Communities call for Darlington rethink

Read about an historic joint sitting between Marion and Mitcham Councils.

This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 50 - December 2015.


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Marion and Mitcham Councils have held an historic joint sitting to urge the State Government to rethink the design of the $620 million Darlington road upgrade.

In front of more than 100 residents, the two Councils met at Mitcham Chambers on November 9 to voice their concerns about the existing plan for the 2.3km section of Main South Rd, linking Ayliffes Rd at St Marys with the Southern Expressway.

Both Councils support an upgrade at Darlington but insist the design needs to:

  • Allow for the future expansion at Flinders University, Flinders Medical Centre and Tonsley, as well as drive jobs growth in the southern region.
  • Maximise employment opportunities for local businesses and residents.
  • Improve local traffic access to the area, which has worried residents and Councils.
  • Promote cycling and public transport, overcome car parking shortages, and improve access from one side of Main South Road to the other.
  • Minimise the loss of trees during construction.

The Councils were briefed on an alternative design commissioned by Flinders University which improves access, stimulates jobs and drives economic growth

The State Government is expected to announce a final design for the construction in either late November or early December.

Marion Mayor Kris Hanna said he was pleased the State Government was listening to the Councils over their concerns for greater east-west connectivity.

“The State Government has indicated additional road connections between our two communities are being factored into the design but we need to be consulted on the final concept before it is released,” Mr Hanna said.

Mr Hanna said the Councils hoped to work with the State Government to improve the final Darlington design.

“Our Councils want to work with the State Government to develop a design for Darlington that solves our concerns and delivers infrastructure that is more than just a road,” Mr Hanna said.

“We want a design that creates jobs, build the economy and connects our communities.

“Treating Tonsley, Flinders University, Flinders Medical Centre, Science Park and the surrounding areas as one precinct offers great opportunities to generate a substantial increase in employment.”



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