What’s happening to the old Buffalo site?

    The recent removal of the Buffalo replica from Wigley Reserve, on the banks of the Patawalonga, has created an opportunity for this space to be reinvigorated and repurposed for the community to enjoy.

    City of Holdfast Bay Council is engaging with the local community and key stakeholders to identify key themes regarding the look and use of this space into the future.

    The key themes identified during this first phase of engagement will be used to inform the creation of draft concept designs for the site for the second phase of wider community engagement. 

    What does the first stage of engagement involve?

    Phase one of community engagement is focused on discovering, on a broad scale, how the community and key stakeholders would like to use the old Buffalo site into the future. You can share your ideas and feedback by completing the online survey at www.buffaloglenelg.com . All feedback must be received by 5pm Thursday 19 December 2019. The key themes identified during this first phase of engagement will be used to inform the creation of draft concept designs for the site for the second phase of wider community engagement in 2020. 

    What happens to my feedback?

    The results from this engagement will be collated and use to inform the creation of a range of draft concept designs to share with the community during Phase 2 of engagement. All personal details provided will be removed from Council reports.

    What are the next steps for the project?

    The key themes identified during this first phase of engagement will be used to inform the creation of draft concept designs for the site for the second phase of wider community engagement. 

    Is this engagement legislative?

    No, this community engagement does not have any legislative requirements.  However because it is deemed to have moderate to high community interest, Council are initially engaging the community for 21 days now (phase one) and again next year, following the principles outlined in the IAP2 and the community engagement framework best practice.


    What is the budget for this project?

    No budget has been allocated for this project at this stage. A New Initiative Capital Budget has been requested for 2020/2021 to create concept designs for the old Buffalo site based on community and stakeholder feedback.

    Why is this site being redeveloped?

    The old HMS Buffalo replica was removed from Wigley Reserve in late 2019 creating the opportunity to redevelop and repurpose this high profile, waterfront location and reopen this space to the community.

    Why was the HMS Buffalo replica removed?

    The HMS Buffalo replicaship was established at Wigley Reserve, Glenelg in 1982 and was a prominent restaurant and visitor attraction for many years. The restaurant was closed to the public in December 2013 and while plans were later established to revamp the ship, the infrastructure had deteriorated to such a condition that it was no longer financially viable to invest in repairing.

    The recent removal of the Buffalo replica has created an opportunity for this space to be reinvigorated and repurposed for the community to enjoy.

    Who can I contact for more information?

    Melissa Priest, Youth and Recreation Officer, ph: 8229 9999, e: mpriest@holdfast.sa.gov.au