Show your support for Adelaide to become a National Park City by signing the Adelaide National Park City Charter.

The Charter has been created by Green Adelaide based on the Universal Charter for National Park Cities, and in consultation with many of Adelaide’s local leaders from environment, industry and government sectors, Kaurna Nation, and the community.
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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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Sign this Charter to show your commitment to working together for Adelaide National Park City.

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signatures

Norman
,
Tranmere
I think Col.William Light's original design is brilliant. Adelaide should be the original Park City that all other cities should emulate.
Alice
,
McLaren Vale
We have an abundance of beautiful flora and fauna and we can always do more as custodians to protect and celebrate it.
Anna
,
Clarence Park

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

Abigail
,
Plympton

Adelaide is already a lovely example of a green city with our parklands, thanks to early developers with great foresight. We have to preserve and encourage a healthy green environment for our and our grandchildren's futures. I'm outraged that private organisations can keep nibbling away at what parklands we have left.

Paula
,
Copley

To ensure future generations have a better standard of living and do our bit for climate change.

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

Alison
,
Glenelg East
It was originally planned to incorporate parklands in and around the city, and is ideally suited to become a national park city by both original design and subsequent greening and art development throughout the city.
Carmel
,
Adelaide
Perhaps it is a way to help in healing Kaurna Country, in which case I would support.
Holly
,
Glenelg
I am happiest and healthiest when connected with natural elements. It would make Adelaide the best city in the world.
Esther
,
ST PETERS
Because time spent in the natural world is good for our physical and mental health. Also, the more trees that are planted the cooler our city will be and the more habitat there will be for native wildlife
Sharon
,
Rostrevor

To show the world we are proud of our beautiful city and our great green and blue (waterways) spaces!

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.
Daniel
,
Newton
More scenery ,
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.
Kiran
,
Hillbank
To support our environment and make it beautiful and clean
Arthur
,
Hillcrest
By having this implemented, this will not only secure the future for our future generations but also fight climate change. In the long term, it will benefit us and nature.
Gloria
,
VICTOR HARBOR
It sounds like a great idea to me.
Michael
,
Seacombe Heights
In times of urban backfill, and the loss of the backyard, it is more important that ever to make a pledge to greening our city and encouraging a connection to nature.
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.

Amanda
,
Coromandel valley
To improve and support the animals, plants and the environment and make the city more liveable. Greening helps cool the city and contributes to reducing global warming. It will enhance this environment for future generations. It will make Adelaide even more beautiful.
Bruce
,
LOWER MITCHAM
I feel it's a natural progression of the vision of William Light giving us the parkland to the exemplary work of August Pelzer in planting the trees in them that we have today. More than ever we need to continue to provide the buffer we'll sorely need as climate change comes.
Andrew
,
Willunga
Green spaces are cooler in every way - we need more of them. This is a great opportunity to build on what we have and create something amazing for our kids.
Dan
,
Stonyfell
For conservation of existing remnant bush land, for rejuvenation and new planting of native species to create habitat and natural environment and to promote positive human engagement with natural space
Scott
,
Darlington
I personally love walking through the beauty that is our city parklands and gardens. Let’s show it off to the world!
Margriet
,
Aldgate

To protect our unique parklands from future development; develop more green spaces; assist in maintaining biodiversity; help to save our environment for future generations.

Sharon
,
Campbelltown

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

Jamie
,
ADELAIDE
Adelaide has the opportunity to be a world leader, and innovate a more connected way of living and enhancing wellbeing. Why wouldn't we??
Josh
,
Thebarton

Tourism benefits.

Greg
,
Norwood
Park Lands are in the DNA of the City of Adelaide and a distinguishing characteristic for the people of greater Adelaide. I support efforts to expand the greening of greater Adelaide to mitigate some of the impact of climate change and reduction in heat load.
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.
David
,
Normanville
To increase political motivation for prioritising care of all of SA's natural environmental attributes ,hence increase funding by taxpayers for this purpose to supplement the already large in kind care of the volunteer army.
Dianne
,
Upper Hermitage
Apart from the obvious health and environmental reasons we could achieve and be the most beautiful liveable leafy green city in the world.
Cathy
,
Sefton Park

Infill housing and car dependency is changing the nature of our city as we grow. We need to embrace green infrastructure to combat climate change: increase biodiversity and tree canopy cover and make better use of water to ensure our city more liveable into the future.

