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

Marian
,
Aldinga Beach, South Australia
It would be brilliant to improve on our existing green infrastructure and expand the opportunities to increase biodiversity in and around the city. It would form part of an important 'insurance policy' for our city and its citizens both now and in the future, if we are to survive and maintain quality of life, we need nature, we are nature and its important to expand and protect our natural environment wherever we can. Its a Win, Win, Win for all living and even non-living things.
Kath
,
Peramangk Country, Crafers
Trees are our carbon pumps; it’s vital we protect them and replant more. Since colonisation, Australia has lost 40% of its forests :(
Chelsea
,
Fullarton
Wanting to move out of the city and suburbs to the hills as we love the outdoors. We would love to see the CBD of Adelaide become a national park city
Emma
,
Henley beach south

Green spaces and nature create an opportunity for mindfulness, connection to the earth and much needed time away from a technology driven society. The decrease in mental health, well-being and contentment will continue in its downward trajectory if we don’t invest not only in mental health awareness, treatment and support, but also create a healthier environment in which to live.

David
,
Rose Park
Adelaide needs to continue to invest in activities that counter climate change, make the city more aesthetically pleasing and liveable.
graham
,
Hillier
The outer suburbs of Adelaide are being developed without effective parklands, public transport or a fabric that will reduce our contribution to global warming. Green spaces that cool the city and encourage active transport, food production, community participation and biodiversity, must be entrenched in our planning system. We want Adelaide to be sustainable, not just liveable!
William
,
ADELAIDE
Already has lots of greenery and this can protect it
Lucinda
,
5152
Nature and sustainability are important!
Susan
,
North Adelaide
Enhance visitation to our public green spaces with protected and or restored multi canopied native vegetation plantings that will support biodiversity (plants and animals), provide nature based recreational opportunities while also mitigating the impacts of climate change.
Heath
,
Blackwood
Improve our quality of life
Peter
,
Mawson Lakes
Protect the surviving wild life, plants, living things.
Claire
,
Ashford
Parks are critical to a healthy environment and healthy lifestyle. Public spaces are necessary for people to relax and for children to play.
Sarah
,
St Agnes
What a fantastic idea Got to be a great idea to connect the city with nature
Natasha
,
Prospect
Nature is at the heart of the health of our planet and people. Let's make it at the heart of all our decision making too. By making Adelaide a National Park City we can all be part of the journey of creating a greener, healthier city - for all the creatures that call this place home.
Debra
,
Croydon

Every national city should be a park city.  We’ve got from 4 lanes to 11 lanes (at Hawker Street) and none of the tree planted along the road will contribute to canopy coverage.

Liz
,
5020
To help increase biodiversity, reduce our impact and make Adelaide a place where humans thrive alongside nature.
Peter
,
Kingswood
To preserve greenery, conserve water, protect creeks and rivers, wetlands, coastal water and aquifers, enhance outdoor recreation and exercise, provide wildlife habitat, buffer against climate change, reduce energy use for cooling and make Adelaide an enjoyable place for children of the future to grow up and feel connected to nature and each other, so that they too will help reverse the detrimental impacts of historical development and achieve a sustainable future.
Chris
,
Mitcham

With its extensive parklands, and a multitude of suburban parks, all with their abundant bird and other animal life, in my view Adelaide is already a park city.

Bailey
,
Plympton
Our parklands have so much potential to be something beautiful, sustainable and fun. It would further develop the plan for Adelaide to be a sustainable city
Clare
,
Millswood
With climate change looming over us, the greener and cooler our city can be, the better for us and urban wildlife.
Norma
,
Clapham

Adelaide is super wholesome. It's a forward-thinking city while remaining humane, life-caring and  environmentally-nurturing.

Trish
,
Adelaide
For our present and our future.
Adrian
,
Tusmore
Protecting our green spaces will help make this city even more liveable
Denis
,
Marino
We need to be more in tune with, respectful of and educated about nature. We have a very unique ecosystem here in Australia and I believe it's important we help restore it to it's pre-colonial beauty.
Shaun
,
Modbury_SA_5092
An opportunity to celebrate the extensive open space that we have in Adelaide :) This will encourage people to be involved with natural spaces and help them thrive a grassroots level.
Ruby
,
Forestville

Adelaide is so liveable because of the easy access to green space. To add further access to national parks would be a benefit to generations to come, will help preserve and protect our native plants and wildlife, and will also help with mitigate impacts of climate change by cooling our region.

