adelaide | Adelaide will host its first new five-star hotel in decades, the State Government confirmed today.
Construction of a 32-storey Sofitel-branded hotel on Currie Street – the tallest mixed use development in the state – will begin in 2017.
The $140 million hotel will feature 250 rooms and suites with extensive leisure and business facilities, including a restaurant, four bars, a ballroom, a swimming pool, a health and fitness centre, meeting and conference rooms and a “Sofitel Club Lounge”.
There will be 80 apartments over the top eight levels of the building, with the remaining floors comprising the hotel’s suites and facilities.
Hundreds of jobs will be created during the construction of the hotel and around 150 people are expected to be employed there after it Full Story »
Adelaide | The State Government is asking kids to design changes to the state’s national parks using the video game Minecraft.
Upper primary school students will use the internationally acclaimed “sandbox” video game to design their ideal national park from scratch, or to design changes to an existing park.
The winning designs will help guide national park upgrades worth around $10 million.
Minecraft allows players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a pixelated three-dimensional world.
The competition is open to students in years four, five, six and seven in Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills.
“The parks they design as part of this competition might include trails for bushwalking, mountain biking or horse riding, barbecue and picnic areas, public toilets, wheelchai Full Story »
PHILIP WHITE OPINION | Philip White reflects on the achievements of his friend Big Bob McLean, 67, who died this month of liver cancer in the Barossa.
The Old Lion was thumpin’. One boofhead clocked somebody and swung at somebody else. A huge man lumbered through the pack, took the assailant under his arm and steered him to the bar. Sat him on a stool, bought him a beer. Put a cheap cigar in his mouth, lit it, and said: “Now we’re gonna sit here while you enjoy that. Then you’re leavin’.”
That was the first time I saw Big Bob McLean. He was living upstairs in The Lion, where he did a form of public relations for publican Ron Tremaine, and worked as a crowd controller at the Redlegs Club in Norwood.
He was yet to be discovered by Sid Gramp and Tom Morris Full Story »
DANCE | Choreographer Shona McCullagh’s ancestors’ experiences in World War I and a fascination with the now largely unused band rotundas in towns across New Zealand and Australia influenced her moving contemporary dance work.
Rotunda, which will be presented in Adelaide next month by the New Zealand Dance Company and the 24-piece Kensington and Norwood Brass band, is a tribute to the ANZAC spirit.
Timed to coincide with the centenary of the Gallipoli landings, it seeks to commemorate both the sacrifices of those who lost their lives and those who returned home.
McCullagh says three of her ancestors fought in World War I. They included her grandfather, who survived but was haunted by the fact that his brother-in-law (her great-uncle), who had enlisted while still under-age, had di Full Story »
SOUTH AUSTRALIA | South Australia’s wine regions star in the second season of satirical comedy Plonk, heralding a new frontier of tourism.
The web series takes an off-kilter look at the South Australia wine industry that is “part comedy narrative, part documentary”. The mockumentary follows the many misadventures of a film crew who are making a wine show – but the true star is the burgeoning wine and hospitality industry of Australia’s south.
After a successful first season set in New South Wales, the famous wine regions of South Australia were a natural choice for the series’ follow-up foray. But Plonk’s creator, Nathan Earl, says that in many ways South Australia was always the prime pick.
“South Australia was on our radar from the very beginning,” Earl said. “I Full Story »