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Kapunda Historic Mine Site Tourism Development Plan – Community Project


Update: Kapunda Historic Mine Site Project Update 17/12/2013


The Light Regional Council engaged consultants URPS  & WAX Designs to assist Council and the Community to form a concept plan for the site with a view to increasing visitation and enhancing the visitor experience, as well as improving the site as a community space.  The Conservation Management Plan for the site identified that this plan was needed to allow the site to reach its potential as a tourism destination.

In 2010 Light Regional Council adopted the Tourism Development Plan (TDP)  and set about allowing for funding of the project in its Long Term Financial Plan, through a mix of Council funds and proposing to seek external funding opportunities in an effort to plan for the sites revitalisation and development. 

The concepts and design responses described in this plan have been developed to express the unique qualities and tourism opportunities that exist at the Kapunda Mine Site.  Analysis of the site has identified three distinct landscape characters. These character zones will influence the design and interpretation of the site in terms of:

  • Cultural Heritage (mining and the industrialisation of the landscape)
  • Environment (the impact of mining on natural systems and the resilience of eco-systems to revegetate landscapes)
  • Geology (the unique geology of the underlying landscape)

The Kapunda Mine Site is not simply a historic mine site which demonstrates the way early European settlement exploited the landscape. Rather, the TDP aims to articulate the ideas of geology, environment and heritage by creating an increased awareness of the land, the historical actions of mining and the progressive revegetation of the site. By taking these themes, a journey through time can be expressed across the site that tells the site’s stories in relation to its past, present and future.

The TDP  focuses on a range of projects that are designed to increase accessibility,  improve the interpretation of the site and provide opportunities for interaction, engagement and play. Each of the design responses and projects considers the context of the site and the landscape character. The object of the Plan is not to replicate or copy, but to enhance and amplify the unique qualities, authenticity and experiences of the Kapunda Mine Site.

Community interest is very high in  the site and Council will be working together with the Community on the Project to deliver the improvements for the site.  Groups already expressing interest have created a steering committee to assist in coordinating the project across the numerous groups involved.

Updates on the project will periodically be uploaded to this page, so keep coming back to see the site develop.

If you are interested in getting involved please contact: Council’s Tourism & Special Projects Officer – Kirsty Dudley on kdudley@light.sa.gov.au or phone Council on 08 85 253 200.



Kapunda Historic Mine Site Concept Plans(2108 kb)

Kapunda Mine Historic Site - Aerial Map(529 kb)

Kapunda Historical Mine Site Tourism Development Plan - Presentation(1209 kb)

Final Tourism Development Plan Kapunda Mine Site(9614 kb)

Kapunda Mine Chimney

Light Regional Council
PO Box 72
Kapunda SA 5373
Tel: (08) 8525 3200 | Fax: (08) 8566 3262