Sleaford plan on again

PROPOSAL: SK Planning's vision for the $150 million Sleaford development, Sleaford Cove.
PROPOSAL: SK Planning's vision for the $150 million Sleaford development, Sleaford Cove.

A PROPOSAL to develop 200 hectares of land at Sleaford south of Port Lincoln for tourism and residential development has been raised again.

SK Planning's Mark Baade told the Lower Eyre Peninsula District council at its meeting last week about the proposed Sleaford Cove development, which would be at the end of Proper Bay Road to take advantage of the views of Sleaford Mere, Sleaford Bay and the sand dunes and cliffs of the Lincoln National Park.

"The proposal comprises a substantial tourist accommodation component, with up to 50 holiday units being proposed overlooking beautiful Sleaford Bay," Mr Baade said.

The four-star accommodation would supply more quality accommodation to the region and be a base to explore the Lincoln National Park and other attractions.

There would be about 350 housing allotments, from 1000 square metres to two hectares, with a focus on low-density living, walking trails and open space.

Mr Baade said a key feature of the development would be its self-sustainability as all electricity would be generated on-site and rainwater would be harvested, along with wastewater treatment and re-use.

"Not only will the proposal minimise its carbon footprint, it will not put any additional pressure on the local water supply and will promote efficient building design and use of available resources," Mr Baade said.

Substantial funding will be put towards upgrading the coastal reserve area, which Mr Baade said was badly eroded, poorly presented and unsafe in some areas.

"The upgrade will not only address the erosion problem but provide improved parking and signage, safe viewing areas and beach access which minimises the impact on the coast."

The proposal is expected to be developed in stages over a 10-year period and its $150 million value would provide a boost of 100 to 150 jobs each year, particularly in the local construction and service industry.

Mr Baade said the demand for new allotments in the region had been considered and a sustainable, staged approach was viable.

The concept is local real estate developer Ron Forster's, who has been successful in Port Lincoln for more than 20 years, in particular with the Lincoln Cove Marina.

The council's chief executive officer Rod Pearson said the council had not discussed the Sleaford development and it had only heard preliminary information.

A feasibility study, which gives evidence for the viability of the tourism proposal plus the on-going demand for new allotments, is being finalised and will be presented to the council in coming weeks.