Adelaide National Park City is a movement to improve Greater Adelaide’s liveability through a better connection between people and nature. It extends across the northern plains, eastern hills, southern vales and out into the marine environment.

Let’s all work together to create a cooler, greener and wilder Adelaide and beyond.

Let’s create a city that is rich with nature, and a place where people take action to be better connected with the environment and each other.

Marni ngadlu tampinthi ngadlu Kaurna yartanga inparrinthi
It is good that we all acknowledge we are living on Kaurna Country.

We are working together for better:
Thriving urban spaces for nature and people
Collective decision-making, learning and local action
Air, land, freshwater and marine habitats for plants and animals
Connections between people and nature, Kaurna Yarta (Country) and community
Health and wellbeing, diversity and inclusion
Climate resilience
Shared stories and celebrations

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Blythe
,
Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Build a global consensus of support for cities that are livable primarily because our shared, common, outdoor spaces - all of them, inclusive of streets - are uncompromisingly of the quality of national parks.
kylie
,
Allenby Gardens
Use the verge for food plants to share within the community and planting for wildlife
Anne
,
LEABROOK
Adelaide has fantastic opportunities to be a sustainable city, with increased trees and shrubs for more habitat and more shade to reduce temperature, pervious paving to allow water to reach tree roots and shallow aquifers, renewable energy options for households and transport. Expand the linear park to include the five creeks of the Torrens, increase cycle access, encourage shared transport, highlight the benefits of our unique location between the hills and the sea!
Dave
,
Kent Town
Emphasise the role for 'great' streets to be greened... and as anti global warming activists eg Rundle St Kent Town...for STREETS to be GREEN LINKS to National Parks...and encourage local councils and the community to participate as advocates for more green links.
Joanne
,
Plympton
City planning to help combat the extensive loss of habitats due to the disappearence of the suburban backyard to high density housing, small lots being completely taken up by large construction and councils penalising homeowners with high council rates for having large backyards. All build planning to also include an enviromental impact mitagation plan through including growing spaces for housing and flats as well as thought into creating accessible links for wildlife between larger wildlife corridors.

What if...

What if we restored nature wherever we can? What if everybody could lose themselves in nature without leaving the city? What if we shared more knowledge, ideas, tools and experiences to connect with nature? What if there was more space for reconciliation with Kaurna Miyurna (Kaurna People) and recognition that all living things are a part of Kaurna Yarta (Country)? What if more people grew their own food? What if there were more beautiful sights and sounds in the city? What if we thought more about those who will be living in the city seven generations from now? What if there was more celebration and spontaneity? What if we did more things to care for the people, places and nature we are interdependent with? What if we had more balance and harmony within ourselves, our city and our world? What if there was better communication and collaboration between all levels of government and community?

All signatures

Chloe
,
Enfield
It's a CBD surrounded by lush, green parklands, and the suburbs are full of parks and green spaces.
Mary
,
Nuriootpa

Its proven beyond a doubt that green spaces enhance our wellbeing, reduce heat in cities and bring us closer to nature. Instead of seeing green spaces as something to exploit we need to be looking at expanding green spaces - for the good of the planet, the people, the plants, insects, birds and animals. Put us more in touch with our environment rather than further detached. We are one planet!

Joanne
,
Camden Park
Adelaide is a beautiful city which has always recognised the benefits of parklands. Throughout the greater metropolitan area we have many beautiful natural reserves. The more we can protect, recognise and increase these reserves and parks the healthier and more sustainable our environment and people will be.
David
,
Willunga
Recent suburban 'gutter to gutter' housing now so common in Adelaide is incredibly unfriendly to nature, so there is much to be done to green new residential areas to prevent them being heat islands of dark roof homes and minimal vegetation.
Kay
,
Toowoomba
So it is does not look like ever other Capital City and people are drawn to it for its uniqueness
Jessica
,
Lower Mitcham
Any initiative to combat climate change through focusing on the natural environment should be our number one priority.
Bruce
,
Tea Tree Gully
We only have one earth and it is our responsibility as custodians of it, to care for it for future generations. It doesn't have to be grand gestures to succeed as every little bit, including making Adelaide into a National Park City, helps
Marc
,
Athelstone
It is such a green beautiful city.
Tayla
,
Mount Gambier
Growing up in rural SA I always looked forward to visiting Adelaide. We have seen how other Australian cities have grown over time and know that Adelaide has the potential to grow in a more conscious and green way.
Corina
,
Skye

