The northern section of the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary has been proclaimed the 22nd national park for the State – the first new national park in 10 years.
The national park proclamation is made up of 2457 hectares of land north-west of Adelaide, to be known as Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park - Winaityinaityi Pangkara (Wee-nay-chi-nay-chi Pan-ker-a), aimed at protecting this vital migratory shorebird habitat.
Following further community consultation and investigation over the next 18 months, a core portion of the entire Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary – the coastline from the Barker Inlet to the township of Port Parham - will be included in the national park in stages.
The State Government has committed $1.7 million over four years for the establishment and ongoing maintenance of the bird sanctuary, including proclamation of the national park.
As well as creating a safe haven for shorebirds, the sanctuary will improve the quality of the water entering the gulf, protect the coastline from climate change impacts and provide opportunities for local and international tourism.
Mr Hunter said he was thrilled to announce the new Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary National Park - Winaityinaityi Pangkara – which will be Adelaide’s second national park.
“The park will help protect shorebirds, create new opportunities for tourism, and deliver on our election commitment of bringing more South Australians out to our parks,” Mr Hunter said.
“The State Government has a strategy – Nature Like Nowhere Else – which targets an extra 1,000 jobs and $350 million a year by 2020 to be delivered through nature-based tourism, and this new national park will help us get there.
“The proclamation of the national park will help redefine Adelaide’s northern suburbs, strengthen local economies and create jobs through nature-based tourism enterprises,” he said.
Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary Collective Chair, Carolyn Curtis said the bird sanctuary concept has the support of the Kaurna Traditional Owners, local government, non-governmental organisations, volunteers and local community representatives - all united in seeking the protection of the shorebirds and their habitat.
“I look forward to continuing to work with the community to further establish and enhance the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary and to build a new northern Adelaide story,” Ms Curtis said.
Kaurna elder Jeffrey Newchurch said Winaityinaityi Pangkara for Kaurna people means a country for all birds and the country that surrounds these birds.
“Engagement with the Kaurna people has brought new economic opportunities to our community, including rediscovering language, family and connection to the bird sanctuary,” Mr Newchurch said.