Consultation by The Barossa Council on the Angaston Railway Precinct Masterplan is well underway as it seeks to activate the site and develop a heritage and community hub.
Consultation has run for a month so far, and council’s manager of customer, library and heritage services Tania Paull said it had been “very positive” feedback so far.
“It’s been very positive from the community,” she said.
“The main thing the community (wants) is that it would still like it to be a quiet place, but somewhere for events and keeping the railway heritage.”
Ms Paull underlined the importance of developing a youth destination.
“It’s very important to keep places for young people in our townships,” she said.
Angaston Station working party chair Theo Marks said the project was “exciting”.
“It’s important for both Angaston and the Barossa for more than one reason; firstly it brings tourists into the area, the Barossa Valley Machinery Preservation Society, their collection is going to be housed here, which is fantastic for them,” he said.
Schubert MP Stephan Knoll said the drawn out campaign was now set to activate “a dead space” in Angaston.
“It’s been a two to 2.5-year campaign by The Barossa Council to take over the site, which was long and drawn out,” he said.
“I’m quite excited, it activates what is otherwise a bit of a dead space around the back of Angaston.”
Mr Knoll believes the project is a large “sign of confidence” in the Barossa as a tourist destination.
“For Angaston, we have the recreation park precinct and the village green, but the village green is quite small,” he said.
“This gives an opportunity for a much wider space, and investment into the town if we can host some new events that can help increase visitation.
“Angaston’s a town with a lot of pride and having a project like this to sink our teeth into I think will only increase that pride.”
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