Families may miss out on millions
LANDOWNERS around RAAF Base Edinburgh fear they will be short-changed millions of dollars if they are not allowed to subdivide their properties, under a proposed development plan change.
Last week, Salisbury Council voted to go out for consultation on a development plan amendment for a 120ha parcel of land in Direk next to the Edinburgh RAAF base.
Residential developments would be ruled out under the changes, meaning landowners could not subdivide their properties and land prices would potentially drop substantially.
Karen Gavin, whose family has owned a property neighbouring the base for 25 years, was frustrated by the proposed change.
"Developers are super interested in our property, but they won't touch it because of all these zoning issues," Mrs Gavin said.
"We are going to have to sell it for cheap just to get rid of it.
"It could be around a million dollar loss for us."
The council asked Planning Minister John Rau in 2015 for permission to release for public feedback plans to rezone the area from farming to industrial and residential, but it was rejected.
In a letter to the council last year, Mr Rau said he was only willing to send the plans out for consultation if they did not "impede the operations of the RAAF base" after consulting with Defence SA and the Federal Defence Department.
He also said the properties' proximity to the base's runaway would create noise concerns for future residents.
Cr Chad Buchanan told last week's meeting the changes would restrict the use of residents' land, making it "unusable".
He asked that the council to put in a submission supporting Mrs Gavin's views.
"The opportunity to help residents is still there," he said.
Cr Buchanan said the State Government was too strict in following Defence Department regulations on noise.