Media response - Aldinga wave pool

Published on 03 May 2024

Response to The Advertiser and Channel 9.

  • Journalists asked for details about the Council Assessment Panel's decision to grant planning consent to a proposed recreation/tourism development in Aldinga that includes a wave pool.

The City of Onkaparinga’s Council Assessment Panel (CAP) has granted planning consent for a recreation and tourist accommodation facility that includes a wave pool at Lot 3 Tuit Road, Aldinga, immediately west of the Port Willunga Tourist Park.

The proposed development involves the construction of associated buildings including a ticketing booth, shop, rental area, café, restaurant, tap house, surf school, wellness studio and 35 tourist accommodation units.

The independent CAP found the proposed development:

  • is consistent with, and seeks to further the objectives of, the Character Preservation (McLaren Vale) Act 2012
  • is considered to enhance and protect the region’s tourism attributes while contributing to the economic, social and physical wellbeing of the community
  • won’t impact the scenic and rural landscape, heritage attributes or special characteristics of the district.

A number of conditions were imposed on the proposed development, while several reserved matters – including lighting, traffic, landscaping, acoustic testing and stormwater – require further assessment to the satisfaction of the council’s assessment manager before full development approval is granted. The applicant is required to seek agreement from state agencies such as SA Water for provision of particular services prior to commencing any building work. You can read about these in detail, see a copy of the plans and view the minutes at the council’s website.

The applicant must now seek building consent, for engineering and structural matters, prior to receiving full development approval.

This development proposal did not trigger public notification due to the uses proposed being exempt from notification as per the state government’s legislation. As such, there was no option available to neighbours to formally submit concerns or comments on the proposal as part of the development application process, however the meeting was open to the public, and attended by the applicant, their consultants and residents of the area.

Further detail may be sought from the applicant c/o FutureUrban