Expressions of interest are now open for new management of the former Belair Golf Course and Country Club.
The State Government is seeking to partner with the private sector, non-government organisations and community groups to develop new recreation and tourism experiences through lease or licence arrangements.
Opening the EOI process today, Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said he wanted to reinvigorate the site for visitors to Belair National Park – the state’s first national park and visited by 500,000 people each year.
“We are open to proposals that involve either upgrading the existing buildings or their removal and replacement, and both commercial and non-commercial use,” said Minister Speirs.
A community consultation process attracted 2244 online responses. In addition, about 60 individuals and stakeholder groups – including councils, Kaurna representatives and advocacy groups for recreation, sport and the environment – were invited to provide feedback through meetings.
The majority of feedback did not support the sale of the land or the introduction of long-term accommodation on the site.
“As a result, these options will not be considered,” said Minister Speirs.
“We will consider proposals from a single operator to manage the entire site, proposals from multiple operators for parts of the site and proposals from community and local groups.”
Member for Waite Sam Duluk said the future of Belair Golf Course and Country Club is of key interest for local residents.
“Community feedback has helped guide the EOI process so that any future use of the site takes into account the needs of the community.
“The feedback told us that people value the natural setting and enjoy having access to the site and its network of trails.
“There was support for a range of activities on the site rather than a single use, and for that to be commercial activity. People also liked the idea of the site becoming a hub for the arts, events, educational and recreational activities.”
The Government is seeking proposals that are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.
Expressions of interest must be received by 1 November 2018.
The golf course was established in 1934, developed in the 1970s and taken over by a private lessee in 1982. The site returned to the control of the Department for Environment and Water in early 2018.
The EOI process is being managed by Knight Frank on behalf of the department. To arrange a site inspection, proponents are encouraged to contact the Knight Frank representatives.
More information is available on the National Parks SA website or by emailing DEWBelairEOI@sa.gov.au.