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$5 million to transform the River Torrens in the CBD

Monday 15 November 2021

The River Torrens in Adelaide’s CBD is set to be reinvigorated with more wetlands and plantings to create a cooler, greener and wilder attraction for locals and visitors – in the heart of the city.

An artist impression of the transformed River Torrens in the CBD near Tennis SA at the corner of War Memorial Drive and Montefiore Road. It includes new wetlands, plantings and recreational areas.

The new $5 million Transforming the Torrens Program will be delivered over the next four years by Green Adelaide in partnership with the City of Adelaide with sites to be selected based on ecological and amenity values.

The program will establish a series of wetlands and revegetate areas along a 3-kilometre section of the River Torrens in the CBD between the Torrens Weir and Hackney Bridge.

Green Adelaide Board Presiding Member Professor Chris Daniels said the program is about bringing nature right into the heart of the city, and it will also help further improve water quality along the river, particularly in Torrens Lake, with more native plants and a series of wetlands.

Before and after Transforming the Torrens visuals. Everyday thousands of people walk, run or cycle along this iconic stretch of the River Torrens / Karrawirra Pari and this $5 million commitment will help make this part of the city even more beautiful.

Benefits for people and wildlife

The transformation will enhance the greening and cooling of the area, create more spaces for people to enjoy and reinvigorate the natural features and habitat for our local wildlife.

The investment would create a more appealing area and complement the significant private and public investment in transforming the riverbank precinct in recent years.

It is another way Green Adelaide is delivering on-ground environmental action, and is a contribution to Adelaide’s push to become an internationally-known National Park City.

Reintroducing platypus to the Torrens

The Transforming the Torrens Program will help create a cooler, greener and wilder city and complement a scoping study underway that is exploring the reintroduction of platypus to the Torrens.

Professor Daniels said the River Torrens has come a long way, and with today’s improved native vegetation and water quality this new program will help fast-track the Torren’s health in the CBD, and pave the way for the future dream of having platypus in the Torrens

“The vision of having a viable platypus population is an exciting goal in continuing the improvement of the River Torrens that we all love so much.”

A bold rewilding project to bring platypus back to the River Torrens is being investigated to reintroduce this iconic threatened species to mainland South Australia. Credit: PlatypusSPOT.

Keep up-to-date

The planning for the Transforming the Torrens Program is expected to begin from early 2022, with on-ground action to start from late-2022.

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