Reprieve for Glenside Hospital Trees

We are pleased to report that we have had an important interim win, as the DAC has deferred further consideration of the plans to remove the trees

On Thursday 23 February, the Development Assessment Commission (DAC) heard submissions regarding developer Cedar Woods’ application to remove 83 significant and regulated trees* from the Glenside Health and Cultural Precinct to make way for a new housing estate.

Adelaide Central School of Art was allowed to present at the hearing, as we were the only Precinct tenant to submit a response to Cedar Woods' development application.

Mark Parnell MLC, Parliamentary Leader of the Greens SA (who is also an environmental lawyer) spoke at the hearing on the School's behalf and urged DAC to reject or defer the tree removal application.

We are pleased to report that we have had an important interim win, as the DAC has deferred further consideration of the plans to remove the trees. 

"This is a welcome reprieve for the Glenside trees, but they are still at risk. Clearly the DAC wasn’t satisfied with the developer’s rationale for needing to remove all the trees at this stage," said Mr Parnell in a Media Release

"The DAC wants more information about levels of (soil) contamination and plans for site remediation before considering the matter further... This important reprieve gives the community time to put  pressure on the State Government (as owner of the land) and the developer to incorporate more of these magnificent trees into their plans."

"Until we know for sure that the apartments will actually be built, it is premature to remove any of these 83 trees (as well as the hundreds of others that aren’t legally protected)," he added.

On behalf of the School's staff, students, our Board of Governors and our community, we sincerely thank Mark Parnell for presenting our arguments to the DAC on behalf of the Precinct tenants and local residents.

We also thank Barry and Lesley Barber and the volunteers at Adelaide's Trees Matter for their tireless support. Our gratitude also goes to Dr Iris Iwanicki and David Nguyen of the Environmental Defenders Office SA for their professional support.

Finally, we wish to thank YOU, our friends and supporters, as we could not have achieved this result without your help. We are grateful for your ongoing support.

We encourage our students, graduates, staff and community to help Save Glenside Hospital Trees by:

  • Signing the petition from Mark Parnell MLC and
  • Sharing the petition from Mark Parnell MLC and encouraging others to sign
  • Following and LIKING the Save Glenside Hospital Trees Facebook page and
  • Inviting your friends and family to LIKE the Save Glenside Hospital Trees Facebook page
  • Writing to your local member and raise this issue with them
  • Visiting the Glenside site to see what will be lost if the DA is approved. Yellow ribbons mark the 83 significant and regulated trees and red ribbons mark the hundreds of other trees that will be removed should the application be approved.