The redevelopment which kicked off construction in February 2022, is the final stage of revitalising the western end of the River Torrens/Karrawirra Pari, creating a healthier, more natural and more accessible environment. It's the longest stretch of the 30-year redevelopment project, transforming 1.5km of the river and banks, from Tapleys Hill Road in Lockleys to the sea.
Take a closer look at what’s been happening over the past few months:
The first garden beds have been completed with topsoil and mulch and now planting of more than 215,000 new native locally grown plants has kicked off.
Planting is taking place with both organic mulch and rock mulch, depending on the location and the mix of species planted. There’s 30,000m2 of garden beds with organic mulch and 12,500m2 of garden beds with rock mulch.
Planting will also include 112 new advanced native trees and 2 hectares of hydroseeding (where a mix of seed, water, fertiliser and mulch is sprayed into the topsoil).
And if you can’t remember what was there before, there were a lot of weeds and grass or, in other words, a low diversity of native plants.
Construction of the wetlands and habitat pools on the northern banks is almost complete. This includes placement of a clay liner and topsoil.
Once the wetlands are complete, they will capture stormwater from the surrounding streets and naturally filter the water before it enters the river.
The new wetlands will improve the quality of water flowing into the sea.
The landscaping work is continuing including building the 540m of gabion walls (walls made from rock-filled wire baskets) and the concrete retaining walls.
The new lighting and electrical cabling are being installed on both sides of the river. The upgraded lighting will enhance the safety for pedestrians and cyclists using the new paths.
The stairs leading to the river from the surrounding streets are being constructed, as are the viewing platforms where you’ll be able to relax and connect with nature once the project is complete.
Fabrication of the elevated boardwalk is underway at the fabricator’s workshop off-site.
Once completed the elevated boardwalk will provide a more accessible path and connection to the neighbouring Apex Park.
The fabrication of the Kaurna sculptures is taking place off-site. Artists Allan Sumner, Jason Balmer, and Daniel Deck have stated creating the sculptures using wood, cement, steel, clay, shells and other natural materials.
The sculptures will be spread out along the whole site including the Kaurna reflection space. This space will be for visitors to reflect on Kaurna culture and history.
Construction is expected to be completed by mid-2023.
For your safety, and so that we can work efficiently on both sides of the river, the River Torrens Linear Trail from Tapleys Hill Road to Seaview Road will remain closed on both sides of the river while work is underway.
We estimate that the paths will reopen by mid-2023.
Detour signage can be found on Seaview Road and Tapleys Hill Road, or view the trail closure detour map.
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And if this stretch of the river is your usual nature haven, we extend a big thanks again for your ongoing understanding while the transformation is happening behind the temporary fences.
The project is a $14 million partnership between Green Adelaide, the City of Charles Sturt, the City of West Torrens, the South Australian Department for Trade and Investment through the Planning and Development Fund, the Australian Government through the Environment Restoration Fund, and SA Water. The project is committed to working with the Traditional Owners of the Adelaide plains, the Kaurna people.