Kensington Gardens Reserve Project

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The Kensington Gardens Reserve project will deliver significant environmental and recreational benefits to the reserve and the surrounding creek ecosystem.

The overall project will include an extensive revegetation program with more than 40 trees, 1,450 shrubs and 4,300 groundcovers to be planted in the area surrounding a new wetland.

The Kensington Gardens Reserve Project, Project Steering Committee recently awarded the construction contract for the project to Camco SA.

Camco is a South Australian civil construction company with proven track record in delivering significant projects.

Camco will be partnering with Consolidated Landscape Services for this project and construction works began onsite

The Kensington Gardens Reserve project will deliver significant environmental and recreational benefits to the reserve and the surrounding creek ecosystem.

The overall project will include an extensive revegetation program with more than 40 trees, 1,450 shrubs and 4,300 groundcovers to be planted in the area surrounding a new wetland.

The Kensington Gardens Reserve Project, Project Steering Committee recently awarded the construction contract for the project to Camco SA.

Camco is a South Australian civil construction company with proven track record in delivering significant projects.

Camco will be partnering with Consolidated Landscape Services for this project and construction works began onsite on Monday 4 January 2021.

What is happening?

ABOUT TREE REMOVALS

Tree removals are commencing

An independent arborist and fauna expert will work alongside Camco in the removal of trees and vegetation as part of this project.

All trees removed will be reused, where possible, for habitat features, biozone edging, Kaurna sculptures and mulch.

Along with some exotic pest species and shrubs growing in the location of the future wetland, tree removals will include seven regulated mature trees and ten non-regulated mature trees – some that have been assessed by an independent arborist as having poor health, or are dead, and requiring replacement. A plan of the trees to be removed as part of this project can be seen in the diagram below.

Three of the regulated mature trees are to be removed to accommodate the new wetland. The size and location of the wetland is necessary to adequately treat the polluted water entering the reserve from the Wattle Park catchment before it is discharged into the downstream Stonyfell Creek system.

The site will be revegetated with more than 40 trees, 1,450 shrubs and 4,300 groundcovers to be planted in the area surrounding a new wetland.

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ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Kensington Gardens Reserve project will deliver significant environmental and recreational benefits to the reserve and the surrounding creek ecosystem.

The overall project will include an extensive revegetation program with more than 40 trees, 1,450 shrubs and 4,300 groundcovers to be planted in the area surrounding a new wetland.

A dedicated ‘biozone’ area will feature 2,400m2 of plantings across three distinct areas that will complement the remnant SA Blue Gum ecosystem at the reserve.

Native species will be used exclusively for all new plantings, 4,800 new ‘biozone’ plantings will be locally sourced and indigenous to the reserve.

The wetland will benefit existing trees by removing the existing lake walls and feature over 10,000 new plants that will improve the quality of stormwater that enters Stonyfell Creek.

Revitalisation work includes:

• replacing the unsafe artificial lake with a functional wetland to treat urban water pollution entering Stonyfell Creek.
• visual, recreational and environmental improvements to Stonyfell Creek and the surrounding environment.
• eight reconfigured tournament standard tennis courts with lighting available for club and public use.
• nature play features and biodiversity education elements.
• northern and southern fitness stations and a running circuit around the reserve via a shared-use path.
• new bridges over the creek, viewing decks and a boardwalk over the wetland.

Above: Artists' impression of the new nature play space.

Find out more about the project in the Project Brochure in the document library above. You can also find the concept design in the document library as well.

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    Wooden carvings are being created for the KGR project by artists from Aboriginal Contemporary Arts. Residents got a sneak peek of some of the carvings in the latest edition of Focus newsletter. Find out more at https://www.burnside.sa.gov.au/Community-Recreation/Community-Engagement/Publications/Burnside-Focus-Newsletter/Burnside-Focus-Spring-2021


  • Federal Treasurer visits KGR

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    It was our great pleasure to host Treasurer of Australia Josh Frydenberg MP, alongside Senator Andrew McLachlan CSC and Member for Sturt James Stevens MP this morning at the Kensington Gardens Reserve redevelopment project. We provided key updates on the redevelopment as it progresses on track for completion later this year.

  • Advice on cultural heritage partnering

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    AGL Australia representatives Vicki Brady and Kevin Andersen (at right of the image) spoke with our team to learn more about Council's strong partnership with Kaurna Traditional Owners. This partnership has ensured a best-practice approach to cultural heritage management.


  • KGR News

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    RAWsa is working with Council and our contractor CAMCO SA to actively achieve employment outcomes for Aboriginal People across the councils boundaries.

    The Kensington Gardens Reserve Project has provided over 2000 hours of indigenous workforce participation in the first three months of this project which equates into 4 full time positions working operationally on the ground. The Council's commitment in reconciliation has invested in a RAWsa employed, Kaurna Yerta Aboriginal Corporation (KYAC) endorsed, Aboriginal Workforce Participation Officer (AWPO), who’s role is to maximise Aboriginal workforce participation.

    Activation of the AWPO has provided skilled Aboriginal operators opportunities for employment across the principle and subcontractors, as well as provided the project with access to Kaurna community consultants engaged for community interaction workshops with local Kindergartens and other key stakeholders activities.

    #realjobs #realoutcomes cannot be achieved without the hard work and a collaborative commitment from the Burnside Council Steering Committee, Burnside Council Project team, CAMCO SA and the team working within the RAWsa Heritage Environment and Repatriation Strategy.

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