Council allocate funds to proceed with 'Old Shell Depot' carpark

NEW CARPARK: Tatiara District Council is planning to convert Bordertown's 'Old Shell Depot' into a RV parking area.
NEW CARPARK: Tatiara District Council is planning to convert Bordertown's 'Old Shell Depot' into a RV parking area.

Bordertown's 'Old Shell Depot' is set to undergo a huge transformation, after Tatiara District Council leased the portion of land in July last year.

In a recent council meeting, councillors voted in favour of allocating $100,000 and carrying forward the current budget amount for the 2020/21 financial year to proceed with their proposed carpark project.

The development of the land has been a long-term goal of Bordertown on the Move (BOM).

Upon securing the lease, BOM requested that council engage a traffic engineer to develop a concept plan for a recreational vehicles (RV) parking area.

And in August last year, council engaged a traffic engineer to develop a concept plan for RV parking with drive through parking and a roadway exiting onto Hay Avenue.

Greenhill Engineers were entrusted to develop the concept plan for the project. The plan was then provided to BOM for feedback, with the group endorsing the plan.

They made a minor amendment to the plan to include trees within the carpark to provide shade and soften the area.

Director of infrastructure and operations Aaron Hillier said the plan includes eight parking spaces for recreational vehicles and nine passenger vehicle spaces.

"To soften the area, it is proposed to landscape the perimeter of the parking area. Landscaping is not shown on the concept plan," Mr Hillier said.

"No allowance for landscaping of the allotment containing the water tower has been included. It is envisaged this will be tidied up by removing debris and maintained by mowing and general maintenance."

While the proposed project will provide a welcomed parking area for residents and visitors, there is a glaring safety problem which could cause some headaches.

Mr Hillier said the condition of the water tower located on the land is a significant public risk, with evidence of concrete falling from the structure.

"Creating a carpark on the land will increase the patronage within the area and subsequently increase the risk of injury or death to the public," Mr Hillier said.

"It is recommended at a minimum the area around the water tower be fenced off to prevent public access to reduce risk of injury. To completely mitigate the risk, the tower should be removed."

While no starting date has confirmed for the project, councillors are glad the project is finally in the works, with many stating the area has been an "eye sore" for quite some time.