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Make nature your first choice these school holidays

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, July 14, 2017


Make nature your first choice these school holidays

Brave the wintery weather and connect with nature these school holidays.

Whether it’s visiting one of South Australia’s 300 national parks and reserves, taking a road trip along the coast and exploring the beach, or enjoying the fresh air from the comfort of your own backyard, there are plenty of ways to immerse yourself in the great outdoors.

Scientific evidence shows that spending time in nature has significant benefits on physical and mental health. For children, unstructured outdoor play is vital for their development, including their health, happiness and wellbeing.

So these school holidays, consider how you can incorporate nature into your plans. Head to the Good Living blog for some simple ideas to help you connect with the environment, including:

Don’t let winter deter you – rustle up the kids, pull on your wet-weather gear and get into nature.

The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources is a custodian of public parks, gardens, heritage places and crown lands for their intrinsic value and for people’s benefit and enjoyment now and into the future.

Authorised by Sandy Pitcher
Chief Executive
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources


Aldinga Washpool Lagoon website

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, July 14, 2017

A new Aldinga Washpool Lagoon website has just been launched!

Almost 100 reports and studies, which have been compiled about the Washpool over some 40 years, have been uploaded to the website and can now be accessed in one convenient location.

The website also includes a gallery of fabulous images taken by local photographers of this nationally recognised wetland located between Aldinga Beach and Sellicks Beach.

You will be amazed at the amount of information available on this site, check it out soon at

Gluepot Reserve Ant Survey

Ashleigh Coombs - Monday, July 10, 2017

Hi Friends of Parks!

This is a call out to anyone interested in being part of our national ant ecology survey. We are looking for sanctuaries/Reserves/Schools/Farms/Community groups to be part of our project to sample across the Australian landscape. The purpose of this project is to involve members of the community in current ecology research as well as (Science alert!) compare ant responses to thermal stress and resource limitation along a state wide aridity and temperature gradient.

The basics of the project are that:

  • We provide all the equipment required for the project
  • We will come and set up the warming chambers (two perspex warming chambers, each 2m in size)
  • Every three months after the site is set up volunteers, students, community members etc. collect samples (which will take approximatly 1 or 2 hours) and send them back to us at the University of New England in NSW for Identification

further Information about our project is attached as well as available at the following link: (including a video on what we are expecting to collect from the survey): If you are interested in seeing more about Australian insect ecology research then use this link:

Happy Anting!,

Mr Sean Moore
PhD (Zoology) Student
Insect Ecology Lab
University of New England
Armidale, NSW, 2351, Australia.
Mob: 0424448012

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South Australian State Budget 2017

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, July 07, 2017

Good Afternoon

On June 22, the State Government delivered a budget focussing on jobs, health, education and our healthy neighbourhoods.

It featured some very positive announcements for our environment and continues to build a framework for our transition to a low-carbon economy.

Some of the highlights in this year’s State Budget that directly benefit our environment include:

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