• Why should I visit Mount Gambier

     

    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.

    The big building to the top Left is the old Nurses home which has long since been converted into premium owner occupier apartments, and the smaller building to its Right is all that remains of the old hospital. It has now become a community use picnic and function building. All the land which was occupied by the hospital itself has now been returned back to parkland, so that residents and visitors alike can gain the benefits of green community land.

    The big building to the top Left is the old Nurses home which has long since been converted into premium owner occupier apartments, and the smaller building to its Right is all that remains of the old hospital. It has now become a community use picnic and function building. All the land which was occupied by the hospital itself has now been returned back to parkland, so that residents and visitors alike can gain the benefits of green community land.

  • Winter in Mount Gambier

    Art-Bytes
    I would like to look at what activities there are to see and do during the cooler months here in Mount Gambier.Clearly an excellent venue to start in is our Main Corner Complex.Down on the ground floor you will find the Riddoch Art Gallery ( http://www.riddochartgallery.org.au ) and entrance in here is totally free of charge. This is South Australia’s largest regional art gallery and houses art of all descriptions from local plus well known Australian and overseas based artists.

    Recently we had the Da Vinci Machines exhibition. This is a collection of works that is based in an overseas art gallery and needless to say, we saw thousands flock to the gallery for this. What a great success.

    Are you inspired by the works of Hans Heysen? Then come on down here because we are currently exhibiting works from Nora Heysen who is the daughter of Hans. Nora is the first woman to win the prestigious Archibald Prize and our exhibition has a very strong Feminism theme about it.

    Ah! But I hear you say; you will not be coming here until September. Not too worry.

    From the 5th September we will be hosting the “Art Bytes” exhibition.

    Gallery staff are currently sourcing works by local digital artists for an exhibition to be held here during September and October. This will showcase the work of local digital artists and will be divided into 5 areas:

    • 2D
    • 3D
    • Sound
    • Moving Image
    • Gaming

    In addition there will be interactive displays for you to play around with, so this is a real hands on experience. Needless to say this is a wonderful opportunity for our local artists to showcase their work and for the public to learn more about new technologies.

    After you finish downstairs, come on up to the first floor. Here you will find two rooms; one being called Dress Circle and the other is called Kings Floor.

    In Dress Circle you can watch a one hour movie (free of charge as well) that details how this region was formed. This has been a continuing success with many people saying how much they enjoyed it.

    Last of all you can enter Kings Floor (and guess what, this is also free – we don’t want you money; keep it for something else like a lovely coffee and cake) where you can watch many short reel films / stories about the early history of Mount Gambier. Not enough?

    Then play with the interactive displays that are placed around this huge room.

    After all of that, you can go for the coffee and cake that I just mentioned. Just walk across the road to one of two excellent cafés that many of us locals visit.

    What a way to spend a day!