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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 trails 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 a greenway over the Heysen and Mawson trails within the Wirrabara and Bundaleer Forests.

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Clive Palmer

12 Jun 2017

Our 3 children are the 5th generation of Palmers who have enjoyed exploring the Bundaleer forest picnic grounds and associated walks.We would be extremely disappointed if we were to lose access to these iconic areas of early forestation and wonders of nature.The Jamestown area does not have many locations we can direct visitors and family members to ,hence the importance of preserving access to Bundaleer,and continuing to promote it. Our community have held inspiring "Bundaleer Weekend "concerts since 1999, with up to 2000 music and art lovers attending from all over the state. We would love to continue these events, held in the picnic ground which is the area in question and the loss to our town's tourism if not able to utilise this area would be significant. I am a professional Photographer and have been capturing families and weddings in the picnic and Maple Walk areas for 30 years. To lose this area to work in would have significant impact on my business and employment, not to mention the loss of an ideal location for recording for families cherished memories in Bundaleer for posterity.Our region needs to be able to utilise this wonderful location for recreation,arts ,sports and business.Please allow us to retain Bundaleer picnic ground and Maple walks,in fact all that we have had for generations.

Angela Lawson

12 Jun 2017

I grew up in the Bundaleer area and the forest was an integral part of my early life. As well as attending many functions such as weddings in the forest, I have many fond memories of extensively exploring the picnic grounds and surrounding walks whilst my parents played tennis at Bundaleer. I believe that my time in the Bundaleer forest as a child laid the foundations of my enjoyment and appreciation of the outdoors and natural environments. This experience could never be replaced for the people of the Mid North if the Bundaleer Forest was not accessible to all.
Currently living in Eastern Victoria and having the privilege of environments like this at our fingertips makes me realise how lucky the people of Jamestown and surrounds are compared to other rural areas in South Australia. Even though I have not lived in the district for over 30 years, I still travel to the Bundaleer area at least twice a year to visit family and always ensure that I include a forest visit during our stays.
It is imperative that the entire 22ha area, incorporating the whole of the Bundaleer Picnic Ground, Maple and Sculpture walks and associated sites of interest, are included in the proposed greenway. If it were not included, the cost of public liability insurance would be crippling to a small community and therefore result in the area not being accessible to the public. This would result in the loss of a beautiful and unique area that appeals to the entire spectrum of ages and offers innumerable benefits including historical, cultural and environmental educational experiences, tourism and social and physical benefits for the community.

Monica Redden

12 Jun 2017

I was born in Jamestown and have very happy memories of visiting Bundaleer Forrest for school picnics, family picnics and community events. Our big adventure was to find the cork tree. Since childhood I have continued to enjoy visiting the forest with family and friends and know it has continued to be a happy refuge for many harried parents. Bundaleer is iconic and people travel from far and wide to enjoy the walks and surrounds. Artists visit to paint, groups walk the region, families continue to enjoy the freedom of space and thrills of the seasonal changes.
In recent years the Bundaleer Festival has highlighted just how much the place is loved. Local, national and international visitors have joined together for a few days of delight in the arts within a beautiful environment.
SA is aiming to be the state that people want to visit, retaining beautiful locations like Bundaleer forest creates a tourist-way as well as offering a greenway. Please make this beautiful part of our state accessible and inviting, everyone deserves the experience and Jamestown deserves the spin-off benefit of visitors to the town.

George Pedler

12 Jun 2017

As a regular visitor to Jamestown to visit family, we are disappointed to hear the plans for the Bundaleer Forest. We have used the forest grounds and the surrounding areas for many family events such as picnics, birthdays and our wedding. To take this away from the community and the future generations of Jamestown locals is short sighted. We recently took our young children through the maple walk and sculptures after having a BBQ lunch under one of the shelters. The whole family had such a great day, but we were not alone. There were four other groups enjoying a relaxing and serene lunch in amazing surrounds, plus all the people who came out just to do the walks. The number of people you would be affecting, just on that one day for a two hour period would be over 50!
With a local committee and the wider community in favour of helping to manage and maintain the grounds, you have no sound reason not to keep this open for our future generations to enjoy.

