Another 1174 ha added to South Australian parks

Date posted: 30 December 2017

Hon Ian Hunter MLC

Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation

A new conservation park has been created on Yorke Peninsula, and three existing parks in the Adelaide Hills and South East have been extended, adding a total of 1174 ha to the state’s parks network.

The new Thidna Conservation Park, between Corny Point and Daly Head on southern Yorke Peninsula, protects 857 ha of remnant native vegetation in a landscape that has been heavily cleared for agriculture.

Thidna is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘foot’ and comes from the park’s position at the foot of the peninsula. The park protects a range of habitats that are home to 146 species of plants and 59 species of fauna, including fairy terns and hooded plovers.

Sturt Gorge Recreation Park in the southern suburbs has nearly doubled in size with the addition of 190 ha of revegetated land at Craigburn Farm.

Black Hill Conservation Park, which adjoins Morialta, has had another 53 ha added to its north-west boundary, bringing the park to a total area of 758 ha.

In the South East, Butcher Gap Conservation Park, near Kingston, has grown by 74 ha with the addition of Crown land bordering the park to protect coastal habitats that supports a number of rare and threatened fauna species.

Background

The new additions make a total of 359 parks and reserves in South Australia, covering more than 21 million hectares, or 21.5% of the state’s total landmass.

For more information on the state’s protected areas, visit www.parks.sa.gov.au

Quotes attributable to Sustainability, Conservation and Environment Minister Ian Hunter

This land contains different habitats, species and landscape features, and it is very pleasing to be able to add it to the state’s parks network to ensure it is protected for generations to come.

The creation of Thidna Conservation Park is great news for Yorke Peninsula, which is already home to the much-loved Innes National Park.

The new addition at Black Hill has a grouping of fauna and flora species not seen anywhere else in the state, as well as including part of the Torrens Gorge, which is listed on South Australia’s Register of Geological Monuments.

The Craigburn Farm land that has become part of Sturt Gorge Recreation Park provides important habitat for significant bird species such as yellow-tailed black cockatoos and black-chinned honeyeaters, while Butcher Gap has suitable habitat for the critically-endangered orange-bellied parrot.

Since Labor took government in March 2002, we have proclaimed 77 new parks and extended 91 existing parks, totalling 250,200 hectares.

That’s an achievement that I think we can all be proud of.