Joint media release: 90,000 plants for SA’s newest national park

17 November 2020

The Hon Sussan Ley MP, Minister for the Environment
The Hon David Speirs MP, South Australian Minister for Environment and Water  

The Morrison Government will invest  $1.7 million, propagating more than 90,000 plants, to restore threatened Grey Box Grassy Woodland within South Australia’s Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta.

Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley joined South Australia’s Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs at Glenthorne National Park today announcing Commonwealth support for the development of a thriving national park in Adelaide’s south under the South Australian Government’s Glenthorne National Park Master Plan.

“We will be investing in revegetation across 165 hectares, with intense weed control programs and site preparation works,” Minister Ley said. 

“Restoring and protecting critical habitat in this biodiverse precinct will improve long-term outcomes for a range of threatened woodland birds like the Diamond Firetail and Black-chinned Honeyeater.

“The weeding and planting activities at Glenthorne will help revitalise important habitat within the state’s 1500-hectare network of reserve, from the Adelaide foothills to the coast.”

South Australian Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said this was an important step toward establishing a flourishing nature precinct, which will be enjoyed by the community for generations to come.  

“The rejuvenation of native revegetation will create an urban forest at the heart of the recently established Glenthorne National Park,” Minister Speirs said. 

“The 208-hectare Glenthorne property used to be a working farm but is being converted into an exciting woodland space where people can connect with nature.

“This project will help realise our vision for a community destination where locals and visitors can enjoy green spaces, native wildlife, heritage precincts, walking and picnic areas into the future.”

Funding for the Glenthorne National Park initiative is provided through the Australian Government’s $100 million Environment Restoration Fund which targets three key priority areas: protecting threatened and migratory species and their habitats; improving Australia’s coasts, oceans and waterways; and increasing recycling of waste.