Welcome to the story of Lot50-Kanyanyapilla, L50K for short (easier to say, hey). Thanks for making a virtual visit.
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L50K Newsletter No. 21 Winter 2021 Now available
Short Film About L50K
There is a short film about L50K on the Landscape SA Hills & Fleurieu Facebook page. Posted on 22nd April with a preview on the 20th, scroll down to those dates to view.
And there’s another on Geoff Hayter & Tess Sapia’s Willunga Creek biodiversity regeneration, posted 15th April, well worth watching.
Six Years Old
The L50K regeneration project turned six, 15 February 2021. A quick visual review of the land follows:
2006 – August, nine years before purchase
2015 – February, soon after purchase, slashing underway
2016 – Weed control and planting underway, a wonderfully wet winter
2017 – June, 10 year time lapse camera installed
2019 – September, looking good
2021 – February, six years on, happy anniversary
Lot 50-Kanyanyapilla is a private, bi-cultural, ecological and cultural regeneration project near McLaren Vale, South Australia. A reed swamp is being rejuvenated and a grassy woodland re-established at a place that is an ancient Kaurna Meyunna campground.
The 16 ha (c.40 acres) parcel of land was acquired by Gavin Malone, artist and cultural geographer, in February 2015. When acquired the property was a mix of neglected pasture and waist-high weeds, hiding two areas of sedge along drainage lines, with almost no mid or upper canopy vegetation. The topsoil is sandy and overlays a large sand deposit which was proposed to be mined. For this reason there had been minimal land management for 30 years.
L50K now features three ecosystem types; a remnant reed swamp, remnant sedge lands and the re-generating grassy woodland. The gently undulating land slopes down about 22 metres from a sandy hilltop in the north-east, 64 metres above sea level, to the Maslin Creek swamp which forms the southern boundary. The swamp area of L50K is about 2.8 ha (c.7 acres), a small part of the greater 55 ha Maslin Creek swamp. The balance of the L50K land, 13.2 ha (c.33 acres), has been cleared and used for agricultural purposes for possibly 165 years, agriculture likely commencing in the 1850s. This is now being extensively re-vegetated. A time-lapse camera, courtesy of Timelapse Adelaide, is recording the progress once a week for ten years
Revegetation, L50K, 11.06.2020
The majority of the land is a registered Aboriginal heritage site (SA Aboriginal Heritage Act), likely occupied for several thousand years. For this reason dual naming has been adopted. Cultural and archaeological research is ongoing.
A 10 year Regeneration Plan is now well underway. The Plan adopts a bi-cultural approach, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, and recognises the cultural practices and traditions of both cultures.
L50K is located on the south-western corner of Pethick and Branson Roads, McLaren Vale, and is bordered on the west by the Victor Harbor Road. It is located in the centre of the Willunga Basin about 40 kilometres south of Adelaide. The Willunga Basin, circa 23,500 hectares (235 sq. km) in size, is prime agricultural and viticultural land.
L50K (black dotted), Willunga Basin. McLaren Vale to NE; Willunga to SE; Maslin Beach to NW; Aldinga to SW
Further information about Gavin can be found at Gavin Malone Visual Artist and Cultural Geographer.
Partners & Supporters
Thank you to the many who support L50K and in particular my main partners & supporters:
Landscape SA, Hills & Fleurieu
For helping with swamp edge regeneration in 2021.
Fox Creek Wines
For providing wines to reward volunteers and others. Nearby neighbours, we share the same creek system and biodiversity goals. Please support them.
For providing two time lapse cameras to record the landscape changes over ten years. The weekly photographs will provide a valuable record of plant growth and other changes. Contact Nick Graalman from Timelapse Adelaide email@example.com about the services they provide.
Willunga Basin Links
The following groups are involved in community and conservation in the region:
Biodiversity McLaren Vale
Friends of Aldinga Scrub
Friends of Moana Sands Conservation Park
Friends of Onkaparinga Park
Friends of Willunga Basin
Willunga Basin Trail
Willunga Environment Centre
The views of and from the place epitomise the Willunga Basin cultural landscape.
(Photos taken late 2014 onwards)
Looking West 1, L50K (2015)
Looking West 2, L50K (2018)Looking East – 1, L50KLooking East – 2, L50K (Feral olives are on northern boundary)
Looking East 3, L50K (Feral olives removed-2018)
Reed Swamp & Viewing Deck, L50K (Winter 2018)Looking South West from L50K (Over Victor Harbor Road)
Water in the Swamp, 2016
In the first week of July 2016 water flowed into the swamp for the first time in a few years. 47 mm of rain fell in 24 hrs following good rains in June. Standing water lasted for several days and then in the third week more rain and more water. And overnight on the last day of the month another 20 mm fell giving the best inflow yet, and water up to 500 mm deep in places. Rainfall for July 125 mm, 55 mm above average.
Feet needed a soak
Swamp plantings get a soak, needed or not
First Open Day, 2015
The first Open Day was held on Sunday 22 November, 2015. Over 150 people came along during the day to wander the land. One of the announcements on the day was the Kaurna name for the place, Kanyanyapilla. An explanation of the name is available on the Cultural History page.
The concept of Kanyanyapilla is bigger than the land of Lot 50 and Lot 50 encompasses also the post settlement history. Bi-cultural naming, Lot 50-Kanyanyapilla, is therefore being maintained for the place and project and what better than Lot 50 to succinctly describe a relation to land subdivision and ownership from the European perspective. Either or both names can be used as appropriate.
Open Day gathering, Nov.2015