility but would replace existing
temporary facilities for motor racing with new temporary facilities,
but at the same time emphasising the supposed extra cost and time
of building and dismantling. On 29 February 2008, the SAJC announced
it was vacating Victoria Park and building a second track at Morphettville.
We'll keep you updated
as events unfold. top
Victoria Park in the clutches of motor sport. Below, Victoria Park in a more
normal state, albeit still marred by tarmac tracks.