Barossa wine industry heavyweights Robert Hill-Smith, John Geber and Robert O’Callaghan have won a Supreme Court bid to stop a $25 million hotel, The Advertiser reports.
The proposed five-star hotel at 252 Murray Street, Tanunda, was given planning consent by the Barossa Assessment Panel in 2021.
John Geber from Chateau Tanunda told The Advertiser the decision to quash the planning approval “just does put a peg in the ground, saying we have a voice as well”.
“The people of the Barossa should always have a voice,” he said.
“All these three families have another generation coming through.
“It was becoming a suburb from Tanunda to Nuriootpa and when you start that you have lost it.”
Barossa Mayor Bim Lange told The Advertiser the region was in need of more quality accommodation.
“We don’t want to see that the Barossa is closed for business in any way, or other regions will go ahead of us,” he told the paper.
The hotel was to have included 141 rooms and six luxury villas, a function centre, a restaurant and shops.
The project developer is Barossa Central Pty Ltd.
• Photo from The Advertiser showing a concept image of the hotel (Daring Digital).