Consultation Summary Report released

1 June 2020

Public consultation commenced on 20 January 2020 and closed 2 March 2020 to help decide where along the Adelaide metropolitan coastline to build the new shellfish reef. There was significant interest from the community with over 1580 responses received and public forums well attended, indicating strong support for shellfish reef habitat restoration across all three locations.

A consultation report: Community input to inform the final location of an Adelaide metropolitan shellfish reef prepared by The Nature Conservancy and the Department for Environment and Water, highlights the outcomes of the consultation. Each of the three sites: Glenelg, O’Sullivan Beach and Port Noarlunga had good support via the survey.

On 27 May 2020, The Minister for Environment and Water, The Hon. David Speirs, announced Glenelg as the preferred location for the shellfish reef, based on the community feedback and other additional construction and environmental factors.

Thank you for your support, for attending the forums and for sharing your opinions. Your contribution is greatly valued and was considered in helping make the final decision.

What are the next steps?

Further work will be undertaken to determine the exact location of the new shellfish reef within an already identified 5ha site. It will consist of numerous low profile reef segments made from limestone boulders and juvenile native flat oysters across an area the size of Adelaide Oval. Construction is anticipated to commence in September 2020 and be completed by late 2020.  

The reef is proposed to be included as part of the Encounter Marine Park amendments, for further information on this please go to Marine Park YourSAy.