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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. sbowman@tsec.com.au or 0422 468 996

Kind regards,

Sheree Bowman

Chairperson

Landcare Association of South Australia


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

Web: http://www.landcaresa.asn.au//

KI accommodation proposal at Flinders Chase National Park

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, February 14, 2019

19 March 2019

My wife and I attended the rally at Parliament House in support of the Friends of Parks KI. It was encouraging to see around 30 Friends groups represented in the 500 strong crowd. There is clearly significant concern amongst Friends Groups and members of the public, about this governments plans to develop inside National Parks. If this development is allowed to proceed, in this most remote, wild and pristine of our National Parks at Flinders Chase, nothing will stop development in the other Parks.

I ask the Board to use its influence with Government ministers and departments to have this development moved to a more appropriate location in the park . Locations near the already established campgrounds on the Wilderness Walking Trail would be acceptable to most people.

Can you do more to inform and encourage other Friends Groups to take a stand?

Regards,

Andrew Jessup

Warradale




Hi Everyone

I have just posted up a statement by the Board in relation to the KI accommodation proposal at Flinders Chase National Park. This came about after the Friends of KI Western District approached the Board to represent their views and concerns to Executive management of DEW, regarding the proposal and the associated community consultation process.

Myself and Carole Pinnock (a Board member as well as representing the Friends of KI West), met on many occasions with John Schutz CE DEW, Grant Pelton A/Director Parks and Regions, and the KI developers to work through the proposal and the local community’s concerns regarding the development’s footprint within the park. The Board held an extra-ordinary meeting 2 weeks ago to discuss the proposal with the developer as well as DEW management.

At this stage, there is broad agreement that the community consultation wasn’t satisfactory, and to this end the Board is still in discussion with senior management as to how future development proposals in parks are to be enacted and how the Friends group and the community will be engaged.

At last week’s Board meeting, the Minister for Environment and Water, David Spiers MP, spoke to the Board about his commitment to DEW’s core business of conservation and biodiversity management in the State’s national parks, and the importance of effective, early community consultation regarding any development proposals.

The Board’s statement is therefore a reflection of many discussions with all stakeholders over many weeks. It is a principled position that seeks to support and validate the independence of member groups to make their own decisions, and places clear expectations on DEW as a genuine partner in park management.

If you could direct any feedback to the Board around this to Ian Radbone, ian.radbone@sa.gov.au (in Pam’s absence), he will direct that back to the Board.

Many Thanks

Duncan MacKenzie, President

 


 

Friends of Parks Inc statement concerning development in National Parks and the proposed luxury accommodation in Flinders Chase National Park

General Statement

Friends of Parks Inc believes that commercial developments in parks should be consistent with the Park’s Management Plan and only occur after careful consideration of the environmental impact and full public consultation.

Friends of Parks (FOP) are a strong and respected working partner of DEW. The FOP Board has an expectation that there will be early and transparent communication with local Friends of Parks member groups when developments in their Parks are considered. We support the right of Parks groups – as independent groups – to have at times a differing view on developments in their parks and for the Group to readily express these views.

Flinders Chase Accommodation Development

It is agreed in relation to Friends of Parks Kangaroo Island Western Districts (FOPKIWD) and the Flinders Chase accommodation development,

1. DEW will seek to facilitate FOPKIWD to make a submission the State Commission Assessment Panel (SCAP) currently considering the Flinders Chase development, the findings from which are due in February 2019

2. The Board is disappointed that early and transparent communication with local Friends of Parks member groups and the local community did not occur regarding this development

3. As a consequence FOPKIWD have withdrawn their labour in the park and in preparation for the Flinders Chase Centenary Celebration. If this continues, then in support, the President of FOP Inc. Board will also withdraw from the steering committee for the Centenary Celebration

4. While the Board has not supported universal withdrawal of labour by Friends groups on this issue, the Board is clear that each member group has a right to choose to do so, or to support FOPKIWD in other ways that are thought to be helpful

5. It is noted that Australian Walking Company (AWC) stated they would like to actively engage with Friends of Parks groups on Kangaroo Island and are actively seeking ways in which this could occur. Friends groups may consider talking to AWC about this possibility.

30.1.2019

 

Rotary Club of Burnside Inc 2019 Awards

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, January 17, 2019

Nominations for the Rotary Club of Burnside’s Parks Awards featuring recognition for service in ‘Leadership in Conservation’ and ‘Volunteer of the Parks’ are now open, and will close on 28 March, 2019.

As they did in 2018, Rotary is pleased to continue with the award criteria as follows:

  • Volunteer of the Parks award - open to anyone who is going above and beyond as a volunteer looking after our natural resources whether on park or on other land, whether they be from a Friends of Parks Inc. member group or other environmental group
  • Leadership in Conservation award - this now includes employees from other departments and agencies, perhaps working on a DEW project, but not necessarily, and who fit the criteria of being a leader and role model to others, being innovative and thinking/working with a view to the future.

The Rotary Club of Burnside Inc. has also kindly agreed to provide the following monetary prizes to the winners:

  • Volunteer of the Parks - $500 towards a project of their choice, or some sort of professional development
  • Leadership in Conservation - $500 towards professional development e.g. training course, conference

Funds will be available until 30th June 2020 for the winners, who will need to inform Rotary when they find a suitable course, project etc.

The presentation this year will be a two course luncheon at the Hackney Hotel , on Sunday, 26 May , at 12.00 pm at $55 per person, (please see online invitation below).

You can book by clicking on the link in the invite, or by going to directly to the TryBooking site: https://www.trybooking.com/ZWVT

 

Pam Smith
Grants and Volunteer Program Administration Officer

Rotary Parks Awards Rotary Parks Awards (4348 KB)

Rotary Nomination Form - Leadership Rotary Nomination Form - Leadership (1633 KB)

Rotary Nomination Form - Volunteer Rotary Nomination Form - Volunteer (256 KB)

DEW on-park 'Volunteer Support Grants' 2018/2019

Ashleigh Coombs - Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Dear Friends of Parks member groups

The Department of Environment and Water is pleased to continue supporting the Volunteer Support Grants for 2018 - 2019.

Up to $60,000 is available for grants up to $5000 each and are open to Friends of Parks member groups and other volunteer groups for on ground projects within gazetted NPW reserves.

Grant News/DEW 'Volunteer Support Grants' 2018/2019

SA butterflies and moths new website launched

Ashleigh Coombs - Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Following the successful launch of the SA butterflies and moths website authored by Roger Grund and re-designed by Fan Feng from Carnegie Mellon University I am delighted to provide you with the link to the new website as follows:

www.sabutterflies.org.au/home/

Please have a look and feed free to send back any comments and we will pass them onto Fan.

If you are using an old Internet Explorer browser you may receive a message to upgrade to one of the newer browsers e.g. Google Chrome or Edge as the website is best suited to newer browsers.

Jan’s email for comments is jan_forrest@bigpond.com

Sincere thanks to those members who assisted financially to support this project, your help is very greatly appreciated.

Merry Xmas and a prosperous New Year.

Look after yourselves and your butterflies over the festive season.

Cheers, Gil Hollamby,

BCSA Membership Officer

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


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