May 20, 2010

$2.3 million for Unley Green Corridor Linear Trail

Funding for Unley Green Corridor Linear Trail

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 20 2010

The Rudd Labor Government will provide $2.3 million towards the final stage of the Green Corridor Linear Trail in the City of Unley in Adelaide.

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, and Kate Ellis, Member for Adelaide, made the announcement in Unley today with the Mayor of the City of Unley, Richard Thorne.

Mr Albanese said that the project was expected to support 25 jobs during construction, as well as another three jobs over the longer term.

“The total project is worth more than $5.3 million. It will deliver a boost to Adelaide’s economy today while benefitting the local community for years to come.

“Once completed, the trail will create an inner-urban green corridor to help protect native trees and plants, improve stormwater management while providing open recreation space opportunities and alternative transport links for the community.”

Ms Ellis said that council data showed only about three per cent of the City of Unley area was green space, compared with the South Australian average of about 12 per cent.

"The Unley Green Corridor is an important project for the community and will deliver vital environmental and social infrastructure.

“I am also pleased that the project will use a number of Indigenous traineeships through both civil construction and horticulture,” she said.

The City of Unley project is expected to include:

  • Development of an inner-urban biodiversity corridor with pedestrian and bike paths to link to nearby transport networks;
  • Replacement of 850 metres of ageing stormwater drains, installation of pollution traps and stormwater harvesting infrastructure to reduce localised flooding and erosion, create cleaner waterways and allow water recycling for irrigation; and
  • Recycling of scrap materials, retention of native trees and solar or low energy consumption lighting.

Mr Albanese said that the funding was part of the Government’s Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Program, which was delivering a record $1 billion for nearly 5,000 projects across the nation.

The funding is conditional upon the council formalising a contract with the Government and meeting relevant conditions.