Yes love the idea but that should also mean no more mining to our Adelaide Hills especially to Hills Face Zone. Legislation to private mines should reflect this. There is only 13% of native forest left in the Mount Lofty Ranges and we should be protecting what we have left.

Doris
,
Blackwood

To add to the culture and environment of our beautiful city, and to return parklands to more natural indigenous environment.

Cristel
,
Aldinga Beach
A greener, cooler, wider, more culturally connected and biodiverse city will benefit all of us, including nature & climate.
Ashleigh
,
Nornmanville
Continuing to move the mindset of our citizens towards total inclusiveness with nature and all its associated implications - including a complete sustainable and resilient future.
Daniel
,
Moana
To make Adelaide an even more liveable and enjoyable city
Katie
,
Rose Park
Reinforcing the existing Parkland setting which is unique to Adelaide & provides access to open space for a range of users, supports biodiversity & combats heat island effect.
Krishna
,
Salisbury east

Connecting to nature and most importantly having animals that add beauty to our surroundings and bring compassion and empathy within us to make our planet a better home.

James
,
Gawler South
Totally in keeping with Adelaide’s leadership in so many areas as a world class liveable city.
Jurgen
,
Unley
To protect the open spaces that were part of Light's vision. SA has always been progressive,time for the next level. Can you imagine the attraction for tourism!
Brian
,
Aldgate
To preserve the environment and culture which makes it such a wonderful place to live and work.
Anita
,
ADELAIDE
To allow native wildlife and flora to rehabilitate, to surround our amazing city with nature, to show respect for the land
Amelie
,
FIRLE
For all the amazing reasons listed above! Plus the immense benefits to mental health!
Michael
,
ST MORRIS

To preserve, expand, enhance and integrate the natural environment throughout Adelaide. To mitigate rising temperatures caused by CO2 emissions.

vivian
,
stirling
The early designers of Adelaide understood the importance of space and parklands for the health of the city and tried to ensure this space continued. Modern day city planners seemed only interested in profit and development and have worked behind the scenes to erode this. With our declining wildlife populations and decreasing air and temperature qualities this idea is vital to long term survival and quality of life of all.
Cate
,
Aldgate
To bring down the temperature of suburbs in summer . Less in-fill needed and less roads and car parks needed. Larger back yards not smaller as is happening now. Developers need to green suburbs not pave, concrete and bitumenise them.
Kelly
,
VISTA
All humans need a better connection with nature & this is an excellent opportunity to do so.
Julie
,
Meningie

It is now providing critical remnant habitat to fragmented ecosystems of the Adelaide coastal plain. It provides additional support to the Adelaide Hills which are also under incredible pressure from development and human impacts. Provides connectivity between the coast and the hills. Plus the mature trees that are already there and the remaining native veg dotted throughout the suburbs - this action will provide them with more protection and hopefully connectivity, through more planting, plus sorely needed management (weeds and pest animals).

Elena
,
Athelstone
Bio diversity and tackle climate change see
Courtney
,
Saddleworth
Adelaide is surrounded by beautiful national and conservation parks. Within a few kilometres of the CBD you can feel like you’re a million miles away from the city and yet when you turn around you are met with a view of the city and the sea.
Geoff
,
Henley Beach
The lifestyle in Adelaide is excellent but more access to nature, tree canopy, fauna and flora (particularly in the Western and Northern suburbs where these are in low supply) would enhance it further, make the city more sustainable and create a great legacy for future generations.
Linda
,
TUSMORE
Food....it may seem unexpected, but we are going to need to grow more of our own food into the future. Food is mentioned in the documents I have read. We need to have a good balance of land use for biodiversity, food growing and people connect with nature.
Barry
,
Gilberton
Because it's the best city in the world to live in, surrounded by parkland. 🥰
Stephanie
,
Fulham Gardens
Cities that have good walking, cycling trails and beautiful parks and an emphasis on nature are happy liveable cities.
Esther
,
Highgate
As the climate warms the only way to keep Adelaide liveable and protect our wildlife is to green our environment.
harper
,
prospect
y not
Helena
,
Rostrevor
Importance to feel connected to nature like our past ancestors.
Joseph
,
Elizabeth Grove

