Behind the black metal fence is an electricity substation which has occupied this site since the 1960’s.
In 2007, the City Council commissioned a cultural and heritage evaluation of the Park Lands. The assessment of Park 4 included this advice:
Expansion of the ETSA substation would be “inappropriate.” It should “removed from the Precinct and the area returned to Park Lands usage.”
However that advice was not acted upon. In 2011 the substation was extended and another 925 square metres of Park Land was taken.
In 2016, the then Planning Minister John Rau changed the development plan for the Adelaide Park Lands as it concerned “infrastructure”. Any project described as “infrastructure” was from then on classified as “complying” development.
This meant that there was no need for public utilities to undertake any public consultation, and no public comments could be taken into account when planning authorities were considering more infrastructure like this.
Now walk south along the fence line until you come to a brick building.