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The 30-Year plan for Greater Adelaide
2017 Update

A Green Liveable City

A Green Liveable City

Colonel Light was quite the ‘green thumb’, surrounding the city with beautiful parklands. The European cities he was used to were grey and polluted so he planned for natural vegetation to create fresh, clean air.

Inspired by Light’s vision for a green city, we want to increase vegetation across urban areas. Studies show that higher levels of natural plant life bring with them a range of social and environmental benefits — better quality of air, natural stormwater management, improved community health and more habitats for our native fauna. Going green is also a big part of our broader response to climate change.

The Update has six high-level targets to help us measure our progress on how Greater Adelaide will become a more liveable, sustainable and competitive place.

Target:
Urban green cover is increased by 20% in metropolitan Adelaide by 2045

Baseline:
27.28%

How will we achieve this?

Particular focus will be placed on ensuring that urban infill areas maintain appropriate levels of urban greenery. Urban green cover refers to trees and shrubs located in street verges, parks and backyards.

This target will support the work being done by councils through their tree strategies which address biodiversity and quality of vegetation.

The Update has 14 policy themes which outline the policies and actions which will help us achieve our targets. The most relevant ones are listed below.