(1) It has existing established street trees, so it looks like a park when viewed from the hills face. Street trees need to be mandated in all new developments so as to maintain this.
(2) There are many tiny local parks, only a house block or two in size. These need to be also mandated to minimise the heat sink effect.
(3) Some of our watercourses are allowed to flow in park-like settings, helping the cause of 'National Park City'. Where these have been made into concrete drains or buried underground, the surrounding properties should slowly be acquired and converted to low-lying parks, in order to mitigate flooding associated with predicted climate extremes. This will increase our cause to be a National Park City.
(4) We have a mandated unbuilt area on residential land in new developments. However, this is often paved over and many developments are in danger of becoming extreme heat-sinks and unbearable to entertain guests outside in summer, as well as prone to flash flooding with no soil for rain to soak into. The regulations and guidelines should be changed to around 30% unpaved in addition to any shed bases and mandatory paved driveways and footpaths. This my also encourage residents to grow shade trees or their own fruit and vegetables, both giving positive benefits to the community.
(5) Many industrial sites have set aside green spaces and in some cases park-like settings, a feature of a National Park City. This should be a feature of all industrial developments if we want to be a National Park City, and encouragement given to existing sterile sites to create such spaces. Some of these sites have vast areas that can help lower the heat-sink effect and absorb unusual rainfall.

Mohit
,
Northgate
Adelaide is one of the most beautiful and liveable city in Australia. This would be a welcome step to make it to next level.
Adrian
,
Tusmore
Protecting our green spaces will help make this city even more liveable
Kathryn
,
Henley Beach
To help provide a liveable future for everyone and everything sharing this planet.
kylie
,
Allenby Gardens
Use the verge for food plants to share within the community and planting for wildlife
Alison
,
Mitcham
We need more trees and natural environments close to where we live. A city at one with our natural environment is brilliant on so many levels, including helping the mental health of its citizens, limiting impact of climate change and ensuring our focus is upon greening the city for our future and the future of our children.
Jim
,
Skye
For all of our grandchildren to enjoy :)
Abbey
,
Hallett Cove
Appreciate the importance of global warming. Making Adelaide a retreat from stresses
Josephine
,
Adelaide
We are a manageable sized city-state and therefore manage to innovate conserve and provide social amenity beyond our population. Our city was planned based on providing parks everywhere
Daryl
,
Smithfield plains
Adelaide should be a national Park because we have parks and gardens mostly on the outskirts of the city. Not enough greenery and extra special places to attract more tourism or encourage people to get out and explore the city more.
Joanna
,
Netley
To preserve and maintain this beautiful city for generations to come.
Lachlan
,
Highgate
Adelaide needs to become cooler, greener, wilder, and more climate resilient regardless of whether it’s recognised as an NPC. I hope that for the benefit of ecosystem health and social health, the betterment of nature and our connection with it will be aided by this recognition.
Jenny
,
Semaphore Park
So many of our native species are at danger of extinction. It is important that we provide habitat and space for native plants. Doing this in Adelaide will bring more native species to be able to live side by side with us humans. It will also lead to a wider awareness of the importance of natural environmnents for all species to thrive in, including humans.
Garry
,
Heathpool
Encourage more trees greenspace ,_- biodiversity
Peter
,
Mitcham
Connection to nature is a fundamental part of being human.Adelaide already has great nature - coasts, creeks, parklands, hills - on out doorstep. Let’s work to enhance and promote that.
Ethan
,
Aldgate
This will help to protect our existing parks, remnant vegetation and street trees, whilst improving climate resilience and urban heat.
Rodger
,
Kersbrook
As we live in a time where many parts of the eart is burning. There is a global pandemic. Climate change is stark reality. A lot of us have lost the connection with nature. The natural environment is a healing entity and while I have direct access to our native flora and fauna I beleive everyone should have easy access to the native environment.
Carole
,
Mitcham
We need to increase of green spaces and learn to live with nature instead of destroying it to build cities. Adelaide can set an example for cities all around the world.
Elias
,
Unley Park
Being an international, arriving here in Adelaide already leaves you amazed for how green it is! Trees and wildlife everywhere, it is the perfect example of how humans and wildlife, nature coexist.
Collette
,
Clearview
We have a 'ring of trees' around Adelaide which from the air, as you fly into the city is the centre park, with tendrils of tree lined streets extending into the suburbs. It is beautiful. And unlike any other city, Sydney, Barcelona, Madrid, Melbourne, Lisbon, Casablanca, Brisbane, is truly green, and cool. Even on a stinking hot day, the 'feel of green' is cooling.
Miguel
,
Marden
People all ages can enjoy a friendly green city and keep healthy with pure air
Corinne
,
Kensington Gardens SA
Turning Adelaide into a National Park City will create a city with increased biodiversity, better air quality and (hopefully) less affected by climate change, which in turn will create better lifestyle and health outcomes for the people who live here. It is a win win for all.
Carmel
,
Adelaide

