We were established as part of the 2019 South Australian natural resources management reform, and the introduction of the Landscape South Australia Act 2019.
We are Adelaide’s first dedicated urban environmental specialist organisation. We are focusing on guiding the people of Adelaide’s love of and connection with nature, and will practically create a cooler, greener and wilder capital city.
Our area of responsibility spans across Adelaide’s 17 metropolitan councils, and includes about a third of Gulf St Vincent.
Our mission is to encourage activities and policies for Adelaide that enable pro-environmental behavioural change. This will be achieved by facilitating partnerships, investing in aligned initiatives, educating about nature, and delivering iconic on-ground environmental projects. Read our commitment to connecting with you.
We acknowledge and respect the traditional owners of the Adelaide Plains - the Kaurna Miyurna (Kaurna people) and are committed to strengthening relationships with them through our partnership with Warpulai Kumangka (meaning ‘working together’).
Warpulai Kumangka is a high level strategic advisory group to Green Adelaide. The group provides guidance on environmental and cultural matters. This collaboration is an innovative, world-leading model for cultural engagement in the environmental sector, and strengthens shared visions for the future.
We work with Warpulai Kumangka to build capacity in the community and raise awareness of Kaurna cultural knowledge, values and lore. Through this capacity building, we strive to embed Kaurna Cultural Practices and land management methods in environmental projects and activities that are happening on Kaurna Yarta (Kaurna Country).
Our vision is portrayed in Kardalta Tarntanya by Kaurna artist Allan Sumner.
This artwork shows the importance of the relationships between the land, water, sea and biodiversity and people keeping each other healthy, thriving and connected.
It represents Green Adelaide’s vision through the interconnected nature of our seven priorities.
We will conserve and restore Adelaide’s unique coastline to benefit our way of life, our economy and provide vital habitat for native plants and animals.
We will protect, enhance and restore Adelaide’s water resources (our rivers, wetlands and lakes) to help preserve these essential ecosystems and the wildlife that call them home.
We will increase tree canopy cover and green spaces to create cooler urban areas that encourage biodiversity and improve community health and wellbeing.
We will build industry and community capacity to design cooler, greener and nature-friendly developments and infrastructure.
We will help coordinate the management of invasive pests to support an Adelaide that is rich with healthy biodiversity.
We will grow nature and sustainability education in Adelaide to support children and adults to connect with the environment.
As part of the Landscape South Australia Act 2019, we are required to prepare a five year Regional Landscape Plan.
The Regional Landscape Plan sets the strategic direction for Green Adelaide between 2021 and 2026, and is supported by business plans that set the operational program each financial year. The plan was developed over six months of extensive consultation between November 2020 and April 2021.
You can download a copy of the final Regional Landscape Plan below. You can also read about the engagement process, what we heard and how we responded in our Regional Landscape Plan Consultation Report, or visit our YourSAY webpage. Community and stakeholder feedback is available to read in the appendices document (PDF | 5 MB).
Our annual business plans set out our proposed expenditure across a range of projects and programs for one financial year.
Download our 2022-23 Annual Business Plan below.
Our Achievements Report links with the 2020-21 Annual Business Plan and showcases our success stories across our seven priorities, to create a cooler, greener and wilder city.
Download our 2020-21 Achievements Report below.
Or, view historical reports in our archives.
The landscape levy is collected from ratepayers by metropolitan councils, and the water levy is collected from water licence holders in our region. These levies enable the board to fund programs and activities outlined in our operational business plans.
Bursting with experience and passionate about our beautiful city, the board is charged with driving the Green Adelaide agenda.
Chris is CEO of the not-for-profit organisation Koala Life, and Chief Strategic Adviser to Cleland Wildlife Park. He was the Presiding Member of the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board from 2011 to 2018, and Chair of the Board of Nature Play SA from 2016 to 2018. Chris is also Adjunct Professor of Biology at UniSA and Adjunct Professor of Zoology at Adelaide University. He has published nine books, one DVD and more than 250 scientific and community publications.
