Rail Care is a South Australian Government initiative.
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.