An artist’s impression of the proposed SkyCity casino and hotel development overlooking the River Torrens. Source: Supplied
THE incoming head of the Property Council in SA wants the Torrens Riverbank redevelopment to “emulate and better” Brisbane’s South Bank precinct.
Former senior public servant and Adelaide Casino executive Richard Angove will take up the role of executive director on September 3.
He replaces Nathan Paine who is moving to Sydney for a national role with the council.
Mr Angove, 60, spent the past seven years with Adelaide Casino, most recently as its executive manager major capital projects – experience he believes will put him in a unique position to encourage private sector involvement in the Riverbank redevelopment.
Mr Angove described the precinct plan as “visionary” but said “it now needs the private sector to step up and get underway with a number of elements that will enliven the space”.
An artist’s impression of proposed new Torrens Riverbank precinct.
“If we can emulate what they have done in Brisbane, and better it, we should be pretty pleased,” he said.
“It’s a very good piece of design.
“There you can walk along from the art gallery to the museum to food stalls, past the pool area.
“It has a unification from one end to the other which we don’t yet have in Adelaide.
Reece Andriotis flips in the South Bank swimming lagoon in Brisbane.
“We have unique facilities (along North Tce) but they’re not yet linked together.”
Mr Angove, a father of three adult daughters, worked for four years in the Department of Premier and Cabinet under Liberal Premiers John Olsen and Rob Kerin and immediate past Labor Premier Mike Rann. He said stemming the brain drain out of the state would be another area of focus.
“I do have a personal view that if you were to speak to Melbournites, or people in New York, there’s a brain drain out of those places too,” Mr Angove said.
“I don’t think its unique to Adelaide but I think we’re disproportionately high.”
Adelaide visitors Madeline Hann and Lachlan Hann (left and right) play with Queensland kids Maddison and Jacob Preston in the water sprayers at South Bank in Brisbane last year. Photographer: Liam Kidston.
Exciting business and employment opportunities would keep young South Australians here, he said.
Mr Angove also plans to:
CONTINUE the council’s campaign against a planned carpark tax.
SUPPORT initiatives to make the city more vibrant.
A model at the Brisbane Wheel in South Bank.
HELP finalise the council’s long-term masterplan, to be released before the March state election.
This month, demographer Bernard Salt said the Gold Coast was turning into a mini-Adelaide .