Aymon
,
Renown Park
Adelaide should pursue a commitment towards, and recognition for, our wonderful local and endemic wildlife, along with the abundance of beautiful green space we are blessed to have around us. Development pressure has recently been placing greater stress, and fostering destruction of, our parkland. We must pledge to preserve nature in our city and continue to grow it, enabling ever greater access to open green and blue spaces so that wildlife and humans alike can enjoy the benefits of habitat, recreation and health bestowed by our great outdoors. Adelaide City is the historic, traditional and contemporary centre of green space zoning in Greater Adelaide. Being the first true garden city in the world, its open spaces represent a massive historical value as they illicit vivid images of the dream that was the ‘freeman's colony' – a utopian vision for the perfect society with abundant access to the benefits of nature for all. By attaining the title of 'National Park City' and status associated with it, the bettering and growth of Adelaide’s glorious parkland and nature reserves will hold greater weight. As such, we could expect and demand the rigorous bettering and conservation of these valuable places, pushing all future governments to recognise these superb assets. All in all, if we find success in this objective, then we will be one step closer to forever protecting and enshrining the principles of our city's founding in pursuit of providing equal access to the benefits of nature for all as part of the great challenge and gift of equality for all.
Nina
,
Willunga
To build a greater connection with nature and increase our resilience to climate change.
Gabriella
,
Somerton Park

Even without facing future environmental challenges, the benefits of green urban space is well-established. I see this movement as an opportunity to trigger conversation, and foster local pride in greener urban spaces, which is a necessary step toward actually implementing greener urban change.

Andrew
,
Parkside
I would like to see Adelaide become a National Park City so that we can protect and live with the natural world on our door step. We are too easily inclined to remove another tree and widen another road rather than think about the consequences of these actions and the benefits from choosing a different path that enhances rather than degraded our environment.
Julia
,
Coromandel Valley
So my kids have a chance at a green future!
Lucy
,
Greenhill
Adelaide should be a national park city as it will increase the green capital of the State, will make it attractive for residents and visitors. Our state should be a leader in Green living and sustainability.
Brenton
,
Valley View
On almost all streets, parks and reserves there are endemic native plants that supports our endemic animals and insects. We can change the way we manage them that will not only benefit our endemic native animals and insects, but ourselves as well.
Santhosh
,
Payneham
Land is a limited commodity. Once used for development, there is no turning back. Hence having these green spaces demarcated would ensure the lung spaces are preserved for future generations. This is of paramount importance and I support this wholeheartedly.
Eliza
,
Hawthorn
Nature is so important for health and wellbeing.
Carolyn
,
Beaumont

A great idea- innovative & builds on Adelaide’s unique parklands legacy. Connection of people in city to nature is absolutely vital in times of climate change, & denuding of environments of native animals & plants. As a National Park City, Adelaide’s economy & tourism will surely become stronger. This idea needs to carefully & cleverly developed. Strong support!

Bernadette
,
Henley Beach
Adelaide is already a beautiful city, but there is so much more that can be done to connect people with the environment, to encourage biodiversity, to cool and enhance public spaces and the suburbs. It is a great idea. Let's go for it.
Ann
,
Fairview Park

We should do everything to combat climate change.

Cate
,
Lockleys
To encourage a much greater focus from all levels of government as well as the wider community on maintaining and ideally, expanding the green space we currently have. Unfortunately we are rapidly losing much suburban green space through thoughtless and rampant urban infill development.
Mr.Gordon
,
Highbury
Making our home Moore Healthy
Patricia
,
Seacombe Heights

I would love to see a greener city for healthy activities for everyone to enjoy. It will build connections of communities encouraging healthy minds and bodies, loving our families and friends and community, encouraging wildlife back into the city to prosper and care for.

