Research, led by Environment Institute member Professor Randy Stringer (also from the University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture, Food and Wine), has recommended that four councils in Adelaide’s Mount Lofty Ranges and the State Government should jointly pursue a bid for World Heritage listing of the region.
The report was released publicly today (Friday 1st June) and the findings support a proposed bid for UNESCO World Heritage listing of the working agricultural landscape of the Adelaide Hills, the Barossa Valley, Mount Barker and McLaren Vale.
According to the study’s authors, World Heritage listing would protect the Mount Lofty Ranges’ unique qualities as a working agricultural region. The region’s food, wine and tourism industries could be globally branded accordingly.
If successful, the Mount Lofty Ranges would join other working agricultural sites in Italy, Portugal, Hungary and Mexico to be recognised in this way.
Funded by the Adelaide Hills Council, The Barossa Council, District Council of Mount Barker and the City of Onkaparinga, the 18-month study was led by Professor Randy Stringer. The councils will consider the study’s findings over the next six weeks.