- Public access to Bundaleer Picnic Ground has been secured
- New visitor, community & event centre receives $100,000 grant from Forestry SA
- BFCAA to collaborate with Forestry SA on future management and enhancements
- Community celebration to be held on March 25 at Bundaleer Picnic Ground
Celebrations are being planned at Bundaleer Picnic Ground on Sunday March 25 following news that the future of the entire 22-hectare recreational site has been secured.
State Government has given a commitment that Bundaleer Picnic Ground will remain open to the public following divestment of commercial forestry operations.
Boosting this news, a $100,000 community grant from Forestry SA has been awarded to Bundaleer Forest Community Areas Association to assist with building of a new visitor, community and event centre on site.
These funds will be added to the $150,000 secured through the success of Bundaleer’s Fund My Neighbourhood project nomination, announced in late 2017.
Bundaleer Forest Community Areas Association chair Greg Boston says the Jamestown and wider community can be very proud of their efforts in achieving this positive outcome for Bundaleer Picnic Ground.
“For three and a half years, our amazing community of passionate Bundaleer supporters have provided a united and sustained message to State Government about the importance of the recreational areas of Bundaleer to locals and visitors,” Greg says.
“I’d like to thank every person who did their bit, whether that was by attending public meetings, commenting on the Greenways Act, voting through Fund My Neighbourhood, creating a poster at school, taking on committee roles, or anything else.”
“It’s been a massive effort of literally thousands of volunteer hours over the three and a half years, but together we have saved an extremely important part of Australia’s oldest plantation forest.”
Greg says the key to success for Bundaleer Picnic Ground going forward would be community involvement in management of the site and driving new projects.
“There is an incredible opportunity for our community to take the lead with site improvements and shape the future of the picnic ground,” he says.
“Planning for the visitor, community and event centre is well underway, as is planning for the staged construction of SA’s largest nature playground (creatively designed and themed play structures built from natural materials).
“Other projects put forward by community members that are explored are installation of electric barbecues, renewing picnic tables, removing environmental weeds and planting trees.
“BFCAA certainly welcomes any ideas and any offers of time, skills, energy and resources to create the best possible outcomes for the Bundaleer Picnic Ground.”
BUNDALEER CELEBRATION: SUNDAY MARCH 25, 12 NOON
Greg invites all community members to a Community Celebration at Bundaleer Picnic Ground on Sunday March 25, from 12 noon.
A lunch with free entertainment will be held in the beautiful picnic ground to mark the beginning of a new era of community led management of the site.
BFCAA interim chair Greg Boston is available to interview Thursday March 8.
Phone 0428 641 255