Seven local councils across metropolitan Adelaide will share in $1.19 million to undertake innovative environmental projects, thanks to Green Adelaide’s Cooler, Greener, Wilder Grants Program.

A raingarden in a streetscape
Gilbert Street raingarden. Photo: Cath Leo.

The new grants program supports metropolitan councils to undertake projects that will best deliver greening outcomes, and incorporate water-sensitive and biodiversity-sensitive urban design principles.

Green Adelaide Presiding Member Professor Chris Daniels praised the diversity of applications, with successful projects including a sustainable upgrade of a Port Adelaide residential street, continuation of biodiversity corridors in Pasadena and Holdfast Bay, and a green transformation of 4 intersecting streets within Renown Park.

“Applications were ranked on their ability to integrate urban greening, water-sensitive urban design and biodiversity-sensitive urban design outcomes, and the 7 successful projects showed a thoughtful approach to achieving in all of these areas,” Professor Daniels said.

“A great example of this approach is a City of Port Adelaide Enfield project, which will create a cooler, greener and more resilient streetscape on a residential street in Queenstown.

“This project will combine water-sensitive design through permeable paving, greening by planting canopy trees, shrubs and understorey, and biodiversity-sensitive design through the creation of a vegetation corridor."

The successful projects are:

  • City of Port Adelaide Enfield – A greener, cooler, and more resilient streetscape, Victoria St, Queenstown.
  • City of Holdfast Bay – The final piece of the Holdfast Bay Warriparri biodiversity corridor, Shannon Avenue.
  • City of Marion – Alawoona Reserves raingarden, Mitchell Park.
  • City of Charles Sturt – Living streets, Renown Park.
  • City of Mitcham – Smart stormwater and biodiversity corridor, Pasadena.
  • City of Adelaide – The Creek of Cultural Connection, eastern Adelaide Park Lands.
  • City of Salisbury – Railway corridor rehabilitation, Pooraka.

Professor Daniels said the Cooler, Greener, Wilder Grants Program will help councils elevate their already significant contributions to environmental works.

“Our local governments already play a vital role in on-ground works for local environments,” Professor Daniels said.

“But this additional funding is allowing for new and innovative projects to come to life.

“This is significant in the holistic opportunity that it provides in projects contributing to our vision of a cooler, greener, wilder and more climate-resilient Adelaide.”

Learn more about our Cooler, Greener, Wilder Grants Program.

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