Crows administration in Park 2?

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Is this Park for sale? Yes - if the Price Is Right

The City Council at its meeting on 11 June 2019, voted on its price for selling out Denise Norton Park / Pardipardinyilla (Park 2, pictured above) to the Adelaide Football Club.

Sometime later in 2019, the Council will ask the public what you think of its preferred price, that the Adelaide Football Club is now preparing to pay.

What they WON'T ask you is whether the Council should be selling out. The City Council at its meeting on 11 June, rejected a suggestion that the public should be asked whether Park 2 should be for sale.

By a margin of 7 votes to 4, the Council determined that yes, they’d like to see an offer put up for Park 2.

Some people prefer not to talk about an elephant in the room. The Adelaide City Council won't talk about the herd of elephants that they're preparing to unleash on Park 2 of the Adelaide Park Lands.

Some people prefer not to talk about an elephant in the room. The Adelaide City Council won't talk about the herd of elephants that they're preparing to unleash on Park 2 of the Adelaide Park Lands.

After four months of secret negotiations with the Adelaide Football Club about a takeover of the Aquatic Centre, the Council has finally released what it says are "Guiding Principles" to help the AFC to get what it wants - a multi-storey building on Park 2.

The Council would prefer that we didn't mention all the elephants unleashed by their "Guiding Principles".

But here are the elephants - the things that the Council's wish list doesn't cover - the things that (so far) the Council has refused to even put out for public feedback:

  • An increase in car parking

  • Any limit on building height

  • New roadways into Park 2

  • Removal of trees

  • New fences to protect designated training fields;

  • High-powered floodlighting for training fields;

  • Cafes, bars and/or restaurants, competing against North Adelaide businesses;

  • A Crows shop selling fan merchandise;

  • A sports medicine clinic to compete with other clinics in commercial locations;

  • The cost of pool access for school, club and community swim events

  • Any pool access for learn-to-swim classes

  • Child care at the Aquatic Centre

  • A private members-only gym

  • Facilities priced much higher than the Council currently charges.

There are even more problems with the so-called Guiding Principles.

  • The Guiding Principles ignore the Council's own Community Land Management Plan for Park 2. What use is having a legal plan for community land if you discard it as soon as someone offers you a deal?

  • The Guiding Principles ignore the Council's duty to consider other options for the Aquatic Centre. Should it be re-developed? Should it become an outdoor pool? Should it be fully or partly subsidised? Should it be operated as a joint venture with any other organisation? No, the only option on the table is selling out to the Crows.

  • The Guiding Principles reject a permanent liquor license, but leave open the possibility of liquor licensing for events, e.g. every game day.

  • The Guiding Principles don't say anything about the permitted height, bulk or scale of what the Adelaide Football Club might want to build. To reduce the “footprint” of the Aquatic Centre (that's the main part of the price) then the only way all of the Council's wish list can be accommodated is if a new building is of multiple stories. It's likely the price offered will be a building of at least three or four stories, with separate levels for car parking, Crows administration, function room (aka Crows "shed"), private training rooms; a gym; education rooms, etc.

  • The Guiding Principles require only one floor, with swimming pools, to be offering any public services, so something like this would comply with the Council’s wishes.

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Who voted for this? These seven Councillors approved the Guiding Principles and rejected an alternative motion to consult the public first:

Only these four Councillors (below) thought that the public should be consulted before the Adelaide Football Club was invited to draw up expensive plans to fit the Guiding Principles.

What can you do?

Tell the City Councillors to round up their elephants and put them away. Contact a Councillor now, before it's too late. Click the image of each Councillor to obtain their contact details.

BACKGROUND

The Adelaide Football Club formally approached the City Council on 19 February 2019 with what the Council calls an “unsolicited bid”.

Only four days later, on 23 February, the Council held a secret meeting to consider the bid. Two weeks later the Council CEO was authorised to enter a “Participation Framework Agreement”, still subject to secrecy.

However, the secret talks were leaked to the media. On 30 March 2019 the Adelaide Football Club CEO Andrew Fagan confirmed that the club wanted to build, on Park Lands, new "training and administration headquarters". He welcomed $15 million that was offered by the Federal Government.

The Crows desired site currently hosts the Adelaide Aquatic Centre, and sports grounds used by Blackfriars Priory College and other community and casual groups.

There is a Park Lands Management Strategy, endorsed by both the Council and the State Government. No part of that strategy envisages a multi-million dollar sports franchise having its administration headquarters in Park 2.

The Council will develop, eventually, what it calls an “extensive communication and engagement strategy”. But it did not consult the public in drawing up the Guiding Principles, and it is still not willing to discuss with the public whether it should even be entertaining a bid for a corporate takeover of Park Lands.

What can you do?

Tell the City Councillors to round up their elephants and put them away. Contact a Councillor now, before it's too late. Click the image of each Councillor to obtain their contact details.