The vision for Glenthorne National Park takes shape

Thursday 30 September 2021
The vision for Glenthorne National Park takes shape


New concept images of Glenthorne National Park which show a thriving environmental and recreational precinct have been revealed for the first time.

Consultation has also begun on the inaugural Parks of the Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta Precinct Draft Management Plan, which includes Hallett Cove and Marino conservation parks.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the concept images include a nature play area as well as plenty of green, open space for people to enjoy.

“In coming months and years the Glenthorne Precinct – a 1500-hectare network of open space which includes Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta, Marino Conservation Park, Hallett Cove Conservation Park, Happy Valley Reservoir, and areas of the Field River Valley – will be transformed into an environmental and recreational hub,” Minister Speirs said.

“These new concept images are truly exciting and further reveal the vision which we are trying to achieve at Adelaide’s second metropolitan national park right in the heart of the southern suburbs.

“The community are also encouraged to have their say on how parks within the Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta Precinct, will be managed and protected into the future.

“This is a historic moment for the precinct, with the management plan ensuring parks continue to thrive with significant opportunities for recreation in nature and environmental revegetation.

“The draft plan facilitates a flexible and adaptive approach to the management of these parks, which includes the protection of precious habitat for native wildlife, historic relics, cultural sites, open space for recreation and outdoor activities and opportunities for environmental restoration.

“The Marshall Liberal Government is committed to improving South Australia’s national parks which is why we have committed record funding to boost conservation and improve the visitor experience.

“Glenthorne is one of the jewels in the crown of our plan to provide South Australians with better access to green, open space and I look forward to seeing this site thrive for generations to come.

“For many years under the former Labor Government a cloud hung over the future of the property, but through the passion of the local community and a commitment from the Liberal Party, I am proud to be able to say we have preserved Glenthorne for the future.”

The draft plan sets the strategic direction for management of the parks and includes five management themes, each with their own objectives and strategies. These include:

  • Protecting natural values
  • Providing recreation opportunities
  • Working with the community
  • Interpreting and protecting our shared history
  • Managing fire

The draft management plan was developed in accordance with the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972, with input from the Glenthorne Partnership, community leaders, technical experts, and community members who contributed their views during the development of the Glenthorne National Park-Ityamaiitpinna Yarta Master Plan.

Consultation is currently open on the YourSAy website and will close on 20 December.

The Glenthorne National Park precinct is jointly funded by the Marshall Liberal Government, Morrison Coalition Government, City of Marion and City of Onkaparinga.

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