Get across DPA changes: Tiller

The Northern Food Bowl Protection Areas Development Plan Amendment (DPA) is now open for public consultation, and Mallala resident Neil Tiller is urging ratepayers to make themselves aware of what the changes mean for the Adelaide Plains Council area.
The area affected by the proposed DPA comprises approximately 28,000 hectares of primary producing land and approximately 3000 hectares of land zoned as horticulture.
With the Northern Adelaide Irrigation Scheme (NAIS) on track to deliver an initial 12 gigalitres of water each year from 2019, the area north of the Gawler River and south of the Light River, currently characterised by broadacre farming, has been earmarked for rezoning to facilitate intensive irrigated horticulture.
APC’s CEO, James Miller believes the rezoning of land will see the region, “become the epi-centre of the ‘food bowl’ for South Australia”.
The Northern Adelaide Plains is recognised as a key primary industry zone, generating over one-third of the state’s horticultural production valued at over $340 million per annum, and this rezoning purports to allow primary producers to diversify, and the market to respond quickly to changing opportunities.
Speaking at the open forum session at the August council meeting, Mr Tiller expressed apprehension towards the research the DPA
includes.
The amount of area that will be rezoned horticulture, detracting from existing broadacre crops, which include hay and lentils, could impact on the supply of the local export facilities, and this concerns him.
As does the true export potential of vegetables in the current market, and the future storage of recycled water.
“Is it going to make it difficult for a lot of the existing farmers to keep going?” he asked.
“Let’s look after what’s there first before we start the new stuff.”
Speaking after the meeting Mr Tiller also raised the issue of subdivision.
Rezoning of the primary production area to include horticulture allows for land to be subdivided into smaller parcels.
“At the moment, you can’t subdivide under 40 hectares,” he stated.
“If the land is rezoned horticulture, you can break the land into smaller blocks and the council can then achieve greater
rates.”
Mr Tiller is asking for greater transparency from council in regard to the information presented to the public.
The DPA report can be viewed on the council’s website www.apc.sa.gov.au
If you are interested in seeking out further information in regards to the DPA contact council on 8527 0200 or email info@apc.sa.gov.au.
An information exchange day will be held on Thursday October 5 in the Two Wells Council Chambers from 4pm till 6pm.

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