Dutschke Barossa Valley seek land purchase

LAND REQUEST: An aerial shot of the unmade road reserve.
LAND REQUEST: An aerial shot of the unmade road reserve.

An unsealed road reserve at Lyndoch could be merged with a neighbouring winery, should The Barossa Council agree to the sale of land.

During their ordinary meeting on October 17, the council provided in principle support for the proposed sale of a section of reserve road, off Gods Hill Road, Lyndoch, near long established winery, Dutschke Barossa Valley.

If successful, the reserve will connect winery land and an allotment at 218 Pimpala Road, owned by Brenda Dutschke.

Discussions revealed that 218 Pimpala Road was previously owned by SA Water with a large water tank located on it, which was used as part of the township’s water supply system.

Plans already sit with the council for Dutschke Barossa Valley to convert the water tank into a cellar door.

One of council’s requirements for this proposal to move forward is the winery and cellar door are on the same title. 

Council discussed how the tank was no longer used for water and this allotment did not have safe and convenient access directly to Pimpala Road due to the large vertical grade separation along its northern boundary.

“Safe access is gained from the unmade section of Gods Hill Road being considered for sale in this report.”

The land sale proposal is subject to a number of requirements, including the road opening and closing process.

According to council, costs would be incurred by the applicant to engage a licensed surveyor to prepare all plans and documentation as required under the Road (Opening and Closing) Act 1991.

The council said the unmade road reserve, when closed, was to be merged with the applicant’s property, with easements ascribed to relevant service authorities as determined from the Roads Opening and Closing process. 

“The sale of the unmade road reserve to the applicant be at a cost as determined by a valuer, engaged by council, with the applicant responsible for all associated costs incurred by Council,” the council report revealed.

All access to 18 Gods Hill Road is currently gained from Gods Hill Road and not the road segment under consideration.

Underground services within the segment of Gods Hill Road being considered includes communications (Telstra) and irrigation (Barossa Infrastructure Limited).

In the event of sale, access to these would be protected by easements to the relative authorities. 

Elected member further agreed to a community consultation to be undertaken on behalf of the applicant at their cost through the Road Opening and Closing process through a licensed surveyor also engaged by the applicant.