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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navtej
,
adelaide
Promote horticulture training and career options to youth
Elizabeth
,
Urrbrae
Lift the status of environmental education in our schools. Encourage greater indigenous plantings acoss Adelaide, in backyards and other small spaces such as schools, shopping and community centres and other meeting places (as well as larger parks and gardens). Raise awareness about the health benefits of connecting with our environment and work towards including salubrious objectives as essential criteria of all government infrastructure projects and other large building projects. Encourage greater uptake of vertical and roof top gardens in higher density living areas.
Maria Tatiana
,
ADELAIDE
More training and easy to follow steps for people to apply at their own homes (I've tried to raise a vertical garden but the information on googles is vast and sometimes is hard to identify good tips to apply in Adelaide's weather straight away without loosing hope in the process when you see your baby plants died).
Rajendra
,
Athelstone
Make our walking precinct more beautiful and greener. Plant fruit and ornamental trees. Expand the city horizontally with more parkland, rain-water reservoirs.
Miguel
,
Marden
People all ages can enjoy a friendly green city and keep healthy with pure air

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

Heather
,
Victor Harbor

More parks the better!

April
,
Torrensville
We have beautiful historical parks which 1. Deserve to be maintained and preserved and b. All of our trees mitigate climate change.
Philip
,
Glengowrie
To improve our quality of life and support nature
Teresa
,
Adelaide
Adelaide is already a beautiful city and this would help protect our native wildlife and plants and make the environment better for all.
Cristel
,
Aldinga Beach
A greener, cooler, wider, more culturally connected and biodiverse city will benefit all of us, including nature & climate.
Ian
,
Kent Town
The parklands that surround the city of Adelaide are unique. They are held in trust for the people of Adelaide and must be protected to ensure that no more development occurs on these precious parklands.
Nastasja
,
Prospect
Because we have such beautiful greenery already and it needs to be conserved and improved for the future!!!
Tom
,
Hyde Park
Making Adelaide a National Park City reframes the way nature has been formally prioritised as part of our urban space but it also serves as a call to celebrate and value the more unexpected or overlooked moments and spaces where we encounter nature in the city.
Jo
,
Brighton
Natural environments improve physical and emotional well-being. This is such a valuable benefit for locals and visitors of Adelaide
Lyndall
,
Glenelg
Adelaide should become a National Park City, as we’ve got lots of beautiful parklands that are slowly being destroyed and need protection.
David
,
Adelaide
Green space is good on so many levels. Adelaide already has a good coverage of trees but can always be expanded. This will help with livability, biodiversity, a carbon sink, creating a cooling effect and will make Adelaide even more attractive to visitors. It will also confirm Adelaide as a walking and bicycle friendly city destination. I fully support Adelaide becoming a National Park City.
Sinead
,
South Plympton
Improve lives, health and wellbeing
Gary
,
Oaklands Park
Adelaide should hault the destruction and removal of urban trees by the SA Transport Dept and development change increasing urban infill. Some of the trees have survived for hundreds of years and supported wildlife begging to remain in their indigenous habitat. Reference to this; https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C5&q=Green+cities+and+community+health&btnG=
Laurence
,
Adelaide
To diminish pollution and encourage a healthier life style, and to encourage tourism
JANIS
,
TROTT PARK
I think Adelaide is a truly beautiful city and I am proud to call myself a South Australian. We have all the amenities here for doing this. We are a very proud people here in South Australia.
Peta
,
Onkaparinga Hills
Mental health benefits of green space, natural cooling,carbon capture, water holding capacity of soil, boosting bird numbers in built environments.
David
,
Unley
I walk in the parklands every day - a green oasis on the edge of the cbd that is unique in a large city
Katrina
,
Parkside
Our natural green urban spaces are precious and need to be protected.
Jennifer
,
Collinswood
Adelaide has fantastic parklands that are accessible to all residents. It also has the conservation parks and national parks in the hills that are excellent for bushwalking
Loui
,
Glenelg
To celebrate its existing wonderful parklands
Peter
,
North Adelaide
Thé Adelaide Parklands surrounding the inner city are a key feature of the original 1836 Colonel Light city design. They have been developed and protected over time to create a priceless environment for recreation and green space. Naming Adelaide as a National Park City will strengthen the profile of the Parklands underwriting the ongoing effort to protect them from encroachment of development and highlighting the value and beauty of green space.
Vicki
,
Broadview
It encourages people to Walk instead of using road transport and pollute the air. It allows people to appreciate the green areas and it’s inhabitants. It helps people learn the mental health benefits of walking in this environment and the need to care for it as it cares for us
Karen
,
Brighton
The well being of inhabitants of a city is improved both environmentally, health wise (both physical and mental health), provides mitigating influences related to climate change i.e. Urban Heat, supports plants and animals and biodiversity, and is beautiful and enjoyable, What's not to like!
Rosanna
,
Huntfield Heights
Good for the environment, good for mental health.
Shandy
,
Enfield
The CBD is surrounded by parklands and Adelaide is filled with beautiful parks and reserves but I would love to see all spaces being used more cleverly to green our city; verges, median strips, buildings, walls etc. Let’s vegetate the city from the hills to the sea. The benefits for the environment, mental and physical health and economy are numerous.
Vanessa
,
Seaview Downs
Cleaner with more green space, to encourage more native wildlife.
Giles
,
Adelaide
Fresh air surrounding our beautiful city will only become more and more important!
Laura
,
Birkenhead
"Cities don’t have to be concrete jungles, full of cold high rises and brick boxes sprawled out across the land. We can think about cities differently. More green spaces, and alternative spaces like green walls and green roofs. Cities buzzing with nature from birds, bees and butterflies, to turtles and fish, and our iconic Australian animals. They have their habitat to live in, and we feel good and enjoy our nature connected lifestyle. Now is the time to create a city where people live with nature, not against it. Let's make Adelaide a National Park City"
Grant
,
West Lakes

