Restoration of the Lobethal Bushland Park has been given a boost thanks to $150,000 from the Australian and South Australian government’s bushfire Local Economic Recovery program, matched by funding from the Adelaide Hills Council and the State Emergency Relief Fund’s SA Bushfire Appeal.

Australian Minister for Emergency Management David Littleproud said restoring these recreational facilities would support the recovery of the local community.

“The Commonwealth is committed to supporting community-led recovery projects that will build resilience in our fire-affected regions,” said Minister Littleproud.

“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.

“Both the Adelaide Hills and Kangaroo Island communities are well on their road to recovery – and we’ll be by their sides as important community projects such as this are progressed.”

Member for Kavel, Dan Cregan, said that play spaces, picnic areas, walking trail infrastructure, and native vegetation that had been lost in last summer’s fires would be restored and upgraded.

“Restoration of the much-loved Lobethal Bushland Park is an important part of our overall recovery as a community,” said Mr Cregan.

“The reserve was heavily impacted by the Cudlee Creek bushfire, with 95% of all vegetation burnt, and all the playground, picnic and trail infrastructure either heavily damaged or completely lost.

“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.

“We know playgrounds and natural spaces are critical to wellbeing and community strength, and we are committed to supporting good mental health and wellbeing—they are fundamental to successful recovery.

“Communities are now starting to look ahead and plan for the future, and the State Government is investing to help support recovery and resilience for the future.”

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.

“In addition, we will be creating 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.”

The community is invited to the Lobethal Bushland Park Master Plan & Play Space Open Day this Sunday 13 December.

The total cost of the project is $450,000, being funded 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).

The Local Economic Recovery program is jointly funded by the Australian and South Australian governments. As we work through the range of proposed Local Economic Recovery projects we look forward to sharing more news of these plans that will reflect community needs.

Lobethal Bushland Park Master Plan & Play Space open day

Sunday 13 December 10:00am – 3:00pm

Welcome to Country, self-guided tours, master plan information and feedback opportunities.