Historic Aldinga Precinct map launched to promote the strip's heritage

PROTECTION: Historic Aldinga Precinct traders Rio Lagana of The Shack Cafe and Pizzeria and Lou de Leeuw of Lou's Shack, who both back the new map.

PROTECTION: Historic Aldinga Precinct traders Rio Lagana of The Shack Cafe and Pizzeria and Lou de Leeuw of Lou's Shack, who both back the new map.

The historic precinct in the heart of Aldinga may have received a series of modern upgrades but, with a group of passionate local traders, it’s heritage culture will not be lost.

Over the past year, the heritage shopping strip along Old Coach Road has received a streetscape makeover to allow locals and visitors to experience the historic buildings within a twenty-first century context.

Last month, local traders launched a map of the area, which highlights 11 historic sites dating back to the 1850’s within the now walkable precinct.

The quaint strip sits alongside the new developments for international giants On the Run and Aldi and local trader Lou de Leeuw is hoping to stamp the history into the precinct as its surroundings continue to grow.

Mr de Leeuw said visitors and locals could use the map to find historic buildings as well as finding a place to have a cup of coffee or purchase local goods from wine to vinyl records.

“With the Precinct under threat from urban expansion on its fringe, this is an opportune time to reinforce the historic value of the sites inside the Historic Aldinga Precinct,” he said.

He said, while a lot of small towns are dying, Aldinga is growing as the community feeds off each other.

“It’s a collaborative environment here not a competitive one; we all try to grow eachother,” he said.

Ben Tugwell, owner of Fleurieu Roast, said the map was a unique way of providing information and guiding people to services.

“Being one of 23 businesses in the precinct we are keen to service visitors and locals alike as well as preserving the historic nature of the area. It’s a win-win for Aldinga,” he said.

“It (the map) highlights 11 historical spots along the street for people to visit… hopefully it will attract people to all the shops and also educate them on.”

Owner of The Shack Cafe and Pizzeria Rio Lagana said while developments like Aldi and the OTR would attract people they detract from the area’s historical image so it is important to promote the area’s heritage through the map.

The free map is now placed in all the shops along the precinct for guests and locals to utilise.

With the Precinct under threat from urban expansion on its fringe, this is an opportune time to reinforce the historic value of the sites inside it

Lou de Leeuw