Thursday, April 25, 2024

$5m to turn tide on River Torrens

The River Torrens in Adelaide’s CBD is set to be reinvigorated with more wetlands and plantings to create a cooler, greener and wilder attraction for locals and visitors to the heart of the city.

The new $5 million Transforming the Torrens Program will be delivered over the next four years by Green Adelaide in partnership with the City of Adelaide Council, with sites to be selected on ecological and amenity values.

Minister for Environment and Water, David Speirs said the program will establish a series of wetlands and revegetate areas along a 3-kilometre section of the River Torrens in the CBD between the Torrens Weir and Hackney Bridge.

“The program is about bringing nature right into the heart of the city, and it will also help further improve water quality along the river, particularly in Torrens Lake, with more native plants and a series of wetland habitats,” Minister Speirs said.

“The transformation will enhance the greening and cooling of the area, create more spaces for people to enjoy and reinvigorate the natural features and habitat for our local wildlife.

“This investment would create a more appealing area and complement the significant private and public investment in transforming the riverbank precinct in recent years.”

City of Adelaide Lord Mayor, Sandy Verschoor said the project was an important investment in one of the city’s greatest assets.

“Everyday thousands of people walk, run or cycle along this iconic stretch of the River Torrens / Karrawirra Pari and this $5 million commitment will help make this part of the city even more beautiful,” the Lord Mayor said.

“The Transforming the Torrens Program will improve the ecological health, water quality and amenity of the Torrens Lake, while providing educational, social, cultural and tourism benefits for the Riverbank Precinct.

“This area is extremely significant to the traditional owners of the Adelaide Plains, the Kaurna people, so increasing the natural features of Karrawirra Pari with native vegetation and attracting local wildlife is another important step towards reconciliation.”

Green Adelaide Board Presiding Member, Professor Chris Daniels said the Transforming the Torrens Program will help create a cooler, greener and wilder city and complement our scoping study that is exploring the reintroduction of platypus to the Torrens.

“The River Torrens has come a long way, and with today’s improved native vegetation and water quality this new program will help fast-track the Torren’s health in the CBD, and pave the way for the future dream of having platypus in the Torrens,” Professor Daniels said.

“The vision of having a viable platypus population is an exciting goal in continuing the improvement of the River Torrens that we all love so much.”

The planning for the Transforming the Torrens Program is expected to begin from early 2022, with on-ground action to start from late-2022.

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