The Bundaleer Forest Community Areas Association has been greeted with the surprising news of $110,000 from the State Government which will enable them to complete their full community precinct project.
High class amenities including toilets, disabled toilets, showers and a fully functional kitchen will join the project as a separate stage, creating an opportunity for locals, hikers, walkers, tourists and cyclists to have full access, rather than having to use the function centre.
Chair of the Bundaleer Forest Community Areas Association Greg Boston says that the news, made possible by the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing was surprising to them, but it has been strongly welcomed and supported by the Heysen and Mawson trail users.
“What it will enable us to do is to include the toilet and shower facilities, incorporated with the rest of the development. After consulting, there is no where along the Heysen trail where anybody can have a shower”, Mr Boston said.
“That is a really big feature for them and we are yet to go through the process of finding out how we will manage the access. It is a real win for them and a win for us.”
Now that funding has been secured, woes which were discussed at the association’s July annual general meeting can be forgotten, with this amount of funding allowing the entire project to move forward.
“We are now able to have the full blown project that we were hoping to get in the first instance”, Mr Boston said.
“We did not believe we were going to have adequate funding to be able to do that. But this will see the project through to completion.”
As most plans for the centre have already been put in place, decisions have been made to change some aspects including compromising some of the function centre space to expand the outdoor area.
“The outdoor area will be quite expansive and then people can entertain themselves outside.”
“Then you have the main part which will be able to be hired. Then the amenity aspect of it.”
The association is hopeful that the project will be underway by the end of the year, but have stated that it is too early into the project give a date of completion.
Mr Boston and the association are very grateful for their commitment along their journey and help in achieving what they envisaged.
“With the historical and cultural part of the whole precinct, this just really gives us an opportunity to expand, broaden the appeal and increase the awareness among the public.”