Black is a series of individual coastal and inland villages, each with its own distinct character, strong sense of community and specific needs. The electorate is divided in two, with a steep escarpment forming a topographical divide between the plains and the plateau.
South of the escarpment we find Hallett Cove, our largest suburb, accounting for almost half of the electorate. Hallett Cove is lauded for its unique geological park, which draws tourists from across the world and school children from every corner of Adelaide. Locals love Hallett Cove’s open space, its precious conservation park, sheep paddocks, Field River Valley and community parks around every corner.
Moving north, we have Marino and Seacliff Park scrambling across the coastal hillside, and Kingston Park, one of Adelaide’s smallest suburbs, nestled in the cove by the beach. Here you will find the Tjilbruke monument and lookout commemorating one of Adelaide’s most touching dreamtime stories. Across the road is Kingston House, built in 1840 by George Strickland Kingston, deputy surveyor-general to Colonel William Light. The house, which I can recommend for its excellent Sunday afternoon Devonshire teas, was also home to George’s son Charles, who from 1893 to 1901 was a great reformist premier of South Australia.
Leaving Kingston Park and the rugged southern coastline behind, we move inland toward the hills. Seacliff Park, Seaview Downs, Seacombe Heights and Darlington form a series of attractive hillside suburbs, each with a strong sense of community, an environmental bent.
We then leave Darlington to head south to O'Halloran Hill and across to the west it covers Trott Park and Sheidow Park. New areas that form the most southern part of my electorate and what will neighbor the soon to be boundary for Glenthorne National Park.
Glenthorne National Park will be Adelaide's second national park and is a project that I will be delivering in my capacity as the state's Environment Minister. The new national park will include: Glenthorne Farm; O'Halloran Hill Recreation Park; Marino Conservation Park; Hallett Cove Conservation Park; Happy Valley Reservoir and the Field River Valley. This will see 1500ha of open space permanently protected from urban sprawl. More information about the new Glenthorne National Park can be found here.
Black is also home to some of the states most visited tourist attractions; such as the Coastal Boardwalk which stretches from Marino to Hallett Cove. The 7.2km walk takes you along the rugged coastline, along the clifftops and past world famous geological
formations at Hallett Cove, important sites of remnant coastal vegetation and the significant cultural presence of the Tjilbruke Dreaming.
I believe the electorate of Black is by far the most beautiful in the state and a place I have been fortunate enough to call home for a majority of my life here in Australia, it is truly a great place to live.