A much-anticipated $12 million environmental project at Breakout Creek in Adelaide’s western suburbs, which will boost wildlife habitat and create jobs, is set to go ahead with cross-government funding secured.
On Tuesday night, the West Torrens Council unanimously agreed to contribute $2 million to the Breakout Creek restoration project, joining Charles Sturt Council ($2 million), the Green Adelaide Board ($2 million) and the State ($4 million) and Federal ($2 million) governments in committing funding.
The project will see wetlands extended from Tapleys Hill Road to the Torrens Outlet at West Beach and will include fishways, pedestrian bridges and paths, land and water revegetation and lighting upgrades.
Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the Breakout Creek wetlands will improve water quality and wildlife habitat, ensure River Torrens flood management and increase public access to the area.
“The funding from West Torrens Council is the last piece of the puzzle which means this exciting environmental project can finally go ahead,” said Minister Speirs.
“This project will deliver significant environmental benefits in the western suburbs, increase access to the public, improve local flood management and create jobs during construction.
“The Marshall Liberal Government has committed $4 million and the newly formed Green Adelaide Landscape Board has committed $2 million to make this project a reality.
“We are continuing to support and deliver local community projects that make Adelaide a greener and more liveable city, so people can get outdoors and enjoy our beautiful open spaces.
“I thank both the West Torrens Council and Chares Sturt Council as well as the Morrison Coalition Government for putting money on the table to get works underway.”
Member for Colton Matt Cowdrey said the Breakout Creek restoration project would revitalise the area around the River Torrens in the western suburbs.
“Local residents have been calling on this project to be delivered for years and I am pleased we have finally secured the funding to make this happen,” said Mr Cowdrey.
“The Breakout Creek restoration project will boost environmental outcomes and provide a fantastic wetlands space for people in the western suburbs to get into and enjoy.
“Clean, green open spaces are a crucial part of any community and this project will provide a space locals can be proud of for generations to come.”
The Breakout Creek restoration project will be jointly funded by the State Government, the Federal Government, Green Adelaide, Charles Sturt Council and West Torrens Council.
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