Media response - proposed Aldinga tourism development

Published on 16 January 2024

Response to GLAM Adelaide, Channel 7, Fleurieu Sun, ABC Radio Adelaide and The Advertiser.

  • The journalist asked for a statement about a proposed 'resort' for Tuit Road in Aldinga.

The City of Onkaparinga is currently assessing a development application for the construction of a recreation facility, tourist accommodation, with associated shop, wellness studio, and food and beverage facilities. The proposed facility includes a wave-making pool that’s capable of generating simulated waves suitable for surfing, and approximately 45 accommodation units.

The proposal has been lodged for the property located at Lot 3 Tuit Road, Aldinga, immediately west of the Port Willunga Tourist Park.

The subject site is located within the long-standing Tourism Development Zone, which encourages tourism type developments including, but not limited to, tourist accommodation, recreational facilities and other associated facilities, consistent with the zone objectives, however the application is still subject to an assessment against the relevant provisions of the state government’s Planning and Design Code.

The proposal does not trigger public notification due to the uses proposed being exempt from notification as per state legislation. As such, there is no option available to neighbours to formally submit concerns or comments on the proposal as part of the development application process. Under the former planning system (repealed in March 2021) the application would have been subject to public notification and representors would have had appeal rights in relation to the merits of the proposal. This process has been removed for this application under the new planning system. Council has previously advocated for the reinstatement of appeals rights, with the state government’s review of the implementation of the planning system still outstanding. More information on this can be found at

The application will be determined by the independent Council Assessment Panel (CAP) at a meeting yet to be determined. Residents will be able to attend the meeting to observe the panel’s discussion and deliberation, but not participate.

The application is registered on the PlanSA website at

Plans are also able to be viewed at council’s Noarlunga office during office hours.

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