Labor forced to play by the rules on oval footbridge

29 Nov 2012 archivemedia

The State Opposition and Independents in the Upper House have forced the Weatherill Labor Government to get standard planning approval for its $40 million Adelaide Oval footbridge.

Liberal Member for Adelaide, Rachel Sanderson, originally introduced a motion in the House of Assembly to disallow controversial regulations that would see the bridge built without such planning approval.

The same motion was introduced in the Legislative Council by the Hon Michelle Lensink and was supported by the Upper House last night.

Labor’s proposed changes to Schedule 1A of the Development Regulations 2008 would have put the 150 metre-long footbridge under the same classification as many low-cost home improvement items such as solar panels and carports.

"This is the first time the footbridge has been subject to any public scrutiny and it is now clear that it is not as widely supported as the Government claims," Ms Sanderson said.

"With the regulations now disallowed, the Government has an opportunity to get the proper planning approval involving South Australians and Parliament in the process."

"Given the budgetary situation, the Liberal Party is very concerned about the way in which these regulations have been promulgated," Ms Lensink said.

"Any development on the Parklands deserves to have particular scrutiny."