We need green biodiverse neighbourhoods and communities - for our communities and future generations.

Shawna
,
Norwood
More green living things in the city will keep me cool on my bike ride into work! Win.
Daniel
,
Newton
More scenery ,
David
,
YANKALILLA
To help stem the rate of species extinction in southern Australia. To accelerate the growth of the ecotourism sector so that policy makers at all levels of governance- especially local government areas ie regional councils-come to accept that property development capital is not the holy grail that it has become, and which has had little accountability for the huge damage to the environment it has caused.
Magdalena
,
Torquay
Strengthening connection in between humans and nature has a vast influence on the quality of our lives in innumerable ways.
Carroll
,
Highbury
Because it would be great for the entire community's physical and mental health.
Sidharth
,
Oaklands Park
I love Adelaide. I fall in love with the city from the day i came here. It has already got some beautiful nature spaces and i like to see more of it.
Chris
,
Adelaide
Housing
Cherie
,
5038
Why not! Our lay out is already in place. This is so do-able and a step in the right direction for our future.
Ryan
,
Eastwood
We have a lot going for us in Adelaide--we've got great parklands, close proximity to hills and sea, great linear parks. However we also know that we face significant challenges from climate change in the coming years. Now is an important time for us to get on top of these challenges. Adelaide National Park City is an important vehicle for us to work together to build a cooler, greener, wilder city.
Kim
,
5095
it would beneficial for our health (air quality and green space = active) and tourism.
Bernadette
,
Henley Beach South
Adelaide is already a beautiful city, but we can do so much better, particularly in relation to creating a healthier, greener city. I am all for Adelaide becoming a National Park City.
Skye
,
Daw Park
Would love to see people learning from an early age where their food comes from and engaging in the process of growing produce and then making food with it. Learning to engage with land and form an appreciation for it to help protect our environment and have a more sustainable future.
Cay
,
Modbury Heights
Because we already have such a wonderful environment topographically that needs to be maintained and cared for as well as promoting more spaces for wildlife to flourish closer to people promoting a widespread connection with nature.
Sharon
,
Campbelltown

Because we have stunning natural resources that should be protected for future generations.

Rod
,
Mt Barker

We already have our parklands, let's continue to green the city inside the parklands!

