Calls for Glenthorne transformation

Read about how Council is backing calls to develop a tourism hub in O'Halloran Hill.

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


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Marion Council has backed calls from the local community to transform the 208ha Glenthorne Farm in O’Halloran Hill into a hub for tourism and recreation.

Renewed demands to unlock the potential of the state heritage-listed site were made earlier this year following the release of a report by the Friends of Glenthorne which outlined a vision to develop the property with sports fields, walking and cycling tracks and a precinct for festivals.

The report also includes ideas for revegetation, camp sites, a history trail, farmer’s market and natural burial ground.

Mayor Kris Hanna said the site, which is owned by the University of Adelaide and is currently a sheep farm, had huge potential.

“Council will advocate for Glenthorne Farm to provide exciting recreational opportunities for the community while protecting the natural environment,” Mr Hanna said.

“It’s time to begin working to open up this this unique site so it can achieve its full potential.”

At the General Council meeting of September 8, Marion Councillors voted unanimously to liaise with the University of Adelaide, the Friends of Glenthorne Farm and the State Government to promote use of the land for community benefit.

Glenthorne Farm is bordered by Majors Rd, Main South Rd and the Southern Expressway.

The state’s first police commissioner, Major Thomas O’Halloran, settled the land in 1839, and it still contains the remains of buildings from the 1850s.

Friends’ secretary Alan Burns welcomed Council’s involvement.

“Revegetating Glenthorne could see it grow into a haven for native plants and wildlife, including rare birds,” Mr Burns said.

“We’ve been striving for almost 20 years to increase community access to the land, so I’m delighted Council has become involved.”

Residents, Councillors and government representatives developed a vision for the future of the site at a community workshop in May this year.






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