Adelaide is mst beautiful little place, a great mix of nature, wildlife and suburbia and it's important to keep it that way and not only that, make it even better and EVEN GREENER!!!

Christy
,
Everard Park
To encourage further investment and collective action in growing an Adelaide that is more edible, green, healthy, wild and connected for the benefit of everyone and everything.
Robbie
,
Christie Downs
Greener, happier, cooler city
Laurel
,
Slacks Creek
Because it is a beautiful city offering exceptional parklands
Michael
,
Grange
To build on it reputation as a liveable green city and protect and improve the parklands
navtej
,
adelaide
Promote horticulture training and career options to youth
Debbie
,
Hackham West
Our remarkable local species are under threat. The more habitat we can create the better. Doing this within the city not only fosters people’s connection to the natural world but also contributes to creating wildlife corridors through the city.
Sharon
,
Campbelltown

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

Karryn
,
Queenstown

People from other places are often amazed by the wildlife we have in our urban environment (eg koalas in the backyard!), but we need to protect this and encourage even more. Keeping our city cooler and cleaner and even more beautiful can't hurt either!

Blair
,
West Lakes
To see people connecting with nature, spending time outdoors, and valuing the natural beauty of Adelaide
Tom
,
Glenalta
Cities around the world are now seeing trees as a critical part of urban infrastructure. Currently, Adelaide has some of the lowest level of tree canopy coverage of any major city in Australia. We can and must do better.
Robyn
,
Happy Valley
It’s so important to connect people with nature and preserve our natural environment for future generations as well as being a huge benefit to South Australia
Sami
,
Linden Park

Great sustainability and environmental initiative by the government for our current and future generations.

Sally
,
Lockleys
We all have a connection to nature and our surroundings. By becoming a National Park City we can further enhance our connection to our natural surroundings and protect it for future generations and acknowledge the traditional owners
Ryan
,
Summertown
We love nature in Adelaide, but it often gets edged out by other interests. We need to remember and celebrate the importance that it holds in our lives and livelihoods, both in the short term and the long term.
Emily
,
Millswood
It will encourage people to get outdoors and be active
Monica
,
Cheltenham
Adelaide is ideally suited for the proposed National Park City appointment as its design by Colonel Light was for a city surrounded by parklands. This has remained a distinguishing feature for our great city and has been enhanced by many tree lined streets across the suburbs and its location nestled between the hills and the sea. This is the sort of thing to aspire to rather than more concrete glass and steel environments which merely shows a sameness with countless other cities. Let us breathe life into this fabulous place and relish the return of shade, beauty and wild life for everyone to enjoy including visitors from other less fortunate places. We should absolutely do this.
Nynke
,
Aberfoyle Park
I think every city should be a National Park City!! It is important to create more resilience to climate change and make people more aware of the importance of nature. South Australia has an amazing flora and fauna and it is very important to protect is best we can. It will not only benefit the wildlife and plants but it will be good for people as well. We all need more nature!
Kathy
,
Ovingham
Important for future sustainability.
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.
Rebecca
,
Adelaide
Opportunities for educators and students to immerse themselves in nature
Angus
,
Goodwood
Adelaide is a unique 'parklands city' by design, with plentiful green spaces enclosing the CBD and River Torrens and extending through the suburbs and hills. Its revegetation and re-wilding projects go from strength to strength and can only be bolstered by the city's candidature as the next National Park City. Bring the platypus back to the Torrens!
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.

