Adelaide Hills

Historic Hahndorf township set to get an upgrade

The Main Street upgrade includes plans for enhanced outdoor dining areas, footpath extensions, interpretive signage, landscaping, and more.

The State Government is finalising its consultation on the planned Hahndorf Township Improvements and Access Project, which is predicted to facilitate some improvements to Hahndorf’s picturesque main street and extend the iconic Pioneer Women’s Trail. Interchanges at Verdun and Mt Barker are also set to be ugraded.

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Tom Koutsantonis says the government will take a revised approach to the project, balancing the needs of Adelaide Hills commuters while protecting and enhancing local heritage, business and the environment.

“A review into the project found that the original intended benefits are better achieved with the new project scope. Removing the interchange will protect the heritage and environment of the region, including much-loved businesses such as Beerenberg Farm,” says Minister Koutsantonis.

“Upgrades to the Verdun and Mt Barker interchanges, upgrades to Hahndorf’s picturesque main street and an extension to the iconic Pioneer Women’s Trail will go ahead as originally planned.

“This revised package of works will improve accessibility and safety for locals, tourists and heavy freight around Hahndorf and the Adelaide Hills area.”

Following feedback from the community and new technical assessments, the previously proposed interchange on the South Eastern Freeway near Hahndorf has now been removed from the project scope, due to feedback regarding the impact it would have had on the surrounding environment, heritage, business and property.

The project will still include upgrades to the Verdun and Mount Barker interchanges to improve safety and accessibility both for the local community and tourists visiting the region by providing better connectivity with the South Eastern Freeway.

An upgrade to Hahndorf’s picturesque main street and an extension of the Pioneer Women’s Trail, all part of the original plan, will go ahead.

The Main Street upgrade includes plans for new street seating, enhanced outdoor dining areas, upgrades to footpaths within high pedestrian zones, footpath extensions, interpretive signage and heritage plaques for buildings, along with planting of new trees and landscaping and new green gateway treatments with trees and plants that reflect the character of Hahndorf. Mount Barker District Council is also committing funding towards this Main Street upgrade.

The extension of the Pioneer Women’s Trail completes the missing link between Hahndorf and Verdun and is important in recognising the historical and heritage importance of the trail. The trail honours the early European female settlers who walked through the bush track from Hahndorf to Adelaide to collect fresh produce at a time when most food had to be imported into South Australia. Key features of the upgrade include replacement and widening of the existing Mount Barker Road bridge over the Onkaparinga River to include space for the Pioneer Women’s Trail, extension of the sealed pathway from the Hahndorf township to Silver Road in Verdun and improvements to two bus stops on the south side of Mount Barker Road. Impact to vegetation will be minimised by varying the width of the new trail.

Infrastructure and Transport Minister Tom Koutsantonis said the overall project will benefit the local Hahndorf community and businesses by improving accessibility to the town while enhancing its heritage character, streetscape and amenity to support liveability, tourism and economic growth.

The Hahndorf Township Improvements and Access Project is jointly funded by the Australian and South Australian governments (80:20), with construction to commence in 2023.

Community information sessions will be held to provide more information about the project, for details visit the Department for Infrastructure and Transport website.

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