Major project highlights

Each year we deliver a number of major projects beyond our regular services and programs.  These projects improve the environment, enhance and revitalise communities and provide new facilities and infrastructure for you to enjoy.

Financial Year: 2024-25

  • Activations and events

    underway

    Activations and celebrations that support a vibrant community, business precincts will promote PAE as a unique tourism destination. During 2024-25 we will deliver four flagship events including Dockside Festival, MELTFest (new Winter event), Christmas Parade and New Year’s Eve.

  • Economic Development Plan

    underway

    Our new Economic Development Plan which will assist in creating a thriving economy that enriches its local community. This will include implementing the findings of the Visitor Information Centre review to enhance visitor experiences, drive economic growth, activate the local area and create a sustainable and vibrant tourism destination.

  • Greening our City

    continuing

    We will continue to deliver our response to climate change and environmental sustainability priorities, supporting business and community action through the Greening Our City initiative, including tree planting and canopy mapping and green open space developments.

  • Inclusive Communities Plan

    underway

    During 2024-25, we will develop and implement a new Inclusive Communities Plan to strengthen access and inclusion, supporting people with disability to participate in all aspects of community life. 

  • Inclusive Sports Facilities program

    underway

    We will continue to upgrade community sports facilities to support increased and diverse participation in sports. This year we will progress upgrades to Largs Reserve, Duncan Fraser Reserve, Blair Athol Reserve,  E P Nazer Reserve and Largs North Reserve

  • Net Zero Emissions Plan Implementation

    continuing

    During 2024-25, we will continue to deliver on our commitment to reduce our corporate greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30% by 2025 and then by at least 60% by 2030. This program will include purchasing renewable energy, improving energy and water efficiencies, and switching to low emission alternatives to reduce our carbon footprint.

  • Port Adelaide Civic Precinct Plan

    underway

    Develop a Precinct Plan that considers how Council’s buildings and public space can best be used to address community needs, and contribute to making the civic centre of Port Adelaide more useable and attractive.

  • Reserve upgrades

    planned

    We will continue to upgrade our reserves to make them accessible and safe for all. This year we will progress upgrades to Port Canal, Joyce Snadden, Carroll Avenue, Jack Watkins, Thomas Turner and LJ Lewis & Edward Smith reserves.

  • Semaphore Foreshore

    continuing

    Following extensive community engagement to develop a Master Plan for the Semaphore foreshore, we will commence detailed design on the Central Plaza Area. 

  • Social Infrastructure Plan

    planned

    Developing the Social Infrastructure Plan enables us to ensure the spaces and activities in our existing or potentially new community infrastructure—Libraries, Halls, Community Sporting Hubs and Community Centres—meet existing and future community need and build community learning, skills, wellbeing and connections. 

  • Waste Management

    underway

    As we continue to provide efficient and effective waste management services for the community, we will review and develop a new Regional Waste Management Strategy with the Central Adelaide Waste and Recycling Authority (CAWRA). We will also  improve waste management options for households, Council facilities and leased facilities, and on streets, including to address illegal dumping, and expand community education and awareness in partnership with CAWRA.

  • Yitpi Yartapuultiku

    continuing

    A new Aboriginal cultural destination—a space where people can meet, learn, experience, grow and develop strong cultural connections. Following construction in early 2025, we will continue to collaborate with the Aboriginal and Kaurna community and others to develop and deliver programs and activities to bring Yitpi Yartapuultiku to life. 

Financial Year: 2023-24

  • Arts, Culture and Activation

    ongoing

    With our grants and sponsorships program, we will continued to help create an innovative, resilient and empowered community by fostering diversity and inclusion within the arts, not-for-profit and business sectors.

  • Eastern Precinct Social Infrastructure

    continuing

    We have continued to review the services that our libraries, community centres and community halls provide by building a case for improving social infrastructure on the eastern side of our City. This built on the work undertook during 2022-23.

  • Heritage Conservation Management Plans Development

    underway

    These plans will provide direction and action plans for the work we will do in the future to conserve, reuse and develop the heritage buildings that we own and maintain on behalf of our community.

