Mayor Erin Thompson
City of Onkaparinga
PO Box 1
Noarlunga Centre SA 5168
Dear Mayor Thompson,
Re: City of Onkaparinga, Aldinga Washpool, and the new Conservation Park
I hope this correspondence finds you well; you would remember me from my time as former Senior Policy Adviser to Ms Rebekha Sharkie MP. Thank you for your own ongoing efforts and support for permanent conservation of the Aldinga Washpool site.
I am writing to you in my personal capacity and out of a keen interest in environmental conservation. The permanent conservation of Aldinga Washpool was an issue I worked upon during my employment with Ms Sharkie, and since then I have been providing advice to the local Washpool Coalition and undertaking my own advocacy on the issue with the State Government.
I too am concerned that there are land parcels at the Aldinga Washpool site that have yet to be confirmed will be a part of the eventual conservation park (as shown in the map at: https://www.parks.sa.gov.au/park-management/aldinga-washpool). These include land parcels which I understand are directly owned by the City of Onkaparinga, or is Crown land under their care, namely:
- D7917 A9
- D6804 A239
- D6326 A116
- H106000 S862
- F10453 A11
May I kindly request an update on whether these parcels are still under Council ownership (and/or care), and whether there is active consideration for their addition to the new Conservation Park?
If so, what is the likely process (such as a vote at Council) and timing for a decision to be made by the City of Onkaparinga?
Thank you again for your support on this issue and for your time and consideration.
21 / 6 / 2021
Cc Mr Geoff Hayter, Chair, Washpool Coalition