Barossa winemaker Damien Tscharke has spoken out about the proposed $50 million 12-storey Oscar hotel at Seppeltsfield Wines.
“The prosperity of Barossa has been underpinned in good and bad times by a community putting the greater good, or be it empathy for others before capitalism,” he writes in a letter to WBM newsletter The Week That Was.
“The genius of foresight.”
Damien’s winery Tscharke Wines is on Seppeltsfield Road at Marananga.
“Let us not forget the past, and show some respect for those who fought for what we have today,” Damien writes.
“If we understand what that might be (just look around), then why bury our head in the sand and pardon development that will erode away at the sense of community and character of this land.
“If we are serious about prosperity, then let us not lose sight of the vision that has put us in such great stead for all these generations and demonstrate a little empathy in our decision making, please.
“I feel for the families that will have this development towering over their backyards.
“This peaceful hamlet village is their home.
“Their wellbeing shouldn’t be something we have to sacrifice for prosperity.”