Plans, Policies & Progress
Adelaide Park Lands Management Strategy – 2015-2025
The Adelaide Park Lands Management Strategy has been developed by the Adelaide Park Lands Authority, a statutory body established by the Adelaide Park Lands Act 2005. It has been endorsed by City of Adelaide and now the Minister and the State Government will be asked to endorse the document too.
It has been adopted by the City of Adelaide and the State Government.
Supported by extensive community engagement through “Shape the Park Lands”, the Strategy provides a vision for the Park Lands which recognises their iconic status.
Inspiring growing numbers of residents, workers and visitors, the Park Lands will continue to provide a myriad of recreational and sporting opportunities and events for everyone to enjoy.
The Park Lands will enhance the community’s physical and mental well-being and cement Adelaide’s place as one of the planet’s most liveable cities.
What is the Park Lands Community Land Management Plan?
The Park Lands Community Land Management Plans have been recently reviewed to ensure consistency with the Adelaide Park Lands Management Strategy: Towards 2020. This review has made the plans easier to use, with all key information in the Management Directions of each Chapter. You will see that the Park Lands have been divided into a series of chapters which deal with individual parks or Squares or groups of Parks or Squares, as required. The list of Chapters is provided below, as well as a map which shows the names of the Parks and Squares which comprise the Park Lands.
» Chapter 1 Framework
» Chapter 2 - Carriageway Park / Tuthangga, Peppermint Park / Wita Wirra & Pelzer Park / Pityarilla
» Chapter 3 - Blue Gum Park / Kurangga
» Chapter 4 - Veale Park / Walyu Yarta
» Chapter 5 - Golden Wattle Park / Mirnu Wirra, Josie Agius Park / Wikaparntu Wirra & G S Kingston Park / Wirrarninthi
» Chapter 6 - Ellis Park / Tampawardli & Gladys Elphick Park / Narnungga
» Chapter 7 - Bonython Park / Tulya Wardli
» Chapter 8 - Possum Park / Pirltawardli
» Chapter 9 - Denise Norton Park / Pardipardinyilla, Reservoir Park / Kangatilla & Bragg Park / Ngampa Yarta
» Chapter 10 - Lefevre Park / Nantu Wama, The Olive Groves / Kuntingga & The Olive Groves / Parngutilla
» Chapter 11 - Bundey’s Paddock / Tidlangga, Bullrush Park / Warnpangga, Mistletoe Park / Tainmuntilla
» Chapter 12 - Palmer Gardens / Pangki Pangki and Red Gum Park / Karrawirra
» Chapter 14 - Rundle Park / Kadlitpina, King Rodney Park / Ityamai-itpina
» Chapter 15 - Victoria Park / Pakapakanthi
» Chapter 16 - Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga
» Chapter 17 - Wellington Square / Kudnartu, Light Square / Wauwi, Hurtle Square / Tangkaira and Hindmarsh Square / Mukata
Amendment to the CLMP relating to Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga and the CLMP related to Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga
On 12 September 2017 Council endorsed an amendment to each of these Chapters of the Park Lands Community Land Management Plan (CLMP).
The amendments which have been made are as follows:
- An additional Management Direction 1.3.27 at page 5 of the CLMP relating to Victoria Park / Pakapakanthi as follows:
- “Enable events in the Park consistent with the site criteria in the Adelaide Park Lands Events Management Plan, as endorsed by Council, and the Park’s role as a formal and informal sports and recreation hub, well- suited to major sporting events utilising the infrastructure in place, discouraging major multi-stage music festivals and non-sporting events other than major leaseholders.”
- The insertion of the following wording in the CLMP related to Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga:
- “Enable events in the Park consistent with the site criteria in the Adelaide Park Lands Events Management Plan, as endorsed by Council, and the Park’s role as the civic heart of the City, being inclusive and welcoming to all, providing innovative facilities for events and activities to celebrate Adelaide’s cultural diversity and vibrant arts sector”
- To replace the existing Management Direction in the CLMP which states as follows:
- “support a variety of events and activities to continually renew people’s interest in and attraction to the Square and incorporate a variety of areas to appeal to a wide range of people and their needs”.
