Patpa Drive (Connector Road)

Patpa Drive is now delivering a direct connection between the suburbs of Hallett Cove, Sheidow Park and Trott Park and is facilitating the expansion of the Hallett Cove Shopping Centre.

Patpa Drive was opened by the Mayor Felicity-ann Lewis and the Premier, the Hon. Mike Rann on 18 December 2008.


Background in summary

The development of Patpa Drive was a key component of the Marion South Plan as it provided enhanced access to retail, civic and educational facilities and improved public transport, pedestrian and cycle access.

The $12.9 million project included $4.45m from the Commonwealth Government's Road to Recovery 2 program, $3.5m (plus land) from the State Government, $1.45m from the private sector (Makris Group and Oakford Homes) and $3.5m of council funds.

Built Environs was the preferred tenderer for Council after a competitive tender process. 

Council names new road: PATPA DRIVE

Over 130 suggestions to name the new road were received from the community. Patpa Drive was selected by Council and is derived from the Kaurna language. Patpa means Southern Wind in the Kaurna language and was also the name of the nearest train station when the railway serviced the area.

The City of Marion constructed Patpa Drive as a new connector road together with a shared path (Coast to Vines Rail Trail) on the former Marino to Willunga railway corridor. The road was officially opened in December 2008.

Connector Road Background

Patpa Drive runs from the junction of Gledsdale Rd and Quailo Ave to Lonsdale Road and then eastwards towards the junction of Lander Ave / Berrima Road. For its completion, the junction of Lander Ave and Lander Rd was upgraded with a roundabout.

In addition to the connection of the suburbs, the construction of Patpa Drive facilitated the redevelopment of the Hallett Cove Shopping Centre to improve the level of services and facilities appropriate for a District Centre. This redevelopment was strongly supported by the local community.

Conservative estimates indicated that the new road would save 1.64 million kilometres of travel resulting in associated savings in vehicle costs of $246,000 per annum.  The estimated aggregate reduction in vehicle kilometres is expected to reduce carbone emissions by approximately 665 tonnes per annum.


Key objectives
  • Connect the suburbs of Hallett Cove, Trott Park and Sheidow Park.
  • Provide more direct vehicle access across the suburbs, including cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Create the conditions for the redevelopment of the Hallett Cove Shopping Centre which is estimated to generate 490 jobs.

The City of Marion applied a methodical approach to the project by consulting extensively with the community and securing necessary support and funding.


Funding parties and their contributions

The project was delivered with financial support from the Federal and State Governments together with a significant contribution from the private sector and Council.

The contributions were as follows:

  • Federal Government: $4.45 million
  • State Government: $3.5 million plus land
  • Private Sector: $1.45 million
  • City of Marion: $3.5 million

Total: $12.9 million plus land