Alister
,
5136
Adelaide is a beautiful city to live in but could be made even better through more green spaces and bringing the bush into the city
Annabel
,
Rosewater
To make it cooler.
Christiana
,
Adelaide
It's a no brainer
Andrew
,
Tranmere
Its a beautiful place, ringed by parkland.. encourage society to grow what is natural to the environment
Lange
,
Marino
To promote to the rest of Australia and to the world that the city's people are keen to back its high liveability status with real action to protect and enhance our natural environment.
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.

Darryl
,
Craigburn Farm
We've traveled to many cities and towns across the World, but we're always happy to return to our home city Adelaide. Adelaide is a 'Goldilocks' city - not too big, not too small, has a great climate with its four distinct seasons, and has everything needed for an interesting, wholesome, healthy lifestyle. I think making Adelaide a National Park City would be an excellent step - it would benefit all of us ecologically, and would assist in advertising to the World that we care about our environment and our natural biodiversity.
Peter
,
Glengowrie

Its a beautiful city and should be kept that way. love living here our parks desetbe beter attention from all of us. Let's all  get behind this initiative..Go S.A. 🌲⚘🌱🌻😁👍

Tara
,
Crafers
Healthier environment = equal to happier, healthier humans.
Grant
,
GREENHILL
Economic, environmental and social benefits.
Veronnica
,
Seaford Rise
Low population, large area. Why not!
Sally
,
Stonyfell
This initiative puts the relationship between people and planet into the spotlight. It's a positive step in adaptive strategy and puts strong communities at the centre of this process. It can build climate and environmental awareness, and public support for climate action.
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.
Blake
,
Wayville

To continue pushing itself forward as one of the worlds most lovable and livable cities.

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.

Meg
,
Black Forest
Adelaide has proven itself to be an ideal place to live during the Pandemic challenge. It stands to benefit further in its national and international reputation by initiatives such as this, which combine the needs of its residents with a progressive, ideal global direction.
Kathryn
,
O’Halloran Hill
We need to ensure the survival of our native flora and fauna.
Marilyn
,
Rostrevor
Adaelside is famous for its wonderful parklands and conservation parks that fringe the city. To keep it that way we need recognition for our green spaces and encouragement to get everyone involved in nurturing their own green space.
Eduardo
,
Nairne
Adelaide has an amazing interface between the city suburbs and nature. Not only is it full of great parks and tree lined roads, it is also surrounded, one might say embraced, by the Mt Lofty ranges. Unbeknownst to many non-residents and even some residents there are places of stunning natural beauty just a handful of kilometres from the CBD such as Morialta or Waterfall Gully. Even in cities renowned for their natural beauty you often have to travel well over an hour to encounter such dramatic landscapes.
Cherida
,
Blair Athol
As part of being one of the most liveable cities in the world it is important for a green spaces to survive and thrive. The benefits to our collective mental health as a population depends on green spaces.
Vicki-Jo
,
Lockleys

Adelaide National Park City is a chance for every Adelaide resident to be a ranger. It encourages us to value the nature that is all around us even in busy city spaces, to think about the impact of our daily lives on that special country and our intrinsic relationship to it. It's as much about a change of practice as it is about heart and our sense of home; and how we develop must be central to this. It's a chance to reflect on how we got here and where we are going. I hope we will take this opportunity to do something extraordinary for nature and ourselves.

Liz
,
Bridgewater

I would love to live in a National Park City.

Julie
,
Walkley Heights
Striving for a greener city is an important goal.
Josie
,
Birkenhead
Its a great idea, every city should do it but SA is perfectly placed to become one.
Helen
,
Adelaide

Why wouldn’t we want Adelaide to be a National Park city!? What great place to live and visit it would be, with everyone knowing how much Adelaide cares about the environment and our future existence. We need to get back to and protect our nature.
With temperatures in Adelaide expected to climb up to 50 degrees in the summer,  having 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.

