Priority projects to stimulate economic and community recovery

Adelaide Hills Council is seeking funding for Priority Projects to kickstart recovery in a community still reeling from the Cudlee Creek bushfires and now facing the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Jan-Claire Wisdom said Government investment at this time is crucial to keep people employed and set us up for a strong recovery on the other side.

"We're concerned for people's health and for people's jobs and livelihoods now and into the future.

"A focus on tourism infrastructure and community facilities is the key to our recovery and we need Government funding to fast track these projects.

"We've identified Priority Projects that, with funding commitment from government, can commence in the short term to stimulate our economy and provide our community with the positive action and support they need to look towards a brighter future.

"In addition to the short term benefits, these projects will ultimately deliver economic, tourism and community prosperity for the Adelaide Hills region in years to come," said Mayor Wisdom.

Priority Projects Overview

Verdun-Hahndorf  InterchangeTransport infrastructure$15 million
Biodiversity and habitat restoration at Lobethal Bushland Park Recovery and other sidesEnvironment$770,000

Adelaide Wine Capital Cycle Trail Including Amy Gillett Bikeway

  • Balhannah to Hahndorf
  • Mt Torrens to Birdwood
  • Birdwood to Mt Pleasant

  • $2 million
  • $3 million
  • $4 million

Fabrik Arts + Heritage HubTourism/Community$2 million
Adelaide Hills Swim Centre & Recreation GroundTourism/Community

$2 million

Fox Creek Mountain Bike ParkTourism/Community$1 million
Charleston – Pavement and Seal Renewal Newman RoadRoads$970,000
Woodside  – Pavement and Seal Renewal Tiers RoadRoads$990,000
Heathfield – Pavement and Seal Renewal Longwood RoadRoad$300,000
Community ReadyCommunity$1 million
Community ConnectionsCommunity$250,000
Mobile Phone CoverageEconomic/CommunityTBC
National Freight Train BypassTransport infrastructureTBC

Priority Projects Details 

  • Completing the Verdun- Hahndorf freeway interchange to enable west-bound vehicles to exit will open up the Onkaparinga Valley to tourism and freight.
  • 120 hectares of Lobethal Bushland Park was completely consumed by the Cudlee Creek fire. Five other Council reserves and 70 significant roadside native vegetation sites were also impacted. This project will enable a concerted effort to be made to combat weed incursion and restore habitat to this important biodiversity sites.
  • Wine Capital Cycle Trail –funding to develop an iconic cycling trail spanning 250 kilometres and four world renowned South Australian wine regions – Clare Valley, Barossa, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale (joint project between six SA Councils and Regional Development Australia SA). This project encompasses extension of the Amy Gillett Bikeway from Hahndorf to Balhannah, Mt Torrens to Birdwood and beyond. There's a great opportunity to integrate this with food and wine tourism by giving people the opportunity to hop-off the trail along the way and visit the many wineries and food producers on the trail.
  • Support to develop Fabrik, at the old woollen mill in Lobethal, to become the next great arts and cultural facility in South Australia. It will be the home of textile art in South Australia and attract art tourism from around the state and further afield.
  • Adelaide Hills Swim Centre - the Woodside pool is an outdoor facility that caters for a large number and wide range of users. Both the pool and recreation ground are being master planned at present. As a result, two priority additions to the existing infrastructure are a roof structure (to increase usage of the pool into the cooler months) and a children's water play park.
  • In conjunction with planned visitor facilities upgrades at Fox Creek Mountain Bike Park, Council is looking to upgrade parking, install shelters, and seal portions of Croft Road to the main trail head. There's also scope to develop more mountain bike runs in the forest itself. This is a great opportunity to attract visitors from overseas looking for a mountain biking experience close to a city.
  • Roads  Pavement and seal renewal – Charleston, Woodside, Heathfield
  • Trails - developing trails and cycle routes throughout the region to provide health, wellbeing and economic benefit to our communities.
  • Community Ready Project – creating  prepared places in communities for people to go in a Bushfire Emergency
  • Community Connections –  creating spaces, places and networking opportunities for our community to connect, recover and rebuild after the Cudlee Creek Bushfire and as we respond to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 
  • Improvements to mobile phone coverage in the Adelaide Hills. In such a high bushfire risk area, it's crucial to have good reliable coverage. We'd also like to see an investment in longer life back-up batteries for mobile phone towers when the power goes down. Most towers only have batteries with a four hour capacity and that just isn't long enough in an extended event.
  • The National Freight Train Bypass – planned works to the National Rail Freight Network have the ability to fundamentally change the movement of rail freight through South Australia, and the role of the Adelaide to Melbourne link in the national rail freight network. These changes are expected to be complete and in operation by 2025 and will potentially enable double stacked rail freight to move between Perth and Melbourne without passing through (or near) Adelaide. The Freight Train Bypass would allow South Australia to carry double stacked freight unless and remain a key link in the National Rail Freight Network.