Rail Care is an initiative under South Australia’s Safe Communities Healthy Neighbourhoods strategic priority. The program aims to enhance the look and feel of train and tram stations and rail corridors for neighbours and travellers.
Rail Care is coordinating a range of place-based activities working closely with volunteers and other partners such as local councils.
It coordinates and supports many volunteer groups started under the previous Adopt-a-Station program.
Rail Care focus areas
The program includes four focus areas:
- Station Care
- Public Art
- General Amenity and Place-making
The Rail Care program is complementary to the existing rail maintenance work which includes:
- Programmed maintenance – litter and waste management, graffiti removal, cleaning, weed control and vegetation management
- Minor infrastructure upgrades
- Ensuring stations are safe and accessible
- Managing risk and responding to emergencies
In its first eighteen months the Rail Care program has:
- Renovated the Outer Harbor Station to welcome cruise ship passengers
- Worked with local councils and communities to improve the look and feel of rail neighbourhoods
- Supported neighbourhood volunteers and groups coming together at new and existing sites to complete garden and art projects
- Commissioned artwork at several sites
- Examples of Station projects include:
- West Croydon with Rosetta Street Greening
- Kilkenny with Gorilla Art
- Croydon with volunteers from Hindmarsh Greening, The Croydon Patch and professional artists
- Seacliff with local neighbours
- Blackwood with the Blackwood Action Group and Urrbrae High School
- Pinera with Mitcham Council and Urrbrae High School
- Dudley Park with Prospect Lions Club
- Eden Hills with Eden Hills Primary School
- Clarence Park with Clarence Park kindergarten
- Adelaide Yard murals with Adelaide High School
- Alberton with KESAB and Western Youth Space
The Rail Care program has several projects under development, at new sites and with new volunteers.