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Open Space and Public Realm Investment

Quality public space is essential to healthy, liveable communities. The State Government invests in open space and improvements to the public realm through Planning and Development Fund grant programs.

Providing quality public open spaces which can provide a range of activities and support safe, healthy connected communities is becoming increasingly important. The Planning and Development Fund (which operates under the Development Act 1993) allows the Government to adopt a State-wide approach to strategically implement open space and public realm projects in an objective manner through two grant programs for local government.

In addition to the local government grant programs, the Planning and Development Fund provides investment in other strategic public space initiatives including an investment of $20 million over four years to demonstrate a new vision for the Adelaide Park Lands.

Projects funded through the Planning and Development Fund support the Government’s priorities including the implementation of the 30 Year Plan for Greater Adelaide and the Regional Planning Strategies for South Australia.

The 2017-18 funding round has been finalised. Following an assessment of all 56 applications, $14.5 million has been allocated to 26 local government projects across South Australia.

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Our vision

The Park Lands are an exemplary 21st century urban park that are attractive,diverse, resilient and alive with activity.

Demonstration Projects in the Park Lands

Our great city of Adelaide is consistently rated Australia’s most liveable. The city’s heart is becoming more vibrant as small licensed venues open, our once quiet laneways come to life and a ‘big build’ transforms our riverbank. Building on the strengths of Light’s vision we can do more to make Adelaide one of the world’s great cities.

The Government is committed to working with local councils and the community to realise a new vision for one of our greatest assets – Adelaide’s Urban Park. For Adelaide to be recognised as one of the great small cities of the world, we must revitalise, renew and reconnect with our park lands to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse and sophisticated community.

To kick start the revitalisation process, the Government is committing $20 million over four years to deliver demonstration projects in the Park Lands. 

What you've been telling us

The Park Lands belong to everyone and are a much-loved feature of the City of Adelaide. They are valued as a place for families, sporting bodies, walkers, cyclists and nature lovers, as well as being a place that supports local biodiversity and natural heritage.

We have heard there is a real appetite in our community for a new approach to how we enjoy the Park Lands and a real sense that we need to explore different ways to realise their potential.

The transformation of Bonython Park is a great example of what could be achieved. Below are some before and after photos.

Working to deliver a new vision for Adelaide’s Park Lands

As our urban environment changes and more people live and work near the city, the Parks Lands has the potential to become a welcoming and interesting urban park, including:

  • more places to meet, play and relax
  • a revitalised environment that is connected with nature
  • great facilities for recreation and community activity
  • better pathways and more information to help people find their way and explore.

The Government is committing $20 million over four years to deliver demonstration projects in the Park Lands that provide more playgrounds, sports facilities and community events, plus improved lighting and pathways.

These demonstration projects will not only be great examples of how the Park Lands can be improved, but will be an example of our vision for partnerships by the State Government with Adelaide City Council, inner-city councils and the community.


4 Sep 2017
2017-18 Open Space and Places for People grant funding round opens.

20 Oct 2017
Open Space and Places for People grant funding round closes.

Nov 2017
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure commences assessment of all grant applications.

Feb 2018
Grant applications forwarded to the Minister for Planning for funding decision.
  Successful grant applications announced.


Mei-Lin Schwarz

Tel: 7109 7179

Matthew Lang

Tel: 7109 7090


Page last modified Wednesday, 18 July 2018