Thidna Conservation Park To Be Created On Yorke Peninsula

Thidna Conservation Park To Be Created On Yorke Peninsula

South Australia Minister for Sustainability Conservation and Environment Ian Hunter

Another 1,174 Ha Added To South Australian Parks

Victor P Taffa

A new conservation park has been created on Yorke Peninsula, and 3 existing parks in the Adelaide Hills and South East have been extended, adding a total of 1,174 ha to the State’s parks network.

“This land contains different habitats, species and landscape features, and it is very pleasing to be able to add it to the state’s parks network to ensure it is protected for generations to come.” Minister for Sustainability Conservation and Environment Ian Hunter said.

“Creation of Thidna Conservation Park is great news for Yorke Peninsula, which is already home to the much-loved Innes National Park.”

New Thidna Conservation Park, between Corny Point and Daly Head on southern Yorke Peninsula, protects 857 ha of remnant native vegetation in a landscape that has been heavily cleared for agriculture.

Thidna is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘foot’ and comes from the park’s position at the foot of the peninsula. The park protects a range of habitats that are home to 146 species of plants and 59 species of fauna, including fairy terns and hooded plovers.

Sturt Gorge Recreation Park in the southern suburbs has nearly doubled in size with the addition of 190 ha of revegetated land at Craigburn Farm.

Black Hill Conservation Park, which adjoins Morialta, has had another 53 ha added to its north-west boundary, bringing the park to a total area of 758 ha.

In the South East, Butcher Gap Conservation Park, near Kingston, has grown by 74 ha with the addition of Crown land bordering the park to protect coastal habitats that supports a number of rare and threatened fauna species.

Background

New additions make a total of 359 parks and reserves in South Australia, covering more than 21 Million ha, or 21.5% of the state’s total landmass.