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Media Release
The Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP
Federal Member for Murray
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister
for the Environment and Heritage

13 April 1999

FACELIFT FOR RIVER TORRENS LINEAR PARK


With help from the Federal Government's Natural Heritage Trust, Adelaide's green heart is undergoing facelift with 2,000 native trees, plants, flowers and grasses being planted on the banks of the River Torrens Linear Park, Sharman Stone MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment and Heritage, said today.

In Adelaide to inspect the work being done on-site, Mrs Stone praised the efforts of the Adelaide Plains Flora Association for getting the community-based revegetation project up and running.

"The native vegetation being planted will restore vital habitats and help bring Adelaide's native animals, reptiles, frogs, fish and butterflies back into this green haven in the centre of the City," Sharman Stone said.

"By eliminating weeds and other exotic species from areas of the park close to the River, the need to spray chemicals and fertilisers will be significantly reduced. As a result, water quality in the River Torrens should improve."

The association aims to plant 42 different types of native species including River Red Gums, Golden Wattle, Bursaria, Wallaby Grass and Native Violets.

The project will also generate community interest by establishing signage, conducting open days and school tours, and involving local schools in tree planting activities.

The Park is a popular recreational and tourist area incorporating a series of walking tracks and bridges, near St Peter's Cathedral. Linear Park was selected for revegetation because of the wide variety of eco-systems it supports, including grassy woodlands, shrublands, sedgelands and aquatic plants.

Mrs Stone said the Commonwealth was providing funding over the life of the program through the Natural Heritage Trust. To date the Commonwealth has provided $5,100 towards the cost of the project.

The Linear Park project is part of the South Australian Urban Forest Biodiversity Program, an integrated, citywide Bushcare program.

The Program is being funded through the Federal Government's $1.25 billion Natural Heritage Trust in partnership with the South Australian State Government, volunteer community groups, commercial sponsors, local councils, the Aboriginal community and peak conservation groups.

Over the life of the Program an estimated $4.5 million dollars will be ploughed into strategically coordinated conservation and revegetation projects around the City.

"Bushcare projects like the revegetation of Linear Park are helping to restore and protect our precious native plants and animals for future generations," Mrs Stone said.

For further information please contact:
Nicole Johnston, Assistant Adviser, 02 6277 2016 or 0419 219 415

Commonwealth of Australia