Clare Byrt

12 Jun 2017

I have family in Jamestown and visit on a regular basis. The amenity of the Bundaleer Forrest is a vital aspect of community recreational activities but also has been an important tourist draw card for the whole of the SA Community. I have participated in family picnics; walks; weddings and restful engagement with nature. The Maple walk is magical. I have also attended almost every Bundaleer Music and Arts Festival with Adelaide based family and friends over the last decade or more. Without access to the full range of areas currently available the area will lose its unique appeal. We are struggling to keep regional towns alive and vibrant. Adversely affecting one of the significant community and tourism benefits provided by free access to Bundaleer will add to the pressures leading to the slow death of regional SA.

Maria Hall

12 Jun 2017

The Bundaleer forest area has been a very important part of our lives in this small country town and surrounding districts. It is the meeting place for both young and old and many a tale can be told about fun days had at the beautiful forest.
The history of the forest is very important to Jamestown and to loose the forest access would be a big blow to the district.
Please let us keep access to our forest.

Jill Bertram

12 Jun 2017

The Bundaleer and Wirrabara forests are important Recreation & Leisure areas for the community. They provide a variety of
educational opportunities and a safe place for nature play for children, as well as hiking and camping for families, and need to be maintained for future generations. These areas can be utilised to provide tourism opportunities, music, art/sculpture displays and festivals, concerts in an environmentally natural outdoor area for all to enjoy. The history of Bundaleer as the birthplace of Forestry in Australia is another reason to maintain these forests. Please come and visit these areas so you can see for yourself the beauty and benefits of retaining them.

Margaret Briggs

12 Jun 2017

As newer residents to Jamestown both my husband and I have always loved the Bundaleer and Wirrabara recreation areas. We enjoy walking and have enjoyed walking the trails through these forests. Recently we took our family from Adelaide on the Maple walk and our grand daughter loved it. Please don't take away these beautiful places.

Ciara Conneely

12 Jun 2017

Please do not decrease the area of the bundaleer forest recreation area e.g picnic area/ maple walk etc. As a young mother (family) we use the area on a regular basis, not only for a means of an environmentally friendly and sustainable recreation outlet but for our health, wellness, educational and spiritual needs and requirements also. Too often I feel unsafe walking my child on the public roads to or from official walking paths - often the paths are inadequate with floodways and main public road crossings at various Intersections. As full time working parents (full tax paying) we often cannot afford to pay for private (non goverment/ community profiting) fancy indoor recreation activities e.g cinemas, waterparks etc. its in the best interest for our child to play out in the natural elements anyhow if you take into consideration the childhood obesity epedimic and the overuse of digital devices in children of this era. But its not all about children either, adult depression is on the rise in abundance and often a safe, secure welcoming outdoor area to reflect, exercise, make friends or communicate in is vital for recovery or ease. As a migrant to the Mid North area the first place I take and or recommend to visit to my friends, family or the lay person is the bundaleer forest recreation area. Our family and that of many in the local region and beyond will be devastate if the area is decreased.."listen to the people who use it not those who wish to abuse it". PLEASE!

Vera Miller

11 Jun 2017

The Bundaleer Picnic ground precinct and trails needs to remain as a Greenway Community region. This area has been accessed extensively by locals and visitors to attend functions, family gatherings, activities with children, special events, bike riding, hiking and for just a great catch up area with friends. children can just enjoy the outdoors in a safe environment. There is so much to explore in nature in the area. My own children and now and now my grandchildren go are regular visitors the Bundaleer forest, where they regularly have organised times with friends and the children are kept busy outdoors for ages. This is a great asset for the local community and should be preserved in its entirety for the future. Children need places such as this to go out and explore, and be active.

Judy Lange

11 Jun 2017

The Government is always encouraging us to appreciate the environment we live in ,to be active and healthy and inspire tourists to come and enjoy our natural areas. In restricting what we already have access to, in the Bundaleer and Wirrabara Forest areas,we sadly lose these benefits.In creating a greenway over the Heysen and Mawson Trails ,with extensions,within the Wirrabara and Bundaleer Forests the Government will ensure that these opportunities will still exist for us all to enjoy.

Jennifer Cooper

11 Jun 2017

Bundaleer forest is a very important recreational outdoor space in our community in needs to be keep with public access to all areas it's important for the the local community and also for tourism and bringing people to the town.
On a personal note my family have had lots of special times there weddings, picnics, family photo sessions the list goes on it would be devastating for our town to loose access to such a beautiful part of our world.

