Belair Golf Course and Country Club – proposals for future use
In late 2018, businesses, non-government organisations and community groups were invited to submit Expressions of Interest for future uses of the Belair Golf Course and Country Club site.
The proposals received through the EOI process have been reviewed by the Department for Environment and Water and four recreational-themed ventures have been identified for further consideration.
In evaluating the proposals, the department listened carefully to community feedback about Belair National Park and the qualities the public wanted to see preserved, including use for recreational and educational purposes and continued free and open access to the park. The proposals being considered meet those objectives.
The four proposals are:
- a recreational hospitality-based endeavour, with outdoor activities for a range of ages
- a mountain biking hub providing bike hire and sales, skills training, tours and nature therapy activities
- a sustainable trail design and construction education centre
- use of former fairways for recreational space for a local soccer club base and community use.
The department will now work with the proponents to firm up the details of their proposal and engage with relevant community stakeholders in the coming months to ensure alignment with park values. The community will then be consulted on the proposals and feedback taken into consideration.
It is envisaged that the management plan for Belair National Park may need to be amended to accommodate activities at this site other than golf. The community will also have the opportunity to provide feedback on the amended plan.
About the Belair Golf Course and Country Club opportunity
The return of Belair Golf Course and Country Club to the Department for Environment and Water provides a unique opportunity to shape the site’s future as part of Belair National Park.
The site covers more than 50 hectares in the western portion of the park and includes the function centre, club rooms, workshop and gazebo.
Belair National Park is South Australia’s oldest national park and attracts around 500,000 visitors each year.
The park offers a variety of activities and facilities such as walking, horse riding and mountain biking, tennis courts and cricket pitches, picnic facilities, State Flora, and the heritage listed iconic Victorian residence, Old Government House. It is also home to a range of native plants and animals.
Community input into the Expressions of Interest
To ensure plans for the site meet the needs of the community, as well as the environment, in mid-2018 the community was asked what it valued about Belair National Park and what should be considered in deciding future uses for the site.
Community, business and environmental organisations shared their views at focus groups, meetings and online to help shape the Expression of Interest requirements for the site. Input was also sought from the Kaurna community which has a very strong cultural connection to the region.
Feedback consistently highlighted that the community:
- values the site’s natural setting
- enjoys access to the site, including the network of trails
- favours a range of activities on the site rather than a single use
- supports commercial activities on the site, including accommodation, hospitality, tourism and recreational opportunities
- supports the site becoming a hub for arts, events, cultural and recreational activities.
As a result of community feedback the Expressions of Interest criteria ensured that future site uses will:
- improve community access, appreciation and enjoyment of the park
- help meet a community need
- minimise environmental impact and achieve high standards of environmental conservation.
The community did not support land sale or long-term accommodation on the site, so these options were not considered in the call for future uses.
View the community feedback report for more details about what we heard.
For more information about the EOI process and selection criteria, view the Expression of Interest document.
For more information about doing business in our parks, read Doing business in parks - frequently asked questions.
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If you would like to provide input on the future of the site, email DEWBelairCommunity@sa.gov.au.