Flora and Fauna management
The Regency Road to Pym Street Project has been carefully designed and staged to maintain existing vegetation wherever possible. Road design and construction methodologies have been planned to maintain as much vegetation as possible.
Currently, there are up to 70 significant and regulated trees, and 402 amenity trees in the project area. The project will plant more than 700 new trees, as well as bushes, grasses and groundcovers. The R2P Alliance will also investigate opportunities to enhance amenity and create positive habitat outcomes across the project footprint.
Vegetation removals started in October 2019.
The landscape design will balance the use of indigenous and non-indigenous species and include semi-mature trees to help offset the loss of mature vegetation. Species selection will adhere to safety standards for proximity to the motorway.
The list of trees to be planted is being developed with assistance from the City of Port Adelaide Enfield.
Removal of vegetation was carefully supervised by a fauna specialist and an arborist. All trees were inspected prior to removal, and if fauna was found, they were relocated by professionals.
Reusing limbs and trunks
Fallen limbs play an important part in local biodiversity. Large limbs and trunks removed as part of the project are retained to be placed in parks and reserves where practically possible. Trunks will be installed in playgrounds to provide nature play opportunities. The R2P project team identified the opportunity to provide tree logs for reuse to the Preschool at St Joseph’s School, Ottoway. The logs were used to refresh the outdoor area with a nature play theme. The remainder of the removed vegetative material will be mulched and used in landscaping.
Community Wildlife Program
The Community Wildlife Program is a DPTI initiative that involves local communities and schools in helping to offset the loss of habitat caused by necessary vegetation removals.
The R2P project team is looking to work with local schools and community members to learn about the important role of biodiversity and planting butterfly gardens to try and help increase their currently declining numbers. We would like to explore how we can work together to improve biodiversity in the local area.
In particular, we will be working closely with local schools and community groups to provide butterfly garden workshops, and information about how to attract butterflies and other wildlife into the local area and residents’ back yards.
Local school wildlife workshops involve the community in helping to enhance local habitat.
Please contact us if you are interested in participating in information sessions and workshops, or if you would like to share ideas for the Program.
For further information on native vegetation and providing habitat to our native fauna, you can visit the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges (AMLR) Natural Resources Management website, please click here to visit the site.
To view the Vegetation Management Fact Sheet please click here.