REGION – Road closures for the Classic Adelaide Rally, to be held partly on local roads in November, will inconvenience school buses and local road users, say some Alexandrina Council elected members.
Classic Adelaide Rally organisers plan to close Bull Creek Road and a section of Paris Creek Road, just south of Meadows, for five hours on the afternoon of Friday, November 18.
At Alexandrina Council’s September 19 meeting, elected members were asked whether to consent to road closures for the motorsport event. After some discussion the item eventually lapsed with councillors unable to come to a resolution.
Council was asked to grant consent as 2.6km of road in the Alexandrina area would be used for the event. The four other councils also hosting the event, Tea Tree Gully, Campbelltown, Adelaide Hills and Mount Barker, unanimously approved road closures in their areas.
After the council meeting, Alexandrina’s administration liaised with SAPOL and, noting the support of other councils for the rally, signed off on the event.
Councillors Jim Davis, Michael Scott and Madeleine Walker spoke against closing the road during school bus times. “The inconvenience for closing that section of road off for that period of time is unreasonable,” Cr Davis said.
Councillor Grant Gartrell said Bull Creek Road was a main thoroughfare between Meadows and Goolwa.
“I don’t want to discourage the organisers from holding a rally in our region, but I do want to discourage them from closing a road of that stature for that period of time,” Cr Gartrell said.
In the report to council, Alexandrina’s events coordinator Janet Alexander wrote, “the event was successfully held in the Alexandrina region on Friday 16 October 2015 in Strathalbyn and surrounds and attracted positive interest and support from the community”.
Classic Adelaide Rally’s Tim Possingham said Bull Creek Road had been closed for the event in previous years. “As organisers we’ve been working towards minimising the residential impact of the event,” Mr Possingham said.
“In fact there is only three kilometres of the road in the Alexandrina district that we were hoping to use. The council has been very cooperative thus far.”
At the council meeting, councillor Madeleine Walker was opposed to motorsport being hosted on local roads and said, “I can see absolutely no benefit to the region”.
“I strongly speak against the concept of racing cars that are designed to get people from A to B, rather than to race, along roads that are designed to get people from A to B, rather than to race,” Cr Walker said.