Glenthorne Farm transfers to State for new national park

Minister Speirs and Professor Rathjen at Glenthorne Farm

From left: Minister David Speirs with Professor Peter Rathjen, displaying the sum of $1.10 paid to the University by the State Government for the transfer of Glenthorne Farm. The land deal is expected to see the University negotiate a stronger presence at the new Lot Fourteen innovation precinct.

Glenthorne National Park has taken a major step closer to becoming a reality, with the official transfer of land from the University of Adelaide to the State Government now signed.

Glenthorne Farm at O’Halloran Hill, south of Adelaide, has been owned by the University of Adelaide since 2001. The land has been transferred to the State’s Minister for Environment and Water to allow the creation of Adelaide’s second major metropolitan national park.

The land transfer forms part of a memorandum of understanding between the State Government and the University of Adelaide that commits the two parties to negotiating a potentially significant presence for the University at the new innovation precinct, Lot Fourteen.

A draft master plan for the future of Glenthorne National Park has also been unveiled to allow the community to provide feedback. The draft master plan identifies the vision and guiding principles for the creation of Glenthorne National Park to deliver environmental and community benefits.

University of Adelaide Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Rathjen said he welcomed the transfer of Glenthorne to the State Government.

“This is an exciting time and will be of great benefit to the community,” said Professor Rathjen.

“We look forward to opportunities to work with the Government in continuing to apply our expertise in revegetation and land management to this site, to further enhance its ongoing value to the local environment and community.

“We also look forward to continuing to work with the government on the realisation of its vision for Lot Fourteen.

“We believe Lot Fourteen presents an exciting opportunity to create an ecosystem where government, universities and industry can work together to drive new technologies and advances in a range of areas of great importance for our state, including defence and associated technology development,” Professor Rathjen said.

“This is an exciting time and will be of great benefit to the community.”Professor Peter Rathjen, Vice-Chancellor

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the transfer of land and unveiling of the draft master plan were both significant milestones for the creation of Glenthorne National Park.

“To finalise a deal for the transfer of land, which sees us take ownership of Glenthorne Farm, allows us to get on with delivering this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to preserve and revitalise a significant portion of open space and turn it into a thriving environmental and recreational precinct,” Minister Speirs said.

“In a win-win for South Australians, the potential presence of the University of Adelaide at Lot Fourteen would add value to the precinct through knowledge and research collaboration and industry engagement.”

The draft master plan identifies the need to retain the distinct natural character and functions of each park which make up the precinct, while enhancing the connections between them, using existing and new infrastructure and creating an accessible and inclusive network of open space.

Minister Speirs said the Glenthorne property is envisioned as the ‘hub’ of the new national park.

“The newly opened park ranger station on the Glenthorne property will act as a base while the property is being developed for park rangers to take care of the entire precinct and provide visitor support,” said Minister Speirs.

“The draft master plan includes recommendations about expanding transport options and facilitating traffic access for more people to visit and enjoy the area.

“It also includes establishing shared-used trails for walking and cycling, as well as building a visitor centre, incorporating cultural and heritage areas and creating a nature play space for children.”

“In a win-win for South Australians, the potential presence of the University of Adelaide at Lot Fourteen would add value to the precinct”Minister David Speirs

The creation of Glenthorne National Park is across several important parcels of land – totalling more than 1500 hectares – and includes the Glenthorne property, O’Halloran Hill Recreation Park, Marino Conservation Park, Hallett Cove Conservation Park, Happy Valley Reservoir, and areas of the Field River Valley.

The draft master plan is available to view at the Glenthorne website. It is expected that the master plan will be finalised by the second half of November.

Originally published on the State Government’s website as: Glenthorne National Park vision becomes clearer.

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