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Centrelink Opportunities

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, November 01, 2018

Hi everyone

A great opportunity to recruit new members, from all age groups and experience levels.

Both Friends of Parks Inc. and DEW are registered hosts for Centrelink programs,

i.e. ‘Work for the Dole’, ‘Over 50’s’, ‘Newstart’, etc.

 

What that means is that any group that may receive requests from individuals who are participants in any of these programs, can formally sign them up to work community hours (usually 15 hours a week), as part of their ‘mutual obligation’ requirement of receiving the Newstart allowance.

If you know of someone who might be interested in such an arrangement, you can approach them, and if they are interested, they then go back to Centrelink to get the appropriate forms for your signature, and Centrelink’s final approval – in other words you don’t have to wait to be approached, you can be pro-active if you wish.

If you do have someone wanting to undertake their ‘mutual obligation’ hours with your group:

  • 1.let our Secretary, Pam Smith ( pamela.smith@sa.gov.au ) know, so that she can provide you with the Friends of Parks Inc.

Centrelink registration (host) number.

  • 2.Your group President/Secretary/Membership Officer can then fill in the documents from Centrelink, including the host
  • number, and the person will be able to commence with your group.
  • 3.You will probably need to ‘sign off’ on a work diary, so that the person can submit that as evidence to Centrelink. We will
  • keep a register of those who have enrolled.

If you group already has its own Host number, can you please let Pam know, and the details of the person/s (name, address, start date), and your Host group number, for our records. There are several groups individually enrolled as Hosts under this scheme. Also, if your group already has some Centrelink participants, can you please let Pam know, for the records.

Regards

Duncan MacKenzie OAM

President

FRIENDS OF PARKS INC.

Friends of Scott Creek Conservation Park - 25th Anniversary Book

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, October 21, 2018

The Friends of Scott Creek Conservation Park have published a wonderful booklet, showcasing their park (first printed in 2017):

25th Anniversary Book

 We have produced a beautiful book about Scott Creek Conservation Park, showcasing local birds, flora, insects, fungi, animals etc. Over 50 pages which include lots of lovely photos, the park’s history, its biodiversity value (such as 600+ native plant species and 132 bird species), the ongoing efforts to conserve its treasures and regenerate its creeklines for future generations, along with a map of its walking tracks.

Produced to celebrate the group’s first 25 years and to commemorate the late Tom Hands’ leadership as president during this period.

All proceeds support the Friends of Scott Creek Conservation Park.

Purchase details

Price: $15 (if collecting in person) or else add $5 for postage.

Payment ($15.00 each or $20 including postage) can also be made online or at a BankSA branch: http://www.friendsofscottcreek.org.au/25thAnniversaryBook.html#Purchase_Details

If you can pick up or have sent via a DEW office, you will save the postage fee.

BSB: 105-078, A/C No: 311316140, Account Name: Friends of Scott Creek Conservation Park.

You may need to use your phone number as reference if paying at a branch. Your name is a suitable reference if paying online.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact:

Jenny: jdawes@cobweb.com.au - 8388 2297

or

Don at dre00249@bigpond.net.au - 8388 2123

If you have made a purchase, please let Don know the date of your payment, your phone number (for reference) and your address (for posting).

Parks get by with a little help from their friends

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, October 11, 2018

The 31st Friends of Parks Forum was held recently at Stenhouse Bay Hall in Yorke Peninsula’s Innes National Park, with the theme ‘Preserving our Past and Protecting our Future’.

More than 150 people attended the forum, which ran from the 14th to the 16th of September, including the Member for Narungga, Fraser Ellis MP who opened the event.

Narungga man Chris Angove and his family gave a traditional Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony and led the delegates on a cultural bus tour.

Innes National Park Ranger in Charge Mark Davison said the biannual forum was a culmination of two years of planning by the Friends of Innes National Park and Natural Resources Northern and Yorke staff, with support from the Friends of Troubridge Island and the Friends of Althorpe Island.

Jessica Henderson

Communications Coordinator
Natural Resources Northern and Yorke | Parks and Regions

PARKS FORUM 2018 - Summary PARKS FORUM 2018 - Summary (259 KB)

Friends of Newland Head Conservation Park celebrate 30 years of voluntary conservation work

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, August 17, 2018

On Saturday 11th August the Friends of Newland Head Conservation Park braved cold conditions to celebrate their 30th anniversary in Waitpinga Campground. The volunteer group held their initial meeting in 1988, and this special day marked 30 years of voluntary conservation work in the park. This group of very dedicated volunteers assist with many important park projects including weed control, revegetation and most recently, monitoring Western Pygmy Possums to study population and distribution in the area.

The Park is a 1,152 ha Conservation Park situated at Waitpinga, 15 minutes from Victor Harbor. The Park is renowned for its superb fishing and surfing beaches, rare and endangered species of plants, birds and animals, stunning coastline and beautiful walking trails. A huge draw card for many visitors - local, state-wide and national. The annual visitation is estimated at 100,000 people.

The Minister for Environment and Water, David Speirs, also attended the day. He gave out awards along with Senior Ranger Seiji Iwao and member of the Friends group, Winston Syson. A number of members also celebrated 20, 10 and 5 years of volunteering with the group. Along with these awards, previous members Ron and Pam Taylor were also acknowledged for 20 years of outstanding contribution to environmental conservation in the park. They were key founders of the group and their passion and commitment to the park were second to none (see photo).

Group members gathered at Dennis Hut in Waitpinga campground for the giving of awards by Minister Speirs, followed by a BBQ lunch. A small special ceremony was also held in the afternoon to remember previous member Robin Rowett who passed away 15 months earlier. Robin was a very dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer, so the group used this opportunity to celebrate his contribution to the park and passion for the area. Family members planted trees to commemorate Robin in a special place held dear to his heart overlooking spectacular views of the ocean.

The Friends of Newland Head Conservation Park are supported by Department for Environment and Water National Parks staff and Friends of Parks Inc., along with the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Volunteer Support Program. The 30 year celebration event was funded by the Friends Group with support by the Volunteer Support Program and NRM Levy.

The Friends of Newland Head Conservation Park currently hold weekly Frieday working bees in the park and monthly working bees on a Saturday. In addition, the group participate in 6-weekly monitoring surveys of Western Pygmy Possums checking nesting boxes for activity. For anyone who would like to get involved in this fantastic group of local volunteers, please contact Simon and Lee on simonandlee01@gmail.com.

Help for Friends of Ikara-Flinders Ranges members

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, August 17, 2018

Dear Friends,

A call-out to members of any Friends group... We need help with transport!! Do you like to drive? Want to explore some new spectacular scenery?

Have you ever had an interest in becoming a member of the Friends of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges, but couldn't justify the cost of driving there, or don't have a vehicle you felt was suitable… or at all? Or maybe you'd just like to experience how a different Friends group operates, or take in some of our magnificent Flinders scenery.

Athol Jackson and Anthea & Carl Hudson have been active Friends of the Ikara-Flinders Ranges members since the group began in 1995.

Athol (our driver) is soon going to be unable to drive due to medical issues, which means we will have a problem getting to working bees in the Park. Anthea and Carl will be attempting to get their drivers licenses, but this will take time.

We are wondering if there are any Friends group members who would be interested in driving Athol's very comfortable, easy to drive vehicle (fuel cost covered) to transport us up to the Flinders Ranges and drive around to the various places in the Park where work is taking place.

A willingness to tow a camper trailer would also be a great advantage! Also, due to allergies, you would need to be a non-smoker.

You would also need to be 25+ (I think) due to vehicle insurance purposes.

Fuel cost would naturally be covered.

Private room accommodation is provided free in the comfortable Oraparinna Shearer's Quarters, with access to a fully equipped kitchen, male and female hot showers and flush toilets, heating (wonderful huge slow combustion heater, plus reverse cycle) and cooling, TV. You would need to be willing to help out at the working bee, to use one of these rooms, as they are reserved for volunteer workers, but the work is enjoyable and the company is great.

We'd even be willing to provide your meals, but you may prefer to bring your own food, as we are vegan.

We would be very grateful for any help or suggestions in this matter, as it saddens us greatly to think of not being a part of our wonderful working bees!

Please email Anthea anthea@insouthaustralia.com if you would like to discuss this further, or to make an offer of help.

Thanks.
Anthea

Bandicoot Recovery Action Group

Ashleigh Coombs - Monday, July 02, 2018

Wanted!

Bandicoot detectives to help collect information about where bandicoots live.

Join the Bandicoot Recovery Action Group on a field trip to Deep Creek Conservation Park to set up motion-sensor cameras.

12 July, from 10am. Lunch provided.

This work will help the environment department’s fire management team improve its understanding of bandicoot distribution in parks where prescribed burns are planned, so that only small areas of habitat are burnt at any one time.

Contact Normanville Natural Resource Centre on 8558 3644 or South Coast Environment Centre on 8552 9423 to get involved. 

Belair Bush Buddies

Ashleigh Coombs - Monday, July 02, 2018

Hi everyone,

Belair Bush Buddies is a group for upper primary aged kids who are interested in the environment and is run by members of the Friends of Belair National Park. If you'd like to know a little more about Belair Bush Buddies check out our website:

http://communitywebs.org/FriendsofBelairPark/bush_buddies.html

We have our July meeting coming up next weekend and encourage any kids interested to come along with their parents, grandparents, or guardians. It is on Sunday, 8th July, from 10am until midday in the Volunteer Centre.

This month we have special guest speaker Greg Johnston, a wildlife biologist, coming to give a talk on bird beaks and feet! Bird beaks and feet come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and functions so it will be a very interesting talk. For the second half of the meeting we will head outside with Greg to spot some of the features we have learnt during the talk, so bring along some binoculars if you have them.

Here is a little about Greg from the SA Museum website:

"Greg Johnston is a semi-retired wildlife biologist, originally from Eyre Peninsula, Australia. He has worked in the mining industry, universities, zoos, and with conservation NGOs. Between 2000 and 2010 he established the research and conservation program at Zoos SA's Adelaide and Monarto Zoos, where he was Head of Science. Prior to that Greg worked at the Blaustein Institute for Desert Research in Israel and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. He has extensive field experience in Australia and in Papua New Guinea.Greg has degrees in zoology and anatomy and a PhD in biology. He has published over 60 books, book chapters and scientific papers. He holds honorary positions at the South Australian Museum, Flinders University and the University of Adelaide, where he is an adjunct Associate Professor.Greg lives in Adelaide and is a keen amateur photographer. He plays banjo badly, although his family would rather he didn’t!"

Please wear closed in shoes and long pants for this meeting as we are heading outside. Here's hoping the weather is favourable but bring along a raincoat just in case! As always, parents are most welcome and encouraged! And, it is free entry for all attending, just let gate staff know you're there for the Belair Bush Buddies.

KI resort development: new proposal to lease crown land

Ashleigh Coombs - Saturday, June 30, 2018

Dear All

You may know the KI Links golf resort development saga is back on, under the new Minister (!), quite unbelievable…

Pls see KIslander article link below - pls consider voting and spreading the word among the Friends of Private Bushland - and others - to gather some No votes for this modified proposal (must be an organised ‘yes’ group to have taken such lead…). This may have no value except demonstrating the on-going widespread rejection from the public…

https://www.theislanderonline.com.au/story/5464690/minister-to-negotiate-lease-of-crown-land-for-ki-links-golf-resort/?cs=1525

Kind regards,

Duncan MacKenzie

Friends of Parks Promotional Video - just released

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, June 24, 2018

Trees For Life 2018 seedling orders - NOW OPEN

Ashleigh Coombs - Sunday, June 24, 2018

Please note there is a 50% discount off the price of Tree Scheme seedlings for eligible community groups and I expect most FOP groups will qualify. All they need to do is write Community Group on the top of the form and apply the discount to the seedling cost.

 

I have outlined the order season details etc below. With so much new evidence emerging we have been focusing this year on the value of native vegetation to sustain pollinators. Please let me know if you need anything further with this.

 


Trees For Life 2018 seedling orders - NOW OPEN

Native vegetation provides homes and food for wildlife, protection and food for stock, pollination services, magical scenery and much more.

Trees For Life is committed to working with landholders and community alike to restore and revegetate native vegetation on the land they love.

The Tree Scheme is low cost, easy to use, it offers lots of species to choose from and species suitable to your goals and location.

The 2018 Tree Scheme ordering season is OPEN 1 May - 31 July.

Late orders will be accepted until 30 August.

Find out more about the Tree Scheme and view the list of species available to order in your area here:

https://www.treesforlife.org.au/trees/tree-scheme/order-seedlings

or contact us: (08) 8406 0500, info@treesforlife.org.au
A 50% discount is available for small community groups and schools on application. Most Friends of Parks groups would be eligible. Contact us to find out more.


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