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Future Tourism Challenge

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, November 16, 2017

for The Adelaide Iinternational Bird Sanctuary - see flyer attached

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Amongst It—the experimental project in nature connection

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Amongst It—the experimental project in nature connection that DEWNR is running, alongside Conservation SA the Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI).

Amongst It is aiming 1) to catalyse new projects that connect people to the nature that surrounds them everyday, and 2) to make visible the myriad ways in which South Australians are already connecting with those environments.

Over the next six months, we're supporting a series of small projects that do either of these things, and have opened up a set of grants to help fund people to run events or activities that connect people to nature in unexpected and creative ways.


I've attached our project overview to give you a taste of what we're up to. Do you think you might know some folks who would be interested in being involved by running an event, activity or creative installation before May 2018? More info is also available at our website, www.amongstSA.org.au

Kind regards,

Robin.

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PhD top-up scholarship - University of Adelaide

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Study with TERN (Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network)

2018 PhD Top-up Scholarship
Orchids: Canary in the coal mine for climate change

We are offering a PhD top-up scholarship of $7,000 per annum for three years for an enthusiastic student to undertake research on orchids in a changing climate in association with Wild Orchid Watch (WOW). You will be based at TERN's high impact research group at the University of Adelaide, which manages a field-based ecosystem surveillance monitoring program operating across the country.

Applicants holding, or intending to apply for a scholarship such as a Research Training Program Stipend (RTPS) or equivalent are eligible. In addition, operational costs will be covered. The project is hosted by the University of Adelaide in the School of Biological Sciences and our team is based at the Waite Campus.

More information here: http://www.ausplots.org/study-with-us/

Rosalie Lawrence, Native Orchid Society of SA Inc.,

A new app, Discover the Flinders Ranges, is now available

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, November 12, 2017

A moment to savour, the app, Discover the Flinders Ranges, is now available from both Apple Store and Google Play.

If you are unsure,the Apple Store suits iPhone and iPad, while the Google Play is for phones and tablets using Android.

You can download for free right now from either of the URLs:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/discover-the-flinders-ranges/id1252160121?mt

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mytoursapp.android.app1235

We are greatly indebted to Bob Geary for achieving this milestone. Without his willingness to share his IT knowledge and skill, and his preparedness to devote more than 800 hours of his time to this project, the app would never have been developed. It is a unique contribution made by volunteers to benefit a national park and the people who visit it.

Bob is the first to acknowledge the support provided in the app development by a number of other members. These include Julie Owen, Peter and Robyn Trezise, Athol Jackson, Meredyth Geary, Helen Monterola, Terry Krieg, Anthea and Carl Hudson, Victor Gostin, Frank Williams , Tony Bott, Jan, Dave, Carmel and Maria. Publications of tours by Tony Bott provided much of the material used in the tours included in the app. If we add to Bob’s time, the hours these folk contributed to the project, we have well in excess of 1000 volunteer hours.

Already there are intentions to add further to the app over time with more tours and more guides. We are keen to include Adnyamathana culture and tours, and information about campgrounds and other park features too.

We hope that you enjoy looking through the app and finding time to use it in the park.

Please take every opportunity you can to tell relatives and friends that the app is available, and encourage them to download it then visit the Flinders Ranges.

Regards,

Vince Monterola

Bird Bags for sale

Ashleigh Coombs - Saturday, October 28, 2017

Bird Bags for sale with profits going to the Friends of Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary

Proceeds from the sale of the Bird Bags go towards projects of the Friends of Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary, who are all about supporting, improving and promoting the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary.

Sizes Available:

Small 31 x 31 cm = $25 each

Large 41 x 41 cm = $30 each

As well as photos of shorebirds taken within the Sanctuary there is a small selection of Woodland Birds and Hooded Plover Bird Bags available.

To view the full range check these links:

https://au.pinterest.com/mary_annvantrig/shorebird-bird-bags-friends-of-adelaide-internation/

https://au.pinterest.com/mary_annvantrig/woodland-birds/

https://au.pinterest.com/mary_annvantrig/hooded-plover/

For orders and enquiries please contact Mary-Ann at:

joyofbirdsong@hotmail.com

These bags make great gifts for bird and nature lovers

An exciting offer for your members

Ashleigh Coombs - Saturday, October 28, 2017

Dear Conservation SA members,

For a while we’ve been exploring better options for communities as a result of the breathtaking drop in the price of solar and batteries.

