A positive response has been received by Light Regional Council from community groups to develop and restore the 160-year-old Kapunda mine site.
At a meeting last Wednesday, Kirsty Dudley, Light Regional Council’s tourism special projects officer presented the proposal document - Kapunda Historic Mine Site Tourism Development Plan to the interested groups to show them the scope of the project at hand.
Community groups including Kapunda and Light Tourism Incorporated, Kapunda Men’s Shed, Kapunda Commumity Gallery and Kapunda service clubs have shown initial interest in being a part of the project.
Mayor of Light Council, Bill O’Brien is passionate about developing and restoring the Kapunda mine site.
“The Kapunda mine site is a major drawcard for Kapunda and I believe that council has strong support from the local community in this project,” Mr O’Brien said.
“We are at the start of a major restoration of Australia’s first commercial metal mine with our community, elevating the site to its rightful place in the history of South Australia.”
The redevelopment funding will be allocated from avenues including the Light Regional Council and various government grants.
The core projects to be prioritised first will be the safety fences and stonework on old building relics.
Kapunda mine site facts
1.)The Kapunda mine was the first successful commercial metal mine in Australia and together with Burra contributed to the colony's recovery from economic crisis in the early 1840s.
2.) The mine site opened in 1844, 168 years ago.
3.) The mine site closed in 1877, 135 years ago.