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Lot 50-Kanyanyapilla is a bi-cultural ecological and cultural regeneration project near McLaren Vale, South Australia.
The 16 ha (c.40 acres) parcel of land was acquired by Gavin Malone, artist and cultural geographer, in February 2015. The majority of the land is a registered Aboriginal heritage site under the South Australian Aboriginal Heritage Act. It is an ancient Kaurna campground, likely occupied for several thousand years. For this reason dual naming has been adopted.
Lot 50-Kanyanyapilla (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 is approximately 100,000 hectares (1000 sq. km) in size and 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
The gently undulating land slopes down about 22 metres from a sandy hilltop in the north-east, 64 metres above sea level, to Maslin Creek, also known as Malpas Creek in this vicinity, which forms the southern boundary. The creek area contains a reed swamp of about 2.8 ha (c.7 acres) which is part of the greater Maslin Creek swamp system. The balance of the 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. The soil is sandy and when acquired the groundcover was a mix of neglected pasture and weeds.
A Management Plan has been prepared with advice from relevant authorities and a peer group. The Plan adopts a bi-cultural, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, approach to land management and recognises the cultural practices and traditions of both cultures. An informal community-based support group has been formed to assist the project.
The views of and from the place epitomise the Willunga Basin cultural landscape.
(Photos taken late 2014, early 2015. Land management has developed since then)
Further information about Gavin can be found at Gavin Malone Visual Artist and Cultural Geographer.
History Festival Open Days, May 2018
L50K was open on three occasions during the History Festival organised by History SA.
Second Open Day, 2016
The second Open Day was held on Sunday 30 October, 2016. About 75 people came along on what proved to be a ‘difficult’ day weather wise; howling winds and rain squalls but an occasional sunny patch. The presentations were well received but the sunset fire had to be cancelled.
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