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Vale Dianne Cordes

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, May 26, 2017

Hi everyone

It is with great sadness that I let you know that Dianne Cordes, a tireless volunteer and dear friend to many, passed away last night at 7.40 pm, after losing a very long battle against cancer.

Dianne was a strong supporter of Friends of Parks Inc., having been a President, Secretary, and Member of several groups, including the Friends of Old Government House, Friends of Belair National Park, Heritage Committee - just to name a few.

I have just been speaking to Lorena (daughter), who has advised of the funeral details:

St Columba's Anglican Church - 3 Rosevear St, Hawthorn SA 5062

Wednesday, 31 May, 2017, 2 pm

The notice will be in The Advertiser on Saturday.


Pam Smith

Friends of Mark Oliphant Conservation Park celebrating 20 years of supporting the park.

Ashleigh Coombs - Monday, May 22, 2017

L-R: Kath Bowman, Bev Bowman, Merilyn Browne (kneeling), Lorri Ragless, David Ragless, Anne Hicks, Philip Hicks, Ranger Nick Dinan, Shirley Benlow, Jack Benlow, Malcolm Anderson (absent Yvonne Anderson).

FoMOCP celebrate 20 years FoMOCP celebrate 20 years (366 KB)

State Community Landcare Conference and Awards 2017

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, May 18, 2017
Entries are now open for the 2017 South Australian Landcare Awards.
Calling for nominations from Landcare leaders working on sustainable farming, Coastcare, Junior Landcare, Indigenous land management, and much more. With nine national categories there is certain to be one to fit any kind of Landcare project.
Entries close 15 July 2017. Click here for more details or to submit a nomination.
Call for Abstracts - 2017 State Community

Landcare Conference.
Abstracts are now invited for presentations, posters and workshops addressing the Conference theme of Celebrating Innovation and Diversity in Landcare.
Abstracts are to be submitted under one of the four conference streams of Engagement; Security; Enterprise; and Partnerships.
The closing date is COB Wednesday 31 May. For more details download the call for abstracts

The Conference will be held at the Clare Country Club in the beautiful Clare Valley, just 2 hours drive from Adelaide:
• Pre-conference tours, Monday 11 September. Conference delegates are invited to experience natural resource management in the Northern and Yorke NRM Region, through five field tours.
• Conference Welcome Reception, Monday Evening, 11 September, Sponsored by Balco Australia
• Conference presentations and workshops, Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 September
• Conference Dinner & 2017 South Australian Landcare Awards presentations, Tuesday 12 SeptemberClick here for more details.

Glenn Gale

Executive Officer, Landcare Association of SA

(Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday)

Mob 0428 812 902 Email:

Facebook: Landcare Association of SA


The 2017 State Community Landcare Conference will be held in Clare from 11-13 September 2017. The Conference Theme is ‘Celebrating Innovation and Diversity in Landcare’.

Belair National Park - Volunteer Centre Bookings

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, May 18, 2017

Good morning,

There have been a couple of changes in the procedure for booking the Volunteer Centre.

Volunteer Centre Bookings

1. All bookings must be made through the Secretary (Tina Gallasch) at this email address or by phoning 8178 0688

2. The cost for booking the Volunteer Centre for a meeting and/or event is now $30.00 per day.

3. All attendees at such meetings and/or events will be allowed in the Park free of charge.

However, any major event must also be sanctioned by our Senior Ranger Jen Pitman. If in doubt, call me first.


Tina Gallasch
Secretary, Friends of Belair National Park.

Ph: 08 8178 0688
Mob: 0417 870 596
Mail: PO Box 2, Belair. South Australia 5052

Rotary Club of Burnside Inc 2017 Awards

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, May 05, 2017

Hi everyone

I hope that you enjoyed the Rotary Club of Burnside’s awards presentation dinner last night.

As promised, I have attached:

A summary of the night - feel free to edit

Citation for the Raine family

Citation for Dave Heard

Photos taken by Jen Pitman (thank you J)

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners - we hope that you have a wonderful night.

Rotarian David Dewar was photographer for the evening. Below is a message from David:

Please find attached the link to pictures from the Parks Awards night. These are the pics from my Canon Camera. I will process the pics from my Lumix camera on the weekend.

The link is here:



PP David Dewar PHF

Director & Editor

Rotary Club of Burnside Inc.

M: 0401 627 339

Rotary Summaries - 2017 Rotary Summaries - 2017 (14 KB)

Hi everyone

Please find attached the 2017 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 by 28 February 2017.

Please note that the closing date for nominations has been extended to Friday, 17 March, 2017.

The awards will be presented at a Dinner, which will be held in April 2017, at the Belair Country Club.

Please feel free to forward this information to volunteers and staff who may be interested in nominating.


Pam Smith

 Grants & Volunteer Program Administration Officer

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

Rotary Nomination Form - Leadership - Criteria Rotary Nomination Form - Leadership - Criteria (25 KB)

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

Rotary Nomination Form - Volunteer - Criteria Rotary Nomination Form - Volunteer - Criteria (25 KB)

Walking Tails Support Grou's new app

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, May 05, 2017

At the FOPInc AGM, an award was given to the Walking Tails Support Group for a new app they have produced which details 16 walks within the Flinders Ranges.

It sounds just the thing that might interest some of you, so here is the link.

The link to get the app is

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