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Donations to help Wildlife on Kangaroo Island

Ashleigh Coombs - Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Donations to help Wildlife on Kangaroo Island

Wildlife Recovery Fund

The National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia and Nature Foundation SA have set up this Fund to re-establish habitat, particularly for threatened and vulnerable species. Your donations will go to local landholders, Landcare, and community groups in fire affected regions to urgently undertake native plantings, feral animal and weed control, and fencing – this will give both threatened animal and plant life the best chance of recovery. Funds will also be directed to restore habitat in fire-devastated national parks – particularly on Kangaroo Island.

Glossy Black Cockatoo Recovery Program:

The Nature Foundation SA runs the program for this critically endangered bird together with the KI Natural Resources Management Board. The recovery program started in 1995 with less than 160 Glossy Black-cockatoos in existence and has nursed the population back from the brink of extinction, doubling the population of glossies on Kangaroo Island to over 360 birds and helping them to spread eastwards across the Island. However the fires have now destroyed most of their habitat in the west of the Island creating an urgent need for nesting and habitat support.

Saving the KI Dunnart from Extinction

The Endangered Kangaroo Island dunnart is found only in remnant bushland of the west end of Kangaroo Island. However it now appears that its entire habitat has been burnt, all known monitoring sites have been burnt and the species may now be on the very brink of extinction. Your financial support will help Kangaroo Island Land for Wildlife and landholders to locate remnant patches of unburnt vegetation and survey for the species through camera trapping. We have lost valuable survey equipment in the fires, your financial support will help to replace much needed survey equipment (cameras, fencing materials) and allow the team to start surveying immediately, find the last few individuals and protect them from feral predators and further wildfire events.

KI Wildlife Network

This volunteer group works with SAVEM (SA Veterinary Emergency Management) to rescue injured wildlife from the fire ground. For donations details, see this link

Businesses supporting Wildlife:

Hanson Bay Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary

This 5,000 acre wildlife sanctuary was home to thousands of native wildlife animals including a large population of koalas.

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park 

We are working around the clock with a highly experienced, qualified and dedicated team of volunteers including qualified vets, vet nurses and wildlife carers to rescue, rehabilitate and care for all of the animals coming in from the bushfires

For those of you who would like to contribute we are asking for funds to help with veterinary costs, koala milk and supplements, extra holding/rehabilitation enclosures, as well as setting up a building to hold supplies to treat these animals.

Raptor Domain

Raptor Domain is an environmental education centre based near Seal Bay on Kangaroo Island. In the last week, here at Raptor Domain, we have had to evacuate all of our animals twice due to extreme fire risk. We are lucky that the property has been spared this time round, but it still remains at advice level. It has become evident that we will need to construct portable enclosures for our raptors, as ideally, we need to keep our animals in one of the ‘safer places’ on Kangaroo Island until the fire threat is gone. This will hugely reduce the stress of moving our animals and holding them in pet packs for an extended period of time. We need to fund the construction of some mobile aviaries for our birds in the likely event of another fire threat. This would allow our animals to remain in a safer place for a week or even longer if needed.

Island Beehive’s Save the Ligurian Bees appeal

Island Beehive states “We have started a go fund me to save the Ligurian bees. This money will go directly to buying feeders and bee feed to start with, then we will look at a queen breeding program to get the numbers up again.

Devastating fires impact Kangaroo Island and Cudlee Creek

Ashleigh Coombs - Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Dear Friends Of Parks member groups and members

Friends of Parks Inc. and the Volunteer Programs Unit have been contacted by some individuals and companies in relation to the devastating impact of the Kangaroo Island, Cudlee Creek, and other fires across the state,and several Friends Groups have had fire through their parks. The information below will give you some ideas of how you or your group might like to help.

For those of us at a distance, a financial donation is often the most helpful way to contribute to disaster-affected communities. It helps the community buy exactly what they need and spend locally.

The South Australian Government has activated the State Emergency Relief Fund (SERF) for the Cudlee Creek fire, and kicked it off with $1 million. The fund will collect donations to provide financial relief for people directly affected by the fire, including those who suffered injury or loss. All money raised will be administered by the independent SERF Committee which will ensure fair distribution to those most in need. You can read more about the SERF, including the many easy tax-deductible ways to donate here .

St Vincent De Paul have also set up an appeal specifically for other fire affected communities in South Australia. To make a donation, please visit the Vinnie’s SA Bushfires Appeal page .


There are also a number of fauna related charities such as SAVEM and Fauna Rescue raising funds to assist with injured livestock and wildlife following this disaster, helping to minimise the suffering of the thousands of animals affected.

You can help South Australia’s koalas and other wildlife affected by bushfires by contacting the South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management team (SAVEM).

SAVEM is set up to provide large-scale emergency wildlife response during bushfires across the state. National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia spokesperson Professor Chris Daniels said SAVEM collaborates with other agencies, including the Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) and the RSPCA, to respond to animal welfare issues in-field. “We have many fantastic trained volunteer carers in South Australia ready to help distressed and injured wildlife and the best way to help out wildlife is by contacting SAVEM to coordinate the effort,” Professor Daniels said. “We greatly appreciate wildlife rescue volunteers who look after South Australia’s animals all year around. During this bushfire emergency SAVEM is the go-to wildlife rescue effort for the state. “Only appropriately trained members are authorised to carry out emergency wildlife rescue and care activities.” There are also a few things everyone can do to help animals during a bushfire, such as:

  • Leave shallow bowls of water out for animals and birds escaping fires. Add a few sticks or stones on one side to allow smaller animals to escape if they fall in.
  • Keep a cardboard box and towel in the boot of your car in case you find an injured animal that you can safely contain without putting yourself in any danger.
  • If you rescue an animal that has been burnt, do not attempt to feed it. Wrap it loosely, ideally in 100% cotton fabric, place it in a ventilated box with a lid and keep it in a dark, quiet place while waiting for a rescuer or for transport to the nearest vet.

To get in contact with SAVEM call 0477 055 233 or email

SAVEM’s mission is to assess, triage, treat, shelter, reunite with owners or rehabilitate and return to habitat all species of animals post event. SAVEM has been activated by PIRSA.


Adelaide Koala & Wildlife Hospital (via Facebook)

“ We are getting many calls and messages asking what sort of items to donate so we have made a list of what we are using the most. We are blown away by the love and generosity of everyone in our country as well as overseas at this awful time ❤ We have birds, reptiles and possums in our hospital as well as koalas also affected buy the excessive heat 🐨🐿”

Items include:
- Flamazine
- Soffban
- Vetwrap
- Elastoplast
- Bottles of saline
- IV fluids: hartmanns or saline
- IV Giving and extension sets
- Gauze
- Handwash
- Toilet Paper
- Native flowers for the lorikeets and possums
- Eucalyptus leaves
- Chlorhexadine scrub
- Small and large bird seed
- A4 printing paper (for hospital charts)
- A4 clipboards (for charts)
- Paper towel
- Bin liner

“As we go we will add to the list. We don't have use for stuffed animals, sheets, quilts or pillows but other rescues may need these items. To make our lives and the lives of our volunteers easier we cannot accept soiled items “

Items can be dropped off at the hospital Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Highlights info row image (08) 8297 2455


Koalas and other wildlife affected by bushfires on Kangaroo Island must be managed locally and not removed from the island.

Department for Environment and Water Acting Executive Director Brenton Grear said it was particularly important that the island’s koalas – which make up the only population in South Australia free of chlamydia – remain disease-free. “We’ve received reports that some koalas from Kangaroo Island have been taken to Adelaide by people who want to get help for them,” he said. “It’s understandable and heartening that people want to rescue these animals, but unfortunately it will mean that those koalas can’t be returned to the island because of the risk of contamination of the population there.” Chlamydia in koalas can cause blindness, bladder inflammation, infertility and death. As the island’s koalas are isolated and free of the disease, its introduction would devastate the population. Because of the size of the fires burning on the island, it is too soon to know how many animals have been affected.

“South Australian Veterinary Emergency Management (SAVEM) has been activated to manage the wildlife rescue effort and is working with other groups in fire-affected regions,” Mr Grear said. “We ask that anyone on Kangaroo Island who finds injured wildlife call SAVEM and SAVEM will coordinate assistance for animals affected by the fires on Kangaroo Island.”


As many of you may now be aware, there have been substantial loss to properties including our beloved Flinders Chase National Park and other west end reserves. A number of our members have been impacted and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time. In the days, weeks and months to come there will be a number of opportunities to assist and help rebuild, but in the interim you may wish to donate to the KI appeal or to a number of the other non-profit organisations supporting our local people, livestock & wildlife.


The State Government has established a new emergency relief fund to help people directly affected by the devastating Cudlee Creek bushfire – pledging $1 million to kick-start the donation drive.

The State Government is encouraging South Australians to consider making a donation to the Cudlee Creek Fire Appeal – no matter how big or small. The State Emergency Relief Fund (SERF) will be managed by a five-member committee, who will ensure public donations are distributed appropriately and fairly. There are no administrative fees. You can make a tax-deductible donation to the SERF online, via cheque, or in person at any Commonwealth Bank branch:

Electronic funds transfer to the State Emergency Relief Fund, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, BSB 065 266, Account 10020160 - Description must state ‘donation’.

Credit card – visit the State Emergency Relief Fund BPoint payment website at or dial 1300 276 468 (1300 BPOINT) and enter biller code 1002359

Cash – go into any branch of the Commonwealth Bank and donate over the counter giving the details: BSB 065 266, Account 10020160

Cheque – send to State Emergency Relief Fund, Donations, QA Finance, GPO Box 292, Adelaide SA 5001


To support the impending bushfire recovery effort, Mike Williams, Executive Director National Parks and Wildlife, has been appointed by the Premier as the Kangaroo Island State Recovery Coordinator for the next six months. Mike will coordinate all aspects of the state’s recovery effort and will report to the Department of Human Services. While Mike is leading the island’s recovery effort, Brenton Grear will be Acting Executive Director, National Parks and Wildlife. In this role Brenton Grear will also chair the DEW’s Fire Recovery Coordination Committee.

One thing I am sure of is that our Australian Community - and within that the Friends of Parks SA - are a tough, caring and resilient 'mob' and we know how to fight back against any adversity. We have proved time and again that 'we are a well oiled machine' that is capable of tackling any situation 'thrown' at us, and NOW is the time to prove that is the case.

When I consider the enormous number of volunteers, community members and other workers who have put their lives on the line to fight these fires, trying to protect our communities and the environment, I say it is time for them to take a rest and for other community members - such as the FOP - to step into the gap to work on the rehabilitation and recovery of our communities and the environment.

If your Friends Group has been impacted by the fires, can you please think about what tasks/projects you might need assistance with from other Friends Groups once the fire areas are declared safe, and let us know by contacting Pam Smith, Secretary. Friends of Parks Inc. Board ( ), and we’ll distribute that information via the Friends of Parks website, Facebook page and email distribution list.

(You should be able to right click on the organisations above to take you to their pages).


Duncan MacKenzie
Friends of Parks Inc.
Ph 8332 1204

Update on the South Australian Planning Reforms

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, October 10, 2019

The attached “Update on the South Australian Planning Reforms: Release of Draft Planning and Design Code – Phase 2 (Rural Areas) and Phase 3 (Urban Areas)” represents a major change in the SA planning system in 20 years and will impact on the future management of our national parks and the environment in general.

Your Board believes that all FOP Members and Member Groups should be made aware of the proposed changes and have the opportunity to attend the DEW/DPTI Information Session and Workshop to be held on the 4th November 2019 – 9.00am – 1.00 pm.

If you would like to attend this session, would you please reply to Eilidh Wilson - or 8391 7506 (see further information below).

Kindest regards

Duncan MacKenzie
Friends of Parks Inc. SA

Release of Draft Planning and Design Code – Phase 2 (Rural Areas) and Phase 3 (Urban Areas)” - Monday 4th November at the Office for Design + Architecture SA (ODASA), 26-28 Leigh Street, Adelaide

DEW and the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) invite Presiding Members and Chairs, or delegate(s), to an information session/workshop on Phase 2 (rural areas) and Phase 3 (urban areas) of the Draft Planning and Design Code on the Monday 4th November at the Office for Design + Architecture SA (ODASA), 26-28 Leigh Street, Adelaide SA – doors open at 9am for a 9.30 start until 12.30pm, followed by lunch.

The information session will be facilitated by Nicole Halsey from URPS and presenters will include Allan Holmes from the State Planning Commission and Alison Collins from the DPTI.

The purpose of the information session/workshop is to:

  • provide information on Phase 2 (rural council areas with small towns and settlements areas) and Phase 3 (urban council areas and councils with regional towns and cities) of the Draft Planning and Design Code
  • workshop the Draft Code and identify and share common themes and learnings
  • provide clear guidance on how and when feedback should be provided and in what form
  • provide an opportunity for the [Board/Council/Committee] to discuss key issues with the Draft Code and network with the SPC, DPTI, DEW staff, and other boards, councils and committees supported by DEW.

Please also find attached a briefing providing an update on the Planning Reforms and the Draft Code should you wish to brief Board/Council/Committee members.

An overview of the proposed natural resources and environmental policies in the Draft Code, and further details on the information session, including the agenda, parking etc. will be provided in due course.

For further information in the meantime, and to RSVP and advise dietary needs (by COB 25th October), please contact Eilidh Wilson on OR 8391 7506 .

Kind regards,

Alex Ward

Strategic Policy and Impact Assessment

Department for Environment and Water

South Australian Planning Reforms 2019 South Australian Planning Reforms 2019 (41 KB)

FoP Scholarship Program 2019

Ashleigh Coombs - Monday, August 26, 2019

It has been about three years since the Friends of Parks Board, with support from DEW, launched the ‘educational scholarship program’, in memory of the passing of two very long standing Friends of Parks Presidents, Tom Hands and Colin Malcolm.

The aim of the program was encouraging and supporting regional Friends Groups working with their local school community and students in curriculum based activities on and off park.

For 2019/20 the Board has decided to change aspects of the criteria in order to make it more accessible to a wider audience, in particular TAFE and University students. To this end the Board sponsored ‘educational scholarship’ is now open for the 2020 school/TAFE/University year, and it is hoped that statewide Friends of Parks Groups will see this as an opportunity to support a local class or student(s) becoming involved in conservation in parks.

Applications close 29th November 2019 for a 2020 commencement date.


FoP Scholarship 2019 nomination form FoP Scholarship 2019 nomination form (164 KB)

FoP Scholarship program 2019 FoP Scholarship program 2019 (398 KB)

Annual AMLR volunteer celebration event!

Ashleigh Coombs - Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Dear volunteer group coordinators – please forward this email to your volunteer members.

It is that time of year again to gather your group and block out your diaries for our annual volunteer celebration event!

Sunday September 29th 2019 from 9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Marble Hill Estate in the Adelaide Hills

We are inviting all Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges environmental volunteers to join us for a day of learning, meeting new people, catching up with friends, and plenty of fun!

Enjoy delicious food, a range of tours and workshops, and speeches and presentations to recognise the incredible contribution you as environmental volunteers make to our natural environment and local communities.

For registration, more information, booking workshops please visit the Eventbrite link below.

Registrations are essential

Look forward to seeing you there!


Steph Cole

Volunteer Support Officer, Adelaide and Central Hills

Fossil Free SA

Ashleigh Coombs - Tuesday, August 06, 2019

I'm writing on behalf of Fossil Free SA about our new campaign asking the SA state government to ban all new fossil fuel exploration and extraction in SA and to reverse their recent invitation for bids for oil and gas exploration licences in the Cooper/Eromanga and Otway Basins.

We have launched a petition:

And also an Open Letter that we are inviting SA groups and local councils to co-sign:

Would Friends of Parks SA be happy to support this campaign by adding your name and logo to the Open Letter and/or sharing the petition on your social media?

If you have any questions feel free to ring me to discuss.


Margaret Hender 
0413 639 592

cedamia website
Climate Emergency Declaration website
CORENA website

Consultation on SA Threatened Species Schedule Updates

Ashleigh Coombs - Monday, July 22, 2019

You are invited to provide comment on proposed changes to the conservation status of species listed in Threatened Species Schedules 7, 8 and 9 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972.

The proposed changes to the Threatened Species Schedules include 65 changes in status including:

  • 30 species listed for the first time
  • 15 species up-listed to a more threatened category
  • 5 species down-listed to a less threatened category
  • 15 species to be de-listed from the Schedules
  • Amendments are also proposed for changes to the names of 79 plant and 138 animal species and/or the families they are classified within to reflect updates the taxonomy and/or nomenclature since the last update of the Schedules.

    More information can be found on the Department’s website here and a full list of the updates is included in the attached consultation document. Your responses will help to update the conservation status listing of threatened plants and animals in South Australia and ensure that conservation efforts are appropriately directed. Suggestions for priority assessments of species not listed here will also be considered for inclusion in the ongoing assessments work plan.

    Comments relating to the eligibility of these species for the recommended status classifications and criteria, together with additional information relevant to the assessments, should be sent to:

    Comments will be accepted until 16 August 2019.

    Yours sincerely,

    Conservation and Threatened Species Unit
    Conservation and Wildlife Branch | National Parks and Wildlife
    Department for Environment and Water

    Amendments to the Status of Threatened Species in South Australia Amendments to the Status of Threatened Species in South Australia (1572 KB)

    Wanted: Volunteer Key Biodiversity Area Guardians for South Australia’s nature hotspots

    Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, July 11, 2019

    What is a KBA?

    South Australia has many areas of outstanding natural beauty. Some of these areas are home to globally important populations of threatened species and have been internationally recognised as Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs). Through their link with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, KBAs inform and direct the conservation efforts and funding of governments and NGOs.

    What does a KBA-Guardian do?

    BirdLife Australia runs a KBA-Guardian program to grow and support conservation work in KBAs by individuals and groups. In South Australia 31 of 39 KBAs are still in need of a KBA Guardian (see Map below).

    The KBA-Guardian role can very much complement and benefit the work of ‘Friends of Parks Groups’.

    This is what being a KBA-Guardian entails:

    - Completion of an annual ‘KBA Easter Health-check’ which summarizes the threats, monitoring and conservation efforts in a nationally and internationally comparable format. The time required for that is between 2-10 hrs per year.

    All other KBA-Guardian activities are optional and are really driven by the KBA-Guardian’s skills and interests and the needs of the KBA. Volunteer KBA-Guardians and Guardian groups around the country engage in structured bird monitoring, tree planting, creating signage, info material even a calendar, conservation advocacy and submissions to planning processes at various levels of government and frequently close collaboration with National Parks and other government agencies.

    How can KBAs work for Friends of Parks Groups?

    Much of what Friends of Parks Groups do is of course aligned very much with the conservation work KBAs need. So, engagement with KBAs adds little extra work to what friends groups do but can help them refine and achieve their conservation goals. Existing Guardians have been using KBAs and their global recognition to:

    - Raise funds and add to funding applications

    - Increase awareness for importance of their work

    - Take a second look at the area they work in

    - Create interest for their work with Government agencies

    - Engage landholders

    - Report on their work

    - National and international bench marking of their work

    How can I or my Friends group become a KBA-Guardian?

    If you are interested and want to know more about becoming a KBA-Guardian please get in touch with BirdLife Australia’s KBA Program Leader Golo Maurer on 0467 444 114 or

    Map # Name Availability
    1 Simpson Desert Available
    2 Goyder Lagoon Available
    3 Granite Downs Taken
    4 Coongie Lakes Taken
    5 Lake Eyre Available
    6 Strzelecki Desert Lakes Available
    7 Bulgunnia Available
    8 Mount Lyndhurst Available
    9 Gammon Ranges & Arkaroola Available
    10 Lake Torrens Available
    11 Flinders Ranges Available
    12 Boolcoomatta, Bindarrah & Kalkaroo Stations Available
    13 Tourville & Murat Bays Available
    14 Nuyts Archipelago Available
    15 Gawler Ranges Available
    16 Seagull Lake (Eyre Peninsula) Available
    17 Venus Bay Available
    18 Spencer Gulf Available
    19 Lake Newland Available
    20 Riverland Mallee Taken
    21 Investigator Islands Available
    22 Goose Island (Spencer Gulf) Available
    23 Coffin Bay Available
    24 Sir Joseph Banks Islands Available
    25 Gulf St Vincent Taken
    26 Billiatt Taken
    27 Peebinga Available
    28 Troubridge Island Available
    29 Wedge Island Available
    30 Southern Yorke Peninsula Taken
    31 Lakes Alexandrina & Albert Taken
    32 Wyperfeld, Big Desert & Ngarkat Available
    33 Kangaroo Island Taken
    34 Coorong Available
    35 Gum Lagoon Available
    36 Watervalley Wetlands Available
    37 Lake Hawdon System Available
    38 Discovery Bay to Piccaninnie Ponds Taken
    39 Arcoona Lakes Available

    KBA map 2019 KBA map 2019 (1490 KB)

    Environmental Science 2019

    Ashleigh Coombs - Tuesday, July 02, 2019

    Meetings International welcomes all the participants from all over the world to attend 5th World Congress on Environmental Science scheduled in Toronto, Canada during August 19-20, 2019.

    The point of Environmental Science 2019 is to unite Scientists, Researchers, teachers, Business delegates, students and research associates to tell about their experience and knowledge and also about the research they are working on. 



    Environmental Science 2019 conference abstract submission link -


    Invitation to a 'Happy Retirement’ farewell for Glenn Gale

    Ashleigh Coombs - Wednesday, March 20, 2019

    Message from the Landcare Association of SA Chairperson, Sheree Bowman.

    As many of you are aware, LASA’s Executive Officer Glenn Gale is retiring at the end of the month. We will be hosting a ‘Happy Retirement’ farewell for Glenn and it would be great if you could come along to thank him for the amazing work he has done over the last 4 or so years and the support he has provided many Landcarers, our partners and the association.

    Please forward this invitation through your networks. Thank you.

    Date: 27th March 2019

    Time: 2:30pm

    Place: Strathalbyn Natural Resource Centre, 6 Catherine Street Strathalbyn

    RSVP: Sheree Bowman by COB 26th March for catering purposes. or 0422 468 996

    Kind regards,

    Sheree Bowman


    Landcare Association of South Australia

    PO Box 157 Littlehampton SA 5250
    P: 0422 468 996 | E: | L: Sheree Bowman
    Twitter: @LandcareSA Facebook: LandcareAssociationofSA


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