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Upper House backs two Greens bills to protect Park Lands

30 August 2023

South Australia is one step closer to safeguarding the Adelaide Park Lands from development after two Greens Private Member’s Bills to protect the city’s iconic green space passed the Upper House last night.

The bills introduced by Greens MLC Robert Simms strip the Police Minister of their power to seize Park Lands for any new SAPOL barracks and prevent the Government from rezoning the Parklands without the approval of both Houses of Parliament.

“The Upper House has sent a clear message that the Park Lands belong to all South Australians and shouldn’t be used by the Government of the day as a land bank. This is a big win for all those who have been advocating for protecting this unique part of South Australia,” said Robert Simms.

“Labor should now rule out further Park Lands land grabs and back the bills in the Lower House to ensure that our city’s iconic green space is given the protection it deserves.”

The New Women's and Children's Hospital (Relocation of SA Police Facilities) Amendment Bill 2023 and Planning, Development and Infrastructure (Adelaide Park Lands) Amendment Bill 2023 passed with the support of the Liberal Opposition and SA-Best.