New Tonsley suburb created

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This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 54 - March 2017.   City Limits 54 front cover photo

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In a nod to an important part of Australia’s manufacturing history, the suburb of Tonsley officially came into being on 27 January 2017.

The 61 hectare former Mitsubishi Motors site has long been known as Tonsley, but has never been an official suburb – until now.

Last year Renewal SA and the City of Marion applied to have a portion of Clovelly Park renamed to Tonsley, and following public consultation by the City of Marion, that application was endorsed by the Office of theSurveyor General and approved by the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure.

The new suburb of Tonsley includes the former Mitsubishi site, an area south to Sturt Road, and the existing residential precinct bounded by the Tonsley rail line, Sturt Road and South Road.

A small industrial precinct to the northeast of the site is also included. Land to the north of this area, to Daws Road, will continue to be in the suburb of Clovelly Park.

As well as a hub for high value manufacturing businesses and services, Tonsley has a significant research, education and trainingfocus with Flinders University’s School of Computer Science,Engineering and Mathematics and TAFE SA’s Sustainable Industries Education Centre both on site.

Key reasons for the name change included the changed land use and conditions brought about by the development of the Tonsley Innovation District as well as the historical connection with the name Tonsley.

Tonsley Park was named after Tonsley Hall in England by Richard Ragless in the late 1800s. It was farmed for several generations by his family before being developed by Chrysler in 1964.

Tonsley Innovation District is home to more than 70 business and a further 50 occupants located in co-working spaces.

Around 1000 workers are now employed in businesses operating out of Tonsley - a return to the same number of workers that were on site when Mitsubishi ceased operations in 2008.

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