Barossa ‘slug’ hotel gets greenlight despite controversy

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Plans for a controversial luxury hotel in South Australia’s Barossa nicknamed ‘the slug’ have been given the go ahead by council.

The $50 million Oscar Hotel in in Seppeltsfield has divided public opinion since the plans were first unveiled with many locals up in arms at the design which they consider doesn’t suit the landscape.

The Oscar’s project director Toby Yap said he welcomed the council’s greenlight for the 12-storey hotel which will offer 71 rooms including suites and penthouses and a viewing deck with 360-degree views of the Barossa.

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“A tender process has been undertaken to choose a luxury hotel operator and we look forward to announcing this exciting partnership soon,” Yap said.

But Barossa Region Residents Association member Eva Tscharke said the fight to halt the development is not over.

“This is not the end,” she told The Advertiser. “What The Oscar has done is it’s the first development that’s trying to breach the walls of character preservation legislation and it’s triggered the community coming together.

“We see the need for luxury tourism accommodation, I think that’s where we really need to be very clear, it’s the design that is the issue here.”