St Clair, South Australia
Entrance Sign on Actil Avenue
|LGA(s)||City of Charles Sturt|
|Federal Division(s)||Port Adelaide|
St Clair, South Australia is a suburb of Adelaide in the City of Charles Sturt. St Clair is geographically located with in the Hundred of Yatala, and was first recorded as the name for the suburb on the 6th November 2012 by the Surveyor General of South Australia. The suburb is bounded by Cheltenham Parade, Torrens Road, Woodville Road and the Outer Harbor train line.
The name "St Clair" was chosen to reflect the history of the surrounding area, It was first used by Robert Richard Torrens as the name for the house he built in the area circa 1842. In 1850 the original house was demolished and a grander house also bearing the name "St Clair" was built adjacent the current Woodville road, this house survived into the mid 20th century.
'St Clair' is also the name of the longstanding local park adjacent to the new suburb. The land was originally part of Bower's Estate, on which the St Clair homestead also stood on Woodville Road. The St Clair Reserve was created after a wartime petition in 1942, signed by 1072 local residents, which called on Council to purchase the land from Bower's Estate to create a memorial to servicemen and women. Though it was not officially made a memorial, discussions between the Council, the Woodville High School and the State Government led to the government compulsorily acquiring the reserve land and entering into a shared use agreement with the Council.
The St Clair homestead was later compulsorily acquired by the Council and demolished to make way for the St Clair Recreation Centre. In 2008 the Charles Sturt Council proposed a land swap between 4.7 hectares of the Reserve (including the St Clair Oval) with an adjoining contaminated site on the former Actil factory land. This was proposed to allow residential development on the parklands and Oval site. Despite community opposition, including a legal challenge by a group of local residents, the land swap proceeded in late 2009. The Council voted 13 to 3 to proceed with the land swap and transfer the land to the State Government's Land Management Corporation (now known as Renewal SA). This was despite concerns raised by local residents over the unequal nature of the swap (in both land value and open space) and the loss of the park. As of July 2013, the original park remains undeveloped. The Parliament's Upper House has voted to launch another inquiry into the swap and the South Australian chapter of the Returned Service League has voted to support the motion to have the original park retained as a war memorial, both to realise the 1942 petition, and to honour the scattered ashes of war veterans.'
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