Mayor Claire Boan

Welcome to the Winter edition of PAE Today.

The cooler weather is on the way, but there are still plenty of opportunities to get out and about across PAE.

History Month is happening during May, with a program full of talks, exhibitions and workshops being delivered at our libraries and other local venues. These fascinating activities help us to showcase our heritage and tell the story of our City.
There are a significant number of heritage sites in PAE, with the Port Adelaide State Heritage Area being particularly important to SA’s maritime history.

We have a long-standing commitment to the protection and promotion of our built heritage and provide qualified heritage advisory services, heritage plaques on prominent buildings and grant funding for property owners to assist in conservation works. We’re currently asking for feedback on our Draft Built Heritage Strategy via our engagement platform at

PAE is also filled with landscapes and places that are of importance to the local Kaurna community, and plans for our Aboriginal Cultural Centre are progressing.

The design of the centre will be completed during 2022–23 and is one of the priorities outlined in our draft Annual Business Plan.

The 2022–23 Draft Annual Business Plan presents the key initiatives we intend to deliver to support a thriving, well-connected and healthy community and environment. The plan also outlines how we will maintain our existing $1.7 billion of infrastructure and deliver services that are both sustainable and in line with your needs and expectations. You’re invited to give your feedback on our plan for next financial year, because everyone who lives, works, learns or plays in PAE has a role in shaping our City now and into the future.

To have your say, complete the survey at or give us a call. I look forward to your ideas and thoughts about what we can achieve together.

There is a vibrant arts culture around PAE and we were recently thrilled to receive the John Chataway Innovation Award for our Big Picture Series augmented reality experience as part of the Adelaide Fringe.

I was also pleased to be part of the judging panel to review the entries for our Living Landscapes Nature Writing competition, and I congratulate the winners. Their inspirational stories about the diverse natural environment reminded me of the beauty of our coastlines, dunes, rivers and mangroves. The winners were announced at our inaugural Living Landscapes Writers’ Festival, held at Hart’s Mill in April, which featured free talks, performances and family activities.

The South Australian Living Artists Festival (SALA) is on again this August, with plenty of exhibitions to enjoy, and the Umbrella Music Festival in July will mean even more opportunities to experience live music. We’re also delivering a second round of Tiny Gems and will be installing small-scale artworks to discover.

From Kilburn to Klemzig, Largs Bay to Lightsview and Ottoway to Outer Harbor, there’s plenty to see and do in PAE. Winter is a great time to enjoy all our wonderful city has to offer.

And keep following us at @CityofPAE on social media.

“The City of PAE acknowledges and pays respect to the traditional custodians of the land on which we stand, the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains and pays respect to Elders past, present and emerging. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationships with the land. We acknowledge that they are of continuing importance to the Kaurna people living today”

Ward in focus – Port Adelaide

The Port Adelaide ward includes the suburbs of Gillman, Rosewater, Port Adelaide, Alberton, Queenstown, New Port, Glanville, Ethelton and Semaphore South.

From 1879–85, the suburb of Ethelton was known as Ethelston. William Waddam, who owned the land, applied the name Ethelton to the area bounded by Maud, Harvey and Carlisle Streets.

Ethelton was named after Ethel May Phillips, one of the six daughters of a Port Adelaide doctor in the 1800s.

The Port Ward is rich in character, history and diversity.

It encompasses the ongoing wisdom of Kaurna elders as well as the heritage precinct’s character buildings, museums and harbour. There are established surburbs and there are also new housing developments underway.

I live and work in the heritage precinct, right in the heart of the Port. My daily walk along the loop path around the inner harbour takes me past the beautiful Workers Memorial at the Black Diamond Corner, where I often pause to reflect on the service of those ordinary men and women who did extraordinary work in our community in the past.

As my walk continues to the beach at Semaphore South, I consider how fortunate I am to be living in such a wonderful community.

I have always loved port cities.

The work ethics, shared values and sense of community seem to be stronger in ports. I moved here from Amsterdam over 15 years ago, and I have never left.

What goes for port cities around the world goes for Port Adelaide — times two! In fact, the sense of community in the Port was my inspiration to become a Ward Councillor.

Our family lives in Alberton in an old shop, and we feel so lucky to live in this warm and caring neighbourhood. Taking care of our environment and each other are my priorities on Council.

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Port Adelaide Ward Snapshot

Alberton Cemetery is located in Pioneer Park at the end of Parker Street, Alberton.

On 17 November 1847 the Governor of South Australia granted the site to St Paul’s Church of England for burials. This was the first suitable and available dry ground for a cemetery near the Port, as salt swamp surrounded the land on two sides.

An article written by Mr A T Saunders appearing in the Register describes the old cemetery as ‘a wilderness of prickly pear’. When workmen were removing the prickly pear, they stumbled upon a spot which the men of the district had for years been using as a gambling den.

The first burial was in October 1846, for Thomas Cleveland, aged 40. The cemetery was closed to new burial plots in January 1874, with the last official burial conducted in 1922. The land was transferred to the City of Port Adelaide in 1938 and it became a park in 1994.

Klemzig Ward

Ward in focus – Klemzig The Klemzig Ward includes the suburbs of Gilles Plains, Windsor Gardens and Klemzig. It is bordered by Grand Junction Road, North East Road and the River Torrens along with other non-arterial roads. The suburb Gilles Plains was named after the first Colonial Treasurer Osmond Gilles who owned a sheep station…


Northfield Ward

Ward in focus – Northfield The Northfield Ward includes the suburbs of Hampstead Gardens, Greenacres, Hillcrest, Lighstview, Northfield, Northgate, Oakden and parts of Walkley Heights and Valley View. It is bordered by Hampstead Road, North East Road, Sudholz Road and other non-arterial roads and contains the eastern most point of our city in Valley View.…


Port Adelaide Ward

Ward in focus – Port Adelaide The Port Adelaide ward includes the suburbs of Gillman, Rosewater, Port Adelaide, Alberton, Queenstown, New Port, Glanville, Ethelton and Semaphore South. From 1879–85, the suburb of Ethelton was known as Ethelston. William Waddam, who owned the land, applied the name Ethelton to the area bounded by Maud, Harvey and Carlisle…


Enfield Ward

Ward in focus – Enfield The Enfield Ward is bordered by Grand Junction Road, Hampstead Road, a small part of North East Road, and the railway line in Kilburn. It includes the suburbs of Kilburn, Blair Athol, Enfield, Clearview, Manningham and parts of Sefton Park and Broadview. Some parts of the ward are less than…


Semaphore Ward

Ward in focus – Semaphore The Semaphore Ward extends from the coast to the Port Adelaide River. It includes the suburbs of Semaphore, Exeter, Birkenhead, Peterhead, Largs North and parts of Port Adelaide. The current suburb of Semaphore once included many small subdivisions (‘townships’), which were given their own names by their original developers. These…


Outer Harbor

Ward in focus – Outer Harbor The Outer Harbor Ward is located at the tip of Lefevre Peninsula, the northernmost tip of our City. It includes the suburbs of Outer Harbor, North Haven, Osborne, Taperoo and Largs North. According to Manning’s Place Names of South Australia, Outer Harbour was spelt with a ‘u’ in 1908…


Parks Ward

Ward in focus – Parks The Parks Ward is situated in the centre of PAE and includes the suburbs of Angle Park, Croydon Park, Devon Park, Dry Creek, Dudley Park, Ferryden Park, Gepps Cross, Mansfield Park, Ottoway, Regency Park, Wingfield and Woodville Gardens. This ward has a slightly younger population when compared to the rest…