Peta
,
Onkaparinga Hills
Mental health benefits of green space, natural cooling,carbon capture, water holding capacity of soil, boosting bird numbers in built environments.
Claire
,
Somerton Park
Nature is important for our health and well-being. I love Adelaide and its parks and relaxed lifestyle but am worried it will be overdeveloped by a few who hope to make quick profit without consideration given to the future of the city and its attraction as a liveable and beautiful city.
Megan
,
Tea Tree Gully
We do a lot of sustainability here at Salisbury East High School, including a sustainability garden and I'd like to see the whole of Adelaide/S.A be as green and sustainable as possible : )
Meredith
,
Torrensville

For the health and well being of Adelaide's earliest residents - the fauna and flora - and to provide people with benefits and opportunities that natural environments bring - beauty, wonder, coolth and fresh air.

Catherine
,
Hahndorf
It's a fantastic opportunity to showcase the natural environment Adelaide already has, but also to develop it further for the future.
Paul
,
Enfield
A brilliant initiative that will create a more resilient and educated community on the health and wellbeing benefits from natural habitat restoration.
Sally
,
Bridgewater
Because Adelaidians are progressive and earthy. We care about important environmentsl issues, not superficial capitalist ideals. We are ready to embrace Kaurna cultural connections to facilitate reconciliation and moving forward together in a protected environment.
Cynthia
,
Greenwith
Becoming a National Park City by making Adelaide greener enables carbon sequestration to reduce climate change. It would improve quality of life and provide valuable habitat for wildlife.
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.
Jon
,
Largs Bay
Because of its beautiful parklands and waterways.
Rose
,
Athelstone

Because we need to focus on our own nature and focus on our own environment and people around the world will know how lucky we are living in Adelaide.

Sue
,
Windsor Gardens
Install more bird and bat boxes in tall street trees
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!!!

Chris
,
Adelaide
Housing
Rosanne
,
Elizabeth Grove
Adelaide is already a wonderful city to live in: the right size and blessed with a wonderful climate and many green spaces. By committing to increasing this green space and the other stated aims we will not only enhance our own lifestyle but be an example to the rest of the world. I live by the principles of permaculture and the aims are totally in harmony with this philosophy.
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.
navtej
,
adelaide
Promote horticulture training and career options to youth
Tony
,
McLaren Vale
This is a great idea and will serve to distinguish Adelaide from other Australian capital cities.
Tony
,
Kangaroo Island
The importance of nature and natural experiences in promoting wellness is well known through the "Biophilia Hypothesis". If we take care of nature it will take care of us and this initiative is an excellent starting point.
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.
Declan
,
Saint Morris
Adelaide should become a national park city as it will improve public health both physically and mentally as well as conserve our vanishing biodiversity. Adelaide becoming a national park will also improve the economy through the increased output the national park will provide as well as making our city more asthenic improving tourism.
Michael
,
Elizabeth east
We as a whole (human race) need to think more cleanly about the environment, and sustainability. This is one step closer to achieving that.
Garry
,
Victor Harbor

Natural carbon sequestration is the only way to go. Apart from any considerations about broader environmental benefits.

Charmaine
,
Lyndoch
Creating more connection between people and nature is a great opportunity for the city of Adelaide.
Daniel
,
Belair
Cities are living things. People, bugs, bees, plants, soil, birds, and trees. All of them have a role....connecting green space and making Adelaide a leading city integrating greener places is not a choice...it is critical to deal with a changing climate.
Kelly
,
Glenalta
Embrace the natural assets that we have on our doorstep and protect them to encourage a healthier community.
Jodie
,
Largs North
The social, health, economic and environmental benefits of green spaces are undeniable. The greener we make our city, the better it will be for all of us. Adelaide is already the 3rd most livable city in the world. As a national park city, we have the opportunity to create an exemplary model for urban living, reducing our environmental impact and re-wilding our urban spaces for all species. I love our city, let's make it a world leader!
Kim
,
Woodcroft

We are already leading the world with renewable energy and having a clean, green environment and being a National Park City is something we could all be very proud of. Our future generations will thank us.

Joel
,
Blair Athol

To be a leader.

helen
,
port noarlunga
To preserve and grow our lovely parklands Promote a bicycle friendly place Preserving and promotion of our lovely environment :)
Dylan
,
Flagstaff Hill

The greenery surrounding and running through Adelaide is what defines our city as a significant Australian capital. It also offers opportunity for health promotion for our citizens through the proven links between natural environments and health / physical well-being.

