The Old Buffalo Site

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The replica HMS Buffalo Replica was removed from the banks of the Patawalonga at Wigley Reserve in 2019 and has created an opportunity for this space to be reinvigorated and repurposed for the community to enjoy.

In late 2019, we engaged with the local community and key stakeholders to identify key themes regarding how this this space could be used by the community into the future.

Feedback received from this first phase of engagement demonstrated respondents would like to see this space repurposed for the benefit of children and young families, adults and visitors to the area. In particular, there was a high level of community interest for the old Buffalo site to be reinvigorated into a space for:

  • Eating and drinking with the inclusion of café or restaurant.
  • Recreation and leisure activities including water access or a natural open space.
  • Landscaping/vegetation, natural shade, seating and BBQs.

The themes identified during this first phase of engagement will be used to inform the creation of draft concept designs. Based on the themes identified by the community in 2019, the draft concepts will also take into consideration:

  • The history of the site and cultural significance to Kaurna people
  • Accessibility for a range of ages and abilities
  • Maximising views and access to the Patawalonga River
  • Ongoing maintenance requirements and asset lifespan
  • The proximity and integration into the new playspace at Wigley Reserve

The draft concepts will be available for the community to provide feedback early in 2021.

The replica HMS Buffalo Replica was removed from the banks of the Patawalonga at Wigley Reserve in 2019 and has created an opportunity for this space to be reinvigorated and repurposed for the community to enjoy.

In late 2019, we engaged with the local community and key stakeholders to identify key themes regarding how this this space could be used by the community into the future.

Feedback received from this first phase of engagement demonstrated respondents would like to see this space repurposed for the benefit of children and young families, adults and visitors to the area. In particular, there was a high level of community interest for the old Buffalo site to be reinvigorated into a space for:

  • Eating and drinking with the inclusion of café or restaurant.
  • Recreation and leisure activities including water access or a natural open space.
  • Landscaping/vegetation, natural shade, seating and BBQs.

The themes identified during this first phase of engagement will be used to inform the creation of draft concept designs. Based on the themes identified by the community in 2019, the draft concepts will also take into consideration:

  • The history of the site and cultural significance to Kaurna people
  • Accessibility for a range of ages and abilities
  • Maximising views and access to the Patawalonga River
  • Ongoing maintenance requirements and asset lifespan
  • The proximity and integration into the new playspace at Wigley Reserve

The draft concepts will be available for the community to provide feedback early in 2021.