  • Improved Waste Management Program

    completed

    Several activities enabled us to improve our waste management services during 2023-24, as well as to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Our Materials Recovery Facility is now fully operational, and we will continue our work on waste diversion modelling and auditing. We also introduced a hard waste voucher system.

  • Inclusive Sports Facilities Program

    continuing

    We continued to upgrade our community sports facilities to support increased and diverse participation in sports. This year we furthered construction work at Greenacres and T K Shutter Reserves and began work on detailed designs for Largs, Klemzig and Duncan Fraser Reserve facilities.

  • LED Lighting

    continuing

    We worked with SA Power Networks to begin to replace over 6,200 streetlights with energy-efficient LEDs. As power prices continue to rise, LEDs will reduce our City’s power bills while improving street visibility and safety.

  • Net Zero Emissions Plan Implementation

    continuing

    We’re committed to reducing our 2021 corporate greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30% by 2025 and then by at least 60% by 2030. This program will include purchasing renewable energy, improving energy and water efficiencies, and switching to low emission alternatives to reduce our carbon footprint.

  • Wauwa Street, Port Adelaide and Victoria Street

    completed

    We've upgraded the streetscapes at Wauwa and Victoria Streets in Queenstown to increase the amount of open space in these areas, using water-sensitive and environmentally sustainable designs.

  • Yitpi Yartapuultiku

    continuing

    Years in the making, during 2023-24, we shared the plans for Yitpi Yartapuultiku, a new Aboriginal Cultural Destination we are building in the heart of Port Adelaide. Since its inception, this innovative project has been working to establish a unique cultural connection within our local community, while creating a destination where people from all backgrounds can share, learn, and experience our rich heritage. 

Financial Year: 2022-23

  • Barker Inlet Tidal Gates

    underway

    New tidal gates will improve biodiversity in the Barker Wetlands by creating a barrier between salt and fresh water. The gates will also help reduce the risk of localised flooding in the industrial areas of our City. Preliminary works for this important project were completed during 2022-23.

  • Dockside Festival

    completed

    In 2022-23, we hosted this inaugural three-day summer festival in Port Adelaide, celebrating community, sport and culture. Dockside helps us to celebrate our unique history and culture along the Port River front.

  • E P Nazer Reserve

    continuing

    E P Nazer is a popular reserve located in Semaphore South. We completed a master plan for the site with a staging and implementation plan to be developed in 2023–24.

  • Inclusive Sports Facility Program

    ongoing

    During 2022-23 we engaged a local builder to construct new change rooms, tennis courts and cricket nets at Greenacres Reserve Clubrooms, with work commencing in August 2023. We also commenced works to construct a new change room and storage shed at T K Shutter Reserve and completed Gepps Cross Clubrooms. We conducted a consultation with club representatives at Klemzig Reserve in preparation for major works at the site, and began designing a new facility at Duncan Fraser Reserve, in collaboration with the Northgate Sports and Community Club. We also worked with the Port District Football Club on a design of a two-storey building at Largs Reserve.

  • Investing in roads in PAE

    completed

    During 2022-23, we invest $13.4 million into the maintenance renewal of our 702km road network.

  • Living Environment Program

    ongoing

    During 2022-23, we continued to accelerate our response to climate change and environmental sustainability priorities. This included supporting businesses and community action through the Greening Our City initiative, the Green Business Incentive Scheme and the Community Environment Program. We also continued to accelerate our efforts to achieve zero net emissions and work with others to ensure that the organisation and our City can adapt and be resilient to climate change.

  • Playground Upgrades

    completed

    Eight of our playgrounds got a makeover during 2022-23. Two sites in Blair Athol; Dover Street Reserve and Mapleton Reserve were upgraded, along with Northgate Reserve in Northgate, Polonia Reserve in Croydon Park, Roy Amer Reserve in Oakden and the Walkley Heights Reserve. By the coast, E A Carlson Reserve in North Haven and Semaphore Foreshore Reserve playground were also opened for public use.

  • Semaphore Foreshore

    continuing

    We have now conducted a review of the engagement and design approach for the Semaphore Foreshore Master Plan, which will be delivered in 2023-24.

