Statement from the University of Adelaide: Waite campus and Gatehouse
The University of Adelaide is pleased that the State Government has decided to take responsibility for relocating the Gatehouse.
We have recommended a preferred relocation site that will enhance the building’s integration into activities on campus. In addition, we have agreed to refurbish the interior of the Gatehouse.
The Gatehouse was once the home of the Head Gardener of the Urrbrae property. In its new location, it will become home to the many volunteers who are the backbone of support for the Waite Arboretum and its unique gardens. We expect this to be a positive outcome for our community.
The University has, from the start, expressed its opposition to the acquisition of Waite campus land. Our preference has always been and remains for the Waite campus land and the Gatehouse to remain untouched and intact.
As the landowner, we have through a formal process objected to the compulsory acquisition. While the State Government has formally acknowledged the University’s concerns, it has rejected our representations and will compulsorily acquire the land.
The State Government has responsibility for the future of the heritage-listed Gatehouse building.
Notwithstanding our opposition to and disappointment with the compulsory acquisition of the Waite land, we are pleased that the Gatehouse will continue to have a place at the Waite campus, and that it will become a useful, useable space for generations to come.
David Ellis, Interim Director – Media and Corporate Relations, The University of Adelaide
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