28 Mar, 2023

Thanks but no thanks to Council offer ...

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“Council is mindful of the imminent eviction of SAPOL’s Mounted Operations Unit from its current site and wants to work with the relevant authorities to find temporary arrangements.

“In a recent meeting with Senior Police and Department for Infrastructure and Transport staff, I personally offered a range of sites for both grazing and office space which would have accommodated their short term needs while a more suitable, permanent location could be found.

“Sites that were raised included the former Equestrian Park, near Bonython Park, where the Police Greys could graze and exercise, and a car park area near the Morphett Street Bridge for temporary office space.

“Unfortunately, it is clear that these suggestions will not be taken up.

“Council has shown a willingness to work with SAPOL and the State Government to find a solution and it’s disappointing that there seems to be no room for any sort of compromise.

“Throughout this whole ordeal, complete disregard has been shown towards Council and the community. There’s been no consultation and SAPOL’s evaluation process has remained a secret.

“But Council will not resile from its commitment to our Nationally Heritage-listed Park Lands – especially for a part of the Park Lands that is rich in biodiversity.

“We support grazing of horses but unanimously oppose the buildings, 40 stables, high-security fencing, training facilities, accommodation for 30 staff, as well as storage facilities for tack, fodder, and equipment on the Park Lands.

“We will continue to argue that our Park Lands must not be regarded as free land for any project that crops up.”

Lord Mayor Jane Lomax-Smith

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