Sunday, September 19, 2021

30-year river redevelopment designs released

Final designs to complete a 30-year redevelopment of Charles Sturt’s Breakout Creek along the River Torrens/Karrawirra Pari, which will boost wildlife and create jobs, have been released.

The $12 million environmental project, stretching from Tapleys Hill Road to the Torrens Outlet at West Beach, will see the artificial channel transformed into a natural flowing and healthy river system and is a collaboration between the state government, local councils and the federal government.

City of Charles Sturt Mayor, Angela Evans said the redevelopment will form the jewel in the crown of the rehabilitation and restoration of Adelaide’s iconic urban waterway, the River Torrens/Karrawirra parri.

“The delivery of this project will further connect people to nature, provide significant biodiversity improvements and more than 200,000 plants will be planted into this area,” she said.

“We are unlocking the positive health and wellbeing potential of the site by opening it up to a broad range of active and passive recreational community use with safer and wider paths for walking, cycling and other fitness activities, as well as making it more accessible for all users.”

The project was launched by the Minister for Environment and Water, David Speirs, who said the final design comes after extensive consultation with the community and project partners.

Construction will begin in spring this year.

The project is a $12 million partnership between Green Adelaide, the City of Charles Sturt, the City of West Torrens, the South Australian Attorney-General’s Department through the Planning and Development Fund, the Australian Government ($2 million from the Environment Restoration Fund) and SA Water.

The project is committed to working with the Traditional Owners of the Adelaide plains, the Kaurna people.

To view the final designs and to learn more about the project visit the Green Adelaide website.

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