Restoration of the Lobethal Bushland Park has been made possible thanks to $450,000 in funding.
The significant native park spanning 118 hectares was absolutely devastated by the Cudlee Creek Bushfires 2019-2020, which ripped through 95 per cent of the park.
Volunteer managers at the park will now be able to upgrade and restore plants, new play spaces, picnic areas and walking trails thanks to funding by the Adelaide Hills Council ($150,000), the State Emergency Relief Fund through donations to the SA Bushfire Appeal ($150,000) and joint Local Economic Recovery funding from the Australian and South Australian governments ($150,000).
Australian Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud said restoring these recreational facilities would support the recovery of the local community.
“We are pleased to support this important project that will draw not just locals but visitors as well to enjoy the regeneration of the Adelaide Hills and support the local economy’s recovery," said Minister Littleproud.
Member for Kavel, Dan Cregan, said restoration of the much-loved Lobethal Bushland Park is an important part of the community's overall recovery.
“This restoration will see a significant upgrade of the park’s facilities, including a new junior nature-based play space for 2-6 year olds and a nature-based adventure play space for 7-14 year olds," Mr Cregan said.
Mayor of the Adelaide Hills Council Mayor Jan-Claire Wisdom said the council welcomed the support of the Local Economic Recovery program funding, and the contribution from the SA Bushfire Appeal.
“Lobethal Bushland Park is cherished by this community, and we are pleased its importance has been recognised through this funding assistance,” said Mayor Wisdom.
“Reinstating the play space at Bushland Park will be a valued milestone for local families as they continue to recover and reconnect.
“So many of the special and familiar places for children to play and explore were destroyed by the fires, so to be able to replace this one will have a significant impact on the young members of our community.
The council will also create a new turf embankment for recreation and relaxation, with tree plantings and seating.
“The local community and dedicated bush care groups will have several opportunities to contribute to the design and planning of the new playground at Bushland Park, and we will also consult with the Aboriginal community to acknowledge indigenous heritage in the form of public art, integrated play, sculpture and interpretation.”
Before the Bushfire:
Photo above, Lobethal Bushland park before the 2019-2020 Cudlee Creek bushfire and photo at top a few weeks after the fire, both supplied in January by the late Lew Brickhill from Friends of the Lobethal Bushland Park.