Kate
,
Fulham Gdns, South Australia
We desperately need to revegetate the planet. Also for really important mental health.
Simon
,
hyde park
More greener the better.
Erin
,
Port Noarlunga
It’s would be great for us, great for tourism, and a contribution towards rewilding the world.
Ian
,
Adelaide

Making any city greener just makes sense and might help save the planet for future generations.

Gemma
,
Glenelg South

To protect us from the heat waves.

Marian
,
Seaview Downs
There is a great need to have wildlife places. It enriches people's physical and mental health. It encourages natural habitat for our unique wildlife as well as cooling down our climate. I praise God every day that I live in Adelaide. We need to save and improve what we have.
Annette
,
Norwood
Adelaide’s unique Light’s Vision parklands are a great foundation from which to move forward as a National Park City
Emma
,
Linden Park
Because we can and should 🙂 we have such a beautiful green city already... let's go the next step 🌳🌿🌱
Sarah
,
Glenside
I would love to see Adelaide preserve, improve and utilise our green space to its fullest potential. This will help improve lifestyle and longevity.
Annemarie
,
Aberfoyle Park
Adelaide needs to quickly develop its green cover to ensure we’re still a liveable city in the next 10 years. Hopefully this will raise awareness so everyone can get involved to help. We’re getting to the pointy end of climate change now.
Marianne
,
Banksia park

Adelaide has fantastic shared public gardens and beautiful home gardens that protect us from extreme heat. We need to protect the greenscapes even more now with infill. We are so lucky currently but we need to protect.

Lorraine
,
Kuitpo
We are NOT a Melbourne or Sydney or Brisbane which have their river banks mauled with permanent out-of-place commercial structures. We must preserve what makes us a lovely livable city and save our Parklands and green spaces for all future generations. In the past 10 years Adelaide has lost 40% of tree cover due to rampant infilling so committing to returning lost vegetation and planting more and aiming to become a National Park City is the best proposal ever.
Scheryl Herlihy
,
Aldinga Beach
We already have beautiful parks and gardens and more still needs. to. bedone for the environment.
Frances
,
Glengowrie

Have lived in Adelaide all my life, love all the National parks around the city.

Tash
,
Hackney
For the physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing for all those who choose to make Adelaide their home. It's a basic human right to feel safe and secure, and creating more natural spaces is a way to connect humans with their surroundings. Everyone deserves access to nature!
Marela
,
Broadview
Adelaide is a great city, but much greenery is being lost, especially mature trees. With the evergrowing infill (often badly planned) it gets worse and worse. The loss of trees not only makes it get much hotter, but we lose precious wildlife too. So please, let's make Adelaide a National Park City!
Barry
,
Gilberton
Because it's the best city in the world to live in, surrounded by parkland. 🥰
Rachel
,
Port Adelaide
Adelaide already is an outstanding example of a city with green spaces and proximity to nature. We mostly don't need to clean up mistakes, just build on what we already have.
Carroll
,
Highbury
Because it would be great for the entire community's physical and mental health.
Indie
,
Parafield Gardens
Adelaide is already a beautiful city. But it would be great to continue to improve and grow.
Celia
,
Marden
We have the spectacular surrounding parklands and William Light’s clever positioning of our city according to aesthetic as well as climate considerations - this is a unique and special combination to be celebrated and promoted! Love Adelaide.
Karen
,
Surrey Downs

Adelaide should become a National Park City, as we have consistently been rated as one of the world's most liveable cities. Preservation and conservation of the parklands and other green environmental spaces where we can work in partnership with nature is core in recognising natures values for reducing climate change impacts and urban heat island. Alongside improving peoples mental health, physical health benefits. Too many ancient significant trees have been taken out/destroyed in name of development, we need those trees oxygenators and environmental stabilisers and all its biodiversity. We have a duty to ourselves and future generations and nature as custodians and stewards caring for and conserving nature. We are interconnected not separate, when something bad happens to nature something bad happens to us. Time for action, everyone doing their little bit, adds up to powerful and wonderful collective for sustainable better world. This is a good way to start addressing these complex issues.

