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Q. What has DEWNR done so
far in response to the District
Council of Loxton Waikerie's re-
quest to purchase Crown land on
the Waikerie river front?
A. DEWNR has prioritised the
assessment of the land under the
requirements of the Crown Land
Management Act 2009 and Native
Title Act 1992.
DEWNR has been in regular con-
tact with council and has also been
mindful of the restrictions imposed
by the recent caretaker period associ-
ated with council elections.
Q. What are the limitations of
the Crown Land Management Act
2009 with regards to the security
of tenure available to those who
lease Crown land?
A. Leases over dedicated Crown
land are administered under the
Local Government Act 1999.
This land is dedicated to council's
custodianship for no cost and is used
for community purposes.
It is not owned by the council.
A lease over dedicated land is a
secure form of tenure for occupation.
Q. Does building on a
floodplain generate extra
infrastructure requirements for
developments? Why/why not?
A. Any development on a flood-
plain needs to be appropriately
designed and managed to minimise
risks associated with inundation
Building on a floodplain can ex-
acerbate the severity of a flood by
directing flood waters toward areas
that would ordinarily have not been
inundated. This could increase risks
to property and life.
Development on floodplains also
requires appropriately managed
wastewater and stormwater systems
to prevent pollution of water sources.
Q. How does DEWNR respond
to claims that its requirements
regarding approval for the
Waikerie river front development
have been more costly than the
Edwards Group expected?
A. The council has proposed to
purchase the land.
DEWNR has not charged The
Edwards Group any additional costs.
DEWNR did not impose any re-
quirements of the development pro-
posal beyond standard measures to
be undertaken during construction
and ongoing site management.
Q. What sorts of requirements
has DEWNR demanded (e.g.
infrastructure) before the project
could go ahead?
A. No specific measures or de-
signs of infrastructure were sought
by DEWNR as the delegate of the
Minister for Water.
DEWNR supported the applicant's
proposal to use transportable build-
ings and appropriately designed
wastewater and stormwater systems
so as to minimise potential impacts
on water resources in the event of
DEWNR sought the retention of
native trees where possible and to
maintain free access over an easement
existing on the land title.
Q. Is there anything else you
would like to add?
A. DEWNR supports commu-
nity infrastructure and in this case is
working collaboratively with council
to facilitate a positive outcome.
The Department of Environment,
Water and Natural Resources
Q. Does building
on a floodplain
A. The redeveloped
section of the Waik-
erie Caravan Park is lo-
cated within the River
Murray Flood Zone and
within the extent of the
1956 flood line.
Given the sensitive
location, the design
a new effluent manage-
ment system that could
be sealed during flood
events, and proposed
that all wastewater
generated could be dis-
charged to the council's
tems for the collection,
treatment and re-use
were also included, to
ensure the discharge
lutants to a sensitive
were put forward in
the development ap-
plication lodged by the
Q. How have
changed in the past
decade or so?
A. Ensuring that
development in flood-
impacted areas is done
in an appropriate
manner (including risk
assessment) is required
consistently across the
state through council
Under the Loxton
Waikerie Council De-
velopment Plan, the
type of development
proposed fell within the
flood zone and was pro-
cessed as a 'non-com-
where both DEWNR
and the EPA (Environ-
ment Protection Au-
thority) had a power
to direct conditions to
sion was the relevant
Approval was grant-
ed and, as part of the
process, both the Dis-
trict Council of Loxton
Waikerie and the del-
egate of the Minister
for Planning were also
required to support the
Q. What sort of
before the project can
A. Essentially a new
system and stormwater
issue or objection was
raised by the applicant
with the Development
sion on the environ-
mental standards and
adopted in consulta-
tion with State Govern-
ment agencies and the
local council, during
its assessment of the
upgrade to Waikerie
There is opportunity
for the applicant to seek
to vary conditions.
Agencies and coun-
cil would be involved in
The Department of Planning,
Transport and Infrastructure
Caravan park crisis: a special report
A timeline of events since 1980
AUGUST 1, 1980: The river front land currently
leased by The Edwards Group had been used
as a camping area since Waikerie's early history.
A caravan park across the road was officially
opened by Minister for Tourism Jennifer Adamson
in 1980. River News archives indicate that it was
known as the Gateway Caravan Park and was
established by the Caravan Park Controlling
Committee, led by councillor Barbara Maywald.
The facility, now known as the Waikerie Caravan
Park, cost $260,000 --- of which $130,000 was
provided by the State Government.
2009: The Edwards Group purchased Waikerie
Caravan Park and took out a 21-year lease on the
nearby river front land.
FEBRUARY 24, 2010: The second house for the
Waikerie Lifestyle Village was being built, and
Ian Edwards assured locals that the works would
continue despite recently having to replace the
OCTOBER 10, 2010: Social columnist Gwen
Webber welcomed Doreen Aspden and Sue and
Bob Trandafil, who were the first residents of the
Waikerie Lifestyle Village. Mrs Webber said: "It
is a great community venture, with like-minded
residents who want to experience and enjoy the
freedom and relaxing lifestyle our community
has to offer."
AUGUST 2011: The Waikerie Lifestyle Village
had been rapidly filling, with most of the 27
available sites sold within 12 months. The second
and third stages of the village were being planned.
MARCH 24, 2012: The Edwards Group presented
a $5.5 million caravan park expansion plan to the
FEBRUARY 2013: Advertising for Waikerie
Lifestyle Village homes continued.
OCTOBER 2014: The Edwards Group announced
it had gained Development Assessment
Commission approval for a $7.2 million caravan
park redevelopment on the river front land it held
a lease over.
JULY 2, 2014: The River News revealed that
The Edwards Group had been forced to put the
redevelopment on hold.
JULY 23, 2014: Further details regarding the
redevelopment and its postponement emerged.
The Edwards Group revealed that it faced a $1
million shortfall in financing the project, and the
existing Waikerie Caravan Park would close by
the end of June 2015 to make way for further
expansion of the Waikerie Lifestyle Village.
AUGUST 13, 2014: Waikerie business owner
Dean Grosse launched a petition to encourage
the State Government to "initiate instant action
to address the possible abandonment of the
proposed Waikerie Caravan Park on the river front
at Peake Terrace".
SEPTEMBER 2014: Member for Chaffey Tim
Whetstone presented the petition of more than
1800 signatures to State Parliament and vowed
to pressure Government ministers for a response.
SEPTEMBER 2014: The District Council of
Loxton Waikerie received a special report that
claimed an alternative caravan park development
on council-owned land adjacent to the existing
site would cost more than $6 million.
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