Financial Year: 2021-22

  • Birkenhead Naval Reserve

    completed

    We completed an upgrade at Birkenhead Naval Reserve, installing an underwater stormwater detention basin to hold water during heavy rains. The upgraded site also features a nature play space, playground, BBQ area and basketball hoop. Residents helped us plant 2,500 trees and shrubs at the launch of the site in June 2022.

  • Investment in place-based arts

    completed

    We supported local artists, musicians and businesses to get involved in arts and cultural activities of statewide significance, including the Adelaide Fringe, the Umbrella Festival and SALA (the South Australian Living Artists Festival). We delivered the inaugural Living Landscapes Writers’ Festival in April 2022.

  • Investment in visitor economy

    completed

    We worked to strengthen promotion of local tourism opportunities, to encourage the visitor economy in PAE. During 2021-22 we,  delivered a marketing campaign around packaged visitor experiences, called the PAE Way. More than 60 people attended the Western Adelaide Tourism Alliance quarterly tourism networking event in March 2022 at Glanville Hall. In partnership with local stakeholders, we delivered and facilitated 
    a variety of exhibitions, tours and guided walks for the South Australian History Festival 2022, involving a total of approximately 680 participants who were keen to learn more about the rich history of PAE.

  • Materials Recovery Facility

    completed

    The MRF commenced operating on 31 January 2022 and has the capacity to process 50,000 tonnes of recyclables per year from household yellow bins. The MRF enables us to manage waste more effectively and 
    participate in the local circular economy.

  • Playground upgrade around PAE

    completed

    During 2021-22, we completed eight playground upgrades and installations, including two at Harry Wierda Reserve in Oakden. We added 3 on 3 basketball courts at J B Dearing Reserve in North Haven and Dingley Dell Reserve in Blair Athol. We also upgraded W A L Kilpatrick Reserve in North Haven and Birkenhead Naval Reserve, and we will soon complete major upgrades at Dover Street Reserve in Blair Athol and E S P Rogers Reserve in North Haven. 

  • Polonia Reserve, Croydon Park

    completed

    During 2021-22, Council endorsed a final design for a reinvigorated Polonia reserve. 

  • Progress designs and planning for Yitpi Yartapuultiku

    continuing

    We prepared a detailed business case for the Aboriginal Cultural Centre and presented it to Council in March 2022.  The Aboriginal Cultural Centre was also named during 2021-22; Yitpi Yartapuultiku, meaning ‘Soul of Port Adelaide’. It will be a community place providing a range of activities and opportunities for both First Nations and non-First Nations people.

  • Prospect Rd upgrades

    completed

    A project spanning several years has revitalised of Prospect Road, in Kilburn and Blair Athol. The upgrades included more outdoor dining spaces to encourage people to shop and stay longer and new shady local ‘nodes’ to enhance the amenity and create more ‘places for people’. We installed public artworks along the street, together with new trees for shade and landscaping, and improved the safety of the area with better lighting, lower speed zones, a road reseal and new on-street bike lanes. A community celebration event was held on 9 July 2022.

  • Regency Park sporting facilities

    completed

    Works at Regency Park reserve during 2021-22 have increased community access to these state-of-the-art facilities. New buildings, car park, main pitch and practice pitch were opened in October 2022.

  • Semaphore Foreshore planning

    continuing

    During 2021-22, we worked with the community to develop a master plan for Semaphore Foreshore, designed to stimulate the economy in the area. Council approved the Semaphore Foreshore concept plan for consultation in May 2022 and in June and July 2022, we travelled around our community to share the draft master plan and seek feedback to ensure that we were on the right track. 

  • Sustainability initiatives

    ongoing

    We committed to invest $2.3 million across three years in sustainability initiatives to green our city, reduce carbon emissions and adapt to climate change. During 2022-23, we established the multi-faceted Living Environment Program as well as a Green Business Incentive Scheme. We provided 150 residents in our hottest suburbs with free mature trees to plant in their gardens. We also provided $20,000 in grant funding to support local groups to deliver environmental projects. 

  • Vibrant new community spaces in Blair Athol

    completed

    The Dover Street Open Space project was progressed in 2021-22, with the creation of an exciting open space for games and sports, along with an upgraded play space for children to enjoy. The site also features retaining walls, rockwork, irrigation and turf, and we completed underground stormwater pipe works and footpaths.