Why should I visit Mount Gambier? Time does not stand still here in Mount Gambier because we are South Australia’s second largest city (only the Capital, Adelaide is bigger) and during the past twelve months, things have changed!
Key developments have been the reclaiming of the lands on which the old Mount Gambier Hospital used to stand on and the Rail Corridor re-development. I pick these two because in each case they are very big developments and they also have a common theme in that we are adding to the Green Community Land down here.
Back many years ago this region was marketed as the Green Triangle whereas nowadays we are referred to as the Limestone Coast. Personally I understand the reasoning behind the change of labels because Limestone Coast refers to just this section of land in South Australia whereas Green Triangle crosses the state border into Victoria.
Having said that, given that the environment has been destroyed or degraded in many regions, the Lower South East of South Australia still has a green environment because we still receive good rainfall and all the benefits that flow on from that, plus Mount Gambier has always been a city that is proud of itself, home owners look after what they have and the local government puts a lot of effort into the parks, gardens and community areas; they did 30 years ago and nothing has changed since, it still looks wonderful.
Green trees and lots and lots of them; plants of all types and sizes can grow and prosper without the need for irrigation. I love the old marketing name – Green Triangle – because it is so relevant in today’s world.
Back to the developments. The old Hospital used to sit on the edge of Valley Lake which is along side of our famous Blue Lake. By demolishing the building we have added significantly to the green parkland right here in the city itself; the experience of being surrounded by nature, then not to do something by halves, we have removed a significant section of disused railway tracks and contaminated soil and replaced that with lots of green parklands and community use facilities.
Still not enough “Green” for you. Did you know that unless it is an “Declared Total Fire-ban Day”, you can visit many sections of the huge forests down here………..there are actual designated forest trails and these can be found at https://www.forestry.sa.gov.au/ Feel free to actually hug a tree (whilst nobody is watching you if you want) because down here, you can.