Urban Creek Rehabilitation Project outdoor ed

20 May 24

Urban Creek Rehabilitation Project

Last week some of our Outdoor Education students met with Amanda Rishworth MP and local Mayor Moira Were to celebrate the announcement of a $5 million project to rehabilitate and ecologically restore 5.3 kilometres of creeks in Southern Adelaide.

Funded by the Federal Government through its Urban Rivers and Catchments Program, the 5-year City of Onkaparinga project aims to restore the health of several creeks and tributaries running through Happy Valley, O’Halloran Hill, Reynella East, Old Reynella and Woodcroft to benefit native plants, animals and local communities. This includes those that run adjacent to Reynella East College and the Byards Wetlands.

The Urban Creek Resilience and Recovery Project will focus on Panalatinga Creek, Serpentine Creek and some of their tributaries, addressing common challenges posed by urban development including pollution, erosion, silt deposits, localised flooding, loss of native vegetation and exotic weeds.

Technical experts, Traditional Owners and the community will be invited to join forces with Council to plan and design nature-inspired solutions for the creeks, which are popular with the local community and provide a refuge for native wildlife.
Our students could also benefit educationally, with potential opportunities to be part of the planning and implementation of the project.