Submissions to Council and State Government reports

The Association has over a number of years, prepared submissions, that have gone to the Mount Barker District Council. Submissions are now being added at present to be read online. Below is the first submission, added to the Association website. 

Click on the images below to read a submission.

Rural DPA submission

At other times the Association develops its own submissions and reports in order to provide Council with information about community issues.

Previous council submissions
  • Recent Main Street Masterplans
  • Mount Barker Town Centre DPA
  • Draft Biodiversity Strategy for the region 
  • Residential and Industrial submissions
  • Mount Barker Showgrounds Draft Masterplan submission
  • Heritage Planning Amendment Report (PAR)
  • Park ‘n Ride development
  • Western Flat Creek Flood Mitigation and Revegetation Works
  • Sims Road upgrade
  • Mt Barker Summit Reserve
  • Community Engagement Framework
  • Public Art Policy
  • Development Plan DPA
  • Town Centre Review

Other submissions

Occassionally the State Government or Local Government Association (LGA) may request feedback from the community about a state wide issue which impacts on our district.

Submissions presented by the Association include:

  • LGA Independent Review of  Local Government Elections
  • State Govt Strategic Plan
  • Draft Residential Development Code
  • State Govt 30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide
  • Appearence before Native Vegetation Council - roundabout Hurling Drive/Wellington Road


Deputations are a formal presentation at a Council meeting by the Chairperson of the Association. The Deputation must be requested to be added to the Council agenda. The Mayor formally approves any community deputation. Any member of the community may request a deputation.

Deputations presented by the Association include:

  • Town Square proposal and potential ideas (2014 and 2015)
  • Future of Culture in the District (2009)
  • Park N Ride (2007)
  • Council Annual Business Plan (if the Association proposes such a move)
  • Recreation, Leisure and Sport Planning (2007)
  • 2006 – Residential and Industrial PAR
  • 2009 - Forthcoming 30 year Plan for Greater Adelaide
  • ‘Draft Culture and Arts Policy (20.10.2008)


Petitions are another way of providing Council with feedback from the comunity about a specific issue.  All petitions must be presented with the question or issue listed on each page. A petition can be added to the Council meeting agenda upon request to the Mayor.

Petitions presented by the Assocation include:

  • Park n’ Ride (130 signatures)
  • Western Flat Creek (100 signatures)
  • Culture and Arts Policy (232 signatures)


  • Assist with the development of a community engagement strategy to provide more integrated decision making between council and the community
  • Consultation with the community about the future development of the district
  • Development of recreation, sport and leisure strategies and plans
  • Retention of community land, green spaces and trees with less alienation of  rural land
  • Addition of almost 600 historic buildings to the Local Heritage register
  • Support of an efficient and effective district wide rubbish and recycling strategy
  • Working towards improved infrastructure, roads, footpaths and community facilities
  • Development of arts and culture strategies and plans

Formal submissions presented to Council include:

Mt Barker Christmas Pageant

At several recent Council meetings it has become clear that the Mt Barker Christmas Pageant committee are being pressured to find an alternative location for their floats as the previous sheds had been deemed unsafe by a Council consultant. The land upon which the sheds are situated is Crown Land and the Council wishes to include this land in future development, which now has a park and ride facility on the site. 

After a formal deputation to Council, the Pagaent committee has been trying to source an alternative solution as they only have permission to remain at the current site until the end of 2011, and their current site is only available for a set time after having a lease agreement from grants made available to the Pageant committee. 

If anyone has any ideas on how to assist the Pageant committee please contact either Councillor Carol Bailey or anyone on the Association Executive. We need to ensure this Christmas Pageant remains in Mt Barker, but the Committee will require community support for this to occur.

Community Gardens

The Association is a strong supporter of the local Community Garden movement. Our Association was highlighted in a story printed in the local Courier Newspaper, in regards to the community garden project for the St Francis De Sales school, that our Association has been involved with.    

If you are interested in this community garden project, please contact our Chairperson Dianne van Eck.

Attendance of a special National event relating to Community Gardens was held at the Fern Avenue Community Gardens at Fullarton in 2015. This was a very good event, with many outcomes acheived. Association member Nathan Rogers attended the event. 

People can also volunteer at the Duck Flat Community Garden, which has now been taken over (re management) by the Mount Barker Community Centre. The Centre can be contacted for more details.

Recreation and Sport

The development of an updated Recreation, Sport and Leisure Plan is essential if these activities are to be developed and promoted consistently throughout the District. The Council's current plan is outdated (ending in 2007) and since that time the Association has been lobbying strongly for Sport, Recreation and Leisure planning to commence, in conjunction with the community.

The Association held an Open Forum in 2007 and presented a deputation to Council in 2008 but as yet Council has not moved forwards in this area. With the recent purchase of a parcel of land, outside of the current town boundary, discussions have commenced with the Mt Barker Football club to develop this parcel of land for two football ovals.

The Association has not been able to participate in these discussions as they have been confidential. We will continue to lobby Council to allow these discussions about the future of sport and recreation in the District, and in particular the future use of this parcel of land to be held in open forums or the Council Chamber at Council meetings. 

We have received notification that the Council is developing a Recreation Plan and has appointed a consultant, Suter Planners to undertake initial work on this plan. More news as it comes to hand. As at 8 January 2012, there is no news! And at April 23 there is still no news!

Art and Culture

The Assocation has been encouraging Council to develop a Culture and Arts Policy for the past ten years. During the past two years a number of artists and artisans have prepared a Culture and Arts Policy and presented this to Council. Unfortunately, policy around Arts and Culture has been isolated to a Public Arts Policy only. The Association continues to lobby Council to include a broader Arts and Culture perspective in its policy agenda.

Town Centre Review

The Town Centre Review public consulation period has closed and Council has developed various stages of this project and is moving towards planning changes in regards to the project.