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Find Out About The City Of Adelaide’s History Of Planning

In 1836, Colonel William Light, the first Surveyor-General of South Australia, was given the task of finding an appropriate site for the City of Adelaide.

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In 1836, Colonel William Light, the first Surveyor-General of South Australia, was given the task of finding an appropriate site for the City of Adelaide.

Light had no other instructions for the town except to ‘make the streets of ample width, arranging them with reference to convenience, beauty and salubrity; and making the necessary reserves for squares, public walks and quays.¹’

He set about his assignment and laid out what is considered to be one of the best planned cities in the world – a square-mile design of north-south and east-west streets including a central park and surrounded by Park Lands.

Since then the City of Adelaide has evolved and as part of About Time: South Australia’s History Festival, Adelaide City Council is holding a free Public Symposium on ‘the History of Planning in the City of Adelaide.’

“The free event will delve into the history of planning in our beautiful city and will take a look at City/State relations,” said Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood.

“Whether you’re a planner, student, developer or simply interested in the history of Adelaide, it will be a good opportunity to find out more about how our city has developed over the last sixty years.”

The forum will be held this Friday 18th May from 8.45 am to 12.30pm at the Meeting Hall, rear of 25 Pirie Street, Adelaide (behind the Colonel Light Centre). Morning tea will be provided and bookings are essential by phoning Meagan Cox on (08) 8203 7521 or emailing [email protected]

Former-Lord Mayor Dr Jane Lomax-Smith will MC the event and attendees will experience thought-provoking presentations by Paul Stark (previous Senior Heritage Expert at Adelaide City Council and current Project Manager with the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure), John Mant (who has been closely associated with shaping planning legislation in the State and has recently retired as Partner in law firm Phillips Fox) and Bryan Moulds (who was the SA Executive Director of  the Property Council for over 11 years and is currently the Development Officer of Masonic Homes Ltd in SA).

Council is encouraging feedback on the new planning regimes, set out in the Capital City DPA, via the DPTI website , while comment on Council’s proposed local heritage listed buildings can be provided on the Your Say website or at Council’s New Planning Lab at 25 Pirie Street.

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