Open Space funding to revitalise Angaston railway precinct

Angaston Railway Precinct driving members Craig Grocke, Dr Bill Gransbury, Theo Marks, Barry Chinner, Mark Grossman, Mayor Bob Sloane, Philip Holmes, Mark Holmes, Jo Thomas, Tania Paull and Steve Falland.

Angaston Railway Precinct driving members Craig Grocke, Dr Bill Gransbury, Theo Marks, Barry Chinner, Mark Grossman, Mayor Bob Sloane, Philip Holmes, Mark Holmes, Jo Thomas, Tania Paull and Steve Falland.

A $2.3 million overhaul of the Angaston Railway Precinct to include a regional-level play space is set to begin soon.

At last Tuesday’s council meeting it was announced to elected members that Planning Minister John Rau had committed $1.1 million towards The Barossa Council project cost through the Open Spaces/Places for People program, with Council funding the balance.

The funding will activate the railway precinct as a recreation, events and community space that is a regional tourism destination in its own right.

The upgrade will also bring to life the region’s significant railway history in a unique natural setting.

Key elements of the project include:

  • Youth and play area including southern bank bike track
  • Picnic and market area with space for temporary community activities and events
  • Restoration and reuse of railway station for greater community access and use.

Mayor Bob Sloane said the community would be the big winners from the funding windfall.

“We see exciting opportunities to activate the space for a diverse range of community uses like markets, pop-ups, open-air cinema and events,” Mr Sloane said.

“People of all ages will be able to engage with the natural setting of the precinct through the addition of adventure and nature play, walking and cycling paths and complimentary fitness activities.

“Other great outcomes are the celebration and showcase of Angaston’s railway and local Indigenous heritage.”

Greater connectivity with the main street and retail outlets is also expected to deliver commercial and economic benefits and provide another unique reason for people to visit Angaston.

Mr Sloane also thanked the partners who had contributed to the masterplan for the site, including the Angaston Railway Station Reference Group, Barossa Machinery Preservation Society and Angaston Community and Business Alliance (ACBA).

Reference Group chair Theo Marks said the restoration of the railway station would be the “jewel in the crown”.

“For Angaston in particular, it will create a central park in the heart of town that complements other key precincts within the area, ” he said.

ACBA chair Steve Falland praised the collaboration between stakeholders to bring the project to fruition.

“The investment and work done behind the scenes in the past three years, including the railway conservation plan and masterplan for the site, has paid dividends and means this exciting project is now shovel-ready,” he said.

The staged project will be completed by August 2019.