Georgie Corfe

11 Jun 2017

As a regular visitor to Jamestown, the Bundaleer Forest has become part of how I define Jamestown. It has been the venue for many family events including a very special wedding. To take this away from the community and the future generations of Jamestown locals is a disappointment. The Public Sector exsists to serve the public, all of it including the rural public. Please take your job seriously and realise that the residents of Jamestown and district need the Forest and facilities for their identity, sense of belonging and the leisure. Make your decision based on this communities needs and desires.

Luke Travers

11 Jun 2017

Jamestown is the most picturesque town in the mid North and the Bundaleer forest is the icing on the cake. Preserve this as a tourist attraction for everyone to enjoy now and into the future!

Jaimie Clark

11 Jun 2017

Having grown up in Jamestown I have many special memories of the beautiful Bundaleer Forest. It is such a special place that myself and my family have enjoyed; picnics, walks, music, concerts, egg hunts, birthdays, playing and just enjoying the peace and surrounds. As an educator I find much value in being able to use the many opportunities the forest picnic ground provides for children to play and engage with nature in a perfect place! We have many visitors to our area and we love to take them to the the forest for picnics and walks. Please make the Bundaleer Picnic Ground Precinct and Trails a Greenway, it's a beautiful place and we want our kids to grow up enjoying it just as we do now.

Belinda Heness

11 Jun 2017

Bundaleer must be preserved for our children and their children and so on. I have grown up in Jamestown and spent a lot of time in the picnic grounds, on the walking tracks and as a kid we used to camp at curnows hut a lot. Let's preserve our history and keep our kids outdoors. What hope do we have of getting our kids to appreciate the outdoors and our history if we don't? Please save bundaleer.

Elise Lavers

11 Jun 2017

I grew up in Jamestown and Bundaleer Forest has always been very special to me. As a child I hunted for chocolate eggs there on Easter Sunday. When I was 9 I laid back under the gumtrees of the picnic ground to look up at the stars while listening to the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. In the Bundaleer Forest Weekends I walked the picnic ground on stilts and sung about nature to audiences. As a teenager we enjoyed family BBQs in the picnic ground. When I was 13, I walked to Bundaleer from Jamestown by myself to write my best English assignment amongst the Autumn maple trees. As a 16 year old state rower, cycling to Bundaleer Forest became a regular training with the views and kangaroos as the reward. We always took visiting guests to Bundaleer to look for wildlife and play the musica sculpture. As a 21 year old I took my uni friends camping in Bundaleer Forest t show them the beautiful place I grew up in. There are not enough places close to Jamestown where one can escape to nature. Protect what we still have. Keep Bundaleer Forest Greenways.

Georgina Weissmann

11 Jun 2017

Bundaleer Forest is a very special place to me and my family, plus other locals and visitors from around SA and beyond. I have many fond memories of visiting the forest as a child and exploring various areas - looking for fairies amongst the toadstools, spotting kangaroos, climbing hills, dressing up as a bilby for the Easter egg hunt and enjoying the giant swings that used to be in the picnic grounds. My husband and I got married in Bundaleer Forest in the most beautiful setting near the conservator's hut. We live in Kadina but our 4 year old asks to go to Bundaleer Forest every time we visit family in Jamestown. We love doing the maple walk and visiting the musical sculptures. Please make the proposed areas greenways so that our son, his new baby brother and other children and families can enjoy this wonderful space now and for many generations ahead of us.

justine reynolds

11 Jun 2017

The Bundaleer Forest and picnic grounds is our communities major Tourism attraction, it is our life blood. With out this major tourism attraction our community and businesses will be overwhelmingly affected. No tourists, no money going into our bakery, hotels, foodland, fuel outlets, and businesses in general. No money going into local businesses means no work. Please consider this when making your decision. You have the power to save Bundaleer and all it has to offer, you have the power to keep this national treasure open to the public, you have the power to save the community businesses and jobs. Please use your power for good. South Australian government should be doing everything in their power to preserve the tourism aspect of one of the worlds oldest plantation based forests and Australias first commercial plantation forest established in 1882. As you can see by the community response, we are very passionate about Bundaleer forest and all its attractions, we are united about the whole area being part of the greenways legislation. The response you have witnessed in such a short time is awesome but there are many more who are not on social media or have access to technologies who would be appalled by what you have proposed. If you choose to dismiss the feedback you have been given and continue with your proposal, be prepared for a fight.

