Draft Open Space Plan

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What is public open space and why is it important?

Public open space in West Torrens includes parks and reserves, sports fields, playgrounds, and linear pathways, such as the River Torrens Linear Park and bikeway corridors. It includes land with a drainage or utility purpose, some paved areas, and some landscaped road reserves.

There is a strong link between good quality, accessible open space and the liveability of our suburbs. Open space underpins many social, environmental and economic benefits that are essential to a healthy community and provides opportunities for people to play sport, be active, relax and connect with nature as well as with other people.


Purpose of the Open Space Plan

The Open Space Plan (the Plan) is a long term strategy rather than informing on details such as the items provided in a specific park (although the Plan will provide guidance on this).

The Plan will guide the delivery of quality public open spaces and aspires to meet the needs of the community by the City of West Torrens over the next 5 years.

The objectives of the Plan are to:

  • Protect existing areas of open space.
  • Deliver a diversity of open space types and experiences to suit the needs of the community.
  • Provide an equitable distribution of public open space across West Torrens by responding to:
    • areas of population growth (rising demand)
    • areas in short supply of open space (gap areas) and
    • opportunities to enhance open space.
  • Enhance the accessibility and safety of open spaces and strengthen linkages between open spaces and key activity nodes.
  • Maximise the greening and cooling benefits of the open spaces and open space network.
  • Enhance open spaces through coordinated planning, management and maintenance activities.
  • Describe goals and strategies that will inform Council asset management planning and funding requirements for open space.


Emerging issues

A number of key issues have been considered in the preparation of the Plan including:

  • Increasing infill development
  • More people are living on smaller parcels of land with less garden space. As such, the community is becoming more reliant on public open space.
  • A growing and diverse community
  • As the population continues to grow, it is important that Open Space is accessible and attractive for all age groups and people of all abilities.
  • Climate change and urban heat
  • As South Australia’s climate becomes warmer and drier, Council’s open space network plays a pivotal role in reducing urban heat islands and managing drainage and flood events.

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How to have your say

Provide your feedback using any of the following:

  • Online
    Use the online feedback form at the bottom of this page.

  • Public pop-ups
    Project information displays and surveys will be setup at the following locations for the duration of the consultation. Staff will conduct pop-ups sessions at the same locations at set times in order to discuss the Draft Open Space Plan, answer questions and provide access to hard copy and online surveys.
    • Thebarton Community Centre
      Corner Ashwin Pde and South Rd, Torrensville SA 5031
      Pop-up session: Wednesday 4 August, 11.30am - 1.30pm.


    • Hamra Centre Library foyer
      1 Brooker Tce, Hilton SA 5033

      Pop-up session: Tuesday 10 August, 3pm - 5pm.


    • Civic Centre
      165 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Hilton SA 5033
      Pop-up session: Wednesday 18 August, 9.30am - 11.30am.

  • Post
    Complete the
    downloadable feedback form or prepare a written submission (including your name and residential address) and mail to:
    'Draft Open Space Plan submission'
    City of West Torrens
    165 Sir Donald Bradman Drive
    Hilton 5033

  • Email
    Complete the
    downloadable feedback form or prepare a written submission (including your name and residential address) and email csu@wtcc.sa.gov.au with the subject heading 'Draft Open Space Plan submission '.


All responses must be received by 5pm Wednesday 18 August 2021.


Additional information

Sustainability Planner on 8416 6259 / email nobroin@wtcc.sa.gov.au


Council’s use of personal information

Please note that the City of West Torrens is a public authority which is bound by the Local Government Act 1999, and other relevant legislation, to retain information and to make certain information publicly available. In some instances, this will require Council to publish personal information such as names and addresses of those whose information it holds. If you have any questions regarding the use of your personal information please contact Council on (08) 8416 6333.



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What is public open space and why is it important?

Public open space in West Torrens includes parks and reserves, sports fields, playgrounds, and linear pathways, such as the River Torrens Linear Park and bikeway corridors. It includes land with a drainage or utility purpose, some paved areas, and some landscaped road reserves.

There is a strong link between good quality, accessible open space and the liveability of our suburbs. Open space underpins many social, environmental and economic benefits that are essential to a healthy community and provides opportunities for people to play sport, be active, relax and connect with nature as well as with other people.


Purpose of the Open Space Plan

The Open Space Plan (the Plan) is a long term strategy rather than informing on details such as the items provided in a specific park (although the Plan will provide guidance on this).

The Plan will guide the delivery of quality public open spaces and aspires to meet the needs of the community by the City of West Torrens over the next 5 years.

The objectives of the Plan are to:

  • Protect existing areas of open space.
  • Deliver a diversity of open space types and experiences to suit the needs of the community.
  • Provide an equitable distribution of public open space across West Torrens by responding to:
    • areas of population growth (rising demand)
    • areas in short supply of open space (gap areas) and
    • opportunities to enhance open space.
  • Enhance the accessibility and safety of open spaces and strengthen linkages between open spaces and key activity nodes.
  • Maximise the greening and cooling benefits of the open spaces and open space network.
  • Enhance open spaces through coordinated planning, management and maintenance activities.
  • Describe goals and strategies that will inform Council asset management planning and funding requirements for open space.


Emerging issues

A number of key issues have been considered in the preparation of the Plan including:

  • Increasing infill development
  • More people are living on smaller parcels of land with less garden space. As such, the community is becoming more reliant on public open space.
  • A growing and diverse community
  • As the population continues to grow, it is important that Open Space is accessible and attractive for all age groups and people of all abilities.
  • Climate change and urban heat
  • As South Australia’s climate becomes warmer and drier, Council’s open space network plays a pivotal role in reducing urban heat islands and managing drainage and flood events.

View documents


How to have your say

Provide your feedback using any of the following:

  • Online
    Use the online feedback form at the bottom of this page.

  • Public pop-ups
    Project information displays and surveys will be setup at the following locations for the duration of the consultation. Staff will conduct pop-ups sessions at the same locations at set times in order to discuss the Draft Open Space Plan, answer questions and provide access to hard copy and online surveys.
    • Thebarton Community Centre
      Corner Ashwin Pde and South Rd, Torrensville SA 5031
      Pop-up session: Wednesday 4 August, 11.30am - 1.30pm.


    • Hamra Centre Library foyer
      1 Brooker Tce, Hilton SA 5033

      Pop-up session: Tuesday 10 August, 3pm - 5pm.


    • Civic Centre
      165 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Hilton SA 5033
      Pop-up session: Wednesday 18 August, 9.30am - 11.30am.

  • Post
    Complete the
    downloadable feedback form or prepare a written submission (including your name and residential address) and mail to:
    'Draft Open Space Plan submission'
    City of West Torrens
    165 Sir Donald Bradman Drive
    Hilton 5033

  • Email
    Complete the
    downloadable feedback form or prepare a written submission (including your name and residential address) and email csu@wtcc.sa.gov.au with the subject heading 'Draft Open Space Plan submission '.


All responses must be received by 5pm Wednesday 18 August 2021.


Additional information

Sustainability Planner on 8416 6259 / email nobroin@wtcc.sa.gov.au


Council’s use of personal information

Please note that the City of West Torrens is a public authority which is bound by the Local Government Act 1999, and other relevant legislation, to retain information and to make certain information publicly available. In some instances, this will require Council to publish personal information such as names and addresses of those whose information it holds. If you have any questions regarding the use of your personal information please contact Council on (08) 8416 6333.



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  • The City of West Torrens is currently developing a new Open Space Plan and are seeking your feedback to ensure the Plan remains relevant for the community and, in doing so supports a City where people want to live, work and enjoy life especially given the increase in infill developments intensifying the demand on Council's open space. 

    To provide feedback on the Draft Open Space Plan, you can either complete this online feedback form or fill-out the downloadable feedback form and return it to the Council offices, 165 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Hilton SA 5033.

    Both feedback formats will give you the opportunity to either provide a brief, general response or to provide a more detailed response for one or more of the Plan's five individual goals.

    All responses must be received by 5pm Wednesday 18 August 2021. 

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