Felicity-ann is passionate about creating a better, healthier, more inclusive Australia and was the 2014 SA Australian of the Year. She served as Mayor of the City of Marion for 14 years, and concluded her extensive local government experience in 2014 as National President of the Australian Local Government Association. With a Doctorate of Education, Felicity-ann was an academic at Flinders University for 20 years. She is a former Presiding Member of the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board and currently sits on the Australian Press Council.
Claire is the Mayor of the City of Port Adelaide Enfield, elected in 2018. She was previously the Deputy Mayor as well as a Ward Councillor for 8 years. Claire is a leader with a strong background in education through her teaching and leadership roles. She is committed to providing responsible governance, and enhancing relationships and environmental sustainability whilst generating and influencing programs to connect individuals and community groups with one another. Claire enjoys exploring the great outdoors with her three children.
Greg started his career in the agricultural sector, has an environmental science degree and a strong history working in and with SA Water. An innovative thinker, Greg established the wetland system in the Woodhouse Scout Centre. He also created an irrigated crop just south of the runway at Adelaide Airport to help bring down air temperature and reduce aircraft fuel usage during take off. Greg now works for Sydney Water and has established his own company, Cool by Nature, with both roles centred around improving liveability and community resilience.
Louka is an educator, strategist, entrepreneur and CEO/founder of The Learning Future an organisation that supports schools, systems and companies to thrive in tomorrow's world. As a school teacher, he was promoted to Principal at 27 years old and was named Inspirational Public Secondary Teacher of the Year in South Australia. Louka has spent the last six years working globally to support positive change and impact. A rapid learner, he holds two Masters degrees, speaks five languages and has undertaken studies at Harvard and a fellowship at Stanford’s school.
Adrian was the CEO of the City of Marion and was previously CEO of the Yankalilla Council. He served six years in the Australian Army before becoming Academic Dean of a hotel management college in Switzerland. Returning to Australia, Adrian ran his own training business before joining BAE Systems as People Development Manager. Following HR roles with the cities of Charles Sturt and Adelaide, Adrian ran his own leadership consultancy for eight years. Adrian is a Council member of the Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Selection Committee.
Trixie brings broad experience from 20 years at senior levels of government and the private sector, including roles with the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Land Management Corporation and Austrade. In recent years Trixie has consulted in the fields of environment and renewable energy. She has also worked in private roles for UniSA, WINNER (Western and Inner Northern Network for Economic Recovery), Rollerchair and the Business Enterprise Centre network. Now retired, Trixie engages in various volunteering roles in the aged care sector.
Kelvin is the Principal of Kelvin Trimper Consulting, facilitating partnerships between private and public sectors, particularly for urban development projects. Kelvin played a key role in the establishment of Mawson Lakes, setting new benchmarks for sustainable urban development. Kelvin is a Fellow of UniSA, past President and a Fellow of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (SA Division) and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2018 for his service to horticulture (for the promotion and culture of roses), urban development and the community of Salisbury.
Dena is the Founder and Managing Director of Adelaide-based national marketing communications agency, SOCIETY. An experienced marketing professional, Dena has 20 years of international marketing communications and operational experience. She has worked with household brands such as Woolworths, Kraft Heinz, Unilever and Colgate-Palmolive, as well as the City of Melbourne, the South Australian Tourism Commission, Australia Post and many more. Awarded the Telstra Business Winner for Emerging and Energised in SA for 2019, Dena is also a 2020 Small Business finalist for the Telstra Business Women’s Awards.
Tobias is a proud Kaurna man. He is an Aboriginal Cultural Consultant and Youth Ambassador for the Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation, and an Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Trainer for Southern Cultural Immersions, at the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre. Before joining the Green Adelaide Board, he was Chair of Warpulai Kumangka Aboriginal Advisory Group. Tobias received the Mayo Community Service Award in his final year of high school. In 2019 he begun studying to be a doctor and was a research intern in SAHMRI’s Aboriginal Health Equity Unity. He is a critical thinker, creative problem solver and ethical decision-maker.