Council saves four acres of remnant bushland

Published 17th January 2024
The City of Victor Harbor has purchased a significant block of remnant bushland, ensuring it can remain an asset of the community for generations to come.

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 Victor Harbor's urban landscape.

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.

If the site were not bought by Council, it’s likely that it would have been developed and the bushland may have been partially or wholly destroyed. It's a landmark decision by Council and a great investment into biodiversity.

The City of Victor Harbor would like to thank the Friends of Nangawooka, Australian Plants Society SA Fleurieu Branch, and various others, for bringing the sale of this land to Council's attention.

There is some work to be done by Council before the community can access the land safely. In particular, an infrastructure assessment is required to ensure it is at an appropriate standard for community access.

In future, Council will consider strategic realignment of some paths so there is connection between this newly acquired bushland and the Hindmarsh River Reserve.

The land will also be given a formal reserve name in due course.

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