Extra funding secured for SA's national parks
$11.8 million of funding has been secured to improve South Australia’s national parks, including an additional $2.5 million for Glenthorne National Park.
The 2019-20 State Budget will see an additional $2.5 million invested in the creation of Glenthorne National Park, setting the foundations for Adelaide’s newest metropolitan national park.
The funds will be used for important foundational infrastructure including signage, access points, fencing, lighting, security, and water and electricity services on the Glenthorne property.
In addition, the South Australian Government will be investing $6 million to create the Great Southern Ocean Walk, an initiative that will enhance and connect Deep Creek, Newland Head and Granite Island parks along the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Improvements will include upgrades to parts of the Heysen Trail, a day visitor facility and a universally accessible walking trail at Deep Creek Conservation Park. Existing campgrounds and amenities will also be upgraded to cater for growing demand.
Park infrastructure will also be improved across the state with roads, trails, toilets and campgrounds expected to be upgraded with a $3.3 million boost. The Department for Environment and Water will work closely with ‘Friends of Parks’ groups, park visitors and other community groups to prioritise these works, and reinvigorate SA’s parks.
This additional $11.8 million in parks funding will help ensure SA’s parks remain thriving community assets for generations to come.