Glenthorne proclaimed as Adelaide’s newest national park

It’s official – there’s a new national park in Adelaide's south. Find out what’s next for Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta.

The Glenthorne property and adjacent O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park were officially proclaimed as Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta on Thursday 28 May by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia.

The Governor visited the Glenthorne property to proclaim the national park and took part in a tree planting activity with Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs and representatives from the Kaurna community, Friends of Glenthorne, the Glenthorne Partnership, Hallett Cove South Primary School and National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia.

Hallett Cove South Primary School student Seth Wilson planting a native tree.

In recognition and respect for the Kaurna people as Traditional Owners of the land, the park has been co-named Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta. Watch this video to learn more about the meaning of the name and how to pronounce it.

Other nearby parks and open spaces will join the Glenthorne National Park precinct, but will keep their existing names. These areas include Hallett Cove Conservation Park, Marino Conservation Park, and also Happy Valley Reservoir which is set to open its gates to recreation by the end of 2021.

When can I visit?

It’s expected that visitors will be able to access a loop walk in the next month or so.

In the meantime, demolition work is underway on the former Glenthorne property to make way for the eventual construction of the Glenthorne Hub area, which will include a space for education, learning and social connection and learning about Kaurna culture and history. Heritage precincts will also be established, and also a nature play and picnic area.

What else is in store for Glenthorne?

Also in the pipeline are traffic management upgrades, establishment of vehicle access and parking, the planting of almost 36,000 native plants across 10 hectares of the park, the construction of the Glenthorne Hub area, establishment of the heritage precinct, picnic and nature play space, camping area, pond area, interpretation and wayfinding – including Kaurna cultural interpretation, a trail network and lookouts, a wetland area and boardwalks, and a plan to use and re-use water sustainably.

These priorities were identified in the master plan that was developed as a result of the community feedback received at last year’s open days, and is being worked on by the Glenthorne Partnership and the Department for Environment and Water.

How can I be part of the creation Glenthorne National Park—Ityamaiitpinna Yarta?

If you’d like to roll up your sleeves and lend a hand, you may be interested in joining the Glenthorne Action Team – a dedicated volunteer program that has been established across the precinct.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteer events have been placed on hold for the time being, but you can still register to be the first to know when the program re-starts.

You can also subscribe to bi-monthly updates via the Glenthorne National Park e-newsletter.

Main image: His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia pictured with Hallett Cove South Primary School Students (L-R) Ben Ireson and Seth Wilson at Glenthone National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta.

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