Refer to the Council Report which explains why the amendment was made.
Council was acting on legal advice that whilst the CLMPs for Victoria Park / Pakapakanthi and Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga refer to events, these CLMPs do not provide sufficient authorisation for events to occur in these Park Lands without additional consultation.
This resulted in an operational challenge as the current Adelaide Park Lands Events Management Plan (APLEMP) allows for a wide range of events in Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga and Victoria Park / Pakapakanthi.
Council endorsed amendments to these Chapters of the CLMP to reflect the preferred use of the sites and to simplify formal consultation requirements.
The recently endorsed multi-year event licences which proposed major events in Victoria Park / Pakapakanthi and Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga were subject to a process of public consultation, as per the Local Government Act 1999 due to the current status of the Victoria Park / Pakapakanthi and Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga CLMPs not allowing for major events in these Park Lands without first being subject to public consultation.
Consultation on the CLMP amendments are not required under s.198 of the Local Government Act 1999 as the amendments are not considered to have a significant impact on the interests of the community as events already occur there and previous comprehensive consultations on the future of events in these Parks through the APLEMP did not reveal any significant concerns.
These amendments to the CLMPs mean that major events held in those Park Lands may not be subject to a period of public consultation and Council endorsement purely on the basis of the location. Public consultation may still be required in certain circumstances under the APLEMP, Local Government Act 1999 and Council’s Public Consultation Policy.
Any event that occurs within Victoria Park / Pakapakanthi and Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga must adhere to the revised CLMPs for both of these Park Lands, which is managed by Council staff.
Integrated Biodiversity Management Plan
The Integrated Biodiversity Management Plan 2018 - 2023 outlines how we are going to manage and improve biodiversity over the next five years.
Adelaide Park Lands Events Management Plan
The Adelaide Park Lands Events Management Plan provides the management framework for Council and the community to adhere to in holding events in the Park Lands. It aims to strike a balance between growing events in the Park Lands, caring for the Park Lands and acknowledging the needs of local residents, businesses and the local community.
Shape the Park Lands: Summary of Public Engagement
We are pleased to release the 'Shape the Park Lands: Summary of Public Consultation' document.
This engagement report highlights the key management themes that emerged from the thousands of ideas and community input that we received throughout the campaign. It also provides a summary of the engagement activities that made up the 'Shape the Park Lands' campaign.
Project Highlights - The top 10!
The diversity of the Park Lands and its places and spaces, has been strengthened and enhanced through the major projects delivered in the Park Lands over the past five years. New and redeveloped major events spaces, playspaces, shared-use paths, a dog park, the return of previously alienated areas to Park Lands, and revegetation and water management initiatives together provide a diversity of attractions and options for Park Lands users whilst improving and celebrating the natural environment.
Although the top 10 projects are Big and Bold, the many smaller projects which have been delivered throughout the Park Lands over the past five years also enhance the attractions and attractiveness of this important open space. These projects showcase the diversity of smaller places and spaces created or enhanced in recent times.
The 2014 Visitor Research Study
In response to a request from Adelaide Park Lands Authority in mid 2012, research was undertaken to determine the annual number of visits to the Park Lands for the 2012/13 financial year.
The research covers all Park Lands uses, including organised sport and school use, events, informal recreation and other Park Lands destinations. The findings of this research increase understanding of the Park Lands, and their nature and diversity of their use.
This information will be used to inform ongoing Park Lands planning and management, particularly the review of the Adelaide Park Lands Management strategy, which commenced in July 2014.
Cultural Landscape Study
City of Adelaide has developed a Cultural Landscape Assessment for the Parks and Squares that make up the Adelaide Park Lands.
FInd out more information here.