Over the past two centuries the Hills has evolved into a world-class destination – a thriving community rich in agriculture and tourism – but that development has come at a cost.
Most of the Mt Lofty Ranges’ native bushland has been cleared since European settlement and if we want to preserve the remaining flora and fauna our country is so well known for, we have to act now.
There’s no doubt urbanisation and deforestation are to blame for the isolation of southern brown bandicoots living in Belair National Park, leading them to inbreed to the detriment of their health.
A potential tunnel to allow them safe passage under Upper Sturt Road could be a step towards encouraging them to breed with other local populations, but it won’t go the full distance to provide a solution.
A big part of the problem is cleared land around Belair National Park which offers no protection from predators.
In order to save the species we still have left, we must also be prepared to restore some of the habitat that was so eagerly torn up in the name of progress.
Team work delivers
The newly upgraded Hahndorf recreation grounds are proof that the old adage “many hands make light work” still rings true.
Used by almost 1000 players for various sports throughout the year, the grounds have benefitted from more than $500,000 worth of improvements.
But in keeping with the region’s strong community spirit, the projects have only been made possible through the dedication and collaboration of a contingent of sporting and community groups in partnership with the Mt Barker Council.
Sports clubs, the council and the local Lions club pitched in with their time, manpower and finances to secure the upgrades for the benefit of all user groups.
In a growing region where an increasing number of facilities will be needed to cater for a rise in population, it is encouraging to see communities maximising the use of the infrastructure they already have.
In a tight economy where government grants are limited, these collaborative efforts may be the best way to secure the sporting infrastructure we need for future generations.