Justyna
,
Oakden
Because it is the right thing to do for us and all future generations.
Gert
,
Modbury North
Let’s be a leader , not a follower
Leanne
,
Kilburn
To be officially recognised as a National Park City will hopefully encourage more people to recognise the benefits of a sustainable, accessible environment.
Mark
,
Stirling
Because living more sustainably and with more connection to nature is essential to foster the community resilience, knowledge and adaption required to face climate change and other environmental challenges.
Patricia
,
Seacombe Gardens
We were the first city in the world to allow the working people to use parks instead of just the gentry. Sadly our parks are now being gobbled up/sold off by various governments. It has to stop.
Shayne
,
Magill

With temperatures in Adelaide expected to climb up to 50 degrees in the summer,  laws to protect Adelaide's existing carbon sink (specifically the Adelaide Hills ecosystem) is necessary. Draconian laws giving mining companies license to fell our great gums (our lungs), carve up our hills (our rain maker) and use our precious water for free (our evaporative cooler) do not match this goal of becoming a National Park City.

Daniella
,
Cumberland Park
Interactive native spaces, urban food spaces, urban farms or community gardens
Silvia
,
Windsor Gardens
Adelaide is a garden city. Easy to drive or walk through. Surrounded by North East South and West Terrace. It’s an exciting and vibrant city to live in. Love it.
Julia
,
Coromandel Valley
So my kids have a chance at a green future!
Amanda
,
Largs Bay
Adelaide is a wonderful city and is poised to grow. By becoming a National Park City I believe Adelaide can grow in a way that promotes a sustainable future where humans and the environment live a more healthy, balanced life.
Voula
,
Pasadena
To preserve and restore the green spaces in and throughout our region for the health of our water, air, soils, plants, animals and people. They have great value.
Anna
,
Clarence Park

Adelaide has a lot of biodiversity and unless we take actions to look after this we will lose it.

Lisa
,
Ovingham
This will benefit both mental and physical health of people living in Adelaide. Creating a National Park City will contribute towards a new culture that values our environment and is connected with the natural world and each other.
Mel
,
Normanville

Adelaide should become a National Park City because getting people back to nature is so important. Many people who live in cities don’t get the opportunity to interact with the environment so Adelaide residents living in a National Park City would learn  through advertisements and education opportunities how to have fun with nature. Adelaide is a very green city and deserves to become a National Park City.

Elizabeth
,
Lyndoch
Adelaide already had the basic groundwork with its many parks and open spaces, its compact and open to new interestng ideas.
Melanie
,
Glen Osmond
Adelaide should become a National Park City to show how much we value our natural spaces and the creatures that live in them and to make sure we restore and protect our precious environment for future generations.
Jacob
,
Dernancourt
Reduce urban heat island effect, support biodiversity, improve access to nature and increase resilience to climate change
Tim
,
Victor Harbor
Imagine your favourite Australian national park for a second, now another you've visited, and another. National parks show how Australia's first nations sustained this land - magnificently. Live & work in a national park? Lets do it!
Darren
,
Highgate
Too much of our environment has been lost and continues to be removed for development nothing will be left for future generations at the rate we are heading. The Adelaide National Park has the great potential to turn this around and to show how we can live in harmony with our environment. This is why I support this initiative.
thuy
,
woodville gardens
green is the future we all need to “cool” down the planet. we all have a responsibility and need to do more make our environment as planet friendly as possible
Peter
,
Seacombe Gardens
Work to restore and reinstate indigenous native vegetation within our city parklands and other urban and peri-urban green space.
Helen
,
Torrens Park
A better relationship will nature will benefit us all.
Elizabeth
,
Rostrevor
To heighten awareness about just how threatened our local native species are and encourage every garden to have some habitat for local wildlife, in particular the reintroduction of some of our native flora species.
Trish
,
Flagstaff Hill
As it is Adelaide is a green city. We need to enhance this image further, for a healthier, wilder place. Cities do not need to be concrete jungles.
Blair
,
West Lakes
To see people connecting with nature, spending time outdoors, and valuing the natural beauty of Adelaide
Matthew
,
Athelstone
Adelaide is already a City in a Park, and gaining national park status would mean we would be a “City in a Park in a National Park”, a genuinely unique and beautiful place to live, work and visit. It would create a vision and mission for how our commercial and urban development must sustain an integrated ecology that is a foundation for human wellbeing. Along with our green energy credentials and clean oceans, we could become a globally recognised icon.
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