Lobethal Bushland Park, previously a long unburnt remnant, was entirely consumed by the Cudlee Creek Fire in December.
The Park is now beginning to reopen to the public, with several trails now available, and more to come after necessary repairs to bridges, boardwalks, and trail markers. It is anticipated that the full reopening will take up to three months to complete and Council urges visitors to remain vigilant about safety and remain only in the areas of the park deemed safe for use. Trails that are not yet open will be marked as such.
After the bushfire Council permitted several animal welfare organisations to enter the park as a matter of priority to assist with rescue and treatment of injured native fauna. The park was otherwise closed to the public until the safety of walking trails could be established.
In mid-to-late January a qualified arborist made tree assessments along the trail network and then the Australian Defence Force and Team Rubicon volunteers assisted Council staff in making trees safe and clearing debris. Conservation Volunteers Australia will also be assisting Council with removing damaged fencing over the coming weeks.
Signs of recovery are all over the Park with thanks to some summer rain. From small re-sprouting native grasses and eucalypts to butterflies, skinks, and woodland birds, we are beginning to see positive signs of rejuvenation.
The Friends of Lobethal Bushland Park and the State Government's Natural Resources Adelaide & Mt Lofty Ranges Region team are committed to working closely with Council on early biodiversity recovery in the park, with a strong plan for a long-term management program involving intensive weed management and restoration actions.
Lobethal Bushland Park is located on Kenton Valley Road, Lobethal.
Click here to download a flyer about the park; the green and yellow trails are the first to be reopened to the public.