FRIENDS OF GLENTHORNE FARM INC.
There was an article in the Advertiser recently about Glenthorne (see attached).
Many who attended the Friends of Parks Forum in October 2016 will be interested to know what is happening since the Liberal Party announcement.
A letter has been sent to The Advertiser (see below) - you might like to forward to your members.
The battle has started and with the City of Marion’s help, and the Friends will be doing all we can to save Glenthorne.
Secretary / Treasurer - Friends of Glenthorne Inc.
The Friends of Glenthorne are appalled at the University of Adelaide’s latest plans of open space destruction in the southern suburbs at Glenthorne Farm.
Haven’t we lost enough of our valuable and unique woodland? Isn’t it time to start putting something back before all is lost?
The University should not be involved in setting up residential properties, business hubs, public sports fields, but should stick
to what they are meant to be good at, education and research.
It is truly unbelievable that the University of Adelaide dis-regards current research, (even by its own) which states that to hold back local species extinctions
and reverse the “extinction debt” of native birds in the Mount Lofty Ranges, our unique landscapes need to increase from the current less than 10%
remaining (of the original pre-European) to about 30%.
Glenthorne Farm is a critical component of the environmental recovery of Adelaide and its surrounds. It is also an important wildlife corridor between
local parks and other open space. It seems that the University are not interested in this.
Despite invitations, the University has not taken part in any public meeting concerning the future use of Glenthorne, but it does seem interested in making
as much money as it can from the sale of the property at the Community’s long term expense.
A sale which it promised would never happen. The original 2001 Deed of Sale, from the CSIRO, stated that Glenthorne Farm should remain Open Space, with
no development whatsoever.
The sale from the CSIRO to the University of Adelaide only proceeded because the Federal Government received contractual assurance through the Deed that
this site would be maintained as Open Space and because the SA State Government gave the University of Adelaide $7.0 million of our taxpayer’s money.
The University of Adelaide’s recently revealed plans for Glenthorne are a clear dis-regard of this deed and the promise the University made almost 16 years
According to the Deed, the State Government has the legal right to buy the property back from the University for $1.00 if the Uni’s plans for the property
contravene the deed.
Simply planning housing and other urban development is a breach of the deed and the deadline for an acceptable Concept Plan from the University is years
overdue, a further breach.
The Government has been very patient with the University of Adelaide, allowing them time to develop suitable plans for the property, but these latest plans
must be the final straw for the State Government.
I can say that the Community lost patience many years ago and are looking to the State Government for action.
The State Government should remove control of Glenthorne Farm from the University and give it to those dedicated and qualified in keeping, not selling,
its ecological value. Glenthorne Farm and the surrounding Conservation Parks are a State treasure for us and future generations, and should not be
sold and lost, just to re-fill the coffers of a tired University.
This disregard for unique local biodiversity and future generations of South Australians is unacceptable.
In the recent years the University has raised over $50 million through the sales of bequeathed properties, Moralana Station, Mundunney at Spalding and
Martindale Farm at Mintaro.
When will the destruction and selloff stop?
The State election next year will certainly be a time when the People of South Australia will decide if the State Government does the right thing or not
in this regard and in the meantime we will be stepping up our campaign to save this irreplaceable and beautiful property.
There will be no second chances.
There is only one Glenthorne.
Signed: Alan Burns, Secretary / Treasurer - Friends of Glenthorne Inc.
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