Plants and trees to transform rail corridor

Read about how sections of the Adelaide to Seaford rail line will be transformed into a thriving biodiversity corridor.

City Limits Magazine October 2014 This article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 46 - October 2014.

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Sections of the Adelaide to Seaford rail line will be transformed into a thriving biodiversity corridor after the completion of the first phase of a major revegetation and landscaping program.

Almost 2500 shrubs and trees were planted between June and July at sites that were pruned or cleared as part of the State Government’s electrification of the rail line.

The project will cost about $140,000 with the Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) picking up the tab under a pre-arranged agreement with the City of Marion.

The payment enabled the City of Marion to appoint a contractor to undertake the work.

Key landscaping sites included Marion Station and Charles and Hazel streets in Ascot Park, while plantings took place at more than 10 locations, including Mitchell Park, Park Holme and Hallett Cove.

City Limits - Oct 14 - Issue 46 - Adelaide to Seaford biodiversity corridoCity of Marion coordinator of biodiversity Jerry Smith said the work would create an environment for plants and wildlife to thrive.

“Planting almost 2500 shrubs and trees is an important step towards creating an environment that will attract birds and wildflife and improve the amenity of the area,” Mr Smith said.

“Newly positioned fencing installed as part of the upgrade has created room for wider verges, which in some areas will encourage trees to grow and provide shade and shelter.”

A total of 2275 shrubs and groundcover were planted, including gold dust and rock wattle, native lilac and flax lily, while 105 trees, including silver banksia, southern cypress pines and drooping sheoaks will be planted where significant clearing took place.

The project will continue over the next two years with more plantings, landscaping, and a public art project at Charles Street, Ascot Park.

DPTI funding totalled $139,315 and will fund further plantings and artworks around Charles Street.

In addition, DPTI are funding a public art project at Marion Station.

A map showing the key revegetation areas is available at the below link.

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