Jo
,
Underdale
Increased biodiversity.
Samuel
,
Walkerville
I think this would be a great step forward in creating a more livable, carbon neutral and active city. It would help people of all ages reconnect with nature and ensure local wildlife has the habitat to thrive.
Andrew
,
Norwood
Great cause and initiative. This line says it all: Together, we can make Adelaide a greener, healthier and wilder place to live, and have stronger partnerships with Kaurna and other First Nations people.
Cary
,
Adelaide
It not only has a ring of parks around both Adelaide and North Adelaide but has parks with in both Adelaide and North Adelaide as well as nearby suburbs and the green Adelaide Hills. The parks are well maintained and have paths for walking, jogging, and biking, rose and other gardens, the Adelaide Botanical Garden, Torrens River walk, and manmade lakes. It is a gorgeous liveable city
Kay
,
Aberfoyle Park

Improve daily life quality for people and animals. Help the environment to thrive and create a healthy balance between humans, animals and nature.

Renate
,
Victor harbor
For a cooler, greener, wilder and climate resilient Adelaide
Sue
,
North Brighton
Because we are such a beautiful city and we need to do all we can to preserve the rich flora and fauna that we have for all future generations
Michael
,
Torrens Park
The city of Adelaide was built surrounded by parklands - it's part of our Heritage and Adelaide's wonderful outdoor spaces are an important part of life for all citizens.
Graham
,
Hallett Cove

We have great city parklands and suburban parks.

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!
Jess
,
North Haven
I’ve recently seen a lot about green cities elsewhere - living amongst that level of biodiversity would nourish the soul, the land, and the minds of our children who will need to be inspired to make the drastic changes needed to look after this planet. We can’t wait for other cities to act on our behalf. We can’t pass on the burden to future generations. We need to act now! All in! :) Thank you to those with the vision and who have already done the hard yards just to get here.
Roger
,
Yankalilla

To reduce the concrete and plant more trees and gardens in and around the city to help improve air quality and the lives of all the creatures in Adelaide.

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.
Ramute
,
Kensington
Green is good, healthy & positive places to enjoy.
Dhiren
,
Salisbury East

This is a great initiative I must say. It will improve the biodiversity within the city and allow different species to interact with each other. Gives a countryside feeling right in the city.

Vasi-Marie
,
Edwardstown
Bettering our relationship with mother nature and local ecosystems will benefit us, our mental wellbeing, the future of our planet and the generations to come!
Loui
,
Glenelg
To celebrate its existing wonderful parklands
Marie
,
Forestville
To preserve and extend natural habitat, avoid heat islands, improve quality of life
Dawn
,
Flagstaff Hill

We should have more environmental responsibility over our parks.

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.
kevin
,
Marion
It deserves to be
Dennis
,
Plympton

Taking baby steps to returning habitat and wildlife to our environment is a noble cause...

Michelle
,
Wynn Vale
Green spaces are good for our head spaces.
Mary
,
Adelaide
Supporting and regenerating the natural environment embracing Adelaide will improve our lifestyle help resist climate change damage.
Catherine
,
Vale Park
The design of inner city Adelaide is unique with the wrap of parklands, corridor of linear park and perimeter of native vegetation that would benefit from a core and consistent care plan. Likewise the people of Adelaide would benefit from clear and consistent messaging about the protection and management of the, land, flora and fauna. Let's stop the argey bargey of greedy development
Alyssa
,
Kangarilla
When you drive down Flagstaff Hill, you see mostly trees and a lovely set out city. What we need more of is biodiversity within, to support species and ensure the city is healthy for our future.
Michaela
,
Mile End
As already recognised as a top liveable city in the world, environment has to be one of the most important factors that puts us up there. We have beautiful park lands and a huge network of folks looking to lower their footprint and make this world a better place for those to come. Adelaide is already blessed with beaches, city, and mountains. A commitment to strengthening that relationship with our diverse local natural environment, and working together to keep people connected to it, and each other, can only be a good thing!
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