Statement from the University of Adelaide: Waite campus

Waite campus

Aerial view of the University of Adelaide's Waite campus, looking west.

The University of Adelaide is deeply concerned about the potential impact on its Waite campus of the proposed upgrade to the Fullarton Road and Cross Road intersection.

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 work.

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 bequest of land to the University of Adelaide from pastoralist Peter Waite, stretching back almost 100 years, 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 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.

The University of Adelaide is opposed to the acquisition of Waite campus land and is advocating that government reconsider its plans and seek alternatives. The University will strive to protect the campus, its heritage and the legacy of Peter Waite.

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