Guy
,
West Croydon
As a mark of the commitment of South Australia and (South Australians') to sustainability.
Aska
,
Felixstow
The climate is ideal to create a National Park city. People of Adelaide are connected to the environment and spend many hours of the day outside all year round. It would build greener and nutruring environment for happier, more connected inhabitants.
Ruth
,
Belair

I live in Belair where we have lots of trees. As I drive down the hill I used to see the suburbs below as a carpet of tree tops but this is declining as people remove trees from their own backyards.   Let’s keep the trees and plant more. I support this vision for our park city - let’s do it!

Sue
,
SOMERTON PARK

We already have the fantastic parklands surrounding the CBD so could build from that and provide opportunities to support First Nation people. Hopefully prevent luxury builds on National Parks too!!!

Samantha
,
SMITHFIELD PLAINS

Access to natural environments have proven health benefits for humans and increase people's awareness of the needs of that natural environment. So blurring the line between built and natural, if done in a way that protects and nurtures the natural, will benefit both. By natural environments, I mean flora and fauna native to the area preferentially, with community gardens in areas not beneficial to those natives. Having Kaurna people and other neighbouring indigenous peoples as part of the planning and ongoing projects is important to also create a city truly connected to its roots.

Michael
,
Exeter
Our Park Lands not only help our city reduce the impacts of climate change, but are a nod to our heritage and are a legacy of our 'City of firsts' and socially forward thinking attitude. They provide a respite and a place of reflection and peace, while also providing a connection to place and for people to come together.
Michael
,
Grange
To build on it reputation as a liveable green city and protect and improve the parklands
Vicki
,
Torrensville
We need parks simply for the sake of the environment!
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.
Jane
,
Glengowrie
I support this wonderful, positive and important initiative. Hopefully this will help protect Adelaide's trees and also thousands more trees will be planted. Conservation Council SA recently highlighted what is happening to Adelaide's trees and I'm alarmed that Adelaide is losing 75K of trees a year! A lot of our big trees are being removed by DIT for road widening and incremental loss of trees due to developers being greedy with urban infill. We have the lowest tree canopy cover of any Australian capital city and we have to do everything we can to change this and what a great way to become a National Park City!
Pauline
,
Goodwood
Adelaide
Madeleine
,
Aldinga beach
To keep it cool and habitable for all living things.
Ramute
,
Kensington
Green is good, healthy & positive places to enjoy.
Shauna
,
Oaklands Park
For all these reasons! Improved health and wellbeing of Adelaide residents Increased diversity of Wildlife, trees and flowers Improved quality of habitats, air, water, sea and land Promotion of increased time outdoors, culture, art, playing, walking, cycling More locally grown food and more responsible consumption Fostering of communities who learn and work together A community of improved relationships with nature and each other
Marilyn
,
Warradale
Adelaide already has a lot of open beautiful spaces and a good cover of trees. To have this recognised and further improving green infrastructure, biodiversity habitats and connecting people with nature to make us more sustainable into a warmer and drier future makes sense.
Samantha
,
Stonyfell
Fantastic for Adelaide, the benefits are so broad and this is so important for our future generations.
Liz
,
5020
To help increase biodiversity, reduce our impact and make Adelaide a place where humans thrive alongside nature.
Anthea
,
KINGS PARK
A cleaner, green environment with beautiful open spaces for nature and people are so important now and for the future.
Carolyn
,
Cape Jervis
It’s in keeping with the passion, desires and values of our clean and green state and city. It will ensure we remain focused on the environment and engaging people with it positively for generations to come.
Jakki
,
Seacliff
Healthy City is important for future generations. Adelaidians take it for granted, tourists love it and if recognised it will increase SA pride.
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.
Alan
,
Payneham South
To cool the city for the future and promote biodiversity awareness
Emma
,
Thompson Beach

We need to cool our planett, and save our wildlife. We need to stop human destruction and begin the repair of our planet.

Ethan
,
Aldgate
This will help to protect our existing parks, remnant vegetation and street trees, whilst improving climate resilience and urban heat.
Virginia
,
Woodville

As green spaces in our world,  in cities and in country, become more and more encroached upon and destroyed, we can and must in Adelaide become an example, if we pull together, of how to maintain and increase our green spaces for us, and future generations.
We can be leaders!
Not only is there more oxygen for us to breathe,  but mentally, emotionally,  spiritually,  we benefit in so many ways.
We don’t need to submit to short sighted government and developer stupidity and greed, and can keep and increase our green spaces with a bit of thought and action.
In Adelaide our Parklands (for example), are absolute gold, and they should be treated that way.🌈🙏

Matthew
,
Panorama

It's an opportunity to improve liveability, while also achieving biodiversity outcomes.

