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Trees on the northern side of King William Street lit up with bud lights.

Trees on the northern side of the terrace have been lit up as part of the state government's commitment to enhancing city vibrancy through the Adelaide Riverbank project.

The $380,000 North Terrace Tree Illumination project has been jointly funded by the Riverbank Authority and the Capital City Committee, delivered by Renewal SA, and is a joint initiative of the Government of South Australia and City of Adelaide.

The project complements the state government's $50 million extension of the city tram service eastwards along North Terrace to the East End, as the first stage of the CityLINK loop around the CBD. It will also complement the redevelopment of the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site, following relocation of clinical services to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital in September 2017.

Bud lights encircle the trunks of each tree and spread outwards along the main branches, creating a glowing pattern of light along North Terrace, enhancing its appeal and pedestrian safety.

Two local firms, selected through a competitive tender, worked on the North Terrace Tree Illumination project: Deadshort Electrical, and engineering consulting firm Bestec, which provided technical engineering support.

The North Terrace installations are part of a larger program of illumination that includes the tree up-lighting installed in December 2016 on the northern side of the Torrens River between the King William and Morphett Street bridges, and other lighting installations planned for the Adelaide Riverbank.

Renewal SA General Manager of People and Place Management, Georgina Vasilevski, said the lighting project is part of the agency's commitment to making Adelaide a vibrant place to live, work and spend time.

"North Terrace is one of Australia's great boulevards, with its unique co-location of cultural institutions and gracious heritage buildings, including the State Library, the South Australian Museum and the Art Gallery," she said.

"The new lighting installation will encourage more people to enjoy all that North Terrace has to offer and improve public safety." - Georgina Vasilevski

City of Adelaide Lord Mayor, Martin Haese, said the new lighting helps light the way past some of Adelaide's greatest cultural treasures and enhance Adelaide's premier boulevard.

"Something as simple as bud lighting in trees can make a significant difference to the appeal of a precinct and we are sure this will further increase the amenity of the eastern section of North Terrace," he said.

"This project will make an immediate difference to this precinct, ahead of the council's $5m investment in streetscape improvements to North Terrace in association with the state government's tram extension." - Martin Haese

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