Meet Glenthorne Partnership Member Marie Soliman

Meet Glenthorne Partnership Member Marie Soliman

Each edi­tion we’ll intro­duce you to one of the 13 mem­bers of the Glen­thorne Part­ner­ship who are help­ing to shape this new nation­al park.

The Glen­thorne Part­ner­ship was cre­at­ed to pro­vide impor­tant com­mu­ni­ty insight, ideas and per­spec­tives, and help make deci­sions to ensure the park meets com­mu­ni­ty needs and expectations.

The group includes com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers with con­nec­tions to sur­round­ing Friends of Parks vol­un­teer groups, the Kau­r­na com­mu­ni­ty, the City of Mar­i­on, the local busi­ness asso­ci­a­tion and the local R to 12 school.

Hear from Glen­thorne Part­ner­ship mem­ber Marie Soli­man about her con­nec­tion to the cre­ation of Glen­thorne Nation­al Park-Itya­mai­it­pin­na Yarta.

I moved to Hal­lett Cove in 2011 fol­low­ing the birth of my daugh­ter. Not know­ing any­thing about the sub­urb or its sur­round­ings, I start­ed explor­ing. I became mes­merised by all this region has to offer –stun­ning ocean views, parks, eco­log­i­cal won­ders – all with­in a stone’s throw.

My fam­i­ly and I feel very priv­i­leged to live in this beau­ti­ful part of the world. Being a self-employed mort­gage bro­ker, I am lucky enough to also work in this region. I am a pas­sion­ate advo­cate of sup­port­ing local busi­ness and as such, I chair our local busi­ness net­work­ing group, Hal­lett Cove Busi­ness Association.

It’s a very excit­ing thing to think of a nation­al park in our back gar­den. It brings about all those love­ly thoughts of what can be – a place to edu­cate our chil­dren on ecol­o­gy and envi­ron­ment; a place where tourists can vis­it and enjoy spec­tac­u­lar ocean views while learn­ing about unique plants, wildlife and geol­o­gy; bike paths; hik­ing trails; recre­ation­al facil­i­ties – the list goes on.

I believe that over time, Glen­thorne Nation­al Park will become a major draw­card of south­ern Ade­laide. And oppor­tu­ni­ties will be cre­at­ed for many.

I would like to ensure that our local com­mu­ni­ty can ben­e­fit from these oppor­tu­ni­ties. From jobs, work ten­ders, spon­sor­ship and pro­mo­tion – keep­ing the com­mu­ni­ty and local busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als informed is my pri­ma­ry function.’

Read about the oth­er mem­bers of the Glen­thorne Part­ner­ship.