Have your say on the establishment of greenways to secure the Heysen and Mawson trail networks within Wirrabara and Bundaleer Forests.
What is being decided?
The State Government has been conducting the Mid North Forests Future Strategy to determine the future for Bundaleer, Wirrabara, Leighton and Yarcowie Forest Reserves since the devastating bushfires of 2013 and 2014. Led by Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), the Strategy is nearing its conclusion.
As this process ends, ownership and management of Bundaleer and Wirrabara Forests may soon change.
The Strategy has involved extensive community consultation, including public meetings. This engagement identified, among other things, concerns within the community over the future of access to trails in the Wirrabara and Bundaleer Forests and the associated implications of closure to the public of associated historic and community facilities.
To address community concerns, and ensure the significant recreational trails which pass through these iconic forests continue to be protected and enjoyed, the State Government is proposing to use provisions under the Recreational Greenways Act 2000 to create a greenway over sections of the Heysen and Mawson Trails within Wirrabara and Bundaleer Forests that are proposed to be sold to private parties. These are referred to as the Bundaleer Greenway and the Wirrabara Greenway.
Using these provisions will enable the State Government to protect the Heysen and Mawson Trail networks for recreational access in perpetuity for use by walkers and/or cyclists.
It is proposed these trails may be re-routed to incorporate some of the other, smaller trails and their associated assets within the forests, to protect a greater trail network under the greenway. Maps are available on this webpage for both forests, showing both the existing Heysen and Mawson Trails and the proposed Bundaleer and Wirrabara greenways.
Before doing so, we are seeking your feedback on the proposed greenways by COB Monday 12 June 2017.
How will your input be used?
A public consultation is being led by the Office for Recreation and Sport, in collaboration with PIRSA and DEWNR, around the proposal to create a greenway over the Heysen and Mawson Trail within the Wirrabara and Bundaleer Forests.
In particular, the wider community and adjoining landowners are being asked for feedback on:
- using a greenway to protect access to significant trails and associated trail infrastructure
- the proposed Bundaleer and Wirrabara greenways
- any other issues, ideas or observations.
Your comments and the feedback provided through YourSAy will inform the Government’s final decision on the proposal to create the Bundaleer and Wirrabara greenways over the Heysen and Mawson Trail alignments within the Wirrabara and Bundaleer Forests.
Submit your feedback in the online discussion.
Otherwise, any feedback with the proposed use of greenways through Bundaleer and Wirrabara Forests can be forwarded by:
- emailing to DPTI.CommunityRelations@sa.gov.au
- mailing to GPO Box 1533, Adelaide SA 5001
Any queries or concerns related to the Mid North Forests Future Strategy, as opposed to the Greenways, should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to know more?
Contact the project team via the DPTI Community Relations team – e-mail DPTI.CommunityRelations@sa.gov.au, or phone 1300 794 880.