Garry
,
Old Reynella
why not! Lets leave a legacy for the future.
Marijana
,
Highgate
Because trees keep us alive and as such guard the future health of human generations and other species on whose life we depend. It is in my opinion the best designed city because the surrounding parklands make the city breathe easier!
Holly
,
Crafers West
Look after our environment
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.
Benjamin
,
Myrtle Bank
Adelaide can be an international example of a sustainable city, it's parklands are an essential piece of this.
Bec
,
North Adelaide
Building a stronger appreciation and public recognition for what we have in our backyards, streets, local parks, conservation areas and coastline will hopefully lead to more local parks, stronger protection of mature trees, reduce biodiversity loss, improve condition of waterways, understanding and practices of Kaurna relationship with the land, and a liveable metropolitan Adelaide that can cope with more bushfires, heatwaves, floods and sea level rise. Looking forward to seeing how other State Government agencies will get on board this approach too.
John
,
VALE PARK

Adelaide has a good basis for seeking to become a National Park City, in its central Parklands, the Torrens Linear park and the application of such features as water sensitive urban design in a number of council areas. But we definitely need more effort in similar directions, and becoming a NPC should help sway decision makers in the right direction.

Megan
,
Ashgrove
A great step towards future proofing against the challenges of climate change. Plus “green zones” are good for the mental health of society and native animals need them too. So many reasons
Charlie
,
Broadview
A wonderful opportunity to clean-up our breathable and cooler air.
Sally Anne
,
Bridgewater
For all the reasons outlined in the charter. We need to create a better habitat for other living creatures that belong in this environment. In doing so we will bring together like minded people from all walks of life and especially the Kuarna people who know this area best of all.
Jacqui
,
Mount Barker
Urban biodiversity is becoming more and more important to prevent species loss. It is good for our own health as well. There are no downsides to this.
Kate
,
Gilberton
We need to protect and enhance our natural surroundings and incorporate green space in all corners of the city. Improving quality of life, environment, health and wellbeing.
Ben
,
Kensington Gardens
Becoming a National Park city will allow Adelaide to increase tourism, biodiversity and boost the economy.
Thuy Loan
,
Parafield Gardens
For a healthy wellbeing environment. I love tree and flowers.
Lauren
,
Everard Park
Adelaide is globally unique through it's garden city roots and the original vision for a city that would thrive within encircling parklands. Through the benefit of foresight, Adelaide holds a strategic position to build upon this vision and further restore natural ecosystems within our urban areas to bring back balance in the way our landscapes function. The opportunities presented by the Adelaide National Park City are vast and are imperative to a sustainable future.
Ann
,
Summertown
We need to recognise our extraordinary parklands which surround our City centre and our commitment to increasing the density of vegetation.
Ireene
,
Darlington/Seacliff Park
I think we should continue and stay top 3 of the world's best city to live in. We can only keep that going up and hopefully be number 1! We just have to clean up the streets more, have a better justice system for crimes and have the people really take responsibility for their actions. We can do it, just need everyone to pitch in and do their part.
Nikki
,
Edwardstown
Connection with nature, being in nature and nurturing nature is a key indicator for health and well-being.
Daniel
,
Adelaide

Adelaide is surrounded by natural beauty from the Adelaide Hills, beaches and landscaped parks in the CBD. There are not many (if any) other cities in the world where most residents can drive 15 mins and be walking through a gorge or swimming at a beach. It would be fantastic to see the natural setting of Adelaide enhanced through the investment required to gain and maintain the status of a National Park City.

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.
Tina
,
Inman Valley
Adelaide already has wonderful parklands that are under threat but should be protected at all costs. Our parks are the lungs of our city, a refuge and place for relaxation, sport, and many other activities for families, friends, individuals, tourists, our older population. They are free for everyone to enjoy, and for many people living in the city and suburbs they are an opportunity to enjoy nature and garden space they might not have at home. Most importantly, our parks provide habitat for our precious flora, fauna, bird and insect life. We can not afford to lose parks. In fact we should be working toward having more parks in and around our city.
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