Adelaide Businessman Challenges The Decision To Build A Hotel At Adelaide Oval

Nov 26, 2018


The owner of an Adelaide hotel says he is “flabbergasted” by the decision to build a $42 million hotel at Adelaide Oval.

John Culshaw from Majestic Hotels told FIVEaa’s Leon Byner on Monday:

“This really crosses the line.

“The government’s role is to enable a platform for business, a fair and level playing field where you can look at your future, invest in your future… what this does, it’s taking public land and leveraging off the public balance sheet to fund in a situation where there’s others.

“People have put their lives on the line and are working towards a future in this state in tourism. I’m just flabbergasted by this. Governments should understand what their role is -- their role is to enable business to get on with the job. I’ve just had a little bit of legal advice on this…”

“What they are tyring to do is slip a hotel in under the cover of that [Adelaide Oval Redevelopment and Management] Act. If a hotel development was put up at the time that act was proposed, I doubt it would have got there. They are trying to slip one in.

“I’m flabbergasted at the audacity of this government… I pay a $1.5 million a year in rates and land tax and I’ve been paying it for many years as do others to support this state and support this government. Are they going to pay land tax? Are they going to pay council rates?”