Fullarton Road and Cross Road Intersection Upgrade
The South Australian Government has released the concept designs for the upgrade of the Fullarton Road and Cross Road intersection.
The intersection is located on the north western corner of the University of Adelaide’s Waite Campus.
Intersection upgrade – the University’s position
The University has received notification from the South Australian Department for Infrastructure and Transport (DIT) that it intends to compulsorily acquire a section of land on the Waite campus for the upgrade of the Fullarton Road and Cross Road intersection.
The University of Adelaide is deeply concerned about this proposal and the permanent impact it will have on the Waite.
The campus is located on land bequeathed to the University of Adelaide by pastoralist Peter Waite almost 100 years ago. It is one of the largest and most significant philanthropic gifts in the history of South Australia.
The Waite campus, which includes the Waite Arboretum, is held in perpetuity by the University and is a South Australian treasure.
The proposed widening of the roadway would result in the carving off of bequeathed land, demolition of a heritage building, destruction of significant trees, and have a detrimental impact on the Waite Arboretum collection.
The building under threat of demolition is a state heritage-listed building constructed in the 1880s, known as ‘The Lodge’ or ‘Gatehouse’. The removal of a roadside section of the Waite Arboretum along Cross Road would destroy a number of trees of historic significance. The University estimates that under the current proposal approximately 20 trees would be removed, some of which are 120 years old and significant in size.
As custodians of such an important element of South Australian history, the University is opposed to the acquisition of Waite campus land. We have called on the Government to reconsider these plans and will engage with them further on this important issue. We have also shared our position on the matter with the Federal and State MPs and the Mitcham Council.
The University will always strive to protect the campus, its heritage and the legacy of Peter Waite.