The entire Breakout Creek redevelopment stretches from Tapleys Hill Road in Lockleys to the Torrens Outlet in West Beach, a total of 2.7 kilometres of river.
Stage 3 will create wetlands to capture and clean stormwater and manage high flows, remove weeds, plant native vegetation to slow and treat water coming down the river and open the currently fenced-off space for people to enjoy with trails, picnic areas, signage and art. It also involves working with the traditional owners of the land, the Kaurna people, to acknowledge the significance of the area, as well as create healthy habitat for fish and bird species, and improve the water quality of the Torrens.
A message from the Kaurna Nation: Karrawirra Pari is a point of shared connection. With your participation and continuous support we can rejuvenate the spirit of the river and build a sense of cultural connection to this landscape for us all to enjoy.
River Torrens Linear Park Trail closure - 2 May 2022
The southern side of the trail between Seaview and Tapleys Hill Road is temporarily closed, to enable work to take place on the redevelopment. Please refer to the signage on site for the detours in place. It is expected that the path will reopen around mid-August.
The northern side will remain open during this time and is currently shared between pedestrians, cyclists and horses from the local riding club, so please be careful when using the path.
Breakout Creek horses relocated - 4 April 2022
The horses have been temporarily relocated until their new permanent areas have been established. We are working closely with the Lockleys Riding Club to ensure the welfare of the horses while they adjust to their new environment. Please assist us by keeping your dog on a lead and outside of the horse area, and ensure children are supervised at all times.
The community was involved in developing 9 key design principles that were used to develop the concept plan and draft designs.
After extensive community feedback and engagement with local residents and stakeholders, the final designs (see below) were released in June 2021.
The design also takes into account the redevelopment of Apex Park (including a new arena for the Lockley Riding Club). The emphasis is on habitat creation and supporting continuity from Breakout Creek stages 1 and 2.
The River Torrens used to flow through sprawling reed beds towards the Port River in the north and the Patawalonga Creek in the south. When the western suburbs of Adelaide were being built, Breakout Creek was dug out as a channel in the 1930s to stop flooding in the area.
Stage 1 of the redevelopment saw a 500m section of Breakout Creek east of Henley Beach Road in the suburbs of Fulham and Lockleys, developed from an artificial channel to a more natural one in 1999.
Stage 2 of the redevelopment saw about 700m between Henley Beach and Tapleys Hill roads continued to be opened up for community use with access to blue and green spaces with high biodiversity value in the urban landscape. It was completed in 2010 and included widening and deepening the channel, removing weeds and planting more than 200,000 native seedlings.
The third and final stage of redevelopment will:
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.
The vision for a landmark environmental project along the River Torrens is now clearer with the release of artist’s impressions for the final stage of the Breakout Creek redevelopment.