Battle looms over RAH land
THE State Government and Adelaide City Council are embroiled in a new dispute over a 1.2ha land parcel near the site of the new $1.7 billion Royal Adelaide Hospital.
In a letter to the council, Health Department chief executive Tony Sherbon says there is "compelling rationale" to include the council-owned land in the broader hospital site.
But the Adelaide Park Lands Authority has requested legal advice to determine what the council's obligations and rights are surrounding the land.
The council wants the land – which extends along North Tce and Port Rd – to incorporate a "wellness theme . . . including parks and plaza that support activities and respite and strengthen the parklands setting".
In the letter, Dr Sherbon says the land parcel in question is "considered to be under-utilised and does not represent usable public open space".
Councillor Anne Moran yesterday said some members of the authority had described Dr Sherbon's letter as "very snitchy".
"We decided at the meeting of the authority on Thursday that it wouldn't be a good idea to simply hand over the land to the Government," she said.
The authority believes a 42-year lease would be the best option, which would include "conditions ensuring public access, and the majority of the site being landscaped as a park setting".
Its recommendations will be taken to the council for approval.
Dr Sherbon wrote: "The inclusion of the . . . land within the broader hospital site would enable (public-private partnership) participants to deliver an integrated design that achieves a holistic urban design outcome for this important city location."
If the land were not included, "the opportunity to deliver the best urban design outcomes . . . could be lost".
Relations between the council and the Government have been strained since last July, when the Government removed planning powers from the council's Development Assessment Panel for projects worth more than $10 million.http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/stor ... 01,00.html