Apr 26, 2012

Gillard Government backs Port Adelaide

I’m pleased to announce that Port Adelaide will soon be home to an innovative project showcasing the best in urban design, planning and renewal, funded as part of our efforts to make the nation’s major cities more productive, sustainable and liveable.

The Federal Government will partner with the City of Port Adelaide Council to develop a plan to revitalise the Black Diamond Square to bring more tourists, locals, night time activity and economic growth to the area.

There is enormous potential in this historic area which was once an extremely busy port and is now in the process of reinventing itself.

The Black Diamond Square is close to both the waterfront and historic Lipson Street and its redevelopment will complement work being undertaken by the SA Government at McLaren’s Wharf.

Liveable Cities funding will help to create the detailed plans necessary to redesign the Square, stimulate investment and improve public amenities in Port Adelaide.

The Liveable Cities funding will help spark new business, social and cultural opportunities for Port Adelaide.

From a national perspective, it’s a great example of the kind of urban regeneration, which will be required if we are to overcome the big challenges facing our cities such as climate change, a lack of affordable housing, traffic congestion and a growing, ageing population.

Indeed, as one of the most urbanised societies on the planet, Australia’s future economic prosperity and social cohesion will depend largely on how successful we are at making our cities more productive, sustainable and liveable.

That’s why Federal Labor has ended the Commonwealth’s self-imposed, decade long exile from our major cities and is again engaging with the states and territories as well as local councils to bring about a much needed urban renaissance.

Port Adelaide Centre – Black Diamond Square Upgrade ($229,841 in program funding) is being funded as part of the Government’s Liveable Cities Program.