THE South Australian Government, in partnership with the District Council of Mount Barker, this week released the 'Mount Barker, Littlehampton and Nairne Strategic Infrastructure Plan', which outlines infrastructure required to support demand for growth within the area.
The Infrastructure Plan follows the rezoning of around 1,300 hectares of land at Mount Barker in 2010 to facilitate urban growth and the preparation of a Structure Plan in 2012 to manage and guide the growth of the region.
Planning Minister John Rau said Mount Barker, which is located approximately 33 kilometres south-east of Adelaide, will expand over the coming years and it is important to properly plan for the expansion.
"Mount Barker has one of the highest population growth rates of non-coastal towns within Australia so it is vitally important we continue to support infrastructure within the area," Mr Rau said.
"We have worked closely with the District Council to identify issues and work through these concerns so that we have a clear vision for the future."
The Minister said the Infrastructure Plan includes information on the planning and provision of a wide range of infrastructure necessary to support growth within the area, including transport, power, education, cultural and community faculties as well as, health and recreation and open spaces.
"Staged implementation of the plan will result in delivering not just houses, but also communities to live in and also open spaces for people to enjoy to for years to come," Mr Rau said.
Mr Rau said work will soon start on the first of the new growth areas, Aston Hills, which is expected to feature an expansive network of linear trails, green spaces and a village centre with a range of shops and services, including a new school site.
The Infrastructure Plan is expected to be reviewed within 12 months. More information about the 'Mount Barker, Littlehampton and Nairne Strategic Infrastructure Plan' is available from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure website at <http://www.dpti.sa.gov.au/planning/mtbarker>.