Angaston Railway Precinct

RIGHT TIME: Barossa Council elected member John Angas, at the Angaston Railway, is keen to see an upgrade of the area because he feels it's overdue.
RIGHT TIME: Barossa Council elected member John Angas, at the Angaston Railway, is keen to see an upgrade of the area because he feels it's overdue.

Angaston is expected to "feel the love” following The Barossa Council’s agreement to seek funding for the delivery of projects which would enhance the old and dated railway precinct master plan.

At a special council meeting last Wednesday, elected members agreed to apply for an early application for Open Space Grant Funds, through state government, to accelerate the next stage works at the site.

Councillor John Angas, who is in support of the grant, said it’s been some time since Angaston received significant funding.

Projects to fall under The Angaston Railway Precinct Plan could include a youth and play area with toilets, railway station upgrade, public spaces for a picnic and market area and a part entrance upgrade.

“Projects like these have been on the books for a long time and the love is overdue,” he said.

Mr Angas told elected members “it's time it's (the plan) gotten on with”. 

At the council's ordinary meeting on April 18 this year, elected members passed a resolution detailing the plan where elected members agreed the project had significance for the Barossa region.

The resolution included council officers keep the community informed of progress and identify community involvement and volunteering opportunities in the next stages of the project. 

The cost of rolling out the Angaston Railway Precinct Master Plan is estimated at $4.32 million and it is envisaged the plan would be broken down in a phased and prioritised approach.

A grant application would now be forwarded to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure for Open Space Funding under the Planning and Development Fund, in respect of the plan’s implementation for up to $1,055,250 (excluding GST).

Council remained optimistic after successful and sizeable grants in the past were awarded to other regional councils in the range of $880,000 to $1.2m, which was then required to be match funded.

If the application was successful, delivery of the project would be tendered via The Big Project. Projects were due to begin within two months of grant funding approval were to be completed within 18 months.