Urban Greening in Strathalbyn

Sunter Street Pocket Park

Grant Success – Urban Greening in Strathalbyn: Sunter Street Pocket Park

The Resilient Hills & Coasts project has been successful in obtaining a $40,000 climate adaptation grant from the Department for Environment and Water, for Alexandrina Council to deliver an urban greening project in Strathalbyn.  The funds will be used to deliver a pocket park at the intersection of Sunter Street and Alfred Place, enhancing the surrounds of the existing sculpture and providing a greener link between the two main street precincts of High Street and Dawson Street.  

The project will contribute towards implementation of the Strathalbyn District Centre Traffic, Parking & Streetscape Study. 

A warming climate presents challenges for regional areas with “main street” rather than “shopping centre” retail centres.  Businesses in Strathalbyn have said there is a noticeable drop in clientele on days where the temperature rises above 32°C.  To address the risk of hotter days reducing retail turnover in regional towns, investment in improvements will help to make main streets more liveable.  Enhancing the ‘greenness’ of retail and commercial centres is identified as a priority in the Resilient Hills and Coasts Regional Adaptation Plan.  Modelling has demonstrated that with various interventions land surface temperature in the immediate vicinity could be reduced by 4-6°C.