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Next Friends of Parks eNews (No.29) newsletter

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, April 21, 2017

Hi everyone

Just a little reminder - the target date for the next Friends eNews (No.29) newsletter is mid-late May 2017.

Friends eNews is published by Friends for Friends, and although much of its material is drawn from Friends groups newsletters and documents sent to the Volunteer Support Programs Unit, you are also invited and encouraged to send along items which you think may be of general interest to our readership of 6000 or so souls.

If you know of a future event that would be of general interest to Friends, we are happy to include mention of it.

As a rough guide, preferably items should be normally spaced text in a Word document of up to one A4 page in 11pt Calibri font, or the equivalent quantity of words as in-line text in an email, or a PDF document, or OpenOffice document, or OCR-scannable cuttings.

These are not rigid guidelines, but it would be much appreciated if you could more or less comply.

Photos are also welcome and can be in addition to the quantity constraint on text.

Please send your special contribution to

Hugh Lambert at or 36 Carter Street, Prospect, SA 5082, to arrive not later than Monday 15th May.

Thank you in anticipation.

Regards Hugh Lambert
Editor Friends e-News

Fund My Project - Riverine Recovery

Ashleigh Coombs - Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Submissions now open!

From now until 26 April 2017, eligible community groups, individuals and organisations can apply for funding of between $5,000 and $20,000 (plus GST) for projects that will promote recovery of Murray River wetlands, floodplains and backwaters.

Projects should promote the environmental objectives of the Riverine Recovery Project and leave a lasting impact and legacy of knowledge, information and understanding of wetland management and riverine recovery.

For more information go to

Help save threatened plant species in SA

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, April 06, 2017

Help save threatened plant species in SA

Community members are being asked to help Trees For Life care for and monitor five threatened plant species from Goolwa and Monarto.

All but one of the species being targeted only occur in South Australia.

Under the new project - Community Action For Threatened Flora – volunteers will be trained in specific monitoring methods and data collection for the threatened populations.

“We are trialling a new on-line data collection method,” explains Bush For Life Manager Amelia Hurren. “This will make our monitoring more efficient and gives us the chance to use new technologies in the field”.

Bushcare activities to remove competition from weeds will also be part of the project.

The five species being targeted are:

Acacia pinguifolia (Fat-leaf Wattle) – Only two populations known in SA, one near Finniss and the other southern Eyre Peninsula. Classified as ‘extremely restricted’.

Acacia menzelii (Menzel’s Wattle) – Rated nationally vulnerable. Approximately 5600 individual plants known to remain in the SA Murray-Darling Basin region.

Prostanthera eurybioides (Monarto Mintbush) – Rated endangered under Commonwealth legislation. Only SA populations known are in the Monarto area near Murray Bridge and near Keith.

Olearia pannosa ssp. pannosa (Silver Daisy-Bush) – Listed as nationally vulnerable. Approximately only 1000 individual plants remaining in the SA Murray-Darling Basin region.

Acacia rhetinocarpa (Resin Wattle) – Listed as nationally vulnerable. Only around 2800 individual plants remaining in the SA Murray-Darling Basin region.

People wanting to find out more about the project are invited to attend Trees For Life’s Introductory bush regeneration workshops in Goolwa on April 26 and Mount Barker on May 4, or participate in an activity at Nurragi Conservation Reserve on May 10-11.

The Community Action for Threatened Flora project is supported by Natural Resources, SA Murray-Darling Basin.

For more information or to register your interest phone (08) 8406 0500 or email

Parks research project - Volunteers needed

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, April 06, 2017

Hi everyone

We have been approached by the Community Engagement Branch, DEWNR, to assist them to arrange a gathering of Friends of Parks Inc. volunteers, to come together to talk about their experiences in and around our State’s parks, marine parks, and reserves. This is from a park visitor perspective, not in a volunteering capacity. Please see the information below from Michelle Read, Marketing and Communications Manager.

We would love to bring together a group of volunteers in the next two weeks to understand the experiences they have in and around the state’s parks, marine parks and reserves. We need to speak to about 10 people.

The workshop will take two hours, and will be held here at the DEWNR Offices, Room 10.7 - Level 10, 81 Waymouth Street, Adelaide, on Wednesday, 19 April, 2017 - 1 pm - 3 pm.

The workshop will use a design thinking methodology – an innovative, evidence-based, visitor-centric approach to solving problems. We’ll explore volunteers’ goals, needs, barriers and ideal scenarios when visiting parks. Then we’ll map the journey that they undertake when visiting parks.

The workshop will be collaborative and contain some creative elements. Volunteers won’t be sitting back listening to a presentation – we’d love them to actively participate.

If you wish to be involved, can you please respond to: Emma Acella, Trainee Administration Officer, People and Performance, Community Engagement, on 8463 7117 or email, stating:

Friends of Parks Inc. Member Group:
Best contact telephone number:
Email address:
and please copy me in to your reply, so I can keep up with the numbers attending.

Thanks very much for your time.


Kind regards

Pam Smith
Grants and Volunteer Program Administration Officer

Management plan for Tallaringa Conservation Park

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, April 06, 2017

The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, together with the Tallaringa Conservation Park Advisory Committee, is working towards the development of a management plan for Tallaringa Conservation Park. This management plan will describe management objectives and strategies for the park in accordance with the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972.

A draft management plan has been developed to facilitate community input into the development of the final plan. Comments received in response to the draft plan will be used to help develop the final management plan.

A copy of the draft management plan is attached, and it can also be downloaded at

You can have your say via post, email or online. Please provide your comments by 14 July 2017.


Amy Allen
Protected Areas Unit
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
GPO Box 1047
Adelaide SA 5001




If you have any questions regarding the Tallaringa Conservation Park Draft Management Plan, please contact Amy Allen on 8207 7747 or via email at

Please feel free to forward this on to others that may be interested.

Kind regards,

Amy K. Allen

Project Officer, Protected Areas Unit
Conservation, NRM and Protected Area Policy | Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
P (08) 8207 7747 |

Tallaringa Conservation Park Draft Management Plan 2017 Tallaringa Conservation Park Draft Management Plan 2017 (3606 KB)

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