Media response - Aldinga rail corridor

Published on 16 June 2022

Response to The Advertiser.

  • What is the council's response to the government announcement about the parcel of land being set aside for the extension?
  • What is the council's response to claims it would cost $2bn and not be completed in the feasible future given it has been calling for this for at least a decade?
  • What is needed now to deal with local public transport?

Comments attributed to Acting Mayor Simon McMahon

This is something our growing communities want to see in our beautiful city, so we’re very keen to work with the state government to deliver for the region.

We acknowledge the timeframes and support a considered approach to deliver transport infrastructure and urban development options that are planned carefully, taking into account community and business needs as well as climate impacts.

We have a good relationship with Renewal SA and the Department for Infrastructure and Transport, so we’ll continue working through what the new announcement means for us.

We’re particularly interested in things such as how the ‘green triangle’ alongside Quinliven Road will be affected, terminal location, stormwater management, and corridor width.

We also remain committed to ensuring that any development on the 60 hectares of land at Aldinga is sustainable and climate-resilient, with water-sensitive design and a Green Star Communities rating of six stars. We have significant support from our community, business leaders to deliver on this type of development.

Regarding local transport, as an interim step it would be great to see better alignment between rail and bus services at the Seaford station so people are not waiting too long for a connection.

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