Bush Walk

September 18th, 2019
Bush Walk
By Robbie Falzon

The Lobethal Bushland Park has provided a serene natural getaway for children and their families across the Hills for decades.

With its popularity increasing over the years, council officials and the local Friends of the Lobethal Bushland Park group have pushed for new and updated signage throughout the park.

Biodiversity Officer at the Adelaide Hills Council Tonia Brown said that the park needed to be updated.

“The signs inside the park were quite old from when the park opened in 1986,” she said.

“Some of the maps and information needed to be updated.”

Tonia began working at the council three years ago and set about seeking community input to restore the park.

She spoke to the Friends of the Lobethal Bushland Park volunteer group and sought to understand their vision for the park moving forward.

Tonia said that the park had many areas of vegetation which had been left forlorn.

“Weeds had degraded some large sections of the park,” she said.

The entire process has taken two-and-a-half-years to complete with a $20,000 grant from council.

The new signage throughout the park will be practical and educational to cater for the local school and kindergarten children who frequent the park.

The bushland park has five walking trails for various fitness and ability levels ranging from a short 20-minute walk all the way to the circumference trail which takes around three hours to complete.

Secretary of the group Billy–Jo Brewer said that the friends group and the council worked together throughout the process.

“The update had been on the wish list for our group for over 10 years,” Billy-Jo said.

“Tonia was really helpful in the process and the council really valued our input.”

Billy-Jo has been with the local volunteer organisation for a decade after being involved in bushcare for most of her adult life.

She has a science degree majoring in botany and ecology and she is the self-appointed 'botany expert' within the group.

Her and the other 14 members of the group have put in lots of work into restoring the park and controlling the weeds.

Billy-Jo is excited by the work that's been done at the park and said there are more plans to upgrade and introduce more signage.

“So many people use this space,” Billy-Jo said.

“Especially school kids and their families.

“It's good that they can come here and interact with nature and learn something too.”

The Lobethal Bushland Park has a number of flora and fauna with some rare and endangered species of plants on its 118ha to discover, as well as some historical sites both from the indigenous and European past.

Billy-Jo said that anyone who loves the park and enjoys nature can join the friends of the park group.

“Anyone can join,” she said.

“We meet twice a month and we love to have new people.”

To find out more about the group visit http://www.communitywebs.org/flbp/

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