Extra funding secured for SA's national parks

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. 

New parks investment in the state

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.