National Trust decides against selling Brinkworth Reserve

BRINKWORTH RESERVE: The local community protested the sale of Brinkworth Reserve on November 9 last year and last night the National Trust decided they would not sell the reserve at their council meeting last night.
BRINKWORTH RESERVE: The local community protested the sale of Brinkworth Reserve on November 9 last year and last night the National Trust decided they would not sell the reserve at their council meeting last night.

BRINKWORTH Reserve on Winter Hill will not be sold following a decision by the South Australian National Trust not to go ahead with the sale at its council meeting on Thursday night.

The meeting was the first of the new year and the first for new chief executive officer Darren Peacock, who said the trust would work with the community to help improve the reserve.

"We want to work with the (Brinkworth Reserve) committee, councils and the community," Mr Peacock said.

He said the trust wanted to "capture the energy of the community" to work out how it will better manage the reserve in the future for the benefit of the Port Lincoln community.

Mr Peacock said he would be travelling to Port Lincoln in the coming weeks to meet with local people and gauge their thoughts.

"The trust wants to be more active," he said.

"Look at ways we can sustain (the reserve)."

One of the reserve's trustees, Peter Southam, said the local community was excited and pleased the trust reconsidered the sale.

"The national trust previously thought the reserve had little interest and usage," he said.

"Now they realise it's well supported by the people of Port Lincoln.

"We are keen to work with the trust to improve the reserve."

Mr Southam said the decision not to sell the reserve echoed the wishes of Ken Brinkworth and he encouraged the Lower Eyre Peninsula community to enjoy using it.

"It was the wish of Ken Brinkworth that it was for the people," he said.

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