Sathiapama
,
Walkerville
More vegetation more cleaner air which makes very favorable to live in Adelaide
Helen
,
Willunga
Adelaide city has the wonderful parklands surrounding it which need to be preserved and protected. Let’s make Adelaide the greenest city in Australia or why not the world?
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.
Peter
,
Glandore
Adelaide CBD is surrounded by parklands, which, unfortunately are being encroached upon. We need to encouraging the planting of more native flora to provide habitat for endangered species and the enjoyment and appreciation for our youth.
Anita
,
ADELAIDE
To allow native wildlife and flora to rehabilitate, to surround our amazing city with nature, to show respect for the land
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.
Grace
,
Morphett Vale
Adelaide is a city within a vast area of parklands, I want these parklands to be conserved and vegetated to increase biodiversity. Addtionally, becoming a national park city would encourage further greening of our streetscapes and buildings, allowing us to adapt to climate change and cool our streets. It will also give us world recognition as a great place to live and work- attracting tourists as well. Sustainability and green urban design is our only way to a healthy and bright future.
Julianne
,
Fulham Gardens

To ensure children have an appreciation of the natural environment which can only be achieved through green spaces in and around the city, developed by this generation for all.

Kari
,
Torrens Park

Humanity can only thrive when natural environments are well. I hope this initiative will drive engagement and rewilding that is long overdue.

Jim
,
Coromandel Vy
Because we have a unique system of parklands in our city, bequeathed by our forebears. They need every means of preservation pressure available. We do not have as much usable, worthwhile open space as some think. Jim
Carl
,
Magill
To recognise the importance of Adelaide's Park allocations and green streets, but also encourage government, business and individuals to maintain green spaces and native flora.
Leila
,
Ovingham

Why wouldn’t Adelaide be a park city?!? Too many good reasons.

Katrina
,
Prospect
We are so fortunate here in Adelaide to be able to access the sea, trees and creeks all within a short distance. I would like to see what green spaces we have preserved/ maintained, and see more of them.
Stewart
,
Kingswood
Further greening of Adelaide would be a wonderful legacy to leave our children and grandchildren to enjoy.
Melinda
,
Eden Hills
To encourage a greater connection with nature.
Erica
,
Gilberton
Adelaide has an amazing advantage to many other cities in the world. Not only does Adelaide have a spectacularly vast and rich flora that creates ideal microhabitats for our local wildlife species, but it also has a human community whose lives are closely intertwined and connected to nature, providing deep understanding and respect for the biodiversity that surrounds them. Let's take Adelaide a step forward!
Rick
,
Woodforde

Continue to plant trees, protect open spaces. Stop urban infill and the destruction of space for cheap buildings on reduced land sizes. Supports the greed of a few. Builders need to be stopped and government must cease constant building approvals. This increases the heat of urban areas and goes against the Charter.

Ross
,
Aberfoyle Park
We need to have more green areas which have locally indigenous plants in the city. Places where tourists could go and see the local plants that live here.
Biela
,
Adelaide
Integrate parkland use into our lifestyle and use it for regeneration of personal connections to nature, continue to regenerate it as a natural space and celebrate this as a part of Adelaide's value proposition as a city.
Hayden
,
Munno Para West
Adelaide is a vibrant city with amazing nature. It's unique situation creates opportunity to evolve in a green, healthy and sustainable manner. Architecture, environment and ecosystems influence how people think and behave. By developing a clean, green and healthy environment it will support a creative and wholesome mindset for people living and working in Adelaide. This may further strengthen Adelaide's growth, economy, ideas and opportunities.
Jo
,
Kensington Gardens
Work together with the environment to leave our green spaces in good shape for future generations to come!
Ruby
,
Norton Summit
Adelaide is already a city in which there are many parks and greenery. Changing it into a national park city would allow these areas to flourish even more and provide opportunities for more parks.
Anastasia
,
Henley Beach
As Adelaide should be greener and set an example to look after our environment, nature and slowly work to a more sustainable city.
Lynda
,
Brighton
The climate is ideal for growing all types of trees and plants from all over the world. We have a rich biodiversity.
Carmel
,
Adelaide
Perhaps it is a way to help in healing Kaurna Country, in which case I would support.
Diego
,
Glenside

More biodiversity, better quality of life, health and higher tourism visitation, together with more precipitation and lower summer temperatures: IT'S A NO BRAINER!!!

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