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State government plan to revitalise small businesses

By Brett Pilgrim

Successful cities are a mish-mash of elements, all working together to create a smooth-running, accessible and enjoyable location to live in. Owners of real estate in Adelaide will likely already have a clear idea of what makes the City of Churches tick – and things look set to improve even further.

The state government's revised plan for the O-Bahn City Access project has been released and all signs are looking good for Adelaide's economic future. After thorough consultation with the public and other stakeholders, a few refinements have been made, including a longer tunnel and retaining Rundle Road. 

Adelaide City Council have welcomed the changes, with mayor Martin Haese highlighting that the project will make the area better for local residents and all visitors to the city. 

"The outcome is better than anyone could have expected, and the minister is to be commended for working closely with council and all stakeholders to address concerns raised," he said. 

The Property Council of Australia has also commended the minister for transport's on the fresh changes. SA executive director Daniel Gannon said the project is a great step forward for stimulating business and supporting the city's economy, particularly small, locally-owned companies in the east-end. 

"The Property Council applauds any government initiatives that seek to improve the state's public transport infrastructure and networks," Mr Gannon said. 

"We've also noted in the past the importance of any major infrastructure planning being undertaken holistically so that business and community costs and benefits are carefully considered."

Residents of property in Adelaide still have plenty of opportunities to provide their feedback on the O-Bahn plan, as a construction contract is still to be awarded. Once this has been ticked off, the South Australian department of infrastructure expects work to start late in 2015 and be completed in the second half of 2017.

With plans like these offering a raft of potential for the South Australian capital's future, it could be a good time to become a part of it. Have a chat with your local agent at Ray White Adelaide about how you can make the city your home. 

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