Torrens Island Conservation Park expanded
Vulnerable and threatened plant and animal species in the Port Adelaide region have received extra protection, with 25 hectares of land added to the Torrens Island Conservation Park yesterday.
The park – located on Torrens Island, in the Port River – protects areas of mangrove forest, samphire shrubland, and sand dune systems.
Local member Susan Close says the extra land added to the park is home to vulnerable and threatened species.
“At least 60 native plant species inhabit this important area of biodiversity in metropolitan Adelaide,” she says.
“It includes Bead Samphire, which is listed as vulnerable under the Commonwealth’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, and areas of Subtropical and Temperate Coastal Saltmarsh, which are threatened ecological communities under the Act.
“The area also provides habitat for the Australasian Bitton and the Fairy Tern, both of which are nationally threatened bird species, and the White-bellied Sea Eagle, which is listed as endangered at the state level.”
Identifying suitable land to be added to the Torrens Island Conservation Park has been a complex process. “With the support of the Friends of Torrens Island group, we have been able to identify 25 hectares of land that has now been added to the existing park to provide greater protection for the island’s plant and animal species” says Susan Close.
Susan Close MP
Member for Port Adelaide
1/111 Lipson Street, Port Adelaide, SA 5015