ALLAN Williams

11 Jun 2017

As a Long term Resident of this area I have enjoyed Family Picnics Various weddings and other functions in the Picnic Grounds and also enjoyed the Maple walk ,sculpture walk and other trails.
I was also involved in the installation of the sculptures, but more broadly The State Government must ensure that the complete Picnic Ground Precinct is made a Greenway so that future generations of locals and Visitors /Tourists Can enjoy this Special Area . If the Government are really committed to Tourism as they say ,surely this must be a high priority as the area has great historical significance for the whole state not just our region. When tourists visit this area The Bundaleer Forest and picnic Ground is undoubtedly one of the biggest attractions, so it is imperative to keep this area accessible to Everyone as it has been in the past. It must be a complete Greenway. Allan Williams

Andrea Voumard

11 Jun 2017

The Bundaleer Picnic Grounds, Walks & Tracks are very important to our community. When our family moved to Jamestown about 10 years ago the Forrest was one of the first things we visited. Even though my children are now teenagers, it is always a great family time out when we get time to go to the forrest with our dog & take our time meandering through the walks & tracks in the forrest. It is a credit to the community the way that they have been kept & when required repaired. My children and many others from all around enjoyed the Easter Egg Hunt that was until recently held every Easter through out the forrest, ran again by volunteers. It would be an absolute catastrophe if future generations would be unable to enjoy the forrest as we have had the pleasure of doing over numerous years & others have had the pleasure of for decades! Please listen to our community & the wider community! Thank you for your time & consideration of our arguments.

Andrea, Justin, Max, Drew & Jordan Voumard.

Matthew Thomas

11 Jun 2017

I have visited the Bundaleer picnic ground precinct many times. I love walking the maple walk, sculpture walk, scenic walk and playing with all the nature-play spaces. These walks are enjoyed by me and my family when we come to visit. It would be a massive lost to the whole community if all of the walks and cycling trails are not put on the Greenway. This area has held great community events in the past which I have enjoyed attending. It would be a shame that everything might be lost. The picnic area and walks are also set up for great tourism destination. This would be very sad to see this tourism destination knocked off the list for the area of Jamestown. We need to include the entire Bundaleer Picnic Ground Precinct to the Greenways!

Katherine Tragar

11 Jun 2017

I spent all of my childhood between Jamestown and the Bundaleer forest and I have very fond memories of family and church picnics at the grounds.
I have since left the area but have heard of the potentially devastating loss of the majority of this land through social media and I would like to voice my concerns for the area that my family and friends call home.
I have spent the last four years travelling our great country and it is quite often the uniqueness of a place,such as the Bundaleer forest and associated camping areas, that will attract me to travel to or through a certain region. Along with this comes the economic benefit to a rural community through groceries, petrol sales etc. It has a much wider benefit to the community than many people realise.
Once this parcel of land is decreased in size for environmental tourism there will be no going back. It will decrease the amount if visitors to the region and impact the broader community.
In summary it would be catastrophic to lose such a valuable environmental and economic asset to the region that cannot be reversed once the impact is realised.

Margie Simpson

11 Jun 2017

The Bundaleer Forest is an icon in the state of South Australia and should be preserved for public use. The picnic grounds, Maple Walk and other areas that can currently be accessed by the public have many fond memories for myself and my family and I would be extremely disappointed if my young grandchildren are denied the chance to experience the joys of nature in such beautiful surroundings. We are so often told that our mental health is an extremely important part of life and that the young generations of today should be able to explore natural surroundings yet when those in power have the chance to keep an area of natural beauty available for locals and tourists alike they aren't willing to step up and make it happen. Please revise the decisions that are currently being considered and let the Bundaleer Forest public areas stay accessible by the public!!

Tim Welch

11 Jun 2017

Bundaleer and Wirrabara forests are wonderful pieces of nature that need to stay open for public access. They provide some wonderful areas for nature walks and picnics. There are not many other public nature areas in this area to enjoy a day out with the family. Please make it a greenway so we can continue to enjoy the picnic areas and nature walks.