The State Government and the University of Adelaide have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will bring Glenthorne National Park a step closer to reality.
The MOU is a major step forward in the transfer of Glenthorne Farm to State Government ownership and the development of a long term partnership between the State Government and the University.
Once established, it’s proposed that Glenthorne National Park will become a thriving environmental and recreational precinct in the southern suburbs.
The University of Adelaide will continue to be involved as a partner, delivering environmental outcomes for the site by carrying out ecological research and restoration.
Glenthorne Farm will be combined with O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park, Hallett Cove and Marino conservation parks, Happy Valley Reservoir and the Field River Valley to create a 1500-hectare national park.
It is envisioned that the park might include picnic areas, camp grounds, walking and cycling trails, and 200 hectares of native revegetation creating an urban forest that will be enjoyed for generations to come.
It will also be the base for a new southern Adelaide ranger service.
Surrounding communities will be given an opportunity to shape and manage the new park.
The project is a key election commitment for the new State Government.