We think that a community solar program is a perfect solution to our current electricity crises. So, we’ve helped develop a new program exclusively for South Australia, using the “Solar 2.0” platform created by ShineHub and backed by the Australian Solar Council.

In Northern Rivers NSW, a similar community solar model recently helped 110 homeowners go solar, with over half adding batteries. The reaction has been incredibly positive - some members are reporting bills as low as $3.78 per month in the middle of winter!

Check out this recent story.

The exclusive offer will include a very exciting Australian-first solar and battery package that will deliver an instant 25% reduction in power bills from Day 1 with no up-front investment required.

We are hoping that you might consider forwarding on details of this offer to your members.

Through this offer, your members will get access to:

  • Highly competitive pricing
  • Top solar and battery brands - including SA-made Tindo Solar
  • No-nonsense advice from unbiased experts
  • Trustworthy, vetted local solar companies
  • Independent quality assurance and extra warranty protection

On top of that, Conservation SA will get a small donation every time one of your members goes solar. So, by passing this offer on to your members, you will help us as well as them.

Early next week, we will send you an email that we hope you will consider forwarding on to your members and others in your community.

Equally, if you wanted to get more involved in the roll-out of this campaign, we would be happy to share the donation with your group.

Ultimately, we want as many South Australians to embrace clean energy, and think this is a very exciting opportunity, so we want it to spread as widely as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call me on 8223 5155 or 0417 879 439.

I’ll be in touch soon!

Craig Wilkins
http://www.conservationsa.org.au/

Friends of Parks Canunda & Beachport celebrate 30 years of volunteering

Ashleigh Coombs - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Date: Thurs 12th October 2017

From: Friends of Parks Canunda & Beachport

Contact: President – Michael Bleby 08873345520409621334 forests@bigpond.com

Subject: 30 year anniversary event

To celebrate 30 years of volunteers working for the benefit of our local National Parks and Reserves, the Canunda & Beachport Friends of Parks group held a special day out last month ( Sept 6th)

Past and present members plus families gathered, along with staff (past and present) from the Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) for a 4WD trip through the length of the Canunda National Park with a BBQ lunch at the Number 2 rocks.After travelling on to Cape Banks the convoy returned to Millicent for afternoon tea and to look at a display of historical memorabilia in the Civic & Arts Centre Gallery. This was prepared for the group by current Works coordinator Peter Haggett and a team of helpers.

The inaugural meeting to set up the Group was held in the South End Community Centre on 13th May 1987. The chairman was Mr B. McDonald, and the elected officials were - President Archie McArthur, Secretary Tom Prowse, Publicity officer Heather Carthew with Mr B. McDonald as Patron. The meeting was actually attended by 57 interested people.

Presidents of the Group since its inception have been : -
A.McArthur 1987 – 1990; J. Van Der Heul 1991 ; J. B Stuckey 1992 – 1995 ;

L. Gardiner 1996 – 1997 ; J.B. Stuckey 1998 – 2001 ; N. Dickens 2002 – 2010 ;

M.H. Bleby2011 -

Many others, have served the Friends Group in various roles either as Works Coordinator or as Secretary or Treasurer over many years, in particular Tom Prowse, Christine Grant, Ron Wicks and John Madden.

30 years of continuous voluntary work for conservation is a magnificent achievement.

The Group continues to work with Parks staff holding weekly working bees to maintain walking trails and Park facilities in good shape.The annual March in May event for local Primary Schools is also one of the group’s significant achievements.

Call for Nominations to Conservation Council’s Executive Committee and Environmental Standing Committees

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, October 05, 2017

Call for Nominations to Conservation Council’s Executive Committee and Environmental Standing Committees


1. Nominations are now open for Conservation Council’s Executive Committee

If you are interested in helping to manage the State’s peak environment body then please consider nominating for the CCSA’s Executive Committee.

The role of Conservation Council’s Executive Committee is to provide progressive, collective leadership to the organisation, and to manage its affairs.

We are looking for people who have experience in management, high level campaigning, business, finance or fundraising or any other aspect of managing a non-government organisation and would like to assist. The positions are voluntary but rewarding. Attached is a nomination form. You can also nominate others.

Elections, if needed will be held at CCSA’s AGM on 2 November 2017

As our hard working and successful President for last few years (Nadia McLaren) will not be nominating this year we particularly ask people to consider the president’s position. If needed please talk to Craig Wilkins (0417879439) or Nadia for more info.


