Keep Public Land Public!
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A year-long campaign by APPA, backed by the City Council and 31 eminent South Australians achieved a breakthrough in September 2017 when first the State Opposition, and then the State Government, both retreated from a controversial proposal to have more than a thousand high-rise private apartments built on the old RAH site.
However, there's still a fight to protect the Park Lands site of the old RAH from private commercial exploitation.
In 2018, the newly-elected Liberal Government is threatening to hand over various parts of the site to developers for a range of private commercial interests:
- a five-star luxury hotel;
- a so-called "innovation, incubator, start-up and growth hub"; and
- an "international centre for tourism, hospitality and food service".
Whether you want the site returned entirely to Park Lands, or whether you support some new public buildings on the site, there is a fundamental principle at stake; a line in the sand that must not be crossed by any State Government.
If any new buildings replace the old RAH, this public land (Park Lands) should not be commercialised or privatised. It cannot be merely exploited for private profit. It must remain in public hands, for public (not priivate) benefit.
Premier Steven Marshall: "Keep This Land Public"
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