St Peters Billabong

Where is it?: St Peters Billabong is situated between the River Torrens and Eighth Avenue / River Street at St Peters.

Owner: City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters

Property summary: Total area c. 6 hectares. Hundred of Adelaide – Allotments 31, 46, 725, 725A, Pieces 10 (Deposited Plan 22127), 24 (Filed Plan 138138).

Natural Resources Management Region: Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges

History: Before European settlement, the River Torrens was a natural stream with variable seasonal flows. What is now St Peters Billabong was part of the main stream of the river. The 1960s saw a renewed social consciousness of the river and the beginnings of the Linear Park concept. In 1971, the area encompassing the Billabong and River Park was compulsorily acquired by St Peters Council to close a dump. In 1978, the Billabong was created when, to minimise problems of erosion, it was isolated from the mainstream of the Torrens, with channel straightening and the construction of the two weirs.

Habitat: A wetland habitat with River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis).

More information: Friends of the Billabong

Total Species Recorded to Date: 59 (non-passerines 40, passerines 19)

Common Species: Maned Duck, Australian White Ibis, Little Pied Cormorant, Little Black Cormorant, Australasian Swamphen, Dusky Moorhen

Less Common Species: Australasian Grebe, Grey Teal, Nankeen Night Heron, Eastern Great Egret, Australasian Darter, Black-faced Cuckooshrike

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