2. Call for nominations for our Environmental Standing Committees

To support the policy work of the Conservation Council we seek people who are willing to lead our Environmental Standing Committees on Biodiversity, Coast and Marine, Energy, Planning and Development, Waste, Sustainability and Water. If you or someone you know has the skills and expertise to share, then consider nominating yourself or asking others to nominate (form attached)

Nominations close 5pm Wednesday 19th of October
–post nomination forms to CCSA or email completed forms to hadyn.hanna@conservationsa.org.au

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2017 SA Environment Awards are now open

Ashleigh Coombs - Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Please find below a plug for the 2017 SA Environment Awards; could you please distribute to your networks if possible?

Nominations are due on Fri 13 October and we don't have many as yet so any help you can offer promoting this would be most appreciated.

And if you know someone worthy please nominate them, the process is not onerous.

Many thanks.


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Nominations for the 2017 SA Environment Awards are now open!

Each year, the SA Environment Awards provide an opportunity to acknowledge South Australians who give their time, expertise and passion on behalf of our precious natural environment.

Nominations for the 2017 Awards are now open in the following categories:

Jill Hudson Award
Young Achiever Award
Unsung Hero Award

Nominations are open until 5pm, 13 October 2017. You can even nominate yourself!

For more information on awards criteria and to download a nomination form,
visit our website: www.conservationsa.org.au/awards

2017 Wetlands and Waterfowl Surveys

Ashleigh Coombs - Monday, September 18, 2017

Dear Survey Volunteers,

Thank you to the volunteers for your assistance undertaking the wetland and waterfowl surveys in 2016. The information gathered by volunteers has enabled us to collect valuable information on the abundance of waterfowl and the conditions of wetlands in South Australia contributing to the Assessment of Waterfowl Abundance and Wetland Condition in south-eastern South Australia (2016). The 2016 report is available at: http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/files/sharedassets/public/plants_and_animals/waterfowl-and-wetland-assessment-2016-rep.pdf. This information was a key element in providing evidence to support the management of waterfowls in South Australia and continues to build our knowledge of wetlands and their condition in our state.

I am writing because we would like to extend an invitation to you as a volunteer to assist us in undertaking the Annual wetlands and waterfowl surveys in your region. The survey will be undertaken in the week either side of Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October 2017, depending on the conditions and your availability. The sites that are available for the surveys are the same as last year's surveys (see attached lists).

These sites are part of an on-going monitoring programme so we encourage you to visit them in preference to other sites that you may know about. DEWNR are seeking to augment the number of wetlands surveyed as a part of the core sites so would welcome any suggestions you may have.

Once I have compiled your responses in regard to the selection of wetlands, a copy of the data sheet to record your observations for that wetland will be sent to you directly.

Please let me know by Friday 6 October 2017 which survey sites you have chosen to visit and whether you would prefer :

  • a pdf to print yourself,
  • a hard copy for you to record your information and post to us or,
  • a word document to add information to and return electronically.

To ensure participants are covered by the Department of Environment Water and Natural Resource’s insurance policy, everyone must be a registered DEWNR volunteer. For those of you not already registered as a DEWNR volunteer, please complete the attached Forms (Form 4: Volunteer Registration and Form 3: Volunteer Medical Management Form) and return to me via E-mail: Suresh.Kumar@sa.gov.au or download the forms from the following links:

Form 3 – Volunteer Medical Management : http://apps.ishare.env.sa.gov.au/sites/forms/SiteAssets/VSF%20Forms/Form-3-Vol-Medical-Mgmt.pdf

Form 4 – Volunteer Registration : http://apps.ishare.env.sa.gov.au/sites/forms/SiteAssets/VSF%20Forms/Form-4-Vol-Registration.pdf

DEWNR values your assistance and input into this year’s survey and we look forward to hearing from you in the coming weeks. Please feel free to email Suresh.Kumar@sa.gov.au or telephone (08) 82077709, if you have any questions, always happy to assist.

Thank you.

Kind regards

Dr. Suresh Kumar  B.Sc, M.Biotech, PhD

Acting Senior Policy Officer, Wetlands

Conservation, Sustainability and Wildlife Management Unit
Conservation, NRM & Protected Area Policy | Parks and Regions
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources

P (08) 8207 7709


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