Public Consultation on the Recreational Greenways Act 2000 for the Mid North Forests.
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.
Using these provisions, the State Government will be able to protect the Heysen and Mawson Trail networks for recreational access in perpetuity for use by walkers and/or cyclists.
Public consultation is being undertaken around the proposed Bundaleer and Wirrabara greenways. 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.
The Bundaleer and Wirrabara greenway proposal, with maps, is available at www.yoursay.sa.gov.au/greenways and feedback is invited by COB Monday 12 June 2017.
Your opportunity to provide your thoughts, feelings and ideas