The plan to redevelop the Bundaleer Forest Community Precinct has been secured thanks to a $110,000 State Government grant. Back in July, the Bundaleer Community Areas Association began scaling back their redevelopment plans, despite a $150,000 grant from the 2017 Fund My Neighbourhood project and a $100,000 grant from Forestry SA.
Update mid 2020: the playground is now open, and the function centre nearing completion. You can walk the 4 trails managed by the Bundaleer Forest Community Areas Association (BFCAA Inc):
This means they can now proceed with the full vision: a fresh start for Bundaleer Forest Picnic Ground, to renew and revitalise the precinct into a vibrant community recreational space and tourism drawcard.
The plan includes:
- a Visitor, Community & Event Centre, suited for conferences, school groups and weddings, and
- for walkers and mountain bike users an expanded undercover area, toilets, showers, and kitchen facilities.
Walking SA supported the group’s project as it will encourage more people to use the forest trails, including a re-routed Heysen Trail.
The forest at Bundaleer was South Australia’s first forest plantation, first planted in 1876 as a trial site. Following the 2013 Bangor bushfire and 2014 Wirrabara bushfire, much of the forest area is now being transitioned from commercial forestry use to recreational or other use.