A Mount Compass icon will soon return to its home on the corner of Adelaide Road and Sand Mine Road after proprietors Bindon and Kristy Burns received approval from Alexandrina council to return a sign, advertising their business, back to its original location.
In September 2017 the council had received a safety-related complaint about the sign, which meant the well-known rainbow tank, which had been featured at the location for over 20 years, had to be removed.
After the council received a proposal in April 2018 – which sought approval to place the rainbow tank advertising on the road reserve adjacent Victor Harbor Road, near Sand Mine Road – the application was referred to council’s planning department.
A council document read the advice given by the department was that because of the length of the time the tank had been in place, there were existing rights under the development act.
In July 2018 the Compass Tanks proposal was submitted to the department for planning transport and infrastructure, along with the legal and planning advice received, to be approved.
The advice from DPTI indicated if the council considered issuing a permit to Compass Tanks to maintain the signage, the department would not have any objections subject to certain conditions.
Mrs Burns said the business had officially received approval – in writing – on September 5 and that a new tank was in the process of being built.
“We will have the sign back out on the road in the next week,” Mr Burns said.
“It’s a relief that we have officially received approval as we can now get back to focusing on business.”
Mrs Burns acknowledged the support from the local and wider community to get the tank back on the road.
“Over 1700 people signed a petition to support the rainbow tank being allowed to return to the roadside and this amazing support was a crucial element in the positive outcome,” she said.
Mrs Burns also extended her gratitude to the office of the small business commissioner for their assistance and guidance which she said had been pivotal to the successful resolution.