Thursday, May 26, 2011

Seaford Heights - can't see the forest for the trees.

The Seaford Heights housing development was approved yesterday by planning minister John Rau.

As Philip White noted, Minister Rau made a few quite startling admissions, during the announcement. He suggested that South Australian developers, planners, and architects were so far unprepared to build the sort of higher-rise, more intensive, smaller-footprint village housing that many locals prefer, and indeed his own government insists is ideal for infill in the city of Adelaide proper according to his government’s new 30 Year Plan.

Former McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Chair, Dudley Brown said the decision to allow the development to go ahead at Seaford Heights was rash and ill thought out.

"It does seem to me that the South Australian government does defer on many occasions to the developers and the big end of town," he said in the Australian.

"I fear it's the face of Australia - weak governments and big business."

The compromise treeline, which was one of the changes from the original planning application for the site is shown for the first time below.

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Lazy B Photo fest.

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Can you take the ultimate wine photograph?

 

We are searching through your tops shots to come out with a winner. 

 

The rules are pretty simple. 

 

During June all you need to do is post your pics to our Facebook site. Over the next month we will put a shortlist together and get our fans to vote.

 

The winner of each category becomes a Lazy B. VIP.  You receive our new wines as they are released… for life.  That is every new wine we release, for as long as we are in business. Well worth winning.

 

We will sort the photo's into four categories.

 

1-   Historical - Pictures that invoke the history of wine, or the places it is grown and made. Thinks ‘Palms at Seppeltfields.’

 

2-   Landscape – Vineyards are pretty.

 

3-   Wine-Oh! – that stunning wine photo you took. Might be drinking or partying. Use you imagination.

 

4-   Mobile Phone – Anything from your phone or non camera device – we call this the Sam Freeman award.  

 

Winners announced July 4th, 2011. 

 

This is going to be great!

 

James