Sellicks Hill Buddha statue temple
13/05/2015 | By: Sebastian |
Scaffolding has come down around the Sellicks Hill Buddha statue this week. Some photos are below and in the album on this site’s Facebook page. More information about the statue and the site on which it is located is below.
An official opening ceremony for the site of Buddha statue was held at the Buddhist temple today and hundreds of people attended.
Original post: 13/5/15
Nan Hai Pu Tuo Temple of Australia Inc – Cactus Canyon Road, Sellicks Beach
The name Nan Hai Pu Tuo reflects the name of the Pu Tuo Mountain. The 18-metre-high granite stone Buddha statue is a goddess of mercy which cost $1 million dollars. It was imported in 23 containers of a dozen or so pieces in total from China and arrived in December 2014 to be assembled here. This was completed in May 2015 and the scaffolding was removed on May 13th, 2015. It weighs around 1,000 tonnes.
The whole site is about 55 hectares and had become degraded and eroded due to previous farming practices. It is situated according to Feng Shui principles. This reflects the relationship between the mountain/hillside and the sea promoting a sense of permanence.
There will be not only a Buddha statue and several buildings when the whole four stages of the $15 million development are completed in 2018. There will also be a land rehabilitation program, Chinese gardens, several shrines, a vegetable garden, a memorial garden, a retirement village and more.
It will become a tourist destination with an expected 300 visitors a day and even more for events to be held there. Figures currently suggest that this will equate to around 20,000 visitors a year. Devotees and curious public from overseas and interstate will spend some time there. This will have a flow on effect in the local economy as they spend money in the area on transport, food, fuel, accommodation and so on. Some of these tourists will go on to other tourist destinations in the Fleurieu Peninsula (e.g. McLaren Vale, Victor Harbour).
The site will primarily function though as a place for worship, reflection, meditation and learning. Work will also be done to preserve Kaurna heritage found in five locations on the site.
Apparently there was negative public reaction from local ignorant people back in 1997 when the whole idea of the use of the site was first proposed. People complained about the size of the site and about sewerage management. The proposed development was granted major development status by the state government in 2008. Although in 2010 there were a small number of locals who were concerned about traffic, visual amenity and noise (bells ringing), they had stopped their ignorant nonsense by 2011 and the response to the community consultation was positive. It still took until February 2014 for the state government’s Development Assessment Commission (DAC) to approve the whole development application. This is absolutely humiliating for South Australia but it has always been par for the course here.
Sadly, because of just how amazingly slowly things happen in this state it has taken all this time since to get to the part where the statue can now been seen. Some people today in 2015 have expressed their concerns in social media about the pagodas and statue being a blight and distraction near the road as they travel past. Many comments, though, have been positive for the tourism benefits it will bring to the area. Sure the plans had to be changed and approval sought again. The public’s concerns and general ignorance had to be considered over the last 18 years. These days the public is usually ignored and councils are bypassed in favour of the DAC to get things done. But we finally got there in the end and that is what South Australia can be pleased about. Patience may be a virtue but sometimes you should not have to be patient. If it was a Christian development it would have been up within a few years.
Cactus Canyon Road, Sellicks Beach