THE South Australian Government last week announced that the Barossa and McLaren Vale regions will be protected from residential subdivision, following the passing of both the Character Preservation (Barossa Valley) Bill 2012 and the Character Preservation (McLaren Vale) Bill 2012.
Planning Minister John Rau said that the passing of the legislation is an important moment in history, not just for the regions, but for the entire State, adding that "a line in the sand has now been drawn on Adelaide's urban sprawl."
Mr Rau said the legislation means that local councils, developers, landowners or even Ministers for Planning cannot subdivide land in the Barossa or McLaren Vale without full Parliamentary approval.
"Thanks to the efforts of the people, these two defining regions of South Australia are under the unique protection of these Bills," the Minister said.
Mr Rau said a unique aspect of the legislation is the requirement that any changes to the protection zones would need to be agreed to by the Parliament.
"It is too important for South Australia to leave it to a Minister or a Council to make changes to the boundaries set out in the Bills," Mr Rau said.