The $12 million dollar environmental project, stretching from Tapleys Hill Road to the Torrens Outlet at West Beach, will see the artificial channel transformed into a natural flowing and healthy river system.
Green Adelaide Chair Professor Chris Daniels said, the release of the final design is an enormous milestone with its completion marking 30-years of collaboration to enhance an important community asset.
“In the 1930s this section of the River Torrens, which connects the river and the sea, was designed as a drainage channel, so it’s exciting to see it opened up for wider community use and for our rare and endangered species,” Professor Daniels said.
“It’s a place for people to connect with nature, allowing them to learn more about the site’s biodiversity and get closer to the water through viewing decks and boardwalks."
The previous two stages of the project, stretch from east of Henley Beach Road down to Tapleys Hill Road and involved widening and deepening the channel, removing weeds, and planting 200,000 native species – with the area now a beautiful and popular recreation spot that is home to more native birds, threatened fish and other native animals.
You can expect to see, land and water revegetation, seating, picnic areas, access trails, Apex Park access upgrades, public art and a learning place about Kaurna culture.
Construction will begin in late spring this year.
The project is a $12 million partnership between Green Adelaide, the City of Charles Sturt, the City of West Torrens, the South Australian Attorney-General’s Department through the Planning and Development Fund, the Australian Government ($2million from the Environment Restoration Fund) and SA Water. The project is committed to working with the Traditional Owners of the Adelaide plains, the Kaurna people.