The Council supports the ongoing conservation of native vegetation and biodiversity across the City.
The Council works with the community to perfect our City's biodiversity and understands that a highly diverse and complex ecosystem is a sign of health. This also has a positive impact on the quality of the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat.
What is biodiversity
Biodiversity (or biological diversity) is the variety of all forms of life (plants, animals and micro-organisms), the genes they contain, and the ecosystems of which they form a part.
An ecosystem is a community of animals and plants, considered as a total unit within its physical environment.
Why biodiversity is important
Maintaining and enhancing biodiversity is important for a number of reasons, including:
- biodiversity maintains the critical ecosystem processes that support life
- healthy, functioning ecosystems are necessary to maintain and regulate the atmosphere, climate, fresh water, soil formation, cycling of nutrients and disposal of wastes
- aesthetic and cultural value - the community places a high value on native plants, animals and ecosystems, which contribute to a sense of cultural identity, spiritual enrichment and recreation.
For information about encouraging biodiversity in your own backyard, visit: Natural Resource Management - Urban Diversity
St Peters Billabong
Just three kilometres from Adelaide CBD and a stone’s throw from the River Torrens, the St Peters Billabong is a local treasure which is home to a thriving ecosystem— and a popular place for families and friends to spend time with nature.
The Billabong and its surrounding natural landscape have been carefully nurtured over many years by a group of professional and passionate volunteers.
Borthwick Park Biodiversity Program
Nestled in the heart of Kensington, Borthwick Park stands as a testament to the harmonious coexistence of pre-settlement landscapes and modern urban life. This park has been lovingly nurtured by a dedicated community of volunteers, striving to strike a balance between the recreational needs of the locals and the re-vegetation of native plants to provide a thriving ecosystem.
Much more than just a park, Borthwick Park serves as a place where the community actively participates through volunteering and interacts with the diverse natural processes at play, fostering a deeper connection with the beauty and resilience of native Australian plants.
The volunteers seek to act locally, combatting impacts of climate change by maintaining a thriving habitat of flora and fauna in public open space, while aiming to educate the community about the benefits of the of native flora. This long-standing project is a testament to the power of community engagement, a collaborative effort between the Kensington Residents' Association and the Council.
Discover the natural beauty and resilience of Borthwick Park—a living example of urban biodiversity at its best.