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Re: Mitsubishi Tonsley Site

#76 Post by Howie » Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:38 pm

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Re: Mitsubishi Tonsley Site

#77 Post by Ben » Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:30 am

From In Daily:

Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Tonsley Park: Jays quietest of backflips
Kevin Naughton : Analysis

SIX months ago Indaily reported the State government had backflipped on it plans to turn Tonsley Park’s old Mitsubishi site into a clean-tech industry hub.

Yesterday, the government released its Master Plan for the site – reneging on the original plans from 2009 and confirming the Indaily report last October that the site would be part-rezoned to allow the construction of high-density apartment blocks.

The Premier Jay Weatherill’s media release yesterday said it would become “a centre for high-value and innovative manufacturing companies”.

No details, mind, but plenty of images and video fly-throughs of people drinking coffee and riding push bikes.

It promised the new Master Plan would deliver 6300 jobs – not the 8600 jobs mentioned in its announcement of August 2010.

The 2010 statement had promised: “Investment in a sustainable technologies precinct at Tonsley Park is expected to reach $1 billion over a 15-year development period with … up to 8,600 jobs on the site by 2026.

“The site development, and derived productivity improvements, is set to increase Gross State Product by up to $400 million each year, by 2026.”

Yesterday’s announcement re-set the bar to lower the job numbers, pushed out the timeframe to 2032 and reduced government expenditure to $253 million – even less after land sales from residential subdivisions on the site.

The latest announcement for Tonsley made no mention of the now abandoned promises from 2009 and 2010.

In December 2009, the Department of Trade and Economic Development told parliament’s Budget and Finance Committee that Tonsley Park was a “critical piece of infrastructure in southern Adelaide” that was vital to the future development of South Australian industry.

“For that reason the site will continue to be zoned ‘industrial’ and used to create sustainable employment in the south,” the DTED chief executive Lance Worrall told the committee.

That plan must have hit the dust shortly after Mr Worrall’s commitment was made.

As we reported last October 7, Mitsubishi’s former Tonsley Park site will be part-rezoned residential to allow construction of 23 high-density apartment blocks, rather than the promised clean-tech precinct.

The accommodation blocks on the western side of the site will house students from nearby Flinders University.

The residential blocks range between three and five storeys.

The clean-tech dream started to fade into fantasy when the State government approved the relocation to Tonsley Park of TAFE campuses and the installation of a data centre that houses computer hardware packaged inside shipping containers.

The 23 apartment blocks get short shrift in the promotional video – five seconds worth in a two-minute-39 second wrap.

The State Government announced plans to buy the site from Mitsubishi in December 2009, after the car maker closed its SA operations in 2008.

When it closed the deal in February 2010 in the lead-up to the state election, the government described the site as a clean-tech and innovation hub.

“The sustainable technologies precinct will be a flagship for the growth of our clean-tech manufacturing capability, training in education and sustainability, the services sector and research and development,” media releases stated.

Southern Suburbs Minister John Hill touted the precinct as “integrating clean, sustainable technologies, environmental industries, advanced manufacturing and research and development”.

Stage 1 of the Master Plan for the site was scheduled for completion in August 2010.

It was released yesterday. There were no specific details of any clean tech/innovation projects.

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Re: Mitsubishi Tonsley Site

#78 Post by SRW » Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:31 pm

I get the sense that article was trying to making a mountain out of a molehill. What specifically is the problem? It sounds as though the Government has settled upon a more economic and feasible plan. Great.
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Re: Mitsubishi Tonsley Site

#79 Post by Waewick » Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:07 pm

I think the major issue is the rezoning of the industrial land.

Industrial land is a scarce commodity, especially in such prime location.

I assume the backflip comments come because instead of having industries creating jobs on the site, we will have apartment complexes (which can essentially by built anywhere and add little or no job benefit in the long term)

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Re: Mitsubishi Tonsley Site

#80 Post by Wayno » Thu May 17, 2012 2:36 pm

i received this email today:

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Re: Mitsubishi Tonsley Site

#81 Post by RayRichards » Thu May 17, 2012 10:49 pm

Cheers for that Wayno.

Is that a proposed waterway running through this new Tonley park I see? Good to bring back old waterways from years gone by.

Also will there be a bridge/underpass over the Alawoona Ave entry.

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Re: Mitsubishi Tonsley Site

#82 Post by Wayno » Sun Jul 15, 2012 7:31 pm

latest nearmap (July 6) shows demolition is underway: https://www.nearmap.com/?q=@-35.010051, ... d=20120706
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#83 Post by The Scooter Guy » Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:00 pm

Xaragmata, head there for demolition pics soon! The McMahon 'jaws of death' may be tearing this big thing down like the old Adelaide Oval buildings & Rundle HS!
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Re: Mitsubishi Tonsley Site

#84 Post by Pikey » Mon Jul 30, 2012 7:49 pm

The Scooter Guy wrote:Xaragmata, head there for demolition pics soon! The McMahon 'jaws of death' may be tearing this big thing down like the old Adelaide Oval buildings & Rundle HS!
Considering the buildings are full of asbestos, and mainly of steel construction, that level of equipment is unnecessary
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Re: Mitsubishi Tonsley Site

#85 Post by notmichaeljfox » Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:49 pm

An announcement about a new major tenant will be made on Sunday at 4pm.

I can't say more, but keep your eyes peeled! :)

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Re: Mitsubishi Tonsley Site

#86 Post by notmichaeljfox » Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:01 am

Flinders to make major investment in Tonsley Park

Flinders University is poised to make its largest single investment in educational facilities since the University was established more than 40 years ago with a planned $120 million expansion at Tonsley Park.

The University will construct a major building in which it will teach computer science, engineering and mathematics to undergraduate students while also undertaking an extensive range of research activities and business collaborations.

Flinders Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Barber, said the University’s investment would enable it to deliver teaching, research and business investment activities aligned with the high-value manufacturing vision for the site.

“This is an exciting opportunity for us to help forge a new future for innovation at Tonsley Park. It demonstrates our commitment to being the higher education partner of choice in southern Adelaide and, in particular, to be recognised as playing a significant role in the economic transformation of this area,” Professor Barber said.

Design work is already underway for the Tonsley Park facility which will house about 2000 students and 150 staff and is scheduled be fully operational in 2015.

Further expansion on the site, including possible student accommodation, will be considered as Flinders continues to grow over the next 20 years. The new facilities will be linked to the main campus by a frequent bus service operated by the University.

The Tonsley Park facility will also underpin a further strengthening of the existing collaboration with TAFE SA - which is providing alternative pathways to Flinders for students - and will see both institutions playing a major role in the proposed Sustainable Industries Education Centre to be based at the former Mitsubishi site.

Professor Barber said the collaboration of the University’s Medical Device Partnering Program and the Centre for NanoScale Science and Technology with emerging high technology and entrepreneurial companies at Tonsley Park provided much scope for mutual benefit.

“Flinders’ Medical Device Partnering Program, in collaboration with individual companies, is driving the development of new medical devices in Australia and our nanotechnology researchers are exploring the frontiers of solar cell and desalination technologies. To have this expertise co-located with potential business and research partners offers a great deal of exciting potential for future Flinders-business collaboration,” Professor Barber said.
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Re: Mitsubishi Tonsley Site

#87 Post by Will » Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:44 am

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Re: Mitsubishi Tonsley Site

#88 Post by Wayno » Mon Aug 06, 2012 4:35 pm

this *could* put impetus on the need for rail from Tonsley to Flinders. Anyone think there's a chance of this occurring given the darlington interchange has been delayed? Obviously would need to be upgraded if/when the darlington interchange happens, but i believe similar is being done for the Oaklands station (overpass).
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Re: Mitsubishi Tonsley Site

#89 Post by notmichaeljfox » Mon Aug 06, 2012 5:15 pm

If anything, I think the govt will use it as an excuse to hold out for longer. The uni has a bus that travels around its somewhat expansive grounds, which will be extended to Tonsley when the new campus opens. People will be able to move from the station to the uni more easily than before.

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Re: Mitsubishi Tonsley Site

#90 Post by notmichaeljfox » Fri Aug 10, 2012 12:10 am

The vice chancellor indicated today that he thinks the Darlington transport redevelopment will up to be 5-10 years away.
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