A $2 million refurbishment of the Hart’s Mill precinct at Port Adelaide has been opened.
The redevelopment includes a multi-use area for outdoor festivals, open air market area and a Kaiser & Kuhne playground with 7.5 m tall Dalben Tower and Rotor by Playrope.
While a small addition to the heart of Port Adelaide, South Australia’s Planning Minister John Rau says it is the all part of a long-term revitalisation plan.
“Put in your minds the possibility of trams running down Commercial Road, there’s a lot of exciting things here,” he said.
“They’re not all for today or tomorrow, but over the next few years this is going to be a place to watch.
“Bit by bit as the money becomes available, whether that’s through the State Government, through private developers as part and parcel of their projects or through the council, bit by bit we will start to see these plans unfold.”
A 2.2-kilometre pedestrian and bicycle path around the Port Adelaide inner harbour will open this month, crossing both the Birkenhead and Jervois bridges.
Mr Rau says significant work has been done to give users a wide and safe area to cross.
“The new loop bike path will provide a great new way for pedestrians and cyclists to experience the Port and its wonderful heritage,” he said.
Port Adelaide-Enfield Mayor Gary Johanson says a revitalisation of the Port is focused on families and the local community.
“The heart of Port Adelaide [is] re-energised again after decades of just withering away into insignificance,” he said.
“This is a chance now for a new beginning and a rebirth of the Port and it’s a family-centred rebirth.”
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