The Marshall Government and the University of Adelaide have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will bring Glenthorne National Park a step closer to reality.
The MOU is a major step forward in the transfer of Glenthorne Farm to State Government ownership and the development of a long term partnership between the State Government and the University.
“Establishing Glenthorne National Park is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create Adelaide’s second metropolitan National Park,” said Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs.
“The university will be an important partner in realising the vision of Glenthorne National Park which will be a thriving environmental and recreational precinct in the southern suburbs.
“We are very pleased that the University of Adelaide will continue to be involved as a partner, delivering environmental outcomes for the site by carrying out ecological research and restoration.
“Glenthorne Farm will be combined with O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park, Hallett Cove and Marino conservation parks, Happy Valley Reservoir and the Field River Valley to create a 1500-hectare national park.
“Based on previous community input, it is envisioned that the park might include picnic areas, camp grounds, walking and cycling trails, and 200 hectares of native revegetation creating an urban forest that will be enjoyed for generations to come.
“It will also be the base for a new southern Adelaide ranger service.
“Community engagement will be central to the creation of this new National Park, and surrounding communities will be given an unprecedented opportunity to shape and manage this significant environmental and recreational precinct.
“The new park will be shaped by the community that will use it.
“This project is a key election commitment for the Marshall Government, and as the local Member of Parliament for the area, it is one that is particularly close to my heart.
“Glenthorne Farm and the existing reserves will be linked together, enabling us to realise the full environmental and recreational potential of this land.
“I want to pay special tribute to the Friends of Glenthorne for their long term advocacy and commitment to saving this vital open space.”