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Tram stop cafe to be removed if extension goes ahead

Wednesday, 25 September 2013
Author: Liam Mannix, Indaily
The Entertainment Centre tram stop. Photo: Nat Rogers/InDaily

The Entertainment Centre tram stop. Photo: Nat Rogers/InDaily
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Space at the Entertainment Centre Tram Stop has been approved for a cafe lease - but the approval contains a clause allowing the cafe to be removed if the tram extension to Port Adelaide ever goes ahead.

InDaily yesterday reported comments from the head of the State's public transport services suggesting the cafe's placement might present an impediment to the future extension of the tram line.

The cafe owner would have to remove the structure if the tram extension was approved in the future, a spokesperson for the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure said in a statement released to InDaily this morning.

"DPTI has approved the lease of space for a proposed cafe," the spokesperson said. "DPTI is encouraging a mobile operation, however, final approval is a matter for Council.

"DPTI's approval is subject to an exclusionary clause that would require the removal of the building in the event the tramline is extended in the future.

"A contract for the operation of a cafe will not be completed until council approval is obtained by the proposed operator. Building the cafe is also the responsibility of the owner."

Local Labor MP Michael Atkinson said he took up the issue with Transport Minister Tom Koutsantonis yesterday.

"The north west light rail project, coast to coast light rail, is part of my vision for the area I represent in parliament and I certainly don't want anything done that would close off the possibility that at some time in the future we could get a budget allocation to enable this to happen," he said.

"I made the point to the minister yesterday when I saw him in Parliament that I didn't want anything that would close off the possibility of this vision. It's not on the forward estimates, but we hope that at some time it will happen."

The proposed cafe would be a "tilt up" about the size of a small garden shed, according to City of Charles Sturt councillor Paul Alexandrides, who told InDaily he was aware of the proposal.

"I think it's going to be a permanent structure," Alexandrides said. "I don't think I'd like to see something being driven on or off the median. That could be quite dangerous, to have a caravan type structure.

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