Bushland in Victor Harbor is being protected from future development, following the purchase of private land by Council.
The land includes Section 530 Yalla-Doola Road and Section 543 Valley View Road, commonly known as part of the former Toc-H campsite. It is the largest remaining contiguous block of intact remnant vegetation within the South Coast city’s urban landscape.
According to realestate.com.au, the property sold for $660,000.
The site contains at least 120 species of native plant, including two species on the nationally threatened plant list and eight species of regional significance. As a corridor to the Hindmarsh River, it is home to a large number of native birds, reptiles, insects and a few native mammals.
While predominantly comprised of dense bushland, it also contains a short wooden boardwalk with viewing platforms.
City of Victor Harbor Mayor, Dr Moira Jenkins, said Council heard from local environmental groups who were concerned about what the sale could mean for the native flora and fauna, and acted quickly.
“This site was just far too precious to let it be snapped up by a developer. We know how much our community loves open spaces and our stunning natural environment, so we wanted to ensure this land was protected,” said Mayor Jenkins.
“Of course, we know that Victor Harbor does need more housing to keep up with demand, which is why approval has been granted for major developments on other land.”
The Friends of Nangawooka and Australian Plants Society SA Fleurieu Branch, were among a group of stakeholders to advocate for the protection of the land.
There is some work to be done before the community can access the land safely, including an infrastructure assessment.
Council has flagged that they will consider strategic realignment of some paths so there is connection between this bushland and the Hindmarsh River Reserve in future.