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Wildlife Recovery Grants - 2020

Ashleigh Coombs - Friday, May 15, 2020

Dear Friends of Parks Member Groups

You may be aware that the Wildlife Recovery grants are now open, with grants for projects up to $50,000 available.

Friends of Parks groups are eligible and the grants can be for any land tenure e.g. private land, national park reserve etc.

Applications close on Friday 12 June.

Please refer to the details provided below, and if your group is thinking of undertaking a park-based project please discuss with your local national parks staff.

Please also feel free to contact Jacqui Wilson, Wildlife Recovery Fund Grants Officer at WRFGrants@nfsa.org.au or phone 0481 560 415 for further information or answers to specific questions.

For more info go to - https://naturefoundation.org.au/wildliferecoveryfundgrants

Regards

Gill Peacey
Manager, Volunteer Programs
National Parks & Crown Land Programs | National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia
Department for Environment and Water
P: (08) 8124 4931

Easing COVID-19 restrictions - May 2020

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, May 14, 2020

Hi All,

The COVID-10 pandemic has caused significant disruption to life in South Australia and across the world.

On 27 March, out of an abundance of caution, we asked you - our invaluable Friends of Parks volunteers - to down tools and cease all organised activities in our national parks and reserves.

We appreciate that this was difficult.

We know and value your deep commitment to - and connection with our parks, especially as many of you had important projects in train.

The health and safety of staff, volunteers and park visitors was however paramount.

We sincerely thank you for your patience during this uncertain time.

Your willingness to work with National Parks and Wildlife Service staff and others to comply with the restrictions has been appreciated.

All South Australians have worked together to slow the spread of coronavirus.

This means we can now start getting back to the things we love to do together.

Recently, the South Australian Government put in place a roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions.

Following the 11 May easing of relevant restrictions, we are now able to recommence volunteer activities within certain parameters.

These include practicing social distancing, maintaining good hygiene and maximum group sizes.

We now encourage you to recommence your volunteer activities.

Please work with your group and local National Parks and Wildlife Service staff to plan for a safe return to volunteering in our national parks and reserves as soon as you feel able.

If you have any queries please reach out to our National Parks and Wildlife Service Volunteer Programs Unit on 8124 4838 or DEWVolunteers@sa.gov.au.

Thank you all for your continued dedication and commitment to the State’s national parks and reserves.

Yours sincerely

Duncan MacKenzie, President Friends of Parks Inc.

John Schutz, Chief Executive Department for Environment and Water.

COVID-19 safe guidelines for park volunteers, May 2020

Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, May 14, 2020

COVID-19 safe guidelines for park volunteers

In response to the South Australian Government’s Step 1 in easing COVID-19 restrictions roadmap, we encourage park volunteers to recommence activities in partnership with National Parks and Wildlife Service staff.

All Friends of Parks, Volunteer Ranger Program and the Campground Host Program volunteers should familiarise themselves with the below information to keep safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

SA Health advice

Remember to practise good hygiene - this is the first step in preventing the spread of disease.Always apply social distancing. This means avoiding close contact and crowded places wherever possible.

Also, maintain a minimum social distance of 1.5 metres, and have no more than one person per 4-square metres when inside.

Outdoor group activities and guided walks of up to 10 people at a time are permitted so long as social distancing of 1.5 metres is maintained.

If you are unwell or develop symptoms, stay at home and isolate.

Friends of Parks activities

For your safety and the safety of park visitors:

Volunteer with less than 10 members on site at one time, including for working bees.

Bring your own safety equipment, e.g. gloves, mask & goggles, per our workplace health and safety requirements

If you can, bring and use your own tools, otherwise, use the tools provided to you and disinfect them after use.

When possible have group meetings outside, or use an online meeting platform such as Zoom.

Only if essential, have indoor meetings with less than five members.

Volunteer Ranger Program

For your safety and the safety of park visitors:

Bring your own safety equipment, e.g. gloves, mask & goggles, per our workplace health and safety requirements

Wear disposable gloves when passing brochures and maps to visitors or, if working at a visitor centre, to reduce contact with hard surfaces

Use the tools provided to you and disinfect them after use.

Limit direct contact time with members of the public (e.g., aim for less than 15 minutes per person)

Campground Host Program

For your safety and the safety of park visitors:

Bring your own safety equipment, e.g. gloves, mask & goggles per our workplace health and safety requirements

Wear disposable gloves when passing brochures and maps to visitors or, if relevant e.g., in camp kitchens or visitor centres, to reduce contact with hard surfaces

Use the tools provided to you and disinfect them after use.

Limit direct contact time with members of the public (e.g., aim for less than 15 minutes per person)

Work closely with your local Park Ranger to ensure your safety and wellbeing, including when carrying out maintenance tasks.


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