The DAC decision was made at a special meeting on Friday 21 December which overruled an Adelaide City Council decision against the removal of the trees and the accompanying path in July this year.
“This decision was rushed through a special meeting of DAC with only four of its seven members present – it just shows where this Government stands on our State’s heritage,” Liberal Member for Adelaide Rachel Sanderson said.
“The Weatherill Labor Government has overridden the Council’s decision as well as the wishes of the public of whom they were elected to represent.
“I have been informed that the majority of the discussion in the meeting surrounded the legality of DAC’s authority to act as an arbiter in this instance. I believe the Environment Resources and Development Court is the correct body for such a decision, not the DAC.
“The 27 white cedars were axed and milled early last Friday morning quietly and without warning, destroying over 100 years of history just two weeks after the decision was made.
“Surely this is the fastest this Government has acted on a planning decision in its 10 years!