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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@insouthaustrala.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.

Rotary Club of Burnside Inc 2018 Awards - Presentations

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Rotary Club of Burnside Inc.

VOLUNTEER OF THE PARKS PRESENTATION 3/06/18

34TH Presentation

 

Over forty people attended the 2018 Rotary Volunteer of Parks Awards Presentation Luncheon, held this year at the Hackney Hotel on Sunday, 3 June.

Rotarian, Dave Harrison, gave the Invocation and Loyal Toast and the President, Brett Dalton, introduced the guests and read out the apologies. The global theme this year was ‘Making a Difference’, and Mr Dalton mentioned that a tree had been planted for every Rotarian, with this club planting over 300 trees around Tanunda.

 

Special welcome was made to:

- Hon Vickie Chapman MP, Deputy Premier and State Member for Bragg, Honorary Member Rotary Club of Burnside

- Brenton Grear, Regional, Director, Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Region, representing John Schutz, Acting Chief Executive, Department for Environment and Water)

- Pam Smith, Grants and Volunteer Program Administration Officer, Volunteer Support Programs Unit, DEW, and her son, Josh

- Rotary District Governor Bob Cooper, and his wife Marilyn

- District Governor, Bob Cooper, gave a history of the awards.

 

The Deputy Premier, the Hon Vickie Chapman, addressed the gathering.

Brenton Grear, representing John Schutz (Acting Chief Executive, DEW), also gave a short address.

 

Mr Dalton then introduced the seven nominations for the Volunteers of the Parks Award, and read a summary of their achievements:

- Bobbie Wheatland – Friends of Protea and Michael Moran Reserve

- Heather Whiting – Co-ordinator Vale Park Our Patch Group

- Michael Turner – DEW Volunteer, Walking Trails Support Group

- Robert Geary – Friends of Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

- Dean and David Moseley – Friends of Simpson Desert Parks

- Shanelle Palmer – Friends of Cobbler Creek Recreation Park (in absentia)

- Stephen Rogers – Friends of Cobbler Creek Recreation Park

 

Brenton Grear then announced that Heather Whiting, Co-ordinator of the Vale Park Our Patch Group was the winner.

A plaque was presented by Rotary District Governor Bob Cooper, and Brenton Grear. Heather responded.

 

A framed certificate was presented to each nominee.

 

Brett Dalton gave the Vote of Thanks to:

- The Hackney Hotel - for a great meal and great assistance by staff

- Pam Smith and Tania Dalton for organising the event

- Dignitaries

- everyone for attending

 

Thank you to David Dewar, Editor, Director Vocation and Youth, Rotary Club of Burnside Inc., for the wonderful photographs which can be viewed at:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mxjz2pm8hasxxoa/AAD2T_HUg_ArfgqJZ-mEDIoba?dl=0

Please find attached the 2018 Nomination Forms and the Selection Criteria Forms for the Rotary Club of Burnside’s ‘Leadership in Conservation’ and ‘Volunteer of the Parks’ Awards.

Nomination forms need to be returned to Rotary, now extended to close on 28 April, 2018.

The awards will be presented at a luncheon to be held on 3 June at the Hackney Hotel.

Rotary Nomination Form - Leadership Rotary Nomination Form - Leadership (209 KB)

Rotary Nomination Form - Volunteer Rotary Nomination Form - Volunteer (209 KB)

Healthy Parks Healthy People || 5 Ways to WINTER wellbeing in nature!

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, June 08, 2018

Dear All,

Thank you for your support with the launch of the Healthy Parks Healthy People 5 Ways to Wellbeing in Nature campaign late last year, and/or your interest in this work.

As you will recall, the aim of the campaign was to provide all South Australians with simple tools and opportunities to maintain good mental health and wellbeing, and to promote nature as an ideal setting for achieving these.

This campaign raised high awareness with 9,296 visits to the SA Health website and the videos were displayed in Facebook newsfeeds 1,593,914 times. The Facebook videos were also shared a total of 881 times and all received at least 75% positive sentiment.

 

Due to the success of the campaign, a second burst of activity is running throughout June 2018, to promote the 5 Ways to WINTER Wellbeing in Nature.

 

During winter months, people often stay indoors more and this can impact on their mental health and wellbeing. This burst of activity will promote winter themed nature based activities. In South Australia there are many parks and nature events that are best experienced in winter. The messaging will also remind people that winter is a time of the year when it is particularly important to think about ways to protect mental health and wellbeing as colder weather and less daylight hours can have a negative impact on mood for many people.

We need your help to spread these messages far and wide. If your organisation is keen to post some materials you can still access them online here.

We have also attached a newsletter article about the campaign that could be adapted for your stakeholders and audiences. The Good Living Blog will publish a new article to promote the campaign as well. Please like and share and keep your eye out for our SA Health posts throughout winter and if you would like to know more specific details about the posts, we can share the schedule with you.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any further questions about how you could use these materials.

Kind regards,

The Healthy Parks Healthy People Project Team

Nature in Mind - headspace Mount Gambier

Ashleigh Coombs - Saturday, May 26, 2018

Last year, 10 young people had the opportunity to get out in nature for a full day once a month with headspace Mount Gambier and Natural Resources South East.

Check out what they had to say about the program.

https://www.facebook.com/821626304610306/videos/1319205654852366/


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