South Australians will once again be able to enjoy the iconic Hallett Cove Boardwalk with the state government committing to an extra $2.44 million to ensure it is reopened safely to the public.
The Hallett Cove Boardwalk is a popular destination within the Glenthorne National Park precinct.
This iconic walking trail, which winds through part of Hallett Cove Conservation Park, is hugely popular with the local community and offers some stunning views of Adelaide’s pristine beaches and coastline.
Part of the boardwalk, however, has been closed since last year in the interests of public safety.
That’s why the state government and the City of Marion are funding repairs and an extension to the popular attraction. These funds are in addition to the funds already committed to Hallett Cove Conservation Park for boardwalk maintenance and weed control.
The closed section of the boardwalk will be repaired and reopened, and also extended with a new section of the trail sensitively designed and built from Heron Way Reserve to the Field River mouth.
The sections of boardwalk that span the Grey Road and Kurnabinna Terrace gullies will be entirely rebuilt.
Once the boardwalk is repaired and extended, it’s anticipated that about 30,000 people a year will walk the full length of the 8-kilometre walkway from Marino to Hallett Cove.
The project is part of the state government’s $50 million stimulus measure to get more local projects underway to support local jobs and businesses as the impacts of COVID-19 are managed.
The restrictions currently in place in South Australia in response to COVID-19 mean walking and exercising is one of the main activities people can safely undertake outside.
That’s why projects like rebuilding the Hallett Cove Boardwalk have been prioritised, as they will provide employment and also give local people another option and activity to enjoy.
The state government’s $2.44 million contribution will be matched by the City of Marion, with this section of the project costing $4.88 million.
Assessment and design work is already underway, and construction will start in the next 2 months.
View a message from the Minister for Environment and Water about the Hallett Cove boardwalk upgrade: