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Open Space and Public Realm Investment

Quality public space is essential to healthy, liveable communities. Providing access to quality public open spaces which can provide a range of activities and support safe, healthy, connected communities is becoming increasingly important.

The State Government is committed to urban greening and climate change resilience by supporting projects which improve the way our public spaces function, making them more sustainable, more accessible, safer and healthier.

The Planning and Development Fund allows the Government to adopt a state-wide approach to strategically implement open space and public realm projects through direct investment in State Government projects, co-investment opportunities and via two grant programs for local government (Open Space and Places for People).

Open Space and Places for People Grant Programs - successful grant applications announced

The Marshall Government has implemented a $350 million stimulus package aimed at safeguarding South Australia’s economy and to protect local jobs from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic and our recent devastating bushfire season.

$65.5 million worth of funding for local community projects has been announced as part of the State Government’s Open Spaces and Places for People Grants.

In March the State Government doubled the annual Planning and Development Fund to $50 million, when matched with 50:50 local government contribution, with a focus on projects that were considered to be ‘shovel ready’.

During the application process a total of 160 applications were submitted, seeking approximately $116 million in funding – tripling the amount of applications and funding requested from the previous year.

A total of 37 community projects have successfully secured funding across 27 different council areas, with 24 in metropolitan Adelaide and 13 in regional South Australia. Successful grants were received from the following councils:

Adelaide Barossa
Burnside Berri Barmera
Campbelltown Flinders Ranges
Charles Sturt Kangaroo Island
Holdfast Bay Karoonda East Murray
Marion Loxton Waikerie
Mitcham Mount Remarkable
Mount Barker Murray Bridge
Onkaparinga Naracoorte Lucindale
Playford Tumby Bay
Port Adelaide Enfield Victor Harbor
Prospect Yorke Peninsula
Tea Tree Gully  
West Torrens  

A key element for all of these projects is the creation of local employment, however it is equally important that these projects improve the public realm, provide public health benefits and support climate change initiatives such as through the provision of more tree canopy.

The Open Spaces and Places for People Grants program is part of the State Government’s $1 billion stimulus package aimed at safeguarding the South Australia’s economy following the impacts of COVID-19 and the devastating bushfire season.

Further information


Dec 2019

Open Space and Places for People grant round opens
9 April 2020 Open Space and Places for People grant funding round closes
Apr 2020 – May 2020 Grant application assessment
May 2020 Successful grant applications announced


Tel: 7109 9113 or 